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50+ Things To Do This March

March 9th, 2020 Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Fill your spring calendar with can’t-miss events, theater performances, outstanding concerts and fascinating museum exhibits in the District.

DC Defenders at Audi Field – March 8, 15 & 28
The XFL has returned, this time bringing with it a team that represents DC. The Defenders play their home games at the beautiful Audi Field, which provides one of the best stadium experiences in the area. Head coach Pep Hamilton has led the team to a 2-0 record (as of this writing) with back-to-back dominant performances at home. The Defenders will continue their quest for a postseason appearance in their inaugural season. March home games include matchups against the St. Louis BattleHawks (March 8, 3 p.m.), the Dallas Renegades (March 15, 4 p.m.) and the Tampa Bay Vipers (March 28, 2 p.m.).?
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Direct Current – March 8-21
A two-week festival of contemporary American art, music, film, dance and activism converges at the Kennedy Center with fascinating presentations that will be new to Washington audiences. The programming, which focuses on female creatives this year, will tap creative luminaries such as Ava DuVernay, Camila Meza and Patti Smith. Expect film screenings, new theater productions and live music.
Learn more
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – March 12-22
The longest-running and largest environmental film festival in the U.S. enlightens viewers on the state of our environment and what we can do to maintain its health. More than 100 movies will be screened at venues all over the District, including a new documentary that focuses on the career of Jane Goodall. The festival will also include informative discussions and social events that will inspire dialogue surrounding these wonderful films and their important themes. Many of the events are free and all are open to the public. Check the website for a full schedule.?

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild’N Out Live – March 13
Mixing stand up comedy and live music, Wild’N Out has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Hosted by the incomparable Nick Cannon, this live show will feature all the cool stuff you expect from the show: head-to-head battles, hilarious improv and even audience participation. Expect popular cast members to join Cannon on stage – as well as plenty of surprises.?
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

HopFest 2020 – March 14
HopFest is the only beer festival in the city hosted by local brewers for local brewers. The DC Brewers’ Guild has one heck of a day planned for the sixth installment of this beloved event. Dozens of breweries will be on hand at the DC Brau Brewing Company to showcase hoppy goodness, from one-off specials to old favorites to rare brews you can’t find anywhere else.?
12-5 p.m. | Tickets
DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 15
Honor the Emerald Isle with a bundle of pageantry at the annual St. Patrick’s Parade, which marches for a mile down Constitution Avenue. This free-to-attend two-hour celebration of Irish culture celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Expect marching bands, traditional Irish dance and the inevitable swath of green attire. The parade has grown from a small gathering on Massachusetts Avenue to a full-blown party in the heart of Downtown.?
12-3 p.m.
Parade route: Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th Streets

National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 12
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks 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: the Pink Tie Party (March 20), the Opening Ceremony (March 21), the Blossom Kite Festival (March 28), the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 4) and Petalpalooza (April 11).

Pink Tie Party – March 20
Show off your duds and support the blossoms at this exclusive pink tie fundraiser, where a ticket will give you access to one sophisticated celebration. Mixologists go toe-to-toe with their own heady cherry blossom concoctions, while chefs from popular eateries get into the spirit by rustling up spring-themed eats. There’s also dancing and a silent auction that you will not want to miss. The event is for ages 21 and over.?
7-11 p.m. | Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – March 21
Diehard blossom-goers make a point to be official about their visit by reserving tickets to this free event. Experience the festival on stage, through traditional and contemporary performances at the Warner Theatre, including the dance team WHITE OUT TOKYO, the singer Naotaro Moriyama and the alternative music ensemble of Anna Sato and Toshiyuki Sasaki.?
5-6:30 p.m. | Free admission |  Reserve
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Smithsonian American Art Museum Cherry Blossom Celebration – March 21
Join one of DC’s most popular museums in celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The free event will take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum inside its gorgeous Kogod Courtyard. Expect a taiko drumming performance, Japanese dancing, face painting, cherry blossom-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt for spring-themed art and much more.
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street & 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Japanese Fashion Family Day – March 21
Watch Japanese fashion come to life at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Learn about kimonos, happi coats, accessories and the creations of leading Japanese designers while marveling at traditional dance performances. Attendees can experience a kimono dressing demonstration as well as create their own kimono designs and cherry blossom pendants.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

BYT Presents: Future is Festival – March 26-29
The newest festival experience from Brightest Young Things launches in late March and includes events at Lincoln Theatre and The REACH. Future is Festival will showcase the talents of podcasters, filmmakers, comedians, musicians and innovators, including Nora from The Lily, Jonathan Coulton, Ophira Eisenberg, Rhea Butcher, Alex Elle and many more. To cap it off, there’s a Lizzo daytime dance party at Eaton Workshop that you do not want to miss.