Top Quirky, Off-Beat Things to do in D.C. (Before You Die/Escape)

I made this list because I was homesick. D.C. isn’t New York City. D.C. isn’t Berkeley. And D.C. is certainly NOT Lima. I’ve lived here for two years, but I still miss the excitement of The City, the beauty of the Bay Area and the challenges of Latin America. HOWEVER, I’ve grown to appreciate this metropolis for what it is. There’s a lot of curious stuff going on here, too—I just had to dig a li’l deeper. This guide is for the hodgepodge of residents who, like me, need more adventure in their lives. In no particular order, I give you the top quirky, off-beat (sometimes free, always fun) things to do in D.C. (before you die/escape):

  1. The Amazing Acro-Cats: Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats! Check ’em meow-t! Link here $
  2. SlugFest: Celebrate everyone’s favorite(?!) gastropod at the festival of slugs. Enjoy(?!) slime tossing, slug racing and slug skin exfoliation(?!). Link here $
  3. Screaming hairy armadillos: Check ’em out. Do I really need to add anything else? Link here
  4. Drag Queen High Heel Race: YAS QWEEN! Link here
  5. Laughter yoga: Join a group of ridiculously fun people and chuckle, chortle and guffaw your way to happiness. Laughter yoga is a huge stress-reliever. No yoga experience (or spandex) required! Link here (and here $)
  6. Washington Juggernauts: Ever feel like whacking someone with a blunt object? Have some anger issues to work out? Join the Armored Combat League! Link here $
  7. Ice Cream Luge: Like many great things in life, it’s slightly messy, requires chocolate and involves alcohol. Link here $
  8. Atlas Arcade: Give your inner child beer, and don’t be stingy with the quarters. Link here $
  9. National Museum of Health and Medicine: Where else can you see a ginormous hairball IN SOMEONE’S INTESTINES? Link here
  10. Menstruation Museum: I’ll let your mother explain it to you. Link here
  11. International tree climbing competitionLink here
  12. Champagne Saber: A man gets dressed up, brandishes a sword and breaks the neck off a bottle of champagne. Then he pours free drinks for everyone. Every day. (Best. Job. EVER.) Link here
  13. Puppeteering meetupLink here  
  14. Capitol Clash: Historical European martial arts—bring the ancient art of beating the crap outta people back to the modern era! Link here $
  15. Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee: It’s ridiculous as it sounds. Link here $
  16. Congressional Baseball Game: Ditto. Link here
  17. Zombie Run: Break out the fake blood, torn clothes and let loose your obsession for BrrRRaaaiNsSSS! Links here and here
  18. Palisades Blair Witch Project: Creeptastic lair for witches (or teenagers smoking pot). It’s pretty cool. Definitely worth the (very short) trek! Links here and here
  19. Dragon boat racing: Links here and here
  20. Yoga Mortis: The corpse pose is just SO much easier in a cemetery. Link here
  21. Candlelight yoga: And if cemeteries aren’t your thing, do the downward dog in candlelight. Just make sure to watch where you cobra! Link here $
  22. Pickle vodka: I can’t even. Link here $
  23. Wiener 500 D.C. Dachshund Race: Everyone gets a first place in cuteness! Link here
  24. ASL annual song signing competitionLink here
  25. Mushroom hunting: Because who trusts the fungus you can buy at Giant? Link here
  26. Major League Quidditch: Watch adults run around with broomsticks in between their legs. Link here
  27. Lock picking class: Nothing is safe. I repeat, NOTHING is safe. Not only will this class teach you how to pick everything from bike locks to front doors, it’ll also instill you with a queasy feeling that none of your worldly possessions are secure in any way, whatsoever. Link here
  28. Pho-eating contest: Pretty much an average Friday night. Link here $
  29. U.S. Coffee Championship: GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Or, um, something like that. I don’t really know how to play coffee. Link here $
