Dancers from Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group perform at the annual Cherry Blossom Parade IN 2015. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin hit peak bloom this week, providing a bright and colorful backdrop for the climactic events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Highlights include Petalpalooza at the Wharf (Saturday), a waterfront party with live music, beer gardens and a fireworks show over the Washington Channel; the annual parade down Constitution Avenue NW with marching bands, floats and giant balloons (April 13); the post-parade Sakura Matsuri street festival downtown, which features Japanese musicians and dancers, samurai dramas, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, and food and drink pavilions; and the Anacostia River Festival (April 14), which brings lawn games, canoeing and family fun to Anacostia Park, across from the Navy Yard. Through April 14. Dates and locations vary. Most events are free. — Fritz Hahn

‘Junk’ at Arena Stage, April 5

The 1987 film “Wall Street” gave us the mantra “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Now, the main character in Pulitzer-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar’s “Junk” declares “Debt is an asset.” The play, opening at Arena Stage, flashes back to the financial world of the 1980s and is inspired by real corporate raiders. Directed by Jackie Maxwell, “Junk” zeroes in on a brash financier and his efforts at a hostile takeover, going after a family-owned manufacturer. Through May 5. $56-$105. — Adele Chapin


Part of digital artist Tabor Robak's exhibit "Mental" at Von Ammon Co. in Georgetown. (von ammon co.)

‘Mental’/Von Ammon Co. Gallery opening , April 6

New York art dealer Todd von Ammon wants to make a name for himself in Washington with his new gallery, Von Ammon Co. For its debut exhibit, “Mental,” the 3,500-square-foot warehouse space in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley displays the brand-new multimedia sculptures of New York-based artist Tabor Robak, whose works have been featured at such world-renowned museums as MoMA: PS1 and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. “Mental” is a future-forward exploration into technology’s positive and negative effects on the human brain, composed of cutting-edge video installations, eye-popping LED screens and more high-tech gear. Some of the far-out pieces you’ll see include “MiniJumbo,” a miniature Jumbotron that displays messages using a neural network. Through May 25. Free. — Stephanie Williams


The crowd as Turnstile performed at the Damaged City pre-show at All Souls Church in 2018. (Josh Sisk/For The Washington Post)

Damaged City Fest , April 11

In a city where music festivals sprout up — and come and go as the years pass — it’s fitting that one of the best, longest-running ones is homegrown. Damaged City, in its seventh year, is a premier showcase of punk and hardcore. The festival started out as a two-day affair held in the sacred D.C. punk space St. Stephen, in Columbia Heights, composed of local fixtures of the scene alongside a few notable bands from around the country. In recent years, lineups have sprawled out to four-day blowouts across multiple D.C. venues, with touring bands from across the world. For those in search of the best acts to see, look for regional clusters. The New York area will deliver the virtuosic rock stylings of Screaming Females and Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, who are known for their raucous live shows. California ships over Los Angeles heavies Despise You and the buzzy Bay Area quartet Torso. For those who haven’t been able to visit your local punk house to listen to Washington’s best and brightest, turn your ears to Asesinato and Corvo. Through April 14. $10-$65. — Hau Chu

Space Oddity at the National Air and Space Museum, April 12

Is there a more dramatic setting for an after-hours party than the National Air and Space Museum? Space Oddity, co-hosted by Brightest Young Things and Yuri’s Night, is a celebration of many space-related milestones, including the 58th anniversary of the first manned space flight and the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 moon landing and, of course, David Bowie’s single that lends the party its name. Take your protein pills, put your helmet on and get ready for a mix of high and low entertainment: paper-airplane contests, DJs, TED-style talks in the museum auditorium, a laser light show, a live taping of the AirSpace podcast, a Bowie-themed drag review and an open bar. And a chance to touch the moon rock. 8:30 p.m. $60. — Fritz Hahn

‘Umbrella’ along 14th Street NW , April 12

The city’s old, abandoned buildings seem like eyesores to some people. But for No Kings Collective, they’re canvases for eye-popping works of art. Over the past decade, the local arts group has built a sizable following in the creative community with its ambitious pop-up exhibitions at unconventional spaces around the District. With its three-day event “Umbrella,” No Kings pushes the envelope even further, transforming the former Martha’s Table, Martha’s Outfitters and Smucker Farms locations on 14th Street NW into a temporary 15,000-square-foot art venue comprising nine galleries. The installations feature 240 pieces from such local artists as Kelly Towles, Maggie O’Neill and Washington Project for the Arts, in addition to food from Asian fusion eatery Bun’d Up and drinks available for purchase. Guests can also buy the art on display, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting nonprofit organization Feed It Forward. Through April 14. Free. — Stephanie Williams

Porch Fest along Rhode Island Avenue NE, April 13

Porch Fest might just be the best day to take a walk down Rhode Island Avenue NE. During this annual afternoon block party of sorts, porches and stoops along the avenue will serve as stages for musicians, dancers, poets and more artists — and as meeting spots for neighbors. This tradition is free and family-friendly, and you can download the “RIA NE Main Street” app for a walking tour to find the performances happening all over the neighborhood. 2 p.m. Free. — Adele Chapin

