47 things to do this May: From a wine festival and sunset tour to a Ray Charles tribute

These are the events to get on your calendar this month.

Girls Who Code
Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
Kick start your career and learn about the benefits of coding. This workshop is open to all girls in sixth-12th grade. // Centreville Regional Library: 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
This entertaining band of three is dedicated to keeping the smile on children’s faces with their lively and entertaining performances. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

The Great Zucchini
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
The Great Zucchini is a preschool and kindergarten entertainer who performs magic. These hands-on shows are fun and exciting for kids of all ages. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

A Study of Manhattan: Power, Dominance and Excitement
Through May 6
Artist Robert Gilbert transforms reality as he creates his own interpretation of Manhattan with his paintbrush. Gilbert uses his work to capture the essence of the city. // Torpedo Factory: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

Through May 12, Times Vary
Mary Chase’s Harvey toggles between reality and imagination as main character Elwood P. Dowd struggles to maintain his relationship with his imaginary rabbit friend, Harvey, due to his family’s skepticism. // The Little Theatre of Alexandria: 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria

Jennifer Lillis
Through May 13
Northern Virginia-based Jennifer Lillis’ work consists of paintings and printmaking. Lillis’ work focuses on illustrating the “unconscious mind at work.” // GMU Art Lab: 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton

Through May 20
Experience the visuals of mathematics: patterns, symmetry and ratios on display. // Torpedo Factory: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

2018 Emerging Artists
Through May 20
This yearly exhibition features work by four local, emerging artists: Katie Barrie, Ronald Jackson, Hollis McCracken and Holly Trout. There will also be a jury panel talk on May 10, featuring jurors Ksenia Grishkova of Touchstone Gallery, Jack Rasmussen of American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and independent curator Blair Murphy. // Torpedo Factory: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

Spaced Out
Through May 29
Washington-based abstract painter Craig Moran is known for his eye-catching art work. The painter produces his work through a process of combining different materials in a collage and transforming the collage into bright, bold paintings. // Signature Gallery: 11850 Freedom Drive, Reston

Left by Sophie Blondeau, Right by Brian Williams // Antenaeum

Two Solos
Through June 3
Artists Brian Williams and Sophie Blondeau’s work is displayed. Williams’ paintings on metal explore human adaption, while Blondeau’s paintings explore perception. // Athenaeum: 201 Prince St., Alexandria

Mike Cloud
Through July 7
The New York-based artist will present a series of collages based on black-and-white work of photographer Annie Leibovitz. Cloud will explore identity, subjectivity, art-making and painting versus photography in his work. He will also present new paintings. // Greater Reston Arts Center: 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston

Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Through Sept. 30
The Donald W. Reynolds Museum, on the grounds of Mount Vernon, depicts the life of slaves on the estate through interactive touchscreens, life-size silhouettes, interactive displays, archaeological discoveries and documents. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

Madeleine Peyroux with Carsie Blanton
May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Madeleine Peyroux brings her experience of a nearly 20 year career to deliver spunky jazz tunes from her latest album, Secular Hymns, with the help of guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Barak Mori. Singer and guitarist Carsie Blanton will open the show. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Big Fish
May 4-20, Times Vary
This enthralling musical focuses on the life of traveling salesman Edward Bloom, whose fantasy tales amaze all those who listen. However, his son, Will, sets out to find the truth about his father’s life. This production is presented in memory of costumer Susan Kirk Noe. // Hope Christian Fellowship: 4173 Bludau Drive, Warrenton

The Glow Party
May 4, 7-9 p.m.
Glow all night long at the Old Firehouse. This themed party for fifth and sixth graders will offer free food and beverages, a live DJ and many party attractions including a photo booth, temporary tattoos and board games. // The Old Firehouse: 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
May 4-5, 8 p.m.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Max Weinberg is known for his role in the E Street Band and his appearance on the Conan O’Brien Show. The legendary musician invites fans to participate in this interactive show that allows the audience to decide what song is performed. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Revolutionary War Weekend
May 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This entertaining event contains history lessons on life in the 18th century, a military discussion and live battle re-enactments. Guests are allowed to walk through encampment replicas and meet soldiers, including General Washington himself. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

