Weekend Round Up, May 19 – 22

Happy weekend! So many great things to do the next few days. Many are outside and record temperatures are expected, so make sure to drink lots of water, dress in light colors and materials and get shade when needed. Stay cool and have fun! 

The Preakness Stakes are Saturday 

The Preakness Stakes, our area’s version of The Kentucky Derby, is this Saturday at Pimlico. In addition to the horse races, there will be culinary events and lots of music from popular acts like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers and the iconic Lauryn Hill. The event will be hosted by rapper Megan Thee Stallion. More on how to get tickets to the weekend’s events can be found here.

The Dragon Boat Festival is Back 

Like many events, the Dragon Boat Festival is back for its 19th year on the Potomac after a two-year hiatus. Head down to Thompsons Boat Center at 2900 Virginia Ave. NW this Saturday to witness dragon boating, based on a 2,300-year-old legend honoring Chinese poet and statesman Qu Yuan. The festival includes eye-dotting ceremonies, lion dances and other cultural demonstrations. More information can be found here. 

Art. Fashion. Hirshhorn. Saturday. 

The Hirshhorn Ball is this Saturday from 6:30-10 p.m. The museum is hosting a night of performances, act activations, an open bar, light bites and outdoor dance floor, all in their Sculpture Garden. Fashion-forward individuals will be pleased to know you can walk the red carpet in your most creative pop-art-inspired outfit (pop art is the theme of the night). The evening is set to be hosted by DJ Pussy Noir and will honor the artist KAWS. Performance artist Laurie Anderson will also be in the mix. More information on the evening can be found here. 

Courtesy Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Get Inspired by the Bold, Passionate “Carmen” 

The Washington National Opera is right in the middle of their run of the popular opera “Carmen.” This weekend, there are performances on Friday and Sunday. Bizet’s infamous tragedy is told through a vibrant production directed by Francesca Zambello and Evan Rogister serves as conductor. FYI: If you can’t make it this weekend or love it so much you want to see the show again, the Cafritz Young Artists take on lead roles on Friday May 27! More information on the show can be found here. 

See Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’ at the Kennedy Center this weekend. Courtesy Kennedy Center.

Yee-haw! Bourbon & Bluegrass 2022 is this Weekend 

The seventh annual Bourbon & Bluegrass event is this weekend at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Guests can lounge on the lawn, sip bourbon cocktails and enjoy live bluegrass. All proceeds from the event will go toward preservation efforts for the cottage. There will also be lots of lawn games and food options, so bring the whole family. More information can be found here. 

Celebrating the Lincoln Memorial’s 100th

This Sunday at 10 a.m., head to the Lincoln Memorial for a Centennial Celebration. The National Park Service, along with The Lincoln Group of DC, will host the ceremony called “Building on Lincoln’s Vision of Unity and Equality.” Noted speakers will include Dr. Edna Greene Medford, a Lincoln scholar from Howard University and Dr. Charlotte Morris, president of Tuskegee University. Stephen Lang of “Avatar,” “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals” fame will also be on hand in addition to others. More information on the event can be found here. 

Inside the Lincoln Memorial. Photo by Angela B. Pan.









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