Haim at the Anthem , May 1
Haim released its sophomore album “Something to Tell You” back in July, and the sister act is finally getting around to bringing its accompanying “Sister Sister Sister” tour to D.C. The trio, which draws heavily (and equally) on Fleetwood Mac, pop radio and R&B, has had plenty of time to perfect its hooky songs in a live setting. Expect the sisters, augmented by extra backing musicians, to mix songs from both the first and new Haim albums and to break out a cover of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” “Good as Hell” rapper Lizzo opens the show. 8 p.m. $45-$125. — Rudi Greenberg
Washington Jewish Film Festival , May 2-13
Screening 57 features and 23 shorts about the diversity of the Jewish experience, the Washington Jewish Film Festival kicks off at the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center with “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” a documentary portrait of the late entertainer, who, after an automobile accident in which he lost his left eye, began studying — and eventually converted to — Judaism. (A second screening is May 6 at the AFI Silver Theatre.) One focus of the festival, in its 28th year, is trailblazing women. Films selected under that theme include “RBG,” a new documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that screens Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Bethesda Row Cinema, before the film’s commercial release May 4. Various locations. Screenings $13.50 in advance and $15 at the door. Festival passes $40-$275. — Michael O’Sullivan
Royal wedding celebrations, May 4-20
Victories in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 did nothing to dampen Americans’ ardor for the British royal family. Why else would people wake up at an ungodly hour on a Saturday morning to put on fascinators and head out to watch an American actress marry the man who’s sixth in line to the throne? Restaurants, bars and hotels are throwing open their doors before 7 a.m. on May 19 for Meghan and Harry’s wedding, including the Queen Vic, the St. Regis and the Mandarin Oriental, but few places are going as far as Shaw’s Pop Up Bar, which will be open from May 4 to 20. Expect cocktails decorated with edible glitter and a gilded “throne room” for selfies. — F.H.
Passport D.C. , May 5 and 12
It’s a small world after all — or at least it feels that way in May, when embassies across Washington hold open houses as part of Cultural Tourism D.C.’s annual Passport D.C. On Saturday, skip across the globe from Australia to Brazil to Nepal during the Around the World Embassy Tour, as more than 40 embassies display their cultural traditions through food, art, dance, fashion and music. Then it’s Europe’s turn May 12, when 28 nations open their doors for the European Union-specific open house. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various embassy locations throughout Northwest Washington. Free. — Adele Chapin
Artes de Cuba at the Kennedy Center , May 8-20
The Kennedy Center celebrates the richness, diversity and influence of Cuban arts and culture with a two-week festival that features 50 events spanning music, theater, film and visual arts. The latest effort in the arts center’s history of culture diplomacy, “Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World” showcases 400 artists, including 250 from the island nation, performing salsa, ballet, Afro-Cuban jazz, Latin funk and more. The roster includes well-known performers — the Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill — as well as visual artists, theater companies and filmmakers. Free events on the Millennium Stage, dance lessons on the arts center’s outdoor terrace and a cocktail tasting in its pop-up Cubana Club are among the unusual offerings. Prices vary. — Peggy McGlone
The last of this season’s free after-hours events at the National Gallery of Art combines music, movement and visual arts. Listen to hot jazz from Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play while watching performances by New York’s Elisa Monte Dance Company and D.C.’s Joy of Motion ensemble. Curators offer tours of exhibits in the East Building, and beer and wine are available for purchase. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. — F.H.
Union Market drive-in , May 11
The Washington area lacks old-school drive-in theaters, but Union Market’s monthly summer movie series is the next best thing. Classic films, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (May 11) and “Black Panther” (Aug. 3), are projected on the building’s facade, while the D.C. Rollergirls whiz around the parking lot (on skates, of course) bringing food and drink to cars. (Certain vendors, including Bidwell and Buffalo and Bergen, will be open.) The best part: You don’t have to have wheels to attend. Walk-up customers, who can camp out in the Suburbia beer garden or on the sidewalk, get in free. Times vary. $10 per car. — F.H.
