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Wednesday, May 16


Take a walk in the forest

We explored “forest bathing” and its benefits earlier this year. Try it yourself in Rock Creek Park. (9:30 am-12 pm)


Art Noights!

Retreat to Hole in the Sky for a night of art-making, including inspirational visuals from an artist-in-residence at the coolest (maybe only? plz tell us we’re wrong) art collective in Northeast. (7 pm)

Also || A Petworth Writer’s WorkshopMake in DCMaxim LoskutoffCrab Legs at Bathtub


Thursday, May 17

Godfather of slow food turns attention to hallucinogenic medicine

Journalist Michael Pollan, who brought you In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has turned his gaze inwards: with his newest, How to Change Your Mind, he’s tackling mushrooms of a different sort. (7pm)


Femme Fatale opens third pop-up

They’ve drifted westwards with every iteration, moving from H St to Eckington and now all the way to Tenleytown. Over 50 local women-owned businesses will participate. (7pm)

Also || Jokes that give backNat Geo Nights Happy HoursArt BattleThe Evolution of American FurnitureSex, Money, Murder @ Solid State  


Friday, May 18 

Bike to Work Day

Is it Bike to Work Day? Yes. Is it going to rain? Almost, probably, certainly, yes. Make your own decisions. (here)


Handsome Hound backed by Dupont Brass

DC folk-rock outfit drop a new album the most fun way possible: with a full brass section at Black Cat. (8pm)

Also || Master class in danceSpotlight on Women Who Lead in Mobile Marketing & DC TechFleet FoxesDesert to District popup restaurant 


Saturday, May 19  

O St Studios open house

Since its inception in 1978, 52 O Street has been an integral part of the DC arts community, with living space and creative workspace for artists and designers of all different mediums. Check out the workspaces, meet the artists, and buy some artwork for your own digs. (12pm)


IfNotNow Community Potluck and Teach-in

IfNotNow is a movement of young American Jews working to end support for the occupation. Join them at Malcolm X Park for a potluck and teach-in with games, activities, and discussion of current events in Israel and Palestine, including the US embassy move, the continued escalation of violence in Gaza, and Nakba/Land Day. (1pm)


Also || Royal Wedding Viewing PartyDC Bike Ridestreet photography workshopsafeTALK training (more info here), music equipment/record saleROAM XVIIAnacostia block partyorgan recitalNo Spectators Renwick Walking TourDC Dragonboat Festival


Sunday, May 20


4th Annual DC Bike Swap and Expo

It’s back, babies. Gearin’ Up Bicycles invites bike lovers, enthusiasts, artists, advocates, collectors, racers, and first time riders to rub shoulders and handlebars at Union Market. Swap bikes, buy new and used bikes, parts, and gear. You wanna sweat in style this summer, you better get your ass down here. (11am-4pm)


Crimson Peaks: Period Storytelling

Red Dot and The Coyocas host a rejuvenating evening of period storytelling featuring bloody broken dreams, bodily betrayals, and menstrual appreciation. Bring a package of pads or a donation and/or a tale of your own for the open mic portion. All genders welcome. (5pm)

Also || futuristic DMV hip hop & moreBARnivalHidden Union StationRock Creek cleanupProfs & Pints: mermaid taleschai tea & tai chi  


Monday, May 21

Beer week @ the Sovereign

They’re celebrating a RAMMY nomination for best beer program of the year with Belgian brew events each day of the week. To start the week, they’ll showcase 6 Belgian Trappist ales paired with cheese and charcuterie. (5pm)


Fireside chat

Get some words of wisdom from David Bradley, the owner of Atlantic Media (The Atlantic, Quartz, etc.) and also the founder of the Advisory Board Company and Corporate Executive Board during this chat hosted by Startup Grind. (6pm)

Also || Shot in the Dark golfNew Play FestivalSally Yateslearn to sew


Tuesday, May 22

We're cohosting a recording happy hour with DC Diary!

