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Last-Minute DC-Area Ideas 4/14-4/17: Boating, Cambodian New Year, and Pokémon

Plus, upcoming galas

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Happy Passover, Easter, Emancipation Day, Gargee’an, and Songkran!

Hello Neighbor,

For those looking for Passover events, may I suggest this guide from Gather DC.


 So, What Should You Do?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times: 

  • The 🛋 indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates an event is happening in-person outside
  • The 💻 indicates an event is happening virtually. 
  • And lastly, the 🆓 indicates an event is free. 
  • The 💉 indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

  1. Songkran. 🇰🇭 Celebrate Cambodian New Year at a two-day festival at the Cambodian Temple in Silver Spring. Try Khmer foods such as beef sticks, papaya salad, sugarcane juice, and stuffed chicken wings. Bring cash (Sat-Sun, 🆓 entry, 🌲, Silver Spring). 
  2. Emancipation Day. 🤎 Celebrate 160 years of emancipation at the DC Emancipation Day parade (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Downtown), which also features fireworks. Honor those freed with a reading of the names (Sat, 🆓, 🌲, Georgetown) and tour of the Underground Railroad. Or Shop Black at Heurich House (Sat, 🆓 entry, 🌲, Dupont), Blossom Block Fest (Sat, 🆓 entry, 🌲, Congress Heights), and Steadfast Supply (Sat, 🆓 entry, 🌲, Navy Yard).
  3. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. 🛶 Paddle around the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers with Boating in DC, which opens its season this weekend at Fletcher’s Boathouse. Reservations are already available at the Key Bridge Boathouse
  4. Easter eggs. 🥚 In case you are looking for some last-minute Easter egg hunts, consider the one in Ward 6 (Sat, 🆓 entry, Waterfront) or at Victura Park (Sat, 🆓 entry, Kennedy Center). Decorate your own Armenian Easter eggs with Yerevan (Thu, $40 🛋, Adams Morgan). 
  5. Gargee’an. 🇶🇦 Observe the 15th day of Ramadan at the Qatar American Institute for Culture at an open house (Fri from 11-3pm, 🆓, 🛋,  Dupont Circle). 
  6. All things Pokémon. 🎮 Hunt for squirtle and meet Mew at a day of Pokémon festivities–including a screening of “Pokémon the First Movie (Fri, 🆓, 🌲, Downtown). 


What Is on Our Radar: Upcoming Galas + Black-Tie Events

  • 4/24 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This year, Jon Stewart will be honored and joined in the festivities by Pete Davidson, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and more. The actual event is sold out, but packages are available starting at $600 for access to the pre-performance cocktail party. More information about packages can be found here.
  • 4/28 Greater Greater Washington. Fancy attire optional, this social-justice gala at Mess Hall includes hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets start at $200 and are available for purchase here
  • 4/29 Phillips Collection, the Centennial Gala After Party. Besides the gala itself, there’s a black-tie afterparty at the Washington National Cathedral with curated cocktails, bites, and activations inspired by The Phillips Collection. Tickets start at $200 and are available for purchase here
  • 5/20 Washington Ballet Gala. Inspired by Saint-Tropez, this gala is a combined dinner at District Pier with a ballet performance at the Anthem. Tickets start at $1,000 and are available for purchase here.
  • 5/21 Hirshhorn Ball: Pop-Art. With an outdoor dance floor, this gala celebrates DC’s creative communities and its fashion. In fact, creative pop-art inspired outfits are suggested to this openbar bash with lite bites. Tickets start at $250 and are available for purchase here. 


Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.