  30. Tea with Strangers: Grab tea (with strangers!) and discuss why y’all aren’t drinking coffee. Link here
  31. No Pants Subway Ride: Dress code is a happy medium between a D.C. power meeting and a nudist colony. Link here
  32. Rock Paper Scissors Tournament: The most intellectually taxing event you’ll ever attend. Link here
  33. Flying trapeze: Are you afraid of heights? Great, now go practice your flips. Links here and here $
  34. Absinthe fountain: Are you hipster enough? Link here $
  35. Drag brunch at Nellie’s Sports Bar: There are no words. Just go. Link here $
  36. Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park drum circle: Does your heart beat to the tune of a different drum? Do you wear your dreadlocks with pride (and beads)? Do you enjoy balancing on a tight rope? If that sounds like you, check out the drum circle. If not, bring a picnic blanket, some snacks and your sunglasses—it’s the HBO of people watching. Link here
  37. American Ninja Warrior-Themed Pool Competition: OMG OMG OMG Link here
  38. Square dancing: This ain’t the day to break in those new boots. Get ready for a workout, yeehaw! Link here $
  39. Israeli folk dancing: Link here $
  40. Wooden Spoon Carving 101: File under “Things I Didn’t Know I Needed” Link here $
  41. Archery 101: Because we all want to be Jennifer Lawrence. Link here $
  42. Murder mystery scavenger hunt at the National Museum of History: Watson, the company that hosts the scavenger hunts also has Harry Potter-themed hunts and naked-themed hunts (but not naked Harry Potter-themed hunts, sorry). Link here $
  43. Harry Potter and the Sacred TextLink here $
  44. Robert Burns party: You gotta check this out. Pro tip: avoid the haggis! Link here
  45. DC Roller Derby scrimmage: Watch these hardcore ladies kick butt! They also have classes and bootcamps so you can attempt to attain their level of badassery. Link here
  46. 500 harmonica cases: Think your OK Cupid date has a weird hobby? Cut the dude some slack. Can’t get odder than this (and I love it!). Link here
  47. D.C. Bubble Run: There are bubbles! SO. MANY. BUBBLES, in fact, that you can almost forget the word “run” is also in there. Sneaky. Link here $
  48. Party (quietly) at D.C.’s silent discoLink here $
  49. Walk in the footsteps of spies and traitors (without actually being one)Link here
  50. Reenact the Boston Tea Party in MD: It’s not your grandma’s tea party! Link here
  51. Grab Some Grub From D.C.’s Floating Food TruckLink here
  52. Creative Mornings D.C.: Pretend you’re a morning person and hear some brilliant speakers like NPR’s Adam Cole and the Hirshhorn’s Linn Meyers. Link here
  53. O Street Mansion Bluegrass JamLink here
  54. Annual tweed ride: Link here $
  55. Play cornhole: This sport (yeah, I called it a sport) is really more of an excuse to go drinking after (or is it before?) than actually playing, but some people get really into it. As a Best Coast gal, I’d never heard of proper cornhole technique, and it’s fascinating/annoying to hear some tipsy Georgetown boys explain it. Join the movement with this link here. $
  56. DC science cafe: SCIENCE IS THE BEST. That is all. Link here
  57. Sledding on Capitol Hill: This is a winter must-do! If your partner forgets to buy sleds at the grocery store before they sell out (AHEM), just wrap a large piece of cardboard in a heavy duty garbage bag. Both to my surprise (and the stand-by medic’s) this actually works really, really well. Link here
  58. SF Hunt: a giant, 100-riddle scavenger hunt. Link here $ (use the code 730DC to get a $5 discount)
  59. Cheeseboard painting: Because using canvas is so last month. Link here $
  60. Giant SpongeBob SquarepantsLink here
  61. Learn how to fly fish off a building in Arlington: Link here
  62. Mr. Yogato’s frozen yogurt: Where playing games gets you discounts on froyo! Link here $
  63. Sushi doughnuts: Forget sushi burritos. It’s all about the ‘nuts! Link here $
