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Put on your fancy hats and bow ties and head out to The Plains, Virginia for a day at the races! (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Weekend Report: 12 events to enjoy this Cinco de Derby weekend

Friday, May 4

Hamlet at the Kennedy Center: The legendary Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2007 with the Bard's searing tragedy of murder and revenge. Tickets start at $49.

Max Scherzer Bobblehead Night at the Nats: The first 25,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through all gates will receive a Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank. And a select number of bobbleheads will be signed by Max Scherzer himself! Tickets start at $17.

Courtyard Cocktails: Brabo’s new Summer Sparkle Program is launching with free sparkling cocktail tastings in the courtyard patio from 6-9 p.m. ‘Sparkle Hour’ will take place on the weekdays through Wednesday, May 9th from 6-7 p.m. These happy hours are free to attend and do not require a reservation. Who wouldn’t love an evening of free cocktails and bites in a light-strung, European-style courtyard?!

Saturday, May 5

Virginia Gold Cup: Put on your fancy hats and bow ties and head out to The Plains, Virginia for a day at the races! Check out our tips for slaying the hat competition here. Tickets start at $100.

Cinco de Mayo Rooftop Pig Roast: Tacos, tequila, and a DJ. What more do you need on Cinco de Mayo? How about a Yucatan pig roast, ceviche bar and mezcal margaritas. Make it a day to remember (or forget) at Taco Bamba's Cinco de Mayo rooftop fiesta. Chef Victor Albisu will be providing all the Taco Bamba tacos you can eat, alongside other Mexican favorites, a fully stocked bar and an artisanal mezcal tasting. Tickets start at $30.

Derby Happy Hour: In celebration of the 144th Kentucky Derby, relaxed Adams Morgan wine bar Jug & Table will be hosting a happy hour watch party from 5-7 p.m. While donning their most fashionable hats and seersucker suits, guests can enjoy 25 percent off rosé bottles and Distillery Lane Ciderworks Woodberry cider bottles, as well as $7 Kentucky Punch cocktails.

Radiator Rooftop Opening: To kick off rooftop season, Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden, Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner, and the food and beverage team invite guests to officially kick off rooftop season with Cinco de Mayo festivities on the roof. Sarah and the bar team will keep the tequila flowing with house-made margaritas and a special selection of Mexican beers while Chef Jonathan and the culinary team will keep partygoers satiated with taco specials all night long. Free to attend.

Star Wars Day at the Nats: The force will return to Nationals Park for the fourth annual STAR WARS™ Day, and the first 10,000 fans will receive a pair of STAR WARS™ Stance Socks! STAR WARS™ characters will be roaming the concourse to take pictures with fans, and DJ Alkimist will be playing STAR WARS™-themed music in Center Field Plaza. Special menu items for the game include Obi-Wan Kabobies at Street Skewers (Section 106) and Jar Jar Links at grill stands throughout the ballpark. Fans are all invited to come dressed as their favorite character, however any props resembling weapons will not be allowed into the ballpark. Tickets start at $17.

Around the World Embassy Tour: More than 50 embassies from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe will open their doors to D.C. visitors and residents. 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.

Lucha Libre: Find yourself center ring for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration with Lucha Libre themed wrestling acts, street tacos, and cocktails specials at the W from 5-9 p.m. Free to attend.

Sunday, May 6

Kennedy Center Spring Gala: The legendary singer and 2016 Kennedy Center Honoree, Mavis Staples, will lead you through her 60-plus year catalog of music with special guests Alison Krauss, Bruce Hornsby, and Neko Case. Gary Sinise will receive the 2018 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit. Tickets start at $49.

Nature Yoga: Experience the restorative power of Contemplative Yoga in Nature. Classes are held the first Sunday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the breathtaking garden at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Bring a yoga mat, water, walking shoes and any props that are helpful to you. Registration is required, and a $25 fee applies. To register for the class, please email Denise Moore at