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12 Of Our Favorite Events In D.C. This Weekend

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Archie Thomason


CHOCOLATE, PLEASE: Cut out the middle make and learn how to make chocolate yourself. Ismael Neggaz, the man behind Chocotenango, will be at Shop Made in D.C. for a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn about the history of chocolate, how to discern good vs. mediocre stuff, and make some treats, too. (Shop Made In D.C., 6 – 8:30 p.m., $80)

TOTALLY AWESOME CON: Awesome Con is the District’s version of Comic Con, aka an event bringing together fans of comic and the movies, books, games, and TV shows they inspire. The event kicks off today and goes through Sunday, with plenty of time for talks, meet-and-greets, screenings, crafts, and more. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, prices and times vary)

SEDER: Need somewhere to celebrate Passover? Teddy & the Bully Bar will host a special Seder tonight and Saturday, complete with matzoh ball soup, potato latkes, gefilte fish, and brisket. If you would like a Haggadah at your table, the restaurant can accomodate that – just ask! (Teddy & the Bully Bar, 5 p.m. – close, $45)

BURNING MAN: Whether you’re a Burner (Burning Man attendee) or wouldn’t be caught dead waving a glow stick in the desert, this new exhibit at the Renwick is pretty cool. No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man opens today, and it follows the evolution of the radical festival. Artwork for the event will be on-display, too, both in the museum and in the surrounding neighborhood. (The Renwick Gallery, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  FREE)

MORE: Lucy Rose (Union Stage, 8 p.m., $18), Women in Cryptocurrency (The Lemon Collective, 7 – 8:30 p.m., FREE), Dinner Reception at Saudi Arabian Embassy (Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 7 – 9:15 p.m.)

Photo by Victoria Pickering


GO FLY A KITE: Pray for wind – it’s the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival! Head to the Washington Monument to watch experts and novices alike take to the sky. Feel free to bring your own, or just want the many competition and demonstrations. There will be everything from kite trick demonstrations to a makers competition. (The National Mall, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., FREE)

BLOCK PRINT YOUR BLOCK: This is seriously cool – today you have the chance to create a block print inspired by your neighborhood. Artist Rose Jaffe will host a workshop with Atlas Obscura to provide you a history of the art form as well as an hands-on intro. You’ll create a sketch representing your area of the city, which you’ll then cut into a printing block to create your own prints. (The Stew, 2 – 4 p.m., $45)

NOM NOM: If you eat while walking it negates all the calories…right? Test this out on a cupcake-themed walking tour of Georgetown. You’ll take to the streets of the historic neighborhood on a guided tour that covers its sweetest hits – Baked & Wired, Sprinkles, and Georgetown Cupcake are all on the list. Yum. (Meet at Dumbarton House’s garden gates, 12 noon – 2 p.m.)

MOONWALK: Yeah, the National Mall is cool, but it’s even cooler lit up at night. Take a guided tour through the monuments and memorials by moonlight – Saturday does call for a full moon, after all. The walk is three miles long, and you’ll get to see the sunset and moonrise, too. (Meet at National World War II Memorial, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., FREE)

PILOT DISTRICT PROJECT: This year marks the 50th anniversary of MLK Jr.’s assassination, and to commemorate it, the National Building museum opens Community Policing in the Nation’s Capital: The Pilot District Project, 1968-1971 today. The exhibit looks at an experimental form of community policing developed after the 1968 riots, many of which affected predominantly African-American neighborhoods and business areas. (National Building Museum, times vary, $10)

MORE: How Civilized Is She? Beauty, Aptitude, and Consequence in Popular Eugenics (African American Civil War Museum, 12 noon – 3 p.m., FREE), Hidden Gems of Capitol Hill Tour (Congressional Cemetery, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $7), Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting (Cork Wine Bar & Market, 2 – 5 p.m., FREE), Cherry Blossom Festival Food Crawl (Penn Quarter, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., $84), Easter Egg Hunt (Volta Street playground, 2 – 4 p.m., FREE), Darlingside (Union Stage, 8 p.m., $18 – $25), Women’s Holistic Healing Summit (Howard University Hospital, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., free for general admission, $50 for VIP), Urban Women’s Yoga Retreat (YogaWorks – Dupont Circle, 1 – 4 p.m., $50)

Photo by Nathan Jones


SUNRISE SERVICE: Whether you’ll be celebrating Easter or not, the sunrise service at the Lincoln Memorial is a sight to behold. It attracts thousands of people and is listed on Washingtonian’s city bucket list. Come for the service and worship, or simply to take in the sight of the monuments in the early-morning light. (Lincoln Memorial, 6:30 – 8 a.m., FREE)

OM: Indian restaurant Pansaari hosts its first community yoga class today. Start your Sunday with some Downward Dogs and flows, plus a discussion about the intersection between yogic philosophies and food. After, stick around for a complimentary cup of chai tea. (Pansaari, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., $17)

SHARED IMAGES: Today, the National Gallery opens Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze. The exhibit looks at the influence Renaissance prints had on glazed ceramics and bronze plaquettes, with about 90 new pieces. Looking at pieces by big names like Michelangelo and Raphael, the collection examines how large pieces of art began to be transposed onto smaller, more accessible objects. (National Gallery of Art, times vary, FREE)

MORE: Easter Brunch (The St. Regis, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $79 – $99), Duo Cantando with Mike Stoltzman (National Gallery of Art, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., FREE), Easter Karaoke Brunch (The Pinch, 2 – 6 p.m.), A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance (Busboys and Poets – 5th & K, 6 – 7:30 p.m., FREE)

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