The first weekend in May is supposed to be an absolutely gorgeous one, and with so many great springtime events happening all across the area this is the perfect time to check one (or more!) of them out!
Washington, DC Events:
The Bloody Mary Fest
700 Delaware Ave SW, DC
Time: Sunday, 1-4pm
Enjoy 3.5 hours of unlimited tastes of twelve of D.C.’s most creative and innovative Bloody Mary’s, created by the finest restaurants and bars around. Includes tastes of local artisanal food and drinks, live music, food trucks and more!
Cinco de Mayo Festival
Sylvan Theater, National Mall
Between 15th St. and Independence Ave., SW
Time: Sunday, 12-7pm
The National Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington, DC is an annual celebration featuring live music and dance, children’s arts and crafts workshops, food, games and activities for the entire family. The annual festival is an opportunity to explore the rich history, culture and ethnic diversity that is the foundation of Latin Americans in the United States.
National Cathedral Flower Mart
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, DC
Time: Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm
The annual outdoor spring festival features locally grown plant sales, international floral displays on the Cathedral grounds. There will be 80+ unique boutique booths, local and international foods, music and entertainment, plus fun activities for children. New this year—the Gargoyle Tower Tour!
DC Funk Parade
U Street NW, DC
Time: Saturday 12-7pm
Funk Parade is a celebration of the spirit of funk, which is alive in the music, art and performance of Washington, DC. The free event will bring people together through music, dance and the visual arts, while celebrating the musical heritage of the historic U Street district.
*Please check event websites for potential postponements or cancellations*
May Day Fair
Located at the corner of Fayette & Charles Streets (On the purple circulator line)
Time: Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm **Moved to May 15th**
Cost: Free admission
Celebrate springtime in downtown Baltimore! The fair includes playground activities, face painting, petting zoo, craft activities, live performances, and snacks from Nando’s Peri Peri.
Flower Mart 2015
Mt. Vernon Park
1 East Centre St. Baltimore, MD 21201
Time: Friday, May 1st & Saturday, May 2nd 11am-8pm **postponed – check website for future date**
Cost: Free admission
Check out the traditional rite of spring festival held in historic Mt. Vernon. There will be over 150 vendors, contests, all-day entertainment, food court/gourmet food vendors, and an active kid’s area on Saturday from 12-5. This is a fun event for families filled with flowers, food, and more!
Towson Town Spring Festival
400 Washington Ave., Towson
Time: Saturday, 10am-8pm and Sunday, 1pm-6pm
Cost: Free admission ($1-$5 carnival rides)
Bring your family out to the 48th annual Spring Festival in Towson! There will be carnival rides, food vendors, entertainment, a beer garden and more! This has turned into one of the largest outdoor festivals on the East Coast!
Wine and Food Festival
137 National Plaza, National Harbor
Time: Saturday, and Sunday, VIP admission 12pm-6pm; General Admission 1pm-6pm
Cost: Saturday General Admission $49 in advance/ $55 on-site; Sunday General Admission $39 in advance/ $45 on-site; Kids 12 and under Free
Come out to the 8th Annual Wine and Food Festival at the National Harbor! There will be over 150 different wines, beers and spirits in an all-you-care-to-taste affair. You can also expect delicious food vendors and more! Admission includes a souvenir glass to take home.
Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar
Underneath the Jones Fall Expressway
At Holliday & Saratoga Streets
Time: Sundays thru December 20th from 7am to sell out (typically noon)
Cost: Free – prices vary on items available for purchase
Baltimore’s farmer’s market and bazaar is open for the season! There will be a huge variety of items available for purchase including fruits and vegetables, baked goods, dairy products, and dozens of food vendors! Vegan food items will be available.
VA Gold Cup
5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains
Time: Saturday, 10am-7pm
The Virginia Gold Cup is one of the nation’s largest steeplechase races featuring some of the finest horses in the world competing over hurdles, timber and on the flat. Enjoy the spectacular setting in the heart of Virginia horse country at one of Washington, DC region’s largest and oldest outdoor events.
Old Town Square
University Drive, Fairfax
Time: Saturday, 2-7pm
Cost: $10 general admission, $25 beer tasting, $65 beer & whiskey tasting
The Derby-Q Festival will feature specialty beer and bourbon tastings along with a variety of BBQ vendors. Live blues bands will perform on stage while the crowds anxiously await the Kentucky Derby to be shown on the big screen.
Art on the Rocks
The Art League
105 North Union St, Alexandria
Time: Friday, 7-10pm
The Art League has challenged mixologists from local hot-spots to each select a piece of artwork from one of our April exhibits as inspiration to whip up a new, artistic cocktail & pair it with a delicious appetizer. Enjoy the artwork, cocktails, appetizers and help select a new Art on the Rocks champion!
Design House Tours
DC Design House
956 Mackall Farms Lane, McLean
Time: Friday, 10am-3pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
DC Design House is an annual project that brings together Washington, DC’s top interior designers to transform and showcase a house using the best in today’s home renovation and design ideas. This year’s host site is an 8,869-square-foot home in McLean VA that replicates an Old American Farmhouse as a nod to Virginia’s rich countryside, while also offering all the amenities of modern homes.
Events at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.
- Memphis, Warner Theatre, Friday & Saturday
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Lyric Opera House, Saturday & Sunday
- M3 Rock Festival, Merriweather, Friday
Sports at a Glance! Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Camden Yards, Friday thru Sunday *game has been moved to Tampa Bay*
- Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, Saturday
Movies Opening this Weekend:
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Duration: 141 Minutes
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, thing go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Starring: Robert Downy Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Far from the Madding Crowd
Duration: 119 Minutes
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts, Juno Temple
Welcome to Me
Duration: 105 Minutes
A year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder, who wins Mega-Millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show.
Starring: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bently
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Duration: 114 Minutes
Dynamite expert Allan Kalsson’s life, and the unlikely events following his escape from the old folk’s home on his 100th birthday.
Starring: Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar
Duration: 93 Minutes
A mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer.
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Helen Hunt, Robert Knepper, Luke Wilson