Things to Do

Last-Minute DC-Area Ideas 5/26-5/30: Memorial Day Activities, Pop-Up Markets, and Pools

Plus new museum exhibits

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Hello Neighbor,

In light of tragic events, you may be interested in visiting the Gun Memorial Project located in the National Building Museum. The memorial will be on display until September 25. Take care and be safe. If you are interested in donating blood, you can find here a close blood drive near you. 


 So, What Should You Do?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times: 

  • The 🛋  indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲  indicates an event is happening in-person outside
  • The 💻  indicates an event is happening virtually. 
  • And lastly, the 🆓  indicates an event is free.  


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

  1. It’s officially pool season. 👙 To find a public outdoor pool near you in the District, check here. Pools are free for DC residents. If you are not a DC resident, you can purchase a punch pass to gain admission.
  2. Pop-up market season. 🛍 Spend your weekend supporting Asian-owned businesses at the Sari-Sari pop-up (Sun, 🆓, 🛋 /🌲, Edgewood) and at the South Asian pop-up (Sat, $, 🛋, 14th St.). There’s also a new summerlong pop-up at Georgetown Park (Sat-Sun, $, 🌲, Georgetown) by Neighbors DC. 
  3. Get outside. 😎 Enjoy an outdoor movie showing of “Top Gun(Thurs, 🆓, 🛋 /🌲, Edgewood) and the “Lion King(Sun, 🆓, 🌲, National Harbor). Help care for young trees at Mount Olivet Cemetery (Sat, 🆓, 🛋 /🌲,, Trinidad). Dance to a live jazz performance on the Hill (Fri, 🆓, 🌲, Barracks Row). Check out one of the new rooftop bars in DC. Go rent a kayak or a paddleboard from Boating in DC. 
  4. Museum things. 🖼 Discover what the future of sports looks like with NFL players (Sat, 🆓, 🛋 /🌲 National Mall). Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this new projection and virtual reality exhibit (starts Fri, 🆓, 🛋, Kalorama). It’s one of the last few weeks to check out the “Indian Textiles: 1,000 Years of Art & Design” at The Textile Museum and “Pixelbloom” at Artechouse. Photographs by Robert Adams (starts Sun, 🆓, 🛋, National Mall)  will be on display starting this weekend at the National Gallery of Art. 
  5. Out-of-the-box movies. 🎞 If you wish to avoid the crowds in town for the holidays–maybe escape to a movie theater? Watch Dan Savage’s erotic film festival (Fri-Sat, 🆓, 🛋, 14th St.) or an indie film at Suns Cinema. Enjoy “Princess Mononoke(Fri, $10, 🛋, Silver Spring) as part of the Studio Ghibli Retrospective or “An American in Paris(Fri, $8, 🛋, Barracks Row) at Miracle Theatre. 


What Is on Our Radar: Memorial Day Activities

In case you’re looking for Memorial Day-related things to do over the weekend, here are some ideas: 

  • Ceremonies and Parades
  • Wall of poppies. A temporary installation of the USAA Poppy Wall of Honor will be on display at the National Mall from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29. The wall commemorates more than 645,000 American service members who gave their lives in service to our nation since World War I. 
  • Rolling to Remember. There are a variety of events this weekend including a talk from Jon Stewart, a pushup contest for veteran suicide awareness, and a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Memorial. 
  • Related museum exhibits. The National Museum of the Army will be open to the public on Monday, and will be hosting a variety of programs for Memorial Day weekend. The Smithsonian has a few related museum exhibits including “Mail Call” at the Postal Museum, “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War” at the National Museum of American History, and “Why We Serve” at the National Museum of the American Indian. 

Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.