Celebrate Holiday & Remember the Fallen
Memorial Day is here, and it’s time to take your whites out from storage and put on summer. There is lots of fun stuff going on this weekend: public pool openings, motorcycle rallies and food events as well as somber ceremonies in remembrance of fallen soldiers. Here is a selection of activities that caught my eye.
Jazz in the Garden
The beloved outdoor summer concert series is back this Friday with Roots Afrobeat artist Elikeh. Held in the the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden on the National Mall, Jazz in the Garden features a collection of varied musicians every Friday free to the public. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments. Check out the menu here.
Summerfest D.C. Beer & Wine Festival
On Saturday, the Half Street Fairgrounds will mark the start of summer with ample pours of 130 craft brews at Summerfest. D.C.’s favorite food trucks will be on hand to dish out gourmet grub-to-go. $30 provides access to unlimited sampling for a three hour block. Session 1 is from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and Session 2 is from 4-7 p.m.
Policy Crab Festival
The 14th Street NW bar Policy will hold its 4th Annual Crab Festival on Sunday from noon-5 pm. $45 will get you all you can eat crabs and drink specials featuring the Atlas Brewing Company.
Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual National Memorial Day Observance to honor America’s fallen military service members is scheduled for Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.
The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to be followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by the U.S. Navy Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.
Richard is a freelance writer who enjoys building a healthy appetite with long runs around the city. When not logging the miles, he can be spotted training the palate at brunches, happy hours and food trucks.