5 Things to do in DC in May

DC is finally warming up! With great weather comes plenty of great events, particularly outdoor events, to enjoy around the city. Trade in your Uggs for Sperrys and have a blast in the greatest city on Earth*.

1. Around the World Embassy Tour

This annual event is a celebration of international cuisine. Embassies around the city join with artists, artisans, performers, teachers, and more to showcase culture from around the world. More than 40 embassies will open their doors on May 2from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best part? Admission is FREE.

2. DC Funk Parade

International culture not your thing? Maybe you’ll enjoy some good American funk music instead! The DC Funk Parade is also on May 2. The street fair is from noon to 5 p.m. with a parade from 5-7 p.m. and a music festival from 7-10 p.m., all of which are FREE. Enjoy music, dance, art, and more! A ticketed after party begins at 10 p.m.

3. Cinco de Mayo Festival

Although Cinco de Mayo is Mexican in origin, the Cinco de Mayo festival has grown into a “Latin American family reunion” on the National Mall, hosted by the Maru Montero Dance Company. The Festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. onSunday, May 3 (yes, two days before the actual holiday).

4. Bike to Work Day

Bike and Roll DC is proud to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 15, an annual event where the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections encourage bicycling as a “clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work.” There are a total of 79 pit stops, but you can find Bike and Roll at Freedom Plaza this year!

5. Civil War 150th Anniversary Parade

DC has been hosting a number of events over the past 5 years as part of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War, which all comes to an end with the Grand Review Parade on May 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

*In our humble opinions.