Here are some great ways to spend your weekend as spring finally approaches.
Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar
February 28 through April 21
1839 7th St. NW Washington, D.C.
Punxsutawney Phil said spring is coming earlier this year, and this new pop-up bar is proof — just don't look outside when it's set to snow on Friday. The D.C. hot spot has hosted various other themed bars in the past, featuring Game of Thrones, Royal Wedding and Christmas themes.
Now, the space has been transformed to revel in one of the District’s most prized assets. The Cherry Blossom Bar is covered in nearly 90,000 individual flowers cascading from the ceiling and canopying around the bar. Take in the beautiful atmosphere with a hot bowl of Japanese ramen and a sake cocktail. Don’t forget to snap a pic with the giant bowl of noodles built into the wall of the bar. Entry is free.
March 1 through June 30
3109 M St. NW Washington, D.C.
Love the idea of having a pet kitten but hate the idea of the responsibility? The new Kitten Lounge pop-up is a dream come true for you. The Crumbs & Whiskers and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue collaboration comes in time for Kitty Season, which they say is the time when shelters are overflowing with kittens.
The pop-up allows for visitors to buy an experience. It's 15 minutes for $15, 30 minutes for $20 or 75 minutes for $35. There is food and drink service available while you play with the kittens. Fall in love with one? Kitten Lounge encourages you to adopt it.
DC Whiskey Walk
Saturday, March 2, 12 to 10 p.m.
A ticket includes a 1 oz. pour of eight premium whiskeys at eight of Dupont Circle's most popular bars. There will be live bagpipers to set the mood as you enjoy specials on Guinness beer, food pairings and additional whiskey during the day’s event.
A portion of ticket sale will go to support local charities. Tickets cost between $65 and $129.
Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 2, 12:30 p.m.
King Street, Alexandria
Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a parade in Alexandria. There will be at least four sets of bagpipers, the Notre Dame Alumni Band, numerous Irish dance schools and over 100 additional parade units. The parade is organized by The Ballyshaners, an organization that promotes and preserves Irish heritage and culture. The parade is free to watch!
Atlas Intersections Festival
Through Saturday, March 2
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE Washington, D.C.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center’s annual Intersections Festival ends Saturday. The two weeks' worth of theatre, dance, poetry and other arts events wrap up this weekend with the Youth Summit. While entry is free, some performances of the District’s young artists will be ticketed.
Mardi Gras Celebration
Saturday, March 2, 2 to 6 p.m.
Wharf Street SW Washington, D.C.
Come down to the Wharf to begin your Mardi Gras celebrations. Bring New Orleans to you on as you watch the Mardi Gras parade, enjoy a dance party with live music from Junkyard Saints on District Pier and end the night with a fireworks finale at sunset. Floats in the parade will be designed by Wharf retailers and restaurants. There will also be arts and crafts opportunities for children. The event is free.
The Washington Ballet presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'
Through March 3
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW Washington, D.C.
Catch the last showings of the Washington Ballet’s "The Sleeping Beauty" on Saturday and Sunday. Washington Ballet Orchestra accompanies the production of the classic tale, directed by Julie Kent. Tickets range from $25 to $160.
D.C. United MLS 2019 Season Opener
Sunday, March 3, 6 p.m.
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Ave. SW Washington, D.C.
The Black and Red are home! Grab tickets to see the Major League Soccer 2019 opener at Audi Field on Sunday. D.C. United is up against Atlanta United on their home field. Ticket prices vary.