<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Worth the Trip]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/worth-the-trip http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 21:25:55 -0500Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:25:55 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[ 'Infinity Mirrors' to Open Thursday at Hirshhorn]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:48:00 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sparkles+katy+perry+instagram.png

Japanese artist Yayaoi Kusama's much-anticipated exhibit will open Thursday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

"Infinity Mirrors" will feature six of Kusama's iconic kaleidoscopic spaces, the most to ever be featured together, according to the museum. A number of Kusama's other works, such as paintings and her "Pumpkin" statue, also will be on display. 

An artist and a novelist, Kusama started using mirrors in her work in 1965. She has created more than 20 infinity mirror rooms, according to the museum. The rooms and Kusama's other works have received worldwide admiration.

Members of the general public can get free tickets on the museum's website. The museum is releasing a week's worth of passes at a time, but they've been snapped up quickly for the exhibit's first two weeks. New batches of tickets will be available each Monday at noon.

The Hirshhorn is releasing these timed passes because large crowds are expected to visit the exhibit. The rooms are small, despite their captivating illusion of infinity.

The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The exhibit will be on view until May 14. A limited number of same-day passes will also be available at the museum on a first-come, first-served basis.



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<![CDATA['Infinity Mirrors' Opens at the Hirshhorn Thursday]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:02:34 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Infinity+Rooms+14.jpg "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" opens Thursday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This much-anticipated exhibit, complete with dazzling lights, mirrors, polka dots and pumpkins is expected to bring in large crowds.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Maryland Day Trips for Spring]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:18:53 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/thumb-Elk-Neck-State-Park-shutterstock_71828848.jpg Temperatures are rising, and flowers will be blooming soon. Celebrate springtime at one of these Maryland spots for the perfect day trip.]]> <![CDATA[Top 10 Virginia Day Trips for Spring]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:48:34 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/8.+Ride+a+horse.jpg After hiding inside this winter, you're probably ready to enjoy warm weather. Whether you want a beautiful nature hike, fast-paced thrills or wildlife spotting, here are 10 awesome Virginia getaways.

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<![CDATA[Weekday Passes for 'Infinity Mirrors' Exhibit Available]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:57:31 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sparkles+katy+perry+instagram.png

The next round of passes for the artist Yayaoi Kusama's much-anticipated exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden became available Monday -- but you may have to visit on a weekday. 

The Japanese artist's exhibit, "Infinity Mirrors," opens at the museum on the National Mall Thursday. Members of the general public can get tickets on the museum's website.

While passes for the weekend sold out quickly, there are a few weekday passes still available.

"Infinity Mirrors" will feature six of Kusama's iconic kaleidoscopic spaces, the most to ever be featured together, according to the museum. A number of Kusama's other works, such as paintings and her "Pumpkin" statue, also will be on display. 

An artist and a novelist, Kusama started using mirrors in her work in 1965. She has created more than 20 infinity mirror rooms, according to the museum. The rooms and Kusama's other works have received worldwide admiration.

The Hirshhorn is releasing these timed passes because large crowds are expected to visit the exhibit. The rooms are small, despite their captivating illusion of infinity.

The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Missed out this time around?

There's some good news! Free passes to the exhibit will be available every Monday at noon, and the exhibit will be on view until May 14. A limited number of same-day passes will also be available at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis.



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<![CDATA[Find DC-Area Ice Skating Rinks]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:24:55 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMG_5767.JPG

Grab your friends, family or special date and lace up your skates! We've picked out the top skating rinks in D.C., Maryland and Virginia where you can take a spin on the ice.

(Did we miss your favorite? Tell us @DCscene!)

D.C.:

Sculpture Garden Ice Rink (between 3rd and 9th streets NW along Constitution Avenue) -- Bring friends for an artsy spin in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden on the National Mall. The rink's perfect soundtrack will get you pumped to stay even once you get chilly. Open now through March 13, weather permitting. Rates: $8.50 adults; $7.50 kids and adults 50 and older; $3 skate rentals.

Washington Harbour Ice Rink (3050 K St. NW) -- This Georgetown rink is billed as D.C.'s largest. You'll find it at the Georgetown waterfront surrounded by restaurants... just in case you need to warm up with a tasty bite when you're done. Open now through mid-March. Rates: $10 adults; $9 kids, seniors and military; $6 skate rentals. 

Canal Park Ice Rink (202 M Street, SE) -- If you're looking to spice up your skating experience, check out College Night on Thursdays, Rock n Skate on Fridays or Cartoon Skate on Saturdays. Open now through mid-March. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids, seniors and military; $5 skate rentals. Two admissions for the price of one on Tuesdays. 


MARYLAND:

Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza (8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring) -- This covered (but outdoor) rink is smack in the middle of downtown Silver Spring. After you're done skating, explore the surrounding restaurants and shops. Open now through March 25. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids and adults 55 and older; $4 skate rentals.

Skating at the Square (131 Gibbs St., Rockville) -- Take a twirl on the ice at Rockville Town Square, just steps away from plenty of restaurants and shops if you need to warm up afterward. Open daily including all holidays. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids and seniors; $4 skate rentals.

VIRGINIA:

Pentagon Row Ice Outdoor Skating Plaza (1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington) -- Grab your friends and skate adjacent to the Pentagon City area's abundant restaurants and stores. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids and adults 55 and older; $4 skate rentals.

Tysons Corner Ice Rink (1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean) -- Right outside the Tysons Corner Center, step into a wintry world... with a Shake Shack conveniently right next to the rink for when you're in need of sustenance. Open now through early March. Rates: $10 adults; $9 kids, seniors and military; $6 skate rental.

The Loy E. Harris Pavilion (9201 Center St., Manassas) -- Take a spin on the ice in Old Town Manassas. Opens Nov. 25. Rates: $8 adults; $7 kids age 10 and younger; $6 skate rentals.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion (1818 Discovery St., Reston) -- The outdoor pavilion at the Reston Town Center will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit. You may want to arrive a little bit early to check out all the nearby shopping. Open now through mid-March, Rates: $10 adults; $9 kids under 12 and adults 55 and older; $6 skate rental.



