The annual D.C. Francophonie Cultural Festivalwill take place March 1-23.The Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and Francophone communities around the world through a series of cultural events and outreach programs. Since 2001, more than 40 embassies and partners (including the Alliance Française de Washington DC and the Smithsonian Associates) have collaborated annually to present an array of experiences all rooted in the Francophone culture -- from Africa, to the Americas, to the Middle East - through concerts, cuisine, films, literary salons and lectures for all ages.
The Annual NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, March 10 & 11. The hands-on exposition is free and offers information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are forums on healthy cooking, exercise, & activities for children - from games to face painting.
The Annual Environmental Film Festival will take place March 15-25. The festival’s mission is to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. More than 100 films are screened at each festival, reaching more than 30,000 viewers. Filmmaker and topical discussions take place at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters throughout DC. There are also year-round screenings and community events. Many of the screenings are free and offer the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers. It’s the largest green film festival in the world and the longest-running in the U.S.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will have their annual Fabergé Egg Festival, which is a celebration of Spring's arrival in Russian style, on March 24 & 25.Visitors can admire the estate’s collection of exquisite imperial eggs and other fanciful Fabergé creations collected by Marjorie Post. There will also be festive folk music performed by Samovar Russian Folk Music Ensemble and spirited dancing by Kalinka Dance Ensemble.A family play produced by Happenstance Theater will feature stories of Russian Easter traditions. A traditional Russian egg-rolling game is a highlight of the event, and visitors can “step into Fabergé's Workshop" to decorate a Fabergé-inspired egg.
Image below: Visitors at a previous Fabergé Egg Festival
The Annual Georgetown House Tour hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church will take place on April 28. The tour raisers funds for ministry and outreach. Each year the Tour features a number of Georgetown’s most beautiful homes that are within easy walking distance. The homes can be visited at your own pace and in your preferred order. The tour price includes a House Tour Magazine full of useful information that serves also as your admission to each home, and includes a map of the houses along with historic information and background on each house. The ticket also includes a Parish Tea in Blake Hall at the historic church at 3240 O St. NW. The tea features homemade tea sandwiches and sweets.
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee will present the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show at The National Building Museum, April 26-29.The show will feature 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of some 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influences on American crafts.Many of today’s top U.S. artists who create cutting-edge art are reconnecting American modernism to its roots in Asian culture. The show will engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme: Asian Influence/American Design.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo's Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition will take place on April 2.The Zoo will offer family-focused activities, from an Easter egg hunt with prizes to field games, special animal demonstrations and live entertainment. The Easter Panda will be there too! The Zoo advises visitors to: “please note that due to increased visitation during spring break, security screening measures will be implemented at all Zoo entry points. Screening prior to entry includes but is not limited to all bags, backpacks, personal items and strollers. Visitors who exit the Zoo must participate in security screening before re-entry is permitted. Zoo entry wait times are possible during the spring break period.”
Image below:A scene from a previous Easter Monday Celebration
The annual The Georgetown French Market will take place April 27-29 at Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood. The area will be transformed into an inviting open-air market as over 40 locally-owned merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries display discounted items and unique finds. The three-day event will feature live entertainment and children's activities as they evoke the outdoor markets of Paris, where visitors wander between shops and galleries "tempted by the aroma of fresh coffee and croissants. C'est magnifique!"
Image below: A view of a previous Georgetown French Market - Photo by Sam Kittner/BID.
The National Symphony Orchestra will present Music for Young Audiences: Two Divas and a Bear in the Family Theatre on March 4. NSO violinist Marissa Regni & soprano Kari Paludan - and everyone's favorite stuffed animal – will explore the human voice along with the voice of the violin!
The show is suggested for Age 3+
Image below: Logo for Two Divas and a Bear
The NSOwill present a Young People's Concertwith NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds on April 29.The concert will be performed “in the spirit of a concert series made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall.” The music-filled performance for children and families will feature special guests.
Image below:Ben Folds
The NSO POPs, conducted by Steven Reineke, will present Black Violinin the Concert Hall on April 4.Violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) will join the NSO “to showcase their dynamic music style bridging Hip Hop beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique.” The concert is considered best for Age 5+.
Image below:Black Violin
Le Théâtre Des Confettis from Canada, in collaboration with Lincoln Center Educationwill present Waves, all that Glows Sees in the Kennedy Center Family Theater, March 24-April 1.The show was created for the very young & is most enjoyed by ages 18 months to 4 years.
Image below: A scene from Waves, all that Glows Sees.
Tudor Place, the historic estate in Georgetown, will have their annual Eggstravaganza on March 24, 30 & 31. The day of family fun will take place in Tudor Place’s colorful gardens, beginning with an egg hunt and egg roll on the South Lawn. Visitors can also decorate a scratch art Easter egg, make a festive crown, and play traditional children’s games. The Easter bunny will be on hand for photo ops.
Historic Tudor Place in Georgetown will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Daywith a Plant Sale & Picnicon April 22.Visitors can spend an afternoon exploring the estate’s historic gardens and take advantage of a once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the grounds. The annual Plant Sale will feature heirloom and native sun-to-shade perennials, as well as tropical and house plants. Herbs and other edible plants will be featured this year.Purchases at the Plant Sale will support conservation and education at Tudor Place.
The National Gallery of Art offers a wide range of innovative films for families, including classics, recently-produced shorts, and foreign features. The selections appeal to both young and adult audiences; noted age recommendations can assist parents in selecting the most emotionally and intellectually-stimulating films for their children. Feature films are screened in English, unless otherwise noted.
VStar Entertainment Group, Nickelodeon and Koba Entertainment will present the U.S. debut of the theatrical production Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock at The National Theatre on April 8.The show is based on Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Bubble Guppies & features playful characters, energetic song and dance and theatrical magic. Tickets may be purchased in person at the National Theatre box office or online at www.TheNationalDC.com