Seen and Heard: Happenings Around Town
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Weekend Best Bets: Georgetown French Market, National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, Smithsonian and Sugarloaf Craft Shows, Bay Bridge Boat Show, Apple Blossom Festival, Taste of Vienna, Charm City Bluegrass, Big Flea, Calvert Homes, Maryland Day great music and more!
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Georgetown French Market is 2 days of a European style street fair, sidewalk sale and open market with vendors, entertainers, live music stages and family fun du' jour.
The National Wine & Food Festival at National Harbor is a world class, waterfront, culinary event featuring renowned chef’s, artisans, craftsmen and more all weekend.
36 Annual Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum this weekend will feature 120 crafters in a variety of mediums representing 33 states.
The 91st Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival begins this weekend with a variety of events, carnival, Wine Fest, music, tournaments, dance hall and parties.
Maryland Dog Fest at the Charles County Fairgrounds this weekend great family fun, even the 4 legged family, with vendors, stunt dogs, doggie playgrounds, fashion show, talent show and more.
DC’s Big Flea & Antique Market is at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend featuring over 700 booths in 2 halls in an amazing treasure hunt.
Charm City Bluegrass Festival is Friday and Saturday featuring an all-star lineup, great local food and craft brew, vendors and more.
Bay Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville is all things boating with vendors, demos, experts, food, fun and kids activities all weekend.
Spring Festival in Frederick, Md., is family friendly outdoor farm fun with kids activities, hayrides, animals, crafts and food plus more through the weekend.
Calvert Home Show at the Calvert County Fairgrounds this weekend is a Home & Garden Expo with vendors, experts and a petting zoo.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds this weekend will feature more than 250 top artisans with interactive demonstrations, music, food and kids entertainment.
The 24th Annual 18th Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park, Md., features time period demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and entertainers.
WineFest St Michaels is a premiere wine tasting event with hundreds of vendors, gourmet food in a relaxed atmosphere this weekend.
The 32nd Annual DC International Film Festival continues through this weekend with films from 45 countries at various locations with special guests, Q&A and more.
Cirque du Soleil Luzia takes you on a imaginary journey through Mexico with breathtaking acrobatics on multiple stages at various showtimes through the weekend.
ARTECHOUSE it’s Sakura Yume’s Cherry Blossom Dream a display for all ages to experience a floating environment and interactive 3D sculpture through the weekend.
Anacostia Community Museum starts its new display A Right To the City exploring the evolution of DC neighborhoods over the past 50 years.
Arena Stage presents Snow Child a bluegrass musical of a girl and a fox in the Alaskan wilderness with various showtimes through the weekend.
The Studio Theatre present Vietgone a high-octane comedy of refugee relocation, pop culture with live music.
Adventure Theatre Glen Echo presents Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt the beloved Megan McDonald book comes to life at various showtimes through this weekend.
Sat., April 28:
Maryland Day at the University of Maryland is a day of learning and discovery in this 20th annual family-friendly event with demos, exhibits, performers and more.
National Park Rx Day in Rock Creek Park wraps up the National Park Week with a festival for families with Rangers, gardening and health experts, fun outdoor activities and more.
Taste of Vienna will showcase many local restaurants, food trucks, live entertainment and more.
Alexandria Earth Day will have exhibits, demos, food and fun.
Beer, Bacon and Music Festival in Ashburn features 30+ breweries, samplers, a bacon bar, many styles of music a game zone and something for everyone.
Paws in the Park in Prince William Forest is a day of four legged fun with dog demonstrations, Dogs Got Talent Show, vendors and fun for the whole family.
The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival is a rain or shine cultural celebration with 3 stages for traditional music, dance, performers with food, crafts and more.
DC Chocolate Festival celebrates the artisans and chocolates of Mid-Atlantic and beyond with 30+ vendors, experts, kids corner and more.
South Mountain Spring Fest is vendors, music, farmers market, activities, animals and then some.
Fairfax History Day at the Historic Blenheim features, tours, living history displays, rides and hands on activities for the family.
Festival of Colors at Bull Run Park is a run, with performers, Hollywood vs. Bollywood, music, libations and more.
Labyrinth on Capitol Hill is celebrating International Table Top Game Day with free activities for kids and families.
