Mark your calendars—It's our latest weekend roundup!
We've got Chinese New Year celebrations, live music, and plenty of drinks flowing this weekend in the DMV. Get your friends or family together for one of the many cool events going on—the more the merrier!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, January 31, to Sunday, February 2.
Chinese New Year Family Celebration
Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum | F St. NW & 8 St. NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Year of the Rat is upon us, and the American Art Museum and Chinese Embassy are hosting the ultimate new year's celebration! Starting at 11:30 a.m., experience the holiday's amazing traditions like the Lion Awakening Dance, craft demonstrations, magic shows, and so much more for kids and adults alike. Admission is free. View more information here!
Chocolate Affair 2020
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront | 700 Aliceanna Street | Baltimore, MD | Saturday
Raise money for a wonderful cause, all while indulging in chocolate! From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., enjoy dinner and a wide range of desserts from Baltimore-area businesses, including Water for Chocolate and Wicked Good Sweets. Funds raised from the event will help the homeless. Individual tickets are $250. Check it out here!
International Spy Museum | 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW | Washington, D.C. | Friday
Think you could be a spy? Put those skills to the test at Spy Fest! Go incognito at this family-friendly event featuring crafts, demos, and other top-secret activities that will make you feel like James Bond (and honestly, who doesn't want to be James Bond?) Tickets are $14-$16. Purchase them here!
Old Town Warrenton Winter Restaurant Week
Main Street | Warrenton, VA | Multiple Dates
Old Town Warrenton is back with its annual Restaurant Week, winter-style! From January 27 to February 2, sample a smorgasbord of specially-priced plates from Denim & Pearls, Wild Hare Hard Cider, Claire's at the Depot, and more. Love delicious cuisine on a budget? Find out more here!
Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All-Stars
The Strathmore | 5301 Tuckerman Lane | North Bethesda, MD | Friday
Groove to the sounds of Cuba with Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All-Stars for one night only at The Strathmore! The iconic Cuban maestro and his talented backing band will bring the song and dance of the country with their trademark musicianship and zeal. If Cuban music's your jam, this won't disappoint! The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $24-$64. Buy them here!
Kennedy Center | 2700 F Street NW | Washington, D.C. | Friday
You've seen Maz Jobrani on TV, film, and NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, but the stage is where he's at! Watch the comedian discuss his childhood as an Iranian immigrant growing up in America with trademark hilarity and poignant wit. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $29-$125. Order them here!
The Hippodrome Theatre | 12 North Eutaw Street | Baltimore, MD | Friday-Sunday
Translating to "the beauty of divine beings dancing," Shen Yun lives up to the name with this panoramic performance bringing 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to life. Witness its history told through a showcase of dance and music. It's a dazzling treat to the eyes and ears! Shen Yun runs this weekend only! Buy your tickets here!
Donna the Buffalo
The Hamilton Live | 600 14th Street NW | Washington, D.C. | Friday
The Trumansburg, New York, group has been truckin' since 1989's The White Tape, and they're still going strong now! Watch the folk-roots band run down a solid setlist of covers and original compositions, particularly off of 2018's Dance in the Street. Tickets are $20-$25. Grab them here!
Super Bowl Weekend
Little Washington Winery | 72 Christmas Tree Lane | Washington, VA | Saturday-Sunday
You may not have scored Super Bowl tickets, but Little Washington Winery will make sure you still enjoy the big game! Swing by the winery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Super Bowl Weekend for a tasty sampler of tailgate faves with their signatures wines. Tastings are only $10. Check it out here!
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: What Problem?
George Mason University's Center for the Arts | 4373 Mason Pond Drive | Fairfax, VA | Saturday
Experience the world premiere of choreographer Bill T. Jones' new show What Problem? Split among three distinct parts, the show explores themes of community and isolation through hauntingly lush dance performances. George Mason University will be the first witnesses to this magnificent production before it hits the road, so don't miss this opportunity! Tickets start at $29; free student admission is also available. Find out more here!
What are you planning to do this weekend? Any events we missed? Feel free to share them with us in the comments!