Mini Golf & BBQ Pop-Up
This weekend, hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians are expected to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in search of sunshine, sand and perhaps a round of miniature golf in one of the beach towns. If you would rather stay in the city than brave the traffic, the National Building Museum will bring the vacation to you. On Memorial Day, the museum will open two nine-hole, indoor miniature golf courses with one-of-a-kind holes created by leading local architects and designers. With the theme “Building the Future,” the courses are designed for all ages. A round costs $3 with museum admission. Although you might have a hard time finding saltwater taffy, you will be able to enjoy barbecue from Hill Country Barbecue Market in Penn Quarter, which will host a pop-up restaurant on the museum’s west lawn. Throughout the summer, the museum also will host six miniature golf “late night” events, as well as Saturday evening country concerts. Through Labor Day at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. 202/272-2448. Web: nbm.org.
Rockville’s Hometown Holidays
If the expected crowds on the Mall don’t entice you this holiday weekend, take the Metro the opposite direction to the suburbs and celebrate Memorial Day small-town style. The 25th Hometown Holidays will feature a full weekend of concerts, food tastings and pomp and circumstance in the Rockville Town Center in Maryland. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy bites from dozens of restaurants while enjoying performances by local musicians including Sunny Sweeney, a country singer and songwriter, and The Waiting, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band. On Monday, the festivities will continue with a musical tribute to America and a traditional Memorial Day ceremony complete with a presentation of colors, a wreath-laying and a 21-gun salute to U.S. veterans, followed by the city’s 69th Memorial Day parade featuring local drill teams, marching bands and military units. Through Monday at Rockville Town Center, 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, Md. 240/314-5000. Web: rockvillemd.gov.
Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles
Since 1954, Washington baseball fans have taken pride in the Baltimore Orioles, the American League baseball team named for the Maryland state bird that has won eight division championships, six pennants and three World Series championships. Recently, however, local sports fans’ allegiances have been torn with the rise of the young Washington Nationals, the National League team that came to town from Montreal in 2005 and won a division title last season, putting major league baseball on notice that they were ready to contend for a pennant or maybe even a World Series crown this year. Starting Memorial Day, kick off summer with America’s favorite pastime during the four-game Battle of the Beltways. The local rivals will face off at Nationals Park on Monday and Tuesday, and then head to Camden Yards in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday. Will you wear red or orange? Monday and Tuesday at Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE.; Wednesday and Thursday at Camden Yards, W. Lee St., Baltimore. 202/675-NATS. Web: washington.nationals.mlb.com.
Jazz in the Garden
Though summer doesn’t technically begin until June 21, Washingtonians know that the season kicks off unofficially with the first Jazz in the Garden concert. On Friday, the National Gallery of Art will start its weekly concert series in the Sculpture Garden on the Mall. If the weather is nice, you will want to sneak out of the office a little early to snag a spot on the 6.1-acre garden filled with 11 large-scale works of art — and bring a blanket, a picnic and friends to share a pitcher of sangria from the cafe to enjoy with the free performance. Friday’s concert features Ruthie and the Wranglers, a local five-piece roots rock band known for smart lyrics and high-energy rhythms. The concerts will take place every Friday throughout the summer, weather permitting, and will highlight a variety of jazz styles such as 1920s and 1930s big band, Afrofunk, “blusion,” salsa and folksy jazz harmonica. Through Aug. 30, at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 202/737-4215. Web: nga.gov.