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WISH Newsletter: Things To Do

Things to do

Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, April 11th 10am One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. The steps of the National Archives serve as an exciting performance backdrop, and vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation’s premier springtime parade.

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, April 11th 10:30am-6pm It is the biggest Japanese street party in the nation. The festival stretches six blocks and includes Japanese performances on three stages and over 200 martial artists demonstrating their skills throughout the day. Other participants include 25 Japanese and Asian restaurants, and more!

Anacostia River Festival, April 12th The event will feature family-friendly activities including free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.

Employers Seek Leaders: What you can do now to develop leadership skills, April 14th 6:30pm (Reception begins at 5:45pm)
Speaker: Sheree Anne Kelly, Vice President of the Public Affairs Council and Executive Director of the Foundation for Pubic Affairs
*RSVP to attend*

Washington Nationals Vs Phillies, April 15th 7:05PM

Filmfest DC, April 16-23 The city’s oldest film festival returns this year featuring a wide range of films from around the globe including features, documentaries, comedies, shorts and award winners.

WISH Career Night, April 21 5:30-8pm An informative panel of former interns and young professionals discuss ways to make the most of your DC experiences and to continue benefitting from your DC internship after the summer’s end.  Insights and tips will include skill building, networking, gaining better work projects, and proven strategies for gaining full-time positions in DC or back home after you graduate.  Panelists will represent many career fields including government, nonprofits, corporate, media, lobbying, and political advocacy.   **RSVP to attend**

Smithsonian Craft Show, April 23-25

Georgetown French Market April 24-25 The spring shopping extravaganza features fashion, French fare, quaint home and antique shops, galleries and live music.

White House Spring Garden Tours  Date/Time TBD The event is open to the public; however, a ticket is required for all attendees, including small children. The National Park Service will distribute free, timed tickets at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located at 15th and E Streets on tour days beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will be distributed — one ticket per person — on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, fill out online application.



WISH is once again offering a value-added service to our guests this summer.  The Osgood Center for International Studies ( will be offering a set of evening classes that will serve to enhance your overall DC experience by connecting you with students with similar interests in public policy, politics, and the cultural landscape of Washington, D.C.

These courses are for-credit, earning you at least 2 hours of credit for 5 weeks of evening classes conveniently located in WISH classrooms.  Taught by distinguished experts in their field, the classes emphasize class discussion of the current topics of the day.  These include international affairs, American politics, forensic psychology, and human rights.  For students interested in receiving internship-related credit, there is even a seminar on experiential education.  Classes start the week of June 7 and end five weeks later.

For more information about course descriptions, costs, dates, and deadlines, please visit or email at

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