Washington, DC: Spring Brings Festive Surprises to D.C

By Ayanna Alexander  |  The Hill Top Online


As the sun makes its long-awaited debut, Washington, D.C. will be bustling with a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. From flea markets, to food trucks and festivals, there is plenty to keep us all busy this spring. So as you pack up those scarves and umbrellas, be sure to check out
these local events that are sure to set spring into full swing.

Eastern Market

One of the most popular flea markets in the District, it hosts hundreds of exhibitors from all over
the world. With a slew of handmade merchandise, anything you dream of can be found there.
The products range from jewelry and clothing to rugs and even pet care. The market also features
a variety of live entertainment from jazz and blues to bluegrass and Americana. It’s located in the
yard of Hine School on 7th and C Streets in southeast DC near Capitol Hill. It is also accessible
on the Metro’s Blue and Orange lines. Spend a warm spring day at the Eastern Market Sundays
from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. More information about the market can be found at easternmarket.net.

Food Truck Bonanza

Bring out the foodie in you this spring with tons of local food trucks to feast from. Spaced
throughout the city and particularly downtown, these trucks consist of memorable service and
five star food from all over the nation to satiate every craving. For instance, the widely popular
Red Hook Lobster Pound is known for bringing its lobster rolls and other seafood recipes from
New England to D.C. BurGorilla is another food truck that is a hit with the local foodies. This
spot whips up traditional burgers with their own special spices and sauces. D.C.’s Puddin’ is an
up and coming food truck that serves up what they call “wholesome southern comfort foods”
such as shrimp po’ boys and gumbo. The fascinating thing about these food trucks is that they
rarely stay in the same spot. Visit Foodtruckfiesta.com to find out where the best food trucks are
located and get your grub on.

Cherry Blossom Festival

D.C. hosts multiple festivals in the spring, especially during the blossoming of the cherry trees.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is now in full swing and will be showcasing Japanese culture and
traditions through live performances, exhibitions and activities from March 20 – April 12. For
details visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Environmental Film Festival

Check out the D.C. Environmental Film Festival as it features over 160 international
documentaries. Whether animated or experimental, these films are destined to transform your
understanding of the world around you. The films will be shown at more than 55 venues
including the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Although
most of the screenings are free, check dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org for additonal information.