Events calendar: Saturday, March 31


Children’s programs

  • The National Park Service will be celebrating 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia, where families will be able to play games, do crafts and go on ranger-led tours of Douglass’ historic home. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE.
  • A National Building Museum family afternoon will focus on the importance of green space with storytelling, educational sessions and parklet-building activities for all ages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • The Rock Creek Park planetarium will host “Winter Night Sky,” a presentation of the brightest stars, planets and constellations that are visible in the wintertime. Recommended for ages five and up. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free; required tickets can be obtained up to 30 minutes in advance. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. This event will repeat every Saturday and Sunday until April 29.

Classes and workshops

  • “Branching Out: Beyond the Ubiquitous Phalaenopsis” will teach intermediate and advanced orchid growers how to find new orchids to add to their collections. 10 a.m. to noon. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • Bring a yoga mat and a towel to the Kennedy Center for a weekly all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer. 10:15 a.m. Free; registration required. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Event repeats every Saturday.
    • The U.S. Botanic Garden will hold its weekly “Yoga in the Garden” class that will allow participants to tune into their breath while enjoying the natural beauty of the garden. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Conservatory Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
    • The National Portrait Gallery will hold a creative writing session targeted for adults, which will take inspiration from the gallery’s special exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers.” 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. This event repeats weekly.
  • In celebration of Women’s History Month, the “Astronomy Stars: Women Who Changed the Night” program will highlight stories of female astronomers and their discoveries. Recommended for ages seven and older. 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224.

Discussions and lectures

  • Jamie Gabbarelli, a curator from from the Rhode Island School of Design, will host an introduction to the National Gallery of Art exhibition, “Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze.” Noon. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The National Geographic Museum will screen “Jerusalem 3-D,” which features aerial footage of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $7. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The film will be shown Saturdays and Sundays until August.
  • “Minute Bodies” will combine original footage from naturalist and documentarian F. Percy Smith with a contemporary score. 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Starring Tilda Swinton, Michael Gough and Karl Johnson, the biopic “Wittgenstein” will address the politics and sexuality of the troubled philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. 4 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.  


  • Ford’s Theatre will present a performance of “The Wiz,” an adaption of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop music as well as lively choreography. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35 to $81. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW. 888-616-0270. The show will continue until May 12.
  •  The Globe Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a comedy that uses elements of fantasy to tell the story of two couples who escape to an enchanted forest to avoid forced marriages. 2 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage productions will present the Conservatory Project, an initiative designed to showcase young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera and more from undergraduate and graduate conservatories and schools. 6 p.m. Free tickets will be distributed in the Kennedy Center’s States Gallery starting at 5 p.m. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The show will repeat on April 1.
  • Keegan Theatre will present the legendary musical “Chicago,” featuring Maria Rizzo as Roxy Hart and Jessica Bennett as Velma Kelly. 7:30 p.m. $55 for general admission tickets. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. The show will be running until April 7.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library will present “The Winter’s Tale,” William Shakespeare’s play about jealousy, prophecy, redemption and the power of forgiveness. 7:30 p.m. $35 to $79. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. This production will run until April 22.
  • Mind reader and psychic entertainer Michael Jon will astonish the audience with mind-boggling people reading and persuasion as part of Jon’s Psychic Cabaret. 7:30 p.m. $40 to $50. D.C. Arts Center Theatre. 2438 18th St. NW. Visit or call 202-430-6000 for tickets.
  • Forum Theatre will present the new play “Nat Turner in Jerusalem,” which imagines the last night of the infamous leader of the 1831 slave uprising in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Va. 8 p.m. $18. Silver Spring Black Box, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301-588-8279. The show will continue until April 7.
  • “Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare’s historical tragedy about the Roman dictator, will be staged as part of the partnership between The Globe Theatre in London and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. This performance will repeat on April 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Laugh Index Theatre will present a “Hot Spot” musical comedy show including musical improvisation and musical sketch comedy, featuring Julian Stern as a special guest. 10 p.m. $8 to $15. D.C. Arts Center Theatre, 2438 18th St. NW. Visit for tickets.

Special events

  • Awesome Con will feature programming from celebrities from franchises like “Star Wars” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” attend comic panels with the artists and writers from industry leaders like Batman, and brows Artist Alley which includes displays such as tech demos to rare costume collections. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. The convention will continue on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown will hold a Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring a signature Fairmont Cherry Almond tea and other sweet and savory treats. 2 to 4 p.m. $40 to $55. Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW. 202-457-5020. The tea will be offered until April 15.


  • The National Park Service will offer “As The Wheel Turns” mill tours, led by a park ranger or a volunteer from Friends of Peirce Mill. Self-guided tours are also possible. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden St. NW.
  • Horticulturist Drew Asbury will give Hillwood visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the estate’s greenhouse for “Orchid Month.” 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free for members and children under six. $5 for children 6 to 18, $10 for students, $15 for seniors and $18 for adults. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • Dwane Starlin will lead a “Cherry Blossom Cupcake” walking tour of Georgetown, with stops at Baked and Wired, Sprinkles and Georgetown Cupcake. Tickets include one cupcake from each bakery. Noon to 2 p.m. $23 to $25. Tours start at Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.