The Weekend Round-Up: May 24-27

Statues honoring every branch of the military at National Harbor


Happy Long Weekend!

Find ideas for ongoing local fun in these go-to posts:
* The Great Indoors
* Off-the-Beaten-Path Museums
* Best Outdoors in the DC Area
* Local Hikes with Kids
* Baltimore with Kids
* Bike Rides
* Paddling Options
* Stunning Spaces
* Peaceful Places

Unofficial Summer
Where: Throughout the DC area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

The season may not be official on the calendar, but summer fun has begun, and much more starts this weekend!  Jump in at an outdoor pool, enjoy music in the fresh air, play in the sprays, see a movie under the stars, paddle local waterways, see a special exhibit, and pursue even more seasonal joys. The 2024 KFDC Guide to Summer Around the DC Area has the scoop on where and when to experience it all.

Jump In, DC!
Where: Anacostia Pool | Anacostia, DC
When: Friday, 3pm
Admission: Free

As outdoor pool season is about to begin, join Mayor Bowser and DCDPR for their annual pool party and celebration. Enjoy free food, giveaways, and the first splash of the summer! The rest of DC’s public pools will open on Saturday.

The Spirit of Women’s Soccer
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Friday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $15
Washington Spirit, our local women’s pro soccer team, are playing at Audi Field on Friday evening against Seattle Reign. Enjoy some amazing soccer play while supporting our home team and women in sports. Plan for a pre- match  meal nearby — see my recs for family-friendly spots in the area.

Big Bounce America
Where: Rosecroft Raceway | Fort Washington, MD
When: Starting Saturday – June 9
Admission: Starts at $22

Boing! Big Bounce America, the world’s largest bounce house, is returning to the DC area starting this weekend. The biggest touring inflatable event includes four massive inflatable attractions: the newly expanded 24,000-square foot World’s Largest Bounce House; Sport Slam featuring a customized sports arena; the brand-new deep sea foam party inflatable OctoBlast; the 900-foot-long obstacle course named The Giant; and a unique, space-themed wonderland called airSPACE.  Three-hour sessions for varying age groups — 3 & under, 7 & under, 15 & under, and 16 & older — are $22 for the youngest group, $38 for older kids, and $48 for 16+. Reserve tickets here.

Pixar Putt
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Starting Saturday (through August 3)
Admission: $32/child, $34/adult, $108/family 4-pack

Play some putt-putt at The Wharf! Pixar Putt, a mini golf course inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films, is popping up at the southwest waterfront from March 25 to August 3. Note that tee times are age 18+ after 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tour Memorials on the Mall
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

On Memorial Day Weekend, pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country by visiting the memorials on the National Mall that honor them.  A loop of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial including the nearby Vietnam Women’s MemorialKorean War Veterans Memorial, and WWII Memorial makes for a good walk.  On Monday, there will be a Memorial Day observance at the Wall at 1pm and at the Korean Memorial at 4:45pm.

Nats vs Mariners
Where: Nationals Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $16 

The Nats are home for a weekend series hosting the Mariners. Catch a game on Friday at 6:45pm, Saturday at 4:05pm, or Sunday at 1:35pm. There will be a Lane “Train” bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, plus there are all kinds of ongoing cool offerings for kids — see them all here!

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

Vamos United!
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 7:30pm
Admission: Tickets prices vary (look for a deal)
DC United is home this weekend, and there’s a match against Chicago on Saturday evening. As always, I recommend taking public transportation as parking can be difficult, especially when the Nats are also playing. Take Metro to the Navy Yard and plan to walk from there (and maybe grab dinner before the match) — see my recs for family-friendly spots in the area.

Day Trippin’
Where: Around the DC area (and a bit beyond)
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by adventure

The long weekend is a great time to head a little further out and enjoy a day trip. Some ideas for where to go:
* Zip up to Baltimore, where there are so many great attractions for families
* See the spectacular underground world of Luray Caverns.
* Enjoy hiking and history at Harpers Ferry.
* Go to Calvert County for art adventures at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a beach day at Calvert Cliffs State Park, maritime explorations at the Calvert Marine Museum, or even a pontoon boat excursion from Solomons Island.

Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday,, 11am & 2pm 
Tickets: $25 (look for discount)
It’s the last weekend to see this production…   Journey into the Appalachian Mountains in this award-winning musical that deftly weaves four traditional tales and original music into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Jack who lands himself a job despite his foolishness. “Catskins” is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. “The Enchanted Tree” is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in a zany, sung-through “Sow and Her Three Pigs” plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. This play with music incorporates singing, mountain dances, music, and puppets to create a highly theatrical storytelling style.

