D.C. Hand Picked Events

January 26th - February 1st Staff Picked Events

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January 26th

  • Adult Coloring at the Library: Relaxed two-hour monthly coloring sessions.  Coloring sheets and colored pencils are library-supplied, your personal supplies are welcome. Georgetown Library 3260 R St. NW | 6:30 pm | Free.

  • Pancakes & Booze Art Show: Over 100 emerging artists will showcase their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment with live music, body painting, multimedia displays, and FREE PANCAKES.  Big Chief, 2002 Fenwick St | $5 | 7 pm

  • Emo Night:  Why Bother? A night of emo sounds and more.   Songbyrd, 2477 18th St | Free | 10 pm | 21+

  • Story Collider: Join us for five true, personal stories about science!  At The Story Collider, we believe everyone has a story.  From the tragic to the hilarious, we explore the deeply human side of science.  Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW.  | $15 | 8 pm

January 27th

  • BreakfastClub 80’s Dance Party: Your favorite dance party is back. Come for the one hit wonders and the drink specials.  2004 18th St | 9 pm

  • Big Duo Improv Comedy Night: After marching and organizing all week, sit your butt down with a nice drink and laugh with Big No-No’s monthly duo improv night. 3118 Georgia Ave Nw | 8 pm | Free

  • Vent! An Interactive Happy Hour and Comedy Show: The only interactive comedy happy hour where they take your personal struggles and make them public..and funny. 1100 13th St | 5:30 pm | Free

  • Chinese Disco Fridays: Free comedy night in Georgetown.  3251 Prospect St NW | Free | 8 pm

January 28th

  • Chinese New Year Festival:  Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum as they open their doors for the 2017 Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Awaken the lion and ring in the New Year! Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the day. 800 G St | 11:30 am | Free

  • Bollywood Dance Party 1603 17th St NW | 8 pm | $10

  • Nora en Pure w/ Sons of Maria 1720 I St NW | 10 pm | $20

  • Art on 14th Festival: 3400 14th St NW | 1:30PM | $5

January 29th

  • Chinese New Year Parade and Festival:  This event features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations, and live music entertainment! H St (between 6th & 7th St) | 2pm

  • The DC Record Fair:  43 record dealers from up and down the East Coast will bring their finest LPs and 45s to Washington DC’s only record fair. All genres welcome! Djs and drinks too! 801 E St Nw | 11 am | $5

  • The Lady Quartet: Join the Lady Quartet for a performance of Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, as well as a few other tunes. Snacks and beverages for sale. 3118 Georgia Ave Nw | 3 pm | Free

  • Beer Yoga: Join Atlas Brew Works and instructor Gina for beer flights and yoga! 2052 W Virginia Ave NE Ste 102 | 1:30 pm | $20 

  • Chinese Menu Comedy Drafthouse Series: Always a party on stage! The monthly all star improv mashup brings out the best from DC and other surrounding area theaters.  1100 13th St | 7 pm | $10

January 30th

  • Drink & Draw: DC Drink & Draw is back and hosted by Capitol Lounge once again. Draw, drink, and enjoy half priced pizzas. 400 Campbell Ave | 7 pm | $15

  • Improv Wars: Watch friendly improv troupes battle out in this anything goes surprised filled combat zone. 2438 18th St | 8 pm | $15

January 31st

  • January Open Mic #Resolution: Share your art, awareness, and activism at Solly’s open mic. 1942 11th St | 7:15 pm | $5

  • Night at the Museum: Join EntryPoint DC for after hours at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History for happy hour and a night of fun. 1811 R St NW | 7 pm | $10

February 1st

  • Esme Patterson: Live music performance at Songbyrd. 2477 18th St NW | 7:30 pm | $12

  • Gene Davis Gallery Talk: Hear the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s chief curator talk about Gene Davis while touring the “Hot Beat” exhibition. 800 G St | 5:30 pm | Free

  • Rhythm & Blues Date Night: Kick back with friends or your special someone at the second Rhythm & Blues Date Night presented by Big Chief. Games, Jameson, and funky tunes. Drink and food specials! 2002 Fenwick St NE | 8 pm | Free


INAUGURATION SPECIAL: Hand-Picked Guide to Next 7 Days in Washington DC (Jan 20 - Jan 25)




FRiDAY 1-20

  • 2017 Inaugural Parade: The Inaugural Parade, generally held on the afternoon of the swearing-in ceremony, is a popular part of the inaugural festivities.  After the president and vice-president have been sworn in (and after the inaugural luncheon), they typically travel down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, where they remain while they review the rest of the parade as it passes by. http://www.presidential-inauguration.com/inaugural-parade/
  • Inauguration is a Drag: Head to Nellies Sports Bar for TWO special Friday Drag Brunch shows on Inauguration Day! Get your tickets today before they sell out:

    10:30am show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nellies-drag-brunch-tickets-30895839287

    1:00pm show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nellies-drag-brunch-tickets-30895923539

  •  The Coven presents Moxie: MOXIE: The Coven's 90's and 2000's themed throwback party at Buckeye & Bear. The featured guest DJs for January are Coven alum The Lothario and MVP. $5 cover, more details at  https://www.facebook.com/events/205945679858617/

  • Kevin Fowler at Hill Country DC: Country artist Kevin Fowler will be performing at Hill Country in D.C.'s Penn Quarter Neighborhood. Tickets available $15-20 https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1365475?utm_medium=api

  • Junior Bryce Band at Roofers Union: Come listen to some rare grooves and hippie funk in this neighborhood staple. http://roofersuniondc.com/

  • Ailyn Perezryce: A rising star in the opera world, Perez will be showing off her award-winning voice at this intimate recital, accompanied by just a piano. $38 wolftrap.org

