Things to Do

Best Things to Do in the DC Area 5/2-5/8: Embassy Open Houses, Funk Parade, and the Library of Congress

Plus, a chihuahua race.

DC Funk Parade 2016. Photograph by S Pakhrin/Flickr.

Happy Mother’s Day & Eid Mubarak!

Hello Neighbor,ย 

Happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Month! Happy Jewish American Heritage Month! And take care, this Mental Health Awareness Month!ย 


So, What Should You Do May 2-8?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:ย 

  • The ๐Ÿ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The ๐ŸŒฒ indicates an event is happening in-person outside.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’ป indicates an event is happening virtually.ย 
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is free.


Top 7 Picks of the Week

  1. Passport DC. ๐ŸŒŽ Embassies across DC will be open this weekend as part of the Around the World Embassy Tour. Our tip is to avoid the busy lines at Embassy Row in Dupont Circle area and to head to Van Ness (where thereโ€™s a neighborhood pop-up market) or Observatory Circle (Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, all over).
  2. Late nights at the library. ๐Ÿ“š Starting this week, The Library of Congress starts its โ€œLive at the Libraryโ€ event series inviting visitors till 8 pm. This weekโ€™s theme is Explore the Library, which includes opportunities to wander the libraryโ€™s various exhibits and watch the film โ€œSelena.โ€ (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Mall).ย 
  3. A Funk Parade. ๐ŸŽธ The 8th annual DC Funk Parade Day festival will be happening near U St. and Florida Ave. from 10th to 14th St. NW. For a map of the various stages, click here (Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, Shaw/U St.).ย 
  4. Cheer on your favorite pooch. ๐Ÿ• DCโ€™s cheekiest Cinco de Mayo event returnsโ€“the running of the chihuahuas. Donโ€™t have a chihuahua? Thereโ€™s an all-breed dog costume contest (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf).
  5. Eid Mubarak. ๐ŸŽ‰ The Asian Art Museum will be hosting an outdoor Eid Celebration including calligraphy demonstrations, henna, and music. Fava Pot will be offering food for purchase (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Mall).ย 
  6. A very large flower market. ๐ŸŒท The All Hallows Guild has hosted its annual flower market since 1939, and is back after taking a hiatus in 2020 and 2021. There will be over 65 boutique booths and an antique carousel. Inside the nave of the National Cathedral, there will be an international flower display featuring floral designs representing various countries (Fri-Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, National Cathedral).ย 
  7. Different, but fun! ๐Ÿช๐ŸŽท๐Ÿš€ Try coffee bean crunchers or pumpkin snickercrinkles at this modern cookie happy hour (Fri, $10+, ๐Ÿ›‹, Adams Morgan). Boldly go where no man has gone before at aย Star Trek Trivia (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Ivy City). Neighborhood music programs are starting, including the Canal Parksโ€™ Spring Jazz Series (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard).


Everything Else This Week

  • For the politicos. ๐Ÿ› Learn how to be a spy at this Surveillance 101 workshop (Fri, $200, ๐Ÿ›‹, Lโ€™Enfant Plaza). Discover the Hidden History of the First Ladies (Mon, $35, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Two-Spirits. ๐ŸŒˆ This book talk decolonizes the history of gender and sexuality in Native North America (Mon, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Embassy events. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Besides the Around the World Embassy Tour there are many opportunities to visit embassies this week. There are screenings at the Embassy of France of the films โ€œEl Olivoโ€ (Mon, $5, ๐Ÿ›‹, Glover Park) and โ€œNice Peopleโ€ (Wed, $5,ย  ๐Ÿ›‹, Glover Park). The Embassy of Argentina is hosting an opening reception of portraits of survivors of the 1994 AMIA attack (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle). Thereโ€™s also an evening reception at the Residence of the Ambassador from Zambia (Fri, $54, ๐Ÿ›‹, Kalorama).ย 
  • “Positive Fury.” ๐Ÿ–ผ Local artist Charlie Visconageโ€™s solo art exhibit will have an opening reception (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Truxton Circle).ย 
  • Black hair. ๐Ÿ’ˆ Participate in a mother-daughter photoshoot event while sharing stories about beautiful Black hair (Fri, $42.50, ๐Ÿ›‹, H St). Head to Church Hall for a lecture on the social history of Black barber shops (Tues, $13, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown).ย 
  • A royal weekend. ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Listen to Broadway stars perform songs from their roles as Disney princessesย (Fri-Sat, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Kennedy Center) and find your inner Princess Peach at this Super Mario Bros Themed 80’s prom dance party (Sat, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹, 14th St.).ย 
  • Dear refugee. ๐Ÿค Kama DC will be cohosting with Planet Word a film screening and panel discussion about Afghan refugees (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Downtown).ย 
  • A Night on the Farm. ๐Ÿ› Enjoy a four-course meal at an urban farm, Common Good City Farm (Tues, $35, ๐ŸŒฒ, Shaw).


ย ย Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.