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50+ Things to Do This May in Washington, DC

Take in warm weather vibes and enjoy exciting events this May, including free embassy tours, Memorial Day weekend celebrations and so much more.

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Events

Passport DC - Tour Embassies in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Spring

Passport DC – May 1-31
Have you ever wanted to step foot inside an embassy? During this month-long journey through DC’s international pathways, you get two incredible chances to do just that with the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 5 and the European Union Embassies' Open House on May 12. Other unique and popular events during the cultural festival include a Flower Mart at National Cathedral, May 4-5 and the Fiesta Asia Street Fair, May 19.

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Washington Jewish Film Festival - Spring arts and culture event in Washington, DC

Washington Jewish Film Festival – May 2-13
This exhibition of films from around the world is one of the most revered Jewish film festivals in North America. Across its 11 days, Jewish history, culture and experiences will be celebrated with more than 80 screenings at numerous DC theaters, many of which are regional, U.S. or world premieres. There will also be discussions with filmmakers and experts after screenings. Make sure to check out the full film roster to plan your movie-going experience.
Tickets
Various locations in DC

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Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens - Washington, DC

Tudor Nights: Hamilton – May 3
Even though tickets to Hamilton at the Kennedy Center may be hard to come by, you can still celebrate Alexander at Tudor Place during this special cocktail party/mini-exhibit. You’ll be served drinks, appetizers and sweets while you observe Hamilton-related artifacts up close, including a gift from Eliza Hamilton to Tudor Place owner, Britannia Peter Kennon. This event is for ages 21 and over.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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All Hallows Guild of the Washington National Cathedral - Flower Mart in Washington, DC

All Hallows Guild Flower Mart – May 4-5
Calling all garden enthusiasts! Enjoy one of spring’s most impressive showcases of colorful perennials, cutting-edge landscape exhibits and extraordinary floral arrangements produced by international floral designers at the Washington National Cathedral, as well as embassies throughout the District. This year’s Flower Mart is an official Passport DC event. Show your appreciation, and then take part in family-friendly activities including garden tours and an antique carousel.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Free
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

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Royal Wedding Pop-Up Bar – May 4-20
Drink Company, which has brought popular cherry blossom and Christmas-themed pop-up bars to the District, will celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with this new elaborate construction. Expect recreations of the wedding cake, St. George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace, a back-room that will feature a red and gold throne. The experience will be completed by creative cocktails. There will also be a special viewing party of the wedding on the morning of May 19.
Sunday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
1839 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Passport DC - Tour Embassies in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Spring

Around the World Embassy Tour – May 5
You can visit any of more than 40 embassies during this annual event that is free to all. Embassies that span five continents will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with programming and activities for visitors on-site. Check out the list of participating embassies and plan your multicultural excursion through the streets of DC!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission

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Running of the Chihuahuas at the District Wharf - Cinco de Mayo in Washington, DC

Running of the Chihuahuas – May 5
The Wharf celebrates Cinco de Mayo with this absolutely adorable chihuahua race. Watch the little pups run their way to glory at DC’s hottest new development. You’ll also be able to enjoy Coronas and live music throughout the afternoon. Check out The Wharf’s calendar for other upcoming events.
1 - 5 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Shortcut to Europe Open House - Children Dancing - Things to Do in Washington, DC

European Union Open House – May 12
Europhiles can have a field day during this annual free event, which lets you take your own shortcut to Europe without any jet lag. All 28 European Union member states, including Italy, Spain, Ireland and many more, participate in this citywide open house experience. Take advantage of this chance to observe cultural heritage and traditions from the Old Continent at no cost.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission

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Funk Parade on U Street - Events and Festivals in Washington, DC

5th Annual Funk Parade – May 12
In honor of U Street’s diverse cultural history, people from all over the District come together to celebrate the spirit of funk at this free, one-of-a-kind parade, street fair and music festival. Watch the street (and side streets) come to life with live musical performances and entertainment from a variety of vibrant dancers, marching bands and visual artists. Get an education on go-go music, made famous by DC’s own Chuck Brown, and then groove to Latin hip-hop, funk brass and frenetic DJ sets, among many activations. Good to know: There will be plenty of opportunities to fuel up from street-side food and drink vendors, so you can funk out all day and night long.
1 p.m. |  Free admission
U Street, Washington, DC 20009

