If your weekends have become sluggish and blah (think: wrapped head to toe in a blanket, on the sofa eating snack cakes), it’s time for a reboot. From a polar bear plunge for all ages to a ginormous auto show, it will be easy to put some pep back into your weekend step.

Photo: Plunge Maryland


Maryland Polar Bear Plunge
Are you BRAVE enough to take a dip into the 30 degree bay? Every January over 10,000 courageous plungers head to Sandy Point State Park seeking thrills and chills all to benefit the 7,549 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland. Head to the Rams Head Ice Lodge for live music and drinks as you prepare for the chilly dip! This heated tent is the perfect place to warm-up, celebrate, and enjoy Maryland’s largest winter festival! Sat.-SunEvent details.

Mount Vernon Square

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.


Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out
Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds presented by Dublin Irish Dance. These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. SatEvent details.

National Mall

Preschool Pioneers: Museum Madness
Perhaps you love coming to the museum to see the airplanes or maybe the dinosaurs or perhaps, it’s the painting of a ballerina you love. But what are museums really for? Join us as we become collectors and build our own mini-museums as a way of understanding how museums work. SatEvent details.


Montgomery County Camp and Summer Fun Expo
Plan for Summer 2018 at the Camp & Summer Fun Expo. Meet with summer program, day and overnight camp representatives. Kids who tag along can jump on a moon bounce, have their face painted, get a balloon twist, and more! Bonus: Free parking at the Hilton and metro accessible at the Twin Brook stop. SunEvent details.

Federal Triangle

Saturday Morning at the National: Beech Tree Puppets
Adapted from the popular tale, The Mitten, The Hollow Stump celebrates community, as the animals learn to share one space. Seven very different animals seek shelter from the winter cold and snow in a large hollow stump. The characteristics of each animal are revealed through a unique and descriptive poem and song. When the animals let newcomers enter and the space inside the stump grows tighter, their songs interweave. SatEvent details.

What’s on your to-do list for this weekend? Tell us in the comments. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady