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Best Spring Festivals in the D.C. Region

by Allie Moore

May 23, 2016

Firefly Music Festival, Dover, Delaware © Jeremy Asa | Flickr

Tips / Destination

As the cherry blossoms bloom and the Washington Nationals throw the first pitch of the season, it can only mean one thing: Spring has arrived in the nation´s capital, and summer is not far behind. Along with longer and warmer days comes a smorgasbord of some of the country´s best festivals, all within a short drive from D.C.


Sweetlife Festival (May)

Brought to you by the brains behind the local healthy food chain, Sweetgreen, this annual music and food festival takes place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., and features musical acts ranging from rock to electronic and everything in between.


DelFest (Memorial Day, May)

Cruise out to Cumberland, Va., during Memorial Day weekend for a three-day festival of music, mountains and memories. The festival features national acts like the Yonder Mountain String Band and Bruce Hornsby, as well as activities for all ages, like water balloon fights!


Roots Picnic (June)

The pier at Penn´s Landing in Philadelphia welcomes The Roots for the ninth year as they celebrate their hometown as only The Roots can. Accompanying acts include Usher, Leon Bridges and Swizz Beatz, among others.


Firefly (June)

For the past five years in Dover, Del., this music fest has slowly grown into a legendary must for festival fans. Major acts like Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons and Ellie Goulding will be gracing the stage this year.



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