Keep in mind these distinctly Washington annual events when planning a visit in the next few months. Check goingoutguide.com for details.
The festival is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first planting of cherry trees at the Tidal Basin with five weeks of activities. Tickets to the opening ceremony were snatched up weeks ago, but there’s still plenty to satisfy your blossom fervor. Other highlights include the Blossom Kite Festival (March 31); the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (April 7); and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 14).
Info: March 20-April 27. Various locations. 877-442-5666. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Many events are free, but some require an admission fee.
White House Easter Egg Roll
Held the Monday after Easter, this White House tradition dates to the 19th century. An online lottery for thousands of free tickets is typically held a month in advance. Visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll for updates.
Info: April 9. The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free.
Transit: Metro Center, Federal Triangle or McPherson Square Metro stations.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Every summer, the Mall becomes an epicenter of exploration and creativity, with music, demonstrations, food and more. Two of the themes of this year’s festival are “Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt,” commemorating the 25th anniversary of the AIDS quilt, and “Campus and Community: Public and Land-Grant Universities and the USDA at 150,” honoring the 150th anniversary of the USDA and the land-grant university system.
Info: June 27-July 1 and July 4-8 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (evening events begin at 5:30 or 6). On the Mall between Seventh and 14th streets. 202-633-1000.www.festival.si.edu. Free.
Transit: Smithsonian, Federal Triangle or Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stations.
A Capitol Fourth
Every Independence Day, hundreds of thousands of patriotic revelers jockey for the best patch of grass on the Capitol lawn and the surrounding Mall to hear music and see fireworks, so the earlier you arrive the better (last year the Capitol grounds opened at 3 p.m.; the Mall opens at 10 a.m.).
Transit: Capitol South and Smithsonian Metro stations (Smithsonian station is usually closed during the day but reopens about 10:30 p.m.).
— Kris Coronado