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<![CDATA[Bao Bao's Last Day in DC: Your Zoo Visit Survival Guide]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:22:18 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/30294433602_3682756444_k.jpg Planning to visit the National Zoo's 3-year-old giant panda before she makes her grand farewell? Monday's your last chance! Read on for our tips on making the most of your visit.

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<![CDATA[National Parks Free for Presidents Day]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:35 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/204*120/harpers-ferry_80300179.jpg

If entrance fees stopped you from visiting a national park in the past, now’s your chance to experience the beauty for free.

National parks will be free Monday in honor of Presidents Day.

The "fee-free" day cover entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. While no entrances fees will be collected, camping and tour fees may still apply.

Here's a list of Maryland and Virginia national parks you can explore for free this upcoming weekend (bonus: the forecast looks sunny!):

Maryland

  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Fort Washington Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Virginia

  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Shenandoah National Park

Find the full list of participating parks here.



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<![CDATA[13 Ways to Enjoy DC's Spring-Like Weather This Long Weekend]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:53:31 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482995765.jpg

Last weekend was supposed to be a mini-spring here in DC... but Mother Nature didn't quite deliver. That's OK, though, because it looks like she'll redeem herself this weekend!

Storm Team4 predicts temps will be in the upper 60s both Saturday and Sunday.

Here's a roundup of some fun ways to enjoy this weekend's unusual February warmth.

Get some exercise:

  • Roosevelt Island Parkrun: Lace up your sneakers and head outside to burn some calories. Parkrun offers free weekly 5Ks on Roosevelt Island. You can get your exercise in on Saturday at 9 a.m.! Register online here just once and you'll be able to participate in any parkrun, anywhere! There are also weekly parkruns in Fletcher's Cove and College Park.
  • Free Entrance Day at National Parks: Entrance fees will be waived on Presidents Day at national parks across the country to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday! Go for an invigorating hike or a leisurely stroll at nearby favorites such as Harpers Ferry, Shenandoah or maybe even Assateague Island National Seashore.

Visit a Market:

  • Union Market: This favorite D.C. hotspot is the perfect place to grab lunch with a friend this weekend. Bonus: Union Market will be open on Presidents Day! Find the list of hours and vendors at Union Market's website.
  • Eastern Market: This Capitol Hill treasure is a hub for food, art and community events. Vendors and special items are highlighted here.
  • FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, you can scope out some delicious produce, pastries, desserts or anything else you may crave. Just take a quick Metro ride to the Dupont Circle stop and check out this massive, award-winning farmer's market.

Check out a museum (or the zoo):

  • Smithsonian National Zoo: Visit Bao Bao, one of D.C.'s favorite giant pandas, before she leaves for China on Feb. 21. Admission to the zoo is free; the zoo is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We've put together a zoo visit survival guide for what will likely be a busy weekend there.
  • The Newseum: Calling all news junkies! This interactive museum has several new exhibits that will spark curiosity in people of all ages. Be sure to check out the "1967: Civil Rights at 50" exhibit, 'Louder Than Words," a tribute to rock and roll's political and social influence, or the Top 10 VR Videos of the Month. General admission tickets are $24.95 plus tax.
  • Tudor Place: This National Historic Landmark and former home to descendants of the Washington family features a collection of artifacts from George Washington. This month, visitors can tour the house for $1 in celebration of the first president's birthday! Reserve a tour in advance online here.

Go Ice Skating:

If you're clinging to that winter feeling despite the warmer temperatures, rent some skates and hit the ice. Spend an afternoon at one of D.C.'s ice rinks.

  • National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink: This outdoor rink is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for adults is $8.50 and skate rentals are $3.
  • The Washington Harbour Ice Rink: This rink will be particularly fun on Saturday night from 8 to 10 p.m., with the weekly Rock N Skate. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults with a $6 skate rental.
  • Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating: You can skate before or after shopping and dining in Pentagon City; the rink is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 and skate rentals are $4.
  • Find more local ice rinks here.

Eat Some Good Food: 



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<![CDATA[Alexandria Restaurant Week Kicks Off ]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:59:19 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/volas_Interior_JeremyBrandt-Vorel.jpg

Couldn't make it to D.C. Restaurant Week? Here's one way to solve your sadness: Head to Alexandria, where 70 local eateries are participating in Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week, now through Feb. 26.

Local spots are serving up $35 three-course dinners for one and $35 dinners for two. In addition, 30 spots are also offering lunch specials for $10-$20 per person.

Participating restaurants are located throughout the city, including in Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and West End.

Five new restaurants are taking part in the 10-day event, including Vola's Dockside Grill and Northside 10. Other participating spots include Live Oak, BRABO, Carluccio's and Dos Amigos.

This year's Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week has the largest restaurant lineup since the event's launch in 2009, planners said. You can make reservations online here.



Photo Credit: Jeremy Brandt-Vorel for Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge]]>
<![CDATA[Newborn Giraffe Makes Arrival at Maryland Zoo]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:31 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/imageedit_2_9930206276.jpg

The Maryland Zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe to their giraffe herd.  

Born Feb. 6, the little one is the first giraffe to be born at the zoo in Baltimore in more than 20 years. Measuring 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing about 125 pounds, the zoo has a very healthy and strong girl.

The reticulated giraffe calf was born to four-year-old Juma and 11-year-old Caesar, the zoo said Thursday. Juma went into labor at about 3 p.m. and the calf was born at 4:35 p.m.

"Standing is one of the first major milestones for a newborn giraffe, and she was able to fully stand on her own in just 50 minutes," Erin Cantwell, mammal collection and conservation manager, said in a statement.

"It's safe to say that we were all silently cheering her on and were very excited to see her up on four legs," Cantwell said.

Juma is a first-time mother. Cantwell said she is an amazing mother and her instincts are on target: "She is very attentive and has been very patient with the calf as she learns to nurse."

The mother and calf are bonding well and appear to be settling into their new life, she said.

Zoo guests won't be able to see Juma and her baby right away, because staff members want to observe the two together and see their interactions with the rest of the herd in a quiet setting, Cantwell said.

The other giraffes are curious about the new baby, she said.

The tallest species on the planet, reticulated giraffes are one of nine recognized subspecies of giraffe. The worldwide giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in the last 30 years, the zoo said in Thursday's press release.

In 2016, all giraffe subspecies were put on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's red list of threatened and endangered species worldwide, calling the giraffes "vulnerable," the zoo said.

