Things to Do

Fireworks, John Oliver, and Greenhouses: the Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 12/27-1/2

Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!

โ€‹โ€‹Hello Neighbor,

This is a quiet holiday week for events. But if you are still in search of New Year’s Eve plans, thereโ€™s a list of parties, a list of more low-key events, and a list of restaurant festivities. Please note, though: The ongoing public health crisis has caused many in-person events to be canceled or to pivot to a virtual format.

So, What Should You Do Between December 27- January 2?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:

  • The ๐Ÿ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The ๐ŸŒฒ indicates an event is happening in-person outside.
  • The ๐Ÿ’ป indicates an event is happening virtually.
  • The ๐Ÿ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is ย free.


Top Picks of the Week

1. Havenโ€™t figured out what bubbly to drink for the big night? ๐Ÿพ Find perfect bottles of Dazzling Sparkling Wines (Thursday, $45, ๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ’‰, Capitol Hill).ย 

2. Last Week Tonight and 2021. ๐ŸŽญ Join John Oliver at one of his nine shows (Tuesday-Saturday, $80, ๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ’‰, Kennedy Center).ย 

3. Greenhouse Growing Tour. ๐ŸŒฑ Go behind-the-scenes of Cultivate the City and Plants Aliveโ€™s growing greenhouse space as its farmers share tips and tricks! (Sunday, $5, ๐ŸŒฒ, Silver Spring).ย 

4. theTwelve is Closing. ๐Ÿ› The multi-functional art gallery, meeting space, and shop closes its doors this week. Most of the store is 25 percent off this week (till Thursday, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market).

5. Enjoy Fireworks. ๐ŸŽ‡ Although all the First Night Alexandria events have been canceledโ€”the fireworks show will still occur at midnight for ten minutes. Hereโ€™s a list of the best places to enjoy it (Friday, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Alexandria).


Everything Else This Week

  • Sheโ€™s Free. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ Celebrate the princess of pop at a Britney Spears dance party (Thursday, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ’‰, The Wharf).
  • Intentions and Mindfulness into 2022. ๐Ÿ”ฎ Consider this intention and meditation workshop (Sunday, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) by the National Cathedral. Or a sound bath for New Year intention setting with Woo Woo Company (Friday, $25, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Calling all Yogis. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Bring your yoga mat to the National Building Museum (Sunday, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹, Penn Quarter) or this restorative yoga focused on collective healing and resistance (Sunday, $25, ๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ’‰, Downtown).
  • Drink Wine. ๐Ÿท Thereโ€™s an introduction to French Wine (Wednesday, $45, ๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ’‰, Capitol Hill) as well as a Wine & Watercolors (Wednesday, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ’‰, Georgetown).

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of this newsletter,

Jade Womack (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.