It’s not even Valentine’s Day yet, but get ready for a weekend that can best be described as SWEET! For starters, you can experience the fascinating (and tasty) tradition of maple sugaring at the Brookside Nature Center. Plus, the Washington Auto Show is back for its final weekend and there’s a huge warehouse sale in Alexandria featuring adorable discounted goods from local boutiques.

Photo: Brookside Nature Center


Maple Sugaring Days
February is Maple Sugaring Month at Brookside Nature Center. Every Saturday and Sunday you’ll have an opportunity to experience an American tradition: maple sugaring! Watch the whole maple sugaring process from start to finish. See sap drip from trees and taste it. Watch us boil it down into sweet maple syrup, then sample a tasty treat. Join in the fun and activities and learn something new at this family-friendly program! Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. SunEvent details.

Mount Vernon

Washington Auto Show
Vrooom…Vrooom! The Washington Auto Show, the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., will feature a complete line-up of the latest vehicles and technologies, including some regional reveals, will be on display at this year’s show. In addition, there will be a full schedule of entertainment, activities and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale
Mama needs some new shoes? Treat yourself at one of the longest running annual designer warehouse sales. Deemed in the region as the “Super Bowl of Shopping Event” (always occurring the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend), the 13th Annual Alexandria Warehouse Sale will include a variety of new boutiques and retailers not only located in Alexandria, but throughout the Metro region. SatEvent details.

Capitol Hill

1-2-3 Andres!
Join Gan Shalom Preschool for a Bilingual, Education, and Fun Family Concert featuring Latin Grammy Winner 123 Andrés! He will take you on a trip around the Americas, connecting geography, songs, and language. Tickets include music, dancing, lunch, drinks & a silent auction. All proceeds will support Gan Shalom, an inclusive, cooperative preschool in Capitol Hill. SunEvent details.

National Mall

Infant Investigators: Goodnight Moon
This children’s classic will be the basis for this class, which will explore the themes and objects featured throughout the book. On a trip to the National Air and Space Museum kids will explore the moon and compare astronaut’s ‘mittens’ and ‘socks’ to the ones we wear. SatEvent details.


Healthy First Saturday
Keep your New Year resolutions going strong! Join Port Discovery for Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take part in and enjoy programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work! SatEvent details.

What are your plans for this weekend? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady