Feb 8, 2024 - Things to Do

D.C. weekend events: Lunar New Year parade, Mardi Gras parties and Cupid's Bar Crawl

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This weekend in D.C., check out Lunar New Year celebrations around the city, a Mardi Gras parade at The Wharf, a Black film festival, a jazz night and more.

1. 🐉 Celebrate Chinese Spring

It's the Year of the Dragon and the city has plenty of ways to celebrate Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival or Lunar New Year.

What's happening: Lunar New Year, a Chinese celebration of the second new moon and the start of spring, begins Saturday.

  • Here are three ways to observe:

🎉 D.C. Chinese Lunar New Year Parade: Watch the parade downtown with traditional performances, ceremonial displays and a firecracker finale, 1:45pm Sunday at Sixth and I streets NW. Free.

🥟 Savor the Flavors of China Chilcano: Taste a specialty menu of Peruvian-Asian fusion foods now through Sunday at Jose Andres' China Chilcano restaurant at 418 Seventh St. NW.

👪 Lunar New Year Family Celebration: Watch Chinese and Korean art demonstrations, dance, make crafts and more at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's family-friendly Asian culture celebration, 11:30am–3pm Saturday at the Kogod Courtyard. View full program here. Free. Register here.

🥳 Check out more happenings throughout the month here.

More things to do in D.C. this weekend

2. 🎶 Harlem's Little Blackbird

3. ⚜️ Mardi Gras at The Wharf

  • Dance, listen to live music and enjoy New Orleans-inspired libations while watching a Mardi Gras parade on Wharf Street 3–7pm Saturday. View full lineup and parade map here. Free.
  • Separately: A children's Mardi Gras party will take place 3:15–4:30pm Saturday at Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. Tickets for non-members are $9.

4. 💘 Cupid's Bar Crawl

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day early with a bar crawl through Dupont's bar scene 2–10pm Saturday. Tickets are $15.
  • Tickets include a souvenir Cupid's Bar Crawl Mug, cover-free access to bars, food and drink specials, raffle entries and more.

5. 🎞️ D.C. Black History Film Festival

6. 🍕 Jazz Night at A Baked Joint

  • Take in music from local jazz group Minh Vo Trio while enjoying pizza and drinks 6–8:30pm Friday at A Baked Joint, 440 K St. NW. Free.

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