Happy New Year! We hope you’re celebratory this weekend and have lots of fun (responsibly, of course!) Enjoy these New Year’s brunches and bashes, a historic event at the Lincoln Memorial and de-stress from it all at a Glow yoga class too. And congrats to Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Mayor Muriel Bowser Invites Residents to Attend the DC Proud 2023 Inaugural Celebration and New Year’s Eve Midnight Toast
On Saturday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will ring in the new year with residents from all eight wards during her DC Proud 2023 Inaugural Celebration and New Year’s Eve Midnight Toast. The black-tie/formal celebration at the Anthem at the Wharf will feature a rich, diverse group of talent. The celebration is free and open to the public.
Performers include MC Lyte, Kathy Sledge, Anwan “Big G” Glover, Sirius & Company, the Crush Funk Brass Band. Hosts include Reese Waters, Ellen Bryan, Ashley Silva and Darnell Perkins.
With her re-election as Mayor of Washington, D.C., Mayor Bowser will become the first African American woman in U.S. history ever to be elected mayor for three consecutive four-year terms.
Party like Jay Gatsby This New Year’s Eve
The ultra opulent “Capital Gatsby New Year’s Eve Gala” will be at 1385 Canal St. SE beginning at 9 p.m. Attire is Roaring ‘20s Great Gatsby (of course), so bring out your best flapper dresses and pinstripe suits. There will be a five-hour premium open bar, food stations, 1920s-inspired dancers and performers and a midnight champagne toast. If you’re wondering where 1385 Canal St. SE is, it’s the site of the brand-new “HQO,” a private event venue that can accommodate 1,000 guests. After over two years, the gala is excited to be back in D.C. More information can be found here.
De-Stress at Glow Flow
This evening beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy a glow-in-the-dark yoga class by CorePower Yoga. Neon tape will be provided at the class, which will take place at 2904 M St. NW. The event is part of Georgetown Glow’s Fitness Classes. Find out more here.
Brunch New Year’s Day at Kingbird at the Watergate
Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel will be offering a New Year’s Day brunch buffet for $199 that includes unlimited mimosas, festive favorites like gingerbread pancakes and staples like Crab Benedict and Quiche Lorraine. If you’re more of a New Year’s Eve person, Kingbird’s NYE dinner will be a five-course meal that includes admission to the Black Tie Disco Party for the ball drop at Kingbird. Admission includes an open bar with a retro dessert buffet, giant disco ball, live entertainment and more. You can reserve a table here.
See a Historic Event at the Lincoln Memorial on New Year’s Day
A historic bell from 1863 will be rung 160 times on New Year’s Day on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to mark the anniversary of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. New Year’s Day 2023 marks 160 years since the document that freed people held in bondage in rebel states was introduced. As part of this occasion, after brief remarks, 16 people will toll a bell 10 times, adding up to the historic anniversary number. More information can be found here.
Celebrate the New Year at Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern is hosting a three-course meal on New Year’s Eve created by new Executive Chef Andrew Cleverdon. The meal begins with delicacies like sea urchin and crab, foie gras, Wagyu beef loin and more and ends with delicious vanilla brulee or seasonal sticky toffee pudding. The New Year’s Eve feast is priced at $165/person and is served 5:30-10 p.m. on December 31. To reserve a spot, click here.
Ring in 2023 at Smoke & Mirrors
The luxe rooftop restaurant and bar Smoke & Mirrors, located on top of the AC Hotel Washington DC Capitol Hill Navy Yard, is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the 31st. The event is black tie and includes hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a Moet & Chandon toast at midnight. There will also be discounted room rates for those who wish to make a weekend out of it. More information can be found here.