Seen and Heard: Happenings Around Town
Weekend Best Bets: Heritage India Festival, Bethesda Fine Arts Fest, Joint Base Andrews Air Show, Preakness Balloon Fest, Funk Parade and Festival, Mother’s Day, museums, music and more!
Mary de Pompa WTOP News
Heritage India Festival at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend in a cultural celebration with music, dance, vendors, shopping, food and more.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival through this weekend in an outdoor street party with 120+ artisans and vendors with entertainment, music, food and more.
Joint Base Andrews Airshow weekend will have sky demos with the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels with on the ground exhibits, vendors, skydivers and more.
Preakness Balloon Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds will have vendors, rides and family fun with music, balloon rides and more all weekend.
JxJ Fest for the first times the Washington Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Music Festival have combined to celebrate arts throughout the city with film premieres, panels and Q&As and a variety of music.
National Archives celebrates suffrage with Rightfully Hers; American Women and the Vote Exhibit with photos audiovisual recordings, lectures and events.
The National Gallery of Art present In the Library: Frederick Douglass Family Materials from the Walter O. Evans Collection features an incredible display of artifacts, speeches, writings, photos and more.
National Portrait Gallery presents In Mid-Sentence is a collection of photographs from pivotal moments in history with a interactive kiosk and illustrated brochure.
National Museum of American History event entitled American will feature a series of activities to explore, play and interact this weekend.
National Geographic Museum’s exhibit Queens of Egypt conginues featuring over 300 ancient Egyptian artifacts with a 3-D virtual tour and more.
Smithsonian American Art Museum has a new exhibit Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 is a comprehensive exhibition to examine the contemporary impact of Vietnam on American Art.
The National Building Museum presents HOOPS community portraits by Bill Bamberger featuring 22k shots taken over 14 years in more than 12 countries time for March Madness.
Newseum presents Rise Up: Stonewall and LGBTQ Rights Movement an exhibit exploring gays rights movement in the US marking the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.
Phillips Collection presents Zilia Sánchez, Soy Isla (I Am an Island), is the museum’s first retrospective of the famed Cuban artist.
The Hirshorn presents Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release employs a variety of media – including sculpture, painting installation to develop unique vision of human form.
ARTECHOUSE presents In Peak Bloom: Interactive Cherry Blossom Exhibit a seasonal celebrations bringing the cherry blossoms to the digital realm with an interactive, immersive digital art show.
The Sackler Gallery has the new exhibit Empresses of China’s Forbidden City on China’s Qing Dynasty is an insight into the changing female power dynamics.
The National Theatre presents Pride & Joy the Marvin Gaye musical at various showtimes this final weekend.
Fords Theatre presents Into the Woods a musical fairy tale with a twist in the Steven Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix at various showtimes.
Imagination Stage in Bethesda presents Balloonacy the story of an old man whose days are gray and dreary until visited by a friendly red balloon.
The Kennedy Center presents Washington National Opera: Tosca love gets political in Puccini’s drama set in 18th-century Rome at various showtimes this weekend.
The Kennedy Center presents the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival with 2 nights of sensational music hosted by NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater celebrating jazz legends Friday and Saturday.
Gaithersburg Arts Barn presents Shrek the Musical fantastic family theatre b based on the DreamWorks Oscar winning animated film at various showtimes through the weekend.
Sat., May 11:
Charles County Wine and Food Festival at the Fairgrounds will 100s of wines for tasting and purchase with vendors, live music, food, activities and more.
Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival is an annual downtown event with vendors, foods, artisans, great music and more.
Laurel Main Street Festival is a day of entertainment, music, vendors, food and family fun activities.
Taiwan Bubble Tea Festival in Rockville is a family friendly event with music, cultural performances, vendors and more.
Annual Funk Parade and Festival nestled in the U Street neighborhood it’s a music celebration with vendors and of course the annual parade.
European Union Open House visit Europe in a day as the EU Embassies’ open their doors for a peak a various cultures, traditions, music, foods interactive cultural displays and more.
Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery in a celebration of man’s best friend with activities, games, contests, food trucks and more.
SpringFest Fairlakes is a day of family fun with rides and activities, vendors, food and more.
Tot Rock Festival in Del Ray is a free family fun day of music with various bands, dancing and more.
Rosslyn Blooms! Flower Festival will feature vendors and shopping with fun activities for all ages with DIY workshops and and more just in time for Mother’s Day.
Festival Argentino in Arlington is a cultural celebration of music and dance with performers, vendors, food and fun.
Mason Neck Eagle Festival will feature live animal shows, rides, activities, interactive exhibits, music, food and more.
The Birchmere hosts singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Gary Taylor.
Anthem presents Tony winning singer Ben Platt with Wrabel and Ben Abraham.
Pearl Street Warehouse has a free Funk Parade showcase with Aaron Abernathy.
Union Stage hosts UK singer-songstress KT Tunstall.
Rams Head On Stage has the British pop group BBMAK.
The Hamilton local musicians perform Dream Discs: Joni Mitchell “Blue & Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks.”
The Strathmore presents the National Philharmonic Bernstein & Beethoven Part I.
Jiffy Lube Live has legendary British rockers The Who.
Black Rock Center hosts local Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene.
U Street Music Hall hosts Long Island chill-rockers Mr. Twin Sister.
City Winery presents hip-hop artists Ruff Endz.
The Song Byrd Cafe has the hand-crafted progressive rock of Delicate Steve with Muckers.
The Weinberg hosts a legendary songstress with An Evening with Judy Collins.
Sixth & i it’s Texas rock duo Jamestown Rival with Corodovas.
Tally Ho Theatre has cover rockers The Amish Outlaws.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz hosts R&B artists Karyn White & Keith Washington.
MECU Pavilion Baltimore has English rockers Bring Me The Horizon.
Sun., May 12:
International Spy Museum in L’Enfant officially REOPENS to the public in its new building and in honor of Mother’s Day all moms receive a free admission to interactive exhibits, spy artifacts and more.
Mother’s Day Art Glass Workshop at Glen Echo learn the basics for working glass hands on style.
Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch at The Hamilton will feature the Howard Gospel Choir.
Bull Run Winery where you can celebrate with Mom featuring live music by Buddy Cosmo featuring food trucks with a desert truck.
Jammin’ Java has a Mother’s Day Music Matinee with singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff and Friends.
Mother’s Day Brunch at the National Museum of the Marine Corps with a special a-la-carte menu and the Museum store discounts for mom.
Rams Head Mother’s Day Music Brunch with Americana pioneer Michael Martin Murphey.
9:30 Club hosts British folk-rockers Bear’s Den with Vera Sola.
Anthem presents British rockers Judas Priest with Uriah Heep.
Pearl Street Warehouse from the Jewish Music Festival has Gili Yalo.
Union Stage it’s hardcore punkers Show Me The Body.
The Fillmore has death metal with Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder.
Rams Head On Stage hosts 8 piece funk rockers The Mummies.
Jammin’ Java it’s the former Idol winner Lee Dewyze.
U Street Music Hall presents Scottish indie-rockers The Twilight Sad.
City Winery it’s UK singer, Babys frontman John Waite w/ Daniel Correa.
Bethesda Blues & Jazz hosts Grammy winning Gospel artists Fred Hammond.
MECU Pavilion Baltimore presents Boyz II Men.