The Kennedy Center Opera House presents The Barber of Seville one of the most beloved masterpieces begins its run Saturday. For info
The Fillmore has The Wildflowers - A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Rams Head On Stage it’s singing siblings Joseph with Becca Mancari.
Lucketts Bluegrass presents The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show.
The Hamilton hosts rock guitarist Dweezil Zappa.
The Barns of Wolf Trap presents The 31st Annual Evening of Comedy.
The Birchmere hosts legendary singer-songwriter Janis Ian.
9:30 Club has singer-songwriter Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather with Caitlin Rose.
Anthem presents the Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show.
The Pearl Street Warehouse has DC based rockers The Riverbreaks with Suspect Class.
Jammin’ Java has an acoustic evening with Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz Trio.
Tally Ho has heavy metal tribute with Tragedy: All-Metal Bee Gees.
Lisner Auditorium has Capitol Funk’s Hip Hop Showcase.
Amp by Strathmore has soul-jazz keyboard and singing sensation Jarrod Lawson.
The Lincoln Theatre it’s British singer-songwriter, surrealist poet Robyn Hitchcock and His L.A. Squires with Tristen.
U Street Music Hall has South African singer-songwriter Jeremy Loops with Ethan Tucker.
Sun., April 29:
Britain On The Green at Gunston Hall features a British car show, entertainment, vendors, food and more.
Color Fest at Merriweather Park is a celebration India with music, dance, kites food and fun.
The Kennedy Center NSO Family Concert with special guest Ben Folds.
American Legion Hughesville Bluegrass Matinee features The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show.
A Night at Eastern Market celebrate the businesses and community of Capitol Hill with small bites, brews, wines, music and more.
Bethesda Blues & Jazz has the legendary Melba Moore.
The Howard Theatre has the Cuban Timba band of Havanna D’Primera & El Chacal.
Hill Country Live it’s the Americana-blues of Patrick Sweany.
The Birchmere hosts the legendary Herb Albert & Lani Hall.
The Pearl Street Warehouse presents the rockin’ 'new-grass’ of The John Stickley Trio.
Union Stage it’s the Americana combo The Ben Miller Band.
9:30 Club has California siblings Echosmith with The Score and Jena Rose.
Weekend Best Bets: Annapolis Sailboat Show, Sugarloaf Crafts, DC Film Fest, Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, Bluegrass Brew & BBQ, Light City Baltimore, SpringFests, Earth Day great music and more!
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Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show this weekend is all things sailing with vendors, demos, displays, Regatta, music, libations, food and fun. For info
43rd Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds this weekend will feature more than 250 top artisans with interactive demonstrations, music, food and kids entertainment. For info
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival, in its 28th year, features vendors, experts, demos, beer garden, music and entertainment, kids activities through the weekend. For info
The Avenue Viera Craft Festival in Arlington is an outdoor craft show with vendors, artisans, food, shopping and more. For info
Light City Baltimore is the nation’s only large-scale large scale light and art festival where you can explore neighborhoods of light displays with music, innovation and more Friday and Saturday. For info
National Park Week begins this week with free entry into parks on Saturday and special events and activities for the entire family. For info
The 32nd Annual DC International Film Festival has begun and continues through this weekend with films from 45 countries at various locations with special guests, Q&A and more. For info
College of Southern Maryland’s Renaissance Festival weekend will travel back in time with a variety of activities, performers, music, games, food and fun for all. For info
Cirque du Soleil Luzia takes you on a imaginary journey through Mexico with breathtaking acrobatics on multiple stages at various showtimes through the weekend. For info
ARTECHOUSE it’s Sakura Yume’s Cherry Blossom Dream a display for all ages to experience a floating environment and interactive 3D sculpture through the weekend. For info
Arena Stage presents Snow Child a bluegrass musical of a girl and a fox in the Alaskan wilderness with various showtimes through the weekend. For info
Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Potted Potter the show that condenses all 7 Harry Potter Books into 70 hilarious minutes at various showtimes this weekend. For info
Anacostia Community Museum starts its new display A Right To the City exploring the evolution of DC neighborhoods over the past 50 years. For info
