Summer Guide '11: Beyond May Day and Cinco de Mayo

May 11, 2011


Take Me Out Tonight
We could pick a game for you to go to, but really, there’s no wrong choice when it comes to a Nationals game. There’s simply nothing like a hot dog (or half-smoke) and a beer at a ball game. This year’s Nats, though struggling, have shown some signs of life in the season’s first month with free agent acquisition Jayson Werth already proving his value in a Stephen Strasburg-less season.

» Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SW, various dates, various prices; 202-640-7000, Nationals.com. (Navy Yard)

Hi, We’re Here to Make You Feel So Very Old
Los Angeles rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill them all took South by Southwest by storm. Now the group of misfit-art school-skate kids (ages 17 to 23) is poised for another breakthrough, as group leader Tyler, the Creator (who’s only 20) releases his album, “Goblin,” in May. Hit Craigslist for tickets to the shows at the Rock and Roll Hotel in D.C. and Sonar in Baltimore on May 18 and 19, since this may be your last chance to catch the 10-member group in cramped quarters.

» Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE; Wed. May 18, 9 p.m., sold out; 202-388-7625, rockandrollhoteldc.com
» Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore; Thu. May 19, 8 p.m., sold out; 410-783-7888, onarbaltimore.com

Leave the Traffic Behind
The streets are always so packed with Capital Bikesharers that you might not even notice it’s Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20. But make sure to plan out your route so you swing by one of the 49 regional pit stops, where you can score free shirts and snacks — as long as you registered online ahead of time at Waba.org. Another reason to sign up? You’ll get $5 off registration for Bike DC on May 22, the only day of the year you’ll see many miles of roads restricted to two-wheeler traffic.

» May 22; registration starts at 6:30 a.m. at Third Street and Jefferson Drive NW; the ride starts at 7:30 a.m. at Third Street and Madison Drive NW; $35 for ages 20 and up, $20 for ages 13-19; free ages 12 and under; register at Bikedc.net

Yoga Wherever Ya Go-Ga
Crystal City wants to make one thing clear: The Arlington neighborhood is dedicated to fitness. So throughout the summer, everyone’s invited to take advantage of free, weekly exercise classes. Every Monday at 7 a.m., get your yoga on at the Crystal City Water Park (1750 Crystal Dr.). And Wednesdays at noon, use your lunch break to shake it at an outdoor Zumba party (2121 Crystal Dr.)

» Through the end of September; Crystalcity.org

You don’t need to stretch your budget to take part in DC Yoga Week. The 10 participating studios are each offering free and $5 classes to allow folks to sample various styles around town. Haul your mat to the Mall on May 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the outdoor kickoff celebration, a free afternoon of posing, hula hooping, drumming and more.

» May 15-21; Dccy.org

One-Ring Circus
Nothing goes better with the second leg of the Triple Crown than Bruno Mars, Train and Puddle of Mud. OK, actually we’re not sure why any of them will be playing at Baltimore’s Pimlico racetrack for the Preakness, but there’s nothing we can do to stop it, so we might as well quit wondering and just enjoy the music. R.G.

» Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Sat., May 21, $44.50; 410-542-9400.



Showing You Where to Stick It
Baltimore has long been home to the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and this year the tournament returns to M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens. In 2010, Duke took the national title, but they’ll face stiff competition to repeat with local teams Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Virginia all vying for a spot in the May 30 final.

» M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore; $85.20 to $367.55; May 28-30; 410-244-8154. Ncaa.com/tickets

Berry Berry Quite Contrary
It’s a sure sign of summer when everybody’s favorite crimson fruit comes back into season. Celebrate by picking your own at Northern Virginia’s largest festival, Great Country Farms’ Strawberry Jubilee on May 28. The weekend includes live music, a pie-eating contest, a tart toss and the 7th annual Diaper Derby, a race for babies.

» Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Va.; $12 adults, $10 children; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 28-29; 540-554-2073; Greatcountryfarms.com

Around the World
Maybe it’s because we launch into summer with the internationally appreciated May Day and Cinco de Mayo holidays, but the next few weeks are packed with so many intercultural celebrations around the area that we couldn’t pick just one.

The District is uniquely equipped to host Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC, a month of open houses, street festivals and special events. On May 14, more than 30 embassies, including those of Australia, Bahrain, Nepal, Pakistan and Venezuela, will welcome visitors with food samples, art demos and concerts.

» Various locations; free, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Culturaltourismdc.org

The Meridian International Children’s Festival on May 21 appeals to crafty, adventurous kids, with hands-on art projects and cultural performances from both local and international artists.

» Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place NW; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; $10 adults, free for kids 12 and under; Meridian.org

The two-week Kids World Cinema festival, presented by Cultural Tourism DC Alliance Francaise de Washington, brings international kids’ flicks (for ages six to 12) to big screens around the region from May 13-14 and May 20-22. Cultural workshops accompany most of the films for extra fun.

» Various locations, free, Culturaltourismdc.org.

The Asia Heritage Foundation throws its lively (and tasty) annual National Asian Heritage Festival on May 21. In addition to diverse street food stalls and tons of cultural exhibitions, this year’s festival includes a “Sun Salutation” flash mob event and a parade at 1:30 p.m.

» Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 6th streets NW; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 202-468-5668, Culturaltourismdc.org.

For the sesquicentennial of Italy’s unification, the citywide festival La Dolce DC presents many bellissimi events from now to July 31, including Washington National Opera’s “Don Pasquale” (May 13-27) and the National Gallery’s “Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals” (through May 30)

» Various locations; Ladolcedc.com

The Alliance Francaise hosts the annual Fete de la Musique, an al fresco showcase of up-and-coming musicians. The event resembles France’s Music Day, which features live street music and dancing.

» Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW; free, June 17, 5:30-11:30 p.m.; 202-234-7911; Francedc.org

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