Celebrate Black Brewers and Manhattan Cocktail Week in DC This Weekend

Fun things to do in Washington DC this weekend, including film festivals, art, and a polar bear plunge.

Things to Do in DC This Weekend
Duality and Unity: A Manhattan Cocktail Week Experience at Bresca | Photo credit: Rey Lopez
Duality and Unity: A Manhattan Cocktail Week Experience at Bresca | Photo credit: Rey Lopez

It’s the last weekend of February, and we’re officially counting down the days until daylight savings, all of the city’s new sports leagues, and, you guessed it, cherry blossom season.

This is definitely a good weekend to embrace the last bit of winter with a ski trip to nearby epic slopes. Or, stay busy here with a snowboard simulator, film screenings, and new art exhibitions. Along with cool Underrated DC Museums, here’s everything fun you can do in DC this weekend.

Things to Do in Washington DC This Weekend
Black Brew Movement

Drinking events in DC

February 24, 2 pm–5 pm
Edgewood, $25
Did you know DC has a long history of brewing beer? Christian Heurich, a German immigrant, opened a successful brewery in the 1870s, and today the district continues to be a beer capital with over a dozen micro-breweries within the city limits. This Saturday, you can join Black Brew Movement and DC Beer at metrobar in Edgewood to celebrate DC’s beer-boom and specifically Black brewers in the DMV, along with their craft. A $25 ticket will get you tastes of about a dozen different beers from Black brewers in the DMV.

February 25, 7:45 pm
Logan Circle, $95
The tried-and-true classic cocktail, the Manhattan, might be straightforward, but it is anything but simple. Bresca, which has one Michelin Star in case you are counting, will be hosting one of their cocktail experiences in the way only Bresca can, with unbeatable panache and style. Lead bartender Sara Chaudhuri will elevate the timeless cocktail into a work of art and will serve five Manhattan variations paired with complementary cheeses.

Things to Do in Washington DC This Weekend
Photo courtesy of Ice Yards

Cultural events in DC

February 23–24, 12 pm–6 pm
Logan Circle, Free
DC based artist MK Bailey’s new immersive work, BUCOLIA, is the latest to adorn the walls of Transformer’s Logan Circle storefront gallery space. Inspired by the gardens at Hillwood, MK Bailey’s large-scale, immersive installation is at once beautiful and terrifying, and explores both a garden’s immense life and its imminent death. Stop by with friends or a date before you head to dinner for an especially great conversation topic to discuss, and debate, all night long.

February 23–25
Multiple Locations, $45 and up
Over 70 independent films—features, shorts, documentaries, and animated pieces—will be screened at this year’s DC Independent Film Forum. Celebrating its 25th run this year, it kicks off with a bang on Wednesday with a preview of André Singer's much-anticipated documentary Meeting Zelenskyy. You won’t want to miss this weekend’s packed line-up. Buy a day pass ($45) and a weekend pass ($65) and settle in with some popcorn.

February 23–25
The Wharf, $51 and up
Don’t miss Virginia-born playwright Kia Corthron's new work, Tempestuous Elements, which is in its debut run at the Arena Stage right now. The play follows the life and work of Anna Julia Cooper, a Black woman who was born into slavery and became a mover and shaker in reforming the education system in DC at the turn of the 20th century. If you aren’t familiar with Cooper and her legacy, consider this your sign to dive into her fascinating and important life story.

February 23 – 25
Downtown, $35 and up
The Lehman Brothers 2008 financial collapse was one of the largest events in recent US financial memory. Now there’s a play about it, and it’s an epic at that. Stretching over three-and-a-half hours long, the Shakespeare Theater’s The Lehman Trilogy promises to be a moving work of drama that covers not just the ’08 event, but spans but two centuries of family history, struggle, and power dynamics. The Lehman Trilogy was the 2022 winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, so you will want to snatch up your tickets before they sell out.

February 24, 10 am–5 pm
Foggy Bottom, $8 suggested donation
George Washington University’s Textile Museum is one of the city’s underrated gems. The museum, which is tucked away on GW’s campus, is home to one of the world’s most impressive collections of rugs, tapestries, and textiles that span a time period of 5,000 years. This Saturday, the museum is unveiling an exhibition of ikat, the ancient textile design that feels thoroughly modern although its origins are rooted across millennia. The exhibit traces the pattern’s evolution throughout history and across the globe and showcases pieces from countries including Uzbekistan, Guatemala, Indonesia, India, Japan, and the Ivory Coast.

February 24, 1 pm–4 pm
Navy Yard, $15
Yards Park is transforming into an après ski wonderland this Saturday (just ignore any early blooming daffodils that might be springing up in the park). The afternoon event might just be your last sip of winter and you’ll want to embrace all that will be on offer including a snowboard simulator, axe throwing, iceless curling, a polar bear plunge challenge. Each ticket includes a drink voucher and a donation to Special Olympics DC. How’s that for a win-win situation?

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Madeline writes about all things Washington DC for Thrillist. Originally from New York City, she’s called DC home since the start of the pandemic. When she’s not at home in the district, you can find her chasing stories all over the world. Her bylines include The Washington PostCondé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure. Follow her on IG.