The Splendor of Spring in Washington DC

March 2, 2020 | Activities & Attractions

Spring is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation’s capital. You should be sure to experience the city in bloom along the National Mall, as well as the elegant gardens of Hillwood Estate, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Cathedral and the National Arboretum. In addition to striking natural beauty, spring in DC also offers several world class events. Here is just are some of our favorite events taking place in Washington DC this spring. Votes for Women Day In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center joins its partners in hosting a day filled with activities. March 16th  |  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission U.S. Capitol Visitor Center  First Street NE The National Cherry Blossom Festival Every year, the Nation’s Capital welcomes spring by commemorating Tokyo’s 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees to celebrate the friendship between the United States and Japan. The festival spans March 20 – April 12, 2020, and features free annual events such as: March 21st – National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony March 28th – The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival April 4th –  The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade April 4th – The Sakura Matsuri Street Festival April 5th – The Cherry Blossom 10-mile run / 5k run-walk The Smithsonian Craft Show The Smithsonian Craft Show is an exhibit of 119 remarkable craft artists, representing works in decorative fiber, furniture, wood, glass, jewelry, leather, ceramics, metal, mixed media, paper, basketry, and wearable art. This is your opportunity to purchase items from the most prestigious exhibition of contemporary American crafts in the nation. April 22nd – 26th  |  $20 admission National Building Museum  401 F Street NW (Judiciary Square Metro Station) Washington National Cathedral Flower Mart DC’s annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and families, since 1938. The Flower Mart encircles Washington National Cathedral and includes more than 50 booths offering gardening merchandise, handbags, jewelry, and more. Activities and exhibits include the international floral display, an antique carousel, main stage performances, themed tours and tons of food vendors. May 1st – 2nd   |  Admission is free Washington National Cathedral   3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW (Walking distance from Woodley Park Guest House & a longer scenic walk or short bus ride from Embassy Circle Guest House) Around the World Embassy Tour Experience the culture of 50+ countries as their Washington DC embassies open their doors to the public. It’s a wonderful way to experience indigenous visual art, music, dance, cuisine and innovation of several countries in one afternoon. Bonus: Embassy Circle Guest House is located in the heart of Embassy Row, so several of the embassies are actually our neighbors. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 2nd   |  Admission is free European Union Open House This is an exceptional opportunity to visit the embassies of the 28 EU members in one day! You will experience authentic and diverse artwork, food, music, dance, and film of the European Union delegation. Bonus: Embassy Circle Guest House is located on Embassy Row, so no commute required. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 9th  |  Admission is free Howard University Commencement May 9th American University Commencement May 9th – 10th Mother’s Day May 10th Want to make Mother’s Day 2020 especially memorable? Pamper your mom with a getaway to a luxurious Washington DC inn or purchase a gift certificate to one of our incredible Bed and Breakfasts in DC. Click for more information about Embassy Circle Guest House and Woodley Park Guest House. George Washington University May 14th – 17th Georgetown University May 14th – 17th Catholic University Commencement May 15th – 16th Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies May 20th Kennedy Center Shows Whenever you visit Washington, be sure to engage with the arts at the historic John F. Kennedy Center. Take a look at the calendar and secure tickets to one of the wonderful choral, symphonic, theater and dance performances. Don’t forget to check the calendar for the free Millennium Stage lineup of performances, daily at 6:00 p.m.
People chatting on a lovely front porch
Woodley Park Guest House
Whatever you choose to experience while visiting Washington DC, you will find our downtown Bed and Breakfasts extremely convenient to any venue. Several are within a comfortable walk from Embassy Circle Guest House and Woodley Park Guest House, and the others are easily accessible from our nearby red line Metro stations. Stay with us, and experience DC like a true Washingtonian.


Embassy Circle Guest House

2224 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

202-232-7744 |

Woodley Park Guest House

2647 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC 20008

202-667-0218 |