The Scouted Calendar: May 2018

With the arrival of May comes beautiful weather and plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the exciting exhibitions, festivals, and charity events happening in our communities. From a garden show featuring Bunny Williams in Baltimore to a royal wedding-themed getaway in New Orleans to a wine festival in Northern Virginia, here’s what we’re looking forward to in our Scouted cities next month.

Alexandria, Virginia

From May 18 – 20, guests at Mount Vernon can sample wine from Virginia’s finest wineries while enjoying scenic views of the historic property during the estate’s Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour. The event is one of the most popular on Mount Vernon’s calendar—in fact, Saturday tickets are already sold out! (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Alexandria here.)

Asheville, North Carolina

The Downtown Asheville Art District invites guests to visit more than 25 galleries, studios, and museums—including TSG Asheville’s Lexington Glassworks and Momentum Gallery—on Friday, May 4, for the First Fridays Art Walk. The evening will feature local art, crafts, music, and libations, all within a half-mile of Pack Square and the city’s center. Later in the month, Chihuly at Biltmore kicks off on May 17, bringing the well-known artist’s work to the historic estate for both daytime and evening viewing experiences. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Asheville here.)

Baltimore, Maryland

From May 4 – 5, the Ladew Topiary Gardens will celebrate their 10th annual Garden Festival. Ladew’s biggest event of the year, the festival features a plant and garden container sale and includes an array of vendors from the east coast—including TSG Baltimore members Simply Beautiful Flowers, Gray Antiques, and Oriet’s Fine Art—as well as the opportunity to tour the beautiful gardens. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, the festival welcomes designer Bunny Williams and antiquarian John Rosselli. Proceeds aid in preserving the 22-acre historic property as well as various educational programs in the community. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Baltimore & Annapolis here.)

Dallas, Texas

From May 21 – 22, the Bush Institute will host the 2018 Warrior Open at the AT&T Byron Nelson, immediately following the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s AT&T Byron Nelson PGA TOUR event. An opportunity to highlight the service, sacrifice, and resilience of post-September 11 veterans and their families, The Warrior Open began in 2011 and can be followed live on bushcenter.org. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Dallas here.)

Lexington, Kentucky

On Thursday, May 3, the 2018 Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction and Derby Gala will take place at Donamire Farm, inviting attendees to participate in silent and live auctions to win exclusive prizes and experiences while benefiting the Lexington Cancer Foundation. The evening kicks off with a 6 p.m. wine pouring followed by dinner at 8 and entertainment. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Lexington here.)

New Orleans, Louisiana

Locals and visitors alike will want to mark their calendars for May 10, when Arnaud’s—a New Orleans institution—will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a “Party Like It’s Prohibition” cocktail reception to remember featuring a special menu and cocktail selections from the 1920s. Later in the month, consider splurging on the royal treatment by booking the Windsor Court Hotel’s Royal Wedding Getaway from May 17-20. In honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials, the hotel will offer a package that includes a stay in the presidential suite, first-class airfare, and private shopping excursions. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in New Orleans here.)

Raleigh, North Carolina

On May 4, Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, CAM Raleigh, hosts Arthouse, its signature event, in the city’s trendy warehouse district. All are invited, with proceeds going toward the museum’s exhibitions and programs. Featuring food and libations from Crawford and Son, dancing, the opportunity to mingle with local artists, and the chance to purchase CAM-curated “Surprise Boxes” offering one-of-a-kind local art, design, and experiences at prices starting at $250, this occasion is not to be missed. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Raleigh here.)

San Antonio, Texas

May 1 marks the 300th anniversary of the date the Alamo was established in San Antonio, Texas, and the city has quite the tricentennial celebration planned to commemorate the occasion. “Commemorative Week” kicks off on the first of the month, bringing plenty of festivals, speakers, art exhibitions, and other exciting opportunities to learn about and honor the city’s rich heritage. (Find local recommendations for what to do and see in San Antonio here.)