SpotHero Spring Picks: Our Top 10 Things to Do in DC This Spring

Spring in DC is here at last! We survived a late-in-the-season winter storm, and a beautiful spring day has never sounded better. When you’re ready to head outside, plan ahead to make the most of your time! Here are ten of our favorite things to do in the DC area this spring, hand-picked by SpotHero’s DC team!

Light City Baltimore

Recommended by Anthony

Dates: March 31 – April 8

Location: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Parking: find and reserve parking here

Cost: Free

Details: Light City transforms Baltimore’s cityscape with large-scale light installations, music and more. The BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is one of the focal points, featuring more than 50 attractions, including illuminated sculptures, projections, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area. You can find more info here.



Recommended by Anthony

Dates: April 7 (plus other dates)

Location: Fairgrounds at Nats Park – 1201 Half St. SE

Parking: Find and reserve parking here

Cost: Free to get in! Food is a la carte

Details: Truckeroo is a monthly food truck festival held at Fairgrounds. The hottest food trucks from the DC area come together for a family friendly event featuring live music, games, cold drinks, delicious eats and more! Check out more info and find participating food trucks here.

Photo via Georgetown Events

Passport DC

Recommended by Anthony

Dates: May 1-31

Location: Embassy Row

Parking: Reserve parking here

Cost: Free

Details: Passport DC is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Passport DC is a great way for residents and visitors alike to experience a global excursion without ever leaving the city. For more details on specific events, click here


DC Bike Ride

Recommended by Anthony

Date: May 14, 8am-1pm

Location: The starting line is in West Potomac Park and the finish is on Pennsylvania Avenue in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. Full course map can be found here

Parking: Reserve parking near finish line here

Cost: $60

Details: DC Bike Ride is DC’s only closed-road and car-free 20-mile bike ride. This course begins in West Potomac Park, before riding past some of DC’s most iconic sights and finishing on Pennsylvania Avenue in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. You can find more details on the official page here.


Picnic in Yards Park

Recommended by Erin

Date: Anytime! Park is open from 7am-1opm

Location: Yards Park – 355 Water St. SE

Parking: Reserve parking here

Cost: Free

Details: Yard’s Park is a waterfront green space with a wading pool for kids. There are lots of great spots to bring a blanket, a book, and lunch–or pick up Sweetgreen around the corner! Relax and enjoy a beautiful spring day. 


Hiking in Rock Creek Park

Recommended by Anthony

Date: Anytime!

Location: Rock Creek Park

Cost: Free

Details: Rock Creek Park is one of DC’s natural treasures. This 1,754-acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the 3rd national park to be designated by the federal government. With 32 miles of trails and great picnic areas, you can’t go wrong! For more information, check out the official Rock Creek Park page


Catch a Nationals Game

Recommended by Anthony

Date: The Nationals home opener is April 3rd – you can view the entire regular season schedule here

Location: Nationals Park – 1500 S. Capitol St. NE

Parking: Be sure to reserve parking in advance here

Cost: Ticket price varies based on opponent

Details: Nothing says spring like a day at the ballpark. When the weather is nice, grab your friends and head over to Nationals Park to cheer on the home team.


Maine Avenue Fish Market at the Wharf

Recommended by Erin

Date: Anytime!

Location: 1100 Maine Ave SW

Parking: Find parking here

Cost: Free – food is ala carte

Details: The Maine Avenue Fish Market is the oldest open air seafood market on the East Coast. You can buy any kind of seafood there, but they specialize in crabs, shrimp, and oysters. You can find more info on the market here


Arena Stage

Recommended by Erin

Date: Check out the schedule here for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season

Location: 1101 6th St. SW

Parking: Reserve parking here

Cost: Varies by show, but they offer a ‘pay your age’ program if you’re under 30

Details: With a focus on American artists, Arena Stage brings a diverse range of shows and performances to the theater. They have done a great job attracting top tier talent and always have an interesting array of shows!


Jet off on spring break

If you’re heading out of town for spring break, we wouldn’t hold it against you. Catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance:

Dulles Airport

Reagan Airport


Happy spring, DC!