spring 2013 dc collage

APRIL

International Pillow Fight Day, massive pillow fights breakout in cities around the world. Check out the following photos of the pillow fights in Washington, DC. April 6th, National Mall. (Note: No Down Pillows, they make too much mess!)

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and is the biggest Japanese street party in the nation with Japanese performances on 3 stages, over 200 martial arts demos, 25 Japanese and Asian restaurants, 30 interactive cultural exhibits and 35 vendors selling Japanese products. April 13, 2013, 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Francophonie Cultural Festival features six weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more in Washington DC. Through April 13th, various locations. See www.francophoniedc.org for schedule.

Three Little Birds. Three little birds sing their sweet songs to Ziggy, a very shy child who is happy to see the world from the T.V. in his room. But his tricky friend, Nansi wants him to get out and enjoy the Island of Jamaica. But, Ziggy is afraid of hurricane, mongoose and evil spirits. Their worldly adventure is enlivened by the fantastic songs of Bob Marley. Through April 14th, Adventure Theater, Glen Echo.

Truckeroo. DC food trucks serving food from all over the world come together once a month from April to October with live music all day, outdoor tables, and a few children’s games. Super family fun. April 19th, corner of Half Street and M Street, SE.

Orchids of South America.  Learn about the importance of orchids in Latin American folklore and cultural traditions. And, of course, enjoy the beautiful orchids from the Smithsonian Orchid Collection and the US Botanic Garden collection. Through April 21st, Natural History Museum.

Britain on the Green. Join the Capital Triumph Register for the club’s 16th annual car show and inaugural season at Gunston Hall Plantation, home of George Mason. Enjoy the 2013 driving season with a picnic, a day of British automobiles and a complimentary tour of the historic house and grounds. April 28th, Gunston Hall Plantation, Mason Neck, Virginia.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. Dive into the wreck of the Whydah to discover the true stories of Captain Bellamy and his crew through fascinating artifacts in the world’s first exhibition of authentic pirate treasure! Through May 27th, National Geographic Museum.

Birds of Paradise. Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, the birds-of-paradise are a case study in the evolutionary power of sexual selection. Their fantastic plumes and bizarre courtship displays are a result of millions of years of sexual selection at work in an environment with plentiful food and no natural predators. Great hands-on activities for kids. Through May 12th, National Geographic Museum.

MAY

Around the World Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC, an annual celebration of international culture in Washington DC that showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. May 4th, 10am – 4pm, various embassies.

National Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington, DC is an annual celebration featuring live music and dance, children’s arts and crafts workshops, food, games and activities for the entire family. May 5th, noon to 6pm, National Mall.

National Asian Heritage Festival-Fiesta Asia showcases Asian art and culture with a wide array of activities including live performances by musicians, vocalists and performance artists, Pan-Asian cuisine, martial arts and lion dance demonstration, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and interactive activities. May 18, 10am – 7pm. Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd & 6th St.

Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival.  The two-day festival features competitive dragon boat races on the Potomac River, colorful cultural performances and hands-on activities. Approximately 60 teams from all over the east coast compete. May 18-19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thompson Boat Center.

The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 13th season May 24. The free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Afrofunk big band Chopteeth plays May 31st, 5pm, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

Théâtre Motus and the Sô Company: Baobab. African percussion turns into animals, masks and puppets become genies, and one courageous child’s quest changes the history of the world. For age 5 and up. May 11-12, Kennedy Center.

ImaginAsia, a distinctive family program designed to inspire a deep awareness of Asian art and culture, serves children ages eight to fourteen and their adult companions. This May and April, Imaginasia offers hands-on classes in Anime, Japanese Bookbinding, and Cuneiform. See website for schedule.

National Geographic Bee. Each year thousands of schools in the US participate in the National Geographic Bee, culminateing in an entertaining, dramatic, and extremely challenging test of knowledge between stellar students who have made it over the hurdles to appear at the national level. This year marks the Bee’s 25th anniversary and Alex Trebek’s last year as host. May 22, National Theater. Tickets available only through the National Geographic Ticket Office.