Everything Fun You Can Do in DC This Weekend

Plus, old fashioneds for a good cause and a new museum exhibit.

We’ve nearly made it through the shortest month, which means we’ve almost made it through winter (at least that’s what the early blooming cherry blossoms are telling us). Maybe you’re feeling the need to expend some energy over the next few days and want to explore the city’s new and intense Escape Room, or maybe you want to keep it low-key and move slowly between some great meals. It’s a great weekend to see some art or watch a high-powered sport (be it rugby or a polar plunge). But whatever you do, just be sure to make it a good one. Here’s everything fun you can do in DC this weekend.

Friday, February 24
Adams Morgan
Street-art focused art gallery and cannabis retail shop, Gifted Curators, is opening their latest exhibit featuring the work of prolific New Jersey-based artists, DISTORT, with a party of sorts. Come to check out DISTORT’s work, a mix of classical painting with the energy of graffiti art, and enjoy complimentary Union Craft Brewing beer and nonalcoholic beverages by Topo Chico, free I-71 compliant gifts, and door prizes. The event will feature music from DJ Pae Me, and limited prints and t-shirts will be available for purchase.
Cost: Free

Various locations near Downtown
The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival stretches into the weekend with a range of films that celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity. The festival showcases films and filmmakers from around the world, connected with the central theme of exploring how language plays an essential and crucial role in our lives, societies, and humanity. Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: Free

Various Locations
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, the whiskey brand inspired by the first-known African American Master Distiller on record, is undertaking a major campaign to raise up to $1 million to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Partnering with bars and restaurants across DC (and the whole country!), the brand and will donate $1 for each Old-Fashioned ordered at participating watering holes. Mr. Henry’s, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Quill Bar at the Jefferson Hotel, and Tupelo Honey are just a few local participants. Check out the map for a complete list.
Cost: Prices Vary

Saturday, February 25
The National Mall
This Saturday, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Artis unveiling a new exhibit, and the first ever in the United States, dedicated to Anyang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of ancient China’s Shang dynasty. The exhibit, Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings, features over 200 objects from Anyang including jade jewelry, bronze ritual vessels, weapons, chariot parts, some over 3,000 years old.
Cost: Free

Saturday, February 25
Navy Yard
Bring your wetsuit and head to the Yards Park for a very frigid polar plunge. The event, a fundraiser for Special Olympics DC, is one of the neighborhood’s most anticipated events of the year, and supports over 2,500 DC-based athletes with year-round sports training and the opportunity to compete in the Special Olympics. For those interested in attending, but less inclined to get wet, there will be food, beverages, live music, photo booths, ice block Jenga, and games like iceless curling and ax-throwing. A ticket to the event includes both a drink and a donation to the Special Olympics DC.
Cost: $15

Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26
We’re nearing the end of the Guinness Six Nation Rugby Championship, and Boundary Stone pub in Bloomingdale doesn’t want you to watch the match alone. Head to the pub for breakfast on Saturday to watch Italy v. Ireland (9:15 am) and Wales v. England (11:45 am). On Sunday, head over to see France and Scotland duke it out (10:00 am).
Cost: Free to attend (menu prices vary)

Sunday, February 26
Logan Circle
Dovetail, the truly excellent restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel, is transforming its space into a dine-in theater this Sunday evening. A ticket for intimate Black Panther screening includes popcorn and a cocktail from a curated list created specifically to be enjoyed with the film.
Cost: $12

Sunday, February 26
Dupont Circle
Casta’s Rum Bar is hosting its first-ever Sunday Drag Brunch hosted by KC B. Yoncé and featuring celebrity impersonators Mari Con Carne, Ty Dupp, and Stella Ray. Come for the show, the stellar brunch menu, and for the bottomless mimosas, and glitter mojitos. Doors open at noon and the show begins at 1pm. Tickets are required.
Cost: $25

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Madeline Weinfield is a Thrillist contributor.