Your Month Ahead: May Things to Do



As we welcome those May flowers with open arms, it’s time to construct your outdoor itinerary. Don’t know where to start? Luckily, #FrayLife has your back.

We’ve got you covered from cultural festivals, ziplining adventures, pool parties (yes, please), bike races, and even Cinco de Mayo activities. So keep calm, and brunch on!

Be sure to mark your calendars with our top picks for May:

Tuesday, May 1

Passport DC is a month-long journey around the world featuring DC’s international community and its thriving culture. This event offers something for everyone including street festivals, performances, and workshops!

– If you want to get in on some awesome social sports action, before summer hits, Tuesday is your last chance. DC Fray has limited spots available in our late spring leagues. Check them out and sign up by Tuesday!

Thursday, May 3

– Hamilton fans! If you were unable to snag tickets to the award winning musical, there’s a cool alternative happening at Tudor Place! Enjoy drinks, appetizers, desserts while experiencing a mini-exhibit devoted to Hamilton and his legacy.

Friday, May 4

– Royal Wedding Pop-Up Bar – Didn’t get your royal wedding invite in the mail? Have no fear! Beginning May 4th, Drink Company has constructed a pop-up bar experience completely devoted to the royal wedding. You can even catch the viewing party for the wedding on May 19th.

Saturday, May 5

– Cinco de Mayo, Beats and Brunch Rooftop Party – Experience one of the best brunch day parties in the DMV on Cinco de Mayo! RedRocks DC is hosting a #BeatsAndBrunch event complete with tequila specials and pinatas filled with surprises.

– Cinco de Mayo Pig Roast – Tacos? Tequila? And a DJ? How about a Yucatan pig roast? What else could you want on Cinco de Mayo? Don’t miss out on this rooftop fiesta surrounded by panoramic views of DC and all of the tacos you can eat at Taco Bamba!

– Finally an excuse to break out that Darth Vader mask that’s been in the closet since Halloween. Grab a beer and your favorite Wookiee and watch the Nats take on the Phillies for STAR WARS Day at Nats Park. Be sure to check out live combats and other STAR WARS-themed festivities.

– Who’s up for a show-stopping evening of dance? The DREAM Gala is a one-night-only production featuring performances by the world’s leading classical, contemporary, hip-hop and tap artists all on one stage. Discounted tickets are available using the code, “FRIEND”

Tuesday, May 8

– Want in on summer social sports at the lowest possible price? Early Bird pricing for DC Fray leagues ends at midnight, so  grab your friends and sign up before you have to pay full price.

Thursday, May 10

– Explore the National Gallery of Art after hours with Evenings at the Edge! Accompanied by Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, New York–based Elisa Monte Dance Company will perform throughout the Gallery’s East Building alongside dancers from DC’s own Joy of Motion.

Saturday, May 12

– The European Union Open House allows Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the US to open their doors to the public for a rare inside look at America’s cultural heritage and national traditions.

– Lose yourself in the “Spirit of Funk” at this one-of-a-kind day fair, parade, and music festival. With over 100 musical acts and plenty of activities, the Funk Parade is set to go all day and all night.

– The 80s are back for one night only at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Spring Gala. If you’re a fan of Madonna, MTV, and everything 80s, don’t miss out on this dinner party that celebrates the iconic decade.

– Bardo Brewing in Southeast is gearing up for a wild night. This silent disco beer garden party comes equipped with multiple DJs, hundreds of partiers, and a bunch of glow in the dark gear. This outdoor party is worth checking out.

Sunday, May 13

– Do something special with your mother this Mother’s Day with a Mother’s day Paint & Sip, a unique paint, sip, and shopping experience. Mimosas will be served and a special surprise will be gifted to all of the Moms.

Monday, May 14

– One of the music industries most popular artists, Bon Jovi, makes their way to Capital One Arena. Check out the show and jam out to classic songs like “Livin’ on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, and Wanted Dead or Alive. Tickets are for sale for as low as $20.

