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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 2020.
Read our master post on things to do in DC for more activities at any time of year.
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.
The DC Metro area is a hotspot for great musical talent.
During April, you’ll be able to find multiple concerts in the area from original Hamilton alum Leslie Odom Jr. to Disney princess Lea Salonga.
Both the Washington Wizards, our basketball team, and the ***2019 World Champion*** Washington Nationals, our baseball team, are in their regular seasons.
Musical theatre fans will be delighted to see the classic stories that hit the DC stage this April.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar portrays the story of Jesus from the perspective of Judas and set in modern times. It runs April 14 – 26, 2020.
Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie is a musical based on Elvis and follows the story of a rock and roll star who receives an army draft during wartime. It runs April 23 – 27, 2020.
Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls is an unlikely Manhattan rom-com musical featuring a gambler, a missionary, and a showgirl who all cross paths. The musical runs all month.
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:
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.
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington DC’s top draw in Springtime and lasts from March 20 – April 12, 2020.
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.
Each year the Peak Bloom Prediction is released by the National Park Service on March 1, due to the fickle nature of the blooms.
Our Blossoms on the Basin Cherry Blossom tour runs during peak bloom dates, and registration is required in advance.
The White House Garden Tour dates have not yet been announced for 2020, 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!
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, there are many chances to catch a show between April 23 and May 3, 2020.
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!
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 2020, Easter falls on Sunday, April 12.
The Washington National Cathedral has services throughout the day. Passes are required to attend the morning service but there is also an afternoon Organ Recital and an evening Evensong.
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 has Easter Mass in the morning, afternoon and evening. There are also guided tours in the afternoon. For more information, visit their page.
The Smithsonian National Zoo also has a big Easter egg hunt and special events on Easter Monday where kids have the chance to meet the Easter Panda.
Before President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he freed the 3,100 slaves 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.
The Emancipation Day Parade will take place at 11:00 am along Pennsylvania Ave NW on Saturday, April 13, 2019. There will be a music concert and fireworks as well.
NOTE: Emancipation Day itself is a citywide holiday so schools and some businesses will be closed.
A few big-name comedians will be traveling through the DC area this April! If you’ve ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll recognize the first duo to hit the stage.
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood
For a true feel of the high-class living of Georgetown, the last weekend of April event includes boutique crafts, arts, and the best French foods, drawing over 7,500 attendees.
Stalls will line the streets on Book Hill in Georgetown to offer a chance to purchase gifts, fine art, and home furnishings from April 24 – 26, 2020.
For more details about the market, check out the website.
As winter is finally over and the blossoms start to bloom, we start to offer more free walking tours throughout the week!
And we offer more evening tours to take advantage of the later sunsets, such as the Memorials & Moonlight and Adults Only Wicked Georgetown tours. Our Lincoln Assassination Tour also returns to the after-dinner hours.