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National Cherry Blossom Festival Food Crawl (Image: Carpe DC Food Tours)

Weekend Report: 10 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, March 29

BRABO and Catoctin Creek Host Spring Cocktail Party: Catoctin Creek founders, Becky and Scott Harris, will be taking over BRABO’s brasserie from 7 - 9 p.m. to offer an exclusive tasting of the distillery’s popular products and special releases including the Roundstone Rye 80 whiskey, the Watershed Gin, the Old Tom Style “Peach Barrel” Watershed Gin, and the Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy. Becky and Scott will share the stories behind the creation of each product while pouring a healthy taste for guests to enjoy.

Free Yeeros at GRK Penn Quarter: GRK Fresh Greek is excited to announce the opening of a third location in Washington DC at 1000 F St NW in Penn Quarter. The downtown location joins GW District House (2121 H St NW) and Golden Triangle (1140 19th St NW) locations in DC as well as four locations in New York City and four restaurants in Dubai and Qatar. As part of the opening, GRK will offer free yeeros from 11 am to 1 pm on opening day, Thursday, March 29.

VIDA Fitness to Host Spring Kickoff for the Title of #1 Fittest City in America: VIDA Fitness is hosting a free, Spring Kickoff in D.C.’s effort to be crowned the #1 fittest city in America. The local gym chain has partnered with D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Let’s Get #FitDC health and wellness initiative to offer numerous free opportunities to work out and remain active all year long. On Thursday, March 29 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. VIDA Fitness is opening their doors to the public and offering complimentary fitness classes ranging from high intensity training to yoga and personal assessments with certified instructors.

Friday, March 30

Awesome Con: (March 30-April 1) Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con! Awesome Con is a celebration of geek culture, bringing over 70,000 fans together with their favorite stars from across comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more! (Walter E. Washington Convention Center)

Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Rock your red and head to the Capital One Arena to cheer on the Washington Capitals as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31

Blossom Kite Festival: The National Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off kite season. The seventh annual Blossom 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, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Kites will also be available for purchase onsite.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Food Crawl: In partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Carpe DC Food Tours is launching the first annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Food Crawl to kick off the 2018 cherry blossom season. This season’s official, self-guided culinary excursion means food lovers can travel around the globe in a single afternoon, stopping at destinations that have shaped DC’s dining culture. Journeying through historic Penn Quarter and Chinatown, guests will learn about Washington, DC’s rich and storied past. The food crawl includes 8 tastes at local favorites, including The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Cherry Picks restaurants like Ottoman Taverna, Farmers and Distillers, and Cuba Libre. The official National Cherry Blossom Festival Food Crawl is available on March 31 and April 7, 2018 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $84 per person, and include one tasting at each of the 8 locations.

Maggie O’Neill’s Pop-Up Art Installation DC BLOOMS: Maggie O’Neill, the D.C.-based designer and official 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival artist, announces the unveiling of her cherry blossom-themed pop-up exhibit, DC BLOOMS. The pop-up art installation will be on display for the next three weekends and features #FinesInFullBloom, an immersive, interactive blossom experience created from parking tickets. DC BLOOMS will run every Saturday and Sunday, March 31 through April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DBGB DC Kids Easter Pastry Class: DBGB DC’s Executive Pastry Chef, Kelsey Burack will guide the children in dying Easter eggs and decorating Easter-themed cupcakes, sugar cookies and cake pops. Junior pastry chefs will have the opportunity to take their creations home in addition to special treats like Peep marshmallows and chocolate candies to enjoy on Easter morning. Parents can enjoy a continental breakfast, including coffee, mimosas, croissants, parfait, and other delicious goodies. The class will take place in the Salon Bleu private dining room, offering a striking view of CityCenter.

Sunday, April 1

Dirty Habit hosts "Dirty Rabbit" Easter celebration: Luxe Penn Quarter restaurant Dirty Habit will host “Dirty Rabbit,” a series of festive Easter programming for guests 21-and-older, on Easter Sunday, April 1. An adult egg hunt on Dirty Habit’s city-block sized patio kicks off at 12 p.m., with prizes inside every egg; and Head Bartender Sarah Ruiz leads two sophisticated, hands-on cocktail classes at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved now on Eventbrite for the “Dirty Rabbit” cocktail classes, while the egg hunt is open to the public.