SOURCE: Marriott

April 07, 2010 13:50 ET

Springtime in DC

Festivals and Events Near Washington, DC Hotels

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - As temperatures begin to warm and winter coats are replaced by lightweight jackets, Washington, DC hotels welcome guests from around the world for a little springtime fun and frivolity. Throughout the season, guests can meander through gardens, enjoy unique festivals and explore some of the District's top sites under clear blue skies and golden sunshine.

Depending upon when you plan your Washington, DC hotel stay, the events and activities available will obviously change, but a few of the top experiences you won't want to miss include:

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival. It's the District's official harbinger of spring and one of the most visually striking spectacles DC has to offer. From March 27 to April 11, 2010, visitors will be greeted by a sea of delicate pink flowers and more than 90 special events near the National Mall and throughout the city.
  • White House Garden Tours. On April 18th and 19th the White House will open its gardens to ticket-holding guests. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, visitors will be able to see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the legendary Rose Garden, the Children's Garden and the South Lawn. The White House Kitchen Garden, the newest addition to the landscape, will be viewable from a distance. For free, timed tickets, you must visit the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, located at 15th and E Streets, on the day of the tour. Ticket distribution begins at 8 a.m. and is limited to one ticket per person. Tickets are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Passport DC. From April 30 through May 9, visitors will find a wide range of performances, talks, exhibits, open houses and events at the District's dozens of embassies and international cultural centers. Primarily located on Embassy Row, just minutes from many Washington, DC hotels, guests can take the Metro or walk to many of the events while enjoying the splendor of the season.
  • Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. May 14, 15 and 16, the legendary Mount Vernon opens its doors for an evening of wine and entertainment. Featuring live jazz, beautiful Potomac views and Candlelit Mansion tours, this one-of-a-kind event is a must-attend for oenophiles and history buffs alike.
  • Memorial Day 2010. Although it comes at the end of the spring season, Memorial Day is no less festive. On this national holiday, guests at Washington, DC hotels can spend the day watching the National Memorial Day Parade along Constitution Avenue and explore the memorials on the National Mall, before making their way to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the free, annual PBS National Memorial Day Concert.

Throughout the spring, new events and festivals will be added to the District's already jam-packed calendar, so check with your Washington, DC hotel's concierge to find the latest ways to celebrate the season. For more information, visit Marriott.com.

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