Mother's Day in DC May 12th, 2019 - Weekend Planning Guide

Celebrate Your #1 Lady - Mom - This Mother's Day. Our Guide is Full of Fun Things To Do With Mom. Choose from plays and musicals, concerts and blockbuster museum exhibitions. There's also teas and hands-on craft workshops. Every event links directly to the presenter box office, for ticketed events, and there are even restaurant suggestions along with info to reserve your parking spot! We'll help make Mother's Day a Memorable Day for You and Your Mom.

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Shear Madness

The Kennedy Center
Thru Jun. 19
Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon.

Queens of Egypt

National Geographic
Thru Sep. 2
300+ objects, including monumental statues, sparkling jewelry, and impressive sarcophagi plus a 3-D tour of one of the most well-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru Jul. 9
Nearly 50 paintings and 12+ works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Jul. 28
Monumental sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2020
Reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States.

Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors

Olney Theatre Center
Apr. 26 – May. 12
A farce set on the precipice of a big concert in 1936 Paris.

Into the Woods

Ford's Theatre
Apr. 26 – May. 16
Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales.

Grand Hotel, The Musical

Signature Theatre
Apr. 26 – May. 19
A scintillating musical where characters converge with a lavish and lively score to embody the joy, style and decadence of the 1920s.


Signature Theatre
Apr. 30 – Jun. 23
Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable.

WNO: Tosca

The Kennedy Center
May. 11 – 25
Love gets political in Puccini’s striking drama set against 19th-century Rome.

The Canales Project: A Mother’s Day Celebration

National Gallery of Art
Sun. May 12
Celebrates female leaders who have devoted themselves to making the world a better place.

Mother's Day Art Glass Workshop (Adults, 1 session)

Glen Echo Park
Sun. May 12
Have a great Mother's Day working with glass.

JxJ: Global Shtetl Live

Penn Social
Sun. May 12
The perfect way to show your Jewish Mama (or any mom) how much you love them on Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Fashion Tea

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sun. May 12
Celebrate Mother’s Day with an elegant mansion tour following a delightful tea.


Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Aug. 18

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jul. 14

Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru Jul. 9

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Thru Sep. 15


Thomas Jefferson Theatre
Apr. 26 – May. 11


Reston Community Center
Apr. 26 – May. 18

Pride & Joy

National Theatre
May. 1 – 12

Laugh Index Theatre Presents: Three’s Comedy

DC Arts Center (DCAC)
May. 2 – 16

Sacred Feminine Art Exhibit

Del Ray Artisans
May. 3 – Jun. 2

More is More: Multiples

National Museum of Women in the Arts
May. 3 – Sep. 15

God of Carnage

Keegan Theatre
May. 4 – 25

NSO: Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique

The Kennedy Center
May. 9 – 11

Shrek Jr, The Musical

Arts Barn
May. 10 – 19

Brunch with Bubbly: Mother’s Day Celebration

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Sun. May 12

Opera Improv with UrbanArias and Jive Turkey

Busboys & Poets @ Shirlington
Sun. May 19
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