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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for May 27-30

We've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this Memorial Day weekend. You can also read the latest info regarding what's open and reopening in the District, as well as things to do during the week and throughout the month.

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Friday

 

Dave’s Dream
Visit the National Museum of American History to check out this modified 1969 Ford LTD. Known as a “lowrider” and named after David Jaramillo of Chimayo, New Mexico, the car’s customizations were completed by Jaramillo’s family after his death. Dave’s Dream went on to win area competitions, highlighting the significance and cultural legacy of lowriding, with many of these vehicles utilizing artistic paint schemes, colorful upholstery and hydraulic lifts to create distinctive looks and animations. Pay homage to the art of lowriding and the Jaramillo family when you check out this jaw-dropping vehicle.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

PIXELBLOOM – Final Weekend
An ARTECHOUSE original production, PIXELBLOOM pushes the boundaries of immersive digital art, inviting visitors to jump into the metaverse and glide through a virtual world of cherry blossoms brought to life only at ARTECHOUSE. The installation merges the digital and physical worlds in a one-of-a-kind dynamic experience inspired by nature’s beauty. The main 22-minute audiovisual installation in the Immersion Gallery employs 18-channel, 270° floor-to-wall surround projection array and a 22.5-channel spatialized audio system to breathe a new life into cherry blossoms in peak bloom through an explosion of vibrant colors and textures. The exhibit closes on Monday, May 30.
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

There’s Always the Hudson
T and Lola have a mission. After meeting in a support group for sexual abuse survivors years ago, the two made a pact to take out revenge on those who have wronged them. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents this riveting production written by Paola Lázaro, a tale of two damaged souls ready to confront their trauma and deliver some well-deserved justice. Note that There’s Always the Hudson contains discussions and depictions of sexual abuse and assault, profanity and drug use.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Saturday

 

James Van Der Zee’s Photographs: A Portrait of Harlem – Final Weekend
The National Gallery of Art showcases more than 40 images by legendary photographer James Van Der Zee, a prolific chronicler of life in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood during the 1920s, ‘30s and beyond. Van Der Zee captured special occasions and other local happenings through carefully composed photographs that provided insights into the personalities and aspirations of his subjects. He also photographed nightclubs and storefronts as well as religious, social, political and athletic community groups in his signature style. Marvel at a master’s work in this revelatory exhibit that closes on Monday, May 30.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection
The Hirshhorn has been collecting the prolific work of Yayoi Kusama since 1996. The museum’s 2017 survey of her work traveled to five North American art museums, introducing Kusama’s spellbinding visions to record audiences. Now, the Hirshhorn displays five of Kusama’s works from the museum’s permanent collection, including two of the artist’s transcendent Infinity Mirror Rooms. One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is a tribute to the life and practice of the visionary artist and makes for an awesome Mother's Day activity. Free timed passes are required.
Thursday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
 

Show Way The Musical – Final Weekend
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s Newbery-winning tale of resilience becomes a world premiere stage adaptation with new music by Tyrone L. Robinson. Based on Woodson’s own family, the moving and lyrical tale pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters’ lives. Soonie’s great grandmother was only seven years old when she was sold to a plantation and began stitching Show Way, a quilt filled with secret meanings to help enslaved people find freedom.
1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Our Town
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play will leave you feeling more connected to the world around you. Sidney Harman Hall becomes turn-of-the-century Grover’s Corners, where everyday life reveals universal truths about community, love, life and death. Our Town is both deeply allegorical and endlessly captivating, with an ensemble cast filled by celebrated local performers.
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Sunday

 

Adams Morgan Drag Queen Storytime 2022
Join Adams Morgan Partnership BID, The LINE and DC Public Library at Unity Park for storytime with a drag queen. The goal is to inspire a love of reading while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others. This event is free and open to children of all ages.
11 a.m. | More details
Unity Park, Intersection of Columbia Rd., Champlain St. & Euclid St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

The 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 are free but must be requested online.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

National Memorial Day Concert

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. The show will be live-streamed online and broadcast nationally on PBS.
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

 

American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams
For decades, photographer Robert Adams has made provocative and compelling photographs that have influenced generations. The new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art will feature 175 of Adams’ works divided into three sections: The Gift, Our Response and Tenancy. Visitors can marvel at the artist’s stirring depictions of strip malls, suburban sprawl, highways, homes, stores, rivers, prairies, the ocean and other scenes from the American landscape.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

 

National Memorial Day Parade
Marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, are ushered down Constitution Avenue during DC’s annual Memorial Day celebration, being held in-person for the first time since 2019. The 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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