The Annual Georgetown House Tour, hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church, will take place on April 28. The tour raises funds for ministry and outreach. Each year the Tour features a number of Georgetown’s most beautiful homes. The homes can be visited at your own pace and in your preferred order. The tour price includes a House Tour Magazine full of useful information that serves also as your admission to each home, and includes a map of the houses along with historic information and background on each house. The ticket also includes a Parish Tea in Blake Hall at the historic church at 3240 O St. NW. The tea features homemade tea sandwiches and sweets.
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee will present the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show at The National Building Museum, April 26-29.The show will feature 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of some 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influences on American crafts.Many of today’s top U.S. artists who create cutting-edge art are reconnecting American modernism to its roots in Asian culture. The show will engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme: Asian Influence/American Design.
The Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place June 27-July 1 & July 4-8.The Festival honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. The event features master artisans and other tradition bearers. Visitors are invited to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Special focus this year will be on the ancient country of Armenia, which is a small but influential country at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, and Catalonia, which is a distinctive society in northeastern Spain. An event titled Sisterfireon July 8 will celebrate women artists with an evening concert.
The National Zoo will have the annual ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife on May 17.The event, which is sponsored by GEICO, features more than 100 of the top Washington, D.C., restaurants and vintners—"all in the wild setting of the Smithsonian's National Zoo. In addition to an evening of food and fine wines, ZooFari offers a night of entertainment with live music, exotic animal encounters, a silent auction and much more. ZooFari proceeds support the Zoo's mission to save species!
PLEASE NOTE:“ZooFari is an adult event. No babies, children, or strollers will be allowed at ZooFari. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID. Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo. ZooFari will be held rain or shine."
The annual The Georgetown French Market will take place April 27-29 in Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood. The area will be transformed into an inviting open-air market as over 40 locally-owned merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries display discounted items and unique finds. The three-day event will feature live entertainment and children's activities as they evoke the outdoor markets of Paris, where visitors wander between shops and galleries "tempted by the aroma of fresh coffee and croissants. C'est magnifique!"
Image below: A view of a previous Georgetown French Market - Photo by Sam Kittner/BID.
The Annual Washington Folk Festival will take place on June 2 & 3 at Glen Echo Park. The event showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area, and all of the participating musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in greater Washington.The musicians volunteer their talents to put on a first-class festival of national renown. There will be performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country.
The NSOwill present a Young People's Concertwith NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds on April 29.The concert will be performed “in the spirit of a concert series made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall.” The music-filled performance for children and families will feature special guests.
Image below:Ben Folds
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Brass of Peace will be presented in The Theater Lab on May 19.The group is comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students.They will be joined by retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. The performance is suggested for Age 3+
Image below:Brass for Peace
The Kennedy Center will present a play for Young Audiences titled Ever in the Glades, written by Laura Schellhardt & directed by Rives Collins in the Family Theater, June 8-10. The setting is an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades in Florida, where five teenagers make a daring attempt to escape to the mainland from a place where the adults are as dangerous as the alligators. The show is suggested for Age 12.
The National Archives & Bright Star Touring Theater will present a play titled We Can Do It! American Women in Historyin the William G. McGowan Theater on April 28. The play is “an inspiring exploration of the lives and work of notable American women! From Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony.” Families are invited to join in as the play “celebrates the courageous, confident women who have helped shape our country." A discussion with the actors will follow the program.”
The National Gallery of Art offers a wide range of innovative films for families, including classics, recently-produced shorts, and foreign features. The selections appeal to both young and adult audiences; noted age recommendations can assist parents in selecting the most emotionally and intellectually-stimulating films for their children. Feature films are screened in English, unless otherwise noted.
The Annual SerbFest DC will take place at Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, Maryland, May 18-20.The event will feature traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items and family-friendly activities. A la carte food item proceeds will benefit the Church.
Photos of previous Passport DC events – Courtesy of Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
Cultural Tourism DC will present Passport DC, May 1–31. 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:
* Flower Mart at National Cathedral, May 4 and 5 * Around the World Embassy Tour, May 5 * European Union Embassies' Open House, May 12 * Fiesta Asia! Street Festival, May 19
Please see the articles below for more descriptive information.
All Hallows Guild at Washington National Cathedral will present the 79th Annual Flower Mart on May 4 & 5.Washington Embassies and their floral designers will again install displays that highlight each country’s natural and cultural heritage in the nave of the Cathedral. Spring plants for your garden will be available for purchase, and there will be treasures in the White Elephant Tent, plus a wide array of merchandise at over 80 boutique booths. Rides on the Antique Carousel, which dates back to around 1890, are popular. There’s also an array of games and carnival rides. Inside the Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel, Master Puppeteers will present their delightful puppet show. Terry Bender, the organ grinder, will entertain the crowds on South Road. Entertainers will perform on the main stage in front of the Cathedral (or inside in the event of rain). There will be a wide-ranging array of talented singers, dancers, musicians, and choral groups. The popular Washington Revels will ring in May and close out the Flower Mart on Saturday afternoon.
Image below:A view of The Washington Revels at a previous Flower Mart
The annual Around the World Embassy Tour will take place on May 5.Participants can “travel the world” as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. In the past, visitors have been treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations. The embassies participating will be those of Australia, Brazil, Belize, Benin, Nepal, Qatar, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (Oman), and Thailand.Admission will be free, and reservations are not required. Many embassies of the participating embassies are within walking distance of the Dupont Circle and Van Ness Metrorail stations. Many embassies require photo ID for admission.
The annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair on May 19 is presentedin conjunction with Asian Heritage Month Commemorations. The fair is held in front of Capitol Hill & offers outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, martial arts demonstration, a talent show, a cooking demo, and more.
The Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will take place at and near 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW in DC on June 23 & 24.Proceeds from the event will benefit the USO Metro & The Capital Area Food Bank.Celebrity Pitmasters & Chefs will be there, along with cookbook authors and food demonstrations. Participants can enjoy plates of beef brisket, chicken, pork & lamb - all prepared by “the best BBQ chefs from across the U.S.”Food samples will be offered throughout the event site. Thirty bands on three stages will perform rock, reggae, jazz, blues, and go-go.
Image below: A view of a previous Barbecue Battle.