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Weekend Report: 13 not to miss events this weekend

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.

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.

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.

Friday, May 5

Ricky Martin at MGM National Harbor: (Friday, May 5 - Saturday, May 6) Shake your bon bon all night while watching Ricky Martin shake his bon bon.

The National Cathedral Flower Mart: (Friday, May 5 - Saturday, May 6) The National Cathedral Flower Mart is the District's festival for flower lovers and families that features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods and Garden Tours, musical entertainment, gourmet food, a book sale, and children's activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, mini-Ferris wheel and a century-old restored carousel.

Cinco de Mayo at City Tap: Dig into guacamole and themed beers at City Tap Penn Quarter this Cinco de Mayo, when they’ll be serving a $15 guacamole trio with bacon & blue cheese, Mexican corn, and traditional guacamoles. Beeritas made with 21st Amendment’s El Sully will be available for $10. Guests looking to keep it simple can enjoy a traditional guacamole and Anderson Valley Briney Melon for $20.

Cinco de Mayo at Taquería del Barrio: Cinco de Mayo will take over authentic Mexican eatery Taqueria del Barrio at a ticketed celebration in the restaurant, complete with bottomless bites and drinks.

Decades’ Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour: The retro-inspired nightclub will ring in the Mexican holiday on their brand new open-air rooftop with free tacos from Barcode, $5 Coronas, margaritas, and tequila shots, $20 hookahs and more. Tacos will be first-come-first-serve, and drinks will be flowing all night long on every throwback floor, highlighting the ‘90s, 2000s, hip-hop, and beyond.

Saturday, May 6

Bonnets & Bowties – Kentucky Derby Celebration: Enjoy the “fastest two minutes in American sports,” at the Willard InterContinental’s annual Bonnets & Bowties Kentucky Derby Party. Celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby in the Willard Room with an afternoon of Maker’s Mark mint juleps, an open beer and wine bar, a southern style Buffet, a live jazz ensemble, casino-style games, as well as a contest for the “Best Derby Bonnet” and “Fanciest Bow Tie.”

Around the World Embassy Tour: More than 40 embassies will open their doors to D.C. visitors and residents Saturday, May 6. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries.

Virginia Gold Cup: Put on your fancy hats and bow ties and head out to The Plains, Virginia for a day at the races!

Sunday, May 7

Patio Party at BRABO Tasting Room: Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier is excited to invite all Old Town Alexandrians to the BRABO Tasting Room patio on Sunday, May 7 for an al fresco happy hour featuring a one-day-only menu created for the special afternoon! While listening to lively music, guests will have the opportunity to meet new friends and neighbors, and enjoy as many oysters, mussels, frites, and refreshments as they desire.

HoliDC 2017: Holi, also known as the festival of colors, has its roots in ancient India and the practice of bhakti yoga. Krishna, the Sanskrit name for God, loves to have fun with his friends and family. He plays Holi, throwing colored powders, laughing through His mischievous ways. This festival is a chance for the D.C. community to do the same, have a day full of laughter and lightheartedness. This festival is to create a space for families and friends to reconnect in playfully fun and memorable ways.