- Busboys and Poets Takoma will host “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will begin a four-week class on Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In honor of John F. Kennedy’s birthday, the U.S. Navy Band’s premier jazz ensemble the Commodores will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Former medic Christopher Upham will present his 2015 documentary “Return to Dak To,” about five veterans who journey to a vibrant contemporary Vietnam, hoping to put to rest their troubled recollections of the 1960s war there. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- Director Nina Gilden Seavey and producer Barbara Porter will present their 2014 film “Parables of War,” about the experiences of three performers, all of whom are real-life victims of war — actor Bill Pullman, dancer Keith Thompson and ex-Marine Josh Bleill. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- St. Alban’s Opportunity Shop will offer special Memorial Day hours. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288.
- In honor of Memorial Day, President Lincoln’s Cottage and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery will present guided tours as well as a wreath-laying ceremony to remember fallen soldiers. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with cemetery tours at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free admission; $5 to $15 for cottage tours. Reservations requested. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. lincolncottage.org.
- The National Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the American Veterans Center, will feature veterans, active-duty military personnel, marching bands, military vehicles, floats, flags and special guests Robert Irvine, Joe Mantegna and Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields. 2 p.m. Free. Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street NW. 703-302-1012.
- Experts at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Library of Congress will discuss the best ways to preserve veterans’ items such as military letters, photographs, medals, uniforms or other cherished memorabilia. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. AmericanIndian.si.edu.
- The Kennedy Center will mark its namesake’s 100th birthday with the “JFK Centennial Celebration,” which will include readings, performances and rare video footage featuring a star-studded roster of talent from the worlds of music, theater, dance, television, film and more. 4 p.m. $25. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.