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A Local's Guide to the Best Spring Activities in Washington, DC

Embrace the spirit of adventure and explore DC like a true insider.

While Washington, DC's iconic monuments, memorials, and world-class museums are undoubtedly must-visit attractions, the city's true essence resides in its hidden gems and local treasures. Embrace the spirit of adventure and explore DC like a true insider this spring. From cultural festivals to clandestine tours, here's a curated list of must-do activities for every adventurer that offer a glimpse into the soul of DC, beyond the beaten path.

Immerse Yourself in a Global Celebration

Embark on a global journey at Passport DC, where embassies citywide open their doors to showcase a rich tapestry of music, cuisine, and traditions from around the world. This highly anticipated event, held the first two Saturdays of May, draws thousands, offering a unique opportunity to experience diverse cultures without leaving DC.

Raise a Glass at DC’s Cocktail Festival

Get ready to sip and savor at DC Cocktail Festival, returning on April 27 at the vibrant Union Market. This annual event brings together great food, live musical performances and samplings of the best cocktails from the city’s top mixologists, including our very own Tom Murphy, General Manager of Doyle Bar.

Craft Your Signature Scent at Ol Factory NYC

Indulge your senses in a personalized olfactory journey at Ol Factory NYC. Under the guidance of expert perfumers, create your own custom perfume, leaving with a unique fragrance that captures your essence.

Uncover the Secrets of Embassy Row

Join former intelligence professionals on a captivating spy tour through Embassy Row, delving into hidden alleyways and revealing intriguing tales of espionage in one of DC’s most historic areas.

Bask in Botanical Bliss

Escape the urban hustle and bustle as you wander through the enchanting gardens of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and Dumbarton Oaks. Admire the exquisite landscapes and immerse yourself in the serenity of these botanical oases.

Hike in Rock Creek Park

Just a short distance from the The Dupont Circle Hotel, enjoy a hike through Rock Creek Park, a sprawling 1,754-acre city park nestled within the city. Traverse its many trails, including one that leads to the quaint residential neighborhood of Woodley Park, home to the National Zoo.

Spend an Evening with the Seth Meyers Writers at The Kennedy Center

This variety show brings together the brilliant minds of Late Night with Seth Meyers' writing staff, who are not only masterful comedy writers but also accomplished performers. Hosted by John Lutz and Peter Grosz, the evening features a dynamic mix of live comedy, including stand-up, sketches, improvisation, pre-taped videos, and interactive audience pieces. June 14 & 15

Visit George Washington’s Distillery

Sample George Washington's whiskey and other distilled spirits at Mount Vernon's historic distillery. Experience small batch spirits crafted on-site using 18th-century distilling methods, and uncover the rich history of America's whiskey legacy.

Indulge in the DC Chocolate Festival

Calling all chocolate lovers! Partake in the 7th DC Chocolate Festival on April 27 at La Maison Française at the Embassy of France. Hosted in partnership with the DC Chocolate House, enjoy samplings, workshops, and an array of chocolate confections from local and international makers.

Groove to the Music at Adams Morgan’s Spring Porchfest

Experience DC's eclectic music scene at Adams Morgan’s Spring Porchfest on May 4 from 2-6pm, featuring 80 bands performing genres from classic rock and funk to go-go, rap, reggae, bluegrass, classical, and pop in a lively street festival setting.

Experience Parisian Chic at Sézane Pop-Up Shop

Discover the buzz and allure of Sézane as it debuts in Washington, DC. Shop exclusive pieces from this highly coveted French brand at their new pop-up shop in Georgetown.

Explore the Waterfront

Discover the charm of DC's waterfront at The Wharf before hopping on a water taxi to Old Town Alexandria. Explore quaint streets, historic sites, and waterfront vistas in this picturesque neighborhood across the river.

Attend an Oral Argument at the US Supreme Court

Experience the pinnacle of legal debate and precedent-setting decisions by attending an oral argument at the United States Supreme Court during the last two weeks of April. Arriving early is essential, as the line to gain entry can stretch long, offering a glimpse into the fervor surrounding these historic proceedings. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the highest court in action and immerse yourself in the heart of American jurisprudence.

Looking for more ideas on what to do in DC?

Check out our What's On Calendar for more inspiration.