The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is a day-long event featuring performances on four stages. (Greg Lawler Photography)

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival , May 4

For one weekend a year, the idyllic Kingman and Heritage Islands Park in the District turns into a bustling scene, with four stages of acts that lean folksy, such as headliners Dustbowl Revival and the Ballroom Thieves. Founded in 2010 to raise awareness about the park — and funds for Living Classrooms — the family-friendly event prides itself on nurturing regional acts, which this year includes D.C. soul band Oh He Dead, Virginia folk act Wild Common and Baltimore roots trio Wicked Sycamore. If you’ve never been, you might discover your new favorite local band — or a side of Washington you’ve never seen. Noon. $35. — Rudi Greenberg

Around the World Embassy Tours and E.U. Open House , May 4 and May 11

Washington is one of the most international cities in the world, and it’s at its most global during the month-long Passport D.C. program. The two most notable events give Washingtonians a glimpse inside dozens of embassies: First, more than 50 countries, including Korea, Dominican Republic, Australia and Ethiopia, open their doors for the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4. The following Saturday, the 28 embassies of the European Union and the E.U. delegation headquarters follow suit. Both weekends are packed with cultural experiences — dance performances, fashion shows, food and drink tastings — and who doesn’t want to brag that they learned to tango at Embassy of Argentina or enjoyed a rum cocktail with the ambassador of Haiti? Though lines can be long at the more popular destinations, this is one of those only-in-Washington experiences that can be rewarding with a little bit of planning. Times and locations vary. Free. — Fritz Hahn

JxJ Festival , May 8

The long-running Washington Jewish Film and Music festivals have merged into one super-festival. Now called JxJ, the celebration includes elements of its two predecessors — there are more than 50 feature-length films and dozens of musical performances — and branches out into art, food, comedy and theater. JxJ also features the return of the popular “Two Jews Walk into a Bar” bar crawl (May 23), in which $30 gets you three drinks and the chance to watch six short films. As the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center is undergoing major renovations, the festival is happening in theaters, performance spaces and restaurants all over town. Through May 26. Times and locations vary. Single tickets $13.50-$36, passes $30-$325. — Kristen Page-Kirby


The Eastern High Lady Gems perform during the Funk Parade in 2015. (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)

Funk Parade , May 11

The Funk Parade almost died last year, but thanks to a crowdfunding campaign (and an assist from the D.C. government), the annual musical march through D.C.’s U Street neighborhood went on as planned. Now in its sixth year, the event is under new management: D.C. nonprofit the MusicianShip has been entrusted with keeping the funk alive. As in past years, the Funk Parade will host a free music festival and street fair during the day before the parade (featuring local marching bands, dancers and musicians) snakes down U Street NW. A series of concerts starring local bands follows, and a $10 wristband is available for priority access to the venues, many of which are on U Street. New this year is a morning conference about music, social issues and the city’s arts scene. Festival: 1 p.m., free; parade: 5 p.m., free; concerts: various times, free-$28. — Rudi Greenberg

Ben Platt at the Anthem, May 11

Nearly four years after Ben Platt jump-started his career at Arena Stage, where he starred in the world-premiere run of eventual Broadway smash “Dear Evan Hansen,” the 25-year-old returns to the Southwest Waterfront to tour his debut album, “Sing to Me Instead.” Filled with piano-driven ballads and introspective musings on love and regret, the record marks a soulful transition into the pop music realm for Platt. The Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning actor plans to perform all 12 tracks from “Sing to Me Instead” at the Anthem, alongside a selection of covers. 8 p.m. $50-$130. — Thomas Floyd


Anyone can bring their dog onto the grounds at Congressional Cemetery on Day of the Dog. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post)

Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery, May 11

Congressional Cemetery’s permanent residents include politicians, war heroes, Native American chiefs and musicians. But the large Capitol Hill burial ground is also known for the living, breathing dogs that run among the tombstones. While there’s an extensive wait list to join the K9 Corps, which allows the privilege of walking dogs in the cemetery, anyone can explore the grounds during the annual Day of the Dog. The festivities include tours of the historic cemetery, a dachshunds-only “wiener waddle” and, for those looking for a new best friend, adoptable dogs and cats. 10 a.m. Free. — F.H.

