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Catch the Big Apple Circus in town through March 24. (Image: Courtesy Big Apple Circus)

Weekend Report: 9 can't-miss events to add to your weekend plans

Friday, February 15

Raise the Red Lantern: The National Ballet of China delighted audiences with its D.C. premiere of Raise the Red Lantern at our Festival of China in 2005. Now, the renowned company returns with the award-winning ballet, performed with full orchestra as the cornerstone event of our 2019 Lunar New Year festivities. Based on the hit 1991 film by Zhang Yimou and choreographed by Wang Xinpeng and Wang Yuanyuan, the ballet tells the haunting tale of a concubine sold by her mother in rural 1920s China. Traditional Chinese outfits, mesmerizing melodies, and elements of Chinese opera and shadow puppet theater bring this powerful story of love, jealousy, and tragedy to ravishing life. Tickets start at $39.

Disney On Ice: From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, enter the world of Disney magic with four of your favorite tales as Disney On Ice presents, "Worlds of Enchantment." You'll see Lightning McQueen, Ariel, Buzz, Woody and the gang and Anna, Elsa and trusty Olaf. Tickets start at $20.

Saturday, February 16

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Ellen Devine is teaching. Free to attend.

Wharf Winter Games: If you like winter and you love to play games, here’s your chance to participate in the first annual Wharf Winter Games. You can compete in multiple disciplines, from pin the tail on the Husky to corn hole, curling and Wharfarod “dog” sled races (don’t worry, it doesn’t involve any actual dogs). If you’re more comfortable cheering on the Wharfletes from the sidelines, you can enjoy s’mores, hot drinks, beer and wine while you cheer. Free to attend.

Truffle Making Class: SPAGnVOLA's master chocolatier will guide you through the process of making truffles crafted from cacao hand-picked from a farm in the Dominican Republic and roasted/refined in Maryland. In the two-hour class you'll lean about tempering chocolate and making chocolate ganache. Of course, you'll take home a box of completed truffles as well. Tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for kids.

Shop Made in DC Grand Opening: Come celebrate the opening of the second brick and mortar "Shop Made in DC" at the Wharf, and support local artisans. Enjoy brunch from Call Your Mother and Lost Sock Coffee, a live engraving session with Painted Palettes and a card pressing from Abstract Orange. Free to attend.

Family Engineering Day: Discover Engineering Family Day is a fun-filled day designed to introduce students 4 to 12 to the wonder of engineering and the importance of technological literacy. Try out exciting, hands-on engineering experience, such as mixing slime and learn about different chemical reactions, constructing a building that can withstand high winds and even meet a real astronaut! Free to attend.

Sunday, February 17

The Big Apple Circus: The Circus has rolled into town and it's here to stay, with performances at the National Harbor from February 14 to March 24. But before you get images of elephants and red-nosed clowns in your head, the Big Apple Circus is not the circus of yesteryear. Enjoy breathtaking acts like The Flying Tunizianis on the trapeze, the Spicy Circus trampoline act, and animal trainer Jenny Vidbel, who only works with rescue dogs and rescue horses -- no wild animals. Tickets start at $15.

The Lightning Thief, The Percy Jackson Musical: In this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, the Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Tickets start at $39.