Friday, March 1
Cherry Blossom pop-up bar returns: The third annual Cherry Blossom Pop-up Bar re-opened to the public on February 28th. Just like years past, the decor is focused on thousands of artificial blooms that line the walls and ceilings. However, the pop-up bar will also feature a ramen room with larger-than-life noodle decor as well as pork and vegan ramen options from Uzu Ramen. The pop-up bar at 1834 7th Street NW will stay open until April 21. Free to attend.
Saturday, March 2
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 Courtney Erland is teaching. Free to attend.
Mardi Gras at the Wharf: Let the good times roll! Get ready to catch some beads, dance in the streets, feast on festive food, and toast to a fireworks finale. Head down to the Wharf for a Mardi Gras celebration with a NOLA-inspired parade down Wharf Street, a dance party with live music at District Pier, activities and crafts for kids and a fireworks finale that will light up the sky in purple, green, and gold. Free to attend.
Escape the Botanic Garden: Back by popular demand, you are being summoned to the U.S. Botanic Garden to solve a plant forensics case. As part of a team, you will be challenged to investigate the Conservatory after dark, using exploratory stations to discover clues and information that might be key to the case. Even while enjoying food and drink, your mission must not be shared with others in the building as the suspect might be among you! Tickets are $45.
The Brianna Thomas Band: Brianna Thomas "may be the best jazz singer of her generation" according to renowned music critic Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal. A soulful singer oozing with personality, she's become an audience favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center and at her multiple concerts with rock legend Steve Miller. When it comes to the blues, jazz, and funk, she is the definition of a showstopper. Tickets start at $20.
Sunday, March 3
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.
Behind the Magic of "Sleeping Beauty": The Washington Ballet company dancers perform the first glimpse of The Sleeping Beauty staged by Julie Kent and Victor Barbee, and host a free one-hour class for children ages 6-12 years old. TWB senior dance faculty will teach the five positions for feet and arms in classical ballet, and the Puss and Boots pas de deux. Free.
"Finding Neverland": This Broadway hit is a prequel of sorts to "Peter Pan" based on the Academy Award-winning 2004 Johnny Depp movie with the same name. The musical allows the audience to explore Peter's transformation to Pan, through the viewpoint of playwright J.M Barrie who is struggling to find inspiration for his story until he meets s four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. The boys' vivid imagination opens Barrie's eyes to a whole new world where anything is possible. "Finding Neverland" will run at National Theatre from February 26- March 3, 2019. Tickets start at $54.