Things to do the week of Jan. 4-7
As you continue to practice social distancing and the city slowly reopens, we've gathered up some things to do, including safe in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week. As always, you can check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours, neighborhood tours, TV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bent, DC-inspired music playlists, Washington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.
In addition, don't miss our Stay Local DC content, which features special deals and safe activities for a DC staycation, as well as our things to do this weekend.
Light Yards: ‘Stars’
For the fifth straight year, Yards Park offers a festive light installation at its Sundeck. This year, Australian-based light design sculptors Amigo & Amigo have brought “Stars” to DC. Made from metallic mesh, the stars feature dancing lights, play festive music and provide a space for an illuminated, socially distant stroll. The stars are lit each night from 6-10 p.m. and nearby restaurants will have specials to pair with the activation, which is free to enjoy. The installation is open through Jan. 10, 2021.
6-10 p.m. nightly | Free admission
Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Explore the U.S. National Arboretum
The 400-plus acres of the U.S. National Arboretum are full of treasures, from the Capitol Columns to the seven-acre Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection. This collection is one of the most comprehensive in the world, with 1,400 specimens forming an oasis that is perfect for getting lost in, or simply admiring from the gazebo that overlooks the area. You will be amazed by the great variance and adaptability within the conifer family.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | More info
U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Check out virtual offerings from DC museums
DC has a plethora of museums, including 17 Smithsonians. If you're looking for creative ways to get out of your house and into a new environment without actually leaving your house, we've compiled a list of virtual museum offerings in DC. You can take a voyage to space, see live animals, discover famous women in history or view the Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden from a whole new perspective. Read on for more!
‘Crystalline: A Submerge by ARTECHOUSE Experience’
ARTECHOUSE closes out 2020 by focusing on Pantone’s Color of the Year: Classic Blue. This exhibit, which runs through Feb. 28, 2021, dives into blue’s connection with earth, crystals and adventure through a wondrous castle. Expect a merging of the surreal and reality as you wander through the castle’s rooms, which will be filled with creative curiosities. Make sure to review ARTECHOUSE’s COVID-19 procedures before purchasing your ticket to this immersive experience. Consumers can use the code "BLUEDC" for a 10% discount and 40% of proceeds will go to the American Experience Foundation, which enriches the lives of students through inspirational travel experiences and educational opportunities.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
Enjoy a wintry drink in the District
As the weather has cooled down, the drinks at DC restaurants and cafes have warmed up. Get your fix of wintry vibes with an array of warm, tasty offerings that can be found across the city. Spots like Hi-Lawn, The Next Whisky Bar, Blue Duck Tavern and Barrel have all gotten in on the action.
Washington Winter Show
The second longest running charitable antiques show in the U.S. will be held online this year, but will offer no less of the exquisite antiques and fine art than it always does. The four-day virtual, live event will showcase more than 40 dealers from all over the country from Thursday through Sunday. Choose from an array of ticket options and bring the wonder of this annual market into the comfort of your home.
Schedule | Tickets
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