Spring ushers in food festivals, fitness events, markets and more

WASHINGTON It seemed like it would never arrive, and now that spring is here, it’s time to celebrate.

This season, there’s no shortage of events that will get you out of the house and into the great outdoors or, at least into a great pint of beer.

Here are some of the top food, fitness and cultural activities taking place in April and May.

Artist Sebastian Masuda, art director of NHK WORLD TV's Kawaii International, poses with fans costumed in Kawaii style in front of his "Time After Time Capsule" at the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, a one-day cultural event held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Washington, D.C. NHK WORLD TV is a news and lifestyle channel produced fully in English and broadcast from Japan. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for NHK WORLD)
Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
April 14 Considered the “grand finale” of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival features Japanese performances, food, art and more along Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Pictured: Artist Sebastian Masuda of NHK WORLD TV’s Kawaii International poses with fans costumed in Kawaii style in front of his “Time After Time Capsule” at the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival in 2016, AP Photo) (AP Images for NHK WORLD/Kevin Wolf)
A man runs past blooming daffodils along Rock Creek Park in Washington, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Rock Creek Conservancy’s Extreme Cleanup 
April 14 Give Rock Creek Park some spring cleaning at the 10th annual Extreme Cleanup. Last year, 1,630 volunteers collected more than 27,000 pounds of trash. Find more details on Rock Creek Conservancy’s website. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, brewer Stefano Daneri holding up a beer at Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama's alcohol regulators want the name, address, age and phone number of everyone who buys beer in one of the state's craft breweries and takes it home to drink, a move that is raising concerns about privacy. he Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering a new rule that would require brewers to collect the personal information of anyone who purchases beer at a brewery for off-premise consumption. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
DC Beer Festival
April 21 On Saturday, April 21, Nats Park will make the switch from baseball to beer for the DC Beer Festival. The event promises more an 200 beers from 80 breweries, plus food trucks. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) (AP/Dave Martin)
Citywide Plogging Run
April 22 VIDA Fitness and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation are teaming up to organize an environmentally conscious workout, dubbed “plogging” — part picking up litter, part jogging. The 2.5-mile run starts at Raymond Recreation Center at 3725 10th St. NW. The event is free and open to the public. An after party will take place at VIDA Fitness’ U Street location. (Courtesy VIDA/DCPR)
This June 22, 2015 photo shows a bloody Mary with Korean gochujang in Concord, N.H. Gochujang - a thick chili paste - is made from chili peppers, rice, fermented soy beans and salt. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
BrunchCon 
April 22 A convention for brunch lovers? Yeah, that’s a thing. Expect bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, favorite brunch dishes from 30-plus vendors, music and games. Tickets range from $45 to $85. (AP Photo) (AP/Matthew Mead)
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Georgetown French Market
April 27-29 Georgetown will transform into Paris — but only for a weekend. April 27 through 29, restaurants and retailers along Wisconsin Avenue participate in this annual open air market and sidewalk sale. (WTOP/Natalie Plumb) ((WTOP/Natalie Plumb))
Union Market partners with Hirshhorn to present a public art mural by artist Yoko Ono - the current image is the installation in progress. (Emma McAlary)
NE EATS 
April 28 D.C.’s Northeast neighborhood is celebrating the city’s best local food at Dock 5 at Union Market from 4 to 8 p.m. Participating vendors include Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque, Ruby Scoops, Brookland Pint and more; proceeds benefit the Washington Jesuit Academy. (Photo Credit: Emma McAlary) ((Emma McAlary))
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: A view of iced wine bottles at an intimate dinner hosted by Barclaycard Arrival+ at The Knickerbocker Hotel  on October 14, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Barclaycard)
National Wine and Food Festival
April 28-29 The 10th annual National Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor convenes chefs, sommeliers, musicians and foodies. (Getty Images) (Getty Images for Barclaycard/Slaven Vlasic)
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International Children’s Festival 
April 29 This free event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center features performances, food, games, music and cultural exhibits from more than 20 embassies. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 23: The Washington National Cathedral is seen on August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. According to reports the church suffered minor damage to several spires. The epicenter of the 5.8 earthquake was located in near Louisa in central Virginia.  (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
The Cathedral Flower Mart
May 4 and 5 Flowers are just part of the annual event, hosted on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. There’s also a used book sale, barbecue and food vendors, an antique carousel, games and carnival rides. (Getty Images/Brendan Hoffman) (Getty Images/Brendan Hoffman)
