Mason Grads – Get Festive with DMV Spring Festivals!February 20, 2019
By Arsadur Rahman
With spring midterm season upon us, you may need a variation in your daily mundane class-library-home routine. Perhaps you need something to re-energize you to write that thesis paper or to code script to create a new application. Spring festivals offer a delightful escape from the day-to-day.
Festivals are one- or multi-day events where attendees can explore different topics and themes and engage with diverse populations. You and your friends can come together to celebrate, dance, learn, and laugh as you create lasting memories.
Now let’s take a look at some of my top picks in the region, beginning at our very own George Mason campus.
As a graduate student, my favorite festival is the Holi Moli: Festival of Color, which takes place at Mason’s Fairfax campus every year the last week of March. The Indian Student Association hosts the event along with the help of University Life to mark the beginning of spring. Although Holi is a Hindu festival, this event has become a widely celebrated festival among the people of different religious backgrounds. Students often dance and play drums while participants splash different colored powder on each other. For updated information, keep your eyes on the Mason Get Connected page.
My next favorite festival in the DC area is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s festival is scheduled March 20 – April 14, with peak blossom expected in the first week of April. Festival goers take advantage of street parades, kite flying, and street music shows with breathtaking views of cherry blossoms as the background.
Another festival unique to Washington DC is the DC Passport Festival. According to Cultural Tourism DC, “Passport DC is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture.”[i] During this festival, the embassies open their doors to visitors to give them a taste of diplomatic culture. You will find all range of exhibitions and talks and have the opportunity to meet people from around the world.
If you are a beer and wine lover, don’t miss the Capital BrewFest: Blossom Bash Beer & Wine Festival. This festival offers more than 50 types of beer and wine samples including many rare offerings. This festival is scheduled for March 31st at 1309 Fifth St NE. This springtime event features live music, outdoor activities, and outdoor games. This festival sells out, so don’t delay getting your ticket!
These are a sample of festivals that I recommend you to check out this spring semester. DMV is a great place to experience new events and festivals. Be sure to check out the event websites for more information. There are many websites dedicated to keep us all up to date on local events – I personally like Eventbrite, but a quick Google search will get you the information you need.
I wish you the very best throughout the semester and hopefully you will maximize your fun as you push towards your academic goals!
[i] “Passport DC,” Cultural Tourism DC, accessed February 7, 2019, https://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/passport-dc1