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April 5th, 2019 Posted in Spotlight on the Community

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Through April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration fills the first two weeks of April with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events to be enjoyed in April: Petalpalooza (April 6) at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13).

The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Through April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha).
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday
1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

ChefsFeed Indie Week – April 4-5, 7
ChefsFeed brings a weekend’s worth of events to the nation’s capital, starting with a sold-out event at Tim Ma’s American Son restaurant in the Eaton Hotel. On Friday, however, you can enjoy 12 courses from 12 different chefs in addition to wine pairings at the same location. Sunday presents the grand finale: 12 courses from all 24 chefs present throughout the weekend, with wine included. Dive into cuisine from all over the country in the culinary capital.
Tickets
American Son, 1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Washington Auto Show – April 5-14
Things are heating up for one of the nation’s largest auto shows, which will take place in spring for the first time ever, compared to its usual January run. Car lovers can expect the 2019 edition to dazzle with more than 600 new makes and models from 35-plus manufacturers. Attendees will be able to take part in three different indoor ride and drive experiences, and also take a car out for a test drive on the streets of D.C. Throughout the show, there will be artists painting cars live on-site, VIP tours led by automotive writers, appearances from local sports stars and mascots, and much more. Grab your tickets quickly – the Auto Show draws large crowds every year.
Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Petalpalooza at The Wharf – April 6
Get ready for more than eight straight hours of free tunes, all-ages activities, a beer garden, interactive art installations and games, all capped off by fireworks at The Wharfduring Petalpalooza (formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival). Folks can explore DC’s hottest new development and grab a great seat for the fireworks show. Entertainment begins at 12 p.m. and is capped off with fireworks at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
12-9:30 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

21st Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk – April 6
Lace up your sneakers for this stroll, which commemorates Japanese Americans and their experience during the Second World War and encourages the continued defense of civil liberties for all Americans. The walk begins and ends at the intersection of Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues NW, the site of the National Japanese American Memorial. This year’s theme is “Fractured: The Faces of Family Separation.”
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Free admission
Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues & D Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Cherry Blossom Night with D.C. United – April 9
For the first time, a pro sports game in DC will be included as a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s events. When D.C. United takes on the Montreal Impact on the second Tuesday in April, you can expect all kinds of cherry blossom-themed merchandise, food and beverages and on-field entertainment. A special ticket offer includes a collectible pin badge branded by both D.C. United and the Festival.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Cooking Up History: Ethiopian Culinary Cultures in Washington, DC – April 12
Cooking Up History is the National Museum of American History’s free monthly deep dive into the culinary arts at its demonstration kitchen on the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza. Each event showcases a guest chef and the museum’s resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Young. In 2019, the museum is incorporating its refresh of the FOOD: Transforming the American Table exhibit into its Cooking Up History series, highlighting objects, stories and new materials that will be featured in the display. In April, learn about Ethiopian cuisine in the District from Sileshi Alifom of DAS Ethiopian Restaurant. The cooking demonstration will be accompanied by a special Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
1 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

Newseum Nights: In Bloom – April 12
The Newseum shows off its cherry blossom spirit with one of their signature after-hours events. Enjoy an open beer and wine bar, sample sake, savor signature Asian dishes from Wolfgang Puck, see a traditional Japanese drum performance, receive a personalized haiku, explore Newseum’s latest exhibit, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, savor giveaways from ThinkFoodGroup and Nando’s and so much more.<
8:30-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Space Oddity: Ground Control to Major Party – April 12
The National Air and Space Museum, Brightest Young Things and Yuri’s Night team up for this after-hours extravaganza. In honor of Yuri Gagarin’s landmark voyage into space on April 12, 1961, the launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981 AND the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and the release of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” the museum will offer a DJ set, a Planetarium laser light show, a live taping of the AirSpace podcast, space-inspired activities, space-related TED-style talks, food and drink. The event is for ages 21 and over.
8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge 2019 – April 12-14
For the first time, DC will host this competition that features 800 of the best CrossFit athletes in the world. DC Armory and its 70,000-square-foot space will serve as the venue for the Challenge, which will provide divisions for all skill levels. Spectator tickets are available for those who wish to take in the competition and peruse the vendor village.
Tickets
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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