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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 Jan. 1-3
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 tours, neighborhood tours, TV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bent, DC-inspired music playlists, Washington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.
National Bell Festival
Ring in the new year with the National Bell Festival, which will be conducted virtually on New Year's Day. Streamed events include a kettlebell workout with celebrated personal trainer Luwamé, a brunch with chef Anthony Chittum, yoga with instructor Paige Lichens, a carillon concert and of course, a national bell ringing from 2-2:20 p.m. Every virtual activity is family-friendly and free to all.
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‘This Is Who I Am’ - Final Weekend
Amir Nizar Zuabi debuts a new play, broadcast and performed live, through the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. ‘This Is Who I Am’, which is available online through Sunday, focuses on an estranged father and son, one in Ramallah and one in New York City. The two recreate a beloved family recipe and try to bridge the geographical and generational gap between them, one step and one ingredient at a time.Note that you can enjoy all of Woolly Mammoth’s digital events by purchasing their Golden Ticket.
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Share your 2020 story with the National Museum of American History
This Smithsonian museum is asking you to share your 2020 story, part of an effort to create a digital time capsule of a difficult and historic year. There are also online exhibits, in-depth resources for teachers and virtual events every week.
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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
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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!
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‘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
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Signature Vinyl: A Cinematic Concert
A collection of Signature Theatre performers filmed renditions of turntable classics for this special concert film available on-demand online through May 6, 2021. Hear riveting contemporary takes on unforgettable songs by Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and others. Mark G. Meadows and The Movement back up can’t-miss performances by Nova Y. Payton, Natascia Diaz, Robbie Schaefer and more at several locations all over the DC area.
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#DCtogether Photo of the Week
Make sure to share your DC photos with us using #DCtogether, and we may feature yours next month!