Things are really coming up roses–er, cherry blossoms–this weekend in the District. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off on Saturday with a series of fam-friendly events, including an open indoor picnic at the National Building Museum. Other happenings to brighten your weekend: a touch-a-truck meet-up, and a pre-Easter family party, and a music-tinged Shamrockfest.


Penn Quarter

National Cherry Blossom Festival Tokyo Picnic Club 
Bring a blanket, a basket, and a lunch, and have a picnic in style in the Great Hall with the Tokyo Picnic Club. Founded in 2002 , the Tokyo Picnic club commemorates the bicentennial of the founding of London’s Pic-Nic Club and to stand up for the “Picnic Right” of the residents of Tokyo, where public park area per person is only 5.2 square meters. Get creative with your lunch—there will be a prize for the most stylish picnic. Sat., 11 am-2 pm. Penn Quarter. Free. All ages. Event Details.


Whoa Baby! Cute Consignment Clothes for Kids 
Sure, you get a slew of clothes at your shower for newborns, but what about month 3 and 9 and 12. Kids grow like weeds, but there’s no reason to pay full price for cool threads. Wee-Sale is a GINORMOUS seasonal consignment sale in Maryland that stocks gymnasium amounts of gently used and brand name baby gear. It’s also one of the most organized consignment sales we’ve ever witnessed. Fri.-Sun. Annapolis. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Stadium Armory

Lucky Day National Shamrockfest 
Deck everyone out in their finest green and head out to this Saint Patrick’s Day street festival, featuring  live music (think: 30+ bands), food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides, games and much more. Sat., 3 pm-11 pm. Stadium-Armor. $29.99; free/kids under 12. All ages. Event Details.


Pull Over for Some Touch-a-Truck Fun
What kid—big or smal—doesn’t love the chance to climb aboard a fire truck, cement truck or tractor trailer? This spring, local youngsters will have that opportunity at the Virginia Touch-A-Truck. Come early; the first 300 kids get a free diecast car or truck with admission. Bonus: for your littlest truck-lovers, come between 10 am and 11 am when horn honking will be prohibited. Sat., 10 am-3 pm. Sterling. $5. All ages. Event Details.

Capitol Hill

Hop On Over to This Easter Party
Easter comes early at this Spring shindig sponsored by Waterfront Church. Get ready for a free night of family fun including carnival games, bounce houses, and candy-filled eggs…oh my! Sun., 4 pm-6 pm. Capitol Hill. Free. All ages. Event Details.


Junior Jams: Start Your Morning Off Right With Mister Jon
Get ready for an irresistile morning full of music and stories. Parent’s Choice Award Winning musician Jon Lewis will bring the funk with original songs that are sure to get you off of your bums. He’ll calm the crowd by reading aloud from favorite kids books. Sat., 10:30 am-11:15 am. Kensington. $6-$8. Ages 0-7. Event Details.

What’s on your to-do list this weekend? Dish in the Comments section below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photo: kathmandu via Flickr