The cherry blossoms bring kites and a beer & wine fest to this weekend’s agenda


The sky above the National Mall will offer one of the best shows in D.C.  from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday with the return of the annual Blossom Kite Festival. Now in its seventh year, it is one of the Cherry Blossom Festival’s most popular events.

Free for armature and professional kite flying enthusiasts,  the kite festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations.  Participants can bring their own kites or purchase one onsite.  There is also the opportunity for children to make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last).

More information about the kite festival is available at


The Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival will be held this weekend at Yards Park.

Hosted by Drink the District, the festival will include the opportunity to sample more than 100 different beers, wines, and ciders. There are three available sessions: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.

General admission tickets start at $19 and includes admission; unlimited full pours of Sapporo Premium, Bud Light, Shocktop, Stella Cidre, Goose Island IPA, and wine spritzers; 10 tasting tokens’ entry into the first round of Boozie Bingo.

The festival will also offer lawn games and live entertainment with DJ Julian Rivera and Jeff from Accounting. Food trucks and other vendors will also be on-site selling food, artisan goods and other trinkets.

More information is available at

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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