Make it memorable.
The Secret Sherry Society Fashion Show
What: Sample the retro Spanish wine at a dress-up party, complete with a runway show of sherry-inspired looks by local designer Stella Bonds. (Disguises are encouraged.)
Why: Free pedicab rides from the King St. Metro station.
When: Thurs., 7 p.m.
Where: Union 206, 206 S. Union St., Alexandria. R.S.V.P. required to email@example.com. Admission is free.
Memorial Day Crab Pot
What: Sou’Wester restaurant launches its series of summer BBQs on the lawn of the Mandarin Oriental with family-style eats, live music, and themes like Pigs for the People.
Why: Chef Eric Ziebold serves roasted blue crabs, boiled Carolina shrimp, fried chicken, hush puppies, and homemade ice cream.
When: Sun., 1-3 p.m. & 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1330 Maryland Ave. SW (202-787-6100). Tickets ($70) at 202-787-6068.
The Perfect Head Shot
What: A 30-minute makeup session with Danielle Pilon (of Trish McEvoy), followed by a twenty-minute portrait sitting with photographer Karen Leonard.
Why: Get snapped in color or black and white, indoors or out.
When: Fri., noon-7 p.m.
Where: Affinity Lab, 920 U St. NW, b/t 9th & 10th Sts. (202-332-1360). Tickets ($150) online at eventbrite.com.
The Chesapeake Room Opens
What: Get your saltwater fix at the new Capitol Hill bistro with updated bay dishes like horseradish fried oysters, smoked bacon fondue, and bison tartare ($7-$30).
Why: Leather booths inside and summer-friendly (covered) patio seating outside.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Where: 501 8th St. SE, at E St. (202-543-1445).
D.C. Pools Open
What: District residents get to splash around for free in the city swimming holes, which open Sat. (weekends only thru June 20).
Why: Our picks — Francis (big) and Volta Park (small and quiet).
When: Francis, Mon.-Fri., 1-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Volta, Tues.-Fri., 1-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Francis, 2435 N St. NW, at 25th St.; Volta Park, 1555 34th St. NW, b/t Q & Volta Sts.
Photo: Courtesy of The Secret Sherry Society