by McEnearney on February 1, 2018

Year of the Dog, Mardis Gras, and Valentine’s Day

Top Events in February 2018

From Shakespeare’s Hamlet to Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Washington metro region is brimming with fun events for February.  Alexandria has several for George Washington’s 259th birthday, and don’t forget Mardi Gras on February 13th – the Wharf downtown is hosting a big extravaganza.  As we head into warmer days, let’s put away those winter blues, and head outdoors!


GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY – Celebrations in Alexandria


Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon & Bob Creamer

Join the celebration of George Washington’s 259th birthday in his hometown. Highlights include:

Birthnight Banquet & Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern MuseumFebruary 17, 5:30-11:00 p.m.

Parade in Old Town February 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Free Admission at Mount VernonFebruary 19, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Symposium & Birthday Gala at the George Washington Masonic MemorialFebruary 24



CHINESE NEW YEAR – The Year of the Dog


Photo courtesy of DC Parade

Chinese New Year Festival in Falls ChurchFebruary 10, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Kennedy Center Chinese New Year Family Day: “Panda Chengdu” February 17, 9:00 a.m.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival 2018 in DC February 18, 12 noon-5:00 p.m.

Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in DCFebruary 18, 2:00-5:00 p.m.




Mardi Gras - District Wharf

Photo courtesy of District Wharf

District WharfFebruary 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
This Wharf-wide extravaganza features a parade, a dance party at District Pier, and a fireworks finale.

Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade and BallFebruary 13
The mid-Atlantic’s biggest and best Mardi Gras festival features a parade down Wilson Boulevard and the third annual ball at Clarendon Ballroom. Parade at 7:00 p.m. Ball from 7:00-11:00 p.m

Union Market Mardi Gras Extravaganza February 13
This event to benefit DC Central Kitchen will bring together 20+ of the DC area’s best Southern-inspired restaurants, top mixologists, bar and breweries, and rotating bands for a night of N’awlins fun.




Photo courtesy of Hirshorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Museums in our area offer so much variety. Whether you like to explore history and science or lose yourself in priceless works of art, the options seem almost endless – and so many are free!

Archives of American Art Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery – “Off the Beaten Track: A Road Trip through the Archives of American Art” through June 3, 2018

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – “Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha” through June 10, 2018

National Portrait Gallery – “Portraits of the World: Switzerland” through November 12, 2018

National Museum of the American Indian – “Americans” through 2022

National Museum of American History – “City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” running indefinitely

National Postal Museum – “In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I” February 2 through May 8, 2018

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – “Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s” February 14 through May 13, 2018

The DC area also boasts beautiful historic homes with art collections and stunning gardens. This month’s feature is Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, founded by Marjorie Post. Known as “The Mansion that Became a Museum,” Hillwood’s featured rooms are beautifully furnished. “The Artistic Table” exhibit opens February 17 and will explore table designs past and present. With thirteen acres of formal gardens open year round, you can discover nature’s beauty as the seasons change.



WOW3_090117 Party

Photo courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

Folder Theatre – “The Way of the World” through February 11, 2018

Signature Theatre – “4,380 Nights” through February 18, 2018

Shakespeare Theatre Company – “Hamlet” through March 4, 2018

Arena Stage – “The Great Society” February 2 through March 11, 2018

Woolly Mammoth – “Familiar” February 5 through March 4, 2018

National Theatre – “Something Rotten!” February 6-18, 2018

Imagination Stage – “The Princess & The Pauper – A Bollywood Tale” February 10 through March 18, 2018





Photo courtesy of Tripsavvy

Dinner Cruises on the Potomac River
 Take a romantic cruise and enjoy dining, dancing, and entertainment, while taking in beautiful views of the Potomac.  Make reservations on the Odyssey
 or Spirit of Washington.

Cupid’s Bar CrawlFebruary 10, 2018, 3-10PM 
Celebrate the season of love with a Dupont Circle bar crawl, whether single, taken, or just hoping to get shot by Cupid’s arrow.  Some participating bars include: The Huxley, The Mad Hatter, Ozio, Public Bar, Café Citron

Best spas in the Washington, DC area
looking to pamper yourself?  Here is Trip Savvy’s list of massage, facials, aromatherapy, skin treatments and much more.

Jewelry Shops
For those who are looking for last-minute gifts, jewelry can be a woman’s best friend.  Check out this list of jewelry stores in the DC metro region.

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