International Spy Museum reopens , May 12

The first visitors through the doors of the International Spy Museum’s shiny new building at L’Enfant Plaza will be partygoers at a glitzy, “top-secret affair” grand opening on the evening of May 11 (tickets for the adults-only party cost $299 per person). The following day, everyone is invited into the museum’s new space, with fun activities also happening outside the building — such as a performance from the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program, sleight of hand from magician Peter Wood and makeup artists who will demonstrate the art of disguise. $14.95-$24.94. — Adele Chapin


The scene during Jazz in the Garden in 2015. (Jennifer Beeson Gregory/The Washington Post)

Jazz in the Garden returns, May 17

A sunny summer Friday afternoon in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is a ritual in the District: getting together with friends, co-workers or fellow interns for a picnic or just to chat while dipping your feet in the vast circular fountain. Oh, and listen to some live music, too. The 19th season of Jazz in the Garden will be comfortably familiar to longtime fans, but adds some touches worth noting, including new musical acts, such as the season-opening Brazilian folk-jazz group Rob Curto’s Forró for All, and a new grill menu featuring a teriyaki Impossible burger topped with pineapple chutney. Fridays at 5 p.m. through Aug. 23. Free. — F.H.

Branching Out Fest at Supreme Core Cider, May 18

The team behind Supreme Core ciders call their products “classic American cider with a craft beer sensibility.” A visit to the warehouse-style facility near the National Arboretum might find ciders aging in bourbon barrels, crafted to showcase the flavors of a heritage apple variety, or modeled after a trendy New England IPA. It’s this kind of diversity that Supreme Core will show off during a weekend-long party marking the cidery’s first year in Northeast Washington. Look for collaborations with other local producers, including Capitol Cider House and Cotton and Reed Distilling; guest appearances by Ocelot, Crooked Run and other regional breweries; food trucks; and live music. Tickets include a taster glass and unlimited sampling. Through May 19. Noon. $40-$45. — F.H.

Jessica Pratt at Miracle Theatre, May 17

There’s something enchanting about Jessica Pratt’s voice. You probably wouldn’t be able to parse the California psych-folker’s ballads on first listen because her words blend into each other like a hypnotic spell, but there’s an absolute, dizzying beauty that courses through her singing. Her latest album, “Quiet Signs,” is simple enough on its surface, with warmly plucked acoustic guitar and lightly-keyed piano notes that serve as supporting characters to her lush coos. Pratt has previously played in Washington in the city’s various rock clubs, but this month offers perhaps the most ideal setting: the intimate Barracks Row movie theater turned sometimes concert space, Miracle Theatre. 8 p.m. $15. — Hau Chu


"Rirkrit Tiravanija, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green?," here shown at 100 Tonson Gallery in Bangkok. (Courtesy of 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok)

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Green at Hirshhorn, May 17

The Smithsonian’s modern art museum has been known in recent years for its dazzling visual exhibitions that have pressed questions about our cosmic significance. But its latest one might simply be asking you to share a meal with your fellow visitors. Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija is known for his installations that involve some communal act — typically cooking and dining. The 57-year-old artist will stage his first Hirshhorn exhibition with “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Green,” where guests will be served curry in a dining space surrounded by a mural which depicts protest imagery from the 2013-2014 protests in Thailand (each color in the title represents a different political faction). Through July 24. Free. — H.C.

Weyes Blood at U Street Music Hall, May 31

There’s a grand, cinematic scope and sound to “Titanic Rising,” Natalie Mering’s fourth album as Weyes Blood. The singer-songwriter, 30, has said that the album’s title is a reference to both James Cameron’s 1997 film and the ship itself (there’s also a song titled, quite simply, “Movies”). Climate change weighs heavily thematically — the cover finds Mering in a bedroom that’s underwater — and many of the album’s lush, orchestral ballads are dark, even apocalyptic. But there’s also levity. The upbeat “Everyday,” for example, includes the seemingly hopeful line “true love is making a comeback,” yet the single’s video, which Mering directed, plays out like a mini-horror movie. Those contradictions help make “Titanic Rising” one of this year’s most captivating releases. 7 p.m. $20. — Rudi Greenberg