Friday, May 11
Union Market Drive-In: 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 season opener “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” are projected on the building’s facade, while the D.C. Rollergirls whiz around the parking lot (on skates, of course) bringing food and drinks to cars. (Certain vendors, including Bidwell and Buffalo and Bergen, will be open inside.) The best part: You don’t have to have wheels to attend. Walk-up customers, who can camp out on blankets in the Suburbia beer garden or on the sidewalk, get in free. Times vary. $10 per car.
Washington Capitals Viewing Party at Gateway Park: After finally breaking that D.C. sports curse, the Washington Capitals face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. But don't watch Game 1 at home: The Capitals are throwing a viewing party in Rosslyn's Gateway Park with a 40-foot projection screen and appearances by Slapshot and the Red Rockers. Fans can bring their own food, picnic blankets and low chairs, though alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the puck drops at 8. 7 p.m. Free.
Funk Parade Launch Party at U Street Music Hall: Get cised for Saturday's Funk Parade at Bashment D.C.'s night-before party, with Spinrillo, DJ K-Meta and DJ Kashrag dropping hip hop, dance hall, soca, zouk and calypso with help from guest MC Haile Supreme. 10:30 p.m. $5 before midnight, $10 after. Free with Funk Parade wristband.
Hinds at U Street Music Hall: To state the obvious, rock-and-roll is widely considered an American export, but some of the genre’s brightest stars have come from abroad — the most visible, of course, being the Beatles. Madrid-based band Hinds put their own spin on garage rock with their signature jangling guitars and giddy melodies. The quartet features two leads whose candid lyrics and interchanging vocals portray love as the messy experience it so often is. In their hands, though, complicated romance doesn’t sound like anguish; it’s charismatic and self-assured, flippant even. 7 p.m. $20.
Jessie Ware at Lincoln Theatre: When Jessie Ware set out on the journey of recording her latest release, she felt pressure to turn in a hit dedicated to her then-unborn child. Once producer (and Reston native) Benny Blanco offered her some liberating words of wisdom, the Londoner got out of her own way to craft what would become “Glasshouse.” Her third album chronicles life as a mother and wife — the glorious triumphs, crippling fears and everything in between. 8 p.m. $35.
Athlete Ally Fundraiser at Vida's Penthouse Pool Club: The members-only rooftop pool above Vida Fitness at the Yards opens its doors to all to raise money for Athlete Ally, an organization that fights transphobia and homophobia in sports. The party includes a DJ, appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction, as well as a meet-and-greet with Team USA gymnast Josh Dixon. Cocktail attire is required. 6 to 9 p.m. $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
Saturday, May 12
Funk Parade: 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 parade, which includes marching bands, dancers, drummers and roller skaters, begins winding its way through the streets at 5 p.m. The party moves inside that evening, with shows at more than a dozen venues, including Flash, Tropicalia and Marvin, and a ticketed concert at the Lincoln Theatre. 1 p.m. to midnight. Parade is free; a $10 wristband provides access to 19 venues.
E.U. Open House: 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. This weekend, it's Europe's turn to shine as 28 nations open their doors for the European Union-specific open house. Sip wine and eat goulash at the Embassy of Hungary, see exotic sports cars and celebrate the impending Royal Wedding at the British Embassy, or attend a silent disco on the Swedish Embassy's waterfront rooftop deck. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various embassy locations throughout Northwest Washington. Free.
Four Seasons Beer Festival at Pizzeria Paradiso Hyattsville: 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.
Georgetown Garden Tour: Georgetown residents don’t normally appreciate folks trodding through their back yards — except during the neighborhood’s annual garden tour. Spend a Saturday exploring eight enchanting hidden gardens, featuring formal oval lawns, poolside terraces and rows of roses. For the first year ever, the tour includes the home where Jackie and John F. Kennedy lived just before his inauguration in 1961. The ticket price covers afternoon refreshments with baked goods and cold drinks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $35-$40.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Family Day at the American Art Museum: Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an afternoon of family fun in the Kogod Courtyard, including arts-and-crafts activities, music and dance performances, and a scavenger hunt looking for Asian American and Pacific Islander artists in the museum's galleries. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery: Congressional Cemetery is one of the most dog-friendly spaces in D.C. — so much so that there's a years-long waitlist to join its K9 Corps of dogwalkers who enjoy its expansive grounds. But humans and canines don't have to be members to enjoy the cemetery's annual Day of the Dog, where activities include a “Wiener Waddle” race for dachshunds, one-hour yoga sessions with adoptable puppies, and guided tours. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free; Puppy Yoga $25 (includes one post-yoga beer).
Put Down the Phone Club at Timber Pizza: We've all seen someone in a club who's too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram story of themselves having fun instead of actually having fun. (Admit it: Sometimes we've all been that person.) The new Put Down the Phone Club, however, is dedicated to “detaching us from our phones and re-engaging us with the people that surround us.” You'll check your smartphone when you enter and use disposable cameras to capture memories of the night. A DJ spins hip-hop and pop hits from the early 2000s — years before the first iPhone — while attendees dance and actually chat with friends and strangers in Timber Pizza's new Petworth event space. Tickets include two drinks and late-night pizza. 6 to 11 p.m. $45.
Sunday, May 13
Jorja Smith at Howard Theatre: As far as high-powered co-signs go, those from Drake have a proven track record. But when British singer Jorja Smith appeared on the rapper’s “More Life” project last year, it only layered more frosting on the career cake of one of R&B’s most promising talents. Smith’s earliest breakout moment came on her first try: “Blue Lights,” which she released in 2016, rendered police profiling and brutality into a hazy neo-soul offering that amassed 100,000 streams within one week. Her honeyed voice evokes empathy to create life around the most grim topics. Or, in the case of last year’s club-ready “On My Mind,” breakups sound like pure joy. If past releases are any indication, her much anticipated debut album will surely position her as a music “it” girl — that is, until she decides otherwise. 8 p.m. $25-$40.
Happy 15th Birthday Cafe Saint-Ex: Cafe Saint-Ex became a destination on 14th Street when the neighborhood had few other options for dining and nightlife. The bar's 15th birthday party includes a patio cookout with all-you-can-eat food ($15) and the option of all-you-can-drink Brooklyn and Sam Adams beers ($15), followed by karaoke (7:30 p.m.) and a DJ (10 p.m.) in the basement Gate 54 Lounge. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15-$30.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Chris Richards and Briana Younger