Events

Everything You Can Do in DC This Weekend

Kick off Pride and dine alfresco while social distancing.

Normally, our goal is to bring you the most exciting events and happenings around DC every weekend. Now, this guide looks a little different. While we’re still encouraged to stay home when possible, local leaders have begun to loosen some restrictions, like allowing outdoor dining in DC and Virginia starting Friday at 5pm. We may not know what day of quarantine it is anymore, or how much longer this is going to last, but we might as well make the best of it. We’re still finding plenty of ways to have a little fun and stay sane, while being safe. Here’s everything you can still do at home this weekend.

Dine al fresco while socially distancing

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
For those in DC and Virginia, dining out is an option again -- as long as certain rules are followed, like outdoor seating only, adequate spacing between tables, and capacity limits. Check restaurants’ websites or social media pages to see which ones are opening, and plan ahead. Many are requiring reservations and allowing pre-orders and contactless prepayment. In Virginia, there’s a Facebook group dedicated to news and updates about outdoor dining.
Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well

Document your life during the pandemic “In Real Time”

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
We’re all sick of hearing it -- we’re living in “unprecedented” times. But that’s why the Historical Society of Washington, DC wants to capture said times. They’ve started a project to record the current events of our everyday lives. You, an average citizen, are invited to reflect on and record your daily reality for future readers and viewers looking back on the history we are living. Their website has information on how to participate and make your mark, from taking photographs and completing a survey to keeping a journal and gathering items for a time capsule. 
Cost: Free

Have a drink and tip your bartenders and servers

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
Speaking of booze, when you pour yourself a drink, think of your favorite bartenders and servers who are out of work due to establishments being shut down across the region. Leave a few bucks as a tip via these virtual tip jars for DC, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore. There are also funds you can contribute to, including one in partnership with Hook Hall Helps and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and one organized by the James Beard Foundation. If you’re looking for a little guidance with your drinking, join a virtual happy hour with winemakers and brewers. Feeling creative? Join Emilie’s & The Lockwood for a cocktail competition. You’ll get a free cocktail kit to experiment and the winning drink will earn a place on the Emilie’s menu and dinner delivery for two.
Cost: Whatever you can afford

Bring the city’s best restaurants to you

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
If you aren’t ready to venture out yet, you can still support the struggling local hospitality industry, get takeout or delivery from your neighborhood restaurant. Many spots are still open for to-go food, as well as booze and meal-kits or grocery items. You can find out who’s offering which services and how to order via online database Dining at a Distance (currently tracking DC, Arlington, Loudoun, Richmond, and Baltimore). If you opt for delivery, use the new DC To-GoGo app developed by local bar owners to help restaurants regain control of the food delivery process with lower fees and the ability to hire furloughed workers as couriers. 
Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well 

Catch up on the latest TV shows or movies

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
You finally have the perfect excuse to Netflix and chill. Try one of these binge-worthy shows with 100 or more episodes, or watch one of the best movies on Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu right now. You could also join the American Film Institute’s virtual Movie Club. Plus, Filmfest DC at Home (the (postponed) Washington, DC International Film Fest’s free virtual festival of audience favorites) is back with a second round of streaming options.
Cost: Prices vary

Cuddle up with a good book

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
Whether your to-read stack is about to reach the ceiling or you just feel like maybe you should tear your eyes away from a screen for a few precious minutes, now is a great time to get lost in a fictional world or expand your perspective. Pick up one of our favorite books of 2020 so far, or browse an endless selection of virtual titles via the library app, Libby. You can also connect with authors or join virtual book clubs and workshops via live streaming events by Politics & Prose and Old Town Books. If you have youngsters at home, you can encourage them to read more by joining the Nationals and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System for the “Imagine Your Story” virtual summer reading program.
Cost: Library rentals are free, book prices vary

Have a virtual social gathering

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
While in-person dinner parties and game nights are verboten right now, that doesn’t mean you should stop socializing -- just do it virtually, with FaceTime or other video conferencing apps. Sit down for a meal together, dance in your living rooms, or play games online
Cost: Free

Get a little crafty

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
If you’ve been putting off learning the art of subversive crochet, today is the day. Rekindle an old hobby or go buy the supplies to pick up a new craft like knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting, woodworking, indoor gardening, origami, or anything to keep your hands busy. This could also be an opportunity to work on an outstanding house project, like oiling your cutting boards, repotting an overgrown plant, or organizing your junk drawer. 
Cost: Prices vary

Put your cooking skills to the test

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
With all the time in the world, bust out a cookbook or find an online recipe and whip something up. It can be a simple slow cooker stew or dressed up grilled cheese sandwich if you’re a beginner, or something more elaborate like homemade ice cream or a Great British Bake Off-inspired showstopper if you’re up for a culinary challenge you’d never attempt on an average weeknight. Instead of braving the crowds at big chain supermarkets, pick up your ingredients at a local shop or pre-order from a farmers’ market. You can find some inspiration for your meal with a new digital local cookbook, Reservations at Home, featuring the most popular recipes from bars and restaurants at The Yards, including Albi, Chloe, Ice Cream Jubilee, Maialino Mare, and Shilling Canning Company. Donations benefit restaurant employees impacted by COVID-19.
Cost: Prices vary

Sweat it out with a virtual workout

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
With gyms and fitness studios shutting down, you may be wondering how to avoid losing those gains. Many businesses are offering online classes, including local ones like Formula Running Center, Barry’s, the Y, the Rosslyn BID, the Boro Tysons, The St. James, The Studio DC, and Past Tense Yoga Studio. If you’re looking for a little motivation, join The St. James for a virtual 5K and 10K for all ages on Sunday. 
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Learn something new

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
Endless TV streaming can turn your brain to mush, so you might want to intersperse some online education. You can learn up a new skill or delve into a new topic with a variety of virtual classes aimed at all levels from sites like MasterClass, edX, and Class Central. You could also virtually visit one of DC's top-notch museums, or tour one of many incredible places around the world.
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Get your daily dose of the arts and culture, online

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
Since you can’t spend an evening at the theater or concert hall, arts and culture organizations are bringing shows to you at home. The traveling Pop-Up Magazine live tour has gone virtual for their spring issue this year, which premiered this week on YouTube. The annual DC JazzFest has been postponed, but you can still enjoy fresh jazz concerts virtually on Saturdays via YouTube. The Kennedy Center’s digital stage features thousands of archived videos from shows, plus workshops and behind-the-scenes clips. There are lots more virtual concerts from artists around the country.
Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Kick off Pride month virtually with Project Pride

Sunday, May 31
On the eve of Pride month, the Smithsonian’s Pride Alliance is hosting a virtual concert and digital time-capsule celebration of LGBTQ+ heritage, culture, and history. The event will be hosted by NPR’s Ari Shapiro and will feature LGBTQ+ artists and allies like Indigo Girls, Rufus Wainwright, Roxane Gay, Tig Notaro, and more. Plus, the program will include LGBTQ+-related artifacts and stories from Smithsonian representatives. 
Cost: Free, but RSVP for updates

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Lani Furbank is a freelance food writer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @lanifurbank or read her work at LanisCupOfTea.com.