Your Guide to Memorial Day Weekend
May 24, 2023 @ 12:00pm
District Fray rounds up some of the coolest events going on for Memorial Day weekend around the DMV.
It’s Memorial Day, and there’s plenty of ways to make this long weekend one to remember, from Black Pride 2023 festivities and a pop-up market featuring AAPI and Native Hawaiian vendors to the 12th annual National Memorial Day Choral Festival. Note: Some descriptions courtesy of event hosts and edited for clarity.
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Le Diplomate’s Ice Cream Cart Returns
Le Diplomate’s pedal-powered ice cream cart is back, taking gourmet flavors to the streets just in time to help ring in the unofficial start to summer. 1601 14th St. NW, DC; lediplomatedc.com // @lediplomatedc
DC Black Pride Opening Reception
Join us for the DC Black Pride Opening Reception Talent Showcase. This amazing event is a celebration of LGBTQ+ people of color and their artistic talents. Come and enjoy an evening of comedy, music and performances from talented members of our community. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ+ people of color, celebrate diversity and support local artists. Free. 6 p.m. 999 9th St. NW, DC; dcblackpride.org // @dcblackpride
AANHPI Heritage Month Pop-Up Market
This Asian American, Native Hawaiian + Pacific Islander History Month, support AANHPI-owned, local small businesses at The Outrage DC’s pop-up market! Come prepared to shop and discover a range of incredible services. Free. 12 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW, DC; the-outrage.com // @theoutrageonline
The Caribbean Crawl Summer Kickoff
Get ready to be entertained by seven of the best International DJs in the DMV at seven different U Street bars. There will be live drummers and carnival dancers dressed in costume, Caribbean food truck, exclusive drink specials and more at each stop. $10+. 2 p.m. Multiple venues; caribbeancrawl2023.eventbrite.com
Movies at the Morrow: “Top Gun Maverick”
Movies, but make it magical: Here, you’ll get an elevated experience with style seating, a state-of-the-art LED screen, a cocktail and juice bar, cinema concessions and games for all ages. Each ticket includes bottomless popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages. There’s also an intriguing special pre-movie menu in Le Clou. $5+. Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. 222 M St. NE, DC; themorrowhotel.com // @themorrowhotel
The “Work Sucks” Comedy Show
Check out the Work Sucks comedy and vent about your job with some of the best local comedians. Your bad work stories could become a source of improvised jokes on stage. $10. 9 p.m. 1306 G St. NW, DC; astrobeerhall.com // @astrobeerhall
National Memorial Day Choral Festival
Designed to honor our nation’s veterans and fallen heroes through musical tribute, this grand concert will feature 200 singers representing choirs from throughout the United States as they join with the United States Air Force Orchestra to foster greater attention toward and observe the true meaning of Memorial Day as a national holiday. Free. 3 p.m. 2700 F St. NW, DC; kennedy-center.org // @kennedycenter
Asiantque Food Festival
The Asiantque festival is an event that celebrates the diverse and rich food cultures of different regions and countries. It is a platform for people to come together and experience different types of foods, flavors and cuisines. Apart from food, the Asiantque also features other forms of entertainment, such as live music, dance and art that reflect the traditions of the participating communities. Free. 5 p.m. 6911 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA; @theasiantque
National Memorial Day Parade
The National Memorial Day Parade presented by Boeing returns live to Constitution Avenue this Memorial Day. Come to our nation’s capital as we honor the service and sacrifice of generations of Americans. Free. 6 p.m. Constitution Avenue, DC; americanveteranscenter.org // @americanveteranscenter
Memorial Day Yoga at Lost Boy Cider
Please join us for a one-hour vinyasa yoga class at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria. Your $25 ticket includes the class and a post-practice beverage of your choice. $25. 10 a.m. 317 Hooffs Run Dr. Alexandria, VA; lostboycider.com // @lostboycider
Reign: A Drag Variety Show
Come see the winners of DuPont Dynasty every Monday Night at DIK Bar for a fun night of randomness. Featuring Dabatha Christie, Hennessey, Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson and Anamosity. Free. 8 p.m. 1637 17th St. NW, DC; dupontitaliankitchen.com // @dupontitaliankitchen
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