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Thursday, April 3
- The temps are finally starting to spike upward and we’re sure Fido is as excited about it as you are. Grab your four-legged friend and head to Jackson 20 in Alexandria, where you’ll find Doggy Yappy Hour every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. You can bring your pooch to the outdoor courtyard and while he or she mingles with fellow pups, you’ll enjoy drink specials and $5 bites like fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, and barbecue pork sliders — there are even dog biscuits for your date.
- Pop over to Shaw’s Bistro Bohem on Florida Avenue for “Undead Presidents,” an evening showcase of the cartoons of artist Jim Gutierrez. Festivities start at 7 p.m., and Gutierrez’s works are pretty much what they sound like — zombie-inspired recreations of some of our most iconic leaders. You’ll also find DJ Jazmine, drink specials, and bar bites to go along with the zombie presidents theme.
Friday, April 4
- With two District locations on 14th Street and Georgetown, Buffalo Exchange is a fixture on the local consignment scene. In celebration of its 40th anniversary with locations all over the US, Buffalo Exchange is hosting a cross-country tour featuring a renovated 1969 Airstream trailer converted into a vintage pop-up shop. Today and tomorrow mark the DC stops for the Airstream — stop by for an impressive array of vintage picks as well as promos, giveaways, and plenty of nostalgic fun.
- Another benefit of the finally warmer temps: Dupont’s First Fridays hustle and bustle is a lot more fun when it’s nice out. Meander amongst the area gallery spaces, all of which will be staying open ‘till 8 p.m. or later in keeping with the celebratory tradition. Of particular note this evening isHillyer Art Space’s debut of three solo exhibitions from Michael Havneraas, Kimberley Parr Roenigk, and Everitt Clark, promising ink portraits, landscape-inspired paintings, and photographs depicting the evolution of Richmond’s Belle Isle, respectively. The reception lasts until 9 p.m..
Saturday, April 5
- It’s officially DC MEETMarket season. Head over to Logan Circle at 15th and P Streets NW between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the monthly outdoor community market’s deluge of tented setups from fantastic artisans and small businesses. You’ll find more than 40 local vendors like Baked & Wired, Pure Palette Scents, Sarah Cecelia Jewelry, and more, not to mention live painting, a raffle, musical performances, and even a photo booth. The market is free, open to the public, and family and pet-friendly.
- With sunshine-ier weather comes more minimal attire (who else is more than ready to ditch that winter coat?) — but it also means we’re all thinking about kicking our fitness regimens up a notch or two. Head to Long View Gallery for DC Fit today between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’ll get to try your hand at all manner of exciting workout classes, not to mention sitting in on healthy living panels on topics like nutrition, training schedules, holistic health, and more. Tickets are $35 and garner you entry as well as a tote full of fun giveaways to supplement your healthful day.
Sunday, April 6
- It was a hit around the holidays, and it’s sure to be a hit this spring as well. That’s right, Thread, the weekend-long curated shopping bazaar in Union Market, is back and better than ever. Today’s the last day, so be sure you stop by to peruse top-notch artisans with goods ranging from hand-crafted beauty products to beautifully designed apparel to thoughtfully curated home goods — all from independent brands and designers who’ve teamed up to create this bustling market at Dock 5 (above the regular Union Market space)
- Opening Day was Monday, and the home opener for the Nationals was Friday, but today’s the absolute perfect day to grab your gang and head to the ballpark. It’s Kids Opening Day at 1:35 p.m., meaning not only will you find family fun packs of tickets; kids ages 4 to 12 will also have the chance to run the bases immediately after the game for the ultimate thrill. It’s also Signature Sunday, where two Nationals players will be signing autographs on top of the Nats dugout for about 20 minutes before the game. Signatures are first-come, first-serve and start about an 70 minutes before the opening pitch.