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The world's largest traveling bounce house (10,000 square feet of fun) will be making a brief stop in the D.C. area Friday through Monday at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland. (Image: Courtesy Big Bounce{ } America)
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Weekend Report: 13 events for a perfect Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 24

Art Jamz Happy Hour: Looking for a fun and arty way to spend your Thursdays? Drop by ArtJamz Dupont Studio between the hours of 6:30- 10 p.m. for a jamming happy hour with $5 beer and wine and $8 creative cocktails, such as the Picasso’s Silver Tongue, Kahlo’s Brow Raiser, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and O’Keeffe’s Motif. Have a drink and paint the walls ... or watch people paint the walls!

Speechless: Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand up comedians to software engineers and Tony Award winners to TED presenters put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet, giving a presentation that they've never seen before.

Friday, May 25

The Big Bounce America: The world's largest traveling bounce house (10,000 square feet of fun) will be making a brief stop in the D.C. area for the Memorial Day Weekend. Friday through Monday pay a visit to the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland and get your bounce on!

Jazz in the Garden: The summertime favorite returns! Jazz in the Garden takes place in the Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the National Gallery of Art, every Friday through August 24 from 5-8:30 p.m. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments, including a beer and wine menu.

Saturday, May 26

The Airmen of Note: The premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Through the years, the Airmen of Note has presented its own brand of big band jazz as well as more contemporary forms of jazz to audiences via annual tours across the United States, deployments around the world and local performances throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C. The Airmen of Note honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States.

Crawfish Boil: New Orleans native Chef David Guas will be hosting his second Crawfish Boil of the season with live music from 4-6 p.m. Get the $35 bargain bundle –Louisiana Crawfish with Corn on the Cob, spicy and peppery New Potatoes, tangy Coleslaw, quarter Muff-a-lottas and sweet and savory Cornbread. Empty platters can be filled up with a second helping, while supplies last. If Crawfish ain’t for ya, Peel n Eat Gulf Shrimp by the half pound will be available a la carte. And, new to the offerings are Natchitoches style Meat-Pies. In the “spirit” of Louisiana, Hurricanes will be offered for $6, drafts of Abita for $5, and pitchers for $15.

The Great Gatsby Lawn Party: Sprawled out before the magnificent towers of The National Cathedral, return to an older era of flapper dresses, boater hats, and the big band scores of the 1910's, 1920's, & 1930's. A full 12-piece orchestra will warm up your feet, dance performances, lessons, and contests by the Fidgety Feet, lawn games including croquet, bocce, and tug o' war, two dance floors, photo sets, food & beverage, specialty alcoholic Prohibition cocktail bars, and much more await! Period attire strongly encouraged.

Squash Tournament: Squash On Fire will host the the Junior Gold tournament where top men and women will compete. This exciting event is free and open to the public! Sports fans can join us to watch all the action and grab a bite to eat or a drink at Squash On Fire's Upper West Side Cafe

Sunday, May 27

Chef's Supper Series: Chef Edward Lee’s second installment of his Chef’s Supper Series, will showcase a Low Country Seafood Boil at 6 p.m.. for $85 per person.The dinner will begin in Succotash Penn Quarter’s intimate hearth room with a bourbon and blackberry sweet tea welcome cocktail, as well as shaved asparagus salad and raw California oysters. The family-style menu will feature king crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn, andouille sausage and cornbread, with strawberry-rhubarb trifle concluding the dinner. Optional beer and wine pairings will be offered for an additional $30 and Chef Lee’s signed cookbooks may be purchased at the event.

NASA 60th anniversary exhibit: This special exhibition curated in collaboration with NASA to celebrate the federal agency’s work and accomplishments over the past 60 years—and on display the week of the NSO Pops concert Space, the Next Frontier—explores the story of man’s advancement into space and beyond. Platforms extending down the Hall of Nations display various models and artifacts centered around Aeronautics, Human Spaceflight, Learning about Earth from Space, Exploring Our Solar System, Mysteries of the Universe, NASA Technology in Our Lives, NASA and the Future, and NASA and President John F. Kennedy.

Rolling Thunder: The Rolling Thunder is an annual motorcycle ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C. The Rolling Thunder Run mission is to educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War

Monday, May 28

Free Zengo Rides: For Memorial Day, all active duty military and veterans ride for free (shoe rentals included) at all five Zengo Cycle locations. The free rides are on a walk-in basis only, but call each studio ahead of time for availability.

Game 1 of Stanley Cup: For the first time in 20 years, the Caps are heading to the Stanley Cup! Catch game one of the series as they head to Vegas to take on the first-year expansion team the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

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