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This is not a drill! After much anticipation, Laduree's first D.C. location will open for business tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Out and About: Macarons and jazz and celebrating strong women - oh my!

Monday, May 1

Somms Uncorked: Following four exciting events at Zaytinya, ThinkFoodGroup’s popular Somms Uncorked event is making its way to Jaleo Crystal City. Get inside the wild and crazy minds of sommeliers as our Master Sommelier takes on European Cellars Sommelier Matt Carroll for an epic night of Spain vs. France wine pairings. Guests will enjoy five-course dinner from Jaleo Crystal City Head Chef Aaron Helfand, 10 unique wine pairings and tasting notes and fun banter from the sommeliers. Jaleo Crystal City, 2250 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA, 6:30 p.m., $125

Tuesday, May 2

Irish Heritage Day: Celebrate Irish culture with authentic dance, food and music! Purchase a special ticket to gain access to the pregame festival, where you'll sample food and drink from local Irish bars and restaurants. Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St SE, 7:05 p.m., $20

Dacha Springfest Market: Twenty new and returning local vendors will unfurl their wares and cool fares at Dacha Spring Fest Market. The official drink of the Market and this year's festival is Weihenstephaner Kristall Weizenbock. Dacha is the only place in DC serving this highly limited and never to repeat brew from the oldest brewery in the world. Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St NW, 3 p.m., free

Laduree Opening: After much anticipation, Laduree's first D.C. location will open for business at 10 a.m. To honor the city, an exclusive Cherry Blossom gift box and dessert collection -- the cherry blossom macaron and cherry blossom religieuse pastry -- will be available at the store. Laduree, 3060 M St NW, 10 a.m., free

Wednesday, May 3

Gabourey Sidibe, In Conversation with Linda Holmes: In "This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare," the Oscar-nominated Precious star and Empire actress shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she’s played onscreen. In the memoir, with full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints a vivid picture of her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway.Sixth and I, 600 I St NW, 6 p.m., $18 ($30 for ticket and signed book)

Thursday, May 4

Strong Women in Fashion: Sip champagne and enjoy hand-crafted hors d'oeuvres by Via Umbria, while supporting women from all backgrounds. The Strong Women in Fashion event will showcase the latest spring trends with new arrivals from Signature Dresses and LiLi The First, as well as, the newest trends in hair and makeup featuring Illusions Salon of Georgetown. This event is hosted by female business owners uniting together to empower more women in the workforce by donating proceeds, including ticket sales, to Suited for Change. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave NW, 7 p.m., $25

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival: Named after one of the first ladies of jazz, this year's festival celebrates the legacy of late vocalist, actor, activist, and NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln with a concert tribute featuring four of today's leading jazz artists: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, 8 p.m. $25-$69

Phillips After 5: Guten tag! Come celebrate Maifest, the German tradition celebrating the arrival of spring. Gather your friends to fashion your own flower crowns and explore German artists and artworks in the galleries with a German-themed scavenger hunt. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW, 5 p.m., $12

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