Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will have their annual French Festival on July 13. There will be French amusements from the 1700s in celebration of Bastille Day and Hillwood's French decorative arts collection. The day of fun for the whole family will include:
Making and wearing a French bergère - or Napoleon hat The festivities of French court depicted in a short play The best of baroque dance & a lesson in courtly manners with New York Baroque Dance Company Music of the 1700s with Kevin Shannon’s baroque guitar Hillwood’s beautiful gardens The exquisite collection of French decorative arts from the 1700s collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Performances take place in the airy and open shelter of the C. W. Post courtyard tent, and the visitor center theater. Outdoor games and garden talks are weather dependent.
The Heurich House Museum will open its doors for free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours on May 18. The historic mansion, located in Dupont Circle, was built in the 1890’s by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist, Christian Heurich. The Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt will give families the chance to explore the ornate details of the Heurich family home. Children and parents can wander through three floors of the ornate mansioin at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden (weather permitting). Typically, the museum is not open to children under 10, but during this special event, children are the main focus.The event is free, but registration is suggested.
Tudor Place in Georgetown will have their 27th Annual Spring Garden Party on May 22.The event - co-hosted by Beth Clifton and Whitney Rosenthal – will honor former trustee Bruce Whelihan, a stalwart and longtime supporter. The Foggy Bottom Whomp-Stompers will perform Prohibition-era jazz live.
Images below: A collage of views of a previous Garden Party
Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, the education and family programming arm of the Keegan Theatre, will present The Reluctant Dragon, written by Mary Hall Surface and directed by Ricky Drummond, opening May 11 and playing weekend mornings. The classic tale is set in The Village of Guildermere, whose denizens blame the dragon who lives nearby for their dying crops and sour milk……….until Saint George arrives. The classic story "reflects the changing social dynamics in young people’s lives." The production will be Sensory Friendly for all performances and will offer ASL interpretation for select performances.”
The 27th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd & 7th Streets in DC, on June 22 & 23. There will be BBQ & grilled food samples in the Taste of Giant (R) Sampling Pavilion, Giant(R) Local Flavors Tent and throughout the event site. Live entertainment will be provided by thirty bands performing rock, reggae, jazz & Blues, R&B and Go-Go on three stages! There will be cooking contests, demos, celebrity appearances, and many unique exhibits and activities. There will also be summer sports action from the Washington Wizards, Mystics, Nationals, DC United, Redskins and more. The event benefits USO Metro and Capital Area Food Bank. The Barbecue Battle stages, exhibits and vendors will be under tented cover, and the event is held rain or shine.
A view of a past Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle
Cultural Tourism DC is presenting Passport DC, thru May 31. Passport DC is “a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture."
Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC offers 31 days of programming by embassies and cultural institutions.
Among the events scheduled are:
* European Union Embassies' Open House, May 11
The images below are from a previous Passport DC - Courtesy of Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
Please see the articles below for more descriptive information.
The annual European Union Embassies Open House will be on May 11.Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations. Participants in the embassy open houses include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The presenters note that “There is no charge to participate in the European Union Embassies Open House and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.”
The National Zoo will present ZooFari: Bite Nighton May 16. The benefit for wildlife is sponsored by GEICO.The evening will feature “exotic animals, unforgettable entertainment and the best gourmet bites in the city.
Enjoy delicious food from the D.C. area's best restaurants and fine wine from its best vintners, all while supporting the Smithsonian’s work to save endangered animals around the world.”
The National Zoo will present the annual Brew at the Zoo on July 18.The popular event features unlimited beer tastings, exotic animal encounters, live music and entertainment, and fare from popular food trucks. It's a unique after-hours Zoo experience. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's mission to save species.
The National Building Museum will present The Lawn- their 2019 Summer Block Party installation, July 4-September 2. The Museum is partnering with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the installation, which will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and will offer interactive experiences for all ages. The installation will be complemented by programs and events, and ticket purchasers will be able to visit all of the Museum’s exhibitions.
The 2019 Capital Pride Celebration will take place in D.C., May 31-June 9. The celebration will commemorate 50 years since the stonewall riots in Manhattan.More than 600,000 guests participated in the Pride Parade, Festival & Concert in 2018. The many events scheduled this year will culminate in the annual Pride Parade on June 8.The Parade will start at P St. N.W. & Twining Court and end at 14th St. N.W. & R St. N.W.
Bike to Work Day 2019 will take place on May 17. Registration for the event, which is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is now open. Thousands are expected to register and participate in this year’s event. There will be 115 pit stops across the region with refreshments, giveaways—and the chance to win one of many new bicycles as part of a free raffle. Also, the first 20,000 registrants to attend will receive a free T-shirt.
Images below: Views of Bike to Work Day at the Friendship Heights Pit Stop in 2018
Ford's Theatreis presenting Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, directed by Peter Flynn, thru May 22.The show is "an imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairytales in which a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own." While in the woods, they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right."
The show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Image below: The cast of Into the Woods - Photo by Carol Rosegg.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place as a scaled-down event on the National Mall June 29 & 30. The weekend of performances "will illuminatethe social power of music." On the evening of June 20, there will be a concert featuring artists from the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings roster and beyond. On the morning of Sunday, June 30, there will be a family concert celebrating the life and legacy of Pete Seeger, who would have been 100 years old in 2019. Looking ahead to 2020, the festival will return in full form with the musical cultures of Benin, Brazil, D.C., and the Southern U.S. The event will explore the many ways that people use cultural knowledge to address environmental change, along with the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, Solar Decathlon, and others.
The Kennedy Center will present an event for young audiences titled Colorsin the Family Theater on May 18 & 19.Italy’s Compagnia Tpo and Teatro Metastasio explore children’s perceptive, emotional, and creative relationships to colors with a physical dance piece. Performers will interact with audience members—and some may even have the chance to get up on the stage and join in the colorful landscape!