Weekend Happenings

Weekend Happenings: May 18 – 20
Check back every Wednesday for new events!

This weekend’s lineup of events showcases the multicultural flair of our region, celebrating food, tradition, children, and spring!

WASHINGTON, DC EVENTS

Art + Play Community Weekend
National Gallery of Art East Building
4th St NW and Constitution Ave, DC
Saturday and Sunday 11-5
FREE admission

The National Gallery of Art’s East Building kicks off the summer season with a free, two-day celebration that embraces the entire community on Saturday and Sunday. 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.

DC Bike Ride
Starts at West Potomac Park and ends on Penn. Ave near the US Capitol
Time: Saturday 8-12:30
Cost: ages 3-7 are free; $35 for ages 8-17; $70 per adult rider

Pedal your way around scenic DC on a 20 mile route of car-free cycling to finish off Bike to Work Week! At the finish line, enjoy a celebration with food trucks and live entertainment. Register early for discounts.

Greek Festival
St. Sophia’s Cathedral
36th St and Massachusetts Ave, DC
Time: Friday and Saturday 12-10, Sunday 12-7
Cost: FREE

This annual three-day Greek tradition and culture jubilee includes music and dancing, games, and an artisan marketplace, with a variety of Greek cuisine, beer and wine, and incredible desserts. Take a tour of the cathedral and indulge in everything the Hellenic world has to offer!


MARYLAND EVENTS

Aquafina $2 Family Fun Night
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place, Baltimore
Time: Friday 4-8PM
Cost: $2.99 per person

Come explore three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs!  Take part in drop-in programming including our interactive Circle Time featuring read-along stories and songs, visits from the SPCA, and a whole lot more!

Alice in Wonderland
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
7 South Calvert St, Baltimore
Time: Friday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
Cost: Adults $32, children $19, seniors $29

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright
— And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

Follow us down the rabbit hole on a classic curiouser and curiouser storybook production! Come experience all the bright colors, amazing costumes, and handcrafted puppets.

Johns Hopkins Below the Belt – Stride & Thrive 5K
Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University
111 W. University, Baltimore
Time: Sunday 8:30-10:30AM
Cost: $45

Every 5 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with a ‘below the belt’ gynecologic cancer. These cancers affect more than 100,000 women and cause over 30,000 deaths each year. Race proceeds help fund innovative gynecologic cancer research, support local cancer survivors, and benefit the Susan L. Burgert, M.D. Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Program at Johns Hopkins.


VIRGINIA EVENTS

NoVA Fine Arts Festival
Reston Town Center
11900 Market St, Reston
Time: Friday – Sunday 10-5
Cost: FREE; voluntary donation $5 per adult at gate

More than 200 artists from across the nation show and sell their amazing works in 16 categories of fine art and craft. On Saturday and Sunday, also enjoy free art-making activities in the Family Art Park, and performing arts. Free garage parking all weekend.

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Time: Friday – Sunday 6-9PM
Cost: Friday $42, Saturday $48, Sunday $38

Enjoy the evening with exclusive tours of the Mansion and cellar with a live jazz band, and celebrate the history of wine in Virginia. Bring a blanket and relax on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River while you sample wines made in Virginia. During the tours, visit the cellar where Washington stored his wine and learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s endeavors with wine!

Cinema Del Ray
Mount Vernon Recreation Center
2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 
Time: Saturday 7PM
Cost: FREE

Grab your friends, roommates, family, neighbors and bring a blanket to watch an open-air movie, “The Lion King,” under the stars.


PHILADELPHIA EVENTS

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut St, Philly
Time: Thursday – Saturday
Cost: Varies

Get ready for a weekend of fun, family-oriented programming with performances ranging from circus arts to an imaginative show featuring a giant costumed dragon. Outside of the Annenberg Center, children can take part in hands-on activities and enjoy eats from a roster of food trucks.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Walnut St from Broad & 19th Sts and 17th & 18th Sts from Sansom to Locust Sts
Time: Saturday 12-5
Cost: FREE

Area businesses set up shop alfresco to serve festival-ready treats — sliders, tacos, ice cream, frozen cocktails, beer, and more. Beyond food and drinks, enjoy live music and a fashion show, spotlighting designs from local shops.

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
9th Street from Fitzwater to Wharton St
Time: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Pay as you go

Mangia! Centered at Philly’s wonderful Italian Market, this festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and food, including the market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannoli, imported meats and cheeses, cappuccino, beef and poultry, specialty cookware, and fresh pasta.

CONCERTS, THEATRE, & SPORTING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

  • Waitress, National Theatre, Friday – Sunday
  • Lewis Black, Warner Theatre, Friday – Saturday
  • An Evening with Ghost, Warner Theatre, Sunday
  • Nav, 9:30 Club, Friday
  • Andrew W.K., 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • Fleet Foxes, The Anthem, Friday
  • Brandi Carlile, The Anthem, Sunday
  • Preakness Stakes, Baltimore MD, Saturday
  • Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour, Mount Vernon Mansion, Friday – Sunday
  • Toy Soldier Show, Newport News VA, Saturday
  • Nationals VS Dodgers, Friday – Saturday
  • Nav, Theatre of the Living Arts, Saturday