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.

Hot Hits

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jul. 14
Stamp art featuring flowers and diverse elements of a garden, such as birds and flowering trees, represent some of the most attractive artwork in the Postmaster General’s Collection.

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
See more than 300 prestigious objects, including monumental statues, sparkling jewelry, and impressive sarcophagi; and take 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
The exhibition features nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist’s entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2020
To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jan. 5, 2020
To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States.

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Thru Sep. 15
American painter, printmaker, and sculptor Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935) has created a complex body of work which masterfully weaves together visual influences ranging from the Renaissance to modernism with principles of rhythm and improvisation drawn from his study of African cultures and American jazz.

Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors

Olney Theatre Center
Apr. 20 – May. 12
The Tony Award®-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor is back with another farce set on the precipice of a big concert in 1936 Paris.

Into the Woods

Ford's Theatre
Apr. 20 – May. 16
In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own.

Grand Hotel, The Musical

Signature Theatre
Apr. 20 – May. 19
A scintillating musical destination where captivating charactersconverge with a lavish and lively score to embody the joy, style and decadence of the 1920s.

Love's Labor's Lost

Folger Theatre
Apr. 30 – Jun. 9
Shakespeare’s delicious comedy is full of foolish lovers and clowns, disguise, and the follies of love.

Spunk

Signature Theatre
Apr. 30 – Jun. 23
Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly’s Last Jam writer George C. Wolfe, Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable.

Specialty Tea: Mother's Appreciation Tea

The Mansion at Strathmore
Wed. May 8
Treat mom to tea and create moments you’ll always remember. With Susan Bour, flute & Phil Bour, guitar.

Specialty Tea: Mother's Appreciation Tea

The Mansion at Strathmore
Sat. May 11
Treat mom to tea and create moments you’ll always remember. With Susan Bour, flute & Phil Bour, guitar.

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
This program aims to celebrate extraordinary female leaders who have devoted themselves to making the world a better place.

Brunch with Bubbly: Mother’s Day Celebration

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Sun. May 12
Join Jennifer Jones and whip up a wonderful brunch as we celebrate Mothers! This is a wonderful occasion for mothers, aunts, daughters and sons alike.

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
Bring your Yiddishe Mama! This event is 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. View rarely seen examples of fashion worn by grandmothers, mothers and daughters over two centuries.

Spotlights

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Aug. 18

Tour: Anderson House

Anderson House – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
Thru Dec. 31

Tour: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thru Feb. 29, 2020

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

Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto

National Gallery of Art
Thru May. 26

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Thru Jul. 9

Curtains

Thomas Jefferson Theatre
Apr. 26 – May. 11

Annie

Reston Community Center
Apr. 26 – May. 18

Tiny Tots - Mother Goose Caboose

The Puppet Co. Playhouse
May. 1 – 12

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

FAME, el Musical (en español)

GALA Hispanic Theatre
May. 9 – Jun. 9

FAME, The Musical, US Premiere in Spanish

GALA Hispanic Theatre
May. 9 – Jun. 9

Shrek Jr, The Musical

Arts Barn
May. 10 – 19

Opera Improv with UrbanArias and Jive Turkey

Busboys & Poets @ Shirlington
Sun. May 19
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