The weekend is almost upon us and Washingtonians are getting ready to make plans for how to spend their limited free time in one of the best cities in the country, so we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in D.C. this weekend that you don’t want to miss!
This weekend you can enjoy some amazingly fun and festive outdoor skating at a few of the incredible outdoor ice rinks around the D.C. area. Here are a few that are open this weekend:
- Washington Harbour Ice Rink – 📍 3050 K St. NW
- National Harbor Ice Skating Rink – 📍 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, Md.
- Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Rink – 📍 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va.
- Canal Park Ice Rink – 📍 200 M St. SE
If you’re looking for a unique experience and an excuse to get out of town for a little while, then a day trip to National Harbor, Maryland to experience the immersive “Titanic The Exhibition” is the perfect plan for you. The narrated experience takes you through the history of the tragedy and explores the personal stories of passengers who were on board the “unsinkable” ship the night that it went down.
Location: 254 Mariner Passage at National Harbor
3. Check out some of the early blossoms that have popped up around D.C.
It may seem odd or concerning, but the truth is that this is completely normal to have a few blooms around this time of year! These particular Plum Blossom trees commonly bloom during late January and February during warm weather stretches, and while they won’t be around forever they are a beautiful sight that should hold you over until the peak Cherry Blossom bloom this spring!
A completely immersive experience that is perfect family fun for all ages! The fully immersive dino-themed exhibit is filled with over 80 life-sized specimens including the iconic T-rex, Stegosaurus, and even Velociraptors to see and learn about.
Location: 524 Rhode Island Ave NE
D.C. is filled with some incredible black-owned and operated businesses and supporting them is a great way to celebrate the first weekend of Black History Month! If you really want to enjoy an amazing meal while also supporting one of these black-owned businesses at the same time, then dining at one of these spots is a great way to spend your weekend.
6.Visit the “Future of Orchids” exhibit at the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
You don’t have to be a plant lover to enjoy the peacefulness and tranquility that a room full of orchids has to offer! So even though this is an absolute must-visit for any plant lovers in D.C. this week, the fact remains that this is a great plan to keep in your back pocket to do with friends or even for a unique date idea!
The exhibit, which is a collaboration between the U.S. Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian Gardens, just recently opened on January 27th and will remain open until April, 28th. The exhibit features hundreds of live orchids as well as multi-media contemporary art pieces that convey the importance and necessity of environmental activism to ensure a sustainable future for these beautiful plants.
The good news is that if you can’t make it this weekend, no worries, but it’s a great spot to keep in mind in case you are looking for something fun!
Location: 8th Street Northwest &, G St NW
It’s a classic date idea for a reason—you just can’t beat movies with popcorn and soda! Now, when you go to a movie at a participating AMC Theater, you can a discount on your drink and popcorn! Learn more here.
Location: Multiple Locations
Any all-inclusive weekend plans are something we keep an eye out for, and this mystery picnic foodie adventure around the city is so much fun! The experience includes pre-booked and paid tastings as well as an incredible spread from local producers, which means that the quality of every ingredient is nothing short of spectacular. On top of that, the group behind this foodie adventure can accommodate any dietary requirements, so it’s a perfect foodie plan for any group even those that may have some dietary restrictions.
Location: Georgetown or Foggy Bottom (you choose)
This immersive experience is new to town and has quickly become a favorite of ours! The incredibly fun and picturesque experience is perfect for any occasion or to go with anyone, whether they be friends, family, or even a loved one. Make sure you wear a cool outfit and have enough space on your phone for a lot of photos because you’ll want to document this experience!
Location: 5333 Wisconsin Ave NW
Cocktails and classic theatre mixed to create this incredibly unique and fun Shakespearean show, it’s set in a speakeasy located behind the Sage Theater and consists of a few brave souls taking in a healthy serving of liquor before trying to perform Shakespeare. No two shows are ever the same and when the drinks start to flow this show quickly turns into an unforgettable evening.
Location: 1100 13th St NW
Experience immersive art like never before with this 3D digital art exhibit that lets you walk directly through and on incredible displays of creative art. This particular exhibit will transport patrons into outer space, giving them an incredible view of Earth from afar and even some of the beautiful sites of the stars and space.
Location: ARTECHOUSE – Washington, DC