For Your Weekend: Oscar Watch Parties, Film Fests

Here are the best ways to spend your weekend in and around D.C.

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Film Festivals

2019 Architecture and Design Film Festival
Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24
National Building Museum
401 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Over the weekend, stop in at the National Building Museum to catch one of the dozens of films showing for this year’s Architecture and Design Film Festival. The films explore themes of social justice and diversity, as well as the work of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Albert Frey and Renzo Piano.

Tickets for each film are $12 for National Building Museum members, $5 for students and $15 for non-members. All access tickets are also available for $135.

Free Pick
Mother Tongue Film Festival
Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24
Various Locations

Thursday is International Mother Language Day, and it's also the kickoff of a  film festival highlighting indigenous and lesser-known languages.

This year’s Mother Tongue Film Festival will screen a variety of films across D.C. museums and gallery spaces. The film festival’s mission is to explore the power of language in the past, present and future. The films will screen as part of the events for the United Nations’ Year of Indigenous Languages campaign.

All of the screenings are free. You can see a list of all the films here.

The Hip-Hop Museum
Through Sunday, March 17
Blind Whino
700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC

Have you ever wanted to see DJ Kool’s personal turntable in real life before? Good news! The Hip-Hop Museum is sticking around for another month, and the turntable is waiting there for your eager eyes. The pop-up exhibit features over 500 pieces of signed memorabilia and gives a nod to the role of go-go music in the evolution of hip-hop.

Entry is free.

A few hip-hop legends were recently on hand at D.C.’s pop-up hip-hop museum in Southwest D.C. Here’s a look inside. 


National Margarita Day Deals

Stirred or shaken? We don't care. Here are a few places offering deals:

1606 20th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Grab $7 Mission Margaritas and $23 pitchers among other deals from 4 p.m. until close.

Los Tios Grill of Van Dorn
241 S. Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, Virginia

Happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Johnny Pistolas
2333 18th Street, Washington, D.C.

Margs start at $1 each from 4 p.m. to 4:59 p.m. and get pricier as the night goes on. You'll also find specials on some tacos.

El Tamarindo
1785 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Buy an entree and get margaritas for $2.22.

Free Pick
The Culture of Time and Space Exhibition Opening
6 to 8 p.m.
Korean Cultural Center
2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Korean media artist HyeGyung Kim's exhibit explores ideas of traditional beauty and contemporary technology, organizers say. Kim will talk about her work at 6 p.m.

Then, you can explore projections and interactive displays. The exhibit is open through April 22. This opening event is free but an RSVP is required.


Daybreaker DC//Burning With Love
6 to 9 a.m.
Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

Become that early morning yoga person... even just for a day! Bring your own matt to the Renwick at 6 a.m. for yoga, followed by a two-hour dance party. There will be free snacks, kombucha, live performances and special surprises. There's a waitlist for this month's event.


Baltimore Pick
Monsters & Myths: Community Celebration
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland

The Baltimore Museum of Art is waiving admission to celebrate their new exhibit, Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.

There will be performances, storytelling and art projects at this kid-friendly event.

Ramen World 5
Two sessions: Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
703 Edgewood Street NE, Washington, D.C.

Slurp your way through countless bowls of ramen at the fifth iteration of this food festival. Chefs from some of the city's top restaurants, including Bad Saint, Himitsu, Daikaya, will serve up bowls during two sessions of ramen tasting. 

Tickets cost between $75 and $120 and get you ramen, dumplings, craft cocktails and more for two hours.

Oscar Watch Parties

Oscar in Style Soirée
7 to 11 p.m.
Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill
1054 31st St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Dyllan's Raw Bar Grill will host a red-carpet style evening celebration for their viewing of the 91st Academy Awards. For $50 per person, you can watch the stars accept their awards while snacking on bits from the menu and sipping on bubbly served all night long.

D.C. Film Society Presents: “And The Winner Is…”
8 p.m.
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Virginia

D.C. film critics Tim Gordon and Travis Hopson return to the Drafthouse as hosts for the D.C. Film Society’s viewing of this year’s hostless Oscar Awards. Audience members can enter into the “Predict The Winners” contest and bid in the Silent Auction. There will also be door prizes!

The doors will open for the red carpet pre-show at 6:30 p.m., followed by the award show broadcast at 8 p.m. The event requires attendees to be 21 years or older. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online or at the door.

Oscars Red Carpet Party
7:30 to 11 p.m.
Saint Yves
1220 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Saint Yves will host a red carpet party as part of their viewing party for Sunday’s award show. The dress code is black tie or Hollywood attire. There will be an award for the best-dressed attendee! As you watch the show, enter your picks for who you think will win. The most accurate set of predictions will win a prize!

Tickets are $25 for regular admission. Tickets sales will support the Washington Film Institute's yearly programming. Entry includes a complimentary glass of champagne.

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