May 2017 Festivals and Events in the Washington, DC Area

Low angle view of a cathedral, National Cathedral, Washington DC, USA
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The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change.

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
Through May 7, 2017, Winchester, VA. The annual celebration of spring showcases the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley with more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more.

National Cathedral Flower Mart
May 5-6, 2017. Enjoy the grounds of the cathedral, floral displays, children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.

Passport DC - Open Houses at Washington, DC Embassies
Throughout May. The multi-cultural event, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, features a wide range of performances, talks, and exhibits at DC's foreign embassies.

Through May 6, 2017. Crystal City, VA. The ​free one-of-a-kind art extravaganza features a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, music, theater, poetry, dance and workshops. 

DC Funk Parade
May 6, 2017. U Street Corridor, Washington DC. This is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival bringing to life one of the city's liveliest entertainment districts.

Virginia Gold Cup
May 6, 2017. The Plains, VA. The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions and more.

Around the World Embassy Tour
May 6, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others.

Charity Walks in the Washington, DC Area
Improve your own health and raise money for worthwhile Washington, DC area charities at the same time.

A variety of events are held throughout the spring season.

Outdoor Movies in the Washington, DC Area
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors has become a popular outdoor activity. Find the schedules of outdoor movie festivals in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia

Spring Theater in Washington DC
Check out the spring theater scene in Washington DC. With dozens of performances around the capital region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the season.

Washington Nationals Baseball
The Major League Baseball's National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on DC's baseball team.

Greater Maryland Tour de Cure Bicycling Event
May 6, 2017. Howard County, MD. Help raise funds and awareness about diabetes by participating in this annual event. All experience levels welcome.

Fiesta Asia Silver Spring
May 7, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Silver Spring, MD. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.

Green Festival
May 13-14, 2017. Washington Convention Center. Washington DC. The event focuses on sustainability education and green products and services including authors, leaders and educators, hands-on DIY workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and more.

Northern Virginia Tour de Cure Bicycling Event 
May 13, 2017. Reston, VA. Help raise funds and awareness about diabetes by participating in this annual event. All experience levels welcome.

Georgetown Garden Tour
May 13, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Georgetown Garden Club sponsors a tour of eight Georgetown gardens.

Mother's Day
May 14, 2017. Looking for a special way to spend Mother’s Day this year? Here are some ideas of ways to spend some family time with mom on Mother’s Day in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Europe Month
Throughout May. Events include speeches, seminars and workshops on issues; film screenings, concerts and cultural programs related to the European Union.

National Police Week
May 14-20, 2017. The annual event honors the service of U.S. law enforcement officials. A candlelight vigil and memorial service are open to the public.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival
May 13, 2017. Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, MD. More than 25 breweries present over 175 different brews. This family-friendly festival features live music by popular regional artists, kids' activities, exhibitors and a variety of food.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 13-14, 2017. See the works of 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants.

Washington Jewish Film Festival
May 17-28, 2017. The annual event shows films with Jewish themes and encourages a dialogue about a variety of issues.

Bike to Work Day
May 19, 2017. Join thousands of Washington, DC area commuters by bicycling to work as a fun and healthy way to get to work.

Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 19-21, 2017. An elegant evening of wine, live entertainment, reenactments, and tours of the rarely open cellar vaults of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Advance tickets are required.

National Asian Heritage Festival
May 20, 2017, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Washington DC. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 20, 2017, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gaithersburg, Maryland. The annual festival features 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in panel discussions and book signings throughout the day. Other activities include interactive writing workshops, a Children’s Village, musical entertainment and more.

Marine Corps Historic Half, 10K and & Semper Fred 5K
May 21, 2017. Fredericksburg, VA. The 13.1 mile Historic Half course runs from the retail hub of Central Park through Fredericksburg's historic downtown with impressive landmarks and splendid scenery. The new Historic 10K traverses the final 6.2 mile portion of the Historic Half course.

Taste of Arlington
May 21, 2017, noon-5 pm. Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. Enjoy a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, children's activities and, of course, lots of food!

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 20-21, 2017. Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. See artwork by more than 200 painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers. Also enjoy musical performances, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations.

DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 20-21, 2017. Thompson's Boathouse Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Sponsored by the Chinese Women's League of Washington, DC, the event features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour
May 20-21, 2017.  Frederick, Maryland. Enjoy a self-guided tour through some of the area's most beautiful public and private properties.

GI Film Festival
May 24-28, 2017. See classic and premier films celebrating the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces including a variety of films presented by award-winning Hollywood actors and directors. Participate in panel discussions with soldiers, journalists, authors, and filmmakers.

Blue Angels Air Shows
May 24 and 26, 2017. Annapolis, MD. The Blue Angels Air Shows demonstrate choreographed flight skills of the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron.

DC Capital Fair
2017 Dates to Be Announced. RFK Stadium Grounds, Washington DC. The summer carnival features dozens of rides, games, foods and live entertainment.

Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC
May 27-29, 2017. Find out about special events, concert, parade for Memorial Day in the nation’s capital.

Rockville's Hometown Holidays
May 27-29, 2017. Rockville, MD hosts a three-day street festival in celebration of Memorial Day with live music, children's entertainment, a parade and more.

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 27-28, 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA. The annual festival includes live entertainment, children's games, pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, a raptor exhibit, antique cars, food, crafts and strawberries.

For more information on attractions, sightseeing, entertainment, shopping, recreation, sports, and things to do all year-round, see Top 10 Things to Do in the Washington DC/Capital Region

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