Work week got you down? Valentine’s Day festivities leaving you drained? Well you’re in luck! We’ve combed the interwebs to bring you our list of the top five coolest events/activities for you to decompress and generously partake in during this Valentine’s Day weekend.
DuPont Underground is a local arts collective in the heart of DC located at the intersection of Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Avenue. This awesome arts organization seeks to foster creative expression of the avant-garde form which “crosses disciplinary boundaries and is informed by areas such as technology, science, philosophy, and commerce.”
In addition to supporting several public art projects and contemporary art exhibits, it is hosting a tour of the 75,000 sq ft of re-purposed underground infrastructure that used to be the DC underground streetcar system…and it’s pretty awesome.
The guided tour gives a historical breakdown in addition to letting visitors view the upcycled space and lasts 45mins long. Groups are limited to 30 persons and suited for adults and children over the age of 12.
Explore at your own risk!
What: DuPont Circle Nightclub Tour
Where: Initial meetup at Public Bar
Address: 1214 18th Street NW, Ste. B
When: Friday February 17th 8:30PM-1:30AM
What could be better than bar hopping with a huge group of friends and getting VIP treatment like a boss while avoiding those ridiculously long lines and extra cover charges at some of the hippest bars in DuPont? That’s right…nothing. This nightclub tour hits up four destinations including Public Bar, Rosebar and Dirty Bar while ending up at a surprise undisclosed location that is one of the newest dance clubs in the area. Price for tickets are $16.00 and standard nightclub dress code applies.
The Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade fete hosted by Art Soiree is a must attend if you’re looking to let loose, shake off that V-Day apathy and have a swanky night on the town with some great beats and beautiful people. Organizers Tati Ana Pastukhova and Sandro Keresa are no newbies to the upscale fine arts scene – they run it.
So get hip, grab a mask, put on your hottest dress and sleekest suit and hit up this uber chic fete for a night to remember. Attire is black tie and costumes are totally encouraged.
What: The Black Love Experience
Where: Anacostia Arts Center
Address: 1231 Good Hope Rd SE
When: Saturday, February 18th at 7:00PM
This is the go-to hip and trendy art gathering of the weekend. The much anticipated event marks the fourth installment is a “conglomerate of artistry and inventiveness geared towards natives, revolutionaries, travelers, and fearless visionaries featuring performance artists, visual artists, independent creatives, entrepreneurs, and kindred souls” and seeks to connect the “vibrant creative community of the Washington DC Metro Area and beyond through Black expressions of music, poetry, live art, body wellness, and creative commerce, all within a positive environment”.
This party pop-up is going to be chock full of festivities and celebration of Black History Month and is definitely not one to miss. Tickets are $25 and the event offers a discount to $20 per person for groups of 5+. What’s even more awesome is that a portion of all proceeds goes back to supporting our local schools and organizations.
What: Limousine Secret Agent/ Spy Evening Adventure and Race: The Cold War Returns
Where: Meetup at Roslyn Metro Station
Address: 1850 N. Moore Street
When: Saturday February 18th 06:30 PM-10:30 PM
It’s the 20th Century! You are now spies! Join in the adventure race between the U.S. and USSR – but chose your side wisely! Take part in an evening of international espionage where you’ll receive VIP treatment as you race around the city in a limousine with fellow comrades “completing tasks, collecting items, and solving clues”.
Water, soda and other non-alcoholic drinks are offered throughout he evening but this event is also BYOB – uhm, can you say #winning? Beat the clock, win a grand prize and have the night of your life. But don’t be late! Check in is at 6:45PM and the race begins at 7:15PM sharp! Good luck!