Spend your Cinco shopping for flowers – don your derby best at cocktail crawls – whatever you do, take it outside this weekend! Our lineup of events is a fiesta infused with spring!
WASHINGTON, DC EVENTS
1839 7th St NW, DC
Time: Friday 5PM-1:30AM
Cost: No cover charge
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, and creative cocktails. There will also be a special viewing party of the wedding on the morning of May 19.
Various locations along Embassy Row: Dupont and Van Ness, DC
Time: Saturday 10-4
Cultural Tourism DC hosts the annual international open house, during which visitors can tour over 40 beautiful embassy buildings, with exclusive demonstrations from traditional dancing and music to food and cultural exhibitions. Arrive early and plan your embassy destinations (see website) for the best access opportunities!
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC
Time: Friday and Saturday 10-6
Calling all garden enthusiasts! Enjoy one of spring’s most impressive showcases of colorful perennials, cutting-edge landscape exhibits, and extraordinary floral arrangements. Show your appreciation, then take part in family-friendly activities including garden tours, a rock-climbing wall, and an antique carousel.
The Plaza at Corporate Row
10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Time: Thursday 5-7PM
Drop by after work and meet friends and colleagues for an artisanal cocktail and delicious nibble at each tented pop-up in downtown Columbia. Participating restaurants include Clyde’s, Cured and 18 & 21, Lupa, and Seasons 52.
Mt. Vernon neighborhood
699 Washington Pl, Baltimore
Time: Friday and Saturday 11-8
A traditional rite of spring in historic Mt. Vernon, the FlowerMart hosts over 150 vendors, with contests, all day entertainment, children’s activities, food court/gourmet food vendors, and of course, flowers of all kinds.
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville
Time: Saturday 11-7
Enjoy fantastic food at this KCBS sanctioned barbecue competition. Live music, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, and cooking demonstrations abound; get your tickets ahead of time for the People’s Choice competition, and you be the judge!
Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly
Cost: Sign up for your volunteer slot online
The 2018 Food Fight is a 3-day event where volunteers can help pack 5,000,000 meals to feed over 14,000 children around the world. Thousands of volunteers from across Northern Virginia will come together with a common goal of fighting world hunger.
11900 Palace Way, Fairfax
Time: Saturday 5-8PM
Margaritas or mint juleps, sombreros or bow ties, join us for a fiesta and watch the horses zip by! Enjoy the best festivities from Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby in one exhilarating fiesta!
Great Falls Grange and Village Center
9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10-5
Mingle with the artists, learn about their work, and purchase unique art and gifts: jewelry, paintings, fibers, pottery, mixed media, photography, and more complement food trucks and artists’ demonstrations before your eyes.
The Schmidt’s Commons
1001 N. 2nd St, Philly
Time: Thursday 7-9PM
Kick off outdoor film screenings with the latest installment of the Star Wars story, The Last Jedi, for a pre-May the 4th screening. Light Saber duels are not encouraged unless you’re a Jedi.
200 N. 6th St, Philly
Time: Friday and Saturday 6-11PM, Sunday 7-11PM
Cost: $18 timed tickets available online
Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 1500 brilliantly colorful illuminated sculptures overtake Franklin Square. New this year: an endangered species gallery, a walk-through great white shark lantern tunnel, and an elephant lantern that changes colors as guests pedal a bicycle. As always, visitors can watch cultural performances, purchase food and drinks throughout the square and in the Dragon Beer Garden, and shop for artisan-made crafts.
South St from 2nd to 8th Sts
Time: Saturday 11-8
Cost: Pay as you go
This annual event includes a few dozen concerts, eating contests, a Kids’ Zone, and nearly 200 vendors. It also includes Maifest, Brauhaus Schmitz’s German beer and dancing extravaganza, complete with a giant traditional Maypole.
CONCERTS, THEATRE, & SPORTING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability
- An American in Paris, Hippodrome, Friday – Sunday
- Kennedy Center Spring Gala Concert, Kennedy Center, Sunday
- Natalie Lafourcade, Warner Theatre, Sunday
- Tauk, 9:30 Club, Friday
- Ani DiFranco, 9:30 Club, Saturday
- Bahamas, 9:30 Club, Sunday
- Lord Huron, The Anthem, Friday
- M3 Rock Festival, Merriweather, Friday – Saturday
- Nationals VS Phillies Friday – Sunday
- Paw Patrol Live, Kimmel Center, Friday – Sunday
- Obituary, Theatre of the Living Arts, Friday
- Blind Melon, Theatre of the Living Arts, Saturday
- Turnstile, Theatre of the Living Arts, Sunday
- Bon Jovi, Wells Fargo Center, Thursday