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Around the World Embassy Tour
May 5 Travel the globe without leaving the city during this annual event. Go inside dozens of embassies, try different foods and experience an array of cultures at the World Embassy Tour. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
This December 2016 photo shows barbacoa beef tacos in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)
Taco, Beer and Tequila Festival
May 12 Taco lover? Head to The Yards on May 12. There, you’ll find more than 20 of the area’s best taco vendors, plus eight margarita bars and more than 25 craft breweries. (AP Photo) (AP/Mia)
In this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 photo a group of birding enthusiasts finish discuss their day while sampling a flight of beers at the Maine Brewing Company in Freeport, Maine. The Maine Brew Bus tour group combines bird watching and craft beers into popular trips throughout southern Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Maryland Craft Beer Festival 
May 12 Sample Maryland’s 40-plus breweries in one spot at the Maryland Craft Beer Festival in Frederick. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)
Embassy Chef Challenge
May 17 Diplomacy gets checked at the door at this annual competition between embassy chefs. (Photo credit: Ben Droz) (Ben Droz)
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Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 18-20 
It’s wine with a view at Mount Vernon’s popular spring wine festival. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20:  People ride bicycles along the Potomac River near the Memorial Bridge May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. A recent study released by the American College of Sports Medicine ranked Washington as the fittest city in the United States.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
DC Bike Ride 
May 19 On May 19, the city closes 20 miles of its streets so that Washingtonians ages 3 and up can ride safely in the nation’s capital. The ride starts at 8 a.m. at West Potomac Park. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Ambar is one of hundreds of area restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week. (Goran Kosanovic)
Taste of Arlington
May 20 Arlington shows off its culinary scene at the annual outdoor food festival. This year, more than 60 restaurants, food trucks and chefs will participate. (Goran Kosanovic) (Goran Kosanovic)
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Artist Sebastian Masuda, art director of NHK WORLD TV's Kawaii International, poses with fans costumed in Kawaii style in front of his "Time After Time Capsule" at the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, a one-day cultural event held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Washington, D.C. NHK WORLD TV is a news and lifestyle channel produced fully in English and broadcast from Japan. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for NHK WORLD)
A man runs past blooming daffodils along Rock Creek Park in Washington, on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013, file photo, brewer Stefano Daneri holding up a beer at Good People Brewing in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama's alcohol regulators want the name, address, age and phone number of everyone who buys beer in one of the state's craft breweries and takes it home to drink, a move that is raising concerns about privacy. he Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is considering a new rule that would require brewers to collect the personal information of anyone who purchases beer at a brewery for off-premise consumption. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
This June 22, 2015 photo shows a bloody Mary with Korean gochujang in Concord, N.H. Gochujang - a thick chili paste - is made from chili peppers, rice, fermented soy beans and salt. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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Union Market partners with Hirshhorn to present a public art mural by artist Yoko Ono - the current image is the installation in progress. (Emma McAlary)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: A view of iced wine bottles at an intimate dinner hosted by Barclaycard Arrival+ at The Knickerbocker Hotel  on October 14, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Barclaycard)
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WASHINGTON - AUGUST 23: The Washington National Cathedral is seen on August 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. According to reports the church suffered minor damage to several spires. The epicenter of the 5.8 earthquake was located in near Louisa in central Virginia.  (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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This December 2016 photo shows barbacoa beef tacos in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)
In this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 photo a group of birding enthusiasts finish discuss their day while sampling a flight of beers at the Maine Brewing Company in Freeport, Maine. The Maine Brew Bus tour group combines bird watching and craft beers into popular trips throughout southern Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20:  People ride bicycles along the Potomac River near the Memorial Bridge May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. A recent study released by the American College of Sports Medicine ranked Washington as the fittest city in the United States.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Ambar is one of hundreds of area restaurants participating in Winter Restaurant Week. (Goran Kosanovic)


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