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11 Things to Do This Holiday Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for May 24-27 include Memorial Day weekend festivities and the final weekend for a number of performances and exhibits.

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital.


@jessicatomichek - World War II Memorial and Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall During Memorial Day Weekend - Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend
There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than DC. Memorials are our specialty, and DC celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans. Experience the country’s largest Memorial Day parade, chill out on a DC rooftop and more during this start-of-summer holiday.

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Hall of States - Free arts and culture attraction in Washington, DC

National Geographic Photo Camp
The National Geographic Photo Camp provides immersive learning experiences for underprivileged and at-risk youth around the world. The Kennedy Center exhibits the tremendous benefits and life-altering experiences that come with these camps through June 20 in its Hall of Nations and Hall of States. Visitors can see photographs, videos and text that will unveil the narrative of the displaced youth during their time with National Geographic photographers, telling their stories of triumph and resilience in vivid detail.
Opens at 10 a.m. daily |  Free admission
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Washington National Opera: Tosca at the Kennedy Center - Performing arts in Washington, DC

Washington National Opera: ‘Tosca’ – Final Weekend
The Washington National Opera brings Puccini’s love triangle set in 18th century Rome to life in the Opera House at the Kennedy Center. Featuring elegant sets, political intrigue and unforgettable music, Tosca tells the sale of a passionate love affair disrupted by an escaped prisoner and the corrupt chief of police chasing him. The production will be one of the highlights of the spring theater season.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


In Peak Bloom interactive museum exhibit at ARTECHOUSE - The best things to do this spring in Washington, DC

‘In Peak Bloom’ – Final Weekend
In celebration of spring, ARTECHOUSE offers this immersive digital art installation influenced by the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms. The symbolism of the mystical and fragile tree is showcased by a range of artists in the exhibit, which closes on Monday. Other themes also bleed through in the pieces, including the transient nature of life (known as “hakanai” in Japan) and the genre of Ukiyo-e, which translates to “pictures of the floating world.”
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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JxJ Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival - Events this May in Washington, DC

JxJ – Final Weekend
For the first time, the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival have been combined, creating a stunning multidisciplinary arts project throughout the city since May 8. The film festival, now 29 years old, offers a diverse lineup of international film premieres, panel discussions, Q&A’s and sneak previews. The music festival celebrates its 20th year with international performances that will span classical, rock, jazz and much more. JxJ concludes on Sunday.

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God of Carnage performance at Keegan Theatre - Must-see spring theater in Washington, DC

‘God of Carnage’ – Final Weekend
Winner of a 2019 Tony Award, God of Carnage pits two sets of Brooklyn parents against each other in a conflict that slowly dissolves into all-out war. When two 11-year-old boys have a playground altercation, their parents decide to meet to resolve the matter. Initially, the couples remain cordial, but once alcohol is consumed, tempers flare and principles are shattered. Expect spellbinding dialogue and riveting performances at the Keegan Theatre.
8 p.m. |  TicketsTodayTix
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Passion Pit at The Anthem - Spring concerts in Washington, DC

Passion Pit
Masterminded by vocalist/keyboardist Michael Angelakos, Passion Pit are now a decade deep into a career filled with electropop mastery. For this show at The Anthem, the group will celebrate their debut, Manners, still a pillar of 2000s indie with its dramatic choruses, danceable beats and Angelakos’ unmistakable falsetto. Packed with earworms like “Make Light,” “Little Secrets” and “Sleepyhead,” the album was an international sensation and its 10 years on Earth are well worth honoring. Be prepared to sing along at the top of your lungs, as most in the crowd will do so.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


@canowine - Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Weekend Parade on the National Mall - Memorial Day Events in Washington, DC

Rolling Thunder XXXII
The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally brings together motorcycle riders from all over the U.S. to honor POWs and MIAs who served their country during the Vietnam War. This “ride for freedom” draws more than 900,000 riders, featuring a route that starts at the Pentagon and winds through West Potomac Park. Thunder Alley opens at 9 a.m., with the run beginning at 12 p.m. This year marks the final ride for Rolling Thunder in DC. Discover even more ways to honor Memorial Day in Washington, DC.
9 a.m. |  Free admission
22nd Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

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National Memorial Day Choral Festival Concert at the Kennedy Center - Memorial Day Weekend Events in Washington, DC

National Memorial Day Choral Festival
Held at the Kennedy Center, the free National Memorial Day Choral Festival is a powerful concert experience that features a 300-voice choir accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra. The musicians and singers come together in perfect harmony, performing patriotic classics in honor of those who have fallen while defending the U.S. Tickets available upon request.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Performance at the National Memorial Day Concert - The best activities and things to do this Memorial Day in Washington, DC

National Memorial Day Concert
PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform, as well as their families. The free annual concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol the day before Memorial Day from 8 – 9:30 p.m. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host the proceedings, which will feature numerous other celebrity performers.
8-9:30 p.m. |  Free admission
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

Monday – Memorial Day

National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Summer in DC

National Memorial Day Parade
The National Memorial Day Parade ushers marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, down Constitution Avenue. This televised parade is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military. Arrive well before the 2 p.m. start time for the best viewing options.
2 p.m. |  Free admission
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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