By Jessica Fetrow
As the Washington, D.C. weather has finally started to sync up with the season, here is a list of little spring adventures to consider this weekend.
Butterfly Pavilion at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History- The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is home to the Butterfly Pavilion, a permanent exhibit where visitors can walk through an enclosure full of over 300 butterflies native to the United States, Mexico Central & South America, Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia. Tickets for adults ages 13-59 are available for $7.50 per person, and free on Tuesdays. The exhibit is open daily from 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Washington Auto Show- From April 5th to the 14th, stop by the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to see hundreds of vintage and expensive cars, or try the Jaguar Land Rover Indoor Ride Experience, a guided drive through rough and uneven terrain with fast speeds. As listed on their website, “The Washington Auto Show®, a world class event, continues to wow audiences with its cutting-edge exhibits, latest model cars and displays of historic vehicles.” The auto show is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and adult tickets are available online or at the location, with adult tickets at $12.
Petalpalooza- As part of the celebration of the for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Petalpalooza, a day of festivities and live music at The Wharf, is being held on Saturday, April 6th from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. As listed on their website, “Petalpalooza will feature live music on multiple outdoor stages, a beer garden, all-ages activities, product giveaways, a spectacular fireworks show [at 8:30 p.m. weather permitting] by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront.” Admission is free for all ages.
Cherry Blossom Segway Tour– Add a little something special to your trip around the National Mall and the Tidal Basin this year and book a guided Segway tour through the monuments to see the beautiful cherry blossoms while they’re still in bloom! A little on the pricier side, reservations cost $85 dollars online. For a cheaper alternative, rent a scooter and scoot around the cherry blossoms during their last weekend in peak season!
Watch or Participate in Relay for Life at CUA– Join members of the CUA community at Relay for Life in 2019 in the Pryz Great Rooms on Friday, April 5th. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Opening Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.. Relay will also showcase student performances, raffles, games and celebration, while raising money to find a cure to cancer. Free food will be provided. Registration is available online and at the door for $15.
Washington Capitals versus New York Islanders- The Washington Capitals are playing the New York Islanders on Saturday, April 6th at 7 p.m. at the Capital One Arena. Metro access from the Red Line at Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop. Tickets are available online.
Slow Art Day at the Hirshhorn Museum– The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is hosting Slow Art Day on Saturday, April 6th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take some time to slow down and look at contemporary art galleries, such as “How to Look at Art in ASL” and free Highlight Tours throughout the day. Admission is free.
Washington Wizards versus San Antonio Spurs- The Washington Wizards are playing the San Antonio Spurs on Friday April 5th at 7 p.m. at the Capital One Arena. Metro access from the Red Line at Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop. Tickets are available online.
New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center- The New York City Ballet will be playing at the Kennedy Center until Sunday April 7th. Tickets are available online for $29-$99. $45 Orchestra tickets are available for a limited time on the washington.org website.
Photo: The Kennedy Center
Food Truck Fridays- CUA Dance Company is hosting Food Truck Fridays weekly until Friday, April 19th. This Friday, they will be providing the opportunity to purchase food from the Holy Crepes food truck. Food Truck Fridays are held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays on the Law School Lawn.B