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I like to think that heaven is filled with blooming cherry blossom trees. So grab some friends, a bottle of champers, and have a picnic under the pink. Here’s to Washington’s prettiest week of the year …

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Monday

Tonight we’ll be at Taste of the Nation DC, where the city’s best chefs, restaurants, and mixologists are lending their time and talent to help raise the critical funds necessary to help ensure no kid goes hungry. We’re looking forward to partying with some of our favorite chefs, including Scott Drewno of The Source, Mike Isabella of Graffiato, and Bryan Voltaggio of Volt. Taste of the Nation promotes awareness of childhood hunger and Share Our Strength’s solutions to it. 7 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St., Washington, D.C.  Get tickets here.

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Tuesday

Spring is here (hurrah!), and we’ll be kicking off the season of patios with the grand opening of PJ Clarke’s patio Tuesday night. The bash is also celebrating the restaurant’s new signature oyster. Get 50 cent oysters and $3.50 DC Brau while basking in the warm weather. 5 to 8 p.m. 1600 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday

Celebrate Washington City Paper’s Best Of 2013 winners at their annual bash Wednesday night. Fifty Best of D.C. winners and finalist restaurants, local breweries and other artisans will be serving up food and drinks, plus there will be five live entertainment stages. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Food & Friends to help deliver hope, one meal at a time. Get tickets here. Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday

Get some hilarious entertainment Thursday eve at the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament, a March Madness-style bracketed improv tournament featuring 67 three-person teams fiercely competing for audience favor. The audience votes on their favorites until one reigns supreme. Performances are running every weekend, Thursday through Saturday, through April 13. Tickets are just ten bucks this round if you buy in advance. Get tickets here.

Friday

Any New Orleanian knows that when the Jazz Festival kicks off, that means that crawdad season has begun. Acadiana will be firing up the season with their Crawfish Boil Throw-down on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the patio. The festive event will benefit Tipitina’s Foundation, a non-profit in New Orleans dedicated to supporting the music and culture of Louisiana. Tickets, which are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, include all-you-can-eat spice-broiled crawfish, live music by New Orleans’ own Black Masala band, and more. 901 New York Ave. N.W., (202) 408-8848.

Saturday

Have brunch with us this Saturday! We’re co-hosting a very special “Brunch, Blowouts & Bubbly” bash this Saturday at Nival Salon & Spa. There will be manicures, massages, blow-outs and masks. Plus, cupcakes and muffins from Something Sweet, and mimosas and bellinis, of course! tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP, which includes a blowout, and they’re limited so they will sell out quickly. Get your ticket here. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5481 Wisconsin Ave., Upper Level, Chevy Chase.

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Your blow-out will help get you ready for one of the biggest parties of the year, Fashion For Paws, which benefits the Washington Humane Society. The heart and soul of the event are the fundraising models who agree to raise a minimum of $5,000 in the weeks leading up to the event and participate in a friendly fundraising competition. The top fundraiser, winning “Model Washingtonian of the Year,” and the first and second runner up will be recognized on the runway Saturday night. Get tickets here. 8 p.m. to midnight. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.

Sunday

Baseball season has begun! Have a patio brunch by the cherry blossoms, then head to see the Washington Nationals play Atlanta Sunday afternoon. While you’re there, make sure to check out Fluffy Thoughts Cakes’ new kiosk at Nationals Park. A rotating list of four jumbo cupcakes will be available at the kiosk with three set flavors. The kiosk will also offer chocolate brownies, red velvet brownies, rice krispy treats, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, and sugar cookies in the shape of baseballs. Cute!

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