Thursday, May 17
Zoofari: More than 100 of Washington, D.C.'s best restaurants will descend upon the Smithsonian's National Zoo for ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife, the area's longest-running food and drink tasting event. At ZooFari, you'll be able to sample delicious food, wine and cocktails, participate in live and silent auctions (including animal-made artwork), meet a naked mole-rat and watch Food Network star DJ Chef spin beats while preparing eats! Tickets start at $160.
Rebloom on the Roof: Join Co-Hosts Barry Dixon and Will Thomas for the Fourth Annual Rebloom on the Roof cocktail fundraiser at Fathom Gallery. Celebrate the power of design to change lives for survivors of domestic violence, and enjoy light fare from Casa Luca's Fabio Trabocchi. Tickets start at $100.
Embassy Chef Challenge: Taste the world in one night at the 10th annual Embassy Chef Challenge! Enjoy authentic dishes from more than 25 embassy chefs in a friendly and delicious culinary competition. Try and sample each bite and sip every cocktail to vote for the People's Choice Award winner. Tickets start at $90.
Noches Cubanas: Head to the Atrium at 9;30 p.m. for free live entertainment with one or more of the artists featured during the Artes de Cuba festival held at the Kennedy Center through May 20. Purchase a cocktail at the Atrium bar, explore the visual art installations, and mingle with guests in this exciting late-night lounge atmosphere. Free to attend.
Friday, May 18
Lucketts Spring Market: This Northern Virginia event showcases more than 200 of the best “vintage hip” vendors on the East Coast. The weekend long event features painted furniture, vintage garden gems, architectural salvage, crusty antiques, vintage clothing and all kinds of crazy-good finds, along with live music, a beer garden, children’s play area and food trucks. DIY network show Salvage Dawgs hosts Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp will also be at the market. Tickets start at $10.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival: The 27th annual event will present more than 200 artists from across the nation to show and sell their works in 16 categories of fine art and craft over 11 blocks of booths at Reston Town Center. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can enjoy free art-making activities in the Family Art Park and check out several immersive, interactive works of art. $5 donation suggested.
Saturday, May 19
Royal Wedding Mania: It's finally D-Day! If you want to watch the Royal Wedding from the comfort of your house in your PJs that is totally acceptable! But if you're looking for a viewing party that is just as over the top as Royal Wedding fashion, here are five to consider!
DC Bike Ride: The region’s only closed-road, recreational bike ride, returns to the District celebrating bicycling as a form of transportation, healthy living, fitness and fun. Participants are invited to bike at their own pace on either a six-mile or 20-mile route. Tickets start at $75 (kids ages three-seven are free and eight to 17 are $37.50).
Cast Album Karaoke at WAITRESS: Six-time Grammy nominee and composer of WAITRESS, Sara Bareilles, will be at the National Theatre to host “Cast Album Karaoke” following the 8 p.m. show. Interested audience members at that show will be chosen at random for the chance to sing any song from WAITRESS on the National Theatre’s historic stage accompanied by the show’s band. Tickets start at $63.
Community Weekend at NGA: Kick off summer with a festive weekend at the National Gallery of Art. Play classic board and parlor games with an artistic twist, move to the sights and sounds of D.C.-based dance company Heart Stück Bernie and get creative with a large-scale collaborative sculpture and other art-making activities. The festivities are free to attend and take place both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Let’s Misbehave: Cole Porter After Dark: Misbehave to the timeless music of Cole Porter paired with some of the funniest personal ads from the era of online dating. This one-night only show will feature performances from Betty Who, Liz Callaway, Ali Ewoldt, Bobby Smith, Vishal Vaidya and Luke Hawkins. Tickets start at $20.
Sunday, May 20
Taste of Arlington: The 31st annual Taste of Arlington, which more than 25,000 people attend each year, will return to the streets of Ballston with 58 restaurants, beer and wine gardens, two stages with live music, a fenced-in BarkPark and dedicated KidZone area. For the first time, Taste of Arlington will also feature distilleries, such as MurLarkey Distilled Spirits and Belle Isle Moonshine. Proceeds from sales of food and drink tickets will benefit seven Arlington nonprofits and charities. Free to attend.
Porchfest: Enjoy the first Porchfest to be held East of the Anacostia River this weekend with several mini-concerts and performances held on front porches and lawns of the Penn Branch community. While other DC Porchfests were supported by local BIDS, the SE Porchfest is being organized by volunteers, solely. Free to attend.