The Capitals play in Verizon Center 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Wizards are there for a 6 p.m. game Sunday. D.C. United has a game in RFK Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Cherry Blossom Festival
This is the executive summary. See more travel tips, including street closings, in this posting.
Saturday: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Seventh St. NW and Constitution Ave., going along Constitution to 17th Street NW, where it ends about noon. Tickets are required for the grandstands; free standing between Ninth and 15th streets. Nearest Metrorail stations: Archives and Federal Triangle.
Saturday: The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, a celebration of Japanese culture, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Ninth and 14th streets.
Sunday: The Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk is scheduled for 7:20 a.m. to about 10 a.m., starting and ending on the Washington Monument grounds. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. for the event. (The normal opening time on weekends is 7 a.m.) Nearest stations: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle. A bike parking area at 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW will open at 6 a.m.
Sunday: The Anacostia River Festival is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. at Anacostia Park, Anacostia Dr. and Good Hope Rd. SE. Nearest Metrorail station: Anacostia. Shuttles will run from the Anacostia and Eastern Market stations to the festival.
Smithsonian is the Metro station closest to the Tidal Basin, but it’s jammed at blossom time. If you can handle a little more walking, get off at L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Triangle or Foggy Bottom. Parking at Metro lots and garages is free on weekends.
If your festival plan includes multiple stops, it might make sense to buy a Metro One-Day Pass for $14.50 at any station. That allows for unlimited trips on Metrorail through closing time. Avoid using the paper fare cards, because there’s a $1 surcharge on them per trip.
Capital Bikeshare has many bike stations along the Mall. See a map of the Bikeshare stations. The Web site is especially helpful during busy days of the festival because it shows the number of bikes available and the number of empty docks at each station. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, look for special corrals for cyclists at Ohio and West Basin drives SW, near the Martin Luther King Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt memorials. During the festival, more bike parking is available by the Jefferson Memorial.
Parking near the Tidal Basin during blossom time is extremely scarce. Limited parking for disabled people is available near the memorials.
If you’re looking for garage parking within walking distance of the Tidal Basin and the weekend festival events, Parking Panda has a special page showing rates and places to reserve parking. This is a similar page on the SpotHero Web site. This page on ParkWhiz shows parking for the festival parade. (Before making a reservation on any of these sites, make sure you’ve got the date and time set for the event you want.)
Smartphone apps for Parking Panda, SpotHero and ParkWhiz, free at iTunes and Google Play, allow motorists to find and reserve parking spaces in garages that are in the vicinity of the festival events, although in most cases, you’ll still get good exercise before reaching the blossoms.
16th Street Bridge
If you’re traveling to festival events from the northern part of the District or Maryland, remember that the 16th Street Bridge over Military Road is down to one lane in each direction for the bridge reconstruction project. There’s likely to be a traffic backup.
Arlington County police plan to close these roads from about 7 to 9:30 a.m.: Abington Street between South 29th Street and South 36th Street, 36th Street between South 34th Street up to and including Stafford Street, the Wakefield loop off South 34th Street, Utah Street between South 32nd Street and South 34th Street.