Photo courtesy of Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.
Happy Peak Bloom!
Enjoy a magical time in the biggest city and stay dry this weekend.
Please note that sections of Rock Creek Park are closed due to a archaeological study of a black cemetery underway this weekend – there is no alternate route between Calvert and P Sts, NW.
So what should you do?
For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:
- The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
- The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
- The 💻 indicates that an event is happening virtually.
- And finally, the 🆓 indicates that an event is free.
- the 💉 indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
Your last minute weekend plans
1. A lot of people will be at the National Mall on Saturday. 🌸 It’s peak bloom so be prepared for crowds if you’re heading to the Tidal Basin and especially roads closed on Saturday for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and the 5K. Saturday will also be Blooming Kite Festival. If you want to see sakura, I offer some alternative spots below; if you want to fly a kite or get a free kite, maybe go to Virginia Highlands Park for Arlington Blossom Kite Festival (Sat, 🌲, 🆓Arlington) or Alethia Tanner Park for Blooming NoMa Festival (Sat, 🌲, 🆓name).
2. A ton of markets this weekend. 🖼🛍🌱 There is the “Spring cleaning” (Sat Sun, 🆓 Entrance, 🌲Kennedy Center) art market where over 50 local artists will sell their older works (hence the spring cleaning) for $150 or less. For more art, go to “Spring Artfest” (Fri-Sun, 🆓, 🛋, Arlington), who has an opening wine reception on Friday. Additionally, there is the Sale of native plants (Sun, $, 🌲Arboretum) at the National Arboretum – experience the cherry blossoms during your stay! Find more plants on “Plants Alive!” while at the Creators Market (Sun, 🆓 entree, 🌲, Springfield). Or enjoy a slice of pizza at Sonny’s while enjoying a pop-up market (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Parkview). And although technically not a Marletthere will also be a Exchange of recordings (Sun, 🆓, 🛋Lamond Riggs).
3. Art openings. 🎨 Longview Gallery will host an opening reception for Michael Crossett’s “Opposite side” (Fri, 🆓, 🛋, Palais des Congrès). Legacy Gallery will host an opening reception for Matt Corrado’s “Cut and paste” (Thu, 🆓, 🛋, 14th St). For politicians, the Portrait Gallery unveils a new exhibition on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Watergate (starts Fri, 🆓, 🛋, Chinatown).
4. Dessert-filled events. 🧁🍭🍪 Selling minicakes, macaroons and merchandise, the Hello Kitty Coffee Truck will come to the area (sat, $, 🌲, Tyson). There is a cider and macaroon pairing with Supreme Core Cider (Sat, 🛋$30). Treat yourself to a cold infused panna cotta with cardamom or a raspberry and beetroot cheesecake with honey at a birthday party. Coffee & Cocktails (Thursday, $55+, 🛋City of Ivy).
5. Parties and galas. 🇬🇧🤖 Join the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce to “A night on the Riviera” (Saturday, $189, 🛋, Glover Park). Or dance the night away in a birthday-cyborg (Fri, 🆓, 🛋National Mall).
What’s on our radar: Places to See Cherry Blossoms That Aren’t the Tidal Basin
When the Tidal Basin was closed to the public to view cherry blossoms earlier in the pandemic, I decided to explore other sakura spots using the Casey Trees”DC Cherry Blossom Map.” Here are a few areas that I found particularly mind-blowing:
- National Cathedral. Surrounding the National Cathedral on Cleveland Ave., NW, and Ordway St., NW, is a clump of cherry blossoms. It’s a little hilly and not the most accessible by public transport – my advice would be to grab a coffee at Cleveland Park or the Van Ness subway station and head west; later you can walk back down to Woodley Park-Zoo subway station. here is a map of this loop.
- Point Hains. A biker’s dream – East Potomac Park, just south of the Tidal Basin, is lined with many cherry blossom trees. My advice would be to then head to the wharf to eat. (Note: it can get crowded due to the overflowing tidal pool.) While in the area, you can continue your cherry blossom experience at Artechouse. PIXELBLOOM.
- Dumbarton Oaks. Located on Cherry Hill, the cherry blossom trees of Dumbarton Oaks sit in a breathtaking garden setting. Note that you must book a timed pass to enter the area.