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Passport DC Embassy Chef Challenge - Spring Events in Washington, DC

10th Anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge – May 17
Enjoy a healthy dose of food, drink, culture and music from across the world at this special 10th anniversary hosted by Events DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center as part of Passport DC. Chefs from more than 30 embassies will serve up their best bites and sips in hopes of winning the event’s prestigious awards.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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ZooFari at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Woodley Park - Events in Washington, DC

ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife – May 17
Home to some 1,800 animals, the National Zoo transforms into a wild, culinary wonderland for this annual fundraiser featuring more than 100 DC restaurants. ZooFari caters to all in the food-loving kingdom with complimentary bites from eateries like 1789 Restaurant, Hank’s Oyster Bar and Masa 14, among others. Craft cocktail, local beer and regional wines add to the revelry, which also includes live entertainment, a silent auction and exciting animal encounters with small mammals and great apes.
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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George Washington's Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – May 18-20
This three-day celebration is sold out for Saturday, but you can still grab tickets for Friday and Sunday. Mount Vernon’s annual spring soiree includes tours of the property’s mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington” and live jazz on a beautiful lawn overlooking the Potomac River. You can also sample more than a dozen Virginia wines, and a fruit and cheese box is available for purchase to pair with your sips.
6 - 9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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Friends at Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden - Free Outdoor Summer Concert in Washington, DC

Jazz in the Garden – May 18 – Aug. 24
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden starting May 18. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5 - 8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Women dancing during Fiesta Asia street festival - Passport DC event in Washington, DC

Fiesta Asia Street Fair – May 19
Embrace Asian Heritage Month and Passport DC with a day jam-packed with culture, from the performing arts to culinary delights. The 12th annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair takes over Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th streets NW with exciting performances, interactive displays, flea markets and food stalls.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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DC Bike Ride - Spring family-friendly event in Washington, DC

DC Bike Ride – May 19
DC’s only car-free, recreational bike ride is fun for all ages and biking abilities. The family-friendly race has you cruise past the nation’s iconic landmarks on the National Mall, a memorable view and bike-riding experience if we’ve ever heard of either. Waiting for you as you end your 20-mile journey is the Finish Festival, with live music, fun activities and food and drink.
8 a.m. |  Register
West Potomac Park, 100 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, DC 20418

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@canowine - Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Weekend Parade on the National Mall - Memorial Day Events in Washington, DC

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend – May 25-28
There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than DC. Memorials are our specialty, and DC celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans. Experience the country’s largest Memorial Day parade, chill out on a DC rooftop and more during this start-of-summer holiday.

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Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally - Memorial Day Events in Washington, DC

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally – May 27
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally brings together motorcycle riders from all over the U.S. to honor POWs and MIAs who served their country during the Vietnam War. This “ride for freedom” draws more than 900,000 riders, featuring a route that starts at the Pentagon and winds through West Potomac Park on the National Mall. Thunder Alley opens at 9 a.m., with the run beginning at 12 p.m.
9 a.m. |  Free admission
22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

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National Memorial Day Choral Festival Concert at the Kennedy Center - Memorial Day Weekend Events in Washington, DC

National Memorial Day Choral Festival – May 27
Held at the Kennedy Center, the free National Memorial Day Choral Festival is a powerful concert experience that features a 300-voice choir accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra. The musicians and singers come together in perfect harmony, performing patriotic classics in honor of those who have fallen while defending the U.S. Tickets available upon request.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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National Memorial Day Concert, United States Capitol, Washington DC

National Memorial Day Concert – May 27
PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform, as well as their families. The free annual concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol the day before Memorial Day from 8 - 9:30 p.m. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host the proceedings, which will feature numerous other celebrity performers.
8 p.m. |  Free admission
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

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National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Summer in DC

