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What To Do in April in Washington DC (2022)

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This post covers things to do in Washington DC in April, including a top 10 list and some honorable mentions full of activities, events, and entertainment. It is updated for 2022.

Read our master post on things to do in DC for more activities at any time of year.


TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL IN DC

For more ideas on popular things to do in DC, check out our other posts:

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass


1) Springtime Walking Tours

As winter is finally over and the blossoms start to bloom, we start to offer more walking tours throughout the week!

Some tours return from hibernation: Embassy Row, Old Town Alexandria, and Arlington Cemetery.

And we offer more evening tours to take advantage of the later sunsets, such as the Memorials & Moonlight and Adults Only True Crimes Georgetown tours. Our Lincoln Assassination tour also returns to the after-dinner hours.

Our Arlington National Cemetery tour goes back to its regular hours, and for the first part of April only, we offer a Cherry Blossoms on the Basin tour.

See when they are offered on our schedule of tours.


2) Cheer on a Local Sports Team

The month of April will most likely bring baseball back to our nation's capital, but it remains to be seen whether or not that will happen at the moment due to the threat of a lockout. Regardless, the plans are definitely in place for a Major League Baseball season in 2022!

Washington Nationals Baseball Game

In addition to baseball, there will be several other opportunities to see live sports in Washington DC this month. Here are some of the best options:

You can purchase tickets if any season ticket holders sell them on third party sites.

Get more information and tickets here...


3) Go to a Concert

There will be several great concerts in and around Washington DC throughout the month of April. While some of these events will be taking place just north of DC in Baltimore, it might be worth the day trip if you're a fan of the band!

Here are the biggest artists performing in the area this month:

Washington DC

Baltimore

If you're looking for even more opportunities to hear great musical artists, check this list of concerts in Washington DC.


4) Attend a Theatrical Performance

If you're interested in going to the theater this month, there will be plenty of great musicals, plays, and even ballet performances to see in the Washington DC area in April.

Here are a few of the best options to consider this month:

Check this list of theatrical performances in Washington DC to see what else is happening in town this month.


5) Look into a Tourist Discount Pass 

If you’re looking to save money and make the most of your time in Washington DC, you should consider purchasing an attraction discount pass.

By purchasing a pass up front, you can get discounted tickets to some of the most popular attractions in the area.

Sometimes these savings can reach 50%! 

Attractions you can see with these passes include:

Did you know that you could join our highly rated and ticketed Ghosts and Scandals tours for free with the DC Explorer Pass?

With warmer weather, our late evening Adults Only tours are a perfect night out activity in a city that closes at 5 pm!

Get free admission to our tours and many top DC attractions with a Tourist Discount Pass.


6) See a Stand-up Comedy Show

If you're in need of a good laugh, there will be a few decent opportunities to see stand-up comedy from some of the most famous comics in the world.

If you're willing to travel to Hanover or Baltimore in Maryland (under an hour from DC), there are even more comedians performing in those areas!

Here are the best stand-up comedy shows in each city this month:

Washington DC

Baltimore

Hanover

Check this list of stand-up comedy performances in Washington DC for even more opportunities to laugh!


7) Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington DC’s top draw in Springtime and lasts from March 20th - April 17th, 2022.

The festival is planned far in advance so the dates of peak bloom of the Cherry Blossoms themselves can fall anytime from mid-March to mid-April, depending on the weather. For 2022, the peak bloom is likely the first week of April.

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Most of the Cherry Blossom Festival events have been moved online or as a city-wide, self-guided event! Follow along with us on our YouTube Channel and Instagram to enjoy it.

Our Blossoms on the Basin Cherry Blossom tour runs during peak bloom dates, and registration is required in advance. 

Find more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival here.


8) FilmFest DC

FilmFestDC is the oldest film festival in DC and serves to promote work from the international film community.

With locations all over the DC metro area and likely many virtual options, there is a chance to watch something in April, but 2022 dates have not yet been announced. 

 

Most tickets will be $11 per person. Some events are free of charge and are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

There will be 80 films from 45 countries to choose from!

For more information, visit the website.


9) Celebrate Easter

There are a number of ways to celebrate Easter in Washington, DC, from brunch specials and kid-friendly egg hunts to traditional Sunday morning church services.

In 2022, Easter falls on Sunday, April 17th. 

Easter at Washington National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral will have both in-person and virtual services for 2022. They will have an Easter Day Organ Recital at 2 pm. This concert is entirely free to attend and tickets are not required, but you must wear masks.

For more about visiting the Washington National Cathedral and our self-guided tour, visit our post here.

An alternative is the Basilica of the National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception which has a Catholic Easter Mass also available virtually. For more information, visit their page.


10) DC Emancipation Day

Before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he freed the 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia on April 16, 1862.

To honor this event, you can participate in a few events around the city on April 16.

If there will be official events (there is usually a parade but we don't expect that to happen) they have not been announced for 2022

NOTE: Emancipation Day itself is a citywide holiday so schools and some businesses will be closed.

You can find more details on the official website.


11) Visit a Museum

Barring an unforeseen spike in pandemic cases, chances are that most museums in Washington DC will be open for the vaccinated in April 2022. You will likely be required to wear a mask to enter the facilities.

Here are a few of the more interesting options you should have this month:


12) See the National Symphony Orchestra Live

Although there will only be a few opportunities to see this orchestra perform at the Kennedy Center in April, fans of classical music and symphonies should jump at the chance to hear one of the best groups of them all performing for a live audience!

On April 1st, the NSO will feature Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Mahler's "Resurrection." The orchestra will also have Helene Grimaud playing Ravel from April 7th - 9th.

Purchase tickets or learn more.


UNCONFIRMED: White House Garden Tours

The White House Garden Tour dates have not yet been announced for 2022, but this event happens over a weekend in April.

Only twice a year are the White House Gardens open to the public, and tickets are first-come, first-serve when arriving on the morning of the tour.

You can stroll through the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the White House Kitchen Garden and the South Lawn of the White House.

Read our post on White House Garden Tours!


UNCONFIRMED: Georgetown Glow Light Installation & Tour

Georgetown GLOW takes place for the entire Spring! It is a mix of art, exhibitions, and tours.

DC's oldest neighborhood lights up and invites guests to enjoy the art and learn some history.

We will also be offering our own GLOW tours!


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About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: March 28th, 2022
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