Swing by Colony Club to join us for their confessional, conversational podcast, where you get mic'ed up to tell the world what you think about...whatever you want to talk about. (6-9 pm)

Foodelicious Night

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with cooking demonstrations from three of DC's award-winning chefs from Kyirisan, Indique, and Daikaya. (6:30pm)


Transit wonks rejoice

Eno and YPT's annual transportation trivia night returns to give your inner transit nerd a chance to tackle unique and challenging transportation-themed trivia questions. (6:30pm)


Metro DC Amazon Town Hall

Interested in learning more about how we can work to fund our communities, not Amazon? (6:30-8:30 pm)

Also || AJA Access DC’s Annual Young Diplomat’s ReceptionJazz in the CafeAdams Morgan movie nightSherlock Holmes Fay @ Escape Room Live 

5/22: Security through Innovation, Increasing Access for Sexual Assault Victims to the Criminal Justice System and Community Services, Transportation Trivia

5/23: Going the Extra Mile: Cocktails for Whitman-Walker Health, Aizuri Quartet, Pop-Up Magazine, The Live Mixtape (Hamilton), Stitching for Reproductive Justice: Embroidery 101

5/24: Speechless @ Drafthouse Comedy, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

5/25: LGBQT speed dating, Science Fair volunteering, a double bass on a table

5/26: southern-style brunch cooking class, The Flop House, Strava Run Club, poetry workshop

5/27: Laura Veirs, Journey of an African Jew

5/29: Dance Africa DC, N Street Village fundraiser

5/30: Farmers’ Market Brigade Training, sex and a certain age

5/31: breaking the anger habit, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Gala After Party @NBM, #MeToo: Discussion and Action, Expose Fake Clinics

6/1: Booker T Jones, meditation retreat

6/2: Radiohead tribute show for Planned Parenthood, Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, A Whole Village, Wales vs. South Africa: Rugby @ RFK, Orchid Mania

6/3: A Whole Village, Dog Adoption, Creek Critters Blitz, Israel@70

6/5: Green drinks DC roof happy hour, Night Out at Nats Park

6/6: Carl Zimmer, Perfect Liars Club

6/9: Tough mudder to save the pandas, Kingman Island Festival, Clean Creek & Parkway

6/10: Lamb Jam, historic homebrewing

6/11: Beginning fingerspelling

6/14: Art & politics with David Grosso

6/16: Connecting Up In Out, Outlander & tea, Kettlebell Chicks Class

6/17: AKC Agility Trials

6/20: Ikebana demo

6/21: Buy a mini donkey (for real), Campaign Expo, Ballet, Chant & Song

6/22: Skate of the Union

6/23: National Wildlife Visitor Center Tour, Kenilworth cleanup

6/24: Rare Essence

7/1: Healthy Masculinity Workshop

7/7: DC Jollof- Off

7/10: Non-obvious idea dinner, a conference on serious games

7/12: Hatsune Miku

7/13: Rivals Football Tryouts, Coco

7/14: Applications for ReThink Masculinity open

7/18: Virginia Commonwealth Games

7/22: Sleep

7/24: Harvard Business Review: Women’s Discussion

7/28: DC Fray Field Day

7/29: National Wildlife Refuge tour

8/2: Six Degree Singers auditions

8/9: NextGen Gov’t

8/25: Maryland Renaissance Faire, Wildlife Conservation & Recreation Day

8/28: Jewish Outdoor Escape, TriFit

9/1: Nat’l Book Fest

9/16: One Day University

9/18: Takoma Park Folk Fest

9/20: Inferno Pilates Teacher Training

9/22: Dance to end sexual violence, step out diabetes, Monarch Butterfly Festival

9/25: Lights of Hope

10/2: Raise the Roof

10/5: Women of the Wild

10/6: Wildlife Festival

10/7: Building Bridges for Climate Change

10/12: Mug Night

10/16: Harvard Business Review: Women’s Discussion

10/17: Celebrate Home

10/18: Great Southeast ShakeOut

10/20: Out of the darkness

10/21: 5K & FunRun

10/31: Halloween Skate

11/1: Fight Night, Diversity Job Fair

11/15: CLEO Gala

11/22: Trot for Hunger

12/1: MetroCooking Show, bereavement support group

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