Memorial Day Weekend Roundup, May 25 – 29
By May 25, 2023 0 342•
Summer 2023 will officially kick off this weekend. Before you head out for some fun in the sun, don’t forget to honor the men and women in uniform who have died in service to our country. We hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
Memorial Day Events:
The National Memorial Day Concert
The annual event broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will salute the sacrifices of men and women in uniform. Actors Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump) and Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) will host the event, which will feature additional celebrity performers. More information on the event can be found here.
The National Memorial Day Choral Festival
The free choral festival at The Kennedy Center features a 200-voice choir accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra. Classic patriotic songs will be performed to honor the fallen. More information on how to register can be found here.
Flowers of Remembrance Day at Arlington National Cemetery
The second “Flowers of Remembrance Day” will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members of the public are invited to place a flower at the tomb, paying homage to the first official national “Decoration Day,” now known as Memorial Day. The first ceremony of its kind took place on May 30, 1868 to honor U.S. service members who died in the Civil War. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Amphitheater, cemetery historians will be offering a public program on the history of Decoration Day and Memorial Day. Post-talk, there will be an optional walking tour. No registration is necessary. For more information on Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Day events, click here.
See the World Premiere of “Incendiary” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre
See the premiere of the play by Dave Harris and directed by Monty Cole that tells the tale of Tanya, a Black mother who is determined to get break her son out of death row. The play is a riveting, tragic and funny at times piece that explores generational trauma and bold heroism. More on how to get tickets here.
Ethicist Peter Singer will be at George Washington University
Australian ethicist Peter Singer will be appearing at Lisner Auditorium Friday. He will give insight into his journey as “the most influential living moral philosopher” and “the most dangerous man in the world.” He plans to discuss topics like climate change, effective altruism, the current state of the animal rights movement and more. Get tickets to the talk here.
Dupont Underground’s “Do You See Me? Paintings of Postpartum Trauma and Healing” Ends Sunday
Don’t miss the groundbreaking solo exhibit by Dr. S. Abbas Shobeiri ending Sunday at Dupont Underground. Dr. Shobeiri is a local physician who specializes in women’s pelvis floor trauma. He created a series of paintings that stem from nearly 30 years of listening to patients and their emotional distress and trauma. The exhibit consists of 25 oil and multimedia paintings and includes wall projections of the stories. Tickets are available here.
Lego Lovers: You’ll Want to Check Out this One
Come Saturday, The National Building Museum is about to be a Lego lovers paradise. “Brick City” will celebrate iconic architecture from cities around the world through reconstructions made with Lego bricks by U.K.-based artist Warren Elsmore. Visitors can see streetscapes from Colombia, New Orleans, Japan, India, Las Vegas and more. The centerpiece of the exhibit is London’s St. Pancras Station—it measures 12 feet long and is built from nearly 200,000 Lego bricks. Families with young ones will enjoy an interactive area where they can build their own Lego creations. More information on the exhibit can be found here.
Take Advantage of The Washington Hilton’s Poolside Summer Cabana Packages
Beginning this weekend, The Washington Hilton is offering poolside dining and beverage options. Beverage partner CHINOLA will be providing refreshing concoctions like a passion fruit liqueur with a custom snow cone machine and other unique cocktails. The food menu features sandwiches, salads, snacks and other light fare. More information on the packages can be found here.