Now that summer is almost here, start enjoying that seasonal fun today. Whether you want to attend a car show, have lunch in the park, or scarf down some barbecue, hurry up and sign up for these activities this May.
May 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
After months of being closed, the Marine Corps museum is opening its doors back open to welcome in guests. Explore the past, present, and future of the military branch at the two-story building. Guests over the age of 6 will be required to wear a face covering when inside. // National Museum of the Marine Corps: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Triangle; free
May 17, 7 p.m.
Spend the evening discussing Patrick O’Donnell’s new release. His book takes you back to 1776, but instead of focusing on George Washington and the heavy hitters of the Revolution, this story focuses on the Marbleheaders. This group formed the elite guard that protected the future president and helped Washington and his men cross the Delaware River, changing the fate of the country forever. // free
May 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Instead of another lunch at home, enjoy the great outdoors by taking your lunch to the park. Spread out your blankets and take in the live music and you enjoy your packed feast. // Memorial Park: 1401 Kenmore Ave., Fredericksburg; free
May 20, noon-1 p.m.
During historic moments, people have turned toward … needlework. Join art historian Isabella Rosner as she discusses the parallels seen during these moments of chaos and the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will tell our stories for years to come. // free
May 22 & 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Take a historical stroll through the city of Alexandria. To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, the city is offering a tour of the restored and preserved buildings and spaces throughout the city. // Carlyle House: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; $25
May 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Barbecue season is here! Treat yourself to the best grub the region has to offer. From bacon and brisket to ribs and whole hogs, you’ll be able to get your meat fix. And don’t forget to wash it all down with one of the over 100 beers and bourbons available for tasting. // Tysons Corner Center Plaza: 8100 Tysons Corner Center, Tysons; $49-$79
May 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The cars are taking over the ballpark. With everything from 1920s Model Ts to decades’ worth of Mustangs, you’ll get an up-close look at all types of cars from near and far. Guests and presenters are also encouraged to dress in attire that matches the era of their vintage car. // Fredericksburg Nationals Ballpark: 42 Jackie Robinson Way, Fredericksburg; free admission, $20 per vehicle
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