National Memorial Day Parade – May 28
The National Memorial Day Parade ushers marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, down Constitution Avenue. This televised parade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military. Arrive well before the 2 p.m. start time for the best viewing options.
2 p.m. |  Free admission
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Museum Exhibits

@abroadwife - Family at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum - Free museum in Washington, DC

‘Postmen of the Skies: Celebrating 100 Years of Airmail Service’ – May 1 – May 27, 2019
America’s fascination with airmail service in the early 20th century will be the focus of this new exhibit at the National Postal Museum. Trace the beginnings of the service, which initially only covered DC, Philadelphia and New York City, to its eventual privatization in 1927, when businesses began building their infrastructure through airmail, which led to the country’s commercial aviation industry boom.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

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@evansevilla - ‘Champions’ exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - Free museum in Washington, DC

‘RECOGNIZE’ – May 3 – June 3
The National Portrait Gallery turns 50 this year and they want you to pick out the next celebrity who should be featured on their Recognize Wall. Ironically, the three choices are all turning 50 this year as well: Marc Anthony, Daniel Dae Kim and Molly Ringwald. Vote for your favorite and then make sure to check out the display this May!
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@fight4olddc - National Building Museum in Washington, DC - Museum Off the National Mall

‘Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project’ – May 3 – March 3, 2019
The National Building Museum invites you to discover how the famous Manhattan Project yielded three new cities featuring remarkable architecture. The project began with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers covertly acquiring land on which to build the facilities to conduct the unprecedented effort of building the atomic bomb. By the end of the war, more than 125,000 people lived in these secret cities. This exhibit will showcase the innovative design and construction of these cities, as well as their evolution after the project was completed.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@chivophotos - United States Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum and attraction in Washington, DC

‘Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora’ – May 4 – Oct. 15
The U.S. Botanic Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists have teamed up to bring you this juried exhibition of beautiful artwork that depicts native plants. In the Garden’s gallery space, you will be able to view 45 original pieces of art, which were juried from a selection of more than 200 entries. There will also be special programs on May 18 in honor of the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

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@mattschmalzel - Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC

In the Library: The Richter Archive at 75 – May 7 – Aug. 24
Learn the history and development of the National Gallery of Art’s photographic archives with this special exhibit in the museum’s library atrium. The George M. Richter Archive of Illustrations on Art arrived at the Gallery in 1943, containing 60,000 photographs that helped form the department of image collections, which is now the largest collection of images of art and architecture in the world. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday) |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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National Gallery of Art East Building - Museum on the National Mall - Washington, DC

Evenings at the Edge – May 10
The National Gallery of Art grants you after hours access during Evenings at the Edge. The theme of the May 10 edition is music and movement, as Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play and the New York-based Monte Dance Company will perform throughout the East Building, as will DC’s own Joy of Motion. The night will also offer pop-up talks from museum staff and light food and drinks available for purchase. Pre-registration is required.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Free admission – registration required
National Gallery of Art, East Building, 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20565

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‘Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now’ - Free exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now’ – May 11 – March 10, 2019
Sharpen your understanding of an understudied art form, from its historical significance to its modern-day application, at this new exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery. Cut paper profiles, known as silhouettes, rose to prominence as a form of portraiture in the 19th century. The exhibition will focus on fascinating pieces from that era, as well as contemporary interpretations of the form from Kara Walker, Kristi Malakoff and Kumi Yamashita, among others.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@birch - Visitor at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum's 'Brand New' Art Exhibit - Free modern art museum in DC on the National Mall

Spring Gala 2018 – May 12
The Hirshhorn Museum celebrates the 1980s by saying “Relax!” while simultaneously fighting for your right to party. This spring gala will honor artist Jeff Koons, who is featured in the Brand New exhibit, which will be open for you to explore well into the night. Jennifer Rubell will on-hand for a one night-only interactive dessert performance, which you will have to see to believe, and Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake collaborator DJ Jus Ske will be on the ones and twos. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., with the party getting under way at 8:30 p.m.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Avenue and 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

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@ray.payys - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC

