Your Weekend Guide!

If you're looking for fun, entertaining and educational things to do in Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, or Montgomery County, you've come to the right place. Our Weekend Guide is packed with a variety of our favorite events and activities that we want to share with you! 

Washington D.C. Events

Ring in the Lunar New Year 

at events around the city

Through Sunday, February 2

Multiple locations

Celebrations marking the Year of the Rat are taking place all over DC, including a free Family Day at the Kennedy Center on Saturday featuring lantern making, woodblock painting printing, a bamboo orchestra concert, and demonstrations at The REACH Winter Lanterns display; a day of Hong Kong specialties, lion dancers, and kung fu demonstrations at Tiger Fork on Saturday; New Year blessings, lion dancers, and a prix-fixe dim sum menu at Brothers & Sisters on Saturday; performances from the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe and the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute at Tysons Corner on Sunday; and tasting parties introducing the new Asian-inspired ice cream flavors from Ice Cream Jubilee now through Tuesday.

Cost: Prices vary

Craft for critters affected by

the Australian bushfires

Sunday, January 25

DC Brau

This is your chance to use your creative talents to help Australian wildlife affected by the bushfires. Crafting for Critters is a local group of volunteer crafters that make products to donate to animal rescue efforts. Join in and make bird nests, joey pouches, bat wraps, and other items requested by organizations on the ground. Beer and food will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Celebrate Lunar New Year 

at DC’s annual parade

Sunday, January 26

6th Street, from I to H Streets

Ring in the Year of the Rat with traditional lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, firecrackers, live music, marching bands, and more. The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association hosts this annual parade for the whole community.

Cost: Free

Northern Virginia

Catch the tail end of 

Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week

Through Sunday, January 26

Multiple locations

If you’re having restaurant week withdrawal, don’t fret. Head to Alexandria to continue taking advantage of prix-fixe menu deals at more than 75 restaurants. Participating spots include Columbia Firehouse, The Majestic, Cheesetique, Theismann’s Restaurant, Urbano 116, Bastille, Hummingbird, Mason Social, and Rus Uz.

Cost: $35 for a three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two. $15 or $22 for lunch or brunch at select restaurants.

McLean Chocolate Festival

Sunday, January 26

McLean Community Center

Calling all sugar fanatics: The McLean chocolate festival is ready to treat attendees to a day of sweets. Individuals of all ages will enjoy varieties milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and so much more.

Cost: $2

Montgomery County, MD

Revels Pub Sing at McGinty's

Sunday, January 26

McGinty's Public House

Dust off your vocal cords and get ready to join in on glass raising songs at Washington Revels’ annual January Pub Sing! Food and drinks may be ordered beginning at 6 pm. Singing begins at 7 and formally ends at 9, with a brief intermission. Featuring guest artists Jennifer Cutting and Steve Winick. All songs are sing-alongs, with song sheets and song leaders provided. Kids and teens welcome. Additional charge for tickets purchased at the door.

Cost: $20

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