“Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” a signature work of the “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Feb. 23-May 14. (©Yayoi Kusama)

Things to Do Right Now in Washington, D.C.

By Irena Laster on 01/21/16, updated 02/13/17
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Beyond politicos and power lunches, Washington, D.C. bustles with inventive fare, artsy enclaves and monumental experiences for all ages. With endless options to choose from, start here to plan the perfect outing in the nation’s capital.

Through Feb. 19

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”: Ford’s Theatre may be best known as the site of President Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, but it also continues to present acclaimed productions, like this Edward Albee Tony Award winner. Marital dysfunction claims the spotlight in this drama where middle-aged spouses subject their unwitting guests to a night of intense verbal sparring. $15-$62. Times vary. 511 10th St. NW

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Through May 14

“Orchids: A Moment”: More than 100 blooming beauties from the collection of the U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens make a colorful and ever-changing display at the architecturally striking Hirshhorn Museum. Free. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW

Orchid

Through April 30

“500 Years of Treasures from Oxford”: The Folger Shakespeare Library displays rarely seen 10th- to 17th-century books and manuscripts, including Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” from the library of Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford. Free. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. 201 E. Capitol St. SE.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Feb. 17-Feb. 26

Alexandria Restaurant Week: Enjoy the Northern Virginia food scene, as Alexandria neighborhood restaurants feature a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two. Various restaurants also offer lunch specials for $10, $15 or $20 per person. Choose from 70 restaurants, including Magnolia's on King (below), 219 Restaurant and A La Lucia. See details here.

Magnolia's on King

Feb. 20

Presidents Day at Mount Vernon: At George Washington’s estate, celebrations include photo ops with props, 18th-century dancing, a wreathlaying ceremony and visits with “George” himself. A bonus: free admission. 9 am-5 pm. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va.

Mount Vernon

Feb. 23-May 14

“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors”: At the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, get lost in one of six Infinity Rooms, or check out other key works from the legendary artist's whimsical exhibition. Free advanced timed-entry passes available February 13. 7th St. and Independence Ave. SW

Feb. 24-March 5

Atlas Intersections Festival: Presented by the Atlas Performing Arts Center, the 8th annual multi-day festival brings art lovers to the H Street corridor to see some top talent in the D.C. visual and performance art scene. $10-$30. 1333 H St NE.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Feb. 28

Mardi Gras Extravaganza: This year, celebrate Mardi Gras without leaving the City. Check out top mixologists, Southern-inspired cuisine, live music and more at Union Market's Dock 5. Proceeds go to DC Central Kitchen and St. Bernard Project. $65. 5 pm-8 pm. 1309 5th St NE.

Union Market

March 1

“Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience: Fans of the HBO show, here’s your chance to enter the world of the Seven Kingdoms. The touring production stops by Verizon Center with its high-tech visuals, orchestra, choirs and special effects like liquid wildfire that sets the stage ablaze. $39.50-$99.50. 8 pm. 601 F St. NW.

March 14-26

Environmental Film Festival: For its 25th anniversary, the fest screens more than 150 films in locations across the D.C. area on topics from climate change to endangered wildlife. Highlights include “Before the Flood,” featuring Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, and “Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale,” the true story of an orphaned pachyderm. Many screenings free; times and locations vary.

Environmental Film Festival

March 20-April 16

National Cherry Blossom Festival: The annual springtime extravaganza celebrates Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington in 1912. As the pale pink flowers bloom by the thousands on the National Mall and around the Tidal Basin, the city puts on parties, performances, a kite festival, fireworks, a parade and much more. See the full schedule here

National Cherry Blossom Festival