The Kennedy Center presents After the Rehearsal & Persona, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration 2 screenplays reimagined for the stage at various showtimes at school. For info
The Kennedy Center also has NSO Music for Young Audiences: The String Thing a silent comedic tag-team introduces children to the greatest music ever written at various showtimes this weekend. For info
The Logan Fringe Art Space has The Mystery of Edwin Drood [Symphonic Metal Version] where metal, mystery & mayhem ensue in an unfinished Dicken’s re-enactment where the audience picks a new ending. For info
Adventure Theatre Glen Echo presents Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt the beloved Megan McDonald book comes to life at various showtimes through this weekend. For info
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse has the comedy of Pablo Francisco of Comedy Central and MadTV fame with shows Friday and Saturday. For info
Sat., April 21:
RFK Stadium hosts the National Cannabis Festival vendors, activities and a non-stop music line-up. For info
SpringFest in Ellicott City will feature 3 stages of music, arts & crafts, family activities, local food, wine & brews and more. For info
SpringFest in Fairfax, at The Sully Historic Site, is a free family fun day of action toward a health planet with workshops, vendors, kids entertainment and more. For info
Arlington Palooza is a free outdoor family event with music, art, games, vendor and more. For info
Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ Festival in Mt. Airy will feature 30+ breweries, delicious local barbecue, Linganore Wines and more. For info
Gunston Hall Kite Festival is a day of family fun with kite flying, activities, crafts, tours and more. For info
National Park Week has begun with free entry Saturday to parks with some featuring events and activities for the family. For info
Interstate BBQ Festival in Boonsboro is food, vendors, music, games, kids activities and fun. For info
Charmers Entertainment, Music and Arts Festival at the Charles County Fairgrounds is a family friendly celebration of music, artisans and vendors, DJs, food and more. For info
DC Beer Fest at National Park features 80 breweries with 200 beers, food trucks, lawn games, music and more. For info
Frederick Craft and Spirits Festival at the Frederick Fairgrounds features 10+ local distilleries with food trucks, music, demos and more. For info
DAR Constitution Hall has Wild Kratts Live the wildly popular PBS kids show at various showtimes on Saturday. For info
Rams Head On Stage host John Popper of the Blues Travelers. For info
9:30 Club hosts the soulful, indie-electro pop of Lotus with Staycation. For info
The Anthem hosts Portland indie-rockers The Decemberists with Tennis. For info
The Pearl Street Warehouse has New Orleans rockers Motel Radio with Quiet Hollers. For info
The State Theatre host the virtuoso guitarist Buckethead. For info
Tally Ho Theatre it’s Yacht Rock Night with Boat House Row. For info
Union Stage has The Nighthawks. For info
The Strathmore presents The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For info
Amp by Strathmore hosts the all girl funk rockers Be´la Dona. For info
The Howard Theatre has a Reggae Fest vs. Soca. For info
The Weinberg host the break out Americana of Mandolin Orange. For info
Sun., April 22:
Annapolis Earth Day And Spring Festival will feature family fun activities with music, vendors and shopping with a parade. For More
Day of the Book Festival in Kensington is a street festival with over 100 local authors, poets with live music, cooking demos, kids stage, food truck and special guests. For info
Shakespeare’s Birthday at The Folger Theatre will celebrate the Bard in a full day of activities from crafts to cake and demonstrations, performances, music, food trucks and more. For info
Bark In The Park at Bowie Baysox Stadium is an annual canine celebration for four legged friends and their family with vendors, interactive exhibits and more. For info
Celebrate Earth Day at North Gate Vineyard with guided tours, a Butterfly Waystation, tastings, music, bring a picnic and more. For info
Songbyrd Music House has the indie-pop of Footwerk. For info
The Birchmere has the Grammy nominated R&B, soul of Kenny Lattimore. For info
9:30 Club it's the folk-pop duo The Weepies. For info
The Hamilton has the country tinged rock of Alan Doyle with The Fortunate Ones. For info
The Barns of Wolf Trap has the chamber music of John Corigliano 8.0. For info
Blues Alley it’s critically acclaimed sax of Ravi Coltrane with 2 shows. For info
The Pearl Street Warehouse hosts singer-songwriter Todd Wright with Laura Tsaggaris. For info
Rams Head On Stage has Durham six piece Delta Rae with Liz Longley. For info