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This year marks the 10th anniversary of this D.C.-born music festival, consistently voted best music festival by the Washington City Paper. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Weekend Report: 15 events to enjoy this Cinco de Derby weekend

Thursday, May 2

Stage Director Talk: Vivienne Benesch, director of Love's Labor's Lost, shares creative insights into the production. A wine reception with light fare is included with your ticket. Tickets are $20.

Phillips After 5: Celebrate Latin culture with the American Latino Museum, in partnership with The Phillips Collection. Enjoy the rhythms of Mexican-American singer-songwriter and queer feminist Renee Goust, enjoy a taste of Latin American cocktails with Grand Cata, Latin Wine Shop, listen to Los Gallos Negros live mariachi as they stroll through the galleries and watch performances by DC Touch Bachata and Corazón Folklórico Dance Company. Tickets are $12.

Friday, May 3

Salsa on the Mall: Come hang out on the National Mall from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and learn the art of salsa dancing, while also learning about D.C.'s vibrant latino community, checking out the free health screenings and getting education/employment info. Free to attend.

Drive-In Movie at Union Market: Union Market will kick off their wildly popular movies under the stars drive-in experience with a showing of Dazed and Confused, a classic film highlighting the adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. Movie begins at 8:30 p.m., and walk-ins are free, while cars will be $15.

Saturday, May 4

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Ellen Devine is teaching. Free to attend.

Running of the Chihuahuas: Don’t miss the 8th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas, DC’s funniest Cinco de Mayo celebration. The day includes a beer garden, DJ, and the highlight of the afternoon, 128 Chihuahuas racing for fame and fun! This event benefits Rural Dog Rescue and is free to attend.

Holi DC: Come celebrate the ancient Indian festival of color, love and friendship in a family-friendly environment. Holi signifies the start of a new season, with all grievances left in the past, and is meant to be a festive day spent with friends and family. Tickets start at $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 $25 (car admission is $100/car).

Around the World Embassy Tour: More than 50 embassies from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan 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. Free to attend.

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival: This year marks the 10th anniversary of this D.C.-born music festival, consistently voted best music festival by the Washington City Paper. The day will include a lineup of more than 20 musical performances, local food trucks, craft beer, cocktails and a kids' zone. Tickets start at $35.

POW WOW Opening Day: D.C.-based artist Kelly Towles will gather the artist community to kick off Pow!Wow!, 10 days of art and creativity in NoMa, with a party and community art event at Wunder Garten. Free to attend.

Bonnets & Bow Ties Derby Party: Bonnets and Bow Ties brings a taste of Churchill Downs to Pennsylvania Avenue, with an afternoon of complete derby coverage, mint juleps, unlimited beer and wine, and a luxurious derby-inspired buffet curated by Executive Chef Luca de Marchis and Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez of southern-style favorites. Don your derby best for a chance to win prizes for “Best Derby Bonnet” and “Fanciest Bow Tie.” Tickets are $99.

Sunday, May 5

El Techo: Shaw’s adult tree house, will unveil its new all-weather roof and its new frozen margarita machine, just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Free to attend.

Sundress Fest: Wonderland Ballroom is hosting their 15th annual Sundress Fest, a celebration of summer that takes place at the Wonderland Ballroom every first Sunday of May with proceeds benefiting DC Central Kitchen. This year's fest is a beer-infused block party, with four swimming pools' worth of beer, and three bands. Free to attend.

National Wine & Food Festival: Head down to the waterfront for the perfect Sunday Funday bringing together world-renowned chefs, artisanal craftsmen, and culinary pioneers with thousands of foodies. More than 150 local wines, beers and spirits will be available to taste, along with smokehouse pits and cooking demos. Tickets start at $40.