Things to Do

Icelandic Cocktails, a Film Festival, and a Cheese Class: Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 3/14-3/20

Plus, food events!

Victura Park. Photograph by Mykl Wu.

Spring Is Here!

Hello Neighbor,ย 

Happy Purim. Happy St. Patrickโ€™s Day. Happy Holi. Happy Nowruz.ย 


So, What Should You Do March 14-20?

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 6 Picks of the Week

1. Victura Park. ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿป๐Ÿท Head to the Reach to the reopening of one of DCโ€™s favorite wine and beer gardens (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Kennedy Center).

2. Icelandic cocktail class. ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Discover Icelandic food, cocktails, music, and film at the Taste of Iceland culture festival including anย Icelandic Cocktail Class (Fri, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Capitol Hill).

3. Negritude. ๐ŸŽจ Dupont Underground is hosting aย Howard University student-led exhibition intertwining Black Broadway and todayโ€™s trends (Fri, $12, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle).

4. DC Environmental Film Festival. ๐ŸŽž This year the film festival is virtualย (starts Thurs, $/๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Donโ€™t miss the various collaborations between the festival and DC museums. (Inside tip: These films are often free!) You might want to also check out the upcoming Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival (April 4-April 9).ย ย 

5. Celebrating women in food. ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿง€ Take a virtual cheese class showcasing Irish Women Pioneers (Tues, $50, ๐Ÿ’ป). Celebrate female food entrepreneurs with a cocktail party hosted by Cherry Bombe and Dolcezza Gelato at Foxtrot (Fri, $40, ๐Ÿ›‹, Georgetown) or with Shop Made in DC, Ice Cream Jubilee, and others at Serenata (Tues, $15, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market).ย 

6. Brewmasterโ€™s castle. ๐Ÿบ Historic Heurich House has resumed tours of the home of brewer and immigrant Christian Heurich. Catch a drink afterwards in the 1921 Biergarten (Thurs, $10, ๐Ÿ›‹, Dupont Circle).


ย Everything Else This Week

  • Continue the St. Pattyโ€™s Day celebrations. ๐Ÿ€ The Wharf is hosting an Ireland at The Wharf festival with a Guinness Beer Garden, Irish dancers, and other performances (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, The Wharf).
  • Ice cream and mariachi. ๐Ÿฆ Enjoy complimentary ice cream flavors such as strawberry chamomile and burnt coconut at Las Gemelas with Mariachi El Rey.ย 
  • Purim. ๐Ÿ• Sixth & I is hosting Jewchella: A Purim Party (Wed, $18, ๐Ÿ›‹, Chinatown).ย 
  • Volunteering opportunities. ๐Ÿ“ Thereโ€™s aย Springhouse Run Volunteer Day (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Arboretum), aย strawberry planting (Sat, donation, ๐ŸŒฒ, Union Market), and aย cleanup at Petworth (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Petworth).
  • Virtual art events. ๐Ÿ–ผ Uncover Picassoโ€™s Blue Period (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) and the social concerns exhibited by the paintings of prostitutes, prisoners, mothers, and beggars. Or learn about design inspirations (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) in Iranian textiles. Discover the charms and synergies of colors (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป/๐Ÿ›‹) in the first of a six-part lecture series on color with the National Gallery of Art.ย 
  • Womenโ€™s History Month. โญ๏ธ Celebrate Black Women Printmakers (Wed, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป) and New Yorker Women Cartoonists (Fri, $33, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market). Discover the future of women and work (Thurs, $12, ๐Ÿ›‹, Chinatown).ย 
  • The spring equinox. ๐Ÿ’ Enjoy aย forest bathing with sage (Sun, donation, ๐ŸŒฒ, Arboretum) or aย tea ceremony and soundbath (Sun, $57, ๐ŸŒฒ, Downtown).
  • Sakura. ๐ŸŒธ The Renwick Gallery and the American Art Museum will be hosting cherry blossom family celebration including taiko drumming and koto performances (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Chinatown). Enjoy aย ceremonial tree planting and performance (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, National Harbor) as part of a partnership between National Harbor and the Embassy of Japan.ย 
  • Science communication. ๐ŸŒค Learn about the complex nature of language surrounding climate change (Thurs, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • A Fire Within. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น The AFI Silver Theater will be hosting a film about three Ethiopians who are survivors of torture and their search for justice (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Silver Spring).ย 
  • Budgeting and food security. ๐Ÿ’ฐ The Anacostia Community Museum and the National American History Museum are hosting a lecture on How to Eat Well on a Budget (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • The food corner. ๐ŸŒญ Uncover Purim Sweets (Tues, $12, ๐Ÿ’ป) like poppy seed cake, date maamoul, and turkish delights. Learn some new skills with aย sausage-making class (Tues, $75, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Capitol Hill).
  • Nature is neat. โ˜˜๏ธ Discover nature in your backyard and where to find birds, blooms, and beasts in the DMV (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป). Or join a virtual panel of scientists discussing topics such as Planes, Parasites, and Paleontology (Tues, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ’ป).
  • Bring nature inside. ๐Ÿž Jungle and Loom is hosting a boozy Terrarium Building Workshop (Wed, $60, ๐Ÿ›‹, Union Market) and She Loves Me is hosting aย Dried Wreath Workshop (Sun, $75, ๐Ÿ›‹/๐Ÿ’‰, Eckington). Check out 3 Stars Brewing Co.’s plant swap (Sun, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐Ÿ›‹, Lamond Riggs). Common Good City Farm is hosting a pop-up farm market including aย seed exchange (Sat, ๐Ÿ†“, ๐ŸŒฒ, Shaw).ย 

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.