Can’t-Miss April Events in DC

5 Can’t-Miss April Events in DC

Spring has sprung, and this is truly one of our favorite times to be District residents. While the weather hasn’t fully made up its mind yet, everything else is in full bloom – the cherry blossoms, countless outdoor events, baseball season, and all of the free (or close to free) events you could ask for. Here are our top five picks for the can’t-miss April events here in DC.


What better way to celebrate spring than with live music, a beer garden, games, fireworks, and more, all on the water? We can’t think of anything better, and that is exactly what Petalpalooza at The Wharf has to offer! This National Cherry Blossom Festival is a day-long and free event that is fun for all ages. With multiple stages, all of the attractions lining the streets of The Wharf, and a firework show to close out the evening, we know this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. 

When: Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 12-9:30 PM
Where: The Wharf
How Much: Free



Newseum Nights: In Bloom

Cherry Blossoms are on trend all month, and we are loving it. The Newseum is already an amazing venue, but throw in this theme, and you know we will be there. Japanese sights, tastes, and sounds are the theme of the evening, so get ready for signature cocktails and Asian dishes by Wolfgang Puck. There will be live performances, a karaoke lounge, a silent disco, glam touchups by GLAMSQUAD, lantern and paper crane making, and much more. Not convinced yet? You also get access to the Newseum’s latest exhibit while at the party. Put on your best spring look and get ready for a good time! 

When: Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 8:30-11 PM
Where: Newseum [555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW]
How Much: $50 – Members | $60 – General Public



DC Wine Festival

Get ready, the Spring Edition of DC Wine Fest is right around the corner. This all day and all night long wine tasting is a one-of-a-kind event. Enjoy delicious bites to eat while sampling wines from over 15 different wineries. The venue is at an art gallery, and attendees can wander through the gallery and appreciate the art on display while enjoying their various wines. There are three different sessions to choose from: 1-3 PM, 4:30-6:30 PM, or 8-10 PM. Each entry requires a ticket, and prices begin at $35. Ordering for a group? You’ll get 20% off if you purchase a group pack of four tickets. 

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 12-10 PM
Where: Long View Gallery [1234 9th St. NW]
How Much: Tickets begin at $35



Anacostia River Festival

The Anacostia River Festival is another great Nationa Cherry Blossom Festival event. The festival is put on by the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service. Spend a beautiful April Sunday playing games in the park, exploring the river by canoe, riding a bike in the festival’s bike parade, or simply just enjoying the park. The event is free and family friendly, and it is an enjoyable way to get a taste of local DC.

When: Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 1-5 PM
Where: Anacostia Park [Good Hope Rd. and Anacostia Dr. SE]
How Much: Free



DC Beer Festival

First, we have a wine festival to go to this month, and now we have a beer festival to attend too? April, you are too good to us! We love any event at National’s Park, and the DC Beer Fest is no exception. A never-ending beer selection, food trucks galore, and live entertainment are the highlights of the event. There are two sessions for Beer Fest: 12-3 PM and 5-8 PM. General admission tickets are $45 and include entry and unlimited tastings. For $75, you can purchase a VIP ticket which includes a DC Beer Fest hat and tasting glass as well as access to warning track and dugouts. 

When: Saturday, April 20th, 2019 | 12-8 PM
Where: Washington National’s Park
How Much: Tickets begin at $45



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