Weekend Round Up: Memorial Day Edition


Get out and celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend with ongoing exhibits at the Phillips Collection and Artechouse. Enjoy the holiday and take in the National Memorial Day Concert online or pay your respects at Arlington National Cemetery. You can also celebrate summer with a drive-in movie sponsored by the Capitol Riverfront BID. 

Catch the National Memorial Day Concert online 

 If you’re taking your time getting back out and about, you can catch PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert online. Performers include Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles and others. It will be streaming live at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 30, and will remain online for two weeks post-concert.

See thousands of vets on motorcycles

 The “Rolling to Remember” demonstration will take place on Sunday as well, with around 50,000 veterans and supporters rolling into town on motorcycles. The vets will be raising awareness about the veteran suicide crisis and the missing in action. Commemorative events take place throughout the long weekend, beginning with a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Friday evening. The motorcycle ride begins at noon from RFK Stadium.

Visit the Phillips Collection’s new exhibit 

 From now through Sept. 5, the Phillips Collection is hosting artist Marley Dawson as part of a series of kinetic sculptures that form a spiral shape. There’s also a wall-mounted piece that features hundreds of brass rods. Dawson likes to turn gallery spaces into a haven of sculptures that look, at first glance, like everyday objects such as furniture, motor vehicle parts and rockets—but are actually imaginary art constructs. Don’t forget to double check the museum’s Covid-19 protocols before you visit.

See a drive-in movie 

 Nothing says summer like a good old-fashioned drive-in movie. The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District is screening the movie “Bridesmaids” at 8 p.m., Friday, at the Stacks at Buzzard Point. There is space for 100 cars only, so get there early. The cost is $20 per car and funds will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The movie line-up this year was voted on by the public.

Visit the optimistic “Renewal 2121” at Artechouse

 Through Sept. 6, Artechouse is offering an exhibit that seeks to inspire hope during the ongoing global pandemic. The exhibit transports its viewers 100 years into the future, showing a city where nature is barely surviving, and everything is chaotic. Then you see it—cherry blossoms peeking through the cityscape, symbolizing renewal and hope. Artechouse is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Take in a Nats game 

 Live sports are back! The Washington Nationals are hosting the Milwaukee Brewers this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Friday and Saturday games are at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s game is at 1:05 p.m. The games are still reduced capacity with social distancing in place due to the pandemic (full capacity returns June 10).

Pay your respects at Arlington National Cemetery 

 Remember the reason for this three-day weekend and visit the Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery has loosened its Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Guests visiting the outdoor areas of the cemetery are no longer required to wear masks and public wreath laying ceremonies have started again.

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