Sherry and Agatha Christie book club at Loyalty Bookstore , April 14

If you’re like many book club members, your contribution to your last meeting probably consisted of a hunk of cheese and a cheap-and-cheerful bottle of white wine. That wouldn’t do at Loyalty. The Petworth shop is launching a monthly club called the Sherry and Agatha Christie book club, and it’s no mystery what you’ll find there: a discussion of the great writer’s debut novel, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles,” paired with high tea and a sherry tasting. Loyalty founder Hannah Oliver Depp handles the literary side, while the beverages are chosen by Chantal Tseng, the maven behind the weekly Literary Cocktails event. Tickets include food, drink and, if you need it, a copy of the book. 3 p.m. $20-$32. — Fritz Hahn

Natalie Prass at Rock & Roll Hotel, April 19

When Richmond-based singer-songwriter Natalie Prass was working on her second album, “The Future and the Past,” in 2017, she played two shows in the District at which she tested much of that material live. The record — a groove-based mix of politically tinged, R&B-inspired indie pop — came out last June, but she hasn’t played a headlining show in the capital since. After making a fan out of Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, for whom Prass opened at the Anthem in January, Press will finally get to present those fully fleshed-out songs, including the feminist anthem “Sisters” and the infectious “Short Court Style,” during her own headlining set at the Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m., $15. — Rudi Greenberg

‘Animals, Collected’ at National Building Museum, April 20

Animal statues and depictions on public buildings are so commonplace that they exist without question. But what is the symbolism behind these fixtures? It’s a question that the National Building Museum explores in-depth with its latest exhibition, “Animals, Collected.” The 125 objects pulled from the museum’s permanent collection, most of which have not been shown publicly before, feature two- and three-dimensional works that trace the history of animals and their relationship to well-known architectural structures. Sketches from the Washington National Cathedral’s construction archives, sculptures from D.C.-area artist Raymond Kaskey and drawings from Chicago’s Northwestern Terra Cotta Company are among the highlighted items. Through spring 2020. $7-$10. — Stephanie Williams

Broccoli City Festival at FedEx Field, April 26

The District has been fortunate to have festivals started by locals dedicated to showing off the biggest names in music. Broccoli City does that, with a community-minded mission. This year’s festival has a two-day BroccoliCon (April 25-26), a series of workshops and talks, as well as a Friday night pre-show featuring trap karaoke that is an extension of prior years and their Shaw outpost Broccoli Bar. The festival itself has fed local music fans a steady diet of in-demand rap and hip-hop including Future, Cardi B and Solange, as well as some choice sets from locally grown artists GoldLink and Kali Uchis. This year continues that harmonious blend (and, for the first time, at the area’s biggest fishbowl: FedEx Field) with headlining sets from Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino. The homegrown act to catch is Suitland, Md.’s YBN Cordae, who has already been making national waves with “Kung Fu” and other tracks. Through April 27. $99.50-$199.50. — Hau Chu


A man dressed as the Tick browses through old comics at Awesome Con in 2017. (Linda Wang/For The Washington Post)

Awesome Con at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, April 26

You’ve still got time to finish your costume before Awesome Con, Washington’s answer to San Diego’s Comic-Con. This weekend-long fantasy/science-fiction/pop culture convention, which brings more than 70,000 fans to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is again partnering with Smithsonian magazine for a pavilion called Future Con that dives into the intersections between sci-fi and science. Stars slated to appear this year include Val Kilmer, Cary Elwes and Kelly LeBrock, along with special guests Cole Sprouse of “Riverdale” and Matt Smith of “Doctor Who,” in addition to a long list of illustrators and authors. Through April 28. $40-$55 single day; $80 weekend pass. — Adele Chapin

Meow DC at Dock 5, April 27

Even cat people like to get out and mingle on occasion. At the first Meow DC, you can celebrate all things feline while supporting a good cause: Proceeds will go to the Humane Rescue Alliance, which finds homes for homeless animals in the area. At the event, you can don a cat-ear headband and attend lectures on mystifying cat behavior, get some cuddle time with adoptable cats and browse the marketplace for harnesses and other accessories for stylish felines. For an extra $15, sign up to snap a photo with Instagram-famous Bagel, the Sunglass Cat, who wears shades because he was born without eyelids. 10 a.m. $40. — Sadie Dingfelder

District Winery rooftop rosé party , April 28

Washington loves rosé. We drink more of it per capita than anywhere else in the country, according to the website Wine Access, though that 2017 data doesn’t specify if it’s being drunk in rosé gardens, at home or in frosé form. Last year, the District got a rosé of its very own, thanks to the District Winery near Navy Yard: The dry rosé, created with grenache grapes from California, was the first wine legally fermented in the city since Prohibition. The second vintage is about to be released, which calls for a party. Tickets include samples of rosé and two yet-to-be-bottled selections, a sparkling pet-nat and an orange pinot gris, plus hors d’oeuvres and live music. If you like the rosé, bottles will be available for purchase for $15 each. Two sessions: noon and 5 p.m. $59 through April 21, $69 after. — Fritz Hahn


Kali Uchis, who grew up in Virginia, is returning to D.C. for her biggest show yet, alongside Jorja Smith. (Andre Chung/For The Washington Post)

Kali Uchis x Jorja Smith at the Anthem, April 28

Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith have seemingly been on the same upward career trajectory since releasing their joint single “Tyrant” in 2017. They both released solid debut albums the following year that straddled the lines between future-forward R&B grooves and infectious pop, earning each artist multiple award nominations (including a Grammy nod for Smith). Their names were further thrusted into the apex of pop music with appearances at Coachella. Now, the duo has come full circle by once again joining forces for a full-scale North American tour, which features Uchis and Smith performing their biggest D.C. show yet, at the Anthem. 8 p.m. $45-$75. — Stephanie Williams