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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Live and virtual events, plus a stay-inside guide for DC music, videos and more for March 5-7

We've got the latest info about what's open and safety guidelines in Washington, DC. As you continue social distancing, we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. As always, you can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum toursneighborhood toursTV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bentDC-inspired music playlistsWashington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.

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‘UNITY | PEACE | FORWARD’ - Final Weekend
While the Kennedy Center itself is closed due to COVID-19, its companion outdoor campus, The REACH, displays this free outdoor exhibit meant to connect with the global community and showcase the power of art. Three installations, spread across the grounds of The REACH and available for public viewing daily through Sunday (the installation was extended for another week after it was originally slated to end on Feb. 28), elevate the work of artists with disabilities and peer into the minds of creatives during a time of isolation and uncertainty. A video of quotes is projected onto The REACH’s Video Wall each Friday and Saturday from 4:30-8:30 p.m (the video can also be viewed online at any time). You can join the conversation on social media by using #UnityPeaceForward.
The REACH at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


‘Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend’
The National Museum of Women in the Arts reopens on Wednesday with a fascinating new exhibit from textile artist Sonya Clark, renowned for her work in mixed media that addresses Blackness, history and identity. This first survey of her 25-year career will feature her most acclaimed sculptures, including pieces made from currency, beads, cotton plants, pencils, a hair salon chair and much more. In total, 100 works of art will be highlighted in the exhibit, focusing on themes of labor, language, heritage and visibility. Timed tickets will be required for museum entry. For more details about visiting, check out the museum’s website. The exhibit will be open through May 31.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Visit the reopened Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art
Enjoy an afternoon stroll with a side of intellectual stimulation when you visit the reopened Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. While the East and West Buildings remain temporarily closed, this 6.1-acre outdoor oasis offers tranquility and stunning sculptures from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Capacity is limited, masks are required and admission is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Pavilion Café is also open if you need a hot chocolate or coffee.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily |  Free admission
Constitution Avenue NW and 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20408

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC

Shop the District x International Women's Day
From this Friday through next Monday, March 8, Union Market will host activations, special promotions and discussions featuring women-owned and operated businesses in the neighborhood and the District at-large. Participating businesses include Byrdland Records, Fava Pot, The Creamery at Union Market, Politics and Prose and many more. For a full schedule and additional details, visit Union Market's website and follow @unionmarketdc on Instagram.



‘Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century’
This year marks the centennial of The Phillips Collection, which is considered America’s first museum of modern art. The museum will honor the occasion with this breathtaking new exhibit that opens this Saturday and runs through Sept. 12. ‘Seeing Differently’ will highlight more than 200 works from the museum’s 6,000-piece collection, taking you on a 200-year journey through the artistic themes of setting, history and identity via videos, paintings, prints, sculptures and more. Make sure to check the museum’s website for the latest information, including reserving timed tickets and safety protocols for your visit.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Learn about espionage safely inside the reopened International Spy Museum
Visit the recently relocated International Spy Museum in L’Enfant Plaza to discover the ins and outs of the espionage trade, from gadgets to strategies to costumes. The museum, which is only open on weekends, has capacity limitations in place, as well as social distancing guidelines and mask requirements – read more about their protocols before securing a ticket. During your visit, kids will love the Undercover Mission, which allows you to hone your spy skills while exploring the incredibly interactive museum.

Mother Tongue Film Festival - Final Weekend
Linguistic and cultural diversity are the themes of this Smithsonian film festival that will be hosted online through this Saturday. Films and filmmakers from all over the world take center stage during the two-week celebration. The essential role of language will be evident across these stories, told by creatives from a range of backgrounds. Stay tuned to the festival’s website for programming updates.

The Campfire by The Creamery
Head over to The Creamery at Union Market for this epic campfire, held each Friday and Saturday through March 27. You can snag a socially distanced fire pit for you and up to five friends (social distancing protocols of Union Market must be followed). S’mores kits can be purchased for $2t, if you’re hankering for a sweet treat. The fire pits are first come, first serve.
5-7 p.m.



Visit the reopened Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Hillwood will reopen to the public for visits this Tuesday. The magnificent estate was established by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Built in the 1950s, Hillwood’s thirteen acres are separated into garden rooms -- the Four Seasons Overlook, Rose Garden, French Parterre, Japanese Garden, Pet Cemetery, Friendship Garden, Lunar Lawn and Greenhouse. Take a guided or self-guided tour and enjoy the view of DC from one of the city’s highest points. Timed reservations must be made in advance – visit Hillwood’s website for more information.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Reserve
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Free Community Days at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
One of DC’s premier art museums usually opens its doors for free just one Sunday each month, but March is special. In honor of its reopening on Wednesday, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will host two free community days this month, with the first coming this Sunday. Visitors will be granted access to NMWA’s extensive collection of seminal work by female artists, which includes pieces by Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherman, Judy Chicago and many more. The new Sonya Clark exhibit (highlighted above) can also be experienced.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Experience The Capital Wheel
Soar 180 feet in the air on the area’s only observation wheel, which spins right on the National Harbor’s majestic waterfront. The Capital Wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondola cars that seat up to eight and circle every day and night of the year, providing stunning views of Alexandria, Va., DC’s monuments and the Potomac River. Sunset rides are particularly scenic. Use code VISITDC for a 10% discount on tickets through Dec. 31, 2021.
12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745


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