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Last-Minute DC-Area Ideas 5/5-5/8: A Theater Festival, Broccoli City, and Cinco de Mayo

Plus, floral displays!

Photograph courtesy of Broccoli City Festival.

Happy Weekend!ย 

Hello Neighbor,

The portion of Rock Creek Park between P and Calvert streets, Northwest, is still closed until early June due to a supervised expansion of the path following an archaeological study of a Black cemetery. There is no detour, so please avoid the area.ย 


ย So, What Should You Do?

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.ย ย 


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

  1. It will be wet, but maybe get outside? ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿ  Wander around Passport DCโ€™s first events of the month: a Flower Martย  (Fri-Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, National Cathedral) and the Around the World Embassy Tour (Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, all over). Dance along at the 8th annual DC Funk Parade (Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, Shaw/U St.) or at Broccoli City Festival (Fri-Sun, $109+, ๐ŸŒฒ,RFK). Celebrate Eid (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Mall) at the Asian Art Museum.ย 
  2. A theater festival. ๐ŸŽญย Georgetown University is hosting a global theater event, โ€œThe Gathering,โ€ which includes more than 400 visionary artists from over 40 countries. You may be interested in the performances โ€œDrowning in Cairoโ€ (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown), โ€œResonant Bodies: Dance Partyโ€ย (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown), or โ€œThe Walk: Artists Engaging Migration and the Refugee Experienceโ€ (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown).ย 
  3. Beautiful floral displays.ย ๐Ÿ’ As part of the Flower Mart, thereโ€™s an international floral display (Fri-Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, National Cathedral). Or enjoy an Ikebana 2022 Special Exhibit at the Art League (starts Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Arlington).ย 
  4. Cinco de Mayo. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝย The Mayorโ€™s Office on Latino Affairs will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Rumba series (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, U St.), or head to the Library of Congress and watch Selenaย (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Mall).
  5. A hodgepodge of fun. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑย Laugh along at a dark humor comedy show (Thurs, $17, ๐Ÿ›‹, Langdon). Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at a forest bathing for AAPI Heritage Month (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Kenilworth) or indulge in an ice cream celebration (starts Fri, $18, ๐Ÿ›‹, various locations). Yes, thereโ€™s a derbyโ€“but have you ever cheered on a turtle race (Sat, $65, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle) at an all-you-can-drink party? Thereโ€™s also a freedom concert and rededication Netherlands Carillon (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Rosslyn). Enjoy a free VIP opening of โ€œTransformando lo Fรญsico Indoorsโ€ (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Columbia Heights) with Spain Arts & Culture. Discover the 1991 uprisings in Mount Pleasant at this film screening (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“,๐ŸŒฒ, Mt. Pleasant).ย 


What Is on Our Radar: Friday the 13th

They only happen about twice a yearโ€“so how will you spend the spooky day?ย 

  • Vintage police car display. ๐Ÿš“ Head to the Zoo and see vintage cars up close! Also, there will be a radar gun?! (5/13, free, ๐ŸŒฒ, National Zoo).ย 
  • “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World.” ๐Ÿ–ผ As part of the reopening of the Renwick Gallery, enjoy an in-person exhibition opening party with fabulous food and drinks (5/13, free, ๐ŸŒฒ, Downtown).ย 
  • Ghost and graveyard tour. ๐Ÿ‘ป Itโ€™s obligatory to mention something a little bit spooky on Friday the 13thโ€“learn haunting tales of Old Town Alexandria (5/13, $15+, ๐ŸŒฒ, Alexandria).ย 
  • Desert terrariums. ๐Ÿœ Take a terrarium class at one of the most scenic locations in the districtโ€“the Reach (5/13, $50,ย ๐ŸŒฒ, Kennedy Center).
  • Hairspray. ๐ŸŽ€ The Broadway musical will be performed at National Theatre (5/10-5/15, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Theatre).
  • Georgetown Galleries Spring Art Walk. ๐Ÿ–Œย Wander in various art galleries as part of a nighttime celebrationย (5/13, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Kennedy Center).ย 


Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

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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.