From concerts to parades, there are a number of ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend. Or you can celebrate Jan. 20, a national day of service, by lending a hand to one of these organizations. Scroll down for the rest of our fun weekend picks.
photo: Howard Gospel Choir
IN THE CITY
DC Restaurant Week
Restaurants are the cornerstone of neighborhoods around the DMV and Winter Restaurant Week is a time for locals and visitors to enjoy specially priced, multi-course meals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Music for Young Audiences: Beauty & the Beat
Music is a language all its own and in this performance by Marissa Regni and Eric Shin you’ll enjoy the beautiful sounds of the violin and percussion instruments. Arrive an hour early for some hands-on interaction with the instruments. Ages 3 and up. Sat. Event details.
Fire & Ice Festival
Join The Wharf for the third annual Fire & Ice Festival. Stop by District Pier and help support the Washington Area Fuel Fund in their mission to raise funds to keep our neighbors warm this winter. Your little ones will be mesmerized by the fire twirlers and ice sculptors. Sat. Event details.
Bring the littlest engineers to play with LEGOs, DUPLOs, and other blocks at the library. Help them build towers, castles, and whatever else their tiny building hearts desire. Finish off the visit by checking out a few fun books to enjoy at home later. Sat. Event details.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE
Daniel Tiger and his family along with O the Owl, Miss Elaina, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, and more familiar friends will take audiences on an interactive adventure to the Neighborhood of Make Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. The live show features new songs and fan favorites series, including the beloved Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The live theatrical production is filled with music, dancing, and wonderful surprises. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sun. Event details.
Not Just Another Day Off
This free reading combines poetry with historical speeches from Dr. King, Gandhi, Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and others. This year’s program “Injustice is here” focuses on incarceration and features poet and scholar DaMaris Hill reading from her collection A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing. Donations of dry and boxed food items are requested for the Food Pantry of The Lutheran Church of the Reformation. This event is free but registration is strongly suggested. Mon. Event details.
Peace Walk & Parade
Everyone loves a parade and on January 20, the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade starts its annual peace walk. This Anacostia parade is a tradition that started in 1968 and is still going strong today.Over a thousand participants walk for peach each year; registration is not necessary. Mon. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
A Royal Winter Ball
Calling all royals! Spend your afternoon meeting princesses at a Winter Ball! Once Upon A Time Party princesses are excited to make magical memories with your little ones. The Winter Ball includes a special sing-along, themed crafts, princess waltzing, and more! Free food, snacks, and refreshments are all available! Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess costumes! Sat. Event details.
Give Together: A Family Volunteer Day
Volunteer Fairfax strives to foster a legacy of volunteerism in the generations to come with our Give Together event. Join your elementary school-aged children to work on service projects benefiting our community. Together, you’ll create Valentine’s cards for youth in foster care, prepare cat adoption kits, assemble snack packs for food-insecure children, create fleece lap blankets for veterans and much more. Mon. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers