Weekend Roundup, March 24 – 27


The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom, people are getting out and about again, what’s not to like? Here are just six of the many things to do this weekend, from kite flying to dancing, to museum exhibits and even a cyborg birthday party.

“Let’s Go Fly a Kite…” Once Again on the National Mall 

Bonus points if you know what movie that song is from! This Saturday March 26, the 2022 Blossom Kite Festival returns to the grounds of the Washington Monument for the first time since 2019. From 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., enjoy kite competitions and demonstrations, a musical performance, kite making, yard games, crafting and more. Happy spring! More information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival can be found here.

Cyborg Birthday Party Anyone? 

This Friday from 7-10 p.m., dance the night away into a “post-human future” at the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries building. In a very special “Fridays at FUTURES,” the Play Lab will host a night in honor of artist/activist Neil Harbisson’s 18th Cyborg Birthday. Harbisson and Moon Ribas will share their insights on their practice with a fun interactive performance. Curated drinks will be provided by the DMV’s “Please Bring Chips” with a cash bar. More on the party can be found here.

The Washington Ballet’s “Dance For All” is Back This Weekend 

The Washington Ballet is bringing back one of its popular community initiatives — “Dance For All.” The third annual affair includes over 20 free events and activities for all ages. Highlights include performances as part of the National Cherry Blossom and Sakura Matsuri festivals and “Lil Tokyo Loco,” a ballet dancer and rapper, who’ll be performing a ballet rap as part of a children’s story hour. More on the program can be found here.

The Architecture and Design Film Festival Returns to the National Building Museum 

Tonight through Saturday, visit the National Building Museum for the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Enjoy a dozen feature-length films and a selection of shorter ones from around the world that explore issues of sustainability, adaptive reuse and historic preservation. Legends like Frank Lloyd Wright and Marcel Breuer are highlighted, as is Danish architect Dorte Mandrup. Opening night this evening (March 24) will be in the museum’s Great Hall – an architectural wonder itself — with an open bar, dim sum and plenty of mingling. More on the festival can be found here.

Frank Lloyd Wright will be just one of the legendary architects honored at the NBM Festival this weekend. Photo courtesy ADFilmFest.com.

Wordle Just Not Cutting It? 

If Wordle is boring you lately, you may want to pay a visit to Planet Word on 13th St. NW. Lexicon Lane is the newest permanent exhibit in the museum all about words. The Lexicon Lane village allows guests to reserve a puzzle case and find clues that help solve mysteries in the town’s interesting businesses. Lexicon Lane can be a solo adventure or help with team bonding. More information on the exhibit can be found here. Word!

It’s all about the words. Check out the new Lexicon Lane interactive exhibit at Planet Word. Photo courtesy Planet Word Museum.

Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue at the National Portrait Gallery 

When was the last time you thought about Bebe Rebozo? An exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is exploring a half century since the Watergate era. The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through the summer (September 5 to be exact). Around two dozen objects will take you back to the heady days of the early 70s in D.C. to examine the connections between portraiture, activism, politics and investigative journalism. Portrait Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with free admission. More information on the exhibit can be found here.

 

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