Weekend Roundup, April 11 through April 14

Another wonderful spring weekend is here! The annual National Cherry Blossom Parade comes to town, Georgetown Main Street celebrates Second Saturday and don’t miss D.C. Emancipation Day celebrations.

Observe D.C. Emancipation Day Sunday
Mayor Muriel Bowser will be celebrating D.C. Emancipation Day Sunday with a 2 p.m. parade followed by a 3 p.m. concert and 8 p.m. fireworks. Headliners include Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ginuwine (“Pony”) and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Kelly Price. There will also be D.C. Emancipation Day promos at restaurants and eateries around the city from April 14 through 16. More information on the festivities can be found here.

Don’t Want to Grow Up? Check out Peter Pan at The National Theatre
Beginning this weekend, check out the musical that has been brought back to life by playwright Larissa FastHorse and Emmy Award winner Lonny Price. Peter Pan and his fairy friend Tinkerbell visit the Darling childrens’ home one magical evening. The show is full of high-flying fun and favorite tunes like “I Won’t Grow Up” and “You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!” Get tickets for the family-friendly musical here.

Grab some new spring plants at the American Horticultural Society Spring Garden Market. Photo courtesy of the AHS.

Get Some New Spring Plants at the 2024 Spring Garden at River Farm
Alexandria’s River Farm will be hosting a two-day plant sale Friday and Saturday sponsored by the American Horticultural Society. There will be gardening experts, food vendors, and nature-focused artists and authors on hand. Proceeds from the market will go toward the preservation, beautification and maintenance of River Farm, which has been the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society since 1973. More information on the market can be found here.

Enjoy Georgetown Main Street’s Second Saturday: Blossoming in Georgetown

From Instagram.com/Georgetownmainst

Georgetown’s Second Saturday program is a monthly opportunity for small businesses in Georgetown to offer experiences and promotions. This month’s theme is “Blossoming in Georgetown,” celebrating rejuvenation and wellness. Part of Blossoming in Georgetown is the much-loved Georgetown Flower Tour. More information on April’s event can be found here.

Celebrate the Opening Day of “New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024” at The National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., be among the first few to see a new exhibit at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. “New Worlds: Women to Watch” is a collaboration between the museum and its network of outreach committees. Works by nearly 30 artists explore ideas that shift views across cultural viewpoints and time. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

Take in a Lecture with Author H.W. Brands
Bestselling author, historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands will be giving a lecture at Mount Vernon’s Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater in the Ford Orientation Center. Brands, who wrote “Founding Partisans,” will discuss the book, which is the history of the emergence of brutal political division at the birth of the U.S. A book signing and reception with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available. More information on the lecture can be found here.

Check out WoCo Fest 2024: Evolve
Visit The Strathmore for WoCo Fest, a three-day festival celebrating music by women and gender-marginalized composers. The event is produced by Boulanger Initiative and co-presented by The Strathmore. Performances will include the evolution of music spanning centuries, and some of the area’s best musicians will be on hand, including Terri Lynne Carrington, a Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer. More information on the event can be found here.

The National Cherry Blossom Parade Comes to Town
Saturday morning, The National Cherry Blossom culminates in an annual parade. Expect lots of colorful floats and helium balloons, marching bands from around the U.S., and performers like The Sugar Hill Gang, “The Voice” contestant Jacquie Roar, the National Children’s Chorus and more. More on the parade and the route can be found here.

National Building Museum New Exhibit on Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania
The National Building Museum unveils a new exhibit to the public on Saturday that will be on view until March 1, 2025. “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania” takes visitors on an adventure into the architect’s mind. The exhibition will offer a multimedia experience with videos and models of residential, commercial and civic projects. More information on the exhibit can be found here.


















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