Things to Do

Best Things to Do in the DC Area 3/2-3/5: Capital Irish Film Festival, “Beauty and the Beast” Play, and HerStory 5K Run and Walk

Plus, ice-skating at the National Gallery of Art before it closes.

2022 FITDC HerStory 5K. Photograph courtesy of FITDC.

Happy weekend, everyone!

You can walk or run this weekend at a 5K race in honor of Women’s History Month, or watch a number of Irish movies at a four-day festival. If you are in the mood for a live production, then check out Synetic Theater’s latest play.


Best Things to Do This Weekend

  1. Capital Irish Film Festival. Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival returns to DC for the 17th year. You can view contemporary Irish cinema by filmmakers from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at this four-day festival. One of the standout events at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a screening of the short film Homebird followed by a Q&A with director Young Plato and a reception (Thurs-Sun, $130 for all-access pass, $13, Silver Spring).
  2. “Beauty and the Beast.Synetic Theater brings French novel La Belle et la Bête and the 1946 Jean Cocteau film to life on stage in their dark and mystical rendition of Beauty and the Beast. Experience this Gothic romance in a way that’s unlike the childhood fairytale (Fri through April 2, $35+, Arlington).
  3. HerStory 5K race and festival. Lace up your sneakers and head to Freedom Plaza for an active Women’s History Month celebration. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting another FITDC HerStory 5K Run and Walk. After the race there will be a community festival featuring music, giveaways, and local woman-owned vendors. Free T-shirts and race bibs will be given to participants; the event is pet-friendly, too (Sat, free, Downtown).
  4. Ice-skating at the National Gallery of Art. It’s the last chance to ice-skate at the National Gallery of Art ice rink. Glide around the ice and view the surrounding sculptures and monuments; there’s hot chocolate at the cafe, too (Thurs-Sun, $12, $9 for children 12-years-old, $6 skate rental, National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden).

Irina Kavsadze as Belle and Vato Tsikurishvili as the Beast with the ensemble of Synetic Theater’s Beauty and the Beast (2014). Photograph by Johnny Shryock.

Want More Things to Do?

Budget-friendly. Meet award-winning poet Dana Gioia at the Lyceum (Thurs, free, Alexandria).

Arts and culture. Shape terracotta tiles and pottery at this workshop (Fri, $60, Falls Church). Enjoy an evening of music, film, art, food, and wine at the Embassy of Georgia (Thurs, $75, Northwest DC). Attend the opening reception of art that speaks to “The Cost of Living(Fri, $15, Dupont). Browse an art market and see a cabaret-style performance at the REACH (Sat, free, Kennedy Center). Search the Library of Congress files and exhibitions during extended Live! at the Library hours (Thurs, free, but timed-entry pass required, Library of Congress). Explore monochromatic art at the opening reception of the “Fun With One” exhibit (Fri through April 1, Alexandria). Author Jeffrey Everett launches his new book Let It Bleed with a poster exhibition and meet and greet (Sat, $5+, Mount Pleasant). Check out arts and crafts at the 60th Annual Woodlawn Needlework Show (through March 31, $15, Alexandria).

History and heritage. Discuss the Crisis in Brazil and Peru at Profs and Pints (Thurs, $14, Capitol Hill), or chat about Vikings at Metrobar (Sun, $14, Northeast DC).

Theater and shows. Chuckle at this Women’s History Month comedy show (Thurs, $10+, Cardozo). Capitol Movement Dance Company performs Pilgrimage (Fri, $32, Northeast DC). Jane Franklin Dance tells the story of Present Moment (Fri, $27, Northeast DC). The SAPAN Institute explores a South Asian American experience (Sun, $32, Northeast DC). Red Sky Performance debuts at the Kennedy Center (Thurs-Sat, $39, Kennedy Center). Don’t miss the acclaimed play Into the Woods (through March 19, $45+, Kennedy Center). Laugh out loud at a comedy cabaret (Thurs-Sat, $29+, Kennedy Center). Immigrant and first-generation comedians lead a funny showcase (Thurs, $25+, Silver Spring). Catch the opening week of Clyde’s at Studio Theatre (through April 9, $50, Northwest DC).

Music and concerts. Award-winning pianist Conrad Tao and National Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet William Gerlach perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Thurs and Sat, $19+, Kennedy Center). Dance all night at Songbyrd’s indie dance party (Sat, free, Northeast DC). Or, party at an Arab Spring Fling (Fri, $20, Cardozo). Washington Master Chorale presents Poetry Into Song (Sun, $20, Northwest DC).

Sports. Root for your favorite team at the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (Fri-Tues, $5, Congress Heights). Join fellow wrestling fans at the WWE Friday Night Smackdown (Fri, $30+, Capital One Arena).

Game night. Capital City Showcase hosts a trivia night at Lost Generation Brewing Company (every Sun, free, Eckington). Win prizes at District Trivia (every Thurs, free, Petworth). Brush up on your Star Trek knowledge to win this special-edition trivia contest (Thurs, free, Ivy City).

Things to do with kids. The book The Mortification of Fovea Munson comes to life on stage with music and live storytelling (Sat through March 19, $20, Kennedy Center). Youth with physical and developmental disabilities are invited to attend a cooking class (Sun, free, Southeast DC).

Get involved. Volunteer to help clean up Fort Stanton Park (Sat, free, Southeast DC).

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Briana A. Thomas is a local journalist, historian, and tour guide who specializes in the research of D.C. history and culture. She is the author of the Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C., a story that was first published in Washingtonian in 2016.