‘Outbreak’ – May 16 – Spring 2022
Whether you fear the zombie apocalypse or you’re a hypochondriac, you’ll discover heaps of helpful information in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s exhibition, Outbreak. An examination of disease in the modern world prompted by the Ebola outbreak, heightened by the Zika epidemic and coinciding with the centennial of the Spanish influenza pandemic, the program is designed to raise public awareness by considering the interconnectedness of human health.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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@ericabakerphoto - Family at the National Gallery of Art East Building on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC

Art + Play Community Weekend – May 19-20
The National Gallery of Art’s East Building kicks off the summer season with a free, two-day celebration that embraces the entire community. You and the entire family will be able to play classic board and parlor games with special creative twists, enjoy DC-based dance company Heart Stück Bernie and collaborate on large-scale sculptures and other works of art.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, East Building, 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20565

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@preparingforpeanut - Child in Smithsonian National Postal Museum - Museum off the Mall in Washington, DC

‘Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon’ – May 25 – March 3, 2019
View original mail sent and signed by Alexander Hamilton when he served as the first Secretary of the Treasury in this enthralling exhibit from the National Postal Museum. You’ll also be able to see portraits of Hamilton and his contemporaries on stamps, in addition to enjoying interactive elements and educational programming. The exhibit will also coincide with Hamilton at the Kennedy Center, June 12 – Sept. 16.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

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‘Titanic: The Untold Story’ – May 30 – Jan. 7, 2019
Through the work of National Geographic Explorer-at-Large, Robert Ballard, you can learn of an incredible link between a secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the sunken Titanic in this new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in DC. Ballard initially found the ship, and through investigative work that was only recently declassified, fascinating details surrounding the ship’s discovery have been unveiled. Be one of the first to hear this untold story in late May.
Hours & Admission
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Theater

'Girlfriend' at Signature Theatre - Theater and Performing Arts in Washington, DC

‘Girlfriend’ – Through June 10
Power pop brings two young men on the verge of adulthood together in this musical currently being staged at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. It’s 1993 in small-town Nebraska and Mike is about to head to college, while Will has no idea what the future holds. The two become infatuated with each other, bonding over Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album, Girlfriend. A coming-of-age story of passion and confusion then unfolds, set to an awesome 1990s soundtrack that you won’t be able to get out of your head.
Tickets
Signature Theatre Company, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC - Royal Shakespeare Company: ‘Hamlet’

Royal Shakespeare Company: ‘Hamlet’ – May 2-6
The UK’s Royal Shakespeare Company brings its innovative take on Hamlet to the legendary Kennedy Center for a special five-day run this May. The Bard’s classic play has been modernized and heavily inspired by the traditions of west Africa, with rising star Paapa Essiedu playing the titular role with aplomb. Prepare to be dazzled by this imaginative re-telling of one of the stage’s greatest tragedies.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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@somosojos - The Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Performing Arts and Theater in Washington, DC

Washington National Opera: ‘Candide’ – May 5-26
As part of its Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, the Kennedy Center stages Bernstein’s Candide, a hilarious take on the satire of Voltaire. When Candide proposes to a baron’s daughter, all goes to hell, and Candide is thrust into a journey that turns his optimism into cynicism as he encounters slavery, disease, war and natural disaster along the way. With dozens of characters and a classic score, Candide will leave you breathless this May.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World’ – May 8-20
The Cuban arts will be celebrated across two weeks at the Kennedy Center this May. The festival will showcase the diversity and range of Cuban and Cuban-American art and artists. The collection of cultures represented in Cuba, from African to European to Caribbean, will be on full display. Artes de Cuba will consist of musical performances, films, theater, visual art exhibits and much more.
More Info
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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'Saint Joan' production at Folger Theatre - Spring theater and arts in Washington, DC

