The 18 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week

The 18 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week

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This week brings not one but three restaurant weeks across the D.C. region, offering diners special menus and mouthwatering discounts. Elsewhere, there’s a four-day celebration of video games and culture at National Harbor; an encore for one of D.C.’s funkiest bands of the 1970s; the return of the Washington Auto Show; and the debut of a family-friendly exhibition at the National Building Museum, complete with story times and puppet shows.

Thursday, Jan. 18

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Super MAGFest at the Gaylord National Resort

From 10 a.m. Thursday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, there’s nonstop action at the Music and Gaming Festival — a.k.a. MAGFest — at National Harbor. Arcades with new and classic games are open 24 hours, and who has time to sleep when there’s so much going on: panels on topics from LGBTQ inclusivity in gaming to how to record professional-sounding podcasts, video game tournaments on vintage cabinets and modern consoles, showcases for indie tabletop games and video games, jam sessions for chipset musicians and performances by bands that play songs from video games and anime, Dungeons and Dragons sessions, LARP murder mysteries, meet-and-greets with video game voice actors and music producers, a marketplace full of art and clothing vendors, a maker space with lessons and hands-on activities, and much more. (Seriously, your eyes may glaze over just scanning the schedule.) Through Sunday. $155 all-access badge.

Historic beers of Mount Vernon at ChurchKey

Ever wonder what kind of beer George Washington would drink? Since late 2021, Ashburn’s Dynasty Brewing, with the help of beer researchers Lost Lagers, has brewed historical and history-inspired beer for sale at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, ranging from a rye porter — a style of beer Washington is known to have enjoyed — to ales aged in whiskey barrels originally used at Mount Vernon’s distillery. Join representatives from Mount Vernon, Dynasty and Lost Lagers at ChurchKey for a panel discussion about these beers, brewing methods and the primary sources that influenced the recipes. While advance seats are sold out, space is available at the bar on a first-come, first-served basis. Six of Dynasty’s Mount Vernon beers are going on tap, sold individually. 6 to 8 p.m. Free.

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