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Stay Local DC: Your Weekend Staycation Guides to Washington, DC

Plan a weekend getaway to the nation’s capital, where can’t-miss events, plays, concerts, museum exhibits and so much more await.

Locals: we’ve got you covered all the way through February, as Washington, DC is your staycation and weekend getaway capital during the winter months. Turn any weekend into a DC adventure filled with holiday revelry, acclaimed performances, jaw-dropping art and historic experiences.

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JANUARY 10-12

@rickysanch - Washington Wizards NBA basketball game at Capital One Arena - Pro sports events in Washington, DC

Gearheads will not want to miss the Washington D.C. Motorcycle Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Jan. 10-12). You can fill two nights with NBA excitement, as the Washington Wizards take on the Atlanta Hawks (Jan. 10) and the Utah Jazz (Jan. 12). After the holiday push, take advantage of more than 100 free things to do in the District and check out can’t-miss deals and discounts.

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JANUARY 17-20

@jbano1 - Sunrise over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Dine on delicious food at discounted prices at dozens of DC restaurants during Winter Restaurant Week (Jan. 13-19). Don’t miss an epic production of My Fair Lady at the Kennedy Center before it leaves town (playing Dec. 17 – Jan. 19). Learn tips and tricks for exercise and a healthy diet during the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Jan. 18-19). Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 20).

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JANUARY 24-26

Land Rover stunt course at the Washington Auto Show - Interactive indoor event and car show in Washington, DC

Head to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the Washington Auto Show (Jan. 24 – Feb. 2), a DC tradition that previews more than 600 new models from over 35 manufacturers. Experience the incredible talent of singer Grace Potter at The Anthem (Jan. 25). Revel in Chinese New Year celebrations all over the District, capped off by a parade on Jan. 26.

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JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 2

Washington Capitals game at Capital One Arena - Reasons to check out a Capitals hockey game in DC

Kids will adore the interactive, espionage-themed SpyFest at the International Spy Museum (Jan. 31). Grab a ticket to A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage (Jan. 17 – March 1), a stirring stage adaptation of Khlad Hosseini’s bestselling novel. The Kennedy Center hosts Next to Normal, winner of three Tony Awards and starring Rachel Bay Jones of Dear Evan Hansen fame (Jan. 29 – Feb. 2). The Washington Capitals take on the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 2 at Capital One Arena.

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FEBRUARY 7-9

Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC

Watch the Washington Wizards take on Luca Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at Capital One Arena (Feb. 7). Laugh your way through the Shakespearean comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor at Folger Theatre (Jan. 14 – March 1). Treat your eyes to Painting from Nature: European Landscape Sketches, 1770-1870 at the National Gallery of Art (Feb. 2 – May 3). Indulge your taste buds by attending the DC Chocolate, Wine and Whiskey Festival at Dock5 at Union Market (Feb. 8).

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FEBRUARY 14-17

Couple at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Romantic date spots, places to eat and more in Washington, DC

Spend Valentine’s Day in DC in style by utilizing our awesome date ideas. Head to Ford’s Theatre for Silent Sky (Jan. 24 – Feb. 23), which details the astronomical accomplishments of Henrietta Leavitt, or catch The King’s Speech at The National Theatre (Feb. 11-16). Observe premier volleyball teams from around the country during the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Feb. 15-17).  Celebrate President’s Day with George Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon (Feb. 17).

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FEBRUARY 21-23

@lgphotodc - Contemplative Court inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Free Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC

Honor the incredible creative work of Native American women with the Renwick Gallery’s Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists (Feb. 21 – May 17). Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and other DC landmarks. Immerse yourself in American mythology with Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Feb. 10 – March 8).

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FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1

@jim_malone - Balcony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater and performing arts in Washington, DC

Rock out with The Lumineers at Capital One Arena (Feb. 28). Savor spirits and stimulate the senses at the DC Cocktail Festival at the National Union Building (Feb. 29). Have an epic night at the opera by purchasing tickets to the Don Giovanni at the Kennedy Center (Feb. 29 – March 22). Go on an illuminating road trip inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath with Arena Stage’s Mother Road (Feb. 8 – March 8).

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