For updates on Juma and her new baby, and to have a chance to help name the calf, visit the zoo's Facebook page



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<![CDATA[Newborn Giraffe Makes Arrival at Maryland Zoo]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:17:00 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*266/_JFB1258.jpg

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<![CDATA[When Will the Cherry Blossoms Bloom? Think March, Not April!]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:17:11 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AP_850720194179-blosson.jpg

Sure, it's still winter, but unseasonably warm temperatures are making it feel like spring some days. Even better, the mild winter may bring an early cherry blossom bloom to D.C., a National Park Service (NPS) spokesman said Tuesday.

The warm winter will likely get the blossoms to bloom in the last week of March -- unless we get a lot of snow or a major cold snap, Mike Litterst of the NPS said Tuesday.

The cherry trees' blooming period is directly related to weather, which makes it notoriously difficult to forecast precise peak bloom dates more than 10 days in advance.

"Like you know, it's dependent on the weather," Litterst told Storm Team4's Chuck Bell. "If you can tell me exactly what the high temperature's going to be for the next six weeks, we'll tell you exactly when the trees are going to bloom, but that's a little bit of a challenge."

Peak bloom is officially considered the day when 70 percent of the Yoshino Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin are in bloom. Of course, they're plenty gorgeous even before peak bloom, so the week or two leading up to it are also full of beautiful views.

Experts at the NPS monitor the five stages of bud development closely to create the most accurate peak bloom prediction. The NPS makes at least one official prediction of peak bloom dates each year and sometimes later revises that date.

The blooming period kicks off when the flowers begin developing as green buds; then florets become visible. The florets become extended, which is followed by a stage known as peduncle elongation. Once the cherry blossoms reach the puffy white stage, we know peak bloom is around the corner.

Because of the delicate growth process, even the slightest weather change could alter or halt cherry blossom development. According to the National Park Service, cool and calm weather can make the bloom period last longer, but rainy or windy conditions could bring an abrupt end to the already fleeting bloom period. Snow could completely prevent the trees from blooming.

Average peak bloom is usually the last week of March or the first week of April, Litterst said. Peak bloom last year fell on March 25.

The latest peak bloom in D.C. was April 18 (1958), while the earliest was March 15 (1990). Both dates were a result of unusual weather.

The National Park Service will continue to provide updates as they get closer to predicting the 2017 peak date.

If the blossoms do peak in the last week of March, they'll dovetail nicely with the Cherry Blossom Festival. Although the dates don't always quite match up, this year, the festival will run from March 20 to April 16.



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<![CDATA[First Passes for 'Infinity Mirrors' Exhibit Now Available]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:48:23 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/021017+yayoi+kusama+art.jpg

Free timed passes for the artist Yayaoi Kusama's much-anticipated exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden became available at noon Monday. 

The Japanese artist's exhibit, "Infinity Mirrors," opens at the museum on the National Mall Feb. 23. Members of the general public can get tickets on the museum's website. Subscribers to the museum's email newsletter were able to make online reservations an hour early.

"Infinity Mirrors" will feature six of Kusama's iconic kaleidoscopic spaces, the most to ever be featured together, according to the museum. A number of Kusama's other works, such as paintings and her "Pumpkin" statue, also will be on display. 

An artist and a novelist, Kusama started using mirrors in her work in 1965. She has created more than 20 infinity mirror rooms, according to the museum. The rooms and Kusama's other works have received worldwide admiration.

The Hirshhorn is releasing these timed passes because large crowds are expected to visit the exhibit. The rooms are small, despite their captivating illusion of infinity.

The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

After Monday, free passes to the exhibit will be available every Monday at noon. The exhibit will be on view until May 14. A limited number of same-day passes will be available at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden]]>
<![CDATA[10 Valentine's Day Weekend Getaway Ideas]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:24:50 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/boards+head+resort1.jpg Need to get away? We've got you. Check out these local resorts and hotels that are definitely worth a special Valentine's Day trip.

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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Baltimore ]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:55:37 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Aquarium.png

If you're looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month outside the D.C. area, several events celebrating the contributions of African-Americans are being held just an hour north in Baltimore, Maryland.

From attractions at the National Aquarium to cruises on the Patapsco River, Charm City has a lot of ways to celebrate while you learn something new. 

We've rounded up a list of five fun things you can do this month: 

1. The National Aquarium's Black History Month Celebration

On Friday, the National Aquarium is hosting an evening of family fun. From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., you can watch live performances and learn how African Americans have contributed to the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime and seafood industries. You’ll also learn the role African-Americans play in shaping the industry’s future. 

The event will include hands-on activities like oyster tonging. All of the festivities are included in your half-price Friday night admission ticket. Click here for more information.

2. Bob Marley's Birthday Soul Shakedown 

Celebrate reggae legand Bob Marley's birthday at a concert in Charm City. The annual dance party will be held Feb. 4 at Creative Alliance on Eastern Avenue. Creative Alliance is a nonprofit that promotes art in the city.

See-I, a reggae band founded by two brothers, will perform some of their hit songs. Local DJs Papa WaBe and Papa T will also be at the party. Jamaican food will be available for purchase. 

Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are on sale for $18. If you're a member of Creative Alliance, discount tickets are available for $15. 

3. Picturing Frederick Douglass

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is hosting "Picturing Frederick Douglass" as a part of its genealogy and history series. On Feb. 4, John Stauffer of Harvard University will examine Douglass' work and fight for African-American representation through 50 years of photographs. 

Admission to the event is included with your museum ticket. Tickets to the museum are $8 for general admission and $6 for senior citizens and children. Because the event is on the first weekend of February, you can get in for free if you are a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit holder by showing your card and ID at the door.  

4. Creativity Exchange - Intersection Between Black Artists and Black-Owned Businesses 

The Baltimore Museum of Art is inviting you to a day of discussion and networking at the Creativity Exchange on Feb. 11 from noon to 5 p.m.

Do you own a business? You can learn how to brand yourself and connect with customers during a workshop at 12:30 p.m. Because space for this workshop is limited, you'll need to RSVP in advance. 

You can also listen to a panel discussion about how to develop innovative projects. 

