What To Do in April in Washington DC (2021)

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 2021.

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

 

 

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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.

 

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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

We are allowed to go to baseball games again and we cannot be more excited! 

In person attendance at Nationals Park is limited to 5,000 people so single tickets will only be sold online if season ticket holders do not snatch them all up.

You can purchase tickets if any season ticket holders sell them on third party sites, like StubHub, however!

And you can always cheer on the team from one of the many bars in Navy Yard (or all of DC) that have outdoor seating!

Get more information and tickets here…

Washington Nationals Baseball Game

 

 


3) Visit a Museum

The Smithsonians are still closed (as of late March 2021) but there are some museums that have reopened. Plan to get tickets for timed entrance!

Museums that are currently open in Washington DC (as of April 05, 2021)


4) 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%! 

 

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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.


5) Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington DC’s top draw in Springtime and lasts from March 20 – April 12, 2021.

 

 

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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 2021, the peak bloom is likely the first week of April.

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.

 

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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.


5.5) ARCTECHOUSE Renewal 2021 Exhibit

To go along with Cherry Blossom season, ARTECHOUSE exhibit, Renewal 2121, inspired by the Cherry Blossoms opens! 

(guests on our Cherry Blossom tours get a promo code for discounted tickets)

Seeking to inspire optimism and hope amid a global pandemic and concerns of climate change, the immersive, technology-driven art installation will transport visitors 100 years into the future.

On view through September 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

“ARTECHOUSE is the nation’s first innovative art destination dedicated to the intersection of art, science and technology. From immersive art spaces to an extended reality (XR) mobile app, ARTECHOUSE is where curiosity-seekers of all ages go to experience creative innovation without limits. Founded in 2015, ARTECHOUSE has become the premier destination, both online and offline, for genre-pushing, technology-driven art”


6) White House Garden Tours

The White House Garden Tour dates have not yet been announced for 2021, but this event happens over a weekend in April. It did happen in October 2020 even during COVID so there is a chance it will be scheduled for April as well.

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!


7) 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 2021 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.


8) 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 2021, Easter falls on Sunday, April 04. 

Unfortunately the White House Easter Egg Roll has been cancelled for 2021. However, the White House Historical Association is hosting some fun online Easter Egg Roll activities including a virtual scavenger hunt, a digital jigsaw puzzle, downloadable coloring pages, bingo, and a way to design your own commemorative egg.

 
Easter at Washington National Cathedral

 

The Washington National Cathedral will have virtual services for 2021. Passes are available to access online service. There is also curbside communion on Easter Sunday afternoon (reservations requested)

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.


9) 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 2021

 

 

 

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.


10) 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 is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 3 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 Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the host 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 25 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.