Written by Jennifer Fantin, Recruitment and Admissions Assistant
It is hard to believe that February is coming to a close and March will be making an appearance on all of our calendars this Friday. The first two months of 2013 sure did fly by, but with the quick passing of time also comes the promise of warmer spring weather. March will be the start of a more bearable season in Washington, DC, and with better weather come a variety of great local events to enjoy!
- Nordic Cool Festival (March 1- March 17)- The Kennedy Center will play host to more than 700 artists from the Nordic countries with dozens of interesting exhibits. A number of the Nordic embassies in DC will also offer great cultural events throughout the festival.
- National Harbor Restaurant Week (March 4- March 17)- A number of delicious restaurants at the National Harbor, including Ketchup, McLoone’s Pier House, Sauciety American Grill, and Thai Pavillion, will offer prix fixe lunch for $20.13 and three-course dinner menus for $35.13. Plan a dinner date with some friends, and enjoy great food at a more affordable price. Call ahead for reservations.
- Washington, DC Independent Film Festival (March 6- March 10)- DCIFF is an award winning event that showcases a variety different works. Feature, short, animation and documentary films from local, national, and international filmmakers will be shown. In the past, many of the productions have gone on to the Academy Awards, Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes. Screenings are hosted at both the E Street Cinema and the Navy Memorial Heritage Center. Get online to purchase your tickets today.
- DC Sports– There is still time to throw on your jersey and support the city’s athletic talents this season. Head to the Verizon Center and cheer on the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
- The National Marathon (March 16)- Now renamed the SunTrust Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon, this 26.2 mile race begins at RFK Stadium and proceeds throughout the entire city. It gives participants great views of the monuments and highlights the best of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods. If you’re up for the physical challenge register online today.
- National ShamrockFest (March 16)- This tribute to Ireland is Washington, DC’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day party, and it is also the largest in the region. The festival offers great live music, food, drinks, entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides, games, and much more. It will be held at the RFK Stadium, and tickets are $29.99.
- Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17)- The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Service to the Stars and Stripes” and the route will run along Constitution Avenue. The parade includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, and military personnel. Saint Patrick’s Day is a community wide holiday in Washington, DC, and this event brings people together to celebrate Irish culture.
- 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20- April 14)- The nation’s capital welcomes the arrival of spring with a tradition that showcases the beautiful cherry trees given to Washington, DC by the city of Tokyo. The event is a two week, city-wide production featuring hundreds of international cultural performances and a variety of other special events. Featuring art exhibits, specialty cuisines, and sports there is something for everyone to enjoy!