  64. Star Trek CabaretLink here $
  65. AwesomeCon: It’s awesome. Do I really need to explain this one? Link here $
  66. Drunk ScienceLink here $
  67. Board Room bar: Let your competitive side loose and CRUSH Brian at his favorite board game. SUCK IT, BRIAN. Drinks on you, bro! Link here
  68. Speakeasy: You are definitely cool enough to frequent one of D.C.’s speakeasys. The question is—can you afford both that vintage wicker chair, mousse for your man bun, those non-iPod issued headphones AND the price of a cocktail? Link here $
  69. Try a Capoeira class: Free dance-fighting classes. What are you waiting for?! Check it out herehere and (heavily discounted) here
  70. Netwalking: Netwalking takes The District’s No. 1 obsession—networking—to a whole new level (of ridiculousness). If you can’t figure out how to walk and talk, this event is for you. Netwalking teaches participants to network while they walk a la The West Wing. So get out there! Take what could’ve been a nice, relaxing stroll and turn it into work! Link here $ There’s also the envirorun! Link here
  71. Jane Austen BallLink here $
  72. Bastille Day Baguette Race: Running after carbs–>story of my life Link here
  73. Bastille Day French Maid RaceLink here $
  74. Skeleton dressed up with nowhere to go: The Franciscan Monastery is interesting. Link here
  75. Free roller skating: Reenact your fav ’80s fantasies here. Link here
  76. Try the Bagel Doughnut: BLASPHEMY! Link here and here $
  77. Celebrate textiles: Because EXCITEMENT! Link here
  78. DuPont Underground: A subterranean arts and cultural organization, DuPont Underground takes visitors on a walk through old metro lines under DuPont. Step carefully around ever-growing art installations, explore an old foot court and take selfies in front of some gorgeous graffiti. Link here $
  79. Monday night meditation: Get your ooommm on at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Link here
  80. Cinematery: BYOB to this week’s movie… in the CEMETERY Link here
  81. Exorcist steps: These iconic steps don’t match the Palisades in their creepiness. They’re actually in a lovely part of the city. See if you can run up and down twice like former president Bill Clinton. Then go get a cupcake—you earned it. Link here
  82. Space cafeLink here $
  83. Free Masons: Take a tour of the Free Masons Temple. My favorite part? There are dead people buried IN THE BUILDING, which is incredibly stunning and not haunted at all. The history is fascinating and the sexism is abhorrent—did you know they still don’t allow female members? WTAF, people! Link here
  84. Wizards Assemble: They’re like the Power Rangers, but with wands and lacking a catchy theme song. Link here $
  85. Fal(s)e University: A comedy show that makes philosophy (etc.) way more fun than your college profs did Link here $
  86. Floor workshop: You roll around on the floor and somehow that makes you relax. I guess it works for dogs so why not people? Link here $
  87. The D.C. Air Sex Championship: Don’t ask. Just read (it’s safe for work). Link here
  88. Running of the Chihuahuas: <insert Taco Bell reference> Links here and here
  89. Sheep Shearing at Oxon Cove: If this doesn’t automatically intrigue you, we can’t be friends. Link here
  90. The Perfect Liars ClubLink here $
  91. VHS NostalgiaLink here
  92. Haunted hospital: Check out this totally haunted hospital… if you DARE. Link here
  93. Full moon gong bath: I got nothin’. Give it a go? Link here $
  94. HUMP Amateur Porn Festival: Unrelated to the full moon gong bath, but in full support of showing your full moon, Dan Savage hosts an annual amateur porn festival right here in The District. NSFW and not for the faint of heart, porn becomes a communal and (dare I suggest it?) heart-warming experience. Link here $
  95. Dr. Who extravaganza: Fire up your Tardis and beam yourself over to the Black Cat for Saturday night Dr. Who showings and drink specials! Link here
