It’s Memorial Day weekend and it’s the first holiday since the coronavirus pandemic started that most of us will be able to gather safely without fear of spreading the virus to family members. Memorial Day is, of course, more than just grilling and waving the flag: On this date, we remember those who’ve given up their lives so that this country can keep being the Land of the Free. Take some time to remember those who have given up their lives fighting this pandemic as well: As of this writing, over 593,000 people have lost their lives to the virus.
Rolling Thunder has rebranded itself as Rolling to Remember. The gathering, taking place Sunday, aims to celebrate and honor Veterans, as well as to highlight their mental health needs and the high incidence of suicide in the community. Here are the street closures associated with the event:
The water fixtures at Yards Park are back on this weekend and none is as happy as our friends at Ice Cream Jubilee. Item one on this weekend’s list? Support Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with our locally- and Asian-American woman-owned ice cream shop!
Speaking of awesome outdoor areas, the folks at The Trust For Public Land, a non-profit that supports outdoor places for all, declared Washington, D.C. the top city in their ParkScore rating. Most people (98%) in the District have access to some sort of park or green area. I know many out there with your incisive natures and smart brains are going to poke holes in this, but let’s enjoy the win for now. Incidentally, Arlington is ranked number 4, so hey– well done, this area! Let’s get out there an enjoy. Incidentally, we’ve been tracking the progress of the bandstand at Eastern Market Metro park and it’s looking sweet!
For many, Memorial Day is all about barbecue, and this is your last weekend to get Big Frank’s BBQ in your stomach before he takes away his trailer of delights this Sunday. Big Frank’s is parked outside Valor Brewpub, 723 8th Street SE.
Let’s talk about violence and the damage it does to our communities, today and every day. The T.R.I.G.G.E.R. Project aims to destigmatize talking about gun violence and they are hosting a hybrid End Gun Violence Conference this Tuesday, June 1. You can learn more and sign up via Eventbrite here.
Culture House, 700 Delaware Avenue SW, recently opened a beautiful exhibit called “A Group of Related Things.” The exhibit is open on Saturdays, 12-3 p.m. or by appointment. To me, this adorable house will always be Blind Whino because what a name, but either way, it’s nice to have things open again. More info here.
Eastern Market has increased their hours of operation! You can now line up for blues and bucks earlier:
- Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m,
Go to a Drive-in– in the heart of Capitol Riverfront and for a good cause: Capitol Riverfront is doing an old-fashioned drive-in and the proceeds go to different local organizations. Get tickets here for this weekend’s offerings.
MeowDC, a whole month of Cativities, ends this Saturday at the Humane Rescue Alliance. Check out all the cuteness here.
This year, Cultural Tourism is holding their Passport DC event remotely and they are appropriately calling it Passport DC@Home. You can join in the fun through May and beyond. Make sure you check out the full calendar of activities here.
“Happiness” is an exhibit at Frame of Mine organized by the Capitol Hill Art League. It features works by artists affiliated with the league. You can catch the show in person or online through June 19, 2021. Click here to visit it online.
Reminder: ANC 6C is seeking grant applicants for projects in the area. The deadline is May 27. The application is here.
Come out to clean Eastern Market area next Saturday, June 5, starting at 10 a.m. Make sure to bring a trash bag, disposable gloves and a grabber. Have a high schooler who needs volunteer hours? Click here to get the DCPS volunteer form. Can’t make it to Eastern Market? Clean up your part of the Hill, tag us at @thehillishome and #CleanTheHill and share what you’ve picked up!
Want to be part of the Capital Pride Parade? You can be a part of Capitol Hill Village’s float. Info here.
Cinematery, dinner and a movie, returns to Congressional Cemetery starting June 4. Dine under the stars and on top of dead people at the hippest cemetery around! Their first offering is “Dracula.” Check out the rest of the lineup here.
Have you ever dreamed of being a Master Gardener? The UDC program was put on pause last year on account of the pandemic, but they are now accepting applications for the fall. For more details and forms, click here. To register for a Q&A on June 7, click here.
Crossing has an upcoming book social on June 29 with Last Summer at Golden Hotel and they are offering the books for free! Sign up for one of three possible pick-up dates between June 6-8 here.