Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a roundup of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. The Capital Wheel’s Grand Opening. Just in time for Memorial Day, The Capital Wheel opens this Friday in National Harbor, Maryland. The 180-foot observation wheel sits on a pier overlooking the Potomac River with views of The Washington Monument, The White House, and more. The Wheel will be open daily to the public and can also be reserved for private events.
2. National Memorial Parade. In Washington, D.C., the largest Memorial Day event in the nation begins at 2 p.m. on the corner of Constitution Avenue Northwest and Seventh Street Northwest and continue on to 17th Street Northwest. The parade will feature floats, marching bands, service organizations, and more, but most importantly, it commemorates and honors those who serve and have served our country.
3. New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. Kicking off this Wednesday, the 22nd annual festival celebrates the Crescent City’s culinary best. More than 10,000 locals and visitors come together to devour the latest creations and pairings from NOLA chefs–all for a great cause. NOWFE will donate 40 percent of proceeds to Reconcile New Orleans. Keep these two events on your radar: Thursday’s Royal Street Stroll and Friday and Saturday’s The Grand Tasting, of course. Tickets here.
4. The Avett Brothers at First Flush Festival. Charleston Tea Plantation plans to celebrate the beginning of tea leaf harvest at Saturday’s First Flush Festival. The only tea plantation in America snagged The Avett Brothers as headliners for the eighth annual festival. Bonus: the family friendly event features several children’s activities, as well as even more Southern bands and food trucks.
5. The Last Photo of Johnny Cash. Since Marty Stuart first went on tour at the age of 13, he’s been taking incredible photographs of country music stars and his life and surroundings in Mississippi. Now, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville is featuring these photos in “American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart” until November 2. His exhibition is divided in three sections: The Masters (including portraits of Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn), Blue Line Hotshots, and Badlands.