Throughout the day, afro-punk jewelry, bath and body products and apparel will be available for purchase at a vendor fair. The event is open to the public. 

5. Black History Month Lunch Cruise 

Cruise the Patapsco River during a 2-hour cruise Feb. 25. Spirit Cruises is hosting the Black History Month lunch cruise.

Participants can dine on a delicious buffet and enjoy beautiful river views while learning about important black history moments in the city. 

Tickets are available for $46.90, but if you want a better view, you can purchase a seat at a window table for $61.90. T

These are just some of the Black History Month celebrations happening in Baltimore. Check out other exciting events here! 

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<![CDATA[Broccoli City Festival Returns With Star-Studded Lineup]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:01:18 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Broccoli-City-Festival-Edited.jpg

The festival that brings hip-hop, trap and soul music to D.C. while promoting sustainable, healthy living is headed back to town.

Broccoli City has announced an all-star lineup for its fifth annual festival in D.C. this spring.

Rae Sremmurd -- the duo behind "Black Beatles," which set off the viral mannequin challenge -- will hit the stage with singer Solange and rapper 21 Savage. AlunaGeorge, a London-based duo, will also perform, along with Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty. Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow and Sir the Baptist are among the other artists set to perform.

The Broccoli City Festival will be held May 6 at Gateway DC, an outdoor, state-of-the-art pavilion in the Congress Heights area. The venue houses a green space, complete with a vegetated roof, as well as a cafe and a 1-acre park.

Events leading up to the concert include a 5K run April 29 and Broccoli City All Night, an art and music pop-up in D.C.'s Ivy City neighborhood on May 4.

Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m.; general sale begins Friday at 10 a.m.

Broccoli City originated as an organic T-shirt company, but has since expanded to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle in urban communities.

Co-founder Brandon McEachern was inspired to start the movement when he noticed that fast food restaurants were easier to find than grocery stores in South Central Los Angeles. In 2010, McEachern and his friend Marcus Allen began hosting block parties in L.A. They first brought the unique festival to D.C. on Earth Day in 2013 with the goal of promoting an environmentally sustainable lifestyle through music.

Past festivals have included the iconic Erykah Badu and Willow Smith, along with local D.C. artists such as Goldlink and Reesa Renee.



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<![CDATA[14 Fun Ways to Soak Up This Weekend's Warm Weather in DC]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:28:35 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482995765.jpg

Has spring sprung?

Not permanently, but Storm Team4 predicts this weekend will have warmer weather than normal in the DMV. Temps will be in the upper 50s and 60s on Saturday and Sunday, with some evening showers Sunday night.

After a week of drastic weather changes, we've rounded up some of the best ways to make the most of a beautiful February weekend.

Go For a Run:

  • Cupid's Undie Run: Take advantage of the warm weather and... go for a run in your underwear? Hey, it's for a good cause. All proceeds from Saturday's run will benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation and support neurofibromatosis research. The one-mile "brief run" (get it??) starts on 14th Street at 3 p.m. but celebrations kick off at 1 p.m. Register for the Undie Run online here.
  • Roosevelt Island Parkrun: Want to go for a run, but not super jazzed about doing so in your underwear? No problem. Parkrun offers free weekly 5Ks on Roosevelt Island. You can get your exercise in on Saturday at 9 a.m.! Register online here just once and you'll be able to participate in any parkrun, anywhere! There are also weekly parkruns in Fletcher's Cove and College Park.

...Or a Dip?

  • Freezin' for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip: If you're craving summer and feeling bold enough to go swimming this weekend, this is for you. The money raised from this charity swim will help send families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses. If you're not into the full-body swim, that's OK! You can participate in the "Chicken Dip" and just get your toes wet! Extra perk: Participants who raise $100 will each receive a T-shirt. Take the plunge Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Reston Community Center in Reston, Virginia. Register or donate online here.

Visit a Market:

  • Winter Warmer at Glen’s Garden Market: This free annual event celebrates everyone's favorite feel-good winter treats and local businesses! Snack on some fried chicken biscuits or sip on some hot chocolate as you mingle at the Shaw location. Vendors include Vigilante Coffee, Harper Macaw, Cakelove and Prescription Chicken. The market is this Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m.; find more info online here.
  • Union Market: This favorite D.C. hotspot will have pop-up vendors in anticipation of Valentine's Day. Capital Candy Jar and Union Kitchen's DreamBites will satisfy your chocolate cravings, while Mallory Shelter's Valentine's jewelry may be a gift option for your loved one! Find a list of hours and other vendors at Union Market's website.
  • Eastern Market: This Capitol Hill treasure is a hub for food, art and community events. This weekend, vendors will have Valentine's Day-themed goodies, such as heart-shaped ravioli and rose and violet bath bombs! Vendors and special items are highlighted here.
  • FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market: From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, you can scope out some delicious produce, pastries, desserts or anything else you may crave. Just take a quick Metro ride to the Dupont Circle stop and check out this massive, award-winning farmer's market.

Check out a museum (or the zoo):

  • The Newseum: Calling all news junkies! This interactive museum has several new exhibits that will spark curiosity in people of all ages. Be sure to check out the "1967: Civil Rights at 50" exhibit, 'Louder Than Words," a tribute to rock and roll's political and social influence, or the Top 10 VR Videos of the Month. General admission tickets are $24.95 plus tax.
  • Tudor Place: This National Historic Landmark and former home to descendants of the Washington family features a collection of artifacts from George Washington. This month, visitors can tour the house for $1 in celebration of the first president's birthday! Reserve a tour in advance online here.
  • National Postal Museum: If you're looking for something fun to do with your kids this weekend, head to the museum's Valentine's Day Card Workshop! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, your little ones can make handmade cards and send them with a special postmark from the Postal Museum. Find more information online here.
  • Smithsonian National Zoo: Visit Bao Bao, one of D.C.'s favorite giant pandas, before she leaves for China! Admission to the zoo is free; the zoo is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Keep in mind that the Asia Trail (Bao Bao's home) will be closed to the public 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday for a special event.

Go Ice Skating:

If you're clinging to that winter feeling despite the warmer temperatures, rent some skates and hit the ice with your Valentine. Spend an afternoon at one of D.C.'s ice rinks.

