Presidents Day Weekend Roundup, Feb. 16 – 20

Happy Presidents’ Day weekend! There are lots of ways to honor our presidents this weekend, including events at Mount Vernon and The National Portrait Gallery. There’s also a fun show at The Black Cat, and Mount Zion cemetery will be honored.  

See the INTERSECTIONS Festival 2023 

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival begins Saturday, presenting work that impacts our society, culture and world by inspiring, educating and entertaining. The Glade Dance Collective starts off the festivities (which run through March 26) with the “NACHMO DC 2023 Sampler Showcase,” running February 18 and 19. More information on the festival can be found here. 

Celebrate George Washington at Mount Vernon  

The Regent and Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Neighborhood Friends are hosting the 2023 Birthnight Supper and Ball this Sunday evening. The annual tradition sells out quickly, but if no seats are left, it’s worth considering a donation (proceeds from the ball support the restoration and preservation of Washington’s home). There will be a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, live auction and a birthday toast to General Washington.  

If you can’t make the ball, there will be free admission at Mount Vernon on February 20 and 22. Mansion tours are timed and first come, first served. More on the ball can be found here and the free admission here. 

George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Courtesy Mount Vernon.

Take the Family to Presidential Family Fun Day at the National Portrait Gallery 

Take a peek into all things presidential at the National Portrait Gallery’s Presidential Family Fun Day this Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Expect to see a newly installed portrait of President Abraham Lincoln by W.F.K. Travers on loan from the Hartley Dodge Foundation. The oil on canvas — which made Mary Todd Lincoln faint upon first viewing it following his death — is one of three known life-sized paintings of the late president (it measures nine feet tall!) There will also be crafts, music, games and of course The Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents running around the Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard. More information on the free event can be found here. 

National Portrait Gallery’s Presidential Family Fun Day is this weekend. Courtesy All Events.

Awkward Sex… And the City at the Black Cat 

Headliner Natalie Wall and her favorite comedians relive their most awkward sexual experiences at The Black Cat Friday evening. From cocaine-filled one-night stands to IBS flare-ups and worse, audiences will be in stitches with these tales. Awkward Sex… is about taking taboo subjects and making a safe space for people to feel seen and heard. Even if you don’t sympathize with the stories, you’ll at least get a great laugh! More information can be found here. 

Image from Natalie Wall on Instagram.

Historic Mount Zion-Female Union Band Cemeteries in Georgetown to be Honored on 215th Anniversary 

Council member Anita Bonds will participate in a program, “President’s Day in Black Georgetown,” hosted by Mount Zion-Female Union Band Society Historic Memorial Park, Inc. Monday at 10 a.m. The event will highlight the ties to the Underground Railroad and a few of the many connections to the first Presidential family — the Washingtons. During the event, Council member Bonds will present a resolution honoring the cemetery on its 215th anniversary. The cemetery has strong ties to D.C.’s slave history and includes physical reminders of how racial inequities follow people from life to death. More information on this program can be found here. 

Photo courtesy of Mt. Zion Female Union Band Historic Memorial Park, Inc. Foundation.





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