Happy AAPI Heritage Month!
It’s hot out there!
So, What Should You Do April 25-May 1?
For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:
- The 🛋 indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
- The 🌲 indicates an event is happening in-person outside.
- The 💻 indicates an event is happening virtually.
- And lastly, the 🆓 indicates an event is free.
Top 7 Picks of the Week
- Boating anyone? Boats return to the C&O canal this week and tickets can be purchased here. There will be a formal celebration (Thurs, $250, 🛋, Georgetown), too, featuring cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music.
- Celebrating the African diaspora. 🌍 The National Gallery of Art will be hosting an Afro-Atlantic Histories Festival featuring local creators, Jamaican cuisine samplings, and live music (Sat, free, 🛋, National Mall). Similarly, consider attending an open-mic sponsored by the National Museum of African Art, “Africa Out Loud” (Sat, free, 🛋, Brookland), or learn how art responds and shapes the narratives wrought by the transatlantic slave trade (Tues, free, 💻).
- A chocolate celebration. 🍫 Indulge in samplings and chocolate education at the 5th DC Chocolate Festival (Sat, $20, 🛋, Glover Park).
- Galas everywhere. 💎 The White House Correspondents Dinner is this week! Also, the Phillips Collection is hosting its Centennial Gala with tickets available to its black-tie after party (Fri, $200+, 🛋, National Cathedral).
- Stock up on plants. 🌱 Featuring annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees, the U.S. National Arboretum will be hosting its annual Garden Fair & Plant Sale. Besides plants there will also be food trucks at the event too (Sat, $, 🌲, National Arboretum).
- Holi DC. The Festival of Colors takes place this weekend at Bull Run Regional Park (Sun, $10, 🌲, Centerville).
- Enjoy French-inspired open-air markets. Explore the annual Georgetown French Market, featuring more than 25 local antique stores, restaurants, and more. There will be macarons, a caricature artist, and live music (Fri-Sun, free, 🌲, Georgetown).
Everything Else This Week
- A city of foodies. 🍝 Party at a natural wine party (Fri $95, 🛋, Park View) or indulge in a cocktail tasting inspired by the book “Why Fish Don’t Exist” (Sat, $55, 🛋, 14th St.). Head to the Line Hotel for a collaborative pizza party with No Goodbye’s and Andy’s Pizza (Sat, free, 🛋, Adams Morgan). Take cooking classes: Spring Ravioli Workshop (Thurs, $25+, 🛋, Shaw), Brazilian Moqueca (Fish Stew) (Tues, $70, 🛋, Capitol Hill), or Empanadas (Sun, $25, 💻). Join a linguist in understanding how we talk about food (Wed, free, 💻).
- Mother’s Day market. 💖 Capitol Cider House is hosting an Artisan Market (Sun, free, 🌲, Georgia Ave.).
- Street art party. 🖼 Co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum and at Dupont Underground, the Calle Libre DC Street Art Festival is hosting a closing reception (Fri free, 🛋, Dupont Circle).
- Politico-like events. 📖 How was Berlin the capital of spies (Wed, free, 💻)? How does Putin speak (Mon, $13, 🛋, Dupont Circle)? Maybe watch a Congressional Soccer Match (Wed, free, 🌲, Navy Yard)?
- Climate change. 🌏 Common Good City Farm is hosting a screening of the documentary “Breaking Boundaries,” uncovering the science of our planet. The evening also includes a mixer and discussion (Sat, $15, 🌲, Shaw).
- Dirty Dancing.🕺 Actress Jennifer Grey wrote a memoir (Sun, $22, 🛋, Chinatown).
- Making of the Capitol. 🏛 Learn how the use of free Black and enslaved labor (Fri, free, 🛋, National Mall) was used in the building of the Smithsonian Castle, the United States Capitol, the White House, and Georgetown University. There will be a Smithsonian castle (Sun, free, 🛋, National Mall) cornerstone laying reenactment. DC Library will be hosting a workshop to help users uncover their DC history resources such as nineteenth century newspapers, Dig DC, or Ancestry (Wed, free, 🛋, Mt. Pleasant).
- Meet and greet. The women’s history-focused A Tour Of Her Own (Wed, $10, 🌲, Capitol Hill) will be hosting a meetup discussing the life and legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune.