Everything Fun You Can Do in DC This Weekend

Spend Memorial Day Weekend at parades, outdoor concerts, or a comedy show at a secret location.

As we kick off the first long weekend of summer, our hearts and minds are in Uvalde, Texas, mourning the 19 children and 2 adults who lost their lives in yet another mass shooting. If you’re feeling similarly hopeless and frustrated, know that there are ways to help the families of the victims, including donating blood and supporting verified fundraisers. You can also contact your Congress Members and demand sensible gun reform or get involved with organizations like Everytown that are working to prevent gun violence in America.

We get it if you’re not in the mood to celebrate this weekend, but getting outside and enjoying beautiful weather, spending time with loved ones, and making some time to take action are some of the best ways to honor the memories of those who can no longer experience such simple joys. If you do decide to venture out, we’ve got a full slate of fun stuff, including a free French film festival, holiday concerts and parades, and so much more. Here’s everything you can eat, drink, and do in DC this Memorial Day Weekend:

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
Georgetown
Spend the long weekend shopping ‘til you drop—and support local businesses while doing it. Every weekend through Oct. 31, Neighbors Diverse Committee will host local vendors at Georgetown Park, so stop by anytime between 10 am and 5 pm to score some really cool pieces from businesses born right in your backyard.
Cost: Free

Create your own floral bouquet

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29
Capitol Hill
Flowers can brighten anyone’s day, but there’s something especially lovely in hand crafting your own arrangement. Stop by Lily’s Flower Truck this weekend for an opportunity to do just that. Whether you’re gifting it to someone else or need a new centerpiece for the kitchen table, head over to the Plaza from noon to 5 pm to create a bouquet of your own. And for even more flowers, visit She Loves Me on Saturday for a Peony Party to take your pick out of hundreds of local blooms—a portion of peony sales on Saturday will go to Everytown, an organization working to end gun violence.
Cost: Prices vary

Friday, May 27
Georgetown
Expand your cinematic horizons this weekend at a French film festival hosted by the French Embassy. This week, catch The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (with subtitles!) during a free outdoor screening. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and find a spot on the grass to enjoy the movie.
Cost: Free

Saturday, May 28
Columbia Heights
Enjoy a night of laughter with this intimate comedy show hosted by local comedians Hedi Sandberg and Ivi Demi. Instructions to access the 7 pm show will be shared via email after you register for the event. Drinks and snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own beverage of choice.
Cost: $5

Sunday, May 29
Adams Morgan
Join drag queen Venus Valhalla in Unity Park for storytime. The goal of this partnership between the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and DC Public Library is to inspire a love of reading, while teaching deeper lessons of diversity, self-love, and appreciation of others. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on, and while you’re there, explore some of the other books available at the DC Public Library.
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 29
Capitol Hill
This year’s Memorial Day brings the return of some of our favorite traditions. Don’t miss PBS’s star-studded National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the US Capitol hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna. Performers include Craig Morgan, Rhiannon Giddens, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jean Smart, and more. The show will also be broadcasted nationally for those watching from home.
Cost: Free

Sunday, May 29
Colmar Manor
Nothing says summer more than an ice-cold beer paired with live music. And that’s exactly what you’ll find as DC Brau’s new series, Dock Days of Summer, kicks off this weekend. Local band Big Hillbilly Bluegrass will take the stage on Sunday, and you can sip on boozy slushies
Cost: Free

Monday, May 30
Penn Quarter
Honor those who have fought for this country during the National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue, live for the first time in two years. A pre-parade program will start at 1 pm with a special performance by the Eli Young Band before the main event kicks off at 2 pm. Actor Anthony Anderson and sports commentator Joe Buck will host the event.
Cost: Free

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.