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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!Β 

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.Β 


Β So, What Should You Do?

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

  • The πŸ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates an event is happening in-person outside.Β 
  • The πŸ’» indicates an event is happening virtually.Β 
  • And lastly, the πŸ†“ indicates an event is free.Β Β 


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

  1. It will be wet, but maybe get outside? 🌳πŸ₯¦πŸ  Wander around Passport DC’s first events of the month: a Flower MartΒ  (Fri-Sat, $, 🌲, National Cathedral) and the Around the World Embassy Tour (Sat, $, 🌲, all over). Dance along at the 8th annual DC Funk Parade (Sat, $, 🌲, Shaw/U St.) or at Broccoli City Festival (Fri-Sun, $109+, 🌲,RFK). Celebrate Eid (Sat, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, National Mall) at the Asian Art Museum.Β 
  2. A theater festival. 🎭 Georgetown University is hosting a global theater event, β€œThe Gathering,” which includes more than 400 visionary artists from over 40 countries. You may be interested in the performances β€œDrowning in Cairo” (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Georgetown), β€œResonant Bodies: Dance Party” (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Georgetown), or β€œThe Walk: Artists Engaging Migration and the Refugee Experience” (Sat, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Georgetown).Β 
  3. Beautiful floral displays.Β πŸ’ As part of the Flower Mart, there’s an international floral display (Fri-Sat, $, 🌲, National Cathedral). Or enjoy an Ikebana 2022 Special Exhibit at the Art League (starts Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Arlington).Β 
  4. Cinco de Mayo. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½Β The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Rumba series (Thurs, πŸ†“, 🌲, U St.), or head to the Library of Congress and watch SelenaΒ (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, National Mall).
  5. A hodgepodge of fun. πŸŒ³πŸ¦πŸ’πŸ‡³πŸ‡±Β Laugh along at a dark humor comedy show (Thurs, $17, πŸ›‹, Langdon). Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at a forest bathing for AAPI Heritage Month (Sat, πŸ†“, 🌲, Kenilworth) or indulge in an ice cream celebration (starts Fri, $18, πŸ›‹, various locations). Yes, there’s a derby–but have you ever cheered on a turtle race (Sat, $65, πŸ›‹, Dupont Circle) at an all-you-can-drink party? There’s also a freedom concert and rededication Netherlands Carillon (Thurs, πŸ†“, 🌲, Rosslyn). Enjoy a free VIP opening of β€œTransformando lo FΓ­sico Indoors” (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Columbia Heights) with Spain Arts & Culture. Discover the 1991 uprisings in Mount Pleasant at this film screening (Thurs, πŸ†“,🌲, Mt. Pleasant).Β 


What Is on Our Radar: Friday the 13th

They only happen about twice a year–so how will you spend the spooky day?Β 

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


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.