While many of you are packing up and heading to the beach, we know there are some that are staying in DC this Memorial Day weekend. The FITgals are here to help you stay entertained and motivated this holiday weekend!
1. Before you get into the swing of your Memorial Day weekend, head to Jazz in the Garden—the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, that is—which will debut its summer series on Friday, May 22. Each week features a different band between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket to sit on and feel free to pack a picnic or to head to the on-site Pavilion Café for sangria and sandwiches.
2. Try something new this Memorial Day weekend with YOGA HIKES! According to the website: Launched in spring of 2013, Yoga Hikes is a fun and social way to have a cardio-based yoga experience while exploring the great outdoors of the Metro DC area. Our Urban and Nature Yoga Hikes combine the cardio benefits of well-paced hiking with the strengthening moves of yoga for an intimate group workout that is accessible to yoga practitioners of all levels. Yoga Hikes are led by certified yoga instructors who will keep you moving, provide hands-on assists, and help you advance your yoga practice. They are also knowledgeable trail guides who will take you on routes that combine hills, stairs, and distance for a great overall workout. Sign up for the 10 am class on Saturday, May 23 in Rosslyn today! Like NOW!
3. Time to get some more FITNESS in! Head to Annapolis on Sunday to learn about Stand-Up Paddle Boarding! MantraFit is giving FREE SUP Yoga, Paddle Clinics and Evolve Paddleboard demos ALL DAY LONG on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 10 am – 4 pm and the Fairwinds Marina (where the Magothy River meets Deep Creek).
4. Wrap up the weekend by packing a picnic and head to the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 24, 2015, 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. PBS sponsors a FREE concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guest artists along with the National Symphony Orchestra.
5. Don’t forget that most of you have MONDAY OFF! So take the day to see the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday! Put on since 2005, the parade—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—is run by the American Veterans Center and honors those servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Set on Constitution Avenue, the march wows audiences exceeding 250,000 strong with marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, floats and hundreds of veterans. This year’s parade is set for Monday, May 25, starting at 2 p.m.