  • National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink: This outdoor rink is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for adults is $8.50 and skate rentals are $3.
  • The Washington Harbour Ice Rink: This rink will be particularly fun on Saturday night from 8 to 10 p.m. with the weekly Rock N Skate. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults with a $6 skate rental.
  • Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating: You can skate before or after shopping and dining in Pentagon City; the rink is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $9 and skate rentals are $4.



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<![CDATA[Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:49:44 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-633510168_master.jpg Crowds gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see whether their celebrity groundhog would see his shadow and predict six more weeks of winter.

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<![CDATA[This Underground Art Show Is Serving Pancakes and Booze]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:59:22 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_561903061.jpg

This is not a drill: You can get all the pancakes you want at an underground art exhibit... for a whopping $5 to $10.

The Pancakes and Booze Art Show highlights the work of local artists, photographers, DJs and bands -- as well as that free pancake bar -- through the wee hours this Thursday night, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Big Chief (2002 Fenwick St. NE) will be hosting Pancakes and Booze; this New Orleans-inspired venue is home to three bars, including one on the rooftop. On Thursday, it will also be filled with great art, drinks and positive vibes.

Besides pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes, the showcase will include live music, body painting and regular ol' (i.e., non-body) painting.

Pancakes and Booze has been held in more than 30 cities worldwide since 2009. You must be at least 21 to attend, so don't forget to bring your ID. 

Admission is $5 cash at the door, or $10 for a skip-the-line VIP pass.



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<![CDATA[National Harbor Restaurant Week Kicks Off Jan. 14]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:10:01 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_538664995.jpg

Can't wait for this year's D.C. Restaurant Week? Here's a little pre-game:National Harbor Restaurant Week is coming up this Saturday, running from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20.

Twelve of National Harbor's 30+ dining spots will be participating in the event, offering $20 two-course lunches and $38 three-course dinners.

Participating restaurants include Bond 45, Rosa Mexicano and Sauciety at The Westin.

You can also make a mini-trip out of your time at National Harbor: Bring your receipt to the Capital Wheel to get two tickets for $22 or four tickets for $44, or show a receipt at Bobby McKey's for free general admission.

Created in 2010, National Harbor Restaurant Week features many restaurants located along the waterfront. You can make lunch or dinner reservations online here.



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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2017 Harbin Ice Festival in China]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:50:24 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-630944498-harbin.jpg In frigid northeast China, one city kicks off the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which began on Jan. 4, 2017. It is one of the world's largest ice and snow festivals, an annual event that last year drew more than a million visitors.

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<![CDATA[U2 to Play Full 'Joshua Tree' Album on Stadium Tour ]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:03:16 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/u2band.jpg

U2 will play the entirety of its classic 1987 album, "The Joshua Tree," at each stop during a summer stadium tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.

Powered by singles "With or Without You," ''Where The Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," ''The Joshua Tree" became the band's first chart-topping album in the U.S. and has sold 25 million copies worldwide.

The North American leg of the tour kicks off May 12 in Vancouver and wraps up on July 1 in Cleveland, before heading to Europe. The tour includes a June stop at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.

Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will alternate opening for U2 on the North American leg.



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<![CDATA[Brunch Is on the Menu for DC Restaurant Week]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:37:20 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_546263887.jpg

Rejoice, brunch lovers (meaning, pretty much everyone)! The next Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will include great deals on brunch for the first time at participating restaurants.

Restaurants across the region will offer $22 brunches, $22 lunches and multi-course $35 dinners during the week organized by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

D.C. Restaurant Week runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 5. Check out the full list of participating spots online here. Restaurants include 1789, Filomena, Graffiato, the Melting Pot and SAX. 

The Restaurant Association will also be rolling out a new rewards program for those who book reservations through their website and opt in to receive exclusive deals on meals. Some of the prizes include tickets to local food-related events and restaurant gift cards.



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<![CDATA[Aquarium in NJ Welcomes Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:36:57 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Adventure+Aquarium+Loggerhead+Sea+Turtle+Hatchling.jpg
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<![CDATA[10 Sensational NY Theater Performances of 2016]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:37:45 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/BestOf2016Theater.png
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<![CDATA[Welcoming 2017: Your Ultimate NYE Roundup]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:11:41 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_439117372.jpg

It’s time to ring in the New Year, so why not make it fun?

Leave 2016 behind with these dining options, parties, clubs and family-themed events in the D.C. area:

DINING

Enjoy these dining deals on New Year’s night, ranked by price. The cheapest deals are listed towards the top while the pricier menus are at the bottom:

Declaration

Join recent Food Network "Chopped" champion Demetrio Zavala at Declaration in the Shaw neighborhood for two New Year’s Eve menus. A 3-course meal will cost you $35 while a 4-course meal will run $45.

Teddy & the Bully Bar

Teddy & the Bully Bar is offering dining, entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast during its New Year's Eve event. Guests can enjoy a 5-course meal for $50 or a 6-course meal for $70.

Slate Wine Bar and Bistro

Slate’s 5-course meal is $60, plus an additional $30 for wine pairings. Reservations at the Glover Park restaurant are available starting at 5 p.m.

Ambar

Savor unlimited plates of Ambar's signature Balkan cuisine as you ring in the new year. The restaurant, located on 8th Street in Southeast, offers three different seating options, ranging in price from $69 to $99.

Lincoln

Lincoln restaurant on Vermont Avenue NW, the sister restaurant to Teddy & the Bully Bar, will also be offering dining and entertainment for $70 per person.

Whaley’s DC

Whaley’s in Southeast D.C. is offering a 4-course meal for $75 on New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy the seafood-packed menu as they celebrate the new year.

Rastika

If Indian food is your favorite, try Rastika for New Year’s Eve. The restaurant has two locations in D.C.-- one on D Street NW and one on New Hampshire Avenue NW. The restaurant's special NYE dinner costs $85.

Boqueria DC

If you’re looking for unlimited tapas and drinks, Boqueria is the place for you. Earlier seating is $90 per person and later seating is $135 per person.

Chez Billy Sud

Feeling French? Enjoy a dinner straight from southern France at Georgetown’s Chez Billy Sud. The three course meal costs $95 per person.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar

Meat lovers will appreciate the carnivorous selection at DBGB on H Street NW. The NYE gala menu begins at 7:30 and costs $95 for four courses.

