Whether you’re a DC local, or you’re a visitor, this weekend in DC is packed full of awesome events. Here’s our list of the top ones from Friday to Sunday to keep you entertained all weekend long.
Where: Woodrow Wilson Plaza
When: Friday, 12PM-3PM
Start your Friday with a trip to the Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmers Market. It opens at 12PM to 3PM, and you can find it on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza.
There’s 32 vendors with flowers, baked goods, fruit and vegetables, and so much more. It’s a really popular market with the locals, and in addition to getting all of the fresh nomz you can handle, you can also chat up the farmers and artisans.
Where: Round Robin Bar Outside the Willard Intercontinental
When: Friday, 8:30PM-1:30AM
After gathering up some wonderful foods and items from the market, you can enjoy the Nightlife of the Rich and Famous guided tour. It starts with drinks in the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, which is a legendary DC landmark.
It then moves on to the rooftop bar of the W Hotel. The views there are pretty incredible, and you can see the White House, the National Mall, the Washington Monument and Downtown DC.
The next stop is The Trump Hotel, or if you prefer, you can stay in the W Hotel before re-joining the tour for Bowling at Lucky Strike. Shoe rental is available at an additional cost, but the tour will organize a tournament for anyone who wants to bowl.
The night ends with dancing in one of the hottest clubs in the District—Ultra Bar. The dress code is smart casual, or dressy—so no caps, jeans or sneakers.
Where: American Helicopters
When: Saturday, 9AM-12PM
Who could say no to helicopter lessons? There’s an introductory class, so you get 30 minutes in the helicopter getting your Top Gun on. During the lesson you learn safety procedures, checking the helicopter, communicating with the tower, take off, and controls.
Or, if you prefer to just take a backseat to all of the action, you can always just ride in the helicopter without doing any flying yourself and even book a longer session.
Where: Ollie’s Trolley
When: Saturday, 11:30AM-3:30PM
After flying over the DC scenery, get yourself on ove to Ollie’s Trolley to participate in Live Action Monopoly on the Mall. It starts at 11:30AM sharp, so aim to get there a bit early.
When you get there, you’ll be put into teams, and each team will have a list with clues, items to find, and locations to check in, at a specific time. But keep up the pace—You lose points for being late.
Each location will have some sort of challenge, do well and you might get a better clue than the other teams. Your items can be traded in for property related to the Smithsonian museums. Points are calculated for each time, and there is time to rest between locations too. It’s going to be exciting family friendly fun!
Where: Mason Dixon Fair
When: Saturday, 3PM-9PM
You can end your day with The Lights Fest. When you get there, you collect your packet. Kids and adults over 13 get a lantern, a marker, and a key chain flashlight as an adult ticket; while individuals under 13 get a swag bag without a lantern. Bonus? Kiddies under 3 years old are free.
You need to bring chairs, warm clothes, and blankets, although there will be some for sale at the event. When nightfall comes, you can enjoy the sight of hundreds of lanterns going up into the night sky. The event is weather dependent, and needs the fire marshal’s approval, so you’ll get an email on the day with an up to date itinerary.
What: Archery Lessons
Where: Bull Run Shooting Center
When: Sunday, 9AM-10:30AM
On Sunday morning, you can unleash your inner Katniss Everdeen with archery lessons. It’s an indoor event, so the weather doesn’t matter. The group will be broken into smaller groups, and you will get training individually from a master instructor.
They show you everything from how to handle a bow safely, how to aim and shoot, to how to judge the target distance.
Where: Buffalo & Bergen
When: Sunday, 2PM-5PM
Sunday afternoon can be spent at the 4th Annual Brewers on the Block. It’s the kick off to the DC beer week, and features more than 20 of the top breweries. There’s beers, food and music to enjoy.
Attendees must be over 21 (obviously), and tickets are available at various prices. There’s special tickets that give you special tastings, food vouchers, and a souvenir glass to take home with you.
Well, there you have it! As you can see, there’s something for everyone this weekend, from family memories at The Light Fest, to some adult only time at the 4th Annual Brewers on the Block. This weekend could very well be your best weekend ever in Washington DC.