Actually Fun Things to Do in DC This Weekend

Celebrate powerful women, drink some tequila, and watch outdoor movies.

It’s officially Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the work that women have done, the movements they have pioneered and the work that is still left to be done. This is also the month also marks a year after the city mandated its first lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. And while there are some things that we’ve gotten used to, like wearing masks outdoors, ordering for delivery and carryout, and reliance on the virtual world, there are other things that we may never get used to. Try not to slip into the pandemic blues this weekend by looking ahead. From museum re-openings to drive-in movies, we’ve compiled a list of all the fun things to do this weekend while taking advantage of that almost-springtime sun and staying safe.

Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 6
Mt. Vernon Square
The National Museum of Women in the Arts has officially reopened, and its timing is impeccable. And good news, this Sunday is a free community day at the museum, meaning visitors will be able to see all latest exhibits for free March 7.  Experience a new exhibit from textile artist Sonya Clark, known for her work in mixed media that centers around Blackness, history and identity. Browse through 100 of her pieces that will be highlighted in the exhibit and don’t forget your mask.
Cost: $10 (free with valid membership)

See a drive-in movie in Alexandria

Friday, March 5 - Saturday, March 6
Alexandria, Virginia
If you’re excited about the return of drive-in movies, you’re not alone. Visit the Alexandria Drive-In Theatre this weekend to catch a screening of Jurassic Park on Friday or Despicable Me and Fast and Furious: Fate of the Furious on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the ATHENA Rapid Response Innovation Lab and help establish scholarships for Alexandria City High School Grads through The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.
Cost: $40 per car, per movie

Participate in an annual Tequila Festival

Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7
Join DC Mexican Restaurant Oyamel in its annual Tequila Mezcal Festival with virtual and dine in opportunities to celebrate. Take advantage of the warm weather and make a reservation to dine on Oaxacan-inspired specials on the restaurant’s recently expanded patio. If you’d rather not dine in, don’t worry. Feel free to join the fun from home by ordering a cocktail to-go package which includes a virtual cocktail class.   
Cost: Prices vary

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with Guinness

Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7
Halethorpe, Maryland
Why wait until St. Patrick’s Day to indulge? Join the Guinness Open Gate Brewery as it kicks off its month-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Enjoy the “17 Days of St. Patrick’s Day” with socially distanced entertainment, special beers and food pairings every Thursday through Sunday for the first 17 days of the month. Experience the Irish themed music, decorations across the brewery, classic favorites like Fish n’ Chips and Corned Beef n’ Cabbage, and exclusive holiday merchandise in the Guinness store.  
Cost: Prices vary

Celebrate Women’s Food Month

Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7
Dupont Circle
Women have been pioneering the food industry for decades. Try out a variety of women-owned eateries this month with Pizzeria Paradiso’s “Women’s Food Month” which is highlighting local food businesses. Enjoy a special four cheese pizza in partnership with Cheesemonster studio, a retail cheese business owned by Alice Bergen Phillips and Kara McGrath. Also indulge in a selection of drinks and desserts special for dine-in and carry-out from female-run businesses like Oozlefinch Beers & BlendingCork Wine Bar & Market and Puddin’.  
Cost: Prices vary  

Attend a jazz and creative music festival virtually

Saturday, March 6
The convenience of enjoying live concerts from the comfort of your home has been one of the few good things that have come out of the pandemic. If you’re planning on spending the weekend in, try live-streaming a concert with music by artists like creative music composers Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, and Duke Ellington. Indulge in the musical event presented by Georgetown Day School.   
Cost: $10

Enjoy a movie and a picnic

Sunday, March 7
The Bullpen
If you’re anything like us, there’s really no threshold to the number of times you can re-watch a Harry Potter film. Close out your weekend at The Bullpen at Half Street Fairgrounds to catch a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at 6 pm and don’t forget your picnic basket and favorite blanket. Visitors are also encouraged to come dressed in costume and indulge in complimentary popcorn.  
Cost: $15

Participate in the virtual Women Filmmakers Festival

Friday, March 5 - Sunday, March 7
Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for its third annual Women Filmmakers Festival. Watch screenings and programming that highlight a different artist each week. This week is dedicated to Lessons from Environmental Histories with renowned Chilean American artist Cecilia Vicuña. Her two short video artworks Seed Song (2015) and Un nudo vivo/ A Living Knot (2017), featuring artistic rituals for healing human-environment relations will be screened.  
Cost: Free

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Oyin Adedoyin is a Baltimore-area freelance journalist with previous experience at The Wall Street JournalPolitico, and The Baltimore Sun. On the off chance that she’s not writing, you can probably find her nose buried in a good book or learning new songs on the ukulele. Follow her on Twitter @Oyin_Adedoyin_.
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