The 22 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week

The final weekend of February features a celebration of winter — the outdoor Ice Yards festival, with its snowboarding, curling and a Polar Plunge — but coming days bring restaurant weeks in Fairfax City and Annapolis; a beer tasting starring Black-owned brands; and a musical tribute to Buddy Holly and the day the music died. Show your knowledge of Black history in your own backyard during the Black History Amazing Race through Prince George’s County on Saturday afternoon. It’s a big week for budget-conscious opera fans, with a free preview of the rest of the Washington National Opera’s season and a 10th anniversary party for the low-key but entertaining Opera on Tap series.

Thursday, Feb. 22

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Opera on Tap 10th anniversary at Wonderland Ballroom

For 10 years, Opera on Tap has been the people’s opera company in D.C., bringing favorites from Puccini and Mozart, Bernstein and Rossini, and Rodgers and Hammerstein (among many others) to the masses free. A rotating troupe of vocalists perform cabaret-style in Wonderland Ballroom’s upstairs bar, wandering between tables while belting out arias and show tunes, backed by a pianist. To mark a decade in Washington, Opera on Tap has an extended set list that includes favorites from “Turandot,” “La Traviata,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Sound of Music,” plus Queen, Metallica and “Thank You for Being a Friend.” As always, there’s no cover, but a Viking helmet is passed for donations. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free.

‘Twin Peaks’ Night at Slash Run

No one is going to confuse Petworth with the town of Twin Peaks, but for one night, Slash Run is turning into the Roadhouse — or maybe the Black Lodge. Episodes of “Twin Peaks” and “The Return” and the feature film “Fire Walk With Me” play on a projection screen while Brandon Wetherbee and Chris Kelly spin music from and inspired by David Lynch’s landmark series. (Let’s hope for plenty of Au Revoir Simone and Sharon Van Etten as well as Julee Cruise.) 9 p.m. Free.

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ at Shakespeare Theatre

This drama is epic in both scope (tracing doomed financial firm Lehman Brothers back more than 160 years) and length (three hours and 35 minutes with two intermissions). The topic might sound dry, but buckle in for three highly acclaimed acts: “The Lehman Trilogy” won five Tony Awards in 2022 and earned five Laurence Olivier Award nominations in London during its original run. At Harman Hall, actors Edward Gero, Mark Nelson and René Thornton Jr. play the trio of namesake brothers, as well as all other roles in the show. Through March 24. $35-$145.

Moon landing viewing party at the Brig

For the first time in more than 50 years, an American spacecraft is set to land on the moon, carrying an array of scientific and technological payloads to the lunar south pole. NASA is streaming the landing, which is scheduled for 5:49 p.m., and the Brig beer garden near the Navy Yard is showing it live during happy hour. (Coincidentally, Thursday is National Margarita Day, and the bar has seven flavored margaritas for $8 each.) Doors open at 4 p.m. Free.


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