Washington D.C. May 2023

Washington D.C. May 2023 Events

Washington D.C. May 2023 Events

Experience Washington, D.C. in the Midst of Spring

Average temperature low and high: 54°- 76°
Washington, D.C. has no shortage of things to do. The nation’s capital is a diverse, lively, and culture-driven city steeped in the history of the United States. In spring, the city’s mild temperatures attract both tourists and locals alike to the vast green space of Rock Creek Park and the National Mall, itself surrounded by many amazing museums and monuments.

May Event Calendar

FilmFest DC

FilmFest DC

Watch amazing, new independent films from creators around the globe at the Washington D.C. International Film Festival, better known as FilmFest.  Designed to make you laugh, cry, and feel every emotion in between, these films are representative of some of the best talent and will offer you the chance to find a new favorite movie.  Find more information on their official website.

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

The 95th annual Shenandoah Apple Bloom Festival returns, promising over 40 anticipated events over a 10-day span. A few include the Blooming Wine Fest, tennis tournaments, cider tastings and orchard tours, a 90s dance party, parades, and more. Tickets will go on sale in late January. You can purchase them and find additional information online.

Passport DC

See the embassies and learn about cultures around the world at Passport DC.  The month-long event includes street festivals, culturally significant visual arts performances, and varying workshops that attendees can partake in.  Over 70 international embassies open their doors to participate, making this a great opportunity to learn about new countries around the world.

Race for Hope

Race for Hope

Raise money for brain tumor research by running a 5K on behalf of the National Brain Tumor Society.  The event is an excellent way to support the fight against a condition that affects over 25,000 Americans every year, spanning all age ranges, genders, and ethnicities.  Registration starts at $35.

M3 Rock Festival

M3 Rock Festival

Get ready to rock out at the internationally renowned M3 Rock Festival. The lineup features top 80s arena rock artists from around the world. The fest will start with a kick-off party on Friday, followed by two full days of performances on Saturday and Sunday. Some of this year's performers include Tesla, Tom Keiffer, Extreme, Blue Oyster Cult, Skid Row, and many more. Three-day passes start at $135 and can be purchased online. 

Broccoli City Festival

Broccoli City Festival

The Broccoli City Festival returns in 2022 for a two-day festival featuring the best of Hip Hop from across the country on May 7th - 8th, 2022. The festival is organized by the community organization Broccoli City, which promotes sustainable living and community engagement.

DC Funk Parade

DC Funk Parade

Head to U Street and get your funk on at the DC Funk Parade.  Live music performances and various art displays invite the community to come together and share in D.C.'s diverse, multicultural heritage.  The parade itself kicks off the day, and then attendees can indulge in delicious food, enjoy a cold drink, and see work by local artisans while musical artists play hip-hop, funk, and other musical styles on stage.  Donations from the event go to support youth music programs.

Maryland Deathfest

Maryland Deathfest

Don't miss one of the biggest metal music festivals in America.  Maryland Deathfest features over 50 of the hottest bands in metal, including At War, Exhorder, and Carcass.  Tickets start at $235.

Washington D.C. Events in May

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Things to do in Washington D.C.

Things to Do in Washington in May

Enjoy the nightlife in Adams Morgan

The Adams Morgan neighborhood is known for its diversity and nightlife. For restaurants, there are the famous short ribs at the Federalist Pig, mid-Atlantic fair at A Rake’s Progress, late-night snacks at Julia’s Empanadas, or the exotic Ethiopian flavors of Zenebach Restaurant. Looking for music? Adams Morgan has you covered at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar, and Habana Village, a restaurant and dance club specializing in Latin Music.

Tour the National Mall

Tour the National Mall
Make a day of exploring the monuments and beauty of the National Mall. Not only the hub of American government – where the U.S. Capitol and White House border the park – the National Mall and adjoining West Potomac and is dotted with monuments and memorials.