Ready to kick things up a notch during the month of May? Good, because DC brings the heat to May Day with touch-a-truck events, a family archaeological dig, a funk parade, and a huge Cinco de Mayo party. And for the traditionalists amongst us, we even have multiple flower festivals to choose from. So grab your flower garland, your dancing shoes, and your mariachis, because the weekend waits for nobody!
Put on Your Dancing Shoes for Cinco de Mayo
Transforming the National Mall into a little slice of Mexico isn’t easy, but kids (and parents!) will go loco for the results, courtesy of the National Cinco de Mayo Festival. With live music, Jarabe demonstrations—a traditional folk dance—and plenty of Mexican fare, Junior won’t know whether to grab a taco, try his hand at maracas, or dance along to a Mariachi band. Held at the National Mall, Between 8th and 12th Streets. Free. Sun. from 12 to 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Smell the Roses (and Gardenias, and …) at the National Cathedral Flower Mart
Everything comes up roses at the National Cathedral Flower Mart, an outdoor festival designed for garden enthusiasts of all ages. In addition to the flower sales, there will be garden tours, musical performances, gourmet food, and a kid zone with a rock wall, moon bounce, Ferris wheel and old school carousel. Held at the National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW. Free. Fri. and Sat. at 10 a.m. All ages. Event details.
Glen Echo Park
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to see The Wizard of Oz
Don’t miss this classic with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy as they set off on an adventure with witches, flying monkeys, and a Haunted Forest in search of the Wizard of Oz. Held at Adventure Theater MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd. Fri. at 10:30 a.m., Sat. at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m., and Sun. at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $19. All ages. Event details.
Touch a Truck (and Other Oversize Vehicles)
The parking lot of the Silver Spring Nursery School will be filled with vehicles of every kind for kids to explore. For little ones who are harder to impress, this annual event also features live music, a bake sale, face painting, a book fair and a slew of raffle prizes. Held at Silver Spring Nursery School, 10309 New Hampshire Ave. $5 or free under 2. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Can You Dig It? Yes. At the Family Archaeology Day
Needwood Mansion opens its doors for a day of interactive learning and fun, including a simulated archaeology dig for kids, mansion tours and exhibits, storytelling, old-time games and cool crafts. Held at Needwood Mansion, 6700 Needwood Rd. $8/person or $15/family. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event details.
Get Funky at the Mighty Funk Parade
Unlike any other parade, this event features dancers, marching bands, and drum corps—each with a bold, funk music tilt. Hear beat-boxers and junkyard drummers, see pot-bangers and clappers and kids on their parents’ shoulders. Held at U Street and Vermont Ave. Free. Sat. from 12 to 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Winchester, Virginia
Don’t Miss the Final Weekend of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
Just 75 miles west of DC, you’ll find an Apple Blossom Festival full of family fun, including the Firetruck Rodeo and Parades on Friday, May 1, or the Bluegrass Festival on May 3. Held at multiple locations; Check website for times, dates, and each event’s details. Fri. and Sat. All ages. Event details.
How are you going to heat things up this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!
– Shelley Massey