  96. Bluegrass jamming class: Anyone with any musical talent needs to get on this ASAP. Link here $
  97. Giant crash test dummyLink here
  98. Climb the big toeLink here
  99. Get a library card from the Library of Congress: #nerdcred Link here
  100. Visit a store devoted entirely to Peeps: Insert toothpicks into Peep wings. Stick in microwave. Watch them joust. You’re welcome. Link here
  101. Try the world’s hottest pepper: You know you like it hot. Link here $
  102. The most famous graves in the D.C. area: Link here
  103. Watch a Supreme Court trial: YOU GET TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE RBG! Link here
  104. Fermentation workshopLinks here $ and here
  105. Easter Egg roll: Unfortunately, there’s no Chinese food involved. I know. I don’t get it, either. Link here
  106. Presidential debate watch party: Drink heavily. Shout expletives at the screen. Gravely offend the Republican at the next table. Exasperate and annoy the Democrat at the end of the bar. Oh, and watch the candidates debate. It’s a D.C. thing. Link here
  107. Try mumbo sauce and paw pawLinks here and here $
  108. D.C. Underground Comedy show: Laugh till it hurts and then keep on laughing because life’s too short to be a fuddy duddy. Pro tip: don’t sit in the front unless you want to be heckled by the performers. Link here $
  109. International Day of YogaLink here
  110. Critter Yoga: Nicola from “Life is a Zoo Yoga” will guide you through a 1-hour yoga class with some very special guests. Meet baby goats, lambs and bunnies as you flow through your practice. SOMUCHADORABLE! Link here
  111. AcroyogaLink here
  112. Hip hop yogaLink here $
  113. Beer yogaLinks here and here $
  114. Standup paddleboard yoga: OK, now y’all are going a li’l overboard with this. Link here $
  115. Rocky Horror Picture Show at E St. Cinema: This was a LOT of fun, and I’d definitely go again. Pro tips: wear nice underwear, and don’t tell anyone you’re a newb. Link here $
  116. Paddleboarding on the PotomacLink here $
  117. Opera on tapLink here $
  118. Take a calligraphy classLink here $
  119. Take a spin on the Capital Wheel: It’s wheel fun! Link here $
  120. Fourth of July on the mall: You can’t get more American (or sweatier) than this. Brave the crowds and the stifling humidity to experience Washington at its most patriotic! Link here
  121. Changing of the guard, Arlington cemetery: No snark for this one. It’s quite lovely. Respect. Link here
  122. Virginia Gold Cup: WARNING: You have to be willing to part with a lot of money to actually enjoy this. Link here $
  123. Eat Maryland blue crabs at longest continuously open market in US: Head to Maine St Market, buy a bushel of crabs (ask for either male or female depending on the season), chow down! Pro tip: You can ask for samples before you make a purchase. Link here $
  124. Eat crab on a baseball field: This event takes one of my FAVORITE things and combines it with one of my LEAST favorite things. Yay! Link here $
  125. Nosh on edible flowersLink here
  126. DC scrabble clubLink here
  127. House concert: (Crazy) cool people open up their houses to the masses and host performers from all over the U.S. Link here
  128. D.C.’s Holi celebration: It’s quirky because white people are throwing paint at each other with no idea of the significance of the event. *sigh Link here
  129. Museums: Gotta catch ’em all! Link here
  130. Visit the Mormon TempleLink here
  131. Inauguration: You can get tickets via your representative! *fingers crossed * your candidate wins. Link here
  132. Sunset at Gravelly Point: Bring a blanket + picnic fare and enjoy the sherbet-colored sunset as it illuminates the low-flying planes. *le sigh * How romantic! Link here
  133. Hike in Rock Creek ParkLink here
  134. PARK(ing) Day: Parking spots around the city are transformed into beaches, art installations and cafes! Link here
  135. Ride ducks on the Tidal Basin pond during cherry blossom seasonLink here $
