Mark your calendars—it's time for our weekend roundup!
Relaxation is the name of the game this weekend in the DMV. We've got virtual plays, pottery workshops, and other low-key activities you can do in your sweatpants no problem. Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, February 19, to Sunday, February 21.
*Keep in mind with the shifting circumstances of COVID-19 events may be canceled or rescheduled. Please refer to the event's websites or social media pages for more information regarding safety guidelines.*
Events on Friday, February 19
43rd Annual Irish Evening of Music and Poetry (Virtual) | Howard County Poetry & Literature Society | Columbia, MD | Friday
Brought to you by the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society, this event celebrates the rich history of Ireland's literary traditions. Join best-selling author Joseph O'Neill and musician Jared Denhard for an evening of prose, poetry, and music, and watch out for a sing-a-long at the end featuring former governor Martin O'Malley! Tickets start at $20. Get the details here.
The Life of George Washington in Four Acts (Virtual) | Gadsby's Tavern Museum | Alexandria, VA | Friday
How much do you know about George Washington? Learn about the founding father's life in this four-part virtual series by the Gadsby's Tavern Museum. This week's installment explores the General's role at the Constitutional Convention, which oversaw the drafting of America's Constitution. Whoever thought you'd get to see history unfold via Zoom? (log-in info will be provided). Tickets are $20. Purchase here.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Virtual) | Sterling Playmakers | Sterling, VA | Friday
Lewis Carroll's classic tale gets a fresh spin from the Sterling Playmakers. Grab a snack and enjoy the antics of the beloved characters like Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen, and others right from your computer. As if the talented cast wasn't enough, the performance will be live, which makes seeing it extra special! Tickets are $12-$20 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Buy here.
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet (Virtual) | Kennedy Center | Washington, DC | Friday-Sunday
Presented by Center Theatre Group and the Kennedy Center, Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet streams this weekend only! Catch a modernized twist on Shakespeare's classic romance filmed at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London in 2019. The stunning choreography and costuming alone is worth the price of admission! Tickets are $10. Find out more here.
Events on Saturday, February 20
Clay for a Day! | Chesapeake Arts Center | Brooklyn Park, MD | Saturday
Craving an artistic outlet? This pottery workshop will get your creative juices flowing! From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., sculpt your own clay bowls, pots, and cylinders you'll get to glaze and take home. Don't worry if you're just starting—the class is open to all skill levels! Admission is $30, with members eligible for a 20 percent discount. Reserve your spot here.
Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Lunar New Year | Smithsonian American Art Museum | Washington, DC | Saturday
Get your kids in the spirit of the Lunar New Year with an art workshop! Children between the ages of 3 to 8 can craft their very own ox in honor of the Year of the Ox and learn about the animal's role in art, courtesy of an artist showcase. Pro tip: make some authentic cuisine to celebrate, like dumplings or sweet rice balls! The free event will be hosted over Zoom. Register here.
27th Annual Chocolates and Cabernet | Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery | Amissville, VA | Saturday-Sunday
Gray Ghost's Valentine's Day tasting event is such a beloved tradition, it's getting a second weekend! Bring your SO for a romantic afternoon sampling delectable chocolates and red wine, complete with a collectible wine glass you can keep! A carryout package is also available if you'd rather recreate the experience in your own home! Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Buy here.
Dance Place Presents Coyaba Dance Theater (Virtual) | Coyaba Dance Theater | Washington, DC | Saturday-Sunday
Courtesy of Dance Place, tune in for a thrilling performance by the Coyaba Dance Theater! Viewers can enjoy an evening of West African dance filtered through archival footage to commemorate their 24th anniversary as a DC institution. Combining art, dance, and culture, this inspiring production is a must-see! The show airs Saturday at 6:30 p.m., but no worries if you can't catch it then—there'll be a rerun on Sunday. Watch here.
Events on Sunday, February 21
Colonial Annapolis Walking Tour | Market House Park | Annapolis, MD | Sunday
Each Sunday this month, stroll through the streets of historic Annapolis for a history lesson of Maryland's capital. With the help of a tour guide, see significant landmarks like Maryland's State House and learn about the customs of 18th century America. Perfect for sight-seeing, as well as getting a good workout! Admission is $18. Purchase tickets here.
The Big Day Bridal Show | Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center | Fredericksburg, VA | Sunday
Wedding planning can be a chore, but this bridal show will alleviate any worries you have! Gather ideas for your special day between 12 and 4 p.m. in dresses, flower arrangements, wedding cakes, and more. There'll also be bonus entertainment like cake dives and door prizes. By the time you leave, you'll be saying, "I Do!" Tickets are $12-$20. Get the details here.
How will you be relaxing this weekend? Tell us in the comments.