6 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend
Live music, carnival rides, historic boat tours and remembrances round out the upcoming holiday weekend.
Nothing says summer like live outdoor music, and Clare & Don’s has a full holiday weekend lineup, starting with New Orleans keyboard legend John “Papa” Gros on Thursday, May 27 from 5-7:30 p.m. Come back Friday, May 28 for The Sisters (5-7:30 p.m.), and Saturday, May 29 for Groovejet (1-4 p.m.), followed by DC Jam Funk Fusion (5-7:30 p.m.). Then round out the weekend on a slightly mellower note with a Sunday, May 30 performance by Jorge & Cathy from 4-6 p.m.
The Little City is staging a host of remembrances and activities for the whole family, including a citywide scavenger hunt (through June 1) with a chance to win a free T-shirt and a virtual 3K fun run. On Monday, May 31, a Memorial Day ceremony (11 a.m. at 223 Little Falls St. – advance registration required) will be followed by a Quantico Marine Corps Band concert (12:30 p.m.) at Cherry Hill Park and a Memorial Day Parade (2:30 p.m.) through various city streets and neighborhoods.
Vienna’s annual street festival is back with carnival rides, live music and kid-friendly performances (including a set by Best of Arlington winner Rocknoceros), food vendors, , arts and crafts booths, and a Memorial Day tribute. Shop for locally made jewelry, candles, woodcrafts and more.
Pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Special ceremonies and observances will be held at multiple landmarks and monuments, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and Women in Military Service for America Memorial. In addition, Rolling Thunder returns to Arlington and D.C. this year with a motorcycle demonstration on May 30 to raise awareness of veterans’ issues and the 82,000 service members who are missing in action.
Based on a true story about the legendary country singer’s unlikely friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, Creative Caudron’s outdoor musical promises down-home country humor, poignant moments and audience participation. The production, created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, includes in 19 of Patsy Cline’s best-known songs, including hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces and Walking After Midnight. Performances kick off May 28 and run Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., through June 20, in Cherry Hill Park, featuring a different actress as Patsy every weekend.