2018 Leaseweb Manassas Airshow
May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This free aviation event features civilian and military air show performances and an array of aircraft including warbirds, vintage airplanes and modern-day airplanes. This year, local organizations that promote careers in trade and STEM will be highlighted. // Manassas Regional Airport: 10600 Harry J. Paris Blvd., Manassas

Virginia Gold Cup
May 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dress to impress and experience the legendary Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race. The famous event will feature terrier races, shopping, tailgating and a hat contest. // Great Meadow: 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains

Virginia Gold Cup

Apothecary Geek Tour: An Outlandish Tour
May 6, 11 a.m.-noon
This tour teaches the role of 18th century female healers and discusses the herbal medicines and techniques featured in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel series. // Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: 105-107 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria

Marcus Miller
May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Two-time Grammy-winning bass guitarist Marcus Miller has been performing since the release of his debut album in 1983. The multi-talented musician also doubles as a producer, writer and plays a multitude of instruments including the keyboard and clarinet. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

We “Heart” Our Park Campfire
May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Experience the wonders of the neighborhood park with games, stories and s’mores over a campfire. // Ellanor C. Lawrence Park: 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly

All ‘80s All Night
May 11, 6:30 p.m.
The Carlyle Club takes you back to the ‘80s with a dinner filled with your favorite throwback videos and a best dressed contest. Following the dinner, Darin of Belt it Out Productions will DJ and play all of your favorite ‘80s jams. // The Carlyle Club: 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria

Mason Neck Eagle Festival
May 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
This festival celebrates local wildlife and the environment with a day filled with activities like live wildlife shows, hikes, kayaking, archery, pony rides, conservation presentations, children’s activities, food and live music. // Mason Neck State Park: 7301 High Point Road, Lorton

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: 60th Anniversary Celebration
May 12, 8 p.m.
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 60th anniversary with soprano Danielle Talamantes and tenor Carl Tanner performing duets from Verdi, Puccini and Bernstein. Conductor Christopher Zimmerman will lead a pre-performance discussion with special guests. // GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall: 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax

Facetime with History
May 13, 1-4 p.m.
Enjoy a Mother’s Day tour and meet-and-greet with former first lady Dolly Madison. She will accompany guests walking through the museum and share her experiences on life and motherhood. The Facetime event series is sponsored by the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society. // Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria

Sleeping Beauty
May 13, 3 p.m.
The Northern Virginia Ballet teams with dancers from the Academy of Russian Ballet to perform the classic tale with Russian sets, costuming and music by Tchaikovsky. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle; Manassas

Adam Ezra Group
May 17, 7:30 p.m.
The multi-faceted Adam Ezra Group is known for their hospitality, making personal connections with fans and charitable donations throughout the country. The group’s single, “Let Your Hair Down,” received Song of the Year at the 2016 New England Music Award. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

Adam Ezra Group // Jammin Java

Kindred the Family Soul
May 18-19, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy-nominated R&B duo Kindred the Family Soul’s connection as husband and wife can be heard in their soulful melodies. The pair’s newest single, “All My People,” peaked at No. 26 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Colin: Son, Marine, Hero
May 18-20, Times Vary
This ballet highlights the life and story of artistic director Amy Grant Wolfe’s son, Colin. Colin lost his life in Iraq in 2006. The show draws from Colin’s personal experiences, which have been gathered through interviews with Colin’s commander and fellow marines. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle; Manassas

