The Essential Washington
Right about this time every year, we Washingtonians become a winter-weary bunch. Luckily the city supplies a perfect antidote: the National Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its 90th year. Come rain, snow (!) or shine, the celebration paints the town pink and signals that balmy temps aren’t far off. Though it’s always a bit of a guessing game as to when the trees will reach their glorious peak bloom, the line-up of parties, pageantry and fireworks ensures an eyeful. Consult our guide on page 8 for tips on the main events and blossom tours. Nature stars on screen, too, as the Environmental Film Festival focuses on the beauty and fragility of our planet (page 4). If you’re a music fan, check out the range of venues here, from classical concert halls to a fabled jazz hideaway. Even if you have only limited time, we can show you how to make the most of it at a top D.C. destination.