May 1 to May 7, 2020 May 1 to May 7, 2020


All Hallows Guild Flower Mart 2020

Not only is the annual Flower Mart online this year but it is also two weeks, running through Sunday, May 10! The Virtual Flower Mart 2020 offers opportunities to shop with local vendors, learn about the preservation of the antique carousel, and enjoy the Flowers Around the World display from 2019. In addition to the online activities, All Hallows Guild invites you to stroll the Bishops Garden (follow social distancing guidelines) and to download a page from its Into The Woods coloring book. A percentage of the vendor's sales benefit All Hallows Guild.


It's the Thursday before what would have been Cultural Tourism DC's annual Around the World Embassy Tour (AWET), the day when the embassies of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas host their open houses. By now, we would have distributed some 50 Passport DC banners for display at chancelleries along Embassy Row and International Square. We would be seeing those purple banners fluttering in the spring breeze and anxiously awaiting the thousands of people in DC to visit the embassies. As you know, we postponed Passport DC and Around the World Embassy Tour until later this year. We'll miss seeing many of you this Saturday, especially the volunteers who make all of CTDC's programs so special. Please stay safe. Protect yourself and your loved ones. We'll look forward to seeing you at AWET this fall.

The Embassy of Belize located along historic Embassy Row since 1991, represents the diplomatic, trade, tourism and national security issues of its home country to its counterparts in U.S. government. The ambassador is H.E. Daniel Gutierez. He leads a staff committed to showing all that his country has to offer. Belize is a peaceful, democratic nation that fuses the culture and rhythm of the Caribbean with the Latin American flavor of Central America. This creative fusion is on display in the beautiful Belizean art inside the embassy.

Friday, May 1
Event: Sippin' at CityDance
Tenleytown Main Street

Tour: Building and Exhibits
Old Korean Legation Museum

Event: Storytelling and Activities to Empower Young Girls
City of Alexandria Office of the Arts

Event: Live, with Sunita Williams
Embassy of India Student Hub

Saturday, May 2
Film: Asako I & II
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Plays: Audio Recordings of Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Sunday, May 3
Concert: Robert Schumann: Requiem

The Kennedy Center

Exhibit: Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit: Garden in Indian Art
Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art

Monday, May 4
Event: Star Wars or Spy Wars
International Spy Museum

Event: Let's Pause for a Breather
Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art

Tuesday, May 5
Exhibit: People and Places of the Pacific
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit: 2020 Regional Juried Exhibit
Hill Center DC

Wednesdays, May 6
Event: The Shakespeare Hour: King Lear and Macbeth
Shakespeare Theatre Company

Event: Kriya Meditation Series
Gandhi Memorial Center

Thursday, May 7
Exhibit: Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit: Soldiers on the Go
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Event: Spies & Spymasters Happy Hour: Sir Francis Walsingham
International Spy Museum



Newsletter for May 1 to May 7, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

Privacy in the Early American Home

In the U.S., most homes have a separate bedroom, living room, and other spaces. Did you ever wonder how that all began, and how homes from colonial America compare with other periods? This online tour from the DAR Museum takes you through four of the DAR Museum's period rooms to give a view of home life in the early days of the United States. See how ideas about privacy changed the look of the home. The tour is free and lasts 30-45 minutes; you will be able to ask questions. Register here for tours on May 5 and May 7.

Cross-Connect at IA&A Hillyer

Visit the IA&A Hillyer gallery online for provocative and powerful conversations between artists around the world. Cross-Connect is a talk series dedicated to showing the power and importance of an international online creative community. The program pairs artists, curators, and creatives from the Washington metropolitan region with their counterparts abroad to interview each other and share their stories. Two sessions are available now; one features Hillyer's Director Allison Nance chatting with Mary Angela Schroth, Director of Sala 1, Italy's oldest nonprofit for contemporary experimental art.

Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails are a great choice for solitary walks and outdoor exercise. These self-guided tours are the official walking trails of the District of Columbia and are dotted by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps, that bring DC history to life. Enjoy walking along one of the 17 heritage trails, or relax and read a Heritage Trail guidebook or listen to an audio tour!

LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale

The Worthy Ambition: LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail reflects the accomplishments of the people who once lived in these two historic neighborhoods near the District's original northern border. The 16 signs along this trail offer insights into poets Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes, Victorian rowhouses, and the creation of LeDroit Park by Amzi Barber and Andrew Langdon. The stories you'll find on Worthy Ambition mirror those of the neighborhoods' – and Washington's – complicated racial history and the dreams of its residents.

The African American Heritage Trail

Trail #1 in the U Street area (a designated historic district) was one of the city's most vibrant cultural and business districts. African Americans settled here after the Civil War. Points of interest include the African American Civil War Memorial and the Howard Theatre, which hosted artists including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and more. Trail #13 includes Howard University, one of the oldest black colleges in the U.S., established by an act of Congress in 1866. Explore these two AAHT walking tours and the companion AHHT guidebook, which is full of compelling historical research and intriguing stories about black life in the nation's capital. Download the AAHT guidebook here.


May 9
Home with EU
European Union


May 28
Trivia Night: Botanical Brainiacs
U.S. Botanic Garden


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