The birds are chirping, the daffodils are blooming, the weather has finally become—dare we say it—predictably inviting…but if your local playground isn’t enough to drag you out of the house, try one of these upcoming festivals. From croissants to books to sculpture to math games, consider your spring calendar full.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Arguably the most famous D.C. event, the Cherry Blossom Festival is the unofficial kick-off of springtime—and this year it arrives extra early! Kids will beg to visit the transformed pink and white wonderland of the Tidal Basin—and though flowers only hold their attention for so long, the month-long party includes authentic Japanese dancers, vocal performances, parades, art exhibits, and plenty of opportunities for picnics. Don’t miss the Blossom Kite Festival on April 1, which showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the United States and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations and includes activity stations for kids to make their own kites!

When: March 15-April 15
Online: nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
Photo: DaveFayram via Flickr

Do you have a favorite family-friendly outdoor festival? Tell us about it in the Comments section below. 

—Katie Brown