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Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony: Kick-off the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Warner Theatre and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. (5-6 p.m.) (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

Weekend Report: 7 events to hit up this weekend

Thursday, March 23

Cher at the MGM National Harbor: Don't miss your chance to witness the performance of a lifetime! Cher has partnered with AEG Live and MGM Resorts International to debut CLASSIC CHER, a series of special concerts exclusive to North America beginning in February 2017.

Friday, March 24

Artomatic 2017: Artomatic returns to Crystal City for its signature art event! This year features over 600 artists, performers, musicians, and creatives of all stripes showcasing their talents on seven floors.

Brewers' Choice Dinner at Art and Soul: The dinner will feature six courses and six beers from six breweries. For a fun twist, Executive Chef Douglas Alexander asked the brewers to select their favorite beers and then created dishes to pair with their chosen libations.The menu includes Roasted Diver Scallops paired with Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To, Braised Rabbit with Atlas Le Saison des Fetes, and Smoked Scotch Egg & Confit Pork Belly with 3 Stars Funkyard Dog. Tickets can be purchased here.

Kyle Dunnigan live at Arlington Cinema & Draft House: Kyle Dunnigan from Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central will take the stage not one, but two nights at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, March 25

Cherry Blossom Opening Ceremony: Kick-off the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Warner Theatre and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States. (5-6 p.m.)

Marine Corps 17.75: The 17.75K is a uniquely Marine event. The distance reflects the year the Corps was established. The setting is Prince William Forest Park with finishers emerging from the among the trees emulating the Marines at the Battle of Belleau Wood. The men and women who cross the finish earn access to the Marine Corps Marathon.

Sunday, March 26

PotterCon D.C.: Join your fellow Pottheads For the official annual D.C. day-drinking and mingling destination for Harry Potter fans ages 21+! Tickets can be purchased here.

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