Weekend Roundup, May 4 – 7

We’ve got a busy weekend with Cinco de Mayo, multiple performances, the annual Running of the Chihuahuas and the C&O canal boat tours are back! There’s also the coronation of King Charless III on May 6 — don’t miss our roundup of the best specials and places to watch the historic event here.

The Virginia Gold Cup Returns  

Virginia’s version of The Kentucky Derby is back this Saturday. One of the oldest and biggest steeplechase events, the Virginia Gold Cup is celebrating 98 years. The event will be at Great Meadow in The Plains and of course feature lots of large fancy hats and the finest in spring fashion. More information can be found here.

Eric Whitacre’s “The Sacred Veil” Live at 10th and G 

Choral Arts’ “The Sacred Veil,” the collaboration between Eric Whitacre and poet and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, is an intimate story of love, life and loss. The performance includes texts from Silvestri, Whitacre and Silvestri’s wife Julie, who lost her life to ovarian cancer at age 36. The intimate score tugs at heartstrings and is inspired by an extraordinary friendship. There are two performances Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information on the show can be found here.

Woolly Mammoth’s Spring Gala is Saturday 

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s spring gala will honor the musical “A Strange Loop.” The gala will celebrate Michael R. Jackson and the other artists of “A Strange Loop,” a Black, queer Broadway musical. Its legacy is now forever a part of Black American theatre history. The event will be at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. More information can be found here.

“Portrait of an Indigenous Womxn [Removed]” Live Performance 

The National Portrait Gallery will be presenting the first of two live performances by artist Anna Tsouhlarakis. The first performance will begin at 1 p.m. at the Kogod Courtyard. The show will be presented as part of “Kinship,” an exhibit by eight contemporary artists who visualize the complex ways in which relationships endure and change. More information on the event can be found here.

The Running of the Chihuahuas is Coming! 

The 11th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas will be this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at The District Pier at The Wharf. Over 100 chihuahuas will run down a 40-foot racetrack to benefit Rural Dog Rescue. More information can be found on the event here. Aarf!

Clear the course! The Chihuahuas return in all their glory this weekend. Courtesy Washington.org.

Canal Boat Tours Are Floating Back into Town 

Georgetown Heritage’s C&O Canal boat is returning for a second season with public rides starting this Friday. Georgetown Heritage debuted the new canal boat last April. Come Friday, public boat rides will be available four times a day from Wednesday through Sunday with one-hour guided historical tours along the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Grab tickets for the boat here.

The All Hallows Guild Flower Mart is This Weekend 

Head to The National Cathedral for the annual Flower Mart, the annual benefit for the gardens and grounds of The Washington National Cathedral this weekend. All Hallows Guild has hosted the event since 1939 with this year’s theme as “A New Beginning.” Friday afternoon, the Maryland Lyric Opera is performing a free concert at the Flower Mart. More information on the Flower Mart can be found here.

The annual Flower Mart returns to the Washington National Cathedral. Courtesy Cathedral.org.

Don’t Forget about Cinco de Mayo! 

Celebrate everyone’s favorite day to have a margarita or some chips and guac by visiting a local restaurant for some specials. Pinstripes in Georgetown is celebrating with $5 margarita Italianos, Palomas and Mexican lagers. More information can be found here.


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