Adventures can range from a hike in the park to a museum ramble to travel to an international destination. Team McKinney scouted both near and far to find Five Fun Things happening in May designed to feed your spirit and spark your creative fires. Check them out.




Dancing Through the Flames: How DC Dance Survived 1968

Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC

May 19, 2018

One of DC’s hidden treasures, the Anacostia Community Museum, showcases African, Hispanic and Caribbean culture as experienced throughout the diaspora. Dancing Through The Flames: How DC Dance Survived 1968″ will screen the documentary “Dance Party: The Teenarama Story.”  The film examines the six days of rioting in Washington, DC after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on local dance culture. Filmmakers and participants will join a panel discussion after the film.


Harper’s Ferry

West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland


Hike through history at Harper’s Ferry. You can visit the armory where John Brown and his insurrectionists launched their doomed attempt to free the slaves. This national park site, located at the convergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, has been meticulously preserved—and the vistas are gorgeous.





Hart Plaza, Detroit

May 26 – May 28

People often think about cars and Motown when they think about Detroit, but the city is also the center of a thriving international electronic music scene) sometimes called techno. If you go, you can catch homegrown heroes like Carl Craig, Delano Smith, DJ Stingray, Eddie Fowlkes, DJ Godfather, Mike Huckaby and Amp Fiddler sharing the bill with out-of-towners like Nina Kraviz, KiNK and Loco Dice. (Not to mention the festival’s top hip-hop booking: Wu-Tang.) While you’re there check out the Motown Museum and the fabled Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the world’s oldest continuously operating jazz club.


Outer Banks

North Carolina


You can choose to chill on this chain of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina – affectionately dubbed OBX or you can seek adventure. There’s fishing, windsurfing and wildlife watching, not to mention the 3,000 shipwrecks you can explore by scuba diving, for those who crave action. While those seeking relaxation can enjoy the beaches, mini-golf courses and the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island.


Really Far



Dakar, Senegal

May 3-June 2

If art feeds your soul, then “A New Humanity,” the 13th edition of Dak’art, the Bienniale of Dakar, may be just the soul food you need. The prestigious international festival is taking place now and runs through June. Dak’art showcases the contemporary art of Africa and the diaspora. This year’s exhibition features the work of 75 artists representing 33 countries around the world. Hoping to source some of the vibrant fabric for which West Africa is known? Visit the Marché des HLM for colorful African textiles ranging from wax-dyed bazin cloth to lace and silk.