Top things to do in Washington, D.C.: Spring 2018

You’ve endured months of horrific weather. Snowstorms, power outages, freezing cold weather, and much more.

Winter in Washington, D.C. is not for the faint of heart.

But it all becomes worth it once the first signs of spring begin to emerge. The first glimpse of warmth, and you are ready to put away your snow boots and winter coat until next year.

When this time comes, give Closetbox a call. Simply pack up all your winter gear and our team will take it from there. With just a phone call, we’ll come and pick up your boxes, and transport them to a safe and secure storage unit, where they’ll patiently wait until the inevitable Washington, D.C. winter makes its appearance again next year.

Once your winter gear is out of sight, winter is out of mind and you can focus your attention on the splendid spring ahead.

Spring is one of the most magical times to be in Washington, D.C. From the famously beautiful cherry blossoms to the variety of events happening throughout the season, this city truly comes alive in the spring.

So, if you’re ready to shed off your winter skin and embrace spring with open arms, keep reading to find out all the things you can do in Washington, D.C. this spring 2018.

National Cherry Blossom Festival


If you live in Washington, D.C., you are likely no stranger to the annual
National Cherry Blossom Festival, happening this year March 20 – April 15. The celebration of the over 3,000 trees gifted to the U.S. by mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki back in 1912 has become the biggest event of D.C.’s spring.

Though it brings travelers from all over the world, there is much to be enjoyed at this festival by locals as well.

Sure you’ve seen the cherry blossoms, but have you experienced all the events that surround them?

From the National Cherry Blossom Festival Doubles Tennis Tournament to the Japanese Jazz Series; from the Blossom Kite Festival to the National Greenscape Corridor Bike Ride, there are events galore for locals to dive into.

D.C. Bike Ride


This family-friendly event is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the whole family.

As the only closed-road and car-free bike ride in the entire city of Washington, D.C., you do not want to miss this opportunity to see the sights of D.C. via bike.

2018’s D.C. Bike Ride is happening May 19, and will take you on a tour along the National Mall, beginning at West Potomac Park and ending at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Post-bike ride, enjoy the Finish Festival where live music, food, and drinks await.

And if you don’t have a bike of your own, don’t worry — the event offers bike rentals with an easy pick-up and drop-off.

Oh yeah, and the event is free too, so you have no reason not to go.

Get additional details about the bike ride here.


Sidewalk Guides

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city and explore the off-the-beaten-path spots you’ve likely never seen. The app Sidewalk makes that possible, with minimal effort on your part.

Co-founder and CEO of Sidewalk, Jason Dohahue describes Sidewalk as “an app that delivers self-guided urban walks with context and personal recommendations to help one appreciate a place.”

Each walk created for Sidewalk is researched by experts to teach locals new things about their own city as well, and is made so that you can go your own pace, and on your own schedule.

Donahue’s favorite Sidewalk tour is the Spooks, Spies & Saboteurs: Clandestine Organizations and Betrayal in Washington, D.C.

There are plenty of others to try, such as Chili, Whiskey Flights and Roof Top Nights: Taste the Heart & Soul of DC and Power Lunches, Lobbyist Happy House & the Hangout Spots of Capitol Hill Politicos.

See all of them here.


Annual Georgetown French Market


Transport yourself to France with the annual Georgetown French Market this April 27-29.

With over 40 locally-owned cafes, galleries, boutiques, and more, you’ll have some wonderfully Parisian goods to peruse this weekend. Street performers, face painters, and live French music will make this experience even more French, in addition to the French food that will be available for you to snack on.

To see what else is happening at the French Market, visit here.  


Earth Day Play in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

The least known national park in Washington, D.C. is hosting a free play to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

The play will celebrate the life of the girl whose father started the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens water lily farm. The girl fought the Army Corps of Engineers for years of her life to maintain the land and wetlands, and her efforts have protected this highly underrated piece of Washington, D.C.

Kitty Felde of the Book Club For Kids podcast shared with us the insider info that this play is totally free, and that you’ll also get a free tour of the gardens before the show begins.


Anacostia River Festival


Grab a canoe and enjoy an afternoon out on the Anacostia River at the Anacostia River Festival. This festival, taking place April 15, will be especially big this year, as it is the 100th anniversary of Anacostia Park and the Year of the Anacostia.

Enjoy an artist’s market and some fabulous food as well.

Click here for more information about the river festival.


Explore New Hiking Trails

Chances are good you’re going to want to log some serious outdoor time during the spring to store up for winter.

A great way to do that is by hitting the trails. And with the help of Alltrails, you’ll be able to discover the best local trails for walking, running, and hiking.

With maps and detailed info about each trail, Alltrails also provides reviews so you can read what the trails are really like from those who have hiked them before.

Plus, the website’s filter feature allows you to filter trails by level of difficulty, dog friendly, vistas, and much more.

To check it out for yourself and find some trails to embark on this spring, visit here.


The National Cathedral Flower Market


Buying flowers has never been as fun as it is during the
Flower Mart.

This year marks the 79th year of this mart, and will be taking place May 4 at the National Cathedral.

In addition to purchasing your plants here, you’ll also be able to listen to great music, shop at the festival’s craft booths, eat delicious food, and let your kids enjoy some games and rides.

To learn more about the market, visit here.


As you can see, there is no shortage of things to do in Washington, D.C. this spring, and this is only skimming the surface of all that you can enjoy in your city.

So, make the best use of your warm weather before it’s gone, and have fun exploring!

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