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
May 18-20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Greater Reston Arts Center presents this three-day event that features over 200 juried artists from all across the nation. Artists will exhibit paintings, photography, furniture, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics. The festival is GRACE’s largest annual fundraiser. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
May 18-20, 6-9 p.m.
The Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour, Mount Vernon’s most popular event of the year, features sample wines from Virginia’s finest wineries, food from Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and live music provided by Sonyx, Trio Caliente and Anthem String Quartet. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon

Spring Market Fair
May 19–20, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Shop for clothes, jewelry and skin care in a colonial setting. There will be children’s activities available and an option to purchase period food, beverages and wares. // Claude Moore Colonial Farm: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean; 1771.org

Taste of Arlington
May 20, noon-6 p.m.
Over 50 Arlington restaurants will participate in the event sponsored by Courthaus Social, and all proceeds will benefit local Arlington-based charities. Admission is free and open to the public. // Ballston: N. Randolph St. to N. Monroe St., Arlington

A Tribute to the Music of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding
May 20, 7 p.m.
Virginia-native Bryan Fox takes fans back in time, embodying jazz and blues legends Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. The DMV singer is most known for his performance at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration for Barack Obama. // The Carlyle Club: 2050 Ballenger Ave., Alexandria

A Tribute to the Music of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding // The Carlyle Club

Marc Cohn
May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is hailed as “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade,” by Time magazine. The American singer won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1992. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

May 25, 8 p.m.
The renowned Washington Ballet takes on the greatest production of all romantic ballets. The show is centered on Giselle, a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart. // Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna; wolftrap.org

Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing
May 25-July 15
Caroline Hatfield is the winner of Target Gallery’s solo exhibition of 129 applicants. The Towson University Master’s student grew up in a southern Appalachian coal mining community and often shows the traces of her childhood in her pieces focusing on environmentalism and wilderness in her work. // Torpedo Factory: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria


Caroline Hatfield: Unearthing // Torpedo Factory

Chris Thile: Live From Here
May 26, 5:45 p.m.
Live From Here is a nationally-syndicated radio show hosted by Chris Thile, mandolinist of Nickel Creek and Punch Brother, that features musical performances and comedy specials. // Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna

Delaplane Strawberry Festival
May 26-27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church presents the Delaplane Strawberry Festival. Enjoy a fun-filled day with crafts, games and tours. There will also be festival food and all things strawberry, from fresh strawberries to strawberry ice cream sundaes. All proceeds benefit outreach ministries within Emmanuel Episcopal Church. // Sky Meadows State Park: 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane

Viva! Vienna!
May 26-28, times vary
The Rotary Club of Vienna presents Viva! Vienna!, a community celebration of Memorial Day in the Vienna spirit. The free festival will include rides, foods, crafts, entertainment and over 300 vendors. All proceeds will go to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations. // Historic Vienna: 245 Maple Ave. W., Vienna

Falls Church Memorial Day Parade & Festival
May 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 37th annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival will consist of a Don Beyer fun run, a veterans’ ceremony, children’s activities, food, vendors and a live parade. // City Hall Grounds: 300 Park Ave., Falls Church; fallschurchva.gov/memorial-day-festival-parade

Justin Townes Earle: Solo Tour
May 29, 7:30 p.m.
The son of musician Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle has a story to tell in his music after life-long personal battles with sobriety. His fifth studio album, Single Mothers, has a new sound as he now lives as a married, sober man. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

John Fogerty & ZZ Top: Blues and Bayous Tour
May 29-30, 7 p.m.
John Fogerty, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, teams up with ZZ Top, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The musicians will collaborate on stage, performing rock classics “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Fortunate Son” and “La Grange.” // Filene Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna

38th Annual Herndon Festival
May 31-June 3, Times Vary
Kick the summer off with this four-day festival in historic downtown Herndon. The festival features a carnival, live entertainment, 5K/10K race, fitness expo, business expo, food and art vendors and a children’s alley. The event is free and open to the public. // Historic Downtown Herndon: 777 Lynn St., Herndon

(May 2018)

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