The 31 best things to do in D.C. this weekend and next week


D.C. Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

One of the biggest events of the season, the annual D.C. Chinese Lunar New Year Parade brings cultural performers and local organizations, including lion dance teams, marching bands, and school and Scout groups, to the streets of D.C.’s Chinatown around the Friendship Archway. The parade begins at Sixth and I streets NW; the big finish is a firecracker show right on H Street. 2 p.m. Free.

Super Bowl viewing parties

The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the year, even for non-football fans. Just about any bar you visit on Sunday will have the game on, but these offer something special. Reminder: Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

If you care about a particular team

The Kansas City Chiefs have long been the draw at Blackfinn Ameripub near Farragut Square, thanks to the D.C. Chiefs Kingdom fan group. There are no reservations available, but seating at bars has been first-come, first-served throughout the playoffs. The Niner Empire, meanwhile, turns the Town Tavern into a little slice of California on game days, packed full of jersey-wearing San Francisco 49ers fans. Both groups offer food and drink specials, but get there early or risk being shut out.

If you care about Taylor Swift

We don’t know for sure whether Taylor Swift will be in Las Vegas on Sunday, but that’s beside the point for some fans. The Pug, the H Street neighborhood hangout that’s become Swiftie Central since the fall of 2022, thanks to a series of album listening parties, is showing the game on its TVs but playing Taylor Swift tunes over the sound system. Doors open at 1 p.m.; the music begins at 5:30. Free.

If you care about the musical guest

Usher is the star of the halftime show in Las Vegas, but his music is also the pregame show on U Street. Head to Amsterdam Lounge between 3 and 5:30 p.m. for the Usher and Friends Karaoke party. Think you — sorry, “U” — can handle “U Don’t Have to Call,” “U Remind Me” or “U Got It Bad” in front of a crowd? There are happy hour food and drink specials from 3 to 6 p.m. to help you prep, and music from DJ P-Drama, then full sound during the game. 3 p.m. Free.

If you care about open bars or unlimited snacks

Capitol Hill’s Union Pub is a Bears bar, but that goes out the window on Super Bowl Sunday. The Super Bowl Sunday Funday includes unlimited beer, wine and rail drinks, plus a buffet of snacks like tots, fries and mini corn dogs, from 6 p.m. until the end of the game. Add the “Tayl-Gate” option for a pre-party starting at 3 p.m., with food, drinks and Taylor Swift tunes, for an extra $20. 6 p.m. $58-$78.

Don’t worry about getting stuck standing by the bathrooms at Duffy’s Irish Pub’s Dupont location, as a guaranteed seat is included as well as bottomless beer and cider from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the game. Food and other drinks are available for purchase. While single seats are sold out, tables for groups are still available. 5:30 p.m. $50 per person.

The Roost is one of D.C.’s best beer bars, and it’s offering full access to 50 drafts and two cask-conditioned ales as part of its party. The deal also includes all-you-can-eat Red Apron sliders, Slice Joint pizza slices and Hi-Fi wings, as well as two Taylor Swift-themed cocktails from Show of Hands, home of the “Swiftie Sundays” event. Tickets guarantee a seat with a view of the four projection screens. 6 to 10 p.m. $75.

Jack Rose’s party takes over two floors at the Adams Morgan whiskey bar, with seated views of either a projection screen (downstairs) or multiple TVs (the covered rooftop). Either way, tickets include unlimited beers and Sagamore Rye punch, and a platter with buffalo chicken dip, loaded fries and other “game day” snacks. 6 p.m. $65.

Wings are king on Super Bowl Sunday, and four vendors at the Bryant Street Market food hall are competing to see who makes the best. Tickets include two wings each from Bold Dumpling, Doki Doki BBQ, Grassfed Griddle and Taqueria Habanero, as well as drink specials, squares in the pool and, crucially, a vote. The winner is announced at halftime. Of note: You don’t need to buy a ticket for the wing competition to attend the party. 5:30 p.m. $18 for wing competition; free to watch the game.

If you care about the Puppy Bowl

Forget Taylor and Travis: On Sunday, all eyes will be on Bark Purdy and Patrick Mabones. Or maybe that lovable Cronut. Hours before the 49ers and Chiefs take the field, the annual Puppy Bowl hits TV screens, and dog-friendly bar Bark Social is hosting viewing parties at its Alexandria and Bethesda locations. Bring your pup for a day of food and drink specials for both humans and canines, plus photo ops and a chance to meet (and possibly adopt) dogs from local rescue organizations. Costumes are encouraged, and the “game” begins at 2 p.m. 1 to 5 p.m. Free.

The R&B Club: Songs About Cheating at Songbyrd

Love songs are great, but cheating songs are way more fun to sing, whether you’re at karaoke or just bopping in your car: Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew,” TLC’s “Creep,” Meshell Ndegeocello’s “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night),” Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” and so many more. Safe to say the hosts of the R&B Club are going to have a tough time narrowing down which “Songs About Cheating” they feature at Songbyrd. The music-focused monthly gathering — part book club, part listening party — is known for a community that’s not afraid to speak its mind, so expect a lively discussion in addition to plenty of singing along. Noon to 2 p.m. $15-$20.

Mali Velasquez at Songbyrd Music House

Mali Velasquez grew up between two small north Texas towns, listening to artists like Waylon Jennings and Neil Young and developing her own distinctive, country-inflected warble. After high school, she followed her heroes to Nashville, the country music epicenter that she says helped develop her voice and folksy indie sound. In the summer of 2022, as she reckoned with her mother’s recent death, Velasquez wrote most of the songs on “I’m Green.” Instead of shying from the discomfort, she steers into the rawness of it: “I brought you medicine deep in the night/ And I know you’re delicate, but so am I,” she sings on “Medicine.” 8 p.m. $16-$18.

‘Harlem’s Little Blackbird’ concert at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill

For a family-friendly musical entree to Black History Month, it would be hard to outdo this Sunday afternoon concert from the Chiarina Chamber Players. The ensemble will perform a setting by Sandra Nikolajevs of Renée Watson’s popular 2021 children’s book, “Harlem’s Little Blackbird.” Through the music of Scott Joplin and H.T. Burleigh, the piece relates the story of Florence Mills — the jazz-age cabaret singer, dancer, comedian (and D.C. native) known as the “Queen of Happiness.” The ensemble will also perform works by Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, John Novacek, Leonard Bernstein and Dvořák. 2:30 p.m. $15; free for children 18 and under.





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