With finals starting next week, it’s next to impossible to find a spot in Gelman. So accept the inveitable, ditch the books and check out these awesome weekend events.
Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Photo used under Creative Commons License.
– Visit 40 countries in a day at The Around the World Embassy Tour – after all, embassies are technically foreign soil. Yes, we mean there are opportunities for alcohol. Explore the mansions on Embassy Row and enjoy free food, music and cultural entertainment. Saturday 10. a.m to 4p.m.
– Skip Chipotle this weekend and try one of these Mexican eateries offering deals and discounts in honor of Cinco de Mayo. But as you chow down on that chimichanga, just keep in mind that Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually Mexican Independence Day.
– For your annual fix of mint juleps, flashy hats, and horses with weird names, head to Penn Social’s 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. The charity event will help raise money for the Perry Center Young Leadership Council. Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Get your tickets here.
Photo courtesy of Steve Evans under the Creative Commons License.
Venture into the city for a Valentine’s date night, or treat your single self to some weekend events.
- Have an ardent appreciation for bacon? Or perhaps a ruthlessly deadpan sense of humor? Or maybe just an obsession with Nick Offerman, AKA Ron Swanson of “Parks and Recreation” fame? Then go see the actor and comedian live at The Warner Theatre Friday. Offerman will perform twice, once at 8 p.m. and once at 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $29.50.
- Displaying the power of a collaborative effort, The Vivid Solutions Gallery’s “Soul of the City” exhibit, presented through the InstantDC program, features the work of nine local photographers, and is free to the public.
- If you’re still super desperate for a Valentine, just be warned of these archetypal D.C. singles you’re guaranteed to find through online dating.
Mardi Gras beads adorn a fence in New Orleans. This weekend, Mardi Gras celebrations will take place in the District. Photo courtesy of Derek Bridges under the Creative Commons License.
It’s a festive, celebratory weekend with food, skivvies and Mardi Gras beads right in our backyard.
- Get in the mood for Mardi Gras at the Black Cat Friday. With three musical acts, a burlesque show and a series of sideshow spectacles, the Carnivale features all you’d want in a Mardi Gras weekend. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $12.
- Take advantage of D.C.’s greatest eateries at Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week going on through Sunday. For $20.13 and $35.13 for three-course lunch and dinner meals, respectively, you can enjoy food from over 50 restaurants throughout the Washington area.
- Brave and altruistic souls will traverse the city in nothing but undergarments Saturday for Cupid’s Undie Run. Benefiting The Children’s Tumor Foundation, the charity run starts at 2 p.m. at the Capitol.
Shown here at the 2009 presidential inauguration, then President-elect Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden and Jill Biden on the steps of the Capitol. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons contributor BrokenSphere under the Creative Commons License.
It’s inauguration weekend – there’s no excuse to not go out in a celebratory mood.
- I’m not entirely sure whether or not you’ve heard, but a presidential inauguration is taking place this weekend. The swearing-in ceremony,parade and a multitude of inaugural balls make this one of the most exciting times to be in the District.
- Renowned rapper Talib Kweli will perform at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar for a DJ set Saturday night. The best part? The event is completely free.
- The Park at 14th is celebrating the inauguration all weekend, but a special appearance from rapper Common makes their Saturday night event all the more fun. Tickets for the 10 p.m. party are $20.
The International Spy Museum’s James Bond-inspired exhibit, “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” features artifacts from the film franchise, including this Aston Martin from the film “Goldfinger.” Photo courtesy of the International Spy Museum.
You’ve had a full week back at school to get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving break. Now, get back out into the city for some museum and show-hopping.
- Celebrate the release of “Skyfall” with the International Spy Museum’s latest exhibit, “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains,” which features artifacts from the illustrious James Bond franchise.
- The trek to Fairfax, Va.’s Patriot Center is well worth it to catch rock virtuosos Neil Young and Patti Smith perform Friday, Nov. 30. The singer-songwriters were icons of the 1970s, proving to be two of the most influential rock artists to date.
- Your’e never too old – or too manly – for “The Nutcracker.” Presented by The Washington Ballet at the Warner Theatre, the holiday classic runs until Dec. 23.
There’s simply too much the District and surrounding area are offering this weekend – from Stephen Colbert to film festivals – for you to merely sit around in Foggy Bottom.
Stephen Colbert will sign books this Friday at Politics and Prose. Photo courtesy of David Shankbone under the Creative Commons License.
- Comedian, political satirist and media hero Stephen Colbert will host a book signing for “America Again” at Politics and Prose Friday at 3 p.m. Secure a ticket and buy his book beforehand to ensure a spot in line.
- The quick Metro ride to Alexandria is worthwhile if only to experience one of Virginia’s quaintest cities. But take the trip this weekend to enjoy the Alexandria Film Festival. From Nov. 16-18, a variety of documentaries and independent films will be featured, and admission for many of them is free.
A slew of high profile entertainers will head to the District this weekend, extending an invitation to all in the nation’s capital: They want you to party with them.
Hip hop star Drake will celebrate his birthday at The Park at Fourteenth Friday night. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons License.
- Celebrating with celebrities has never been so easy. Hip-hop star Drake will host his birthday celebration at The Park at Fourteenth Friday night. The event is part of Howard University Homecoming celebrations, but all are welcome to the $20 all-night birthday bash.
- Not into Drake? Then hop over to Diddy’s party at Ibiza for a measly $30. Friday night, the rapper, mogul and Howard University alumnus hosts the university’s homecoming after party.
- Actor and comedian Kevin Hart performs his stand-up comedy skit at the Verizon Center Saturday night. Tickets start at $60, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Tour the White House gardens for free this Saturday and Sunday. Photo courtesy of Oarabile Mudongo under the Creative Commons License.
If you’re stressing out about midterms – and let’s be honest, who isn’t – take the weekend to revel in some local entertainment events.
- Tour the White House gardens Saturday and Sunday. To secure a ticket, head to the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion on 15th & E streets the morning of the tour where free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
- If you missed seeing Jon Stewart at Lisner Auditorium last week, don’t worry – The Daily Show Live: An Evening With the People Behind the Show takes place Saturday night at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. As part of the Indecision Tour 2012, the show features the writers and correspondents who bring the hilarity to The Daily Show.
- Can’t wait the couple of weeks until Halloween? The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival hosted by the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center might be your solution. The 10-day festival which began on Wednesday promises a satisfying variety of the creepiest films coming out today.