13 spring festivals, events in DC area

So long, snow. Hello, spring.

Here are 13 events — celebrating everything from flowers to food — to ring in a warmer season.

FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, the Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
National Cherry Blossom Festival 
March 20- April 14 The near-monthlong festival in the nation’s capital features many individual events, including the Blossom Kite Festival on March 30 and the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

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Anacostia River Festival 
Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The Anacostia River Festival, now in its fifth year, encourages recreation along the Anacostia River with canoe rides, a bike parade, lawn games and more. This year’s festival is the official closing event of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival. (WTOP File Photo)
Jamie Adams
DC Beer Festival
April 20; noon-3 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Celebrate the best of regional and national beers at the annual DC Beer Festival at Nationals Park. This year’s event will include pours of 200 beers from 80 breweries, plus bites from local food trucks. (AP/Seth Wenig) (AP/Seth Wenig)
An azalea is seen during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Spring Azalea Tours at the National Arboretum 
April 19, 24, 26, 29, and May 12  It’s not all about the cherry blossoms this time of year in D.C. The azaleas are also blooming, and you can catch them in peak perfection at the National Arboretum. (AP/David J. Phillip) (AP/David J. Phillip)
One returning attraction at the 78th annual National Cathedral Flower Mart is a restored 1890s carousel. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, rain or shine. (Photo courtesy All Hallows Guild)
The National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 3 and 4 A signature spring event in D.C., the annual Flower Mart at the National Cathedral showcases flowers, food and plenty of family activities, including an antique carousel. (Photo courtesy All Hallows Guild) (Photo courtesy All Hallows Guild)
For the entire month of May, Passport D.C. is offering residents and visitors a look into the District's thriving international community. This WTOP file photo shows a few goods on display at the Kenyan Embassy during the Embassy Tour in D.C. on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Around the World Embassy Tour 
May 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Travel the world, no passport required. The Around the World Embassy Tour allows the public access into many of the embassies located in D.C. Experience global food, culture, music and more. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
National Food & Wine Festival
May 4 and 5  This year marks the 10th annual Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor. Attend a cooking exhibit, learn all about wine pairings, and taste chef-prepared dishes. (AP/Chris Tilley) (AP/Chris Tilley)
Under Arlington's restaurant initiative, bar and restaurant staff receive training in responsible alcohol service, deescalation techniques, identification of fake IDs, intervention in sexual assault and harassment, active shooter scenarios and more. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 11, noon to 5 p.m. The Maryland Craft Beer Festival celebrates 40-plus Maryland breweries (including some that aren’t even open to the public). Live music, food and other activities are also promised. (Getty Images) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/dusanpetkovic)
Pedal through 20 miles of D.C.'s most scenic roads, without a single car in sight at the annual DC Bike Ride. This event is less about racing and more about recreation. (Courtesy DC Bike Ride) 
DC Bike Ride 
Saturday, May 18 Pedal through 20 miles of D.C.’s most scenic streets without a single car in sight at the annual DC Bike Ride. This event is less about racing and more about recreation. (Courtesy DC Bike Ride) (Courtesy DC Bike Ride)
This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour 
May 17-19  Sample Virginia wines and take in the views from the residence of the county’s first president along the Potomac River. There’s also live music and tours. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Forest City's two-year redevelopment of Ballston Common Mall as Ballston Quarter includes a complete overhaul of the mall itself, in addition to a new 22-story residential building and 176,000 square feet of office space. (Courtesy Forest City)
Quarterfest
May 18-19 The Ballston Business Improvement District and BallstonGives will host Quarterfest this spring to highlight the new Ballston Quarter Mall. Embark on a restaurant crawl and sample food from the neighborhood’s new restaurants. Plus, enjoy live music and libations at the event’s outdoor street pub. (Courtesy Forest City) (Courtesy Forest City)
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FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, the Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Jamie Adams
An azalea is seen during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
One returning attraction at the 78th annual National Cathedral Flower Mart is a restored 1890s carousel. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, rain or shine. (Photo courtesy All Hallows Guild)
For the entire month of May, Passport D.C. is offering residents and visitors a look into the District's thriving international community. This WTOP file photo shows a few goods on display at the Kenyan Embassy during the Embassy Tour in D.C. on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Under Arlington's restaurant initiative, bar and restaurant staff receive training in responsible alcohol service, deescalation techniques, identification of fake IDs, intervention in sexual assault and harassment, active shooter scenarios and more. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Pedal through 20 miles of D.C.'s most scenic roads, without a single car in sight at the annual DC Bike Ride. This event is less about racing and more about recreation. (Courtesy DC Bike Ride) 
This Feb. 20, 2011 file photo shows Mount Vernon, the home of America's first president, Gen. George Washington in Mt. Vernon, Va. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Forest City's two-year redevelopment of Ballston Common Mall as Ballston Quarter includes a complete overhaul of the mall itself, in addition to a new 22-story residential building and 176,000 square feet of office space. (Courtesy Forest City)

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