Del Campo

Sample the flavors of Latin America with Del Campo's New Year's tasting menu. The special dinner at the downtown restaurant costs $110 per person.

Proof DC

Countdown to 2017 with a 5-course chef’s tasting menu at wine-centric Proof on G Street NW. Dinner costs $125 per person or $195 with wine pairings.

Fiola

Celebrate 2017 with award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi's "Decadence Menu of Celebration" at the sophisticated Fiola restuarant on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Four courses and dessert cost $175.

Minibar

It's a splurge, but Minibar on E Street NW is one of the top rated restaurants in D.C.-- it's got two Michelin starts. Chef Jose Andres' NYE dinner will set you back between $300 and $550.

CLUBS/PARTIES

If you want to dance 2016 away, check out these parties and clubs, ranked by ticket price:

A Clockwork Brixton

This party won’t break the bank with a $25 admission fee (although there’s no open bar). You can catch deals on food and drink, however, from 8-10 p.m. The party will go down at Brixton on U Street.

Black Cat's New Year's Eve Ball

For $30, you can dance the night away at The Black Cat on 14th Street NW. Performer Peaches O'Dell and her Orchestra will be rocking out as the clock strikes midnight.

Back in the Day 90s New Year’s Eve Party

Feeling nostalgic? Throw it back to the 90s at the Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan and enjoy dancing, a champagne toast, appetizers and more. Tickets start at $35.

Destination Cuba at Cuba Libre

Take an exotic trip to Cuba over New Year’s Eve-- well, almost. Cuba Libre is ringing in the new year with a Cuba themed bash. Regular admission is $35. Want to enjoy an open bar? That will cost you $100.

Silent Disco - Embassy Row Hotel

Throw on a pair of wireless headphones and dance to your own beat at this silent disco at the Embassy Row Hotel. Included in your ticket are headphone rentals and a complimentary sparkling wine toast. Additional drinks and food are available for purchase. Ticket prices range from $40 to $50.

Maskquerade Party at A-Town Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a shindig in Arlington, check out the party at A-Town Bar and Grill. The $42 admission will get you three drinks and party favors at this masked costume celebration.

Midnight in Paris

Enjoy a Parisian evening at the Malmaison DC in Georgetown. The evening includes a DJ, a one-hour open bar and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets start at $50.

Let’s Get Lucky Party at Kelly’s Irish Times

Celebrate St. Patty’s a little early-- Kelly’s Irish Times near Union Station is throwing an Irish themed New Year’s bash. Tickets start at $53 for this open-bar party.

White Tie Wonderland

Join D.C. art group Art Soiree for their New Year’s Eve gala at The Graham Georgetown. Eat, drink and be merry atop the rooftop bar-- don’t worry, it will be heated and covered. Tickets start at $75, but you can snag limited earlybird tickets for $50.

New Year's Eve Roaring 20s Bash

Be transported back to the 1920s and dance the night away to a live jazz band at Ri Ra Georgetown. Guests are encouraged to come in costume, with prizes for the best period costume. Ticket prices range from $90 to $120.

6th Annual Downtown Countdown at the Hilton

Joonburg.com will be hosting their 6th annual downtown countdown at the Washington Hilton. The event will include an open bar, buffet and performances by Bowling for Soup, EC Twins, the Rockets and more. Tickets start at $99.

International Club of DC

Travel around the world with the International Club’s New Year’s Eve gala. Each ballroom at the Marriott Marquis will represent a different destination. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, an open bar and dining. Tickets start at $105.

Spy Gala

Turn into a secret agent for the 15th annual International SPY Gala on New Year’s Eve. Dress in your best spy-themed ensemble and enjoy a buffet, drinks, balloon drops, dancing and more. Tickets prices range from $109 to $400.

Tony and Joe's River Bash

Come down to the Georgetown waterfront for a riverside bash. The event includes live music, appetizers and open bars. Tickets are $110, with $10 off for groups of 10 or more.

Prohibition NYE DC

Held at a secret location, this party is a nod to bygone days of flappers, speakeasies and bootleg debauchery. Tickets for this glamorous celebration start at $115.

Big Night DC at the Gaylord

Spend your New Year's Eve at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort for their Big Night DC. Their party this year includes dance floors, bars and a midnight countdown. Ticket prices range from $119 to $340.

Cocktail Countdown at the Mead Center for American Theater

Join Drink the District for a cocktail extravaganza at the Mead Center. Take advantage of the open bar and try a new signature cocktail every hour. Keep your stomach lined with food from the dinner buffet or mix things up with a hand-rolled cigar from the cigar bar.

New Year's Eve at the Watergate Hotel

Dine, drink and party with a live DJ at the Watergate Hotel. The New Year’s Eve countdown will be televised at the event. Tickets are $160.

W Washington Hotel - Roaring New Year

The W in Washington, D.C., invites you back to the 1920s for their New Year’s Eve party. Guests can dine at either POV or Pinea Restaurant, enjoy an open bar and dance the Charleston. Tickets are $299 per person.

Bar 7 DC

Dress in your best upscale attire, gather your crew and enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres at Bar 7. Tickets prices range from $400 to $1500 for groups ranging for four to 15 people.

FAMILY FUN

Bring the kids out to these family-friendly events:

Noon Yards Event at The Yards DC

If the little ones can’t stay up for the real ball drop, count down with them at noon on Saturday at The Yards DC. Admission is free. There will be face painting, crafts, inflatables and a balloon drop.

First Night Alexandria

Bring the whole family for a night of local entertainment, activities for the kidsand fireworks over the Potomac in Alexandria. It’s $30 per adult and free for kids under 12.

Watch Night - Falls Church

Enjoy a night of entertainment in downtown Falls Church with the whole family. There will be food trucks, live performances, obstacle courses, balloon artists and more. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m.

First Night Winchester

Winchester will host their First Night celebration with performances, face painting, crafting, fireworks and more. Buttons are $10 per person and free for kids under 10.

Downtown 31

Celebrate the end of the year in downtown Fredericksburg. This year’s event will include food, activities and a ping-pong ball drop.

First Night Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia, will host their First Night for the 24th year. The event this year includes performances, food vendors, fireworks and more. Adult admission buttons are $20 and kid's wristbands are $10.

