The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo has inspired us to re-visit our resolutions to live a healthy lifestyle. It's easy this weekend with SO MANY free workout classes, cooking demos, health screenings... and that's just with NBC Washington at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center downtown.
Elsewhere, you can also celebrate Women's History Month, run a marathon, get a cheap refurbished bike and so much more.
Find a way to work a beer into your healthy lifestyle, though, because the St. Patrick's Day celebrations are about to begin.
Get Healthy NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center): Beat weekend laziness with free workout classes, advice from celebrity guests (including Olympic gold-medalist Haley Skarupa), prizes, activities for kids, cooking demonstrations and more. You can also get more than 25 different free health screenings or consultations for diabetes, sleep, vision, memory and nutrition. Also, there will be free food samples. Don’t miss it. A full guide is here.
Exercise your body and mind
Friday and Saturday night (various locations): One of the best workouts is having a dance party with your friends. If your neighbors aren’t friendly to the music, don’t lose hope.
U Street Music Hall hosts Stanton Warriors, Proxxy and Lantern on Friday night, a 21+ show that’s free before 11 p.m. On Saturday, Crooked Colours, Running Touch and Hazey Eyes take the stage for a show that’s $10 (or free if you’re over 21 and get in before 11 p.m.). Be prepared to wait in line during free admission.
Go back to the 60s with a vinyl dance party at Slash Run (free). Get witchy at The Coven DC, a $10 DJ dance party at Ten Tiger’s Parlor. Pay tribute to the very specific time period between 2000 and 2002 with a LCD Soundsystem/Hot Chip/Cut Copy night at DC9 ($5 in advance, $9 at the door).
Megastar Romeo Santos, the Dropkick Murphys and Ricardo Montaner are also playing this weekend. Here’s every upcoming concert you need to know about:
Saturday, 10 a.m. (Barney Circle): You don’t even need headphones for this run, as the Rock and Roll Marathon (or 5K race) is lined with DJs and musicians bringing the funk. The annual event benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Online pre-registration is closed, but walk-up registration will be available at the event’s expo, held at the DC Armory. Consider calling ahead to make sure there are still openings. After the race, participants will be treated to a free The Family Stone concert.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Penn Quarter): A new exhibit focusing on and challenging ideas of women in the home called "Women House" is opening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Admission is $10 for adults and free for youth under 18.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, various times (Penn Quarter): Get acquainted with one of D.C.’s most impressive buildings, the National Building Museum, through a free architecture tour. No RSVP needed.
Saturday, 1 p.m. (Capitol Hill): The Belmont-Paul Women's Equality Monument celebrates women’s fight for the right to vote, and rangers are delving into the roles of women during the first World War during a talk. It's free. (If you can't make it, there's another event on Sunday).
Saturday, 6 p.m. (Shaw): How do scientists find (or search for) habitable planets? How do you talk to someone about climate change? And how can Halloween costumes save endangered birds? To answer these questions, join Nerd Nite DC for a salon featuring accomplished female scientists at DC9 Nightclub. Tickets are $10.
Sunday, 11 a.m. (Downtown): Head to the Old Post Office for a walk called "Suffragists Rain on Wilson’s Parade," exploring the route along what could be called one of the original Women’s Marches. It's hosted by the National Park Service and is free.
Sunday, 11 a.m. (Downtown): Happy Norwuz! The Persian new year has come, and the Freer Sackler Galleries are celebrating with an all-ages festival. Storytelling, art, live music and food will accompany the gallery’s featured exhibitions. Admission is free.
Shop for your health
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Bloomingdale): For those of us who always say they want to buy a bike, Big Bear Cafe is hosting a refurbished bike sale. Prices for fixed-up bikes generally range from $250 to $350, with some cheaper and pricier options. You can also sip coffee house drinks and munch on locally-sourced food.
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Dupont Circle): The D.C.-based Little Wild Things City Farm, which specializes in microgreens, shoots, salads and other fresh foods, hosts a pop-up shop at Shop Made in DC.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, 12 p.m. (National Mall): News4’s own Pat Collins will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Spectators can watch for free along the parade route, which goes from 7th to 17th Streets on Constitution Avenue. Organizers suggest using Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial or Smithsonian Metro stops.
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (The Wharf): Ireland on The Wharf, hosted by Kirwan’s Irish Pub, features Irish music, beer gardens and dancers will take over The Wharf for a family-friendly (but also Guiness-friendly) day of pre-St. Patrick’s Day revelry. Bring on the craic.