Five Things: March 22, 2023

Rhino sculptures for RiverRun at the Kennedy Center


1. RiverRun, an international festival celebrating the world’s rivers, begins today at the Kennedy Center! Fittingly starting on World Water Day and running through Earth Day, April 22, the festival will present all kinds of performances and events by talent from across the globe. Performing and visual artists, authors, chefs, filmmakers, climate experts, and more fascinating people will help carve an artistic path throughout the Kennedy Center — from the concerts halls and theaters to the Hall of States to The REACH to the outdoor grounds — with world-class performances, exhibitions, films, talks, workshops, and more events. View more details and the full schedule here.


2. Cherry Blossom Update:  The iconic Tidal Basin trees are realllly close to peaking (see some pics here), but not quite there yet.  My completely non-expert prediction is that they will be in full bloom in the next couple of days, which means it will be packed this weekend. Once again, I strongly recommend reading my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms if you plan to see them, and I can’t stress enough to avoid driving if you can. Not only is parking a pain, traffic getting to and nearby the blossoms can be a total cluster during bloom time, especially when big blossom events are happening like the annual Kite Festival on Saturday.  And, generally, Metro is great way to get around anytime — and a DC thing to do!


3. Highly recommended patios for outdoor dining around DC.


4. I just watched an interview with Ari Shapiro discussing his new book, The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening — and immediately bought it, sounds that good.


5. If you like dance competition shows (I love them!), watch this one.


Filed under 2023, DC, Five Things, Spring

2 Responses to Five Things: March 22, 2023

  1. Bethany Hu

    FYI – The Kite Festival got moved to Sunday if you check the website you linked to! I just want to make sure people have the right date!

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