Spring has finally begun in the District, so take advantage of the warm weather after what felt like a never-ending winter. Spend your weekend on the National Mall for a kite festival before finishing it off with a baseball game at Nationals Park.
Cherry Blossom Sunrise at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
DayBreaker DC, an early morning dance event, is coming to the Smithsonian American Art Museum this Friday morning. The event – which will be hosted in the museum’s Kogod Courtyard – will take place as the sun rises, letting light through the glass ceiling and onto the orchids that are a part of the newest exhibit, “Orchids: Amazing Adaptations.” The morning will start with sunrise yoga and continue into a dance party with music by FDVM with special prizes and performances throughout. Free refreshments of kombucha, cold brew, fresh juice and other breakfast food will fuel your early morning festivities, and you can start your work or school day off with an additional burst of energy.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F and Eighth streets NW. 6 to 9 a.m. Tickets start at $18.45.
Blossom Kite Festival
As a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual Blossom Kite Festival will take place this Saturday on the National Mall. This festival showcases the talent of kite enthusiasts from across the country, and there will be activities for children, competitions for professional flyers and great photography opportunities for anyone interested in checking it out. Bring your own kite to join in on the fun or opt to make a kite at one of the kite-making stations. Alongside the budding cherry blossoms, masses of colorful kites will adorn the National Mall for a stunning view of the District.
National Mall, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New York Mets at Washington Nationals Park
Enjoy the start of spring and baseball season at the ballpark as the New York Mets face the Washington Nationals Sunday during their first three-day tournament of the regular season. No matter which team you root for, you’ll get to enjoy the spring weather and Nationals Park’s upgraded food vendors, including dining options like Medium Rare, Hank’s Oyster Bar and Chiko. Whether you’re well-versed in baseball or not, a game at Nationals Park is a spring staple when you are in the District.
Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St. SE. Game begins at 1:35 p.m. Tickets start at $11.