WHERE TO BE SCENE:
Friday, April 11
7:00 PM, The Children's Ball: to Benefit Children's National at the Ritz Carlton,1150 22nd St NW. Black-tie, white dress preferred. Dinner, dancing, live auction, and after-party. $100+, info.
Saturday, April 12
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, National Cherry Blossom Parade along Constitution Ave. from 7th to 17th St. NW. Performers: American Idol’s Candice Glover, Aaron Carter, Regina Belle, Sheena Easton and Branden James. $20/grandstand seating or free along route, info
11:00am - 1:00pm, Easter Egg Hunt at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St NW. Children will decorate eggs, live bunnies, Easter egg hunt, Czech candy, Easter bread. Free, rsvp
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Cherry Blossom Family Celebration at the Kogod Courtyard – National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F St. NW. Cherry blossom-themed crafts, music, and demo from Smithsonian Gardens. Free, info.
1:00 – 9:00 PM, Pink and Drink Bar Crawl at various DC-area venues. $10, refillable signature mug, pink and white beads, access to some of DC’s best bars, info.
Saturday, April 12
7:00 - 9:00 AM, The Stroud Foundation’s 4th annual Stroud Foundation 5K beginning at Fletcher’s Boat House, 4940 Canal Rd NW. Brunch after race. Benefiting children with learning disabilities. $50/person or $100/family, info.
8:30 PM, Catholic Charities Gala After Party at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. Black-tie. $75, open bar, music, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, info..
1:00 PM, Navy Memorial celebrates its 23rd Annual “Blessing of the Fleets” ceremony and the launch of Year of the Coast Guard. Immediately following the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Free, info.
8:00 PM, Countdown to Yuri's Night 2014, a celebration of the first human spaceflight at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. Lunar dance party, burlesque show, interstellar live music, celestial costume contest, complimentary lite “bytes” and cocktails. $12, info.
Sunday, April 13
6:00 PM, DC Emancipation Day Panel, Town Hall Discussion Moderated by TV host, Robyn Murphy, panelists: actress and recording artist Toni Blackman; MC Hammer; Public Enemy’s Chuck D and more. info.
12:30 – 5:30 PM, Easter Egg Hunt and Exhibition at Evermay Estate,1623 28th St. NW. $10, two timed-entry options, info.
6:00 – 10:00 PM, 11th Annual Blue Jeans Ball at Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. $200, cocktails, tastings, live and silent auctions, live music/dancing, info.