Weekend Happenings in the DMV – March 7th-9th

With the weather temporarily warming up just in time for the weekend, what better way to spend the days then getting out and exploring all the great things the DMV has going on! From the DC Craft Beer Fest to the Polar Bear Plunge, there is something going on for everyone to enjoy!

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Washington, DC Events:

Anchorman: The Exhibit
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Anchorman the ExhibitTime: Now thru August 31st
Price: $21.95
The Newseum dedicates an entire exhibition to the exploits of anchorman Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 Evening News team.

Francophonie Cultural FestivalFrancophonie Festival
Please visit website for specific locations pricing and performances.
Time: Now thru April 15th
The Francophonie Cultural Festival features six weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more in Washington DC. The nation’s capital will resonate with the vibrant sounds, sights, and tastes of the French-speaking in the largest Francophone festival in the world.

Monuments Men: On the Frontline to Save Europe’s Art, 1942-1946Monuments Men
Smithsonian Archives of American Art
750 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC
Price: Free
Time: Now thru April 20th
During World War II, an unlikely team of soldiers was charged with identifying and protecting European cultural sites, monuments, and buildings from Allied bombing. Officially named the Monuments, they quickly became known as The Monuments Men. A showcase of World War II documents reveals the story behind the story.

Share FairShare fair
GWU – Charles E. Smith Center
600 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 8am-4pm
Share Fair provides an opportunity for educators, students, and the community to come together with the leaders in K-12 innovation to experience hands-on, mind-on education methods helping to transform education and propel schools across the country toward the best 21st Century learning opportunities. Attendees with enjoy a free day of thought provoking and highly interactive symposia and professional development workshops (called Classroom Intensives) – to explore the theme of STEM  Education: Explore. Invent. Experiment and to give educators the tools with which they can bring what they learn at Share Fair back to their classrooms.

DC Craft Beer Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Place, Washington, DC
DC Craft BeerTime: Saturday, 2pm-4:30pm OR 7pm-9:30pm
Price: $49- $95
In the tradition of the Grand Tasting, each attendee will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited 2 oz tastings of approximately 150 craft beers from all over the country.  Food will be available for purchase for all attendees and there will be a selection of retail vendors on-site.  VIP and Connoisseur attendees will have the first hour to themselves to sample these great brews and our Connoisseurs will have a private lounge with rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the session.  Expert seminars will be offered for all attendees (first-come first-served) that highlight key aspects of the craft beer industry including pairings, business, and more!

Maryland Events:

Cake Workshops: Minions ClassMinions Cake
Charm City Cakes
2936 Remington Ave., Baltimore, MD
Time: Saturday, 11am
Price: $150
One of the most asked about designs in Charm City Cakes history, Minions!  Create your own little minion to help you take over the world, or maybe just for you to snack on later.  Veteran decorator, Mary Smith, will be your instructor in this fun class.  All students will receive an 6″ fondanted cake, and learn all the steps, including hand painted eyes, to create this adorable masterpiece.

Frederick Restaurant WeekFrederick Restaurant Week
Please visit website for specific restaurant locations as well as menu’s.
Time: Now thru March 9th
Frederick Restaurant Week is a 7-day promotion that features the unique and fine dining options available in the city of Frederick, Maryland and the surrounding area. Participating restaurants will offer fixed-price lunch and dinner options during Frederick Restaurant Week. Lunches are offered at $15.14 for a 2-course meal and $20.14 for a 3-course meal. Dinners are offered at $20.14 for a 2-course meal and $30.14 for a 3-course meal.

Maryland Polar Bear Plunge 
Sandy Point State Park
1100 E College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD
PlungefestTime: Saturday from 8am to 5pm
Every year, thousands of participants of all ages are daring enough to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to the Plunges, attendees will enjoy a full-day winter festival featuring the Robert Andrews Salon & Spa, the Carnival FunFest tent with games, Astro Events Kids Zone, the Rams Head Ice Lodge and Beer Garden, food and other displays.

Virginia Events:

Barrel Tasting WeekendsParadise Springs
Paradise Springs Winery
13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton, VA
Time: Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-5pm
Price: $25
Want to taste the future of Paradise Springs? Attend the annual Barrel Tasting Weekend! Guests will have the opportunity to enter the barrel room and taste 9 different wines directly from the barrel. Led by their team of educators, assistant winemakers, and head winemaker, Rob Cox. Wines are from the 2013 vintage.No reservations needed or taken. Tastings will begin every 20 minutes and are on a first come, first serve basis. A complete tasting will last 60 minutes.

Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series
Lucketts Community Center
42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, VA
Time: Saturday, 7pm
Lucketts BluegrassPrice: $15
The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series is one of the longest running, continuously scheduled bluegrass series in the world. Top names in bluegrass have always appeared at Lucketts including the likes of Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks, The Seldom Scene and the Dry Branch Fire Squad, but a good number of the show dates have always been reserved for local and regional bands seeking a recognized venue where they could play before an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience.

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

  • Lorde, Echostage, Friday at 8pm
  • David Guetta, Echostage, Saturday at 9pm

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

  • CAA Men’s Basketball Championship, Baltimore Arena, Through Sunday
  • George Mason Men’s Basketball vs Duquesne, Patriot Center, Saturday at 7pm
  • Washington Capitals vs Phoenix, Verizon Center, Sunday at 7pm
  • DC United vs Columbus, RFK Stadium, Saturday at 7pm

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

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot, Toby’s Dinner Theatre Columbia, Ongoing
  • Beaches, Signature Theatre, Through Sunday
  • The Book of Mormon, Hippodrome, Through Sunday
  • Mamma Mia, National Theatre, Through Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend:

300 movie300: Rise of an Empire
102 min – Action | Drama | War
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Hans Matheson

mr peabodyMr. Peabody & Sherman
92 min – Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created.
Starring:  Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, and Leslie Mann

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