Your weekend plans have arrived!
With Mardi Gras fast approaching, it's time to say "laissez les bon temps rouler" (or "let the good times roll") this weekend in the DMV! We've got carnivals, craft shows, and a hit Broadway musical to immerse yourselves in this weekend. What are you waiting for? Grab your friends and get out there!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, February 21, to Sunday, February 23.
Capital Remodel and Garden Show
Dulles Expo Center | 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center | Chantilly, VA | Friday–Sunday
Looking to refresh your home or garden? The Capital Remodel and Garden Show will have what you need! Browse 300-plus booths of homewares and talk to experts who can assist you with your house makeover. Don't forget to pick up some fresh flowers while you're there! Adult tickets are $9-$12; children under 5 are free. Find out more here!
Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020
The Hamilton Live | 600 14th Street NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
What better way to get in the spirit of Mardi Gras than with two legendary Louisiana bands? This Saturday, groove along to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas, whose infectious blend of funk, jazz, and Southern music embodies the richness of NOLA culture. Sorry kids—this event is for 18+ only. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $25-$30. Purchase them here!
Mother Tongue Film Festival
Smithsonian American Art Museum | 8th & F Streets NW | Washington, D.C. | Multiple Dates
Held in honor of International Mother Language Day, this film festival is a must for any movie lover! From February 20 to 23, cinephiles can watch a variety of feature-length and short films from amazing directors all over the world. From Japan to Mexico, quality filmmaking awaits you! Admission to these screenings is free—you can register here!
75th Anniversary of Iwo Jima
National Museum of the Marine Corps | 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway | Triangle, VA | Saturday–Sunday
The Battle of Iwo Jima took place 75 years ago. Honor the history of this significant event with a family weekend at the National Museum of the Marine Corps! Experience informative exhibits about the historic event, watch a keynote speech from Iwo Jima Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, and enjoy an impassioned performance from The President's Own Marine Corps Band. Admission and parking are free! Find out more here!
American Craft Council Craft Show
Baltimore Convention Center | 1 West Pratt Street | Baltimore, MD | Friday–Sunday
The ultimate craft show is coming to Baltimore! Explore over 600 crafters and their creations, and get creative with tutorials and demos with the artists. Everything from ceramics and basketry to leather home goods will be on display, so don't miss it! One-day passes are $14-$16, and three-day passes are $34-$36. They can be purchased online or at the venue. Check it out here!
George Washington's Birthday Celebration
George Washington's Mount Vernon | 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway | Mount Vernon, VA | Saturday
For his 288th birthday, America's first president is getting the royal treatment! This Mount Vernon birthday bash features a variety of entertainment including music, dancing, and a performance of his favorite play Cato. Of course, no birthday party is complete without cake, which you'll get to enjoy with Washington himself! Admission for this special occasion is free! Take a look here!
1964: The Tribute
The Barns at Wolf Trap | 1635 Trap Road | Vienna, VA | Friday
You may never get to see The Beatles, but 1964: The Tribute comes pretty dang close! Witness the Fab Four's memorable songs performed by this ultra-talented tribute group, including "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love." Every Beatles fan needs to see them at least once! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets start at $40. Buy them here!
Black Classical Music Pioneers
Strathmore | 5301 Tuckerman Lane | North Bethesda, MD | Saturday
As part of Black History Month, celebrate the composers that make up our country's fabric with an incredible concert from the violinist Melissa White! Conducted by Piotr Gajewski, she'll perform pieces from classical luminaries like Wynton Marsalis, Florence Price, George Walker, and William Grant Still. Her passion and talent will breathe new life into these amazing songs! Tickets start at $29; kids between 7-17 are free. Order them here!
The Hippodrome Theatre | 12 North Eutaw Street | Baltimore, MD | Ongoing
You know the story of Dorothy and her dog Toto ... but what about the Wicked Witch? The classic spin-off based on The Wizard of Oz is coming to Baltimore for a limited run! From February 12 to March 8, come see what The New York Times calls "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" with its beloved characters and memorable music, particularly the show-stopper "Defying Gravity." Broadway enthusiasts are in for a treat! Buy your tickets here!
Downtown Culpeper Carnival
Downtown Culpeper | Culpeper, VA | Saturday
If you're going to celebrate Mardi Gras, then you gotta go to a carnival! Transport yourself to the streets of New Orleans with magic shows, face-painting, and crafts, and swing by area restaurants for their renditions of King Cake and gumbo. There will also be a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball that supports Services to Abused Families (SAFE), which you can buy tickets for here. Carnival admission is free. Get the details here!
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments—we would love to hear your plans!