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.

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

As the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture street party in the country, this festival (anchored at the corner of M Street and New Jersey Avenue SE) brings music, food, dance, art, and language-learning to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Listen to Japanese rock music (performed in traditional kimono and hakama); feast on hibachi, sushi, miso soup, and soba noodles; watch an anime cosplay fashion show; learn about aikido and classical Japanese martial arts; and enjoy contemporary compositions that use taiko, fue (bamboo flute), and other narimono (percussion instruments). You had us at soba noodles.

When: April 8


Photo: Sakura Matsuri


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

—Katie Brown