Axios D.C. Weekender

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Hi, Thursday! Analis and Maxwell here with your weekend plans.

🚨 Situational awareness: The Washington Spirit play the Seattle Reign Friday and D.C. United plays the Chicago Fire on Saturday at Audi Field.

Today's newsletter is 744 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡² Honor those lost

Photo: Courtesy of the National Memorial Day Parade

Monday is Memorial Day and the city has several events to remember those who lost their lives while serving the country.

Why it matters: "Local events like the National Memorial Day Parade, bringing together veterans, celebrities, dignitaries and Americans from all across the country, are crucial for the D.C. community," Tim Holbert, president of the American Veterans Center, told Axios.

  • "They remind us that we share this city with the nation and represent something greater than ourselves."

Zoom in: The National Park Service will have in-person and virtual programming throughout the weekend at various memorials and monuments along the National Mall.

Here are four events to consider:

🎡 National Memorial Day Concert: Watch performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winner Cynthia Erivo and more, 8pm Sunday on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Stream here on PBS. Free.

🏍️ Rolling to Remember: See the Blessing of the Bikes 5pm Friday at the National Cathedral and a parade of at least 50,000 motorcycles riding through the city beginning noon Saturday. Free.

  • The parade is followed by a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 9pm.

πŸš’ National Memorial Day Parade: Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson and comedian Drew Carey along with other special guests, this patriotic parade with live music starts at 1pm Monday on Constitution Avenue. Free.

🧺 Weekend Rooftop Picnic Party: Enjoy three days of games and barbecue specials Saturday–Monday at Hi-Lawn atop Union Market. Make reservations here.

More things to do in D.C. this weekend

🌱 Maryland Plant Fest: Browse and buy plants from local vendors and shop an artisan market 10am–4pm Saturday and Sunday at Plants Alive in Silver Spring. Free.

🌈 Black Pride Opening Reception: Celebrate Pride with live performances and a special guest appearance by Billy Porter 5–10pm Friday at the Westin Washington. Free. RSVP here to secure a free drink and hors d'oeuvres.

πŸŽ‰ Alive & Outside Block Party: Vibe to DJs, play games and enjoy local food trucks 3–9pm Saturday at Sandlot Georgetown. Free. Skip the line for $30.

πŸ€– Capital House Music Festival: Dance to DJs and house music performances 11am–9pm at Franklin Park Sunday. Free. Donations accepted to the Sam "The Man" Burns Legacy Foundation.

🀍 D.C. Arab American Culture Festival: Celebrate Arab and MENA (Middle Eastern-North African) heritage with traditional food, music and dance 4–9pm Saturday at the Dew Drop Inn. Tickets start at $25.

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2. ▢️ Streaming guide

"The 1% Club," hosted by Patton Oswalt. Photo: Adam Rose/Prime Video

Here's what's new on Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Max, Paramount+ and BET+.

What we're watching: A new game show that tests how the brain works, a sci-fi thriller with a star-studded cast and a new season of "The Kardashians."

Max's pick of the week

"The 1% Club" β€” Available now on Prime Video and Fox

State of play: Comedian Patton Oswalt hosts this new game show in which 100 contestants compete to answer a question only 1% of the country can get right for a prize of up to $100,000.

What they're saying: "Your CV has nothing to do with how you'll do in the game," Oswalt told Axios. "I have watched people that are literally working part time at a pet store smoke people with multiple Ph.D.s. It's kind of fascinating."

Don't miss these

"Atlas" β€” Available tomorrow on Netflix

Driving the news: Jennifer Lopez, Simu Liu and Sterling K. Brown star in this new sci-fi film about a misanthropic analyst who must learn to trust her AI-controlled bodysuit so she can capture a corrupt robot.

Fun fact: This is J-Lo's second thriller in two years with Netflix. She also starred in "The Mother," released in May 2023.

"The Kardashians" β€” Available now on Hulu

The intrigue: Kourtney's pregnancy with her first child with Travis Barker is at the center of the fifth season of this reality show.

More to watch

"Lolla: The Story of Lollapalooza" on Paramount+

  • This three-part documentary dives into the origins and evolution of Lollapalooza and its co-founder Perry Farrell. Available now

"Stax: Soulsville, USA" on Max

  • This doc about the Memphis-based record label behind soul artists including Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes won the TV Premiere Audience Award at SXSW. Available now

"The Ms. Pat Show" season 4 on BET+

  • This Emmy-nominated sitcom returns with guest stars including Richard Lawson, Tommy Davidson, Flex Alexander and Golden Brooks. Available now

"The Beach Boys" on Disney+

  • The story of the pop music pioneers is told in this documentary with never-before-seen footage and new interviews. Available tomorrow

More new titles

Our picks:

πŸ‘— Analis will be watching "Bridgerton."

πŸ‚ Max recently caught up with Olympic star Shaun White.

Have a great weekend!

Thanks to our editor Ashley May and copy editor Egan Millard.