There are so many things to do in and around D.C. this week that it might be overwhelming to decide what to do. But this is exactly why Secret D.C. is trying to make your life easier by creating this list of the 10 best things to do in D.C. this week. There’s also something fun going on in the capital city whether it be a limited-time exhibit, a big show coming to town, or even the opening of a new place to eat or drink!
So, without further ado, here is our list of the best 10 things to do in D.C. this week that you won’t want to miss out on:
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. The exhibit ends on March 3rd, so with only two weeks left to check it out before it ends, now’s the time to go!
Location: ARTECHOUSE – Washington, DC
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
- Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Rink – 📍 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va.
- Canal Park Ice Rink – 📍 200 M St. SE
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’re 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
4. 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 week, 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
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
6. The George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town, Alexandria
The 101st annual parade in honor of George Washington’s birthday is taking place on Monday, February 19th, in Old Town. The event kicks off at 1 pm and as it’s also the town of Alexandria’s 275th birthday, the parade expected to be the biggest one they’ve had in years!
This week, take the opportunity to visit an exhibit dedicated to one of the great American abstract painters, Mark Rothko, at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibit displays over a hundred of Rothko’s iconic pieces that he painted on paper throughout his career, some from early on in his career and some that reflect the iconic style that Rothko is famously known for.
Location: National Gallery of Art
The “Monet: The Immersive Experience” is now open to the public right here in D.C. and it is one of the most exciting developments for fans of fun and appreciators of art so far in 2024! The experience lets patrons dive right into and walk amongst some of Monet’s greatest works, making it not only incredibly impressive but also quite romantic. Fortunately, this exhibit will be in D.C. until April, so while there’s no time like the present to plan your trip, you’ll just make sure you check it out before it closes!
Location: 524 Rhode Island Ave NE
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 get a discount on your drink and popcorn! Learn more here.
📍 Multiple Locations
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.