Feeling the January "blahs"? You won't after seeing what's going on this weekend in the DMV!
Who says staying at home needs to be boring? So many virtual activities are at your fingertips, as well as socially-distant fun in the DMV. Between Friday and Sunday, satisfy your sweet tooth with the McLean Chocolate Festival, taste wines at Gray Ghost Vineyards, or tune in to a digital set by Jeff Daniels!
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, January 29, to Sunday, January 31.
*Keep in mind with the shifting circumstances of COVID-19 that events may be canceled or rescheduled. Please refer to the event's website or social media pages for more information regarding safety guidelines.*
Virtual Winter Bingo | Montgomery County Department of Parks | Wheaton, MD | Friday-Sunday
Montgomery County's bountiful parks are a must-visit any time of year, but this season the parks department is shaking things up with something unexpected: Bingo! Complete outdoorsy activities listed on the bingo sheet and submit it for a chance to win prizes. Some of the featured activities are snapping photos of trees, walking a HeartSmart trail, and identifying birds. This is the last weekend to submit your bingo card, so don't wait! Get the details here.
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week | Washington, DC | Ongoing
It's time to work up an appetite for D.C. Restaurant Week! Between January 25 to February 7, enjoy local restaurants at discounted prices of $22, $35, and $55. With a variety of cuisines on display—American, Spanish, Mediterranean—it's the perfect time to splurge on something fancy or revisit old favorites. This year's promotion will be offered for takeout and delivery. Feeling hungry? Check it out here.
Jeff Daniels—Alive and Well Enough (Virtual) | Weinberg Center for the Arts | Frederick, MD | Saturday
Presented by Weinberg Center for the Arts, join Jeff Daniels for a night of music at home! Watch the actor and musician perform from his new record Alive and Well Enough, with a fan Q&A following the show. Passionate and relatable, lovers of blues music, Dumb and Dumber, and quality entertainment as a whole are in for a treat! Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for the whole family. Purchase them here.
Virtual Speed Dating for Northern Virginia Singles Ages 20-39 | Washington, DC | Sunday
Finding romance can be a challenge, especially during COVID-19. But this virtual speed dating sesh makes things easier! Via Zoom, chat with other singles from Northern Virginia from 8 to 10 p.m. and use the provided dating system to message people further after the event. It's fun, convenient, and most importantly safe!; so grab a drink and get comfy! Tickets are just $20. Check it out here.
4th Annual Luau & Pig Feast | Dirt Farm Brewing | 18701 Foggy Bottom Rd | Bluemont, VA | Saturday
Join Dirt Farm Brewing for a tropical bash to celebrate the release of two new drinks! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy delicious Hawaiian grub around the taproom's fire pits and the latest on tap: Pineapple IPA, Pina Colada Hard Seltzer. You'll also get a lei to wear around your neck for summery flair. It's the escape from winter we all need! Tickets are $26. Buy them here.
Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week | Alexandria, VA | Ongoing
Are you worn out by quarantine cooking? Shake things up with Alexandria Restaurant Week with 60+ restaurants across the city offering delicious takeout deals, priced between $25 and $49. It's a great way to support local restaurants during the pandemic, as well as trying new cuisine you might not have otherwise. The culinary event runs through February 7, and the digital menu is available for viewing. Check it out here.
McLean Chocolate Festival (Virtual) | McLean, VA | Saturday-Sunday
Who can resist chocolate? This annual fundraiser by the McLean Rotary may be going virtual for 2021, but the event will be no less sweet! Residents can peruse delicious chocolates from a variety of local chocolate-makers, and pick up their orders at McLean Community Center. You'll be supporting local businesses and charities, all by satisfying your sweet tooth. Find out more here.
Crystalline | ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Ave. SW | Washington, DC | Ongoing
If you need to escape the outside world for a bit *raises hand* then you're going to love this installation. Through February 28, ARTECHOUSE's "Crystalline" will offer a meditative experience based on the color blue. Visitors can immerse themselves in the color while walking through the rooms of a stunning castle, inspired by Pantone's 2020 shade "Classic Blue." General admission is $24. Buy tickets here.
"To the Tune of ..." | The Carroll Arts Center | 91 West Main St | Westminster, MD | Ongoing
On view now, "To the Tune of ..." showcases artistic works inspired by musicians and composers. Johnny Cash, Mozart, Christina Aguilera, and Phoebe Bridgers are just a handful of the figures serving as creative muses for these talented artists. Their pieces are sure to leave you inspired! Fans of art and music alike will enjoy this! The exhibit runs through February 20 and admission is free. Find out more here.
Wine Library Tasting | Gray Ghost Vineyards | 14706 Lee Highway | Amissville, VA | Sunday
Have you ever visited a wine library before? Join Gray Ghost Vineyards for a special tasting of vintage selections with the owners, Cheryl and Al Kellert. The bottles date back to 2009 and 2013, and some will even be available for purchase. Due to COVID-19, space will be limited at these sessions, so we recommend making a reservation ASAP. Admission is $35 and comes with a complimentary glass. Get the details here.
How will you be spending your weekend? Is there anything you're doing that's not on this list? Let us know in the comments!