Through Sunday: As they continue their fast start to the season, the Washington Nationals play host to the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park for a four-game series over the holiday weekend. The Cardinals are scuffling a bit more than expected for the perennial contenders, but please note that that won't likely deter their rabid fans from finding seats in the ballpark. Two promotions of note: Friday is a Pups in the Park day, and Saturday is a Taste of the World event, with a special ticket getting fans Nationals salt and pepper shakers. The games start at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets are $10-$400.
Through Sunday: "Hooking Up with the Second City" at the new Drafthouse Comedy offers a chance to end the week with a laugh over something we all have in common: romance. Drafthouse Comedy’s special event promises an evening of poking fun at the missed connections, dates gone wrong and the various shenanigans aimed at finding true love. Shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with additional 4 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The show is 18 and up, and tickets are $35-$40.
Friday-Monday: "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" at the National Zoo puts trash on display, and, and some of it might be yours. The 17 sculptures placed throughout the zoo are made from plastic pollution harvested from beaches around the world. The large sculptures represent some of the sea creatures most affected by plastic pollution, including a 12-foot shark, a 16-foot parrot fish and an 8-foot octopus. The exhibition runs through Sept. 5, and admission to the National Zoo is free.
Friday-Monday: Born and raised in the District, Martin Puryear is best known for his sculptures. But "Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions" at the American Art Museum turns the focus on the artist's drawings and prints, although the career-spanning exhibition includes 14 sculptures among its 72 works. The exhibition runs through Sept. 5, and admission to the American Art Museum is free.
Friday: Now in its 16th season Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden showcases local musicians in a unique, beautiful setting. But in addition to taking in the music and scenery, you can see and be seen while enjoying a snack and a cool drink from the Pavilion Cafe. The 19th Street Band, a folk-music trio from the District, plays the first show of the season, which runs through Sept. 2. The concert runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Friday-Saturday: After more than four decades, Garrison Keillor is stepping down as host of his popular weekly radio variety show at the end of the summer. So this weekend's “A Prairie Home Companion” performances at Wolf Trap mark Keillor’s final times delivering “The News From Lake Wobegon” in the D.C. area. Those in attendance also will get a glimpse of the show's future: One of the special guests is Chris Thile of the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, the mandolin player who’ll replace Keillor in October. The shows start Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday (for a live broadcast) at 5:45 p.m., and tickets are $30-$50.
Saturday: Super Art Fight returns to the Black Cat, which means you have a say in deciding “The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe.” The participatory show is a unique and colorful marriage of live art, improvisational comedy sketches and professional wrestling. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15.
Saturday-Sunday: The annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park is a great excuse to spend a day in the rolling Virginia hills while supporting a good cause. The Emmanuel Episcopal Church is hosting the festival, with proceeds benefiting ministries at the church and grants throughout the community. The festival will feature crafts, games, hiking and, of course, strawberries, along with many other activities for the entire family. The festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and admission is $25 per car.
Saturday-Monday: One of the world’s biggest parkour events, Beast Coast 2016, returns to Rosslyn with a huge course — more than 20,000 square feet — set up in Gateway Park. Expect it to be filled with some of the best traceurs — those are people who participate in parkour — in addition to newcomers and locals who are interested in checking out the scene. Events start at 9 a.m. each day, and admission ranges $15-$53 for one day; prices vary for participation vs. spectating.
Sunday: Thousands of motorcycles will descend upon the city this weekend, building up to Sunday’s main event: Rolling Thunder, a group ride from the Pentagon, over Arlington Memorial Bridge, up Constitution Avenue and back down Independence Avenue around the Mall, ending at West Potomac Park. The ride is a sight and sound to behold, especially if you have a comfortable seat with a view. The motorcycles start coming over the bridge around noon, and the whole spectacle is free to watch.
Sunday: Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the National Memorial Day Concert, an annual event on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol which features performances by country singer Trace Adkins, former “American Idol” contestants Katharine McPhee and Trent Harmon, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Beach Boys, among others. (It also airs live on PBS.) The gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m., and it's free to attend.
Sunday: Out in the 'burbs? The "2016 Summer Blast Off" is Wolf Trap's free concert, featuring the United States Marine Band, a.k.a. “The President’s Own.” Expect a show filled with patriotic marches, Broadway tunes and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” with fireworks capping the evening. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., the concert starts at 8 and fireworks start at 9:45, and it's all free.
Monday: The National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue is commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the 75th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War II. In addition to soldiers, veterans, marching bands and local organizations, it will feature musical performances by John Michael Montgomery, “American Idol” winner Trent Harmon and country singer Phil Vassar, among others. The parade, which runs between seventh and 17th streets NW, starts at 2 p.m., and it's free to watch.
Monday: One of the biggest names in electronic music is kicking off summer with Steve Aoki's BBQ at Soundcheck. The acclaimed international DJ and producer will be spinning while guests chow down on barbecue — in fact, the first 150 people get sliders, mac and cheese and hush puppies. Doors open at 4 p.m. and admission is $30.
Monday: District-born playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won an Obie Award in 2014 for "An Octoroon," which opens at Woolly Mammoth on Memorial Day. The play is his adaptation of an 1859 melodrama, "The Octoroon," a satire that tells the story of a struggling plantation owner, his mixed-race daughter and the enslaved Africans attempting to keep things running smoothly. The play runs through June 26, and tickets are $20-$123. (Pay what you can tickets are available at the door on Monday and Tuesday.)