  136. Ice rink at the Sculpture Garden: There are plenty of ice rinks in and around D.C., but my favorite is the one at the Sculpture Garden. The entire place is lit up like a wonderland, and the ice is consistently fresh and smooth. Link here $
  137. Lily Festival at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic GardensLink here
  138. Free Improv Classes: No previous experience required. Get out there and have fun! Link here
  139. Upright Citizens Brigade @ 6th and I Historic SynagogueLink here $
  140. West African Drum and Dance Class: Link here $
  141. Get your groove on with free dance classes: The Jam Cellar offers a free beginner’s lesson in dances like the Lindy Hop and Balboa. Links here and here (Note: I really disliked the instructor. He was very sarcastic to the point of being unapproachable. Also, you don’t get to keep the partner you bring.) There’s also free salsa lessons every Wednesday from 9-10 at El Centro! Link here More salsa here. Contra dancing here. And don’t forget English Country Dancing Link here
  142. Lunch at the American Indian MuseumLink here $
  143. Use a bonafide darkroom: #oldskool Link here
  144. Technicolor churchLink here
  145. Capital chili cookoffLink here $
  146. Learn graffiti lettering: But stay away from overpasses. Link here $
  147. Opera in the outfieldLink here
  148. Torpedo Factory: This old munitions factory from WWII has been transformed into an artist’s haven. Stroll through the factory and chat with artists at work. Then hit the waterfront for a relaxing (and tasty!) dinner. Link here
  149. Daybreaker dance partyLink here $
  150. Busboys and Poets 11th Hour Poetry SlamLink here $
  151. All the monuments: Walk ’em at day AND at night before calling yourself a true Washingtonian. (Kayaking the monuments and seeing them from the water is also an option!)
  152. NewseumLink here $
  153. Hike the Great FallsLink here
  154. Kickball on the mallLink here
  155. Christmas and Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar: Links here and here $
  156. Darth Vader Gargoyle at the National Cathedral: I am not making this one up. Ask one of the docents for a map and binoculars and pay homage to the Sith Lord. Link here
  157. National ArboretumLink here and full moon hike here $
  158. Monkeys With Typewriters: No monkeys were harmed during the scheduling of this event. Link here
  159. Ride the trippy Wheaton Station escalatorLink here
  160. Ride the Dentzel CarouselLink here
  161. Herbs 101: No, not those kinds of herbs. Link here
  162. Arcade eventLink here
  163. Viennese masquerade ballLink here $
  164. Learn to be a doula: The blood and guts and joys of motherhood await! Link here $
  165. Nordic Film FestivalLink here $
  166. Kayak Around the Ghost Fleet: Mallows Bay is a bastion of old war ships. Pro tip: you can find cheaper guided tours if you shop around. Link here
  167. Smithsonian The Future is Here FestivalLink here
  168. Tree lighting/Menorah lighting ceremonies: Links here and here
  169. Sparkle: Sparkle is DC’s longest queer running open mic reading series. Link here $ and check this out while you’re at it Link here $
  170. Hear authors at Politics and ProseLink here
  171. Photo from the top of the GW Masonic National Memorial, the Old Post Office and the highest point in D.C., Fort Reno Park: Links herehere and here
  172. Botanic Garden: Come for the gorgeous vegetation. Stay for the corpse flower. Link here
  173. Stoke Your Inner Genius at the National Math FestivalLink here
  174. Tour Cool Buildings During Architecture MonthLink here $
  175. Porch Fest: Porches and stoops are transformed into stages for this yearly event. Link here
  176. D.C.’s Secret Gardens: You loved the movie, now check out the real deal. Link here
  177. Office Hours at Ben’s Chili BowlLink here
  178. Get Schooled at the Academy of Funk: Links herehere and here
  179. Celebrate Atlas Obscura DayLink here
  180. Annual Sundress FestLink here
  181. Celebrate the White House Correspondents DinnerLink here