‘Saint Joan’ – May 12 – June 10
George Bernard Shaw’s powerful telling of the story of Joan of Arc is going to be quite the draw at Folger Theatre this May. Acclaimed company Bedlam handles the production, which depicts Joan’s incredible life in detail, from her days as a naïve farm girl to her defeat of the English at Orléans to her trial and eventual death. Four actors will take on more than 25 roles in this production.
Tickets
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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‘Waitress’ – May 15 – June 3
Adrienne Shelley’s classic film comes to life on stage with music by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and direction from Tony Award winner Diane Paulus at the National Theatre this spring. Jenny is a waitress and a maker of delicious pies looking for a way out of her hometown and an unhappy marriage. A baking contest and the town’s new doctor may be just what she needs, along with the support and advice of her fellow waitresses. This Broadway smash is perfect for a date night.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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‘The Remains’ at Studio Theatre in Logan Circle - Spring theater in Washington, DC

‘The Remains’ – May 16 – June 17
Kevin and Theo are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with a dinner party. Their families visit their beautifully renovated condo, where discussions involving philosophy are accompanied by overcooked lasagna. Eventually, the startling truth of Kevin and Theo’s relationship is revealed, only adding to the intrigue and comedy found in this Studio Theatre production.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Lewis Black at The Warner Theatre - Comedy in Washington, DC

Lewis Black – May 17-19
Ranting, raving and finger-wagging his way through hilarious sets, Lewis Black is a comedy staple. Touching on a wide range of subjects, from current events to politics to people in general, Black points out life’s absurdities and hypocrisies with searing wit. He will take to the stage at Warner Theatre on three consecutive nights this May.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Camelot at Shakespeare Theatre Company - Performing arts in Washington, DC

‘Camelot’ – May 22 – July 1
Shakespeare Theatre Company stages this classic musical that won four Tony Awards. King Arthur’s Round Table is at the center of the proceedings, as well as the leader’s struggle for a better world and a romance doomed to fail. Featuring an unforgettable score, elaborate set pieces and long enduring characters, Camelot promises to be a highlight of DC’s spring theater season.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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‘The Scottsboro Boys’ at Signature Theatre - Spring performing arts in and around Washington, DC

‘The Scottsboro Boys’ – May 22 – July 1
Signature Theatre celebrates the work of John Kander and Fred Ebb with this staging of their final collaboration, built from the same mold as Cabaret and Chicago. The Scottsboro Boys concerns an incident that took place on March 25, 1931 in the American South, as nine African-American teenagers were unjustly arrested and sentenced to death. The play is a stunning musical critique of the injustice and a must-see this spring.
Tickets
Signature Theatre Company, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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‘Botticelli in the Fire’ at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Theater in Washington, DC

‘Botticelli in the Fire’ – May 28 – June 24
The story of early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli is modernized in typical Woolly Mammoth-style this summer. Botticelli is dedicated to life’s pleasures, but while painting The Birth of Venus, his lifestyle is tested by a new populist priest in Lorenzo de Medici’s Florence. Sandro is left to choose between his work and the life of his apprentice, one Leonardo Da Vinci. Filled with drama, style and allusions modern politics, Botticelli in the Fire will captivate audiences throughout its run.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@anapedroso - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC

Ballet Nacional de Cuba: ‘Don Quixote’ / ‘Giselle’ – May 29 – June 3
The renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba will bring its jaw-dropping technique and talented dancers to the Kennedy Center for performances of two classics as part of Artes de Cuba. May 29 and 30 will feature performances of Don Quixote, while the romantic Giselle will be staged from May 31 – June 3. Considered Cuba’s finest ballet company, don’t miss your chance to Ballet Nacional de Cuba take on two legendary pieces.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music

Haim – May 1
Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana comprise HAIM, current wunderkinds of pop music. After the towering success of their debut album, Days Are Gone, in 2013, the trio returned with Something to Tell You last year, which opened in Billboard’s top 10. With songcraft well beyond their years and a high energy live show that leaves the audience dazzled, HAIM are sure to leave their mark at The Anthem on May 1.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Speedy Ortiz – May 5
With the sound of ‘90s alternative rock bands like Pavement and The Breeders serving as a starting point, Speedy Ortiz create gems that display a lyrical complexity rarely found in indie rock. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, who has an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, writes like a novelist, penning thought-provoking tales and diatribes that wind beautifully over the top of the band’s catchy melodies. Black Cat hosts the four-piece as they tour to promote their new album, Twerp Verse.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Panda Bear – May 7
Both as a member of the Baltimore, Md. group Animal Collective and as a solo artist, Panda Bear (real name: Noah Lennox) is responsible for some of the most intriguing popular music of the past 20 years. Person Pitch, released in 2007, was one of the most acclaimed releases of that decade, and it continues to influence numerous artists to this day. Since then, Lennox has released the LPs Tomboy (2011) and Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (2015), which both received praise, as well as the EP A Day with the Homies, which came out this year. Expect dizzying soundscapes and moments of pure bliss at this 9:30 Club show.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Gucci Mane at Echostage - Concerts in Washington, DC

