Weekend Happenings: April 6 – April 8
Posted on April 04, 2018

Pick your party: Lights, Camera, Action –  Cherry Blossoms in full bloom – Phillies and Nationals Opening Day – this weekend is a nonstop celebration of all things spring!


WASHINGTON, DC EVENTS

Blossom Bash
The Anthem
901 Wharf St SW, DC
Time: Friday doors at 5:30, show starts at 7
Cost: check secondary ticket market

This musical celebration of the cherry blossom season opens with lovelytheband and headlines Third Eye Blind and Bush – a throwback to a semi-charmed kind of spring of decades past.

Petalpalooza
Wharf DC
690 Water St SW, DC
Time: Saturday 1-9:30
Cost: FREE

Petalpalooza transforms the Southwest Waterfront community into a spectacle of spring, with interactive art installations like a gigantic floral color-by-number and bike-powered art, larger-than-life games and activities, live music on three outdoor stages, a beer garden, fireworks show, and much more.

2001: A Space Party
National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW, DC
Time: Saturday 8:30-midnight
Cost: $45

An exclusive, out-of-this-world event celebrating both the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Yuri’s Night: a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Events are held around the world in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin’s first human venture into space in April 1961. Festivities include an open bar, TED-style space talks, novelty space food, and a special late-night IMAX screening of Ready Player One.


MARYLAND EVENTS

Beer, Bourbon, and Barbeque Festival
2200 York Rd, Timonium
Time: Friday 6-10 and Saturday 2-6
Cost: starting at $39

Fasten up your overalls and braid your pigtails – indulge your country side with unlimited tastings of 40 bourbon varieties and 60 different beers, along with a huge selection of BBQ meats and “all the fixin’s you can imagine.”

Light City Baltimore
Various neighborhoods in Baltimore
Time: Friday-Sunday
Cost: FREE

Light City is the nation’s first free large-scale light, music, and innovation festival powering social change. The theme for 2018 is “More Love, More Lights!” as Light City expands to three weekends in several neighborhoods. Check out the website for a schedule and map of this week’s luminous activities!

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Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore
Time: Sunday 8PM
Cost: $15

Local experimental film and music performance combine to put a light on Baltimore’s cultural past, present, and future; this multimedia experience is a celebration of artistic creativity.

VIRGINIA EVENTS

NoVA International Film Festival
Angelika Film Center
2911 District Ave, Fairfax
Time: Screenings through 4/13, 7-9PM daily
Cost: $15 for each 2 hour screening block

Screenings, seminars, music festival, black tie awards ceremony: the full red-carpet experience for local and international film artists independent of budget, origin, style, or genre. From car chases, to first kisses, to war documentaries, to spaceships, this festival celebrates and launches the careers of both veteran and budding artists. This event is for them. This event is for you!

Del Ray’s First Poetry Walk
Alexandria Library, Duncan Branch
2501 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria
Time: Saturday 10-12:30
Cost: FREE

So much depends on
Alexandria poems,
Scattered down the street.

April is National Poetry Month – join fellow enthusiasts of verse for a walk down Mt. Vernon Ave and discover “poem-bombs” outside the businesses of Alexandria.

Walk MS 2018
Reston Town Center
11900 Market St, Reston
Time: Sunday, 9AM check-in, 10AM walk begins
Cost: FREE

Starting and finishing at Reston Town Center, this 5K walk follows scenic trails for an energizing experience to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


PHILADELPHIA EVENTS

Phillies Opening Day
Citizens Bank Park
Time: Thursday 3:05
Cost: Varies

The fun starts with a pre-game opening day block party, which promises a Ferris wheel, live entertainment, food, and more. After the party, the Phillies take on the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

TEDxPenn
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut St, Philly
Time: Saturday 1PM
Cost: starting at $35

Curiosity. Identity. Change. Compassion. Technology. Centering on the theme of In/Sight, the polysemous interpretations invite experts in all fields to share their stories and studies in this TEDtalk.

Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Beginning at Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave, Flourtown
Time: Saturday 10-9, Sunday 1-9
Cost: Varies

Kick off the blossom season with opening weekend events on Saturday, including tours of the cherry tree gardens at famed Morris Arboretum, a traditional taiko performance, sword demonstration, westernized tea ceremony, and pop-up sake garden. On Sunday, test your balance and dance skills at a kabuki theatre instruction, create a paper marbling craft, learn to make sushi, and watch an award-winning drum and dance troupe from Japan. Check out the website for detailed times and locations for each event.

 

CONCERTS, THEATRE, & SPORTING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

  • Bubble Guppies Live, Hippodrome, Saturday
  • Bubble Guppies Live, National Theatre, Sunday
  • Pattie LaBelle, Warner Theatre, Saturday
  • Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes, Royal Farms Arena, Friday – Sunday
  • Broken Social Scene & Belle Game, Rams Head Live, Friday
  • London Cube & YBS Skola, Rams Head Live, Sunday
  • Nationals VS Mets, Saturday
  • National VS Mets – Pups in the Park, Sunday
  • 76ers VS Cavaliers, Friday
  • Jerry Seinfeld, Academy of Music, Saturday