Welcome to The Weekend Scene newsletter! The long weekend is jam-packed with the start of LGBTQIA+ pride celebrations, plus Memorial Day parades, festivals and free music.
So many of our favorite events are coming back this year with renewed energy (and big crowds). This weekend, it's the full reawakening of the National Memorial Day Parade and D.C. Black Pride.
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Let's dive into hot, joyful summer 2022.
- Tommy and Sophia
D.C. Black Pride weekend is “bigger and bolder than ever” with parties, workshops, a wellness fair and more to “celebrate the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community and raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS," organizers say.
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown will be the hub for many events including the Rainbow Row expo for LGBTQIA+ businesses and organizations (Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.); free health screenings; workshops on topics from livable communities to body positivity; a screening of “Fierceness Served;” an elimination-style poetry slam and more.
The Unity Ball, happy hours, receptions, rooftop parties and all-night club ragers will take over venues across the city. Here’s the full schedule for Black Pride 2022.
The celebration of D.C.'s queer, POC community culminates on Monday with Pride by the River in Anacostia Park.
More Things Happening This Weekend
Tarara Winery Summer Concerts
Saturday, May 28
Tarara Winery in Leesburg kicks off their summer concert series ‘80s style with The Reflex on Saturday at 6 p.m. Bring your own picnic or purchase beer, wine and food truck eats. Check out the full summer schedule here.
Until Monday, May 30
The Jurassic Encounter brings your family to the prehistoric age with 45+ life-size animatronic and still dinosaurs. It’s the final weekend to roar at the T-Rex, dig up “bones” and learn about dinos right in Centreville, Virginia.
National Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30
The nation’s largest Memorial Day parade returns in full after two years. Pay tribute to military members who made the ultimate sacrifice starting at 2 p.m. along Constitution Avenue NW. For more local flavor, see the parade and festival in Falls Church, Virginia.
Teen Cobra, 8 p.m. Thursday, Black Cat, $15
This D.C. husband and wife duo’s Thursday show is billed as its District farewell show. The band plays an extremely raw and lo-fi but highly energetic blend of punk and rockabilly. Virginia’s Thee Deluxe and DJ Mad Squirrel open. Details.
Post Animal, 7:30 p.m. Friday, DC9, $20
Melodic psych rock quintet from Chicago. Heavy and hooky Stuyedeyed from Bed-Stuy opens. Stick around for the Daft Punk Is Playing at My House music video dance party at 11 p.m. Details.
The largest graveyard of abandoned naval ships in Western Hemisphere waters is now a vibrant nature preserve that you can see up close in Charles County, Maryland. The video above gives you a firsthand look at Mallows Bay.
Hi-Lawn Rooftop Grill-Out & Picnic Party
Music, lawn games, creative grilled eats and drinks make for a fun weekend on the Union Market rooftop. Drag queen Jaxknife will host Hi-Lawn's first “all-inclusive fruit-themed” dance party Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
The Hi-Lawn Rooftop Grill-Out & Picnic Party is
free to attend and you’re welcome to bring a picnic blanket. Food, including special “Lawn Dogs,” and summery draft cocktails will be available for purchase. It goes Friday through Monday.
U.S. Marine Corps Memorial
@wdmoore03 shared this shot of a rainbow over the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial. Tag @nbcwashington in your photos for a chance to be featured.
About Tommy and Sophia
Tommy McFLY (@TommyMcFLY) brings you the best things to do around Washington as a News4 correspondent. A millennial Gemini husband and dog dad originally from Scranton, Tommy celebrates the things that bring our town together.
Sophia Barnes (@barnessophiag) started writing for NBC Washington and The Scene in 2016, covering everything from museum openings to protests to quirky animal stories. She’s an American University alum who loves good food and live music — say hi if you see her around the DMV.
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