Events May 11-13: Gardening for Healthy Living, Bolivian Festival, Steinway Series for Mother’s Day

Celebrate living well with Mom this weekend at Garden Fest, the Bolivian Festival and at the Steinway series with Mendelssohn Piano Trio

Celebrate Suma Qamaña, or living well, at the Bolivian Festival this Saturday
Celebrate Suma Qamaña, or living well, at the Bolivian Festival this Saturday Image courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

Friday, May 11 Gardening for Healthy Living

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. But what about vegetables and herbs? This Friday, join in the annual Garden Fest, inspired by the First Lady’s national initiative for healthy living “Let’s Move,” which seeks to educate children and parents about how gardens can play a role in healthy living. Activities include music, dancing, yoga, tai chi, mural painting, demonstrations and tons of information on vegetable gardening, healthy trees and lawns—even orchid growing. Visitors can also participate in Let’s Move! with Smithsonian Gardens, a scavenger hunt in the gardens. Free. 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Enid A. Haupt Garden south of the Castle, Smithsonian Gardens.

Saturday, May 12 Bolivian Festival: Living Well

Bolivia is proud to celebrate its cultures, history and heritage with a weekend of exciting presentations and programs at the Bolivian Festival: Suma Qamaña, Living Well. The festivities include a Baroque music concert, contemporary and traditional dance groups, storytelling, folk music, demonstrating artists, food and fun for the whole family. Come and meet many proud Bolivians sharing their wisdom, knowledge and culture in living well. Free. 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. NMAI Potomac Atrium and other museum locations. National Museum of the American Indian.

Sunday, May 13 Steinway series with Mendelssohn Piano Trio

For Mother’s Day this Sunday, take the woman you love most to see a spectacular performance by the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. For the past fifteen years the group—violinist Peter Sirotin , pianist Ya-Ting Chang and cellist Fiona Thompson—has thrilled audiences in the U.S. and abroad, performing with a rare combination of powerful individual talent and tight-knit collaboration. Returning for their fourth annual Mother’s Day concert, they will perform piano trios by Haydn, Brahms, and Ravel. Free, tickets distributed beginning at 2:30 p.m. Concert at 3:00 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, American Art Museum.

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