What are you doing this weekend? We offer you a starting point:
- Whether you're planning your dream wedding or helping a friend, try out the bridal showcase at Urban Chic (1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Go for mini hair and makeup trials and browse designer dresses for the bride, bridesmaids and guests.You can even set up a private consultation with stylist Meredith Liberty. You'll get a gift bag for every $100 purchase, and make sure you enter the raffle for a bridal prize package and treats from Fluffy Thoughts Bakery. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; free.
- The National Capital Boat Show is at the Dulles Expo Center (4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va.) with 16 local boat dealers across Maryland and Virginia. You'll also find exhibits on water sports, safety equipment, marinas and more. Featured guests include Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong and wakeboarder Clayton Underwood. Have an old boat? Haul it in to trade up. Friday noon-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 for adults; free for those age 16 and younger.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9:
- Join ArtJamz (1742 Connecticut Ave. NW) for the opening of their new venue. Get access to unlimited paint, brushes, food and beer as you create a masterpiece to the music and meet new people. 7-10 p.m.; $65 or $45 for a pay-as-you-go bar option.
- In your luckiest (and sexiest) Irish outfit, head over to the Loft Warehouse (411 New York Ave NE) for the BOUND St. Paddling Patty's Celebration (link slightly NSFW). Dance to the styles of five different DJs including DJ Panic and DJ Cosmo. There will be free shamrock pasties given out and available drinks from bartender London Shadows. $25 cover for ages 18-20; $20 cover for age 21+. RSVP online for a discount. Wearing theme clothing also brings down the price (see website).
- "1776," the Tony Award-winning musical, opens at Ford's Theatre (511 10th St. NW). Based on the memoirs of the Founding Fathers, the play runs until May 19. 7:30 p.m.; $40-$85.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10:
- During Alchemy of Great Taste in Eastern Market's Great Hall, sip local beers from Chocolate City Brewery and nom food from Granville Moore's and Trusty's. The event benefits Tyler Elementary. You'll also find live music and dancing, raffles, auctions and more. Your admission includes unlimited food and drinks, and a commemorative tasting glass 7-11 p.m.; $50 in advance; $65 at the door.
- Come out and watch The Edge 2.0 Strongman Training Facility (607 S. Ball St., Arlington) hosts the second annual Capital Classic Strongman Challenge. Both men and women will compete by carrying, lifting, pressing and pulling massive weight to see who will be this year's toughest. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 adults; kids under 12 are free.
- Beauty products shop Bellacara (1000 King St., Alexandria) celebrates its 12th anniversary with a day of champagne, treats and sales . Get 15 percent off all purchases, and vendors from Alchimie Forever, Skinceuticals and Rilastil will be around to answer your beauty questions. Make an appointment if you want a makeup application (call 703-299-9652); your $45 fee will be redeemable in product.
- Chef John Critchley holds a cheese-making class at Urbana (2121 P St. NW). Learn how to make fromage blanc, mozzarella and haloumi while noshing on cheese and charcuterie. 3-5 p.m.; $40. Call 202-956-6650 to reserve a spot.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11
- Restaurant Three (2950 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington) is welcoming spring with their new Local Oyster Happy Hours. Every Sunday through May 3, Three will dish up the best oysters from the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River. Presented to customers in all forms -- shooters, on the half shell, sliders, Rockefeller, and stews -- the oysters will come with their own Southern twists. Enjoy drinks and some southern-inspired dishes! 5-9 p.m.; $3 beer specials; oyster specials $6-$15.
- Love to tell stories? End your weekend right at SpeakeasyDC’s Story Showdown. Stemming from the Capital Fringe Festival in 2010, host Rob Parker will oversee a competition of autobiographical stories and audience participation. As part of the “Words That Move Us” series at Dance Place (3225 8th St. NE), this edition of Story Showdown will feature four rounds of games, with contestants chosen randomly from the audience. The best part? Everyone is a winner! 7 p.m.; $12 with online code SHOWDOWNEXTRA; otherwise $22.
- You probably studied American history in school... and women's history, African-American history, European history... but have you ever thought about local culinary history? Now you can learn about the culinary history of D.C. with culinary historians. Explore traditional foods of D.C. and learn where their influence comes from, at Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services (4805 Edgemoor Road, Bethesda). 2:30-4:30 p.m.; free.
- Support Girls Rock! by shopping at Mimilah (1626 14th St. NW, upstairs). You'll get 20 percent off all items while the store spins classic "lady tunes." Girls Rock! is an organization devoted to helping girls in the D.C. area boost their confidence by learning to play instruments, sing and create digital music. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.