Cirque du Soleil – Corteo
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: $49-169 (look for discount)

The clown Mauro envisions that his own burial will take place amid a carnival atmosphere and be attended by tender angels. The show contrasts the grand with the intimate, the silly with the tragic, and the beauty of perfection with the appeal of imperfection. It also emphasizes the strength and vulnerability of the clown as well as his knowledge and generosity to represent the aspect of humanity that exists in each of us. Corteo is guided through a timeless ceremony in which fantasy teases reality with music, which is both poetic and mischievous.

The Matchbox Magic Flute
Where: Klein Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through June 16
Admission: $35-119

A brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of five following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water, and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

Strawberry Jubilee
Where: Great Country Farms | Bluemont, VA
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child, $14/adult, free/2 & under

It’s weekend #2 of 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  live music, farm contests, wagon rides, great food, and fun games for the whole fam. As if that’s not enough to keep the everyone 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. Get tickets in advance!

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

There’s even more strawberries activity to enjoy as the fruits are are ripe and ready for harvest, and many area farms welcome guests to come pick their own. Check out this post for some of the best places to go. 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.

Flowers of Remembrance Day
Where: Arlington National Cemetery | Arlington, VA
When: Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

In honor of Memorial Day and those who have sacrificed for our country, members of the public are invited to place a flower at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Flowers will be provided (do not bring your own), and visitors will also have an opportunity to place a flower on headstones throughout the cemetery.

Salute to Service
Where: Theater at MGM | National Harbor, MD
When: Sunday, 7:30-9pm
Admission: Free
The United States Air Force Band is playing a special Memorial Day concert on Sunday. They will perform alongside famed duo The War and Treaty, a husband-and-wife team who blend soul, country, and gospel influences in their music.  All ages are welcome to enjoy this free concert!

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? Yes, the public is once again welcome to the National Memorial Day Concert! Taking place on the west lawn of the Capitol on Sunday from 8 – 9:30pm, the concert will be hosted by  Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinese, and an all-star line-up of artists will join the National Symphony Orchestra and several military music ensembles in honoring those who have served and sacrificed. 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 — special Memorial Day remembrance events ae once again open to the public. 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-17th St | 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.

Notes of Remembrance
Where: National Mall, DC
When: Monday, 5pm
Admission: Free

ON Memorial Day, buglers stationed at 11 sites across the National Mall and surrounding areas will play a coordinated “Taps” performance. The a bugle song is one of remembrance for servicemembers traditionally played by the U.S. Armed Forces. The public is invited to share in the event — see the locations where it will take place here.

Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by place

Enjoy a family hike — then extend (and elevate) the day with some some snacks (or a whole meal) and sips after.  A few awesome combos for that: Sky Meadows State Park and Barrel Oak Winery. Sugarloaf Mountain and The Comus Inn or Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard.  Great Falls (MD side) and The Old Angler’s Inn.  Patapsco Valley State Park and the Guinness BreweryPatuxent River State Park and Waredaca Brewery.  See a whole post with info for all of them here.

Disc Golfin’
Where: Courses around the DC area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Hit the links, the chain links, that is! Disc golf is a great way to enjoy a nice spring day outdoors with the family. Not only is it fun and challenging, the courses, many of them set up in scenic places, are lovely this time of year. This post has info about our fave in College Park, and there are also great courses at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Patapsco Valley State Park near Baltimore, and Burke Lake Park in Burke, VA.

Feeling Crabby?
Where: Eastern Shore, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Depends on how much you order!

Kick off summer is with one of the area’s best offerings: Blue crabs!  Enjoying the seasonal treat at a waterfront crab house is a bonus. Cantler’s in Annapolis is an institution, and Mike’s Crab House in Riva is popular with delicious crabs, gorgeous scenery, and a great outdoor waiting area if tables aren’t immediately available. Kentmorr on Kent Island has a great beach scene. And you can find even more recommendations for getting crabby in the Summer Guide.

* The current forecast indicates a lot of rain this weekend, so a few posts to keep in your back pocket: The Great Indoors list, ideas for fun and games inside, the round-up of off-the-beaten-path museums in DC, and one of museums in MD & VA.
* The Folger Shakespeare Theatre is reopening on June 21 after being closed for several years’ renovation — and timed-entry tickets to visit can be reserved now!
* Where to eat and drink in DC this Memorial Day weekend.
* The most anticipated movies of the summer, according to Washington Post.
* And this one is now streaming, and it’s really good!
* Some great sales going on: 30% off at adidas (cool kids’ slides), up to 60% off at West Elm (pretty pillows), 20% off shorts & swim at H&M (the cutest kids wear), 40% off sale at Anthro (perfect summer dress), 30% off at Backcountry (great blankets), and up to 40% off at Container Store.
* Perfect for the beach (and beyond) — and on major sale. Throw some of these in, too. And find many more awesome steals in Amazon’s Memorial Day Sale.
* A really great listen this week.
* Shared some news 🥰


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