As cherry blossoms close, summer sun shines

Jack’s BoatHouse Kayak Rental

3500 K St., NW

Cross kayaking on the Georgetown waterfront off your bucket list by renting a canoe or kayak for $14-an-hour or a stand-up paddle board for $25-an-hour. Canoes and kayaks can be rented for a minimum of three hours, and rentals are available during weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Local 16

1602 U St., NW

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This eclectic and wide-windowed upstairs bar has extensive seating for big brunch groups.

An insider tip: They offer a $15 brunch deal Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you like their page on Facebook. The deal includes your choice of entrée, and to wash it down, unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys or beer.

If you go for lunch, be prepared to make friends, or possibly even engage in a brunch-off. The fun-loving host and hostess aim to please, often bringing out extra bottles of champagne for especially outgoing groups, and after a few drinks, different brunch gatherings tend to intermingle in the artsy, sunlit space.

An outdoor deck has additional seating, open weather permitting, that offers great views of the city.

Aside from the unlimited drinks, food options are also pleasing. Using ingredients grown locally on a Virginia farm, options include pizza from a wood-burning oven, breakfast classics like french toast, eggs benedict and omelets, as well as traditional hamburgers.

Sweetlife Festival

April 28
Merriweather Post Pavilion

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The Sweetlife Festival will take over the Merriweather Post Pavillon April 28 with an all-day extravaganza of music and food, featuring performances from Avicii, Kid Cudi, The Shins, fun., Explosions in the Sky, Fitz and the Tantrums and A$AP Rocky.

Zipcar and the Rock & Bus are offering transportation deals to travel to the venue, about 45 minutes away from GW. Newcomers to Zipcar can sign up and enter the promocode “50sweetlife2012” to receive a $50 driving credit to use to get to the festival.

Forward Festival

April 25 to 29
Various locations across D.C.

For dubstep and electronic music fans, or those interested in learning more about the bass-loving movement, the annual Forward Festival – described on its website as a “celebration of electronic creative culture” – began April 25. About 50 D.J.’s and artists will perform each evening at different venues across the District until April 29. Saturday will offer entertainment at three different locations, including Garfield Park in Southeast, H Street next to the Rock & Roll Hotel and Eighteenth Street Lounge.

Theodore Roosevelt Island Hiking

Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This 88.5-acre island preserve with a monument for former President Theodore Roosevelt includes a 2.5-mile path for hiking and boardwalk trails. It is pet-friendly but bikes must be secured in racks before entering. The park is accessible from the George Washington Memorial Parkway, the closest metro stop being Rosslyn.

Masa 14

1825 14th St., NW

This Latin-Asian restaurant’s newly opened rooftop bar adds another level to an eatery that made Washingtonian’s Great Bars 2011 list. Happy hour, from 5 to 7 p.m., features $4 cocktails, wine and beer.

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