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Things to Do In DC In May

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The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change.

National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 1-2, 2015. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment.

Free admission.

Passport DC – Open Houses at Washington, DC Embassies
Throughout May. The multi-cultural event, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, features a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits at DC’s foreign embassies.

DC Funk Parade
May 2, 2015. U Street Corridor, Washington DC. This is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival bringing to life one of the city’s liveliest entertainment districts.

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
Through May 3, 2015, Winchester, VA. The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more.

Virginia Gold Cup
May 2, 2015. The Plains, VA. The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions and more.

150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination
Through May 2015.

Shear Madness Best Comedy Play Kennedy Center

This year marks 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Commemorative programming will be held at a variety of venues throughout the city.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area
Improve your own health and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time. A variety of events are held throughout the spring season.

Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular outdoor activity. Find the schedules of outdoor movie festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Spring Theater in Washington DC
Check out the spring theater scene in Washington DC. With dozens of performances around the capital region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2015 season.

Washington Nationals Baseball
The Major League Baseball’s National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC’s baseball team.

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
May 2-3, 2015. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisinal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.

Greater Maryland Tour de Cure Bicycling Event
May 2, 2015. Howard County, MD. Help raise funds and awareness about diabetes by participating in this annual event. All experience levels welcome.

Around the World Embassy Tour
May 2, 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others.

Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 3, 2015. noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.

DC Yoga Week
May 3-9, 2015. Try a free or discounted yoga class this week at one of DC’s yoga studios. Practice with other yoga enthusiast on the National Mall on May 9.

World War II Aircraft Flyover
May 8, 2015. A once in a lifetime event! Don’t miss the chance to see dozens of vintage military airplanes fly over the National Mall in Washington DC.

DC Craft Beer Festival
May 9, 2015. Washington Convention Center. Washington, DC. The American craft beer tasting will feature seminars and food and the spring releases from approximately 75 breweries including 150 craft beers.

Georgetown Garden Tour
May 9, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.

National Train Day
May 9, 2015. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids’ activities, model trains and more.

Europe Month
Throughout May. Events include speeches, seminars and workshops on issues; film screenings, concerts and cultural programs related to the European Union.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 9-10, 2015. See the works of 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants.

Mother’s Day
May 10, 2015. Looking for a special way to spend Mother’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with mom on Mother’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

DC Design House Tours
Through May 10, 2015. Washington, DC’s premiere residential design showcase features a home renovated by the region’s top interior designers. Tours are available and raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center.

National Police Week
May 11-17, 2015. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.

Dance DC Festival
2015 Dates to Be Announced. The annual event, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, highlights the folk traditions of the world through live music and dance.

Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 15-17, 2015. An elegant evening of wine, live entertainment, reenactments, and tours of the rarely open cellar vaults of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Advance tickets are required.

Bike to Work Day
May 15, 2015. Join thousands of Washington, DC area commuters by bicycling to work as a fun and healthy way to get to work.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 16-17, 2015. Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. See artwork by more than 200 painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers. Also enjoy musical performances, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations.

National Asian Heritage Festival
May 16, 2015, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 16, 2015, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gaithersburg, Maryland. The annual festival features 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in panel discussions and book signings throughout the day. Other activities include interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, musical entertainment and more.

DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 16-17, 2015. Thompson’s Boathouse Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Sponsored by the Chinese Women’s League of Washington, DC, the event features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour
May 16-17, 2015. Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of the area’s most beautiful public and private properties.

Civil War 150th Anniversary Parade
May 17, 2015. Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC. The closing event of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration features a reenactment parade in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K and & Semper Fred 5K
May 17, 2015. Fredericksburg, VA. The 13.1 mile Historic Half course runs from the retail hub of Central Park through Fredericksburg’s historic downtown with impressive landmarks and splendid scenery. The new Historic 10K traverses the final 6.2 mile portion of the Historic Half course.

Taste of Arlington
May 17, 2015, noon-5 pm. Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. Enjoy a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, children’s activities and, of course, lots of food!

GI Film Festival
May 18-24, 2015. See classic and premier films celebrating the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces including a variety of films presented by award-winning Hollywood actors and directors. Participate in panel discussions with soldiers, journalists, authors, and filmmakers.

Blue Angels Air Shows
May 20 and 22, 2015. Annapolis, MD. The Blue Angels Air Shows demonstrate choreographed flight skills of the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.

Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC
May 23-25, 2015. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.

Rockville’s Hometown Holidays
May 23-25, 2015. Rockville, MD hosts a three-day street festival in celebration of Memorial Day with live music, children’s entertainment, a parade and more.

Herndon Festival
May 28-31, 2015. Downtown Herndon, Virginia. The free summer festival features live entertainment, international foods, carnival rides and games, children’s entertainment, a business exposition, 10k & 5k races, a Fitness expo, fireworks and more.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 30-31, 2015, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA. The annual festival includes live entertainment, children’s games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars, food, crafts and strawberries.

Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
May 30-31, 2015. Bull Run Park, Centreville, Virginia. Enjoy samples by more than 50 wineries including over 250 award-winning Virginia wines, educational seminars on food pairing, fine art exhibits, children’s activities, food and live entertainment.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 30, 2015. Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD. More than 25 breweries present over 175 different brews. This family-friendly festival features live music by popular regional artists, kids’ activities, exhibitors and a variety of food.

Washington Folk Festival
May 30-31, 2015, 12-7 p.m. Glen Echo Park. Presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the free festival features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area. Audiences will enjoy American musical traditions such as bluegrass, blues, and swing as well as international traditions from across the globe. Rain or shine.


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