Welcome to the Hotlist, a monthly preview of the happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead. Here's what's coming up in May.
Looking for a new place to have dinner? These new restaurants are ramping up for May.
Bar Civita: Former Liberty Tavern chef Liam LaCivita has struck out on his own with this Italian-focused Woodley Park restaurant with house-made cheeses and pasta, and an ample patio. 2609 24th St. NW (Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo).
Brine: This newest Mosaic District restaurant is the brainchild of Rappahannock River Oysters co-owner Travis Croxton. Think farm-to-table plates, meats roasted on a wood-fired grill, and, naturally, bivalves. 2985 District Ave., Suite 120, Fairfax (Metro: Dunn Loring).
The Pub & the People: This welcoming neighborhood bar comes to Bloomingdale with an eclectic menu of sandwiches, flatbreads and a killer beer-and-a-shot deal: Coors Banquet and Old Grand-Dad for $6. 1648 N. Capitol St. NW (Metro: NoMa). -- Maura Judkis
May 3-9: Yoga Week
It's the 10th anniversary of Metro DC Yoga Week, so you may know the drill: Studios all over Washington and the nearby suburbs offer free and $5 classes in a range of styles, including hot yoga, beginners classes for total newbies, high-intensity practices and mellow lessons full of restorative poses aimed at undoing your workday stress. It's not all downward dogs, though. There are also meditation classes, zumba and bellydancing, to name a few other options. And the whole week is capped off by Yoga on the Mall on May 9 at 11 a.m. when hundreds will congregate by Sylvan Theatre for an all-levels class in the sun (fingers crossed). -- Stephanie Merry
May 9: VinoFest
For wine lovers out there, the second annual Vinofest offers a chance to sample wine selections from local Virginia wineries and producers in California, South Africa, Italy, France and other regions. Headlining the musical portion of this year’s festival is the inimitable ?uestlove, who will be joined by local acts Black Masala, Trouble Funk, White Ford Bronco and DJ Adrian Loving. And in case you needed another reason to check out this year’s festivities, a percentage of the proceeds from Vinofest 2015 will benefit DC Central Kitchen, the Make a Wish Foundation of the Mid Atlantic and Network For Teach Entrepreneurship. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Storey Park NOMA, 1005 First St. NE. vinofest.co. $59.99-$99.99. -- Macy Freeman
May 9: Passport to Europe Open House
Once a year, European embassies open their doors to visitors, serenade us with songs and performances, and -- best of all -- fill our bellies with their delicious native foods. Longtime visitors know that the best way to do embassy day is to start early, wear sunscreen for all of the line-waiting, and hit up the countries with the the best food and drink spreads. Pro tip: the Polish Embassy, with its pierogi and beer, shouldn't be skipped. The same goes for the Finnish Embassy, with its cool, modern architecture and tables of treats, or Belgium, with its chocolate, waffles and beer. Various locations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Maura Judkis
May 14: 'Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology' opening event
The National Geographic Museum is a tribute to the scientists, explorers and archeologists who've explored the globe. But the museum's latest exhibition is a tribute to the world's most famous fictional archeologist: Indiana Jones. "Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology" contains actual artifacts as well as costumes and props from the film. The best night to go is opening night, which will include a free screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the chance to try Dogfish Head Brewery's Ancient Ales, which are beers recreated from samples found at archeological sites. The $15 ticket includes admission to the exhibition; use the promo code "INDYOPEN" for $5 off. Museum opens at 6 p.m., and screening begins at 7:30 p.m. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7588. events.nationalgeographic.com. $15. -- Fritz Hahn
May 15: Bike to Work Day
Do you have a bike sitting in your garage, begging for some attention? Here’s a good reason to take it out: May is National Bike Month, and Bike to Work Day is May 15. There will be prizes and T-shirts for registered riders at 79 pit stops around the D.C. area — just be sure to register with a specific pit stop if you want the freebies. Bike to Work Day is a rain or shine event, and all pit stops have various opening and closing times. -- Margaret Ely
May 16: ABV Festival
