Weekend Roundup, May 5 – 8

Happy Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day weekend! In addition to those springtime spectaculars, don’t miss the annual Flower Mart at the National Cathedral and much more. Wishing all moms and mother figures a very happy weekend! 

It’s Cinco de Mayo!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo today by enjoying the many food and drink specials around town. A few highlights include 11th St. NW restaurant Nina May offering a seven-course, Mexican-inspired menu with Maryland rockfish ceviche with crispy blue corn tortillas, duck confit tostadas and more. The Capitol Hill area Mexican restaurant Paraiso is offering a $40 prix-fixe menu with a margarita bar and mariachi performances. Swingers Mini Golf in Dupont Circle is offering $10 discounted margaritas to sip while you play. If you prefer to stay closer to home, Amigo Mio in Georgetown is celebrating with hand-crafted and frozen margaritas, Mexican beer, tequila-based cocktails and family-style fajitas and tacos. 

Amigo Mio is celebrating Cinco de Mayo this evening. Photo courtesy Amigo Mio.

Treat Mom to a Staycation at Hotel Zena 

The Logan Circle area hotel is offering stays this Saturday or Sunday, May 7 or 8, to enjoy overnight valet parking, room accommodations and brunch for two at Figleaf Bar and Lounge (including bottomless “MOM-mosas). There will also be weather dependent rooftop access to have cocktails overlooking the city. More information on this Mother’s Day weekend package can be found here. 

Calling all Gardeners! The Flower Mart is This Weekend 

This weekend (rain or shine) the annual Flower Mart comes to the National Cathedral after a two-year hiatus. Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., guests can purchase plants for their gardens, or grab children’s books at a Book Tent. Plants will be offered from vendors with merchandise at over 65 boutique booths. The circa 1890 All Hallows Guild antique carousel will be out for rides too, as it is one of only two surviving carousels manufactured by the U.S. Merry-Go-Round Corporation. The event benefits the gardens and grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. More information on the event can be found here. 

Passport DC’s ‘Around the World Embassy Tour’ This Saturday 

Embassies open their doors to visitors the first two Saturdays in May. This Saturday marks the first of the two and those who venture out can enjoy food, art, dance, fashion and music from dozens of countries. Like the Flower Mart, this event had to take off 2019 and 2020, so many are eager to get out and enjoy D.C.’s international culture. Participating embassies include Albania, Chile, Egypt, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and more. For more information and the full list of countries involved, click here. 

Dancers from the Peruvian Embassy during 2018’s Passport DC. Photo by Peggy Sands.

Honor Mary Lou Williams at the Kennedy Center  

This weekend, the Kennedy Center is honoring “the first lady of jazz,” Mary Lou Williams. The iconic pianist and composer wrote and arranged music for jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., the special 25th Silver Anniversary of the Kennedy Center’s “Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival” will come to the Terrace Theater. Performances will include Allison Miller, Derrick Hodge, Artemis and more. Tickets for the festival can be found here. 








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