Weekend Happenings: May 11 – May 13
Posted on May 09, 2018

The weather is a summer sneak-preview this weekend: soak up the music, arts, and international culture festivals across the DMV!


Union Market Drive-In Movie
1309 5th St NE, DC
Time: Friday lot opens at 6PM, film 8:30-10:25
Cost: $10 per car

Grab some snacks at Union Market and drop in for Friday’s film: Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark. Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

European Union Open House
Various locations around DC’s Embassy Row
Time: Saturday 10-4
Cost: FREE

Take a European vacation without leaving DC! Twenty-eight embassies in the EU welcome you to experience their unique cuisine, fashion, cultural heritage, and national traditions.

*CCC tips for making the most of this incredible once-a-year event: arrive early as lines begin to form before 10 – lines can be significant but the wait is totally worth it. Sign up for Metro Alerts if you plan to use public transportation so track work doesn’t slow you down. Use the provided shuttles to access embassies outside Embassy Row (France and Germany draw large crowds but aren’t walk-able) and plan ahead! Select the embassies you want to see and chart them out, or cruise around Dupont and stop in anywhere that sounds like a party!

U St Funk Parade
Time: Saturday 1PM – 12AM
Cost: FREE

In honor of U Street’s diverse cultural history, celebrate the spirit of funk at this free, one-of-a-kind parade, street fair, and music festival. Watch the street (and side streets) come to life with live musical performances and entertainment from a variety of vibrant dancers, marching bands, and visual artists.


Preakness Balloon Festival
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Rd, West Friendship
Time: Friday 4-9PM, Saturday 6:15AM-9PM
Cost: FREE

Take to the skies this weekend with 15 hot air balloons and tethered rides, a large kids’ zone, beer and wine garden, Maryland’s finest vendors, the Baltimore area’s best food, a balloon glow after dusk, and live music on the main stage.

Fells Point Jazz and Art Festival
Broadway Square, Fells Point, Baltimore
Time: Saturday 1-7
Cost: Free to attend, various drink packages available

Sample the best of the Fells Point neighborhood’s food, drinks, local artists, and talented jazz musicians – but be sure to wear your walking shoes on the cobblestone roads!

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
Woodmont Triangle, along Norfolk, Auburn, & Del Ray Ave, Bethesda
Time: Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Cost: FREE

Over 120 artists from across the country will exhibit and sell their crafts in sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, mixed media, and more. Listen to rock, jazz, and reggae all weekend, with selected menus from area restaurants – check out Charm City Concierge vendor partner Mamma Lucia’s pizza!


Herndon Friday Night Live!
Town Green
777 Lynn St, Herndon
Time: Friday 6:30-10:30PM
Cost: FREE

FNL! features the most popular local acts from up and down the east coast for an evening of outdoor music – this week features Gonzo’s Nose, a cover band playing 80s, 90s, and 2000s hits.

All 80s All Night
The Carlyle Club
2050 Ballenger Ave, Alexandria
Time: Friday 6:30PM-12AM
Cost: $12

Back by popular demand: miss the 80’s? Don your best permed side ponytail, shoulder pads, and acid wash jeans and come ready to dance at the best 80’s flashback party of the year. Before the dance party kicks off, tune into 80’s classic videos and prizes for best dressed and “Name that Tune” winners.

Festival Argentino USA
Kenmore Middle School
200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington
Time: Saturday 4PM
Cost: $30

This family-friendly cultural event features live Tango and Andean folk music performers. Traditional arts and crafts will be available for purchase, along with authentic Argentinean cuisine: empanadas, asado, chimichurri, choripan, and alfajores.


UNIVESTival at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park
301 S. Columbus Blvd, Philly
Time: Friday 11-9, Saturday 12-8, Sunday 11:30-8
Cost: Free admission, pay as you go food/drink

Get excited: Spruce Street Harbor Park, one of the Delaware River waterfront’s most popular attractions, reopens on Friday! The beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout kicks off its 2018 season with Univestival, a weekend-long festival full of musical performances, hands-on activities, and tasty food and drink options.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink
101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philly
Time: Friday 1PM-1AM, Saturday 11AM-1AM, Sunday 11AM-11PM
Cost: Free, pay as you go food/drink

Get excited (again!): to coincide with the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens its roller rink, mini-golf course, The Midway (with the giant Ferris wheel) and food concessions for a brief stint this weekend (and next) before opening seven-days-a-week starting Thursday, May 24.

Philadelphia Taco Festival
Sugar House Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave, Philly
Time: Saturday and Sunday 1-6
Cost: $9.99-19.99; ticket price increases as date approaches

Philadelphia Taco Festival returns for year two with delicious tacos from more than 15 restaurants — and tequila tastings to boot. And since nothing pairs better with tacos than margaritas, the festival also promises a beach-themed margarita bar where bartenders will be slinging frozen and classic margaritas.


Contact your concierge for pricing and availability

  • Paw Patrol Live, Hippodrome, Saturday – Sunday
  • Wye Oak, 9:30 Club, Friday
  • Trampled by Turtles, 9:30 Club, Sunday
  • Orioles VS Rays, Friday – Sunday
  • Greta Van Fleet, Electric Factory, Saturday
  • Phillies VS Mets, Friday – Sunday


Starting next week, our Weekend Happenings will have a new home! Here’s where you’ll find them each week.