The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

Attend a special Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday


Happy Long Weekend!

“Summer” Fun
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

It may not be official on the calendar, but “summer” is underway! Water fun, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and more ongoing seasonal treats have begun or are about to begin in DC. Start the weekend with free music at Jazz in the Garden on the National Mall or another seasonal music series. Make a splash at an outdoor public pool or a sprayground, see a family flick outdoors at National Harbor on Sunday night, and so much more. The 2019 KFDC Guide to the Best of Summer in DC has the scoop on where and when you can experience all the joys of season that start Memorial Day weekend.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Admission: $10/child, $12/adult

The longest running strawberry festival in Loudoun County takes place this weekend and next, rain or shine. Get ready for lots of fun activities for all ages, including the popular diaper derby, pie-eating contests, tart toss, strawberry princess, great food, and live music. As if that’s not enough to keep the family entertained for the day, there’s also the five-acre play area, complete with the jumping pillow, slides, rope swings, mazes, a tractor tire mountain, and animal encounters.

Digital Bookmobile
Where: Chevy Chase Library & Rec Center | Chevy Chase, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

This unique exhibit traveling from coast to coast presents an interactive reading experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available through DC libraries. Explore digital services available at public libraries and learn how to browse and borrow from the collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Library staff and eReading experts will be on hand, and tours are free and open to the community.

Escape Velocity
Where: Gaylord National Resort | National Harbor, MD
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: $25-100/adult, $10/age 11-16, free/10 & under 

Pop culture meets science at this convention presented by the Museum of Science Fiction. Expect cutting-edge technology and panels on science and pop culture, hands-on STEAM activities for kids, cosplay and evening events for adults, plus astronauts, authors, artists, gaming, drone-racing, and more. There’s plenty that appeals to all ages.

Beast Coast Parkour Festival
Where: Gateway Park | Rosslyn, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday,
Admission: $35/day, $60/two days

Beast Coast Parkour is bringing the world’s largest Parkour festival to Rosslyn’s Gateway Park where to practice, train, and demonstrate their high-octane sport and art. Beginners and experienced Parkour’ers alike are encouraged to attend — along with demos there will be seminars and speakers tailored for all levels of expertise.

Take Your Pick
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Strawberries are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come PYO. It’s always a good idea to check websites or call ahead to confirm availability the day you plan to go. Sunscreen and hat also recommended.

Nats vs. Marlins
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Marlins this long weekend, and there are a bunch of special activities and promos to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field. There will be fireworks on Friday, Saturday is a Captain Zimmerman Bobblehead giveaway, the 10,0000 kids can get a Scherzer jersey on Sunday + it’s Pups in the Park, and seniors can stroll the bases after the game on Monday. Before you plan your ballpark outing, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by performance

* It’s your last chance to join Winnie the Pooh and friends at Adventure Theatre.
* Spend Saturday morning with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java.
* The Reluctant Dragon at Keegan Theatre closes after this weekend.
* Create your own adventure to Escape from Peligro Island at Imagination Stage
* See a fairytale classic on strings with Cinderella at The Puppet Co.
* And Clowning Around is the featured Tiny Tots performance there on Sunday.

Homefront Street Cars
Where: National Capital Trolley Museum | Silver Spring, MD
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: $8/child, $10/adult

Recall the role of the transit industry during wartime in observance of Memorial Day. Enjoy Tilley the Trolley and Billy the Bus, a wartime production of the Capital Transit Company, and Ten Seconds to Go, a wartime production of Kansas City Public Service. The special exhibit, Homefront Street Cars, will also be on view.

ViVa! Vienna!
Where: Historic Downtown Vienna, VA
When: Saturday, Sunday, & Monday
Admission: Free

Join the family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit. Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, and entertainment will be part of the all-ages fun. Even better, 100% of proceeds go to charitable, community, and humanitarian organizations.

Model Trains and Thomas
Where: Historic Vienna Train Station | Vienna, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free (donations accepted)

While you’re at Viva Vienna, stop by the Historic Vienna Train Station where you can see and hear HO scale model trolleys and trains, including Thomas and some of his friends on display and in operation. It’s a great family fun and activity for the young and young at heart. The Station is at 231 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA along the W&OD trail just past the Caboose.

Kidz Graffiti Party
Where: ArtJamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: $15

Get messy like a street artist at a Kidz Graffiti Party. Children of all ages are invited to paint their very own master pieces on the ArtJamz walls.The lounge will be open for accompanying parents, and they’ll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artists. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall.

National Memorial Day Concert
Where: West lawn of the Capitol | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 8-9:30pm, gates open at 5pm
(or Saturday for the dress rehearsal)
Admission: Free

Why watch on TV when you can be there in person? The 2019 National Memorial Day Concert will take place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm. On the consert’s 30th Anniversary, Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack are hosting, and an all-star line-up of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Alison Kraus, and Gavin DeGraw, will join the National Symphony Orchestra in honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country. If you’re planning to go, the FAQ page on the concert website is worth a read. KFDC Tip: If you can’t make Sunday’s show or don’t want to deal with the crowds, Saturday’s dress rehearsal is also always open to the public — gates open at 5pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

Memorial Day Observance
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Monday, 10:30am
Admission: Free

Observe the holiday at one of the most iconic spots to honor those who have served. A prelude concert by the United States Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30am, and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am followed by an observance program in the amphitheater. Space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to ensure access to these events and should plan to be seated no later than 9:30am. Read more about Arlington National Cemetery here.

National Memorial Day Parade
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, 7th to 17th Streets | Downtown DC
When: Monday, 2pm
Admission: Free

The annual National Memorial Day Parade celebrates and honors American veterans with a grand procession through the city. Get a curbside view of military units and vehicles, marching bands, flag teams, and hundreds of veterans as they travel up Constitution Avenue.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It looks like the weather is going to be quite pleasant for most of the long weekend, so plan on some adventures outside! The round-up of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids is loaded with ideas for doing just that — all of them written about from firsthand experience. But if the forecast takes an unexpected swing (or you just want shelter and AC), The Great Indoors lists over 100 suggestions for outings that take place inside.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* This weekend, the Capital Wheel invites active and retired military and up to 4 family members to enjoy a free ride as a way of honoring their dedication, service, and sacrifice.
* If you’re still looking for kid coverage and a fun activity on the DCPS day off on Tuesday, 5/28, DC Way is hosting a one-day camp!
* Discount tickets are available to set sail aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship’s Family Treasure Hunt Cruise.
* Guess which city was named the best for parks by the Trust of Public Lands?
* Él Bebe in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is a great place to go for a family-friendly pre- or post-baseball or soccer game (or, really, anytime) bite.
* The second season of Fleabag is now available. (And if you haven’t seen the first one, give a watch!)
* Organizing Corps 2020 is an effort to train 1,000 local and diverse field organizers for the eventual Democratic nominee in order to beat Trump in 2020. Learn more about them and consider supporting their work!
* This is a lovely read.


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One Response to The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

  1. Julie

    Omg an Organizin Corps shout out <3 And I thought I couldn't love this blog any more than I already do! Thank you for everything you do!

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