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Free and Easy: Rockville Memorial Day Parade, YouTube OnStage, Zombie Book Club

The Tour de Fat bike festival Saturday will raise money for local bike-advocacy groups. (Courtesy of WABA)

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.


70th Annual City of Rockville Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade

Spend your Memorial Day honoring members of the Armed Forces at the annual City of Rockville Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade. The festivities include music by the Rockville Band and the Rockville Chorus and a parade with floats, dancers and high school marching bands. There also will be a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard and Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard, and a wreath-laying led by the American Legion Post 86.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rockville Town Center, North Washington Street and Middle Lane, Rockville. 240-314-8620.


The Science and Art of Forensic Facial Reconstruction

Find out how a biomedical engineer and forensic artist reconstructed the face of an unidentified Civil War soldier using forensic anthropology, 3-D modeling and CT data of his skull. The soldier was believed to be in the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment; his skull was found on Morris Island, S.C., in 1876.

6 to 7 p.m. National Museum of Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring. 301-319-3300.


YouTube OnStage

R&B singer John Legend headlines this one-time-only concert, which features popular acts who jumpstarted their careers with viral YouTube videos. The line-up features dubstep violinist and “America’s Got Talent” finalist Lindsey Stirling; Les Twins, the dancing sibling duo from France who’ve appeared with such celebrities as Beyoncé and Missy Eliott; and Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox, the group famous for its old-timey renditions of modern pop hits, such as their big band swing cover of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.”

7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.


Zombie Book Club

If you don’t feel like the recent popularity of zombies has made them lose their brain-chomping, blood-stained charm, head to the Lamond-Riggs Library to join its newest book club. Dedicated to all things undead, the Zombie Book Club is open to teens and adults. It’s a fun, new spin on the traditional book club in which members are invited to share their favorite books and make zombie-themed crafts, rather than participate in a discussion of an assigned text.

6:30 p.m. Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255.


From the Vaults: Jazz Diplomacy

The National Archives screens a series of films about the U.S. government’s use of jazz music during the Cold War. Such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis served as "jazz ambassadors," performing in Communist countries and meeting with citizens and heads of state in an effort to improve America’s image abroad. The film screening is a part of the Jazz at the National Archives, a series of panel discussions, screenings, concerts and family activities.

Noon. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.


Tour de Fat

New Belgium Brewing’s bicycling festival, Tour de Fat, returns to D.C. with a day of music, vaudeville acts, games, food trucks and bike contests. There will also be a bike parade hosted by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and a lesson on brewing beer. The festival is free, but proceeds from beer sales benefit WABA and other local biking nonprofit groups.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.


Washington Folk Festival

The 34th annual Washington Folk Festival (also on Saturday) celebrates traditions from around the globe with performances from musicians, dancers and storytellers, as well as craft displays by D.C. area artists living. The list of performers includes science teacher, storyteller and astrophysicist Tim Livengood; puppeteer and storyteller Janice Curtis Greene; and the Slaveya Vocal Ensemble.

Noon to 7 p.m. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.



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