Gucci Mane – May 11
One of hip-hop’s hardest workers comes to the District for one night only. Gucci Mane has continued his reign as one of the leading figures in rap with four releases in the last two years, with another one on the way. The Atlanta native put trap music on the national scene and has been captivating audiences with every single, mixtape or album that drops since the early 2000s. Echostage will be rowdy for this performance.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

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Frankie Cosmos

Frankie Cosmos – May 12
Born out of a bedroom, Greta Kline’s work as Frankie Cosmos is intimate, soothing, revelatory, simple. Her endearing pop songs have led to two critically acclaimed gems, 2014’s Zentropy and 2016’s Next Thing, that are prone to getting stuck in your head and not leaving. She has now released yet another standout in the form of Vessel, her first album for Sub Pop. Catch her and her tight backing band at Black Cat on May 12.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Bon Jovi concert at Capital One Arena - Spring concerts in Washington, DC

Bon Jovi – May 14
Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, a high honor for a group that has maintained icon status for well over 30 years. And fortunately for its fans, the band has been in the midst of a nationwide tour, one that will conclude at Capital One Arena with this show. The set list will be packed with hits, including all the band’s lighters-in-the-air anthems.
strong>7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@namesmusic - Concert at Rock and Roll Hotel on H Street NE - Where to See a Show in Washington, DC

King Tuff – May 16
Kyle Thomas performs under the moniker of King Tuff, a project that produced four LPs between 2006 and 2014. After a lengthy hiatus, King Tuff has returned with The Other, an album that features Thomas’ familiar hook-laden songs in addition to heavier lyrical topics and more complex instrumentation. King Tuff knows how to bring the ruckus on stage, so gather up the crew for a lively evening at the Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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@reenaxsingh - Concert at The Anthem at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Live music venue in Washington, DC

Fleet Foxes – May 18
Fleet Foxes became a household name with indie rock fans after their self-titled debut in 2008, a stirring mix of folky storytelling, pastoral sounds and beautiful harmonies that set the stage for a fascinating career. The group has only built upon that initial template, releasing the prog-influenced Crack-Up last June to widespread acclaim. The Anthem will host the Foxes later this month.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC

Andrew W.K. – May 20
In a career that now spans nearly 20 years, Andrew W.K. has gone from the “Party Hard” guy to motivational speaker/philosopher. His self-help work and essays have showcased an artist whose intrigue stretches well beyond loud rock anthems and dirty white T-shirts. Now, W.K. is returning to the road, touring his new album, You’re Not Alone, his first release in nine years. The historic 9:30 Club will be rocking for this one.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -

Tune-Yards – May 21
Blending melodies and rhythms from numerous genres while maintaining an idiosyncratic style and voice, Tune-Yards are truly one of the most unique indie acts to emerge over the last decade. Singer Merrill Garbus uses her distinct vocal range to address issues of identity in the modern world, especially on the latest release, I can feel you creep into my private life. Every Tune-Yards album has received plenty of buzz, so get your tickets quickly to this late-May 9:30 Club show.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Mount Kimbie – May 24
“This is music for music fans.” It’s hard to argue with that bit taken from Mount Kimbie’s bio, especially after listening to their latest release, Love What Survives, one of 2017’s most highly acclaimed albums. The duo veer from alluring house music instrumentals to powerful post-punk anthems to spaced out R&B tracks in the span of one record. They’ve done their research and know how to show it. Don’t miss them at Black Cat for this Thursday night show later in May.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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