Things to Do

Winter Lanterns, Raclette, and Free Ice Skating: The Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 1/24-1/30

Plus, fun date-night ideas.

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Happy Last Week of January

โ€‹โ€‹Hello Neighbor,ย 

Stay warm out there!


So, What Should You Do Jan 24 – 30?

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

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


Top Picks of the Week

1. Luminescent fields of playful pandas, butterflies and flowers, frogs and flamingos. ๐Ÿฎ As part of its Lunar New Year celebration, the 100 handcrafted REACH Winter Lanterns (starts Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Kennedy Center) return. This week celebrate Chinese culture with family-friendly photo opportunities with tigers and panda characters, and write letters to former National Zoo panda residents Bei Bei and Bao Bao.ย 

2. Mountains of cheese. ๐Ÿง€ Each Peach Market is hosting an Alps-inspired Aprรจs Ski-cheese class (Thurs, $50, ๐Ÿ’ป). Head to their streatery for some gooey alpine-style raclette (Sat, $18+, ๐ŸŒฒ, Mount Pleasant); the molten cheese will be poured over baked ham, roasted potatoes, cauliflower, and cornichons.ย 

3. Free outdoor fun. โ›ธ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ› Grab a ๐Ÿ†“ pair of skates at the Capitol Riverfront Community Skate Night (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“ skate rentals for first 150, ๐ŸŒฒ). Watch an outdoor showing of “The Lion Kingย (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ/๐Ÿ’‰, Edgewood). Play a human version of hungry hippos on ice (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf).ย 

4. We remember. ๐Ÿค Join the Holocaust Museum for the 2022 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 

5. Travel around the world. ๐Ÿ—บ Go on an Asian dessert journey of red bean and yuzu with aย Lunar New Year Ice Cream Tasting Flights (ongoing, $19, various places).ย ย 


Everything Else This Week

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Jade Womack (@clockoutdc)

This post has been edited since its original posting.

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.