If you believe 16th-century rhymes, April’s showers are almost over — and just in time, too, because Washington is entering festival season. The next few weekends are full of must-do annual events, including the National Cathedral’s Flower Mart and the annual European Union Open House embassy tours.
But first, we’ve got several days of fun. The annual Georgetown French Market turns Wisconsin Avenue and its sidestreets into an open-air festival of shopping, music and food. Many boutiques offer deep discounts, restaurants set up streetside booths — Clyde’s will be serving up lobster rolls in the TD Bank parking lot on Saturday afternoon — and roving musicians and artists entertain the kids. (See a map with a full schedule here.)
On the other side of town, the annual Taste of 8th festival on Barracks Row should be better than ever this year, thanks to such new arrivals as Ted’s Bulletin and the Chesapeake Room. Tastes are $5 each, or five for $20.
Now that we’ve whet your appetite, take a look at our picks for this weekend’s best festivals, which range from Cinco de Mayo on the Mall to tours of Takoma Park’s historic houses.