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50+ Things To Do In DC

March 1st, 2019 Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Through April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha). The PUB will host a spring party on March 20, during which a timed $20 ticket can help you avoid the line.
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday | 1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

HopFest 2019 – March 9
HopFest is the only beer festival in the city hosted by local brewers for local brewers. The DC Brewers’ Guild has one heck of a day planned for the fifth installment of this beloved event. Dozens of breweries will be on hand at the DC Brau Brewing Company to showcase hoppy goodness, from one-off specials to old favorites to rare brews you can’t find anywhere else.
1-5 p.m. |  Tickets
DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon – March 9
Choose from three different race formats and run and rock through DC during this annual extravaganza. The two days prior to race day feature a health and fitness expo at DC Armory, where participants can pick up their race packets and try out new running apparel and technology. Then, on the big day, conquer the marathon, half-marathon or 5K. Each sport scenic routes that allow you to marvel at DC’s monuments.

Demetri Martin – March 9
Demetri Martin’s unique brand of comedy, which can feature sing-alongs, drawings and costumes, has taken him from self-described “relative obscurity” in New York City to superstardom. Along the way, he wrote for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s released successful comedy albums and starred in his own television series on Comedy Central, where his acclaimed Demetri MartinPerson. stand-up special aired. His first book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin, was a New York Timesbestseller. Witness his idiosyncrasies at Warner Theatre on the second Saturday in March.
10 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Evenings at the Edge: Wonder Women – March 14
The National Gallery of Art’s Evenings at the Edge series returns to the East Building for spring with this night entirely dedicated to women. The all-female tap sensation Syncopated Ladies, which features two sisters from DC, will be on-hand to showcase their jaw-dropping talent. Attendees will also be able to view legendary art by women and hear their stories via pop-up talks, as well as craft their own female superhero.
6-9 p.m. |  Register (free admission)
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – March 14-24
The longest-running and largest environmental film festival in the U.S. enlightens viewers on the state of our environment and what we can do to maintain its health. More than 100 movies will be screened at venues all over the District. The festival will also include informative discussions and social events that will inspire dialogue surrounding these wonderful films and their important themes. Many of the events are free and all are open to the public. Check the website for a full schedule.

National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events: the Pink Tie Party (March 22); the Opening Ceremony (March 23); the Blossom Kite Festival (March 30); Petalpalooza (April 6) at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13).

Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild – March 22
March is an action-packed month for the Capitals, with the defending Stanley Cup champions playing six games at Capital One Arena. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are in dogged pursuit of prime playoff position in the hopes of bringing another championship to the nation’s capital. This Friday night tilt will see the boys square off against the Minnesota Wild, who are fighting for their own playoff lives under head coach (and former Caps bench boss) Bruce Boudreau.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Pink Tie Party – March 22
This springtime affair in Washington signifies the beginning of blossom season. The Pink Tie Party raises funds for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the elaborate cocktail party brings on the fun with lots of features: spring-inspired cuisine, a silent auction, live music, dancing and other distinctive entertainment. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.
7-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – March 23
Diehard blossom-goers make a point to be official about their visit by reserving tickets to this free event. Experience the festival on stage through traditional and contemporary performances at the Warner Theatre, with a lineup that features the cast members of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live making their North American debut and an original interpretation from violinist Ikuko Kawai. Note that there will be a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed.
5-6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

ShamrockFest – March 23
America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival will green out RFK Stadium again this year. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mahones and Andrew W.K. highlight this year’s lineup of performers. Plan on plenty of brews, Irish dancers and bagpipes, DJs and contests. General admission and VIP tickets are available to this Irish-themed extravaganza.
12 – 8 p.m. | Tickets
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Washington Nationals Opening Day vs. New York Mets at Nationals Park – March 28
Yes, it’s officially that time of year. Baseball is back! The Washington Nationals will open their 2019 season with this matchup against the rival New York Mets. Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and the rest of the Nats will look to erase the disappointment of last season’s 82-80 record and re-claim their throne as kings of the National League East. The Mets may have something to say about that, and they’ll get to showcase their offseason additions, including Robinson Cano and former Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. Prepare for plenty of Opening Day excitement at Nationals Park.
1:35 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

J.B. Smoove – March 29
J.B. Smoove is everywhere. From television commercials to TV specials to major films to his role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Smoove’s blend of cool and comedy has made him a household name. However, the dynamic performer’s roots are in stand-up, and you can see him in his ultimate element at Warner Theatre at the end of March.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional – March 29 & 31
Capital One Arena hosts March Madness on two separate days this March. America’s favorite postseason tournament annually features jaw-dropping upsets and breathtaking buzzer beaters. DC is fortunate to host the Sweet Sixteen this year, when the tournament’s true juggernauts and Cinderellas begin to emerge. Expect plenty of spellbinding action during this set of games.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Blossom Kite Festival – March 30
Head to the Washington Monument grounds for this free kite-flying extravaganza, one of the most highly anticipated events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival . The entire family can watch expert kite fliers from all over the world participate in the Hot Tricks Showdown, a stunt kite-flying event. Make sure you bring your camera and a kite of your own!
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Washington Monument Grounds, 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

Zilia Sánchez: ‘Soy Isla (I Am an Island)’ – Through May 19
Head to The Phillips Collection to check out the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sànchez. You’ll encounter more than 60 works from the artist’s nearly 70-year career, from paintings to shaped canvases to sculptures to illustrations. Her work incorporates mythological heroes, lunar shapes, geometry and topologies. Sánchez’s travels have taken her to Europe, New York and Puerto Rico, leading to an incredibly diverse tapestry of art.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

‘The REDress Project’ – March 1-31
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will host this outdoor art installation from Jaime Black. Empty red dresses situated outside on the north side of the building will symbolize missing or murdered Indigenous women. Black’s work serves as an alarming reminder of the gendered and racialized violence frequently dealt with by Native women. On March 21, the artist will participate in Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women, a symposium that will feature harrowing stories and ignite important conversations about the issue at-hand.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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