Memorial Day Weekend in Metro DC May 24-27, 2019

Our Memorial Day Weekend Guide includes schedules and info on the National Parade, National Memorial Day Concert, Rolling Thunder, Wreath Laying Ceremony in addition to museum and gallery exhibits, concerts, shows and family events.

Hot Hits

Honor vets at the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally

National Mall
Mon. May 27
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.

Observe the Flag-In during Memorial Day Weekend

Arlington National Cemetery
May. 24 – 27
The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery, with thousands of veterans and members of their immediate family resting there.

Witness the majesty of the Iwo Jima Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial - Arlington National Cemetery
May. 24 – 27
Located just outside of the Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial (also known as the Marine Corps War Memorial) is one of the most moving monuments in the region.

National Memorial Day Concert

West Lawn US Capitol
Mon. May 27
PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform as well as their families. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host the proceedings, which will feature numerous other celebrity performers.

National Memorial Day Choral Festival

The Kennedy Center
Sun. May 26
Come sing in honor of America’s heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over Memorial Day Weekend under the artistic direction of Dr. Craig Jessop.

National Memorial Day Parade

Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets
Tue. May 28
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.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Washington The memorial includes the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam Conflict.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1995. Its Wall of Remembrance and 19 stainless steel statues commemorate the sacrifices of the millions of Americans and allied partners who fought during the Korean War.

World War II Memorial

Washington The World War II Memorial commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of "the greatest generation."


Love's Labor's Lost

Folger Theatre
Apr. 30 – Jun. 9

Winnie the Pooh

Adventure Theatre MTC
Mar. 29 – May. 26

Tiny Tots - Clowning Around

The Puppet Co. Playhouse
May. 18 – 26

Kid's Talk & Tour

The Mansion at Strathmore
Mar. 9 – Jul. 20

FAME, The Musical, US Premiere in Spanish

GALA Hispanic Theatre
Apr. 25 – Jun. 2

OGT Kids Series: The Last Unicorn

Old Greenbelt Theatre
Sat. May 25

FAME, el Musical (en español)

GALA Hispanic Theatre
Apr. 25 – Jun. 2

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Mar. 10 – Jul. 9

Baseball Americana

Library of Congress
Thru Jun. 29

Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice

National Gallery of Art
Mar. 10 – May. 26

New York Ave Sculpture Project

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thru Sep. 20, 2020

Queens of Egypt

National Geographic
Mar. 1 – Sep. 2


Signature Theatre
Apr. 30 – Jun. 23

Shear Madness

The Kennedy Center
Thru Jun. 19

Explore! With the NPG

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Dec. 31

Still Life To Portraiture

Publick Playhouse
Mar. 21 – Jun. 1

Tour: Library of Congress - Thomas Jefferson Building

Library of Congress
Thru Feb. 1, 2020

Into the Woods

Ford's Theatre
Mar. 9 – May. 16

Story Time in our Explore! Family Space

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Thru Jul. 14

Curator's Tour for Adults

The Mansion at Strathmore
Mar. 9 – May. 26

Jill Tanenbaum and Cathy Abramson

Montpelier Arts Center
Apr. 7 – May. 26

Tour: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Thru Feb. 29, 2020

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

National Gallery of Art
Apr. 14 – Sep. 15

Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto

National Gallery of Art
Mar. 10 – May. 26

Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Thru Jun. 2
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