Things to Do

Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 3/21-3/27: Sushi Classes, Kite Flying, and Cyborg Dance Parties

Plus, an art market!

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Have a Great Week!Β 

It’s officially spring!


So, What Should You Do March 21-27?


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

  • The πŸ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates an event is happening in-person outside.Β 
  • The πŸ’» indicates an event is happening virtually.Β 
  • The πŸ’‰ indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.Β 
  • And lastly, the πŸ†“ indicates an event is free.


Top 7 Picks of the Week

1. Fly a kite!πŸͺ One of the busiest events on the National Mall is the Blossom Kite Festival. If you’re looking for a less-crowded alternative or some kite-making opportunities, I suggest going to Alethia Tanner Park for NoMa In Bloom Festival (Sat, 🌲, πŸ†“, NoMa).

2. An affordable art market. 🎨 Head to the REACH to shop from over 50 local visual artists as they sell their old inventory for a ‘Spring Cleaning.’ Items will be priced for $150 or less (Sat-Sun, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲, Kennedy Center).

3. Buy some native plants. 🌷 The National Arboretum is having its Native Plant Sale (Sun, $, 🌲, Arboretum).

4. Wordle, anyone? 🧩 Spend an evening at Planet Word for a celebration unveiling of their new word-sleuthing inspired exhibit entitled β€œLexicon Lane.” Bring along your fellow Scrabble lover for snacks and themed cocktails (Fri, $40, πŸ›‹, Downtown). If you enjoy puzzles you might be interested in attending the tabletop game convention Washingcon (Sat-Sun, $, πŸ›‹, Convention Center) or participating in a puzzle swap as part of a belated commemoration of National Puzzle Day (Sat, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Southeast).

5. A costume-encouraged cyborg dance party. πŸ€– The Futures Art Exhibit will be hosting a late-night Cyborg Birthday dance party (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, National Mall).

6. Architecture & Design Film Festival. The National Building Museum hosts the Architecture & Design Film Festival, including an opening night screening of β€œMau” and reception (Thurs, $40, πŸ›‹, Chinatown).

7. The best food events. πŸ£πŸŽβ˜•οΈπŸŒ½ Head to La Cosecha and take a cooking class on Pupusas & Elote Loco (Fri, $59, πŸ›‹, Union Market). For your radar, the #BakersforUkraine initiative is still ongoing with Bakers Against Racism. Shop Made in DC will be hosting a workshop with Pratt Standard on how to make festive Cherry Blossom Brunch Cocktails (Sun, $75, πŸ›‹, Union Market). Visit the Asian Art Museum as they host the author of β€œFood Lab” who will be discussing his newest book, “The Wok” (Thurs, $30, πŸ›‹, National Mall). Western Market is hosting aΒ sushi 101 class (Sat, $25, πŸ›‹, Foggy Bottom). Discover how to pair cider and macaronsΒ with Supreme Core Cider (Sat, πŸ›‹, $30). Have a jazz-filled evening with Common Good City Farm and Compass Coffee with coffee, cocktails, and bites (Thurs, $55+, πŸ›‹, Ivy City).


Β Everything Else This Week

  • Anime lovers. The popular Anime Movie Days (Sat-Sun, $10, 🌲) returns to the Wharf. Additionally, the Asian Art Museum is hosting a festival on β€œThe Legacy of Satoshi Kon” (starts Sat, πŸ†“, πŸ’»).
  • Refugee law. πŸ—½ Profs & Pints is hosting a lecture understanding refugee law (Sun, $13, πŸ›‹, Dupont Circle).
  • National Puppy Day. Midlands is teaming up with Ice Cream Jubilee to celebrate National Puppy Day (Wed, $, πŸ›‹/🌲, Parkview).
  • Events where you could probably make a friend. 🎑🎟🎒 It’s hard to make friends as an adult, but there are some neat meet-ups this week that I think are “making new friends” worthy. The DC State Fair (Thurs, πŸ†“, 🌲, NoMA) is hosting a planning happy hour. For those trying to find that perfect peak bloom photo, maybe join one of the oldest Instagram communities for an IGDC Meet-Up (Tues, πŸ†“, 🌲, National Mall). Or, find new fellow vinyl friends at aΒ Record Swap (Sun, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Lamond Riggs).
  • Virtual nature lectures. 🌏🐞🌊 The DC Environment Film Festival (ongoing, $/πŸ†“, πŸ’») is still happening. Uncover the future of a lake in Cambodia with Lost City Books (Fri, $5, πŸ›‹, Adams Morgan).
  • Let’s make things better. Discover how we can end ageism (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ’») or how a video game enables users to fully experience video-game play through adaptive technology (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ’»).
  • African Film Festival. 🎞 It’s ongoing at the AFI Film Theatre (ongoing, $, πŸ›‹, Silver Spring).
  • Black film. DC Library is hosting a showing of Soul (Tues, free, πŸ›‹, Penn Quarter). The African American History & Culture Museum is hosting a virtual screening of Unapologetic (Mon, πŸ†“, πŸ’»). Or join THEARC Theater for a screening of Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Congress Heights).
  • Art talks and receptions. 🎨 The DCArts Center will be hosting a closing reception of Intimate Iconography (Sun, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Adams Morgan). In terms of art talks this week, there’s Dany Green (Mon, πŸ†“, πŸ’»), Sculpting HERstory (Thurs, $35, πŸ’»), Jacob Lawrence’s Viridian (Sun, πŸ†“, πŸ’»), Roberto Lugo (Wed, $10, πŸ’»), and women’s contribution to photography (Wed, πŸ†“, πŸ’»).


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.