The 25 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week

Don’t look now, but St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and celebrations begin with a parade and parties in Old Town Alexandria. Elsewhere, there are discounts and giveaways to mark Leap Day, a summer-camp-themed party at the Capital Jewish Museum, and the Park at 14th’s 16th birthday with four hours of free cocktails. Dupont’s First Friday Art Walk returns with three embassies on the night’s agenda, and Regarding Her kicks off a month of events celebrating woman-owned restaurants, breweries and culinary producers.

Thursday, Feb. 29

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Leap Day celebrations

Make the most of this once-every-four-years event with special treats and discounts at local businesses. (But if you want to get a free side of guac from Chipotle, we’re not going to hate.)

The Greene Turtle offers 29-cent wings (maximum 20) and $2.29 domestic pints all day at select locations, including the Navy Yard restaurant, though you must dine in to take advantage of the offer.

Were you born on Feb. 29? Congrats — you share a birthday with Ja Rule! Celebrate with a free cookie at Tryst or its sister locations, including Open City and the Coupe, when you show an ID bearing your date of birth.

You can also grab a free drink (with a valid ID) at Throw Social’s Ladies Night, where “leap-tinis” will be served until close.

Order a dozen oysters on the half shell at any of the three Hank’s Oyster Bar locations and you might walk away with a $150 gift certificate. Two “golden oysters” are randomly hidden at each Hank’s, and if one’s in your dish, you win the prize.

Capital Irish Film Festival at AFI Silver

D.C. is home to one of the largest programs devoted to Irish cinema in North America, and this year’s Capital Irish Film Festival at AFI Silver is the biggest ever, according to organizer Solas Nua. The 18th annual event highlights Irish women in film, with 10 of the 17 features either written or directed by women. That includes director Lisa Mulcahy’s gothic thriller “Lies We Tell,” which opens the festival, and filmmaker Patricia Kelly’s “Verdigris,” about a surprising female friendship in Dublin, which closes the festival with help from Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason. Look for Irish-language movies, an animated flick called “Puffin Rock and the New Friends,” collections of shorts, and a screening of the documentary “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan” as a tribute to the late Pogues singer. Q&A sessions with directors and others are sprinkled over the four days. Through March 3. $13 adults, $11 seniors, $8 children.

Capital Jewish Museum After Sunset: Summer Camp

The new Capital Jewish Museum’s after-hours party invites adults to trade work and blustery winter days for the joys of summer camp, if only for one night. Camp activities include friendship bracelet craft time, singalongs with D.C. band the Rock Creek Kings, campfire stories with the museum’s curators and refreshments like bug juice. You’ll also be able to try smoky mezcal at a tasting, or purchase more drinks and snacks during this 21-and-older event. 6 to 9 p.m. $15-$36.

Jean Carne at Blues Alley

“It feels like it’s my time now.” That’s what the singer Jean Carne, now 76, told the Guardian in 2022, reflecting on a career that began in the spiritual jazz of the early 1970s. Soon, recording studio doors were swinging wide open for Carne, leading to collaborations with Earth, Wind & Fire and Gamble and Huff, all the way to the singer’s most recent sessions with legendary hip-hop producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest. Together, the intergenerational trio have made a groove-minded album in which Carne’s voice sounds both wispy and warm, like sunlight pushing through curls of smoke. Thursday and Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. each night. $35-$50.

Black Girls Rock! Vibes & Vinyl Party and Jam Session at the Kennedy Center

The annual Black Girls Rock! Fest — BGR!Fest for short — is an annual celebration of Black female artists at the Kennedy Center during Women’s History Month. Before the almost-sold-out Saturday night concert by Elle Varner, there’s the Vibes & Vinyl Party and Jam Session, with DJ Beverly Bond, the founder of BGR!Fest, joined by DJs Miss H.E.R., Aktive and OP Miller for a vinyl-focused turntable session and a jam with guest musicians. 7:30 p.m. $45.

Sid Gold’s Request Room Karaoke at Buffalo and Bergen

At some point in the next few weeks, the New York City piano bar Sid Gold’s Request Room plans to open down Fifth Street NE from Union Market. Get a sneak preview when Sid Gold’s pops up at Buffalo and Bergen inside the market. Belt out pop, punk and soul hits — there’s a choice of over 1,000 songs — accompanied by a piano player. 5 to 8 p.m. Free.

‘Dune: Part Two’ specials at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

He who controls the spice may control the universe, but when Alamo controls the spice, it’s a blend of ginger, garlic and berbere spices over popcorn. Other “Dune: Part Two”-themed creations include Fremen Desert Dip (hummus and pita) and Ornithopter Wings (chicken wings in a peri-peri sauce). The special menu is available during any screening of the film. Through March. Prices vary.


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