Things to Do

Outdoor Volunteering, Frog Counting, and New Exhibits: Last-Minute DC-Area Weekend Ideas 2/17-2/21

Plus, fun and free things to do Presidents' Day Weekend

Happy Presidents’ Day

Hello Neighbor,

Have a great long weekend! At the end of the week, the sun will be setting around 5:52 pm (exciting!). On Monday, we will finally have 11 hours of daylight (even better!).


ย So, What Should You Do?

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


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

1. Visit a newly opened museum exhibit. ๐ŸŽจ Stop by the National Geographic Museumโ€™s โ€œOnce Upon a Climb: Stories from Everestโ€ exhibit, which transports visitors to the legendary slopes (starts Wed, ๐Ÿ†“ but timed passes required, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Dupont Circle). The Phillips Collection will be opening an exhibit with op artist Bridget Riley, who was inspired by work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (ongoing, $, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Dupont Circle).

2. Celebrate Black history. ๐ŸคŽ KAMA DC is hosting a stories-of-Black-immigrants roundtable under the theme of โ€œvulnerabilityโ€ย (Thurs, $5+ donation, ๐Ÿ›‹, Silver Spring). Or stop by 3 Stars Brewing Co. for a Black Rock Star Super Hero Marketplaceย (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Lamond Riggs). There are also a few art exhibits featuring Black artists such as 11:Eleven galleryโ€™s โ€œPantone Blackโ€ย (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, ๐Ÿ’‰, Truxton Circle), the Venโ€™s โ€œThe World In My Mindโ€ (ongoing, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle), and Gallery Yโ€™s โ€œIMPACT: resilience of the Black community.โ€

3. Grab a drink. ๐Ÿธ The DLight coffeeshop and bar in Adams Morgan recently reopened after having to close for repairs due to an arson. Head there for some Saturday night cocktails such as habanero margaritas, popcorn whiskey sours, and green park fizzes. For those looking for beer, head to cozy Jackpot in Chinatown, which has a wide selection of craft beers and a generous late happy hour till 8 pm (tip: they donโ€™t have any food but let you bring in whatever food you want to the bar). And, for those who want a brewery, DC Brauโ€™s taproom has officially reopened.

4. Volunteer outside. ๐Ÿ’š The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail will be removing invasive honeysuckle near Theodore Roosevelt Island (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Theodore Roosevelt Island) and picking up trash at Gravelly Point (Mon, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Gravelly Point). The Potomac Conservancy will be hosting a trash cleanup at Four Mile Run Park (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Alexandria) and DCโ€™s Chapter of Surfrider is hosting a trash cleanup along the Capital Crescent Trail (Sun, free, ๐ŸŒฒ, Georgetown).ย 

5. Hot girl robotic exoskeletons and exosuits. ๐Ÿค– Curious what our bodies (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’ป) may someday look like? The FUTURES exhibit is hosting a panel of experts who have an idea how technologies can complement and enhance our biomechanics and musculoskeletal system.

6. A ribbet-ing time. ๐Ÿธ The DC Department of Energy and Environment, in partnership with Kingman and Heritage islands, is hosting an orientation for those interested in joining this yearโ€™s FrogWatch. The amphibian conservation program collects data on calling frogs and toads at streams, ponds, and wetlands in and around the city (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).


What Is on Our Radar: Presidents’ Day Weekend

Here some ideas we have to celebrate George Washington or make use of your Monday off.ย 

  • Visit Mount Vernon for free. ๐ŸŽ For Presidents’ Day weekend, Mount Vernon will be open free to the public. Although tickets are sold out for Monday, free tickets are available for Tuesday (Monday/Tuesday, free, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, Mount Vernon).ย 
  • The mind of George Washington. Profs and Pints is hosting a lecture surveying President Washingtonโ€™s accomplishments in governance and on the battlefield, and exploring this founding fatherโ€™s intellectual life (Monday, $13, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle).
  • Birthday parade. ๐ŸŽ‚ Head to Old Town Alexandria for a parade celebrating George Washington along Fairfax and Royal streets (Monday,ย  free, ๐ŸŒฒ, Alexandria).
  • The oldest Black cemeteries in DC. ๐Ÿค The historic Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society cemeteries are hosting three tours about their role in the Underground Railroad (Mon, donations encouraged, ๐ŸŒฒ, Georgetown).ย 
  • See Washingtonโ€™s portrait. ๐Ÿ–ผย Although closed on Presidents’ Day, the National Portrait Gallery is a great place to visit over the weekend for the following reasons: 1) You can visit George Washingtonโ€™s portrait; 2) Thereโ€™s a fascinating exhibit about the namesakes of DCโ€™s streets, avenues, and neighborhoods;ย and 3) a courtyard of orchids. (Thurs-Sun, free, ๐Ÿ›‹, Chinatown).ย 
  • Leave town! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ See Washingtonianโ€™s guide for some last-minute nearby getaways. For those looking for outdoor day trips, REI hosts a variety of workshops and classes.ย 


Your Neighbor,

Jade (@clockoutdc)ย 

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.