Best Spots and Events In DC To Make Winter Weekends The Best Ever
Winter, for many, is the absolute worst season there is. It’s nothing but the result of an angry Mother Nature hellbent on ruining our fun. The trees are dying. The grass isn’t green. It’s freezing! The only solace people have is that winter will one day end, and spring will once again return. Alas, I am here to change your perception of the coldest months of the year. If you’re in Washington, D.C. (or the DMV in general) this list of fun winter pick-me-ups will make you forget that you hate the cold—at least temporarily!
Located in Georgetown, this is a fun trip you can do with just about anybody! The best part, this won’t break your bank! At max you’ll pay around $14. That makes this a great location for a date night, a girls’ night out, or a family outing! There are also amazing deals including two for one Tuesdays, and college night skates on Thursday. The latter offers $2 off admissions with a valid college ID!
Restaurant week is one of my favorite times of year! I can’t emphasize enough how much I love D.C. Restaurant Week. I’m a huge foodie, so getting a 3-course meal for under $40 is literally a dream come true. This year, the week takes place from January 14th to January 20th. As always, for lunch and brunch the deal is a 3-course meal for $22 at participating locations. For dinner that number jumps to $35, which is still a steal! D.C. hosts a wide variety of cuisines, so go out and explore!
Every day—every single day—there’s a free performance at the Kennedy Center. I love going here because the performances are all so diverse! You never know what you’re going to see! The Millennium Stage is a wonderful showcase of culture, diversity, and art. I’ve never seen a bad performance here!
The Wharf is one of D.C.’s newest and hottest locations. Not only do they have an enormous fire pit that you can roast smores on, they also have weekly seasonal festivities. Some may seem a bit different than your usual winter games (there’s a Canadian “Curling and Cocktails” even on January 14th, for example), but that makes it even more fun!
For all the hip-hop heads out there, The Hip-Hop Museum is having a pop-up in D.C. on the 18th. It will also feature some of the rapper that paved the foundation for the genre in the 70s! If you or a loved one is a die-hard fan of hip-hop, cop a ticket and get the chance to see The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz celebrate the first commercial hip-hop song, Rapper’s Delight.
The Washington Wizards’ arena is conveniently located in Chinatown and there are a ton of bars and restaurants you can visit before or after watching the game. Tickets also aren’t ridiculously expensive, so you can easily go here to see the team play! If you’re more of a hockey fan, you can also see the Washington Capitals at the same arena.
Winter theatre is alive and well in D.C.! There are so many great plays and musicals playing (or soon to be playing) in D.C. that you could find something for anybody! Currently, there are a ton of theatre and performing arts shows being performed daily! Click the link and find something that suits your interest!
On MLK day, D.C. lights up with parades and commemorative events in honor of the historic and legendary civil rights leader. You can see a parade, witness an honorary wreath-laying at the Lincoln Memorial, where he gave his famed “I have a dream” speech, or go to the annual “Let Freedom Ring” concert at the Kennedy Center. This is also a great opportunity to educate young children about Martin Luther King Jr., and other influential and integral civil rights leaders.