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Weekend Report: 12 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, April 5

The Nationals Home Opener vs. the New York Mets: It's baseball season! Show your DC pride as the Nationals take on the Mets in the season home opener. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

Baseball, Brews and Bootcamp at The Yards for Opening Day: The Yards, one of D.C.’s most exciting waterfront developments, is offering a day-long celebration perfect for people of all ages to kick off Opening Day 2018 on Thursday, April 5. Located just steps from Nationals Park, The Yards offers baseball and happy hour lovers alike the opportunity to partake in some of the District’s most popular deals at the Opening Day celebration. Guests can enjoy watching the Nationals ring in their 2018 season with a craft brew or a culinary home run from one of the many innovative restaurants surrounding the ballpark, along with other regional deals and steals.

Monumental Sports Network hosts Wizards Watch Party: Monumental Sports Network is hosting their next monthly VIP member event, a Wizards Watch Party on Thursday, April 5 from 7:30 - 10 p.m. at Buffalo Billiards on 19th St (1330 19th St NW). If someone’s not a member, they can simply sign up at MonumentalSportsNetwork.com and for $9.99 this month can go hang out with G-Wiz and the Wizards Girls and nosh on complimentary drinks and food! Plus, you'll be able to go to more VIP events in the future!

Friday, April 6

Blossom Bash at The Anthem: DC101 presents Blossom Bash, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performances include, Third Eye Blind, Bush, and Lovely the Band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks: Head to the Capital One Arena to cheer on the Washington Wizards as they take on the Atlanta Hawks. Game starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 7

20th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk: A short, non-competitive walk and program to celebrate and learn about the Japanese American spirit of patriotism and perseverance during World War II. This year’s program will highlight our 20th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. This year’s theme is “E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, One” and while we celebrate the motto of our founding fathers, it is also a reminder to that we must continue to stand with others in protecting civil liberties for all Americans. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; Program begins at 10 a.m.; Walk begins at 11 a.m.

Drink the District's Cherry Blossom Wine & Beer Festival: Celebrate the arrival of spring and D.C.'s favorite cherry blossoms! Drink the District will bring the tasty beverages, and you gather all of your friends for the annual Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer! For two days they'll offer tastings of 100+ beers and wines, unlimited full pour beverages, access to D.C. area food vendors, and live entertainment all day!

Petalpalooza: From 1 – 9:30 p.m. the inaugural Petalpalooza presented by FreshDirect will make its highly anticipated debut at The Wharf, D.C.’s newest half-mile-long waterfront destination. Formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, Petalpalooza will include interactive art installations, larger-than-life games and activities, live music on three outdoor stages, a roller rink, a beer garden, a spectacular fireworks show by Pyrotecnico, and much more along the piers of the Southwest Waterfront, the “home of the cherry blossoms.”

O-Ku Pop-Up at Union Market: Sushi restaurant O-Ku, will host an omakase pop-up in Union Market from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., previewing their offerings before officially opening near Union Market later this spring. Executive Chef Bryan Emperor, who has studied the art of Japanese cuisine for over twenty-five years, helming some of the top restaurants world-wide, will create six courses of sushi and sashimi, including Wagyu Croquettes and Tasmanian King Salmon Sashimi, followed by Japanese dessert and tea. Guests can enjoy the full omakase menu for $40 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Seatings will begin at the top of every hour at the eight-seat counter, on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations will not be accepted.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets: There is no better way to spend a spring Saturday than with a baseball game. Cheer on the Washington Nationals as they take on the New York Mets. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 8

Cherry Blossom Paddle Tour: Experience the world famous Cherry Blossoms from the water with a three-hour paddle tour that departs from Yards Park. Beginner and experienced paddlers will get a new view of the blossoms along the East Potomac Park. Paddlers can book a stand up paddleboard, single kayak, and pedalboard for $45 or a double kayak for $60. Bring your own board for only $30.

Lorde at The Anthem: Who is ready to dance like no one's watching?? Lorde is coming to the Anthem, so now is your chance! Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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