New Year’s Eve Spectacular - Baltimore

There’s a lot for families to do jat Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The New Year's Eve Spectacular will include live music, fireworks and ice skating.

BEST BRUNCH ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

What better way to celebrate the first day of 2017 than to get brunch? Trust us, you’ll need it! Check out these restaurants offering brunch on New Year’s Day:

Dino's Grotto

Don’t worry about getting up early because Dino’s Grotto opens for brunch at noon and serves bottomless brunch at $29 until 4 p.m.

Lincoln

Enjoy unlimited mimosas and brunch for $49 in your pajamas at Lincoln. The customer with the best pajamas will get a $100 gift card.

Watergate Hotel New Year's Day Brunch

Try brunch at the Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel for $110 per person and $55 for kids.

Medium Rare - PJ Brunch

You don’t have to change out of your pajamas to go to Medium Rare for brunch on New Year’s Day.

The Front Page

Enjoy bottomless mimosas, champagne and a buffet at The Front Page. Brunch will also be served on New Year’s Eve.

Lavagna

Start off your New Year on a fresh foot with a locally sourced Italian brunch at Lavagna on 8th Street SE.



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<![CDATA[Tour MGM's Casino, Restaurants, Christmas Decor]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:48 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMG_4993edit.jpg Come take a sneak peek inside the MGM National Harbor before it opens Thursday night. More than 6,000 construction workers helped create the new casino, and around 4,000 jobs will be filled inside. Take a look at everything from the intricate interior design to the casino games and to the restaurants.

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<![CDATA[Seen at MGM National Harbor's Opening Night]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:23:11 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CroppedGettyImages-628684044+%281%29.jpg Didn’t make it to the opening night of MGM National Harbor? Check out some photos of the highlights!

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<![CDATA[Before You Go All In: Getting to MGM Nat'l Harbor]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:18:15 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MGM_National_Harbor_EXTERIOR_1216___Credit_Stephen_Wilkes.jpg

So, you want to check out the new MGM National Harbor resort and casino... but how do you get there? If you live in D.C., it might seem like a daunting task to get out to National Harbor. Even if you're not far, you may not want to deal with traffic or feel apprehensive about parking.

We've broken down what you need to know if you plan to test your luck at the tables, see a show or just relax in the massive resort after it opens Thursday night.

By car:

If you opt to drive there, here's the address for your GPS: 101 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill, Maryland. 

It's free to park your car yourself during the casino's opening period, although you'll have to pay in the future. The casino has a massive underground parking garage with five entrances and exits.

Valet parking is available 24 hours a day; it will cost $25 for up to 12 hours and $45 for 12 to 24 hours. Guests staying at the hotel who use valet parking will be able to drive in and out as they wish.

Taxi:

You can always take a taxi if you don't want to drive yourself. Use the designated pickup and dropoff area on Hotel Drive to call an Uber or Lyft. MGM has also partnered with Uber to offer guests the opportunity to share their ride with someone else.

Metrorail, Metrobus & The Bus:

If you're coming from D.C., you may not want to break the bank on a taxi rode. But if no one volunteers for DD duty, you can always take public transportation. You can catch Metrobuses that will take you to the casino directly from two different Metro stations.

From the King Street Metro station (Blue and Yellow lines), you can take the NH2 Metro Bus four stops to the MGM National Harbor stop. This is a new bus line implemented by Metro in October.

From the Southern Avenue Metro station (Green Line), take the NH1 Metro Bus four stops to the MGM National Harbor stop.

If you're coming from nearby, you can take TheBus, Prince George's County's bus service. Routes 35 and 35s have stops near the casino. Route 35 also comes from the Southern Avenue Metro station. TheBus accepts payment in cash or via SmarTrip card; fares are $1.25.

Water Taxi:

If you're feeling adventurous and want to take the scenic route, travel to the resort via water taxi. The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxis from Alexandria and the National Mall to National Harbor.



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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: A Reason for Any Season at Hillwood Estate]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:57:42 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/SJP_2061.jpg A visit to the former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood Estate in D.C. is never short on substance and style.

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<![CDATA[15 Christmas & Winter Weekend Getaways]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:55:37 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Lancaster+winter.jpg You could spend winter bundled up at home... or you could go to these spas, resorts, historic locations or even a water park! Check out our favorite winter getaways within easy driving distance from the D.C. area.

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<![CDATA[Vintage Ugly Sweater Store Rises From the Ashes]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:45:44 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017098087_1200x675_835348035538.jpg Meet the man responsible for many of the ugly Christmas sweaters you're seeing around town.]]> <![CDATA[Christmas Village Features Polar Playground]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:59:24 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/2016-12-16_0651.png If you're looking for some holiday fun for the entire family, McLean Bible Church may have the event for you. It's a walk-through attraction with a polar playground, family friendly rides and live entertainment. ]]> <![CDATA[MGM National Harbor Filled to Capacity on Opening Night]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:40:22 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Casino+Crowd.jpg

Less than an hour after opening its doors for the first time, the MGM National Harbor casino and resort filled to capacity -- and hundreds of people were still waiting to get inside.

Traffic going into the casino was backed up for miles and police shut down the Beltway Outer Loop exits 2A, 2B and 3B to National Harbor to relieve traffic on Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Those exits have since reopened.

The casino was set to open at 11 p.m., but officials decided to open the doors 30 minutes early after thousands of cars filled the MGM's parking lots and garages.

Just after 11 p.m., the MGM parking garage was full and all outdoor parking lots were filled a few of hours earlier.

Prince George's County police are asking drivers to keep an eye on their advice about traffic. The department has their own text message alert system, andNews4 will send alerts as well.

The $1.4 billion casino is expected to have a big impact on traffic and tourism in Prince George's County and the greater Washington, D.C. area. News4 is reporting live on the ground and in the air all night. 

Ahead of the grand opening, officials and the head of MGM said the luxurious resort and casino will pump money into Maryland and beyond.

"This wasn't about just getting our slice of the pie," MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said. "This is about growing gaming revenue in the State of Maryland and bringing more people into Maryland to spend their time and tourist dollars here." 

Gov. Larry Hogan said he expects that the impact will extend beyond Maryland. 

"We're going to bring a lot of money into Virginia and D.C., and it's really a project the state can be proud of," he said. 

