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Alexandria’s 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Image: Ballyshaners)

Weekend Report: 10 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, March 1

BUREAU’s Healthy Happy Hour: D.C. innovators Sip City and SWAP are bringing guilt-free snacking to BUREAU. Attendees will be able to sample preservative free, all natural cocktail mixers while snacking on cinnamon or blueberry plant-based waffles. Tickets for the event are $10.

Phillips after 5: I Saw the Sign: Paul Klee inspired many American artists through his use of innovative symbols and signs. Using 21st-century "symbols," create an Emoji haiku inspired by works in Ten Americans: After Paul Klee, watch video shorts and learn more about Klee’s use of pictorial designs. Sample Swiss brews with D.C. beer maestro Greg Engert, enjoy the vinyl spins of DJ Neville C, fuel up with bites from Tortilladora and a handcrafted cocktail.

Friday, March 2

First Friday Dupont: It is First Friday around Dupont Circle, which means gallery spaces will be open late for a self-guided walk around art galleries, embassies, and historic houses from 6:00-8:00 (and sometimes later).

Squash on Fire Hosts The College Squash Association Individual Championships: Top players from over 30 of the best collegiate men's and women's teams will compete for the National Championship! This exciting event is free and open to the public! Sports fans can join to watch all the action and grab a bite to eat or a drink at Squash On Fire's Upper West Side Cafe. (March 2 - 4).

Whisky Live DC: This event at the Fairmont Washington offers a fantastic evening of the finest whisky, incredible whisky cocktails, great food and entertainment – making enjoying whisky part of a lifestyle! Tell your friends! After all, fine whisky is best enjoyed with great company.

Saturday, March 3

Alexandria’s 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Visitors and residents are invited to don their green and line King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia to kick off the D.C. region’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the 37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by the Ballyshaners, a nonprofit that aims to promote and preserve Irish heritage. More than 3,500 participants will march in the parade, including dog rescue groups, pipe and drum bands, historical re-enactors, Shriners and Kena cars, and Irish dancers. Parade-goers come early for the Classic Car Show featuring more than a dozen cars on Pitt Street and the Fun Dog Show on Market Square. Parade starts at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

South Moon Under Hosts Georgetown Grand Opening: South Moon Under, the leading fashion e-commerce and brick & mortar retailer, celebrates its arrival in the nation’s capital with a Grand Opening on Saturday, March 3. Shoppers will enjoy 15% off all swimwear and cover-ups, plus a live DJ and complimentary refreshments from South Block Juice Co. The first 25 customers to stop by will receive a mystery gift card, valued at up to $500. (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park: The longest cascading fountain in North America. A memorial to disgraced President James Buchanan. A statue of Joan of Arc, the only one to feature a woman on a horse in the city. Meridian Hill Park is truly one-of-a-kind. Listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, this beautiful 12-acre, 80-year-old national park was designed in the tradition of French gardens and Italian villas. Join Atlas Obscura Society D.C. Field Agent and author of Meridian Hill Park, Fiona Clem for a walking tour of the unknown history of this special National Park.

Public Health Expo at VIDA Fitness Logan Circle: VIDA Fitness Logan Circle is hosting a free, public health expo in D.C.’s effort to be crowned the #1 fittest city in America. The local gym chain has partnered with D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Let’s Get #FitDC health and wellness initiative to offer free opportunities to work out and be active all year long. On Saturday, March 3 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., join VIDA Fitness for free classes, exercise demos, VIDA’s lifestyle partners, Q&A’s with a team of personal trainers and registered dietitians for information to fuel active, healthy lifestyle.

Sunday, March 4

Oscar Viewing Party at W Hotel: Join W Washington DC this Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. for an Oscar Viewing Party extravaganza! Walk the red carpet in your finest designer threads while sipping on specialty cocktails and bites. The menu features popcorn and bubbly pairings such as Truffle Popcorn & Charles de Fere Champagne with butter, minced black truffle, truffle oil, parsley, & Parmesan cheese ($15) and movie-inspired cocktails such as the Lady Bird - Like Yale but Not Yale crafted with few gin, green chartreuse, traverse cherry whiskey, lemon juice, & basil simple syrup ($12).