Weekend Happenings in the DMV – January 31 – February 2

It’s a busy weekend in the DMV as people prepare for the Chinese New Year, Super Bowl XLVIII and warmer weather!

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Washington, DC Events:

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 Cook Off
hill chili cook offHill Country Barbecue Market
410 7th St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 1pm-3pm
Price: $10
Teams from all over the region will square off in the restaurant’s basement. Entry gets you ten tastings and the chance to vote for your favorite. Proceeds go to Cohn’s Kitchen and One City Eats.

chinese new yearChinese New Year Parade and Festival 
Gallery Place
616 H St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Sunday, 12pm-5pm
The day-long event  includes live musical performances, a parade, dance and endless interactive activities for kids and adults, alike.

Jack Rose Super Chili Bowl
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
2007 18th St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 5:30pm
Celebrate the Super “Chili” Bowl with the annual “Eat for Free, and Drink for Almost Free” bowl party from 5:30-11pm. Jack Rose will dole out a complimentary bowl of Chili + Corn Bread to fans, while offering $5 Punch, Pints & Whiskey. Fans can watch in comfort and cheer for their team on Jack Rose’s popular heated rooftop terrace featuring three jumbo-sized flat-screen TVs.

Maryland Events: 

Gaithersburg Chinese New Year
Lakeforest Mall
701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD
Time: Weekends, Now thru February 9th, 12pm-5pm
Live entertainment includes traditional lion and dragon dances, folk dances and martial arts demonstrations. Demonstrations and workshops include flower/bonsai arrangement, arts and crafts, painting and games.

Orioles FanFest 
orioles fanfestBaltimore Convention Center
1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD
Time: Saturday, 11am-6pm
Price: $12 for adults, $6 for children
The annual FanFest celebration will include appearances by current and former Orioles players, autograph sessions, Q&A forums with players, clinics for children and memorabilia dealers.

Cake Workshops
Charm City Cakes
2936 Remington Ave., Baltimore, MD
Time: Saturday, 11am
Price: $150
The Charm City Cake crew teaches students how to make amazing cakes at these occasional Saturday morning workshops. This Saturday’s class with feature Penguin Fun!

Virginia Events:

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.

Chocolate Lovers Festival
Downtown Historic Fairfax
choc lovers fest10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax, VA
Time: Saturday & Sunday, check website for event schedule
Enjoy a festival of everything chocolate! See the Chocolate Challenge, an arts contest featuring breathtaking art made completely of chocolate, sample chocolates, historic re-enactments, children’s activities, craft show and more.

Super Big Football Game at the Drafthouse
Arlington Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA
Time: Sunday, 4:30pm
Price: Free
Watch the game on a big screen. Regular table side service available with a full restaurant menu and full bar service.

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

  • Jason Aldean, Baltimore Arena, Saturday at 7:30pm
  • Audra McDonald, Library of Congress, Saturday at 8pm

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

  • Super Bowl XLVIII logoDC Rollergirls, DC Armory, Saturday at 4pm
  • Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City, Verizon Center, Saturday at 7pm
  • Washington Capitals vs Detroit, Verizon Center, Sunday at 12:30pm
  • NFL 2014 Super Bowl, MetLlife Stadium, Sunday at 6:30pm

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

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot, Toby’s Dinner Theatre Columbia, Ongoing
  • Violet, Ford’s Theatre, Through Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

labor dayLabor Day
111 min – Drama
Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, and Clark Gregg

that awkward momentThat Awkward Moment
94 min – Comedy | Romance
Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”
Starring: Zac Efron, Michael Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots


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