This weekend marks two milestones–the Memorial Day holiday and the end of the month of May. Celebrate both in one fell swoop by hopping through the fun at Rockville’s Hometown Holiday festival, revving your imaginary engines with the Rolling Thunder, or noshing on fried candy bars at the Capital Fair. June, bring it on!

rockville-hometown-holidayPhoto: City of Rockville, Md.


A Maryland Holiday in May
For more of that small town feel to your Memorial Day celebration head into Rockville for the annual Hometown Holidays festival. This event features something the whole family will want to get into and enjoy, including over 30 live music performances, a Memorial Day parade, Taste of Rockville and tons of kid’s activities. The fun starts on Saturday and lasts through Monday (Memorial Day). Sat.-Mon. Free. All ages. Event details.

Stadium Armory

A Capital Fair
If you’ve been craving bumper cars and funnel cake all spring, you’re in luck. The fair is in town and it is guaranteed to give you and your family the carnival fix you’re jonesing for. Fri.-Mon. $15-$25. All ages. Event details.


A Berry Good Festival
You don’t have to be head-over-heels-in-love with strawberries to enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend festival. The Delaplane Strawberry Festival features live music, games, pony/hay rides, a petting zoo, a 5K fun run, an antique car showcase, arts and crafts. And, yes, there will be a bunch of strawberry-themed foods. The festival is held right off the Appalachian Trail (just one hour west of D.C.), so the hikers in your crew can indulge in the fun and food before hitting the trail. Sat.-Sun., 10 am-5 pm. $20-$25/car. All ages. Event details.


Blue Angels Air Show
Heads up! In honor of the US Naval Academy graduates, the Blue Angels will be filling the skies over Annapolis and you’re invited to watch. Fri., 2 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Viva Vienna!
Blast boredom at the ViVa Vienna Memorial Day Festival, a three-day community celebration in Vienna, Va. that features food, crafts, kindie music (think: Rocknoceros and the Banjo Man), and carnival rides. Bonus: If you have old electronics lying around bring them to the festival—there will be an e-recycling collection center set up in the parking lot of James Madison High School (Sun-Mon, 12 pm-6 pm). Sat.-Mon., 10 am. Free. All ages. Event details.


Rolling Thunder: Memorial Day by Motorcycle
Don’t mind the rumble and motor over to Rolling Thunder, a massive assembly of bikers and the bikes they love that lasts all weekend long. From a candlelight vigil on Friday night to a wreath-laying ceremony and a roaring, thunderous route that starts at the Pentagon and finishes at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, this is a sight worth seeing for kids of any age. Sun., 12 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

How do you plan on spending this Memorial Day weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady