The 27 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week

Don’t worry if you didn’t get tickets for Monday’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll: There are plenty of other chances to celebrate with bunnies and eggs this weekend, with events across the area for kids, and even a few for grown-ups. The weather forecast looks pretty good for the weekend — at least at press time — meaning cherry blossom-related festivals and events should be able to avoid the rain-related chaos of last Saturday, which led to the postponement of Bloomaroo at the Wharf and the Art of Pink at National Landing. Bloomaroo is giving it another go, with live music, activities and fireworks on Saturday, while the Blossom Kite Festival takes over the National Mall. Other highlights include release parties for Beyonce’s “Act II: Country Carter” with drag queens, DJs and lemonade margaritas; Robert Glasper celebrating Duke Ellington and J Dilla at the Kennedy Center; and the Nationals’ Opening Day on Easter Monday, which finds bars and restaurants opening early with food and drink specials and entertainment.

Thursday, March 28

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Awesome Tapes From Africa at Showtime

Since 2006, Awesome Tapes From Africa has been a rewarding way to discover and immerse yourself in sounds from across the African continent, whether griots from Mali, rap from Niger or traditional songs from Sudan. The project started as a blog, because that was the style at the time, with links to download African music that had been released on cassette. (Founder Brian Shimkovitz had spent a year in Ghana doing research on local music.) Awesome Tapes From Africa has become much more, though: a record label, an online store selling physical copies to benefit the artists that made them and a way for Shimkovitz to spread the joy that the music brings through concerts and DJ nights. He’s visiting D.C.’s Showtime this week, where he’ll DJ on cassettes, of course, and start a dance party in the cozy Bloomingdale lounge. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free.

Becky Lynch at Sixth and I

In her new book, the WWE star (real name: Rebecca Quin) shares the story of how she forged a path for female wrestlers, from her childhood in Ireland to her WrestleMania wins. She’s in conversation with “The Loudest Girl in the World” podcast host Lauren Ober. Signed copies of her book, “Becky Lynch, the Man: Not Your Average Girl,” are available for purchase with a ticket. 6 p.m. $12 virtually; $25 in person.

Toast to the Blossoms Cocktail Tasting in Navy Yard

First things first: This is not a sit-down cocktail tasting session, but an exploration of cherry-blossom-themed beverages at six bars and restaurants around the Navy Yard neighborhood — not all of which are cocktails! The ticket includes drinks like the Pink Reflections at District Winery (gin infused with cherry blossom tea, mixed with litchi, cranberry and rose water); the Cherry Blossom Manhattan at Scarlet Oak (whiskey, cherry blossom vermouth and bitters) and a choice of cherry blossom beers from Virginia’s Old Ox and Maryland’s Liquidity Aleworks at Tap 99. Pink Taco, Silver Social and Walters are also on the cherry blossom trail. Registration is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and participants have until 10 p.m. to claim all their drinks. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. $40.

‘Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women’ at Smithsonian American Art Museum

Quilts made by Amish women between 1880 and 1950 are the focus of this exhibit, showing off these utilitarian objects as incredibly intricate works of art. “Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women” explores Amish culture and the contradiction that arose when self-described “Plain People” devoted to humility created crafts that turned out to be quite valuable in worldly terms. The exhibit opens March 28, but mark your calendars for a free gallery talk April 12 at 11:30 a.m. Through Sept. 2. Free.

Kate Clover at Pie Shop

With her latest project, Los Angeles rocker Kate Clover looks back fondly on the original punks of her hometown, including X, the Germs and the Gun Club. Her debut album, “Bleed Your Heart Out,” was full to the brim with straight-ahead punk rock, and the first taste of her next album, “The Apocalypse Dream,” takes her California dreams to a sock hop like Marty McFly in a DeLorean. 8 p.m. $15-$18.

‘The Enduring Legacy of Frederick Douglass’ at National Portrait Gallery

In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “One Life: Frederick Douglass,” this panel discussion with the exhibition’s co-curators, a Harvard University African American studies professor and Douglass’s great-great-great-grandson looks at how the abolitionist used speeches and his personal narrative in his activism. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free.


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