The luck of the Irish is on your side this weekend—and not just because St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) falls on a Saturday. Rock your green (the more the merrier) to a beautiful cherry blossom art instillation, stay-all-day shopping events, or a maker faire that the whole family can geek out to.

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Maker Faire Nova
Maker Faire NoVa is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy making, experimenting, learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. SunEvent details.

L’enfant Plaza

Sakura Yume: Interactive Cherry Blossom Instillation
Step into a moonlit, floating environment in SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream, a large-scale seasonal installation at ARTECHOUSE. Larger than life koi fish and colorful cherry blossom petals react to your presence as elements of Japanese culture and tradition become experiences at the intersection of art and technology. Fri.-SunEvent details.

City Center

Make March Matter
Shop at  your fave stores–David Yurman, Kate Spade New York, Morgenthal Frederics, Vince and Zadig & Voltaire–to help build awareness and support children’s medical care. Families and guests are invited to enjoy a weekend full of activities where you can compete in a One Hole Mini Golf Challenge, paint a cherry blossom masterpiece or even sweat it out for charity with FlyWheel Sports. Fri.-SatEvent details.


Kids Consignment Sale
The semi-annual Children’s Consignment Sale is sponsored by Grace Weekday Preschool. The sale will make it simple for you to shop for all types of infant & children’s clothing, toys, furniture and maternity items at affordable prices! No credit cards will be accepted. SatEvent details.


Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake
The amazing dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet showcase the traditions of Russian grand ballet in this performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. Inspired by a fairy tale, Swan Lake follows the story of Odette, a beautiful princess who falls victim to a spell cast by an evil sorcerer. SatEvent details.

National Mall

Preschool Pioneers: Monet and the Sun
We all know that Monet was a great artist, but did you know that his paintings show the progression of the sun? Weave science and art concepts together in this exciting class that will conclude at the National Gallery of Art. SatEvent details.