Take on the long weekend with summer concerts and old fashioned costumes while you prepare for a restful Memorial Day weekend.
Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park
The annual Yards Park Concert Series begins its run of shows that will last all summer long Friday. Pebble to Pearl, an R&B and pop group, will kick off the lineup with funky and upbeat disco tunes. Located right by the Anacostia River, you can take in a gorgeous view with a date or with your family. The concert features family-friendly lyrics with plenty of nearby food options, like limited spicy flavors at Ice Cream Jubilee. If you’re coming with older guests, catch some music before buying a round of drinks at District Winery or Chloe, all located minutes from Yards Park.
Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
Dardanella: The Great Gatsby Lawn Party
If you loved F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Dardanella, a 1920s-inspired lawn party, will be a dream come true. Named after one of the biggest musical hits of the era, Dardanella celebrates everything about the decade, from vintage orchestras and old-timey gramophones playing tunes from the roaring ’20s. A professional choreographer will also be on hand to teach the Charleston. Grab your bowler hat or flapper dress, or you can buy era-appropriate garb from vintage vendors on site, so you can play croquet in style. Finally, top off your day with the most popular prohibition-style cocktails and a carnival snack.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $55.
Willie Nelson & Family with Sturgill Simpson
The Anthem’s billing Sunday will make any country music listener swoon, with music legend Willie Nelson sharing the stage with critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. As country royalty, Nelson has worked with countless musicians, like Bob Dylan and Norah Jones, in a career spanning five decades and has released 61 studio albums, like the 1975 classic “Red Headed Stranger.” Stay entranced by Simpson’s baritone voice as he performs tracks from his self-produced 2016 release “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” which received a Grammy for best country album last year. These two musicians will be joined by opener Cris Jacobs before Nelson and Simpson go off as part of their 16 date Outlaw Music Festival Tour.
The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins 7:30 p.m. $95.