Happy Passover, Easter, Emancipation Day, Gargee’an and Songkran!

Hello neighbor,

For those looking for Passover events, may I suggest this guide of Gather DC.

So what should you do?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:

  • The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
  • The 💻 indicates that an event is happening virtually.
  • And finally, the 🆓 indicates that an event is free.
  • the 💉 indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.

Your last minute weekend plans

  1. Songkran. 🇰🇭 Celebrate the Cambodian New Year in a two day festival at the Cambodian temple in Silver Spring. Try Khmer foods such as beef sticks, papaya salad, sugarcane juice, and stuffed chicken wings. Bring cash (Sat Sun, 🆓 entrance, 🌲, Silver Spring).
  2. emancipation day. 🤎 Celebrate 160 years of emancipation to DC Emancipation Day Parade (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, downtown), which also features fireworks. Honor those who have been released with a reading of the names (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Georgetown) and visit the Underground Railroad. Or buy black at Heurich House (Sat, entrance 🆓, 🌲, Dupont), Blossom Block Fest (Sat, 🆓 entrance, 🌲, Congress Heights)and Constant supply (Sat, entrance 🆓, 🌲, Navy Yard).
  3. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. 🛶 Paddle around the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers with Boating in DC, which opens its season this weekend at Fletcher Boathouse. Reservations are already available at Key Bridge Boathouse.
  4. Easter eggs. 🥚 If you’re looking for last-minute Easter egg hunts, consider this one from Ward 6 (Sat, 🆓 entrance, Waterfront) or at Victura Park (Sat, 🆓 entrance, Kennedy Center). Decorate yourself Armenian Easter Eggs with Yerevan (game, $40 🛋, Adams Morgan).
  5. Gargee’an. 🇶🇦 Observe the 15th day of Ramadan at American Institute of Culture Qatar at an open day (Fri from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 🆓, 🛋, Circle Dupont).
  6. Anything Pokemon related. 🎮 Hunt squirrels and meet Mew during a day of Pokémon festivities, including a screening of “Pokemon the first movie (Fri, 🆓, 🌲, Downtown).

What’s on our radar: Upcoming galas + black tie events

  • 4/24 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This year, Jon Stewart will be honored and joined in the festivities by Pete Davidson, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and many more. The event itself is sold out, but packages are available starting at $600 to access the pre-show cocktail. More information about the packages can be found here.
  • 4/28 Big Big Washington. Fancy dress optional, this social justice gala at the Mess Hall includes hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets start at $200 and are available for buy here.
  • 4/29 Phillips Collection, the centennial gala after party. Besides the gala itself, there’s a black-tie afterparty at the Washington National Cathedral with hosted cocktails, bites and activations inspired by the Phillips collection. Tickets start at $200 and are available for buy here.
  • 5/20 Washington Ballet Gala. Inspired by Saint-Tropez, this gala is a combined dinner at the District Pier with a ballet performance at the Anthem. Tickets start at $1,000 and are available for buy here.
  • 5/21 Bal Hirschhorn: Pop Art. With an outdoor dance floor, this gala celebrates DC’s creative communities and its fashion. In fact, creative pop-art inspired outfits are suggested for this openbar party with light bites. Tickets start at $250 and are available for buy here.

Your neighbour,

jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day and an event blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, while moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.