It’s the end of March, the Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing, and there’s another snow storm on the way? Yawn. We’re so done with winter. So, we’re ordering fresh bunches from UrbanStems to make it, at least, feel like spring inside.
Need a good lunch spot to break up your Monday? Head to Piola for the mezzo & mezzo lunch. Get half a salad with half a pizza for $12.95. We love their no-limit pizza brunch, and we suspect lunch at Piola is just as great. Two locations: in Rosslyn and on 14th Street in Washington, D.C.
We’re heading to Carmine’s in Chinatown to pretend the cherry blossoms are blooming by sipping cherry cocktails. The Italian restaurant is serving up a complimentary tasting of its Cherry Blossom Punch and Italian Zeppole with cherry dipping sauce. Can’t make it Tuesday? The punch, made with Absolut CherryKran and Mandarin vodkas with fresh lemon juice and a splash of cranberry, will be available throughout the festival. Get there from 4 to 6 p.m. 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
BYT and Snapshot beer are hosting a throwback party at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Live bluegrass, Outlaws DJs, photo booths, and a New Belgium cruiser bike giveaway. Be one of the first 250 at the party and you’ll get a complimentary beer. Head there at 6 p.m. RSVP here. Jack Rose, 2007 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Need a good blowout before the weekend? Head to Dupont’s newest blowout bar, Blo, for a quick volume boost in a stylish setting. To celebrate its opening this week, the shop is donating 25 percent of proceeds from every service to the Washington Humane Society. Appointments are as early at 7 a.m. seven days a week. 2126 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Like cocktails? Get some craft cocktails served by some sassy sallies at a cocktail party hosted by Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC). This educational and charitable organization celebrates the contributions of “the dames of the bar” by looking back to the recipes and traditions of this great American invention. The party will feature craft cocktails like the Hanky Panky and Pisco Sour and is being held at the Smithsonian. Tickets, online. 6:45- 8:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington, D.C.
VIDA Fitness is bringing in the big guns with its weekend-long yoga festival. Yoga Instructor and owner of Thank Yoga Studio, Josie Schweitzer, is hosting the three-day workshop. Sessions include everything from “redefining gravity” arm balancing classes to instruction for new and aspiring yoga instructors. All attendees receive a free VIDA shirt and 25 percent off Fuel Bar and gear. The cost is just $99. Register online.
Hopefully the weather is nice enough this weekend to go fly a kit. Literally. The Cherry Blossom kite festival will be in full swing on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. It’s one of the most picturesque days in D.C. In addition to the gorgeous kites on display, there is a Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.