28 Things to Do in April

Get ready for cherry blossoms, Earth Day events, spring/summer reads and outdoor concerts.
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Pianist Anne Marie McDermott

Anne-Marie McDermott

April 9-16

Where: Wolf Trap online

This installment of Wolf Trap’s “Front Row” streaming concert series features piano virtuoso Anne Marie McDermott performing works by Mozart and Bedrish Smetana. Free.


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Difficult Conversations: Bridging the Divide

When: April 9-24

Where: Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church

Talking about race can be awkward and uncomfortable. This series of 10-minute plays by local playwrights aims to make those conversations a little less so. Each play will feature two characters tackling a tough topic, followed by a piece in which the playwright expresses how the conversation ideally should have happened. Ticket prices TBD.


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Spring Outdoor Performances at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

When: April 11-May 2

Where: Mason Pond Lawn, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax

Not quite ready for indoor performances? Happily the nice weather is bringing outdoor options. Catch When You Believe, the Chorale Broadway Showcase 2021, on the George Mason Pond Lawn on April 11 at 4 p.m. You’ll also find a performance by The Barclay Brass on April 18 at 3 p.m., and another by the Collision of Rhythm on April 25 at 3 p.m. See website for ticket prices.



Graffiti Soundstage

Graffiti Soundstage

When: April 16, 8-11:30 p.m.

Where: The Renegade, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington

Covid-19 will forever be a part of this Loudon County band’s story. The rock-and-blues trio releases a new single, “Black Leather Country,” in December 2020 and they’re ready to perform it live. Free show with a dinner reservation. Call before 6 p.m. to book.


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Brandy Station Company

When: April 16, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Falls Church Distillers, 442 S. Washington St., Falls Church

A band named after a distilled spirit, performing at a distillery, feels just right. Head over to Fall Church Distillers to hear an outdoor setlist that includes bluegrass, folk and a touch of rock and blues. Free.


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Earth Day McLean

When: April 17, 9 a.m.-noon

Where: McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean

Want to help rebuild the tree canopy and pollinator habitats? Swing by the McLean Community Center to pick up some free saplings and seeds—while supplies last and on a first-come, first-serve basis—and do your part to nurture planet Earth. Free.


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Andrae Ricketts on Unsplash


When: April 19, 7 p.m.

Where: Signature Theatre on YouTube

A prodigal sister returns home and upends the lives of her devout younger sister, family friends, and most of all the son she abandoned. The inevitable collision sparks a crisis in playwright Jarrin Davis’ intricate and suspenseful portrayal of one Black family’s journey of forgiveness. This free performance is part of SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings, an initiative that highlights and supports the work of local and regional playwrights.

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