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!
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 Museum – February 17, 5:30-11:00 p.m.
Parade in Old Town – February 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Free Admission at Mount Vernon – February 19, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Symposium & Birthday Gala at the George Washington Masonic Memorial – February 24
Photo courtesy of DC Parade
Chinese New Year Festival in Falls Church – February 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 DC – February 18, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of District Wharf
District Wharf – February 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 Ball – February 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.
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 Crawl – February 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
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