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Ukrainian Bazaar, Air & Space, Brewery Events: Last-Minute DC-Area Weekend Ideas 3/10-3/13

Plus, after-hour museum events.

The Clocktower Course. Photo courtesy of Swingers.

Spring Forward!

Hello Neighbor,

Wow it will be cold this weekend! Stay warm yโ€™all!ย 


ย So, What Should You Do ?

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 
  • And lastly, the ๐Ÿ†“ indicates an event is free.ย 
  • The ๐Ÿ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.


Your Last-Minute Weekend Plans

1. Support Ukraine. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The Saint Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of Metropolitan Washington DC will be hosting a Ukrainian Bazaar to raise money for humanitarian aid (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Silver Spring). Or, head to the Kennedy Center for a free performance of traditional Ukrainian music (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Foggy Bottom). Shop Made in DC released a selection of products entitled Make for Ukraine,”ย which include a 100-percent donation to World Central Kitchen.

2. National Air and Space Museum. ๐ŸŒŒ The museum is re-opening this weekend for two weeks before it closes all summer due to renovation. Stock up on your freeze-dried ice cream!

3. Your indoor plans. ๐Ÿ›‹ The weather wonโ€™t be too warm this weekendโ€“in fact, it may snow. So if youโ€™re looking for fun indoors may I suggest:

    • For art lovers. ๐ŸŽจ Enjoy the opening weekend of Artechouseโ€™s cherry blossom exhibit (starts Fri, $17, ๐Ÿ›‹, The Wharf). Head to the Torpedo Factory for their opening party and reception of March 150 (Sat, $30, ๐Ÿ›‹, Alexandria). Join Shop Made in DC for aย SHE DC Art Show Opening Party (Fri, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market). Stop by the photography exhibit Enchant This”ย at Eckington Hall (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹,ย  Eckington). At the Textile Museum this weekend, enjoy a pop-up of art quilts depicting Kenyan wildlife (Fri/Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Foggy Bottom).ย 
    • Visit a local brewery. ๐Ÿป Denizenโ€™s Brewing Co., in partnership with PB Proud, will be hosting a “pittie party”ย collecting toys and treats to spread awareness about breed-bans (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Silver Spring). Go behind the scenes and take a brewery tour at Atlas Brew Works (Sat, $20, ๐Ÿ›‹, Ivy City). Or visit DC Brau for their Burning of the Bock Legislator Release Party (Fri, $, ๐Ÿ›‹, Woodridge).ย 
    • Play some indoor games. โ›ณ๏ธ Enjoy boozy crazy mini-golf at Swingers Dupont Circle while hiding from the cold outside. Or head to Spin and play some indoor ping pong.ย 

4. For those who want to be outside. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Join Pacers Running for a run to celebrate women’s history followed by complimentary mimosas (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, West End). There are two 5Ks this weekend including a Lucky Leprechaun 5K (Sun, $45, ๐ŸŒฒ, Reston) and a dog-friendly Prevent Cancer 5K (Sun, $35, ๐ŸŒฒ/๐Ÿ’‰, Navy Yard). Or, find cherry blossoms early using this map of blossoms from Casey Trees.

5. Your Thursday-night plans. ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿš€ The Omani-American Press Forum is hosting an evening of poetry, literature, and music, followed by a reception (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Downtown). Learn about the possibility of living in spaceย (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, National Mall). Well & Wonder is hosting their grand opening event with seated CBD massages, drinks and bites, and skincare consultations (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Tenleytown).

6. Persian New Year. ๐ŸŒท Enjoy the annual Nowruz Festival (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“ entry ๐Ÿ›‹/ ๐ŸŒฒ, Tysons) or shop from local makers at the Norooz Market (Sat, $, ๐ŸŒฒ, Brookland). Even though it will be cold this weekend, enjoy a hint of spring with the Asian Art Museumโ€™s special display of flowers to celebrate spring and Nowruz (starts Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, National Mall).


What Is on Our Radar: After 5 pm Museum Events

  • Cyborg birthday party.๐Ÿค– Dress creatively for this post-human cyborg-themed party at the FUTURES exhibit. The event will celebrate Neil Harbissonโ€™s 18th cyborg birthday with a DJ, cash bar, and mingling (3/25, ๐Ÿ†“ entry, ๐Ÿ›‹ , National Mall).
  • Calling all Wordle pros. ๐ŸŸฉ๐ŸŸจโฌ›๏ธ The Planet Word Museum is having a Lexicon Lane Preview Party where visitors are welcome to get a first look at a word-sleuthing adventure before it opens to the public. Enjoy two complimentary cocktails and snacks from Immigrant Food (3/25, $40, ๐Ÿ›‹,ย  Downtown).
  • Marta Pรฉrez Garcรญa exhibit opening. ๐Ÿ–ผ The Phillips Collection will host the artist to talk about her work at an exhibit opening after hours. The event is free without reservations (3/31, ๐Ÿ†“, Dupont).
  • Architecture & Design Film Festival. ๐ŸŽž The National Building Museum will host an opening reception (previously postponed) after the showing of the film Mauย (3/24, $40, ๐Ÿ›‹, Chinatown).
  • The Brewmasterโ€™s castle. ๐Ÿฐ The Heurich House will resume evening tours starting March 17. The mansion was home to German immigrant Christian Heurich (1842-1945), whose brewery was at one point the largest in DC (starts March 17, $10, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Dupont Circle).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.