Funk Parade , May 12
U Street’s fifth annual Funk Parade almost didn’t happen this year. A crowdfunding campaign along with a $25,000 pledge from Mayor Muriel E. Bowser helped organizers secure the necessary funds to put on the neighborhood music and dance festival. The Funk Parade will bring free performances to U Street and Shaw for a full day of music. The party moves inside that evening, with shows at more than a dozen venues and a ticketed concert at the Lincoln Theatre. 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. Various venues around the U Street neighborhood. Various prices, parade is free. — A.C.
The first beer festival at Pizzeria Paradiso’s new Hyattsville location is a locally minded affair, with craft brews from across Maryland, Virginia and the District, including a chance to sample Streetcar 82 before the Hyattsville brewery officially opens its doors. Beyond drinks, the afternoon-long party includes bands, lawn games, vendors and an outdoor pizza oven. The Four Seasons festival — named because Paradiso plans to hold the party four times annually — is family-friendly, and the nonprofit Art Works Now will offer activities for children. Noon to 5 p.m. $20-$55 adults; free for children younger than 10. — F.H.
‘Waitress’ at National Theatre , May 15-June 3
Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles penned sweet-but-not-too-sugary tunes for a Broadway musical version of the 2007 film “Waitress,” which starred Keri Russell. Like the movie, this critically acclaimed show, arriving in Washington in May, revolves around a diner employee named Jenna with a passion for baking pies. Can Jenna’s talent for whipping up desserts help her escape a loveless marriage and the malaise of her small town? Broadway’s first all-female creative team translates this tale of empowerment to song and dance. $48-$108. — A.C.
Jazz in the Garden at National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden , May 18-Aug. 24
There are few D.C. summertime staples as enduring as Jazz in the Garden. Every Friday from mid-May to late August, office drones, interns and tourists alike gather at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden to sip sangria and watch live jazz. Sometimes, the music plays second fiddle to the scenery and the ongoing hum of conversation. But at this year’s opening show, you should pay special attention to the band, the JoGo Project. Led by former Chuck Brown Band saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, the group fuses go-go and jazz (and a little funk and hip-hop) into something you’d only find in the District. 5-8:30 p.m. Free. — Rudi Greenberg
D.C. Bike Ride , May 19
Did you know you burn the same number of calories biking around D.C. streets even when you’re not being honked at by drivers? See for yourself at the annual D.C. Bike Ride, a day when a 20-mile route around the city is shut down to vehicle traffic for an all-ages ride at whatever pace you like. Keep an eye out for musicians providing entertainment along the route, including the Swagg Time drum line, percussionist Damien Walker and funk act the Experience Band. Afterward, riders and spectators celebrate at the free Finish Festival right by the finish line on Third Street SW between the Capitol Building and the Mall, complete with live music, food trucks, kids’ activities and a yoga session. Ride begins at 8 a.m. at West Potomac Park. $65-$175 adults, $32.50-$39.50 kids 8-17; free for children younger than 7. Finish Festival runs 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — L.M.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28
Nowhere in the country marks Memorial Day like Washington: Monday’s holiday features solemn tributes at the Tomb of the Unknowns, remembrances at the war memorials on the Mall and a parade down Constitution Avenue NW. On Sunday night, a free concert on the Capitol’s west lawn features the National Symphony Orchestra, military bands and guest artists. — F.H.
Savor Week , May 28-31
The crown jewel of the D.C. beer calendar is Savor, a lavish event that fills the National Building Museum with 90 craft breweries from across the United States, many of which do not regularly send their beer to Washington. Although the Savor festival itself is only Friday and Saturday night, the week leading up to it is full of brewer meet-and-greets, rare tastings, brunches and late-night happy hours. All the events haven’t been finalized yet, but keep checking the schedules at ChurchKey, City Tap House and other leading beer bars. Dates and times vary. — F.H.