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15 SPRING THINGS TO DO IN GEORGETOWN
Pretend you’re Irish. The one day a year cabbage gets some love. Ignore those 23andMe DNA kits you got for Christmas, insist you have Gaelic ancestry, and raise a pint in Georgetown for St. Patrick’s Day. RiRa Irish Pub never disappoints, and Martin’s Tavern is a neighborhood favorite for its cozy booths and friendly bartenders. For more green specials, check out our Events and Promotions page. Sláinte!
Blossoms or bust. There’s no denying the beauty of the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season—nor the tidal wave of people. For a decidedly more relaxing alternative, stroll 10 acres of cherry tree-lined gardens and walkways at Dumbarton Oaks (1720 32nd St NW). For a guided stroll, join the Cherry Blossom Cupcake walking tour on March 31, as a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides shares the history of Georgetown blooms while you enjoy cherry-blossom inspired treats from Baked & Wired, Sprinkles and Georgetown Cupcake. If you’ve got your sea legs, consider Boating in DC’s historical kayak tour from the Georgetown waterfront to the Tidal Basin. Several Georgetown restaurants are also participating in the Cherry Blossom Festival as official Cherry Picks locations, offering cherry blossom-themed menu items, cocktails, and specials. Check out our Cherry Blossoms page for all the info!
Have a most egg-cellent adventure. Celebrate Easter early with Via Umbria’s couples cooking class, as Chef Liam teaches you how to work together in the kitchen to create a delicious meal--tagliatelle with walnut pesto and pecorino, and roasted lamb loin with potato and fava bean puree--that you can easily recreate for the holiday. For more Easter menus, specials and events throughout Georgetown, visit our Events and Promotions page.
Break out the jazz hands. New Orleans isn’t the only game in town. Celebrate Jazz appreciation month this April at Blues Alley—the nation's oldest continuing jazz supper club. Tucked away in—you guessed it—an alley off of M Street, the former 18th century red brick carriage house is a trip back in time to clubs of the 1920s and 30s. It also smells so much better than Bourbon Street.
Catch up on our blog. April showers bring plenty of time for you to tuck away at one of Georgetown’s coffee shops, log on to their Wifi network, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the real Georgetown. That’s how that proverb goes, right? April marks byGeorge’s one-year anniversary, with a new profile on Georgetown’s most interesting business owners, employees, residents, historians, and visitors posted every Thursday. Forget what you think you know, and take a deep dive into the archives. This is Georgetown.
Dust off your beret. Prepare to be swimming in croissants—a beautiful image—when the 15th Annual Georgetown French Market returns Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood will transform into an inviting open-air market as over 40 locally-owned merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries display discounted items and unique finds. The three-day event will feature live entertainment and children’s activities, and—as if things couldn’t get any better—a French dog ‘Best in Show.’ Visit our French Market website for more. C’est magnifique!
Design the perfect day. The Georgetown Design District is DC’s original destination for design, fine home furnishings and accessories. Join them on May 3-5 for Spring Days of Design, as showrooms in Cady’s Alley and throughout Georgetown host cocktail crawls, panel discussions and designer guest appearances, and unveil their latest collections. Attendees who get a passport stamp at five or more showrooms will have the chance to win a collection of amazing prizes. Whether you’re an interior designer or simply someone with an interior, this event’s for you.
Paint (or draw, or sculpt) the town. Head up to the charming area of Book Hill on Saturday, May 5 from 5 pm – 8 pm for Georgetown Galleries’ Spring Art Walk. Six fine art galleries on upper Wisconsin Avenue are hosting the evening stroll, to include refreshments(!) and a viewing of new exhibitions. You’ll leave feeling oh so cultured.
Pass the margaritas. Tacos and tequila probably weren’t the intended commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle Puebla (we had to Wikipedia that), but who are we to argue with modern tradition? Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with drinks and dinner at Los Cuates, El Centro D.F., Guapo’s (new to the waterfront!), or Don Lobo’s. For a fast-casual option, try Chipotle, Jaco Taco, or vegetarian favorite Chaia.
Bike to work. Just keep peddling, just keep peddling. On Friday, May 18, join nearly 17,000 area commuters from 7:30 am – 9:30 am for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. The Georgetown BID is sponsoring a Bike To Work Day ‘pit stop’ at Georgetown Waterfont Park that morning, full of refreshments, snacks and bicycle-themed giveaways. Registration is free, and you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing for a free bike! The first 16,000 people who register will also receive a free t-shirt.
Raise a pinky to the Royals. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials are the closest we’ll come to a 2018 fairytale. Lean in to the fantasy, put in your fascinators, and have a tea-party toast to Mother England. Bring your girlfriends to Lady Camellia & Macaron Bee, or put a French twist on tiny sandwiches at Laduree.
Paddle the Potomac. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better afternoon on the water. Key Bridge Boathouse is the place to go to rent kayaks, canoes, or take a paddling lesson. For the adventurous fitness fanatics (aka, people who can twist like pretzels), try the stand-up paddleboard yoga or fitness classes. Afterward, picnic in Georgetown Waterfront Park.
Exorcise and exercise. Get those demon winter desserts out of your body and run up all 75 of the infamous Exorcist steps (3600 Prospect St NW) featured in the cult horror classic. Locals flock to the steps to get their sweat on, so you’ll be in good company amidst the tourists with cameras.
Shop for summer. Not like you needed an excuse, but a warm-weather wardrobe refresh is as good as any to fill your closet. Shoppers of all ages and tastes can play dress up (and take home) at over 150 fashion specialty stores, with sneaker heads and politicos alike flocking to Georgetown for a range of preppy, cutting-edge, casual and elegant clothes and accessories. Check out our Fashion page for boutiques to national brands, and everything in between.
Get organized. 'Great suggestions, but how am I supposed to keep track of all this?' So glad you asked. The Georgetown BID has developed a new My Favorites tool to help you explore our retail and restaurants from your mobile device. Whether it's fashion, food, health and beauty, art and design, or hotels, choose a category from the menu to begin. When you see a business or restaurant that you want to save, click 'Add to My Favorites.' Once saved, your list of Favorites can be retrieved at any time simply by entering your email address. It's an easy way to assemble a running list of Georgetown favorites that you can go back to (and edit) at any time, create an itinerary for a future visit, or send recommendations to a friend or family member visiting for the first time. If you're on a desktop, hold the FOMO--our interactive map is another way to explore Georgetown from your desk.