Things to Do

Mardi Gras, Fireworks, DC United: The Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 2/22-2/27

Plus chocolate, ice sculptures, and Black-owned markets

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Have a Great Week, Washingtonians!

Hello Neighbor,ย 

Stay dry this week!


So, What Should You Do February 22-27?

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.


Top 5 Picks of the Week

1. Goodbye, winter. โ„๏ธ Before it gets too warm, enjoy a night of ice skating (Tues, $10, ๐ŸŒฒ, Georgetown). Head to Yards Park for a day of axe throwing, iceless curling, and ice sculptures at Ice Yards (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard). Or take a winter soup class (Tues, $69, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Capitol Hill).

2. The official trees of DC. ๐ŸŒธ Uncover the history and science of the Tidal Basinโ€™s cherry blossoms (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) with the US Botanic Gardens.

3. Vamos, vamos, United! โšฝ๏ธ DC United has its opening game against Charlotte FC (Sat, $29+, ๐ŸŒฒ, Navy Yard)!

4. Mardi Gras. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’› Enjoy a taste of New Orleans in DC at the Wharf with a Mardi Gras parade and fireworks (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf)! Or take a Mardi Gras cocktail class (Thurs, $85, ๐Ÿ’ป) with Serenata. Enjoy other Fat Tuesday celebrations at metrobar (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Edgewood) or with the French-American Chamber of Commerceโ€™s A Night on the Riviera (Sat March 6, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, $179, Glover Park) at the Embassy of France.

5. Black History Month. ๐ŸคŽ Thereโ€™s still many ways to celebrate in the district!

  • Black History in Washington. ๐Ÿ  Join Attorney General Racine for a conversation about DCโ€™s role as the capital of Black America (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Learn about an enslaved Georgetown worker named Grace Duckett (Thurs, $10, ๐Ÿ’ป). Discover the intersection of race, history, and Rock Creek Park (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) with REI. Or, hear from the photographer of Chuck Brown about DC Go-Go (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Union Market). Reclaim the lost Black identity of Arlington County (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) and the Green Valley community with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington.
  • Black leadership. Enjoy conversations with DC’s Chef Paola Velez (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) of Bakers Against Racism, between Smithsonian Secretary Bunch and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป), and the CEO of architecture firm Moody Nolan (Thurs, $15, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • Black-owned. Shop Made in DC is hosting aย Black-owned market (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Potomac Ave) at the Roost. Hotel Zena is hosting a Black Her-Story market (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Logan Circle) of 20-plus DC female artisans, makers, and business owners. The Anacostia Arts Center (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Anacostia) will be hosting a Black-owned business showcase with a small business networking hour and open-mic sessions. Looking for a drink? Soul Mega (Sat, $, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, Lamond Riggs) has a release party. Or grab a cocktail while listening to a panel of Black makers (Sat, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹, Potomac Ave).
  • Black artists. Attend the closing of the โ€œWish Upon a Blaq Starโ€ exhibit (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Anacostia) or the opening exhibit of โ€œAttacks on Democracy Through Black Photojournalismโ€ (Fri, $15+, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, H St.). Hear from Black artists on resilience (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Columbia Heights) and from Black creatives on resilience (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • Black film and theatre. Catch a screening of โ€œIf Beale Street Could Talkโ€ (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Kennedy Center) or โ€œThe Princess and the Frogโ€ (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ/๐Ÿ’‰, Edgewood). Uncover Nigeriaโ€™s film industry, and the sounds of Nollywood (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Celebrate jazz with a night of Duke (Sat, $55, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Kennedy Center). Join the National Museum of African American History and Culture for a play reading of โ€œDeath and the Kingโ€™s Horsemanโ€ (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Discover activist and pianist Hazel Scott (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) as part of the March on Washington Film Festival.ย 


ย Everything Else This Week

  • Food, glorious food. ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿน Enjoy a chocolate tasting at La Cosecha (Sat, $35, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Union Market), a Cocktail Expo (Thurs, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Union Market), a babka cooking class (Wed, $12, ๐Ÿ’ป), and a Two for $2.22 Margarita Day deal (Tues, $, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, Adams Morgan).
  • Embassy events. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ The Mexican Cultural Institute is co-sponsoring the traditional Ballet Folklรณrico de Mรฉxico de Amalia Hernรกndez (Fri, $30+, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, U St.) at Lincoln Theater. Or join the Embassy of Irelandโ€™s co-sponsored book talk event on love, marriage, and children (Tues, $5, ๐Ÿ’ป). Head to the Korean Cultural Center for a new fashion exhibit, โ€œHanbok Wave Exhibitionโ€ (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Kalorama). Watch a film screening of โ€œAdults in The Roomโ€ (Tues, $5, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Glover Park) at the Embassy of France. Spend an evening at the Embassy of the Czech Republic (Thurs, $58, ๐Ÿ›‹, Van Ness).ย 
  • How will climate change affect DC? ๐ŸŒŽ And what can our city do to adapt to climate changeย (Thurs, $7, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Adams Morgan)?
  • For your favorite dog mom. ๐Ÿถ Doodle Moms of DC (Sun, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, Alexandria) is hosting a one-year anniversary party. Outdoor Voices is hosting a two-mile Dog Jog (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐ŸŒฒ, Georgetown).ย 
  • A midday stroll. ๐Ÿƒ Casey Trees is hosting a 45-minute bark and buds winter tree identification walk (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Brookland). WalkArlington is hosting a Swedish Coffee Break & Walk (Tuesday, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Ballston)โ€”enjoy a 30-minute walk followed by complimentary doughnuts and coffee.ย 
  • A new read. ๐Ÿ“š The Friends of Cleveland Park Library is hosting a book sale (Sat, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Cleveland Park).
  • Get your crafts on. ๐Ÿงถ Try block printing (Wed, $60, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰) or calligraphy (Wed, $65, ๐Ÿ›‹, West End). Or maybe paint some of your favorite musicians (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Get your gardening on. ๐ŸŒท The Town of Chevy Chase is hosting a lecture on plants for challenging situations (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป), Outdoor Voices is hosting aย foraging workshop (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป), and Hillwood is hosting a talk on Palm Beach-style gardens (Wed, $10, ๐Ÿ’ป).ย 
  • A free exercise class. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ Take a HIIT class (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Lectures that are so DC. ๐Ÿง  Uncover feminist foreign policy (Wed, $13, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle), the economic history of inflation (Sun, $13, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle), Winston Churchill & London Blitz (Tues, $20 ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Chinatown, or ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป), and Hong Kong (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).


Your Neighbor,

Jade (@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.