Out & About Washington DC – Spring Edition

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications

Springtime is a great time to get Out & About in the National Capital Region. This year’s cherry blossoms were not their usual spectacle due to Mother Nature’s unpredictable and unseasonable weather in February and March. But there are plenty of other Washington D.C. events and activities to keep everyone busy this spring!

Washington D.C. Events and Activities

The Georgetown Garden Club is hosting its 87th annual tour of the neighborhood’s best-manicured plots and beds on Saturday, May 13. Christ Church, 31st and O Streets NW, will serve as headquarters for the Tour. In addition to purchasing tickets at the Church, you may also visit the unique Garden Boutique. Afternoon tea will be served inside from 2pm to 4pm. $30 to $35.

Also on May 13th, the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States will open their doors to the public for the annual EU Embassies’ Open House. It is a full day of family fun, food, culture and more! Visitors have the chance to get a rare look inside the embassies and experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries.

Pop culture at its finest! Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze – May 22-July 10, 2016, National Portrait Gallery                       An airbrushed Katy Perry and Annie Leibovitz’s famous shot of Renée Fleming onstage join R. Luke DuBois’s portraits of Google’s founders—stars of a slightly different sort than Brad Pitt, whose image is also here.

Concerts

The Washington D. C. has no shortage of live military band concerts in the warmer months. It’s been a tradition since for over 150 years. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bands perform on alternating days throughout the summer. Concerts are free and no tickets are required.

The Air Force Band Summer Concert Series begins May 26 and runs through Aug 29.

  • Fridays at the Air Force Memorial at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays on the National Plaza (National Harbor) at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays at the U.S. Capitol (West Side Steps) at 8 p.m.

Outdoor concerts are subject to weather cancellation. Please view our Facebook or Twitter feed for concert cancellation status.

The U.S. Marine Concert Band performs regularly on Wednesday evenings beginning June 7 (8 p.m.) on the West Front of the Capitol Building and regularly on Friday evenings beginning June 2 (8:45 p.m.) at the Marine Barracks Washington, 8th and I Streets, SE

The U.S. Navy Concert Band performs regularly on Monday evenings beginning on June 5 (8 p.m) on the west steps of the Capitol Building.

The U.S. Navy Concert Band also performs on select Tuesday evenings (7:30 p.m) in the Concerts on the Avenue performance series at the Navy Memorial.  The Concert on the Avenue is a joint concert with all of the units of the Navy Band, including the Sea Chanters, Commodores, Country Current and Cruisers.

Family Fun

The first weekend in June is a great time to visit one of Washington, DC’s most unique neighborhoods, Dupont Circle! Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend, June 3-4, 2017, offers a variety of free activities for all ages, including  live music, walking and biking tours, food, and demonstrations such as quilt making and sheep shearing. Free shuttle buses are provided to help attendees get from one museum to another.

Participating Museums include:

  • Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW Saturday, 11am–3 pm; Sunday, 1–4 pm Experience the history and splendor of Gilded Age Washington. This 1905 Beaux Arts mansion was the home of American diplomat Larz Anderson. It is now the headquarters of The Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 to preserve the memory of the American Revolution.
  • Woodrow Wilson House – 2340 S St, NW President Wilson lived here until his death in 1924, and Mrs. (Edith) Wilson lived in the home until her death in 1961. Try your hand at games the Wilson family would have played from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. 
  • Dumbarton House – 2715 Que St., NW Saturday, 10am–4 pm; Sunday, 1–5 pm Step back in time to Federal America, circa 1800, at historic Dumbarton House, an elegant museum that once hosted first lady Dolley Madison.
  • National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R St. NW Saturday, CLOSED; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The museum documents and preserves the contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States.
  • Phillips Collection – 1600 21st Street, NW Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. Musicians improvise to artworks in the permanent collection. Visitors can create a jazz-inspired sculpture, explore an exhibition of artworks by local elementary students, and visit the instrument petting zoo. Interactive, all-ages discovery packs are available to enhance the experience. 
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site – 1318 Vermont Ave, NW The historic house commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American woman who grew up in poverty in South Carolina, yet rose to become an influential educator, presidential advisor, and political activist.

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