Best Events in February Around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

by McEnearney on February 1, 2019

From Sea Monsters Unearthed to Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Washington metro region is brimming with fun events for February. Of course, Alexandria will celebrate George Washington’s 287th birthday in style. It may be the shortest month of the year, but you can make it memorable.


Alexandria Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday

George Washington Mount Vernon february events

Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon & Bob Creamer


Join the celebration of George Washington’s 287th birthday in his hometown of Alexandria, VA.
Highlights include:

Walking with Washington TourWeekly on Sunday until February 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Alexandria Visitor’s Center, 221 King St. Alexandria VA
Free Admission

Birthnight Banquet & BallFebruary 16, 5:30-11:00 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N Royal St, Alexandria VA
$50-$250 | Tickets Call 703-746-4242

Parade in Old Town, February 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The parade begins at the intersection of Fairfax & Gibbon St in Old Town.

Free Admission at Mount VernonFebruary 18, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA
Parking and Transit Information

Washington’s Birthday Gala, February 23, 5:30-10:00 p.m.
George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr, Alexandria VA
$150 | Tickets



Chinese New Year | Year of the Pig


Photo courtesy of DC Parade


Chinese New Year FestivalFebruary 2, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd, Falls Church VA
Free Admission

Kennedy Center Chinese New Year Family DayFebruary 9, 10:00 a.m.
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW Washington DC
Free Admission

Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival 2019February 10, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street NW #201, Washington DC
Free Admission

Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in DCFebruary 10, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The parade begins at the intersection of 6th & Eye St NW



Museum Exhibits

february events

Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden


National Gallery of Art
Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Projectthrough March 24

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulsethrough April 28

The George Washington University Museum
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four FreedomsFebruary 13-April 29

Renwick Gallery
Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018through May 5

The Phillips Collection
Zilia Sánchez: Soy IslaFebruary 16-May 19

National Museum of American History
Superheroesthrough September 2

National Portrait Gallery
Portraits of the World: Korea” 
through November 17

National Museum of Natural History
Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas” 
through 2020



Performing Arts

Vanity Fair Theatre February Events

Photo courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company


Nell Gwynn through March 10
Folger Theater, 201 E Capitol St SE, Washington DC
$42-$79 | Tickets 

BLKS February 4-March 3
Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St NW, Washington DC
$20-$41 | Tickets

Richard the Third February 5-March 10
Shakespeare Theatre Company, 610 F St NW, Washington DC
$44-$102 | Tickets

Cyrano de Bergerac February 6-March 10
Synetic Theater, 1800 S Bell St, Arlington VA
$30 and up | Tickets

The Heiress  February 8-March 10
Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC
$50 and up | Tickets

Anatole: Mouse Magnifique February 9-March 24
Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda MD
$15-$35 | Tickets

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical February 15-17
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC
$39-$139 | Tickets

INTERSECTIONS Festival February 21-March 3
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE, Washington DC
$75 | Tickets

Robin Hood February 22-March 3
Encore Stage & Studio, 4000 Lorcom Ln, Arlington VA
$12-$15 | Tickets

Finding Neverland February 26-March 3
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC
$54-$114 | Tickets

Vanity Fair February 26-March 31
Shakespeare Theatre Company, 610 F St NW, Washington DC
$44-$118 | Tickets

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity February 26-April 7
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
$40-$89 | Tickets

Sleeping Beauty February 27-March 3
The Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC
$25-$160 | Tickets




odessey dinner cruise february events

Photo courtesy of Tripsavvy

Valentine’s Dinner or Brunch on the Potomac
Enjoy bottomless mimosas for brunch or a delightful evening of dining, dancing, and entertainment, all while taking in beautiful views of the Potomac. Tickets from $59 and up.

Soak Up the Season
Take your loved one on a winter adventure! The Washington, D.C. area has a great selection of winter activities, from ice skating to shredding the slopes.

Valentine’s Ball at the Embassy of Italy | February 16th, 7:00-11:45 p.m. 
Dawn your finest dress and enjoy the majesty of Italy! You’ll enjoy an evening of fine Italian food, wines, and entertainment with a portion of proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. Tickets $105-$145

Drinks and Delights
What’s more perfect for your Valentine than wine or beer and incredible views? There are lots of options for delightful food and beverage pairings at local wineries and breweries. Creek’s Edge Winery offers two great options for celebrating Valentine’s Day and Dirt Farm Brewing Company will be doing a full Valentine’s weekend of flights and bites.

Capital Comedy Festival | February 15th, 8:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for something fun and different, then treat that special someone to a truly delightful night! Not only is comedy night a great date idea, it’s a perfect way to wind down from the work week. Tickets $52-$125

Thoughtful Gifts
For those still in need of a great Valentine’s gift, check out our curated list of gorgeous, quirky and unique items. The best part is buying something handmade right here in your community can simplify the process while also showing extra care and thought.

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