If you live in or around the Washington, DC, area, then February is about to be a month to savor. Whether you’re interested in the arts, politics, or festivals, there’s plenty going on in this metropolitan city to make you completely forget about the frigid temperatures.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
DC is offering up plenty of ways to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The Kennedy Center is hosting a family day on February 9, with red lantern-crafting, music performances, and a calligraphy demonstration (all of which are free). You’ll want to head to Chinatown on February 10 to experience their Lunar New Year Festival, complete with a parade, live performances, and other educational events. Chef Tim Ma is cooking up a special menu at his flagship restaurant American Son, which includes everything from scallion pancakes to sesame noodles and more.
President’s Day Festivities
No better place to honor President’s Day than the nation’s capital, which has enough exhibits and events to satisfy any history buff. In the historic town of Alexandria, Virginia is where you’ll stumble upon George Washington’s Birthday Parade. Speaking of Washington, Mount Vernon hosts three days of festivities, featuring various ceremonies and re-enactments (admission is free on President’s Day). Of course, you’ll want to fit in time at the National Portrait Gallery and Madame Tussauds US Presidents Gallery, as well.
Exhibits for Anyone
There is no shortage of informative and interactive exhibits in the DC-Metro area. This includes First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a culinary experience that will satisfy those who love both history and food. Everything in Existence is featured at ARTECHOUSE, and brings together sound, visuals, and software that together will give you an immersive technological experience. The Phillips Collection will have artwork by Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez on display starting February 16, which isn’t to be missed for those who have always wondered about her expansive, yet unfamiliar career. Lastly, head to the Hirshhorn Museum for an innovative exhibit brought to you by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Named Pulse, this is the largest technological exhibit the Hirshhorn has seen. Don’t miss out on this striking exhibit, which runs until the end of April.
DC is a culturally rich city that can be enjoyed even in the dead of winter. Don’t let the cold keep you away from these exciting events!
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