April showers bring May flowers. Emergency Notification System 4 a.m. alerts about flooding bring nightmare Mondays. Welcome to the start of a wet week.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but there’s more options since it’s more socially acceptable to have more fun on the weekend.

ACTIVE: A rainy day seems like a good day for some mindfulness meditation at Circle Yoga.

CULTURE: Learn something while drinking something at Profs & Pints: Founding Fathers in the “Friend Zone” at Bier Baron.

FILM: See a free screening of The Fifth Element at E Street as part of Future Tense’s “My Favorite Movie” series. 

FOOD + DRINK: If you’re a real whiskey and/or beer lover, you’ll want a seat at the For The Love of Beer and Whiskey dinner with Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and Beer Director Greg Engert at Bluejacket.

FREE: Celebrate Emancipation Day with The National Park Service presents “Experience Emancipation Day Where it All Began … Lincoln Park,” a 2 to 7:30 p.m. event for all ages. It includes activities for kids, a recreation of Frederick Douglass’s Emancipation Day speech and the unveiling of the Emancipation Group statue.

MUSIC: P!nk begins her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to Capitol One Arena. No other pop music artist does more for aerial silk performers. I think P!nk would rather be part of Cirque du Soleil than her own tour.

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OUTSIDE: If you need to begin getting in race shape, take a run with the DC Capital Striders on the Mall.

STAGE: The West Wing Weekly records at The Lincoln Theatre. Stupid smart nerds.

STAY IN: Beyoncé performed at Coachella over the weekend. She’s the first black woman the headline the fest and reunited Destiny’s Child. It’s been re-aired throughout the weekend on the Coachelle YouTube stream. Watch the performance on the Coachella YouTube stream.

ACTIVE: Do some yoga on the mall with DC Fray.

CULTURE: It’s about damn time you learned how to make a proper amulet. The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art hosts an amulet making workshop.

FILM: What’s old is new again. Suns Cinema screens 1985’s God’s Country, a documentary about a small town upset with President Reagan and the loss of the American way.

FOOD + DRINK: WhiskeyFest returns to D.C. Last year it was on a Saturday. This year it’s on a Tuesday. Wednesday is going to be great.

FREE: Our Local Lips event series continues with Nourishment at Take Care. It’s sold-out but you can sign up for the wait list. Sign up for the wait list so you’ll get tickets to the next one before it’s sold out.

MUSIC: Hip-hop legends Erik B & Rakim at Fillmore Silver Spring.

OUTSIDE: Celebrate National Mustang Day (yep.) on the Mall with the Historic Vehicle Association. Cool?

STAGE: P!nk is still at the Capital One Arena. I bet she wishes she was at Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia.

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STAY IN: Beyoncé performed at Coachella over the weekend. She’s the first black woman the headline the fest and reunited Destiny’s Child. It’s been re-aired throughout the weekend on the Coachella YouTube stream. Miss the performance on the stream? Watch Lemonade.

ACTIVE: If you’re a woman looking to run with other women, the Fleet Feet in Adams Morgan hosts a Ladies Night Fun Run every Wednesday.

CULTURE: Meet some fellow artists at Art Noights! at Hole in the Sky.

FILM: 1923 silent film comedy Little Old New York screens at AFI Silver Spring with live musical accompaniment. Co-presented with the Irish Film Institute.

FOOD + DRINK: The Taste of Shaw returns to The Howard Theatre. It’s a great event to sample soon-to-be-opened and just opened restaurants in D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood.

FREE: Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, guides a tour through Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Do Ho Suh: Almost Home.

MUSIC: RZA: Live from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin is at Warner Theater. We interviewed RZA to preview this performance. It’s the RZA you want.

OUTSIDE: It’s opening day for the Crossroads Farmers Market in Takoma Park, Maryland.

STAGE: National Geographic employs the world’s best photographers. See adventure photographer Cory Richards speak with National Geographic Senior Editor, Expeditions, Peter Gwin at the National Geographic Museum.

STAY IN: I went through a musical biography kick a few years back. The best of the bunch were Please Kill Me and The Wu-Tang Manual. The Manual is way more fun than Please Kill Me. Stay in and lean about Wu-Tang.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m. Plan your weekend well.

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