If you've ever had a drink at ChurchKey, Iron Gate or the Partisan, you've put yourself in the hands of an all-star team of beverage directors: Greg Engert (beer), Jeff Faile (cocktails) and Brent Kroll (wine). Those three are teaming up for a brand-new festival at Canal Park called ABV. Each expert has selected his favorite seasonal libations: Engert chose saisons and sour beers; Faile went with cocktails made with small-batch gins and mezcals; Kroll selected small-producer roses from Germany and Spain. (Advance tickets include 10 tastes.) Pair your drinks with a menu of smoked brisket, wings and gourmet hot dogs, and you've got a true festival of flavors. 3 to 8 p.m. Canal Park, 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE. www.ABVinDC.eventbrite.com. $65 in advance. $20 at the door (includes no drink tickets). -- Fritz Hahn
May 16: Preakness InfieldFest
The second leg of horseracing's Triple Crown is billed as "the People's Race," thanks in part to its raucous InfieldFest. Armin Van Buuren, Childish Gambino and Trampled by Turtles headline the afternoon Infield party, and for an extra $20, you can purchase an optional "Mug Club" ticket for unlimited beer. "The People's Party" indeed. Music begins at 10 a.m. Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. 410-542-9400. www.preakness.com. General admission to InfieldFest $70; general admission with Mug Club $90. -- Fritz Hahn
May 16: Opera in the Outfield
Even people who'd never think of going to an opera will be interested in the Washington National Opera's live broadcast of Rossini's "Cinderella" on the scoreboard at Nationals Park. This retelling of the classic tale features a philosopher in place of a fairy godmother, bracelets in place of glass slippers and an adorable chorus of dancing rats. The park opens at 5 p.m. with activities for the whole family before the opera is begins at 7 p.m. Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE (Metro: Navy Yard). www.kennedy-center.org/wno/outreach/simulcast. -- Bridget MacDonald
May 17: Lamb Jam
The annual friendly competition and celebration of all things lamb is back in Washington for its fifth year. A grand tasting ($60) at Union Market runs from 4 to 7 p.m., during which 16 area chefs will compete in Asian, Latin, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean categories. Restaurants represented include Zaytinya, BLT Steak, the Partisan, Trummer’s on Main and Cava Mezze. A panel of judges will choose a winner in each category as well as an overall champion; the crowd gets to choose its own overall winner. In addition to the lamb dishes, there will be beer and wine to sample. Attendees can also make their own lamb spice rub to take home. Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE (Metro: NoMa). www.americanlamb.com/american-lamb-jam-tour. -- Becky Krystal
May 22: Jazz in the Garden
Warmer weather means more time to unwind outdoors. Spend your Friday nights at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden with free summer jazz performances. The concerts take place every Friday night from 5 to 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer. (Just remember to arrive early to beat the crowds.) The National Gallery kicks off its 15th season of the concert series with local jazz guitarist Tom Lagana. Fridays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 28. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW (Metro: Archives). 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free. -- Bridget MacDonald
May 29-31: Awesome Con
This is a weekend to release your inner -- or not so inner! -- geek. Awesome Con takes over the convention center with a celebration of pop culture that spans genres and decades. Expect a slew of celebrity guests: "Star Trek" legends William Shatner and George Takei, Sean Astin and John Rhys-Davies of "Lord of the Rings," and stars from such shows as "Doctor Who," "Once Upon a Time" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Panels, costume and trivia contests and exhibitors are on tap, too. Noon to 8 p.m. May 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW (Metro: Mount Vernon Square). www.awesome-con.com. $30-$75. -- Becky Krystal
May 30-31: Sweetlife Festival
In its sixth year, salad chain Sweetgreen's Sweetlife Festival is growing to two days, this time filling its bill with stars more certain to make its lofty ticket price worth it. Day 1 pairs Kendrick Lamar with the Pixies and Bleachers (the outfit helmed by fun.'s Jack Antonoff). Day 2 skews slightly more pop with emo R&Ber the Weeknd, Charli XCX and super-DJ Calvin Harris. May 30-31 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. www.sweetlifefestival.com. $97-$225 each day; $175-$350 for two-day tickets. -- Lavanya Ramanathan