May events you need to check out


The region is not waiting for the summer to attract the best talent from across the country. From legendary musicians and comedians to beloved musicals and ballets and everything in between, your May planner is about to be filled with spectacular performances.

Until May 8

The Mamalogues

Imagine the road for a single black mother. This satire follows three mothers as they guide their children from diapers to college while challenging racial profiling on the playground of their predominantly white neighborhood. 1st Stop: 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, $15-$50

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David Pique

the SNL alum takes his comedy on the road with his Catch me inside to visit. Whether you started following Spade in the 90s with the release of Tommy Boy or became a fan after watching the The adults franchise, you won’t want to miss the funny man who takes over the scene. Capital One Hall: 7750 Capital One Tower Rd., Tysons, $49.75 to $218

May 6 & 7

Lewis Black

If you like a good rant, a seat at a Lewis Black show is a great place. The comedian, actor and author, aka the King of Rant, brings his Off the tracks toured DC to perform for local audiences at the Warner Theatre. A regular on The daily show since 1996, you may have also seen Black in man of the year with Robin Williams or heard him as Anger in Pixar Upside down. Warner Theater: 513 13th St. NW, Washington, DC, $45-$109.50

May 6 & 7

NSO Pops: Disney Princess — The Concert

Let’s be honest, you never really get out of your love for Disney Princesses. Whether you have a baby boy or have grown into a Disney adult, join Broadway’s Belle, Jasmine, Nala and Anastasia for a magical night of song and story. The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC, $29-$99

May 6-8

Sesame Street Live!

Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang head to NoVA for the ultimate block party. Join your favorite neighborhood friends for an afternoon filled with song with Oscar and Cookie Monster, magic with Abby, and dancing with Rosita. EagleBank Arena: 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax, $20 to $90


May 7

Chihuahua race

The Wharf goes to the dogs. Pooches of all shapes and sizes can take part in the Cinco de Mayo celebration, but the 10th annual Chihuahuas race is just for beloved ankle biters. District Wharf: 760 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC, free

May 7

Spring Art Market

The return of warm spring means outdoor markets are back across the region. Kick off the spring market season by browsing through this one-day event. Whether you’re looking for the perfect jewelry set as a gift or want to add handmade ceramics to your decor, source unique finds from local artists. Del Ray Artisans Gallery: 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, free

May 8

Northern Virginia Ballet and Russian Ballet Academy: Sleeping Beauty

The classic fairy tale comes to life on the Hylton Stage. Follow the beloved story of Princess Aurora as dancers bring her story to life through beautiful costumes, incredible choreography and larger-than-life sets. Hylton Center for the Performing Arts: 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, $20-$30

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Photo courtesy of National Theater

May 10-15

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Welcome to 1960s Baltimore. John Waters’ Tony Award-winning rendition of the cult film will have you singing “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and all your other favorites all the way through. long night. The National Theatre: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, $50 to $95

May 13

Dionne Warwick

When it comes to crafting chart-topping songs, few are better than the legendary Warwick, who found herself in the cultural zeitgeist thanks to her quirky social media persona, spoofed on SNL. With over 40 songs to hit Billboard’s adult contemporary charts, including “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” the Grammy Hall-of-Famer is definitely in a league of its own. . Warner Theater: 513 13th St. NW, Washington, DC, $45 to $320

May 13 & 14


The Grammy-nominated trio of sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim bring their Another HAIM visit to the DMV. Be sure to add “The Wire,” “Now I’m In It,” and the band’s latest single, “Lost Track,” to your playlist before heading to the show. The Anthem: 901 Wharf St. SW, Washington, DC, $55 to $379

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Photo courtesy of Capital One Hall

May 13-15

An officer and a gentleman

Based on the hit 1982 film starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger, this live performance puts the timeless love story at the center of Tysons Corner. Intern Zack Mayo finds solace with a local factory worker while struggling to balance relentless training drills, constant bullying from Sergeant Foley, and his own childhood trauma. Capital One Hall: 7750 Capital One Tower Rd., Tysons, $49.50 to $129.50

May 14

American Festival Pops Orchestra: The Best of Broadway

You don’t need to take a trip to New York to enjoy a night of Broadway hits. In Maestro Anthony Maiello’s final performance with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, art lovers will enjoy a spectacular performance by Broadway star Lisa Vroman and the rest of the orchestra. Hylton Center for the Performing Arts: 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, $36-$60

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Photo courtesy Le Birchmere

May 17

David Foster

The musician, composer, producer and musical director is responsible for some of the greatest hits in all of music, from Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love” to Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Head to the Birchmere for a night full of hits and piano ballads, including music from his latest album, eleven words. The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $115

May 18–July 10


After the Chief accidentally poisons 52 members of the convent, the Little Sisters of Hoboken must find a way to pay for their funeral. Deciding to start a variety show to help raise money, this cast of crazy characters throws an unforgettable event in this ever-favorite musical. Riverside Center for the Performing Arts: 95 Riverside Pkwy., Fredericksburg, $55-$75

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Photo courtesy of Capital One Hall

May 20

Whitney Cummings

DC native Whitney Cummings comes home. Playing his recent Netflix special Can I touch it?the comedian extraordinaire will get a lot of laughs as she celebrates the end of pandemic isolation with her touch me tour, NoVA’s biggest party. Capital One Hall: 7750 Capital One Tower Rd., Tysons, $42.50 to $228

May 20-22

Manassas Ballet Theater: Cinderella

Step into the magical world of Cinderella as Manassas Ballet Theater wraps up its 2021-22 season. The ballet features your favorite characters and the happily ever after tale through lush sets and a live orchestra. Hylton Center for the Performing Arts: 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, $30-$70

May 22

The Roots Residence

The Roots make their triumphant return to the Kennedy Center stage. After selling out their 2019 performance, head to the District for a one-night-only event featuring Black Thought and Questlove. The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC, $59 to $149

May 28

Tim McGraw

Kick off Jiffy Lube’s summer concert series with country legend Tim McGraw. Topping the charts for the past 30 years, the Louisiana native has produced endless hits every decade, from “I Like It, I Love It” and “Live Like You Were Dying” to “Highway Don’t Care.” and “7500 OBO”. ” Jiffy Lube Live: 7800 Cellar Door Dr., Bristow, $29.50-$536

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Photo courtesy of the Shenandoah Museum

May 28–November 13

Origami in the garden

You’ve never seen origami like this. This monumental exhibition takes over the garden of the Shenandoah Museum. Created by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box, the exhibit celebrates the history of origami, turning paper creations into life-size works of art. Shenandoah Museum: 901 Amherst St., Winchester, $5-$15

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