  182. Free lunch with scientists!: The Broad Branch Road campus of Carnegie Science has shared home-cooked meals with the public every day since 1947. Head to the Merle Tuve Room (dining hall) of the Greenewalt Building at 12:30 for some delectable food cooked by Lunch Club members. Link here
  183. RiverpaloozaLink here
  184. Travel around the world in a day: Links herehere and here
  185. Instameet: Obsessed with photography? They are, too. Link here
  186. Shameless, An Open Mic Variety Show: Lose your open-mic virginity at Shameless. Link here $
  187. Bike for Coffee: Every week, Arlingtonians (is that a word? I’ll roll with it) meet up for a cup o’ joe. Link here $
  188. Story DistrictLink here $
  189. Naval Academy plebes scale a 21-foot obelisk slicked with lard: It’s an annual tradition, according to The Washington Post. The first-year students can’t begin their summer until they replace an underclassman’s “dixie cup” hat at the top of the monument with an upperclassman’s hat. Link here
  190. Annual free ice cream socialLink here
  191. Free Meditation RetreatLink here
  192. Go ice skating in the summerLink here
  193. World Bonsai Day FestivalLink here
  194. Aerial Yoga Nidra aka “yogic sleep”Link here
  195. Retro Field DayLink here $
  196. Tombs and Tomes (the Congressional Cemetery’s book club)Link here
  197. Maryland Faerie FestivalLink here $
  198. Free Film & Beer at Bistro BohemLink here
  199. Spinning classes… in a pool?!Link here $
  200. Happy hour challenge: Some enterprising soul with far too much time on their hands made a database of ALL the happy hours in D.C. Will you catch them all? Link here $
  201. Polish wreath makingLink here
  202. Capital Fringe FestivalLink here $
  203. Roam: It’s a dance party and finding it is half the fun. Link here $
  204. Free fishing and Kayaking: Summer only! Link here
  205. Boundary stones of D.C.Link here
  206. Pop-up concertLink here
  207. Secret bar: Walk through this Peruvian restaurant and through a freezer door. Your cocktail awaits! Link here $
  208. Mini gold FTWLink here $
  209. Dungeons & Dragons for newbsLink here
  210. Capitol StepsLink here $
  211. Nerd Nite D.C.: Be there and be square. Link here
  212. Greater Washington Soap Box DerbyLink here
  213. Freddie’s Beach Bar drag bingoLink here $
  214. Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co.Link here
  215. Glen Echo ParkLink here
  216. D.C. capitol stonesLink here
  217. Pet parade: at the D.C. State (*ahem!) Fair Link here Bonus points if you also participate in the hula hooping competitionLink here
  218. The Lantern FestLink here $
  219. Giant acorn gazeboLink here
  220. DistrictCryo: *shivers Link here $
  221. Rehabilitate raptorsLink here
  222. Zoo LightsLink here
  223. ZooFiestaLink here
  224. Zoo Uncorked: Yup, alcohol and zoo animals. What could go wrong? Link here $
  225. Giant “Jaws” sharkLink here
  226. Try fried duck heads in Columbia HeightsLink here $
  227. The Spy MuseumLink here $
  228. Free concerts/ShakespeareLinks here and here and here and here
  229. Pay what you can nights at Wooly Mammoth TheaterLink here $
  230. Turkish FestivalLink here
  231. Wolf Trap: An outside concert venue that encourages music-lovers to pack their own picnics! Link here $
  232. Bootleg Shakespeare: Performers memorize their lines but aren’t allowed to rehearse, and the rule is BYO props. Hilarity ensues. Link here
  233. Smithsonian Folklife FestivalLink here
  234. Neighborhood festivalsLinks here and here and here and here and here
  235. Art walk: First Friday of the month in DuPont! Link here
  236. Global War on Terrorism Memorial: The trick is to find it! Link here
  237. Burlesque at the Bier BaronLink here $
  238. Circus sideshowLink here
  239. Chocolate lover’s walking tourLink here $
  240. Dupont’s bubble partyLink here
  241. Biennial costume sale at the Shakespeare TheatreLink here $
  242. The Elephant MuseumLink here
