National Memorial Day Choral FestivalMay 27, DC: Come sing in honor of America’s heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the Kennedy Center under the artistic direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. Not merely a festival for Washington, Festival is an event for the entire country – a major event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday.
National Memorial Day ParadeMay 28, DC: Held annually along Constitution Avenue, the parade shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations. Commemorating its fourteenth year, it is our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.
National Memorial Day ConcertMay 27, DC: The concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform and their families at home.
Rolling ThunderMay 25-28, DC: The first Run in 1988 had roughly 2500 motorcycles and riders demanding that the U.S. government account for all POW/MIA’s. It continues to grow every year, becoming the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event. Now with over a million riders and spectators combined, Rolling Thunder has evolved into an emotional display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.
Now-Jul 1, DC: Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Camelot, set amid mystical forests and grand castles, and tells a beloved tale of a leader’s integrity, courage and empathy—a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. With the legendary story of King Arthur’s Round Table, doomed romance and a stunning score (“If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence”), Camelot has won the hearts of generations of musical theatre lovers.
DC Duck RaceMay 26, DC: The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.’s Annual Duck Race is a festival that brings the community together in support of local non-profits and organizations. Members of the community are able to sponsor rubber ducks that will participate in a race along a contained course along the Anacostia River, with funds supporting the Rotary Club and community organizations. In addition to prizes for the winning ducks, participants can enjoy music, entertainment, food, a Kids Zone, activities and much more.
May 26, Baltimore: To make room for the flowers of summer and to help prepare for the next year’s tulips every Saturday of Memorial Day weekend the Annual Tulip Dig attracts tulip and other bulb lovers from far and wide to dig up, buy and take home their favorite bulbs to enjoy. Some people use them as gifts for their fellow tulip loving friends and family.
Sowebo Arts and Music Fest
May 27, Baltimore: Music, Food, Art, Interactive Exhibits, Shows, Craft Jumble and more! It's gotta be good, it's been going for 35 years!
Historic National Road Yard SaleMay 30-Jun 3, Rt 40: 824 miles of roadside treasures!
Winnie the PoohNow-Jun 17, Frederick: Maryland Ensemble Theater and Fun Company present this delightful version of the children's classic. Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where A.A. Milne’s beloved bear of very little brain is happily singing “Isn’t it funny how a bear likes honey,” when the terrible trouble begins. Join Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl as they try to figure out what to do!
Smith Island Arts FestivalMay 26, Smith Island: This Memorial Day Saturday event celebrates the work of regional and local artists and the cultural heritage of Smith Island. Art and crafts of more than 30 participants will be on display and for sale, as well as local food specialties, including Smith Island cake!
The Scottsboro BoysNow-Jul 1, Arlington: Signature’s tradition of celebrating Kander & Ebb continues with their final musical collaboration. In the vein of their iconic Chicago and Cabaret, the Tony Award®-winning masterminds deliver a breathtaking musical critique of a stunning true story of racism and injustice in the American South.
Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 25-28, Chestertown: Plan to spend the entire weekend at this estival celebrating colonial history: re-enactment, craft vendors, entertainment, children's activities, parade, food, distance run and plenty more! Something for everyone!
A View From the BridgeMay 25-Jun 17, Frederick: The limits of family bonds and personal honor are tested in Miller’s gripping tragedy, A View from the Bridge. The poverty of an American working class family comes face to face with the sheer destitution of their immigrant cousins, desperate to make a new life when an admirable longshoreman takes in two if his wife’s Italian cousins who have been smuggled into this country. One falls in love with his niece and a 1950s plot becomes more topical than ever!
The Invisible Hand
Now-Jun 10, Olney: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced comes a thriller about Nick, an American options trader and Citibank executive, held hostage by a fringe radical group in Pakistan. In an ingenious twist on the Stockholm Syndrome, the American captive offers to earn his own ransom by investing a multi-million dollar portfolio on behalf of his Islamic captors.
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