Murren said he believes that MGM National Harbor would be "the most successful resort in the State of Maryland." 

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said the casino and resort will spark economic development.

"This says to businesses around the region that Prince George's County really is the place to be and the economic engine. This is just the start of it," he said. 

If you're not a fan of gambling, MGM says the casino still has lots to offer. There are 15 stores and several restaurants with well-known chefs, plus a full-service hotel and 3,000-seat theater. 

News4's Tracee Wilkins spotted actress Sarah Jessica Parker at the grand opening of her shoe store in the resort, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. 

MGM designed the Oxon Hill, Maryland, resort to complement the city of monuments across the Potomac River. It has a 308-room hotel and spa.

The casino is also home to a gambling floor "bigger than the White House'' and an art collection that includes a large welded collage by Bob Dylan. It is the singer and Nobel laureate's first work of art for a public space on permanent display. 

Many musical acts are heading to the stage at MGM. 

R&B group Boyz II Men will be the first artists to take the stage, on Dec. 15.

The iconic group won't be the only famous musical act performing at The Theater during the venue's inaugural month -- Lionel Richie (Dec. 22), Bruno Mars (Dec. 27) and Duran Duran (Dec. 31; Jan 1) also are on the roster.

Neighbor Jeffrey Fisher said looked forward to seeing the entire complex.

"It's all first-rate and it's all so exciting because we live in the neighborhood," he said. 

MGM hired more than 4,000 employees, many from Prince George's County.

"It's a great place to work, great place to be," employee and Suitland resident Deborah Brown said.

The casino will be open 24 hours.



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<![CDATA[Calling All Foodies: MGM National Harbor to Offer Top Restaurant Options]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:11:13 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marcus+restaurant+MGM+National+Harbor.jpg The long-awaited casino and resort opens to the public on Thursday, and will feature a seafood restaurant, steakhouse, the world's largest chocolate fountain and more! Options range from high-end dining to a casual sports bar and more affordable eateries. Chefs Jose Andres, Marcus Samuelsson and Frederick natives Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are some of the chefs bringing their cuisine to MGM.

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<![CDATA[15 DMV Concerts You Won't Want to Miss This Fall/Winter]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:14:16 -0500 Ticketmaster as of Thursday, Oct. 27. ]]> Ticketmaster as of Thursday, Oct. 27. ]]> //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-174775580.jpg Looking for some fun? Or maybe the perfect holiday gift? We checked local venues for the best concerts happening between now and the end of the year. (Didn't see your fave? Tweet us @DCscene!)

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<![CDATA[MGM Nat'l Harbor Casino Expects 30K Visitors Opening Night]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:15:36 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016983104_1200x675_826384451612.jpg Traffic will be a gamble due to the flood of cars pouring into the National Harbor. News4's Chris Gordon takes us inside a high-tech command center that hopes to keep traffic flowing.]]> <![CDATA[Georgetown GLOW Tucks Lighting Displays Into Neighborhood]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:31:16 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AetherAndHemera_OnTheWingsOfFreedom03.jpg Georgetown’s annual light art exhibition returns Friday, and this year you can check out the displays for a full month.

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<![CDATA[Panda House Reopens as Bei Bei Recovers From Surgery]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:34:18 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/15390974_10154742033417902_1490342462652870703_n.jpg

The National Zoo's panda cub, Bei Bei, is as cute as ever as he returns to the public eye Monday.

The zoo's panda house reopened to the public Monday after being closed for more than a week after the cub underwent emergency surgery to remove a masticated mass of bamboo from his intestine.

Bei Bei, who is 15 months old, is "recovering nicely" after the operation, the National Zoo said.



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<![CDATA[Universal Studios Adding Nintendo-Themed Area]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:11:50 -0500 //media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/11.29.16_Mario-Brothers-Universal.JPG

Get ready to power up.

Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Yoshi and the gang are heading to Universal Studios.

Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts jointly announced Tuesday that new attractions are coming to Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan as "expansive, highly themed environments."

"Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure," read the statement. "Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world."

A partnership between the Japanese game-maker and Universal Studios was announced last year.

The creative planning of the new attractions is already underway, the statement said, but no specifics about the possible rides or other attractions was released.

A timeline for construction and opening dates will come later from each of the individual parks.

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<![CDATA[15 Fall Getaways in Driving Distance of DC]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:40:26 -0500 plenty of things to do. Visitors can take advantage of guided tours (including ghost tours!), hiking trails, workshop classes and the historic park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. History buffs can plan their trip around live history event weekends. The town's Olde Tyme Christmas will feature live entertainment, kids' activities, and extended shopping hours, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 10-11. ]]> plenty of things to do. Visitors can take advantage of guided tours (including ghost tours!), hiking trails, workshop classes and the historic park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. History buffs can plan their trip around live history event weekends. The town's Olde Tyme Christmas will feature live entertainment, kids' activities, and extended shopping hours, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 10-11. ]]> //media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Harpers-Ferry-shutterstock_142198090.jpg We love everything about fall getaways: the stunning foliage, the apple treats, the steaming hot drinks... the fact that it's no longer 90 million degrees out. Yep, all of it! If you're ready to enjoy everything that the season's got to offer, check out our 15 favorite ideas for getting out of town and making the most of autumn.

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<![CDATA[11 Winter & Holiday Festivals Around the DC Area]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:31:45 -0500 When: Now through Jan. 1
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Maryland)
Price: $17- $36 (just for ICE!)
Through the holiday season into the New Year, experience Christmas at the Gaylord National Harbor, featuring options like ICE! (a nine-degree journey through international Christmas traditions), the Village of the North Pole, breakfast with Charlie Brown and friends, an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, a laser show, the Potomac Express Train and more. You'll find a complete winter wonderland close to home.]]>
When: Now through Jan. 1
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Maryland)
Price: $17- $36 (just for ICE!)
Through the holiday season into the New Year, experience Christmas at the Gaylord National Harbor, featuring options like ICE! (a nine-degree journey through international Christmas traditions), the Village of the North Pole, breakfast with Charlie Brown and friends, an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, a laser show, the Potomac Express Train and more. You'll find a complete winter wonderland close to home.]]>
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Make your holiday season even more merry with these local (and not-so-local) winter festival getaways.

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