– Beat your Monday blues with FREE weekly bar bingo at Kingfisher (hosted by DC Fray). Play for free, enjoy drink specials and score sweet swag and other prizes. Learn more.

Tuesday, May 15

– Adams Morgan movie nights are returning for their fifth season! Bring a group of friends to Marie Reed School and enjoy a tremendous lineup of films, both new and old, and other fun activities.

Thursday, May 17

– Come celebrate an international culinary showcase with the Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge – 10th Anniversary! Taste dishes crafted by world-renowned chefs as they compete for global bragging rights. This event also features a sampling of exotic cocktails, live music, and entertainers from a wide variety of cultures.

Friday, May 18


– Turn your ordinary Friday commute into a fun, healthy morning of exercise with Bike to Work Day 2018! Be one of the first 20,000 to register, attend the event, then bike to your choice of 100 pit stops where there will free T-shirts, refreshments, and even a raffle for a chance to win a new bike.

– Go back in time and celebrate the history of wine with the Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. The event features exclusive evening tours of George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate. So bring a blanket, soak in the breathtaking views, and sample the finest Virginia wines.

– Take in a ballgame the right way with DC Fray’s Nats Night Out. Join us for pregame happy hour drink specials at Due South where you will pick up tickets from the DC Fray Event Squad and then enjoy the game with us in group seating at the Scoreboard Pavilion, a prime location close to the field and the beer!

– Known as one of the most popular restaurants to open by the DC Wharf, La Vie is opening its 12th floor terrace for a giant welcoming bash! Happy hour drink specials will be served and a DJ will keep the party going well into the night.

Saturday, May 19


 – Circle your calendars for another unforgettable DC Fray event unlike any other with our Sunset Zipline & Bonfire extravaganza! Escape the city for a night and join us for an epic zipline adventure. The festivities include zipline course overlooking the Potomac River, a catered BBQ, a bonfire (complete with s’mores), and all of the beer and wine you could want. What else could you want for an adventurous Saturday night out? The best part is if you can’t make this one, there’s another on the 26th!

– Indulge in a free summer long concert series with Jazz in the Garden. Taking place in the Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the National Gallery of Art, you can enjoy a variety of Traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, and more.

– May 19th is also known as the only day you can adventure around DC by bike with no cars getting in your way. With the DC Bike Ride, you have the opportunity to join a community of cycling enthusiasts and pedal your way past monuments and memorials all for a great cause!

Sunday, May 20

– Join the Penn Branch community for the inaugural SE Porchfest. This truly unique event features mini-concerts and other performances all held on front porches, lawns, and even sidewalks.

– Capitol Hill Classic 10k and 3k – Whether you’re a serious endurance runner or just run for fun, The Capitol Hill Classic has something for everyone. Register today for an opportunity to win cash prizes!

– Make every Sunday #SundayFunday this spring with FREE bar bingo at O’Sullian’s. It goes down from 6-8pm, it’s free to play, and real prizes are on the line. Trivia is hard, but bingo is FUN.

Monday, May 21

– This highly-anticipated week of culture is sure to not disappoint! The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival draws up to 30,000 a year and features local and national artists. If you’re an art lover, affluent homeowner, or an avid designer, take advantage of what this festival has to offer.

Sunday, May 27

– Celebrate Memorial Day this year with uplifting musical performances, documentary footage, and dramatic readings that honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The National Memorial Day Concert is an award winning event that the entire family can enjoy.

– Kick off summer properly with a cruise across the Potomac River. Equipped with a full bar and live music, DC’s Psytrance Boat Party is a perfect add to your Sunday Funday list.   


The Sip and Splash Pool Party is another favorite to add to your list of Memorial Day weekend adult activities. What’s better than enjoying full bottle service in a cabana with your closest friends? Answer: nothing.

What do you have circled on your todo list for May? Make sure you tag us on social using #FrayLife when you’re out doing cool things.

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