Spring has sprung and after such a harsh winter across much of the country, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the thaw. Here’s some of our favorite Spring Things!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. Beginning in the Centennial year of 2012, the festival expanded from 16 days to a five week celebration of Spring. Does D.C. have it all? Click to visit
Friday Jazz at LACMA
It is Friday, yet? Each Friday from April to November the faithful gather on the pavilion and the surrounding lawns at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art for an evening of FREE Jazz. Picnic baskets, blankets, and plenty of vino make this a great way to kick off your weekend – and to take the edge off your harrowing week. Celebrating over twenty years at LACMA, the program continues to be one of the museum’s most recognizable offerings. Jazz at LACMA is a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians and has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, Cannonball-Coltrane Project, and Ernie Watts. Over 42,000 visitors attend the program annually from April through November. This year the season kicked off with Latin Jazz great Pete Escovido – with special guest…Sheila E! – Don’t you wish you lived in L.A.? Click to visit
The Southport Weekender
Across the pond in England every year is the Southport Weekender. Billed as the “World’s Friendliest Party” Every year, over six thousand members of the worldwide Southport family spend three unforgettable days at the UK’s most important black music event. What started as an annual soul music weekender has expanded to include the entire spectrum of classic and contemporary soulful sounds. Now, The 25 year old event stands as the U.K’s most diverse musical weekender. Next year, pack your boogie shoes and book your flight to Bristol! Click to visit
Record Store Day
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Next year – put a pin on your calendar for the third Saturday in April and celebrate the music with your Independent record store! Learn More
May is Bike Month – and from coast to coast people are celebrating this humble mode of transportation. From Cylavia in Los Angeles to the 5 Boro Bike Tour (32,000 people, five bridges) there’s no better way to boost your booty than a bike ride. Click for more.
What are your favorite things about Spring? Share below!