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SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

Weekend Report: 10 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, March 15

Beer & Board Games at Sugar Shack Arlington: A little beer, a little sugar, classic board games and a few of your friends - it's the perfect casual weeknight hang out every Thursday at Sugar Shack Arlington. On alternating Thursdays they'll have a new craft brewery in house to talk beer and take over three taps. Flights, pints, beer glazed donut hole pairings and paninis.

Pink Tie Party: Known as the kick-off to spring in Washington, the Pink Tie Party stylishly marks the end of winter and the official beginning of blossom season. Attendees will be delighted by delicious food highlighting DC’s culinary scene, an open bar, unique entertainment, over-the-top-decor, and the friendly competition of the silent auction. The Pink Tie Party is an event not to be missed as more than 800 influencers and trendsetters come together for one of the most buzz-worthy events of spring. Proceeds benefit the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

The Chef’s Supper Series: Chef Edward Lee of Succotash Penn Quarter is launching a new dinner series, The Chef’s Supper Series. Chef Lee’s objective is to explore the boundaries of the Southern table, a cuisine at the crossroads of many cultures, through experimental and thought-provoking menus. The intimate dinners will be hosted in Succotash’s private dining room, located just steps away from the restaurant’s kitchen, and will emphasize the communal dining experience with family-style plates. The first dinner will kick off on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm with a Homage to Vegetables. The menu, entirely vegetarian (but not vegan), will feature more than 15 different tastes of vegetables cooked with globally-influenced techniques and flavors rooted in Southern cuisine.

Nat Geo Nights: From the Front Lines: Every third Thursday of the month, join Nat Geo for special monthly happy hours with stories from National Geographic Explorers, fun interactive activities, lively music, food, and drink specials at our cash bar. Your ticket includes free admission to the National Geographic Museum. Meet the daring and innovative National Geographic Explorers—conservation technologist Topher White, conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferreira, and big cat biologist Alexander Braczkowski—who are going to extraordinary lengths to protect the planet. Find out how they’re using cell phones to conserve the rain forest, working to end rare-animal trafficking, and saving critical big cat species from poaching.

Friday, March 16

Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders: Head to the Capital One Arena to cheer on the Washington Capitals as they take on the New York Islanders. Make sure to rock your red! Game starts at 7 p.m.

SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream: ARTECHOUSE celebrates spring, renewal and the cherry blossom season with a new immersive and interactive digital experience. Step into a moonlit, floating environment where larger than life koi fish and colorful cherry blossom petals react to your presence. Contemplate the beautiful and ephemeral nature of life over an interactive 3D sculpture of a koi pond and walk narrow lantern lit "street" that responds to your footsteps. SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream is a large-scale seasonal installation created by ARTECHOUSE in collaboration with several artist groups. The installation encompasses five unique activations where elements of Japanese culture and tradition become experiences at the intersection of art and technology.

Saturday, March 17

Harlem Globetrotters at Capital One Arena: The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Capital One Arena on Saturday, March 17 at 12 p.m.

Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers: The Washington Wizards will take on the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. Head to the Capital One Arena to cheer the home team on!

Sunday, March 18

Colorectal Cancer Alliance "Scope it Out" Run: While colorectal cancer affects the lives of more than 140,000 Americans every year, it is preventable. With this in mind the Colorectal Cancer Alliance have made it their mission to end the disease within their lifetime. Support the cause by joining in on the "Scope it Out" run! (5K Adult (14 and older) - $35 Advance/ $40 Race Day)

Justin Timberlake at Capital One Arena: The Man of the Woods Tour is the sixth and current headlining concert tour by singer Justin Timberlake. It is in support of his fifth studio album Man of the Woods. Justin will hit the stage at the Capital One Arena on Sunday, March 18. This is a show you won't want to miss. Limited tickets still available.

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