  • Shen Yun Performing Arts (1/17 - 1/22): One of the foremost classical Chinese dance and music companies, Shen Yun Performing Arts, will transport you to the Land of the Divine. China was once known as the Middle Kingdom, and Shen Yun will bring this ancient world to life through dance, an orchestra and incredible backdrops. At the John F Kennedy Center. https://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/washington-dc

SaturDAY 1-21

  • Women's March on Washington: PPM will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. https://www.regonline.com/Builder/site/tab1.aspx?EventID=1929902&EventSessionID=&editmode=0&view=
  • Adams Family Burlesque and Variety Show: Full menu of food, drinks and beer list will be available. @ The Bier Barron Tavern 8pm to Midnight. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-addams-family-burlesque-and-variety-show-tickets-29964001134
  • 80's Dance Party @ Tropicalia: Washington's original 80's Night, now in its 24th year! Hosted by Steve Donahoe and The Angel http://www.80sdanceparty.com/  
  • All Women Silent Disco: It’s an all-female dance party! Come to rock your body to the DJ and just dance, dance, dance. Grab a pair of wireless headphones, pick your channel and choose your side as DJs battle it out for your attention with some banging tunes while you decide what to dance to. As you switch between the channels, your headset will light up with a designated color to correspond to each playlist so you know what your fellow dancers are grooving to. $15 online $20 at the door http://silentdancesociety.com/
  • Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour: Right after the inauguration, Stephanie Miller and her band of sexy liberals ( John Fugelsang and Frangela) will descend upon Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harmon Hall for a night of hilarious political comedy. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/slcomedytour/

sunDAY 1-22

monday 1-23

TuesDAY 1-24

  • Lori Williams' Birthday Party and Jam: Alice's Jazz And Cultural Society is the place to be to celebrate Lori Williams' 50th Birthday, and hear live music from Behind The Smiles musicians Benjie Porecki, Mark Prince, Michael Bowie, Tracey Cutler and the Birthday Girl Lori Williams! https://www.facebook.com/events/1769058566680862/?active_tab=about
  • Join the Hostel's Mac and Cheese Event: Too cold to go outside? Enjoy some company and some great food at the HighRoad Hostel DC. FREE  

wednesDAY 1-25



Hand-Picked Guide to Next 7 Days in Washington DC (Jan 13 - 19)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture


SaturdaY 1-14

sunday 1-15

mondaY 1-16

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The nation’s capital is a great place to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., especially during the holiday held in his honor. Visit the majestic Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall before or after you attend the 11th Annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade, a festive community gathering that Dr. King would love. The Washington Wizards also celebrate his memory with a matinee game against the Portland Trailblazers, an annual occasion that makes for a perfect day-off activity.
  • Turquoise Mountain - Artists Transforming Afghanistan in Washington:  Dedicated to teaching young artisans traditional crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving Afghanistan’s proud cultural legacy. This exhibition transforms the International Gallery into a visit to Old Kabul. Artisans from Murad Khani share their work and experiences, allowing visitors to appreciate Afghanistan’s rich culture and national pride. http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/current/turquoisemountain/  
  • National Harbor Restaurant Week: National Harbor Restaurant Week offers prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Lunch will be offered for $20 and dinner for $38. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity. Cuisines include American, Chinese, Mexican, Seafood, and more. Please call individual restaurants for restrictions, menu options and reservations. https://www.nationalharbor.com/event/restaurant-week-2/ 

tuesday 1-17

  • Jokes & Jazz: Fundraising event at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington DC. 5:30pm to 8pm @ Edison Place. 
  • Shaw Music Series: Drift on 7th is proud to present the Shaw Music Series, a weekly entertainment event where local musical artists will delight guests with live performance.  FREE.  6PM - 9PM.  Drift on 7th, 1819 7th Street NW.  
  • Sip and Paint Fat Tuesdays Happy Hour: Sip on a unique crafted cocktail while creating a masterpiece of your own with the expert guidance of a professional artist.  Enjoy our signature Hennessey Margarita, savor a flavorful hookah, or order a tasty bite to eat as you hang out with your friends or make new ones. Need more? The late night party slays until 2 a.m. with the best DJs in the city, drink specials, beautiful people, and creative frozen and shaken cocktails.  $25. 6PM - 10PM. Sip Lounge, 1812 Hamlin Street NE.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-paint-fat-tuesdays-happy-hour-tickets-30305218725?aff=es2

wednesday 1-18

  • Jokes & Jazz: Fundraising event at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington DC. 5:30pm to 8pm @ Edison Place. http://www.ctevisionfoundation.org/event/jokes-jazz-iv/
  • IPA Insanity - HOPS Launch Party:  This event will make the history books for hopheads, while simultaneously raising a ton funds for refugees.  Smoke and Barrell will be pouring a who's who of the most sought after limited release DIPAs from large regional and national craft breweries.  5PM.  Smoke & Barrell, 2471 18th Street NW.  https://www.facebook.com/events/858232757647456/

  • Politics as Usual - An Art Showcase:  A vision by Washington D.C. creatives. Featuring some of the city's most talented artists. This is an artistic journey through the chaotic and sometimes inflammatory 2016 election cycle. It is our aim to explore and expose the underlying truth, hypocrisy, danger, motivations, misinformation and effects of this process. It is our hope that the artwork produces thoughtful discussion, transparency and an openness to question the powers that be.  $5.  8PM - 12AM.  The Big Chief, 2002 Fenwick Street NE.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/politics-as-usual-an-art-showcase-tickets-30743733334?aff=es2

thursday 1-19