Another weekend is upon us, and not just any weekend. Aries season is the harbinger of cherry blossoms, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off officially this weekend. You can watch the virtual opening ceremony by registering here.
For some of you, it means running or walking #FitDC HerStory, a virtual 5k put on by the DC government as part of women’s history month. There is still time to sign up for the race, which you can do here.
You can still sign up for the Petal Porch Parade. If enough houses in your area are decorated and registered, you may get the Petal Procession to go by your street– or you can just decorate for the fun of it! Sign up here.
Want to kick off spring by doing good and beautifying the neighborhood? March 20 is also Mayor Bowser’s Spring Cleanup day. You can find out more details and the closest event to your home here. Alternatively, you can just step out and collect garbage– don’t forget gloves!
Need to go for a five-mile walk, do a cleanup AND participate in Cherry Blossom festival activities? How about following the #ArtInBloom map and locating all 26 oversized, decorated cherry blossoms around town? Click here to see the map. You can start at Eastern Market Metro Plaza, where “Flower Kuties” by Kaila García is waiting to make you smile. Have at it, overachiever.
Need more blossoms in your life? The Capitol Hill BID has a comprehensive list of places doing special menu items and decor. Click here to read.
What would blossoms be without the bees? The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian presents “What Happened to the Bees?“ in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Institute. The documentary takes a look at how bees have been decimated by agrochemicals, as well as how monocultures are threatening our food supply. You can sign up and watch here.
You’re blossomed out and must be hungry. Luckily, there is a new Peruvian restaurant opening Saturday! Tigo’s Peruvian Express, 1322 H Street NE, has a really tasty deal for their opening: If you buy a chicken meal, you get one free! Check out their menu below. Mmm…. chaufa.
If all you need is to chill with some friends and wave bye-bye to winter, Ice Yards is the event for you. Enjoy icy and hot cocktails, eat s’mores and take selfies next to a giant ice sculpture– all while adhering to COVID protocol, so you can day-drink safely and enjoy food and drink from your favorite area restaurants. For reservations and more information, click here.
On Monday, tune in for Zoom story time with the National Postal Museum (officially, the most adorable of the Smithsonians). The event starts at 11 a.m. and you can register here.
A mystery is afoot –or apoop– in a special Tuesday Lunch Bites event from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society called “A State of the Union Mystery.” Author Kathy Felde will discuss her latest book in the Fina Mendoza series. Register here.
Later that day, have you ever wondered what climate change looks like from space? That’s the question this lecture from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine seeks to answer. Register or find out more here.
Rounding out this week of fun, the Washington Bach Consort presents Bach’s Cello suites, performed by Wade Davis, next Thursday, March 25. You can learn more here and you can do a deep dive into the Consort’s YouTube channel here.
Future plans: March’s Creative Mornings talk is taking place next Friday, March 26., but you can register this Monday, starting at 10:30 a.m. here.
Did you miss The Miracle Theatre? The Miracle missed you, too. Following the latest government guidelines, The Miracle can open for small parties and you can start booking this Monday, March 22. Follow the link here and enjoy.
Perennial weekend plan: Make a point of supporting local businesses. We love our local bookstores and Solid State Books has not formally opened for browsing. You can shop over the phone and pick up at their will call window. Click here for more information.