National Cherry Blossom Festival
No, your cherry blossom plans don’t have to involve elbowing your way through a sea of tourists at the Tidal Basin. (Though, if that’s what you’re into, go for it!) The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which kicked off Wednesday and runs for roughly four weeks, offers a variety of concerts, art exhibitions, food demonstrations and more throughout D.C. Some of this year’s highlights include the Blossom Kite Festival (March 30), the Cherry Blast concert featuring CeeLo Green (March 30) and the annual parade down Constitution Avenue (April 13). Various locations, times and prices, through April 14; go to nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for details.
CultureBlast: Queer Zine Fair DC
D.C. has a handful of indie zines that amplify queer voices. At this fair, meet the creators of MelaNation (which highlights black creatives), La Horchata Zine (which features artists of Central American ancestry) and more. There will also be DIY zine-making sessions. IA&A at Hillyer, 9 Hillyer Court NW; Thu., 6:30-8:30 p.m., free.
‘The Contour of Feeling’
For her first solo D.C. exhibit, Ursula von Rydingsvard is installing large-scale sculptures made of cedar wood and other works made of varied organic sources including leather and linen. Get an early look — and enjoy an open bar — at Thursday’s opening party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for $35. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW; Fri. through July 28, $10.
The Barr Brothers
Brothers Andrew and Brad Barr recently staged a series of shows in Canada, where they live, that were dubbed “An Album Nightly.” These three-night runs included full readings of each of their band The Barr Brothers’ three albums. As a result, the band, which blends folk, rock, jazz and atmospheric sounds, plans to mix deep cuts with the more well known songs from 2011’s “The Barr Brothers,” 2014’s “Sleeping Operator” and 2017’s “Queens of the Breakers” at Saturday’s show. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW; Sat., 7 p.m., $21.
Peter Sagar’s latest record as Homeshake, “Helium,” feels more personal than his previous albums. The Montreal native took full control of the project by recording and mixing in his apartment, blending his trademark dream pop with a bleary-eyed take on neo-soul. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Sun., 7:30 p.m., $16-$18.
Matador! Soul Sounds
Matador! Soul Sounds was born in 2017 as an outlet for guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and drummer Alan Evans (Soulive) to blend their love of soul, funk and jazz. The band released the James Brown-esque single “We Got What You Need” ahead of this week’s tour. Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW; Sun., 8:30 p.m., $20-$30.
Washington Nationals Homecoming
Baseball season is almost here, and the Washington Nationals will get a proper welcome Tuesday at The Wharf. Players will walk a red carpet while a DJ spins tunes on The Wharf’s floating stage. The Transit Pier will also host games and activities. The Wharf, 1100 Maine Ave. SW; Tue., 5-7 p.m., free.
Underground Comedy Fest
Underground Comedy’s annual festival returns with stand-up headliners Todd Barry, Ramy Youssef and Bonnie McFarlane. Running Wednesday through March 30, it also includes a brunch show (“Bottomless Mimos-ha’s”) and local showcases. Various locations, times and prices, Wed. through March 30; go to undergroundcomedydc.com for details.