National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 2-3, 2014. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.
DC Funk Parade – New this year!
May 3, 2014. 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.
Around the World Embassy Tour
May 3, 2014, 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.
National Harbor Food & Wine Festival
May 3-4, 2014. Enjoy food and wine pairing, artisanal and organic products, lectures on culinary and wine trends and more.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 4, 2014, noon-6 pm. The annual Latino celebration features live music and family entertainment on the National Mall.
Georgetown Garden Tour
May 10, 2014, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.
National Train Day
May 10, 2014. Each spring, Amtrak hosts train focused festivities at Union Station including live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids’ activities, model trains and more.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 10-11, 2014. See the works of 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants.
Reopening of the Washington Monument
May 12, 2014. The Monument reopens after a 32-month closure due to damage from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August 2011. A re-opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.
Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary
May 13-June 15, 2014. The cemetery will host a series of special events and tours in celebration of their 150th anniversary. Learn about the history of our nation and its national cemetery.
Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 16-18, 2014. 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 16, 2014. 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 16-18, 2014. 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 17, 2014, 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 17, 2014, 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 17-18, 2014. 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 17-18, 2014. Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of the area’s most beautiful public and private properties.
Blue Angels Air Shows
May 21 and 23, 2014. Annapolis, MD. The Blue Angels Air Shows demonstrate choreographed flight skills of the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron.
Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon
May 24-25. 2014, 6-9 p.m. George Washington’s estate is opening its doors for a special evening event. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and enjoy 18th-century music, dancing, and colonial games.
Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 24-25, 2014, 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.
Rockville’s Hometown Holidays
May 24-26, 2014. Rockville, MD hosts a three-day street festival in celebration of Memorial Day with live music, children’s entertainment, a parade and more.
May 29-June 1, 2014. 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.
Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 31, 2014. 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 31- June 1, 2014, 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.