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Wednesday May 18

DC Ride of Silence

Take a midweek pause during Bike Week to honor those lost from traffic violence. A silent and slow memorial ride will travel down Pennsylvania Ave. (7 pm)

Jazzy parks

Watch out Smithsonian, two can jazz-in-the-park. Tobago Bay Calypso Band performs at Canal Park’s weekly live and free spring music series. (6:30 pm)

Also || talk: confronting catastrophe, paint & sip benefit for Planned Parenthood, tunes: Andy Hull, talk: mental health, natural wine tasting

Thursday May 19

Who’s at large and in charge?

Join ACLU-DC & partners for an At-Large Councilmember Virtual Candidate Forum, as moderator Delia Goncalves (WUSA9) asks candidates how they will help achieve real community safety if elected. Closed-captioning and live Spanish interpretation provided.

Also || tunes: The Body, tunes: Griselda, tunes: Andy Hull; decolonizing art of the diaspora, spring in SW, talk: inflation, talk: Islamophobia & race, talk: Emma Straub, outdoor flicks; caribbean food on 14th, Asian food at Pop Up Grocer, Movies: Jaws

Friday May 20

(speaking of metro delays) Why not bike to work?

Join your fellow DC bikers (and non bikers) for Bike to Work day! This event (started in 1956) gathers folks from all around DC to get more bikes and less cars on the road. 

Disco at the duck pond? Jazz in the Garden? What’s next?

DCs famous summer park events are back. Go to Disco at the Duck pond (6pm) or the first Jazz in the Garden of 2022 (6pm).

Also|| sewing & quilting conference, tunes: harp & sax, tunes: Alex Cameron; book: BA Shapiro Metropolis, comedy: Cerrome Russell, spring fling comedy, open bar comedy, free comedy show, art opening: HumanKind, tunes: The Walters, a medium at Shopkeepers

Saturday May 21

Block parties and festivals

  • Bloomingdale’s Crispus Attucks holds its annual Community Day with music, food and more; proceeds to support upkeep and maintenance of the park. (9 am-3 pm)
  • The city shuts down MLK Jr. Ave for an Open Streets fest in Southeast, connected by temporary PBL to the Anacostia Park Trail. (9 am-1 pm)
  • Three years after the Battle of Metro PCS, the Moechella movement turns up the go-go in Shaw. (9 pm-1 am) 
  • Outdoor art and zine market for the DC Survivor Support Fund off U St. (3:30 pm
  • Is it theater? Is it a block party? It’s both. RED BIKE at Walter Reed. (1-6 pm)
  • Finish up at the Hirshhorn Ball honoring Kaws. Dan Deacon DJing. (6:30-10 pm)

Dogs, dogs, dogs

Come to DCs second annual golden retriever meet up! Maybe our favorite senate dog (Bailey Warren) will be there?

The Mother of All Yard Sales

DC’s oldest and largest community yard sale is back in Adams Morgan. With over 29 houses participating, maybe you’ll finally find that shoe rack you’ve been looking for. Map here!

Also || Hope & Seek, tunes: Sleaford Mods, the Boro’s Gambit, paint your own cloth napkins,what’s happening to Penn Ave?, tunes: local hip hop and soul, Story District: Out/Spoken, film in Fairfax: Labyrinth, improv, urban foraging & cider and MUGWORT, pig roast @ La Famosa, Shirlington Spring Block Party, EBY dinner + Cambodian ballet

Sunday May 22

Go global

Ready to venture past Duolingo, or want to brush up on a mother tongue? Speak Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Italian and more with a language exchange on Malcolm X. (5 pm)

Also || tunes: William Hooker, tunes: ccrav, local book launch: Ashes to Justice, comedy: the Sunday Show, comedy: Mic Check, movies: Secret Life of Pets

Monday May 23

Talk: Chocolate City

UMBC history professor George Derek Musgrove speaks at Bol Coop, whose business model and aspirations we covered last year. It will be a moderated discussion followed by Q/A. In person or Zoom. (7-9 pm)

Also || tunes: Avi Kaplan (Pentatonix), tunes: Anomalie; tunes: Reyna Tropical, Monday Night Trivia

Tuesday May 24

Tiny Desk DC 

“After a two-year hiatus, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest is heading back on the road! Join us at Songbyrd for a one-of-a-kind concert with the 2022 Contest winner, Alisa Amador, plus some amazing Tiny Desk Contest artists in the DMV area—including last year's winner, NEFFY!” (7 pm)

  • Also music: Anais Mitchell, of Hadestown and Bonny Light Horseman. (7 pm)

Not music: Strawberry Jam 

Strawberry jam: third-best Animal Collective Album, second-best to put on your sandwich, first best thing to learn to make on Tuesday? (6 pm)

Also || lessons from the Black Death, tasting tuesdays: spritz blitz, Tuesday trivia


5/25: Tudor Place Spring Party, Hazel Scott celebration, New Orchestra of Washington turns 10, comedy 

5/26: talk: Jhumpa Lahiri, symphony: climate, farm-to-table meal, tunes: Teen Cobra

5/27: HUMP! Film Festival, tequila + mezcal

5/28: Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out, poetry @ Rhizome, tunes: Something Simple, South Asian event @ The Outrage

5/29: tunes: Rare Essence, Flood Pulse solo exhibition closing party, makers market

5/31: talk: personality disorders 101


Blurbing for the event title alone, but also because the premise shows promise: One artist invites another, who invites another. This time it’s Argo Streets, a singer-songwriter who loops acoustic guitar over ambient loops; Shredderghost, who makes drone/ambient music from life samples; and local artist/designer Xena Ni. (7 pm)


6/1: DC Mayoral Debate, Rock Creek Summer

6/2: DC Brau Pride Pils launch party, sustainable cooking class, tunes: benefit feat. Messthetics, film: Encanto, Arlington comedy

6/3: tunes: Ray LaMontagne

6/4: Open Streets 7th Street NW, Arab-American comedy, comedy, the end of WWII in a multimedia KenCen show

6/6: tunes: Sigur Ros

6/8: tunes: Flume

6/9: tunes: Helmet, June dinner on the farm, theater: Fires in the Mirror

6/11: tunes: Tigran Hamasayan, tunes: Runaway Gin (Phish tribute), pride on the pier, longform improv

6/12: Yes Homo!

6/13: letters for refugees

6/14: crystal shrimp dumpling wkshp

6/16: tunes: tUnE-yArDs, tunes: Los Pericos

6/17: story/comedy: Mortified DC

6/18: tunes: Polica

6/19: Kraftwerk 3-d, Juneteenth

6/23: tunes: Thee Sacred Souls, people uncorked: freaky sex

6/25: performance art @ NPG, intro to rock outdoor rock climbing

6/26: tunes: Lotion Princess


7/12: tunes: Foxing

7/14: Capital Fringe begins

7/17: tunes: Hop Along, Beatles cover band

7/23: tunes: 3eb

7/31: tunes: Blake Mills


nouvelle vague

8/4: Pun DMV

8/9: tunes: Fleet Foxes

8/20: tunes: queer country of the DMV

8/21: tunes: Lord Huron

8/25: tunes: Odesza

8/26: Los Campesinos!


9/8: tunes: RHCP

9/14: tunes: IDLES

9/23: tunes: Iceage + Earth


10/5: tunes: The Gaslight Anthem

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