Yesterday it was sunny and perfect, while today we’re back to a misty, clammy muddy mess. Combined with the awful news out of Ukraine, we need a little escapism. Let’s cheer up a little and find you something delightful to do, this week and beyond!
INTERSECTIONS, the annual festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, starts Saturday, February 26 with a concert by Capital City Symphony. Get tickets here. And remember– it’s three weekends full of programming. DC Metro Theater Arts breaks down all the events so you know what you want to see. Click here for more.
Want to celebrate Black makers at The Roost? On Saturday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be a whole roster of activities celebrating and learning from Black makers and entrepreneurs. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Yards Park is bringing back their Ice Yards festival on Saturday, February 26 from 1-4 p.m., with part of the ticket proceeds going to the Special Olympics. There will be a fun après ski feel, ice sculptures, an axe throwing station, a photo booth, and so much more. Oh, and a POLAR PLUNGE! For more information and tickets, click here. Want to register for the plunge? Click here.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Petal Porch Parade and decorate your home! A happy neighborhood celebration of spring and pink, this event encourages neighbors to go ALL OUT and decorate their homes and add them to the official map. For more information, click here.
The Miracle Theatre is doing a run of romantic movies this winter. This week, watch The Shop Around the Corner at 7 p.m.. Tickets here. Casablanca is on March 4. Tickets here. Also, for the little ones, why not watch Encanto? Show’s at 4:30 p.m. Tickets here.
Mardi Gras is happening this coming week and The Wharf wants to help you celebrate. On Saturday, February 26, from 3-7 p.m., come for a float, a dance party and a fireworks display! Click here for more info.
Also celebrating Mardi Gras this Thursday through Sunday is Hi Lawn at Union Market. Go for the po’boys, stay for the beignets and the Sazerac and the Hurricanes. Make a reservation here.
Are you a member of the Capitol Hill Art League? CHAL welcomes artists of all kinds to join and to have a chance to participate in several exhibits throughout the year. Their latest show is titled “The Hill We Climb” and is currently hanging at Frame of Mine on 8th Street and online here, through February 26.
The Washington Bach Consort FREE Noontime Sonatas are back! On Mondays, starting February 28 at 12:15 p.m, get your Bach on in the afternoons at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as a delightful soothing break in the middle of the day. More info and donation information here.
Interested in building sustainability and your carbon footprint? Tune into the National Building Museum’s virtual event, Are You Carbon Curious? on Monday, February 28. For more information and tickets to the Zoom event, click here.
Join the Trust for the National Mall for a Monumental Conversation with the Washington Opera on March 3, starting at 5 p.m.. They will be holding a special conversation about the Kennedy Center’s upcoming opera Written in Stone. There will be an conversation and an opera performance, all via Zoom. To register, click here.
Celebrate February with the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts and learn about their food, traditions, crafts and storytelling. All programs will be available throughout the month of February via the National Museum of the American Indian‘s portal here.
Feel like going on a walk? Casey Trees has a beautiful guide to trees and their proximity to special places in Black History. Click here to read their post and plan a fun and inspiring walk this weekend (or anytime).
Want to stay in and learn about the hippest lad around, William Shakespeare? Why not listen to the latest Shakespeare Unlimited podcast from the Folger about our main man, Billy S. and just how cool he really was. Click here to listen.
Do you love orchids? The Hillwood Museum will have a Zoom all about these beautiful plants March 9. An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse showcases Marjorie Merriweather Post’s extensive collection, as horticulturist Drew Asbury talks about these incredible plants. Learn more and sign up here.
Want to race in a 5K and celebrate women? Sign up for this year’s HerStory 5k on March 16. For more information and to sign up, click here.
The Foghorn String Band will be at the Hill Center on Sunday, March 20, as part of their American Roots Series. If the first show sells out, a second date will be added. Get your tickets here.
The Capital Food Fight is back in person on April 7 at The Anthem and tickets go on sale tomorrow. Learn more about this raucous night of fun to feed those who need it most here.
The National Cannabis Festival is happening April 23 at the RFK Festival Grounds. The concert will feature Wiz Khalifa, but in addition to the music, there will be a whole host of events promoting community, education, policy and high times. Click here for tickets and vendor information.
Through April 24, the United States Botanic Garden will be showcasing a beautiful collection of orchids at the Kogod Courtyard at the Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. The collection is a celebration of women who’ve helped catalog, conserve and preserve these beautiful plants. More information here.