Weekend Happenings in the DMV – January 24-26

Don’t let the mounds of dirty snow keep you indoors this weekend! Check out all the DMV has to offer including auto shows, boat shows, craft shows & more!

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Chinese New Year Family Day
Smithsonian American Art Museum
750 9th St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 11:30am-3pm
Price: FREE
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Chinese Embassy host a morning of family-friendly activities to celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse. The event will include puppetry from the Tianjin Arts Troupe, traditional Chinese music from the Washington Guzheng Society and a performance by the Johns Hopkins University Yong Han Lion Dance group. Guests can also check out a display about giant pandas (and send a message to Bao Bao at the National Zoo), learn calligraphy and make red paper lanterns. Skilled dough sculptors, painters and paper cutters also will demonstrate their crafts. At the Kogod Courtyard.

2014 Washington Auto Show
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Pl., NW, Washington, DC
washington auto showTime: Now thru February 2nd, times vary
Price: Adults, $12
The Washington Auto Show is a huge event displaying more than 700 new makes and models of cars, trucks, mini-vans and sport utility vehicles from over 42 domestic and import automakers. The Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) sponsors the auto show each year to entice, educate and entertain hundreds of thousands of consumers. The latest innovations in safety and sustainability will take center stage at the 2014 Washington Auto Show.


Chili Winter Days
Boordy Vineyards
12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD
Time: Sundays thru Jan 26th, 1pm-5pm
Price: $15
Sample hearty chilis paired with Boordy Vineyards spectacular assortment of red wines. Chase away the chills with hot Wassail and take a tour of the winery; listen to live music in the upper barn or keep warm at by the toasty outdoor fire. Small bowls of Winter Vegetable Chili; Chipotle Beef and Red Bean Chili; and Pork, Green Chile and Pinto Bean Chili; six wine samples and an engraved Boordy wineglass are included in your admission.

Baltimore Boat Show
Baltimore Convention Center
One W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD
Time: Thursday & Friday, 11am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm & Sunday, 10am-5pm
Price: Adult, $12
Come for the boats and gear, stay for the FUN! Meet the stars of Swamp People, learn about fly fishing & paddle sports, see the Miss GEICO racing boat & more
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18th Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge
Sandy Point State Park
1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD
plungefest logoTime: Saturday, 8am
Let the fun begin and be a part of all the chills and thrills of PlungeFest 2014 on January 25th at Sandy Point State Park. It’s not just an event – it’s an experience that has become a winter-time tradition for thousands of warm-hearted Plungers! And it all benefits Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities, as they enjoy the life-changing benefits of participating with Special Olympics Maryland.

natsfestGaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD
Time: Saturday, 11am-3pm
Price: Adults, $20 (online) & $25 (at the door)
The Washington Nationals hosts the annual NatsFest to kickoff the season with Nationals players, coaches and team personnel. The event offers fans a fun-filled festival featuring a variety of activities including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions with players and coaches, a Kids Zone, interactive games and much more.


The Paradise Springs Winery Experience
Paradise Springs Winery
13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, VA
Time: Saturdays, 2pm & 4pm; Sundays, 3pm
paradise springs wineryPrice: $25
Join in on the signature experience tour and tasting with a first hand look at how wine is made at Paradise Springs Winery. The tour will take you through the historic log cabin, inside the vineyard, through production, and ultimately end with a full tasting of their entire collection of wines including the sparkling Viognier, Aprés.

Tamale Festival
La Sandia Mexican Kitchen
7852L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA
Time: Now thru January 31st
Savor the season with a little masa and tradition. Inspired by regions of Mexico, each Tamale is crafted with scrumptious ingredients and culinary heritage.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Dulles Expo & Conference Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center Dr., Chantilly, VA
Time: Now thru Sunday, times vary
Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals are craft shows featuring hundreds of artists from all across the United States and Canada. Over a dozen shows are held each year in major metropolitan areas in Washington D.C., Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Every show offers contemporary crafts and fine art in a marketplace where artists and craftspeople demonstrate their crafts and sell their unique creations directly to the public.

Restaurant Week Roundup:

Visit our DMV Dining: Winter Restaurant Week 2014 blog for more details!

Concerts at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Judy Collins with Kenny White, Birchemere, Friday at 7:30pm
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band, Warner Theatre, Saturday at 8pm
  • War, Birchmere, Sunday at 7:30pm
  • BSO: Marvin Hamlisch, Meyerhoff, Friday-Sunday, times vary
  • Upcoming: Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lady Antebellum, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake

Sports at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights, Baltimore Arena, Friday at 7:35pm
  • Baltimore Blast vs. Rochester Lancers, Baltimore Arena, Saturday at 7:35pm
  • Maryland Terrapins vs. Pittsburgh XX, College Park, Saturday at 6pm
  • NFL 2014 Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Sunday

Theatre at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot, Toby’s Dinner Theatre Columbia, Ongoing

Movies Opening this Weekend:

frankensteinI, Frankenstein
(93 min – Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi)
Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Virginie Le Brun


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