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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for March 8-10

We've gathered up some fun things to do in DC this holiday weekend. You can also read what else is going on during the week and throughout the month.

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Friday

 

Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships
Kick off March Madness with the CAA Championships at Entertainment & Sports Arena in Congress Heights. You can enjoy both the men’s tournament (March 8-12) and the women’s tournament (March 13-17) across 10 straight days of high-stakes college basketball. The winner of each competition is granted an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets
Entertainment & Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Drive SE, Washington, DC 20032

 

 Vietnam Women's Memorial

Celebrate International Women's Day in DC
DC celebrates the contributions of women all year long with food and drink spots and women-inspired museums, exhibits and attractions. In addition, the city honors Women's History Month and International Women's Day with an outstanding and varied collection of events, exhibits, plays and programming that highlights the accomplishments, art and stories of women.
 

Awesome Con
DC’s Convention Center turns into a massive celebration of geek culture during Awesome Con. More than 70,000 fans will be able to see their favorite stars from comics, films, TV, toys and games throughout Awesome Con, a three-day festival that is Washington, DC’s own Comic Con. Expect plenty of costumed attendees and an array of activities to enjoy during one of the city’s most vibrant annual events.
Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Tempestuous Elements
Arena Stage's February marquee reveals the struggle of Anna Julia Cooper, a Black teacher who fought for her students’ rights to an advanced curriculum. In a scandal concocted by the government, her time as principal of DC's historic M Street School was sabotaged by her colleagues and neighbors. Witness the journey of this formidable Black feminist’s fight for educational equity and legitimacy at the turn of the 20th century.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The Book of Mormon
One of the most acclaimed musicals of all-time is a Tony Award-winning tale of two Mormon missionaries in Africa penned by the kings of irreverence, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park). Watch two knuckleheads stagger through misadventures and awkward situations as they attempt to spread the Word. The National Theatre hosts the hilarious production.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

RuPaul: The House of Hidden Meanings
Stripping away the artifice like never before, RuPaul’s latest memoir is a tell-all in every sense of the phrase. Even in recounting the story of his life with clarity and tenderness, the celebrity manages to maintain his signature wit and levity. RuPaul is now touring in support of the acclaimed book and will take the stage at Warner Theatre on International Women’s Day.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Saturday

 

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Make sure to reserve tickets to this powerful digital storytelling experience.
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Age by George Hurrell
Hollywood’s premiere photographer during the onset of the studio system, George Hurrell set the template for how to capture the brightest stars of the cinematic universe. As MGM’s in-house portraitist and in his own studio, Hurrell used lighting expertise and the sharpest of eyes to create glamorous images of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and many, many more. The National Portrait Gallery displays many of these Golden Era photographs in the new exhibit.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Bond In Motion
Across more than six decades of films, James Bond has become the on-screen embodiment of spies for millions. The International Spy Museum pays homage to the fictional character, along with his allies and adversaries, with a breathtaking display of iconic vehicles from the movies. In total, visitors can fix their eyes on 17 pieces, including cars, motorcycles, submarines and even more from the Q Branch Garage. 
Hours & Admission
International Spy Museum, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

BlackGirlsRock!Fest
For the fifth year, the Kennedy Center hosts a festival and immersive experience  in honor of Black women artists, thinkers and creatives. Curated by BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™CEO and founder Beverly Bond, the beloved festival activates Women’s History Month all over the Kennedy Center campus with dance parties, live music, comedy shows and much more.
More Info
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Songbird
You’ll be transported to 1920s New Orleans for an uproarious musical mashup of opera and jazz thanks to a new production at the Kennedy Center. Songbird’s narrative follows the titular character and her lover, Piquillo, as they struggle through hard times. Just in time for Mardi Gras, the Mayor (in disguise) lures in Songbird, promising a life of comfort. Now she must choose between true love or financial stability. Grammy-winner Isabel Leonard portrays the fascinating heroine.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Quijote y Sancho Panza, nuevas andanzas
GALA Hispanic Theatre presents a bilingual play for audiences of all ages. The legendary Don Quixote, the gentleman from La Mancha, embarks on a new adventure with his trusted squire by his side, Sancho Panza. Prepare for fresh misadventures as the duo aim to defend the helpless, upend convention and encounter hilariously mistaken identities.
Tickets
GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
 

The Lehman Trilogy 
Three actors portray various generations of the Lehman family in the 2022 Tony Award winner for Best Play. What begins as three immigrants attempting to live their American dream turns into a disaster for future generations, which eventually leads to the biggest financial crisis in U.S. history. Edward Gero, Mark Nelson and René Thornton, Jr. give unforgettable performances across 160 years of family history.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Sunday

 

Striking Objects: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork
The National Museum of Asian Art’s new exhibit highlights works from the collection of Shirley Z. Johnson (1940–2021), a lawyer, philanthropist and former board member of the museum whose donation of Japanese metalworks created the largest collection in the United States. Visitors can observe contemporary pieces that revive and innovate traditional methods that have been passed down and practiced over generations.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560
 

Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice
In the mid-1940s, William H. Johnson painted his Fighters for Freedom series to honor Black activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. Johnson celebrated these figures – some very famous, others unsung – while acknowledging the racism, violence and oppression each one fought against. The exhibit showcases many of these paintings, including Johnson’s portraits of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Mahatma Gandhi and Marian Anderson, elevating stories that are still relevant to the struggle for social justice today.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Bonnard’s Worlds
The first major retrospective of the work of Pierre Bonard at the Phillips Collection in 20 years, Bonnard’s Worlds opens new avenues for exploring the mind and surroundings of the French artist. Some of the most celebrated works by the master have been brought together from museums across Europe and the U.S. and from private collections worldwide for an exhibition that highlights how Bonnard translated the spaces around him, from Parisian landscapes to the interior spaces of his dwellings and thoughts.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
 

Through the Sunken Lands
The Kennedy Center presents a family-friendly play that makes for a perfect outing during Women’s History Month. Through the Sunken Lands follows Artemis, whose town of Arcady has been destroyed by a flood, forcing her to take up residence in the local library. She sets out to find her way back to Aunt Maggie’s house but discovers a committee intent on taking over the town. From there, a spellbinding adventure unfolds as Artemis, Aunt Maggie and even a talking heron rebuild Arcady from the ground up.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Penelope
It’s time for a new perspective on the Trojan War. Signature Theatre hosts the DC premiere of Penelope, in which the wife of Odysseus takes center stage. She steps into the spotlight, glass of bourbon and microphone in hand, to detail the 20 years she spent waiting on the island of Ithaca in a one-woman show. This musical spin on Greek tragedy is unlike anything else you’ll see on a stage this season.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
 

Places to Stay

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