Howard County Restaurant Weeks, Cats, and Polar Bear Plunge are included in this edition of the weekend roundup!

Feeling uninspired this weekend? Shake up these dreary winter days with something fun! We've got live music, restaurant weeks, and a very special fundraiser coming right at you, only in the DMV!

Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, January 24, to Sunday, January 26.

Polar Bear Plunge

Sandy Point State Park | 1100 East College Parkway | Annapolis, MD | Thursday–Saturday

This fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland is a beloved tradition that attracts thousands of people per year. All weekend, participants and spectators alike can experience a splash in the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment, and more at Sandy Point State Park. Get together with the community for a wonderful cause! Want to take the "plunge"? Find out more about it here!

Winter Reception at the Embassy of France

Embassy of France | 4101 Reservoir Road NW | Washington, D.C. | Friday

Celebrate the winter season French-style with a reception at the Embassy of France! Centered around the French pastry la galette du rois, guests can indulge in delicious desserts and an open bar featuring French libations and wine. Don't forget to say hello to the French diplomats who will be there! Super Early Bird tickets are $45. Check it out here!

District 27 Toastmasters Open House

Arlington Central Library | 1015 North Quincy Street | Arlington, VA | Saturday

Interested in expanding your leadership skills? Then Toastmasters might be for you! From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., gather at Arlington Central Library to learn more about the organization, including watching a mock Toastmasters meeting. It's also great for meeting new people in the DMV! Admission is free and open to the public. Find out more here!


Hippodrome Theatre | 12 North Eutaw Street | Baltimore, MD | Multiple Dates

The smash-hit sensation by Andrew Lloyd Webber is coming to Baltimore! Witness the iconic musical about the Jellicle cats and the classic songs, including Grizabella's famous lament "Memory." Broadway fans are in for an unforgettable performance! The show only runs through January 26, so don't wait! Buy your tickets here!

KC Chinese Family Day

Various Kennedy Center Locations | 2700 F Street NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a fun family day at The Kennedy Center! From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., guests can explore the cultural traditions through arts and crafts, magic shows, live performances, and more. Witness incredible demos of woodblock printing or sugar painting! This all-ages event is free of charge. Find out more here!

Howard County Restaurant Week

Locations in Howard County, MD | Ongoing

Howard County Restaurant Week is here! Between January 20 and February 2, restaurants across Howard County will serve up amazing dishes on optimally-priced menus ranging from two-course lunches to four-course dinners. It's a great way to appreciate local businesses and expand your palate in the process! Interested? Make your reservation here!

Grace Potter with Devon Gilfillian

The Anthem | 901 Wharf Street SW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday

Grace Potter is one of rock's most enduring acts—both solo and with her former band The Nocturnals. Catch the singer-songwriter on tour for her third solo record, Daylight, where she'll perform cuts like "Back to Me," and the moving title track. Slated to open the show is Nashville songwriter Devon Gilfillian. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $45-$75. Buy yours here!

Story District's Top Shelf

Lincoln Theatre | 1215 U Street NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday

The D.C.-area storytelling group is back with their Top Shelf event! Hear an incredible selection of hand-picked stories that are emotional, funny, and always true to the heart. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $30-$40. Interested? Buy them here!

Masters of Hawaiian Music

The Barns at Wolf Trap | 1635 Trap Road | Vienna, VA | Friday-Saturday

Looking to expand your musical horizons? Immerse yourself in the soothing sounds of Hawaiian music at The Barns at Wolf Trap! For two full nights, hear amazing music performed by masters Led Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr., and Kawika Kahiapo, whose collective talents will blow you away! Tickets start at $27 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Order them here!

The Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown Presents Grease Sing-a-Long

Maryland Theatre | 21 South Potomac Street | Hagerstown, MD | Friday

This isn't your typical movie night! Visit the Maryland Theatre for a night of hopping and jiving to the classic musical Grease. The event will feature a costume contest, hand jive contest, and a screening of the film complete with a sing-a-long—don't miss the crowd-pleaser "You're The One That I Want"! VIP tickets are $40, and regular admission is $15-$20. Get the details here!

What are you doing this weekend? Did we miss any events? Share your plans with us in the comments!