  243. Fix (nearly) everythingLink here
  244. Yolo Polo: Get your upper class on with a rousing game of polo! Link here $
  245. Giant Adirondack chair: ‘Cause when you’re tipsy, giant stuff is hilarious. Link here
  246. Small Press ExpoLink here
  247. Rosslyn’s bonfire concertsLink here
  248. NavetoberfestLink here $
  249. DC Record FairLink here
  250. DC Pagan FestivalLink here
  251. Banned book scavenger huntLink here
  252. Summer camp for adultsLink here $
  253. Become a Citizen ForesterLink here
  254. White House Garden tourLink here
  255. Verizon Center: Beyonce has been here. Attend an event just to breathe the same air she did. (Oh, and there are, like, other concerts and hockey games and basketball games and stuff here, too. If you’re into those kinds of things.) Link here $
  256. Capitol and White House TourLink here
  257. Walk the C&O Canal TowpathLink here
  258. 9:30 ClubLink here
  259. Georgetown waterfront fountains: They change color. Oooooh, prettttty. Link here
  260. Petworth Citizen: “…where the cocktails are wonderful and there’s a literal haven for book nerds in the back. Step inside the photogenic Reading Room (the tomes are arranged by color) and peruse the free(!) offerings…” Link here
  261. Think tank discussion: Get a free education and (oftentimes!) free food. Check out the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Links here and here
  262. Georgetown Glow: If you don’t mind all the boat shoes and popped collars that populate Georgetown, this looks gorgeous. Link here
  263. District trivia: Hang out with friends and coworkers, take advantage of happy hour specials and good noms. If you’re not a walking depository of random facts and arcane knowledge, no worries—the most important part is coming up with a funny team name. Link here
  264. Watch Teddy lose (again) at a Nat’s gameLink here $
  265. New golfer outing: *cough* miniature golf is way better *cough* Link here $
  266. Arlington Cinema and Draft HouseLink here $
  267. Annual D.C. Tabletop Games ConventionLink here
  268. The YouTube Show TakeoverLink here $
  269. The Moth @ Howard TheaterLink here $
  270. Make a noise synth: Gettin’ nerdy with it. Link here $
  271. Big Greek Party: Oompa! Link here $
  272. Annual croquet matchLink here
  273. Protest something: Unless you work for the government or a strict NGO or the press. Then don’t. Link here
  274. Tour of the PentagonLink here
  275. Marine Corps paradeLink here
  276. Jazz in the GardenLink here and check this out while you’re at it: Link here
  277. Screen on the GreenLink here and check these out, too! Link here and concert link here
  278. Kennedy Center: Perfect date night. (Pssst, there are free events every evening!) Walk out into the garden area for a beautiful view of the Potomac. Link here
  279. Bargain for the coolest old license plates at Arlington Flea Market and Hine Flea Market: Links here and here
  280. Climb to the top of Washington Monument: You can live in D.C. your entire life and never make it to the top of the Washington Monument. Put it on your to-do list before the next quake shuts it down (again). Just promise me you’ll leave your selfie stick at home—don’t be THAT person. You can (and should) get tickets online. Link here $
  281. West Wing Tour: Sadly, it’s nothing like The West Wing. I know. *sobs*
  282. George Washington’s Birthday Parade: Where do you live again? That’s right, show some respect! Plus, the volunteer fire department is usually in attendance. Interested now? Link here
  283. Celebrate ‘Disco’ Dan: RIP, man. Link here
  284. DC forest bathing: It is and it isn’t what you’re thinking. Link here
  285. D.C.’s ultimate frisbee teamLink here
  286. Monopoly on the mallLink here
  287. Mayor’s cup amateur boxing tournamentLink here $
  288. Movie Mondays @ DuPont UndergroundLink here
  289. Shark Week specialsLink here $
  290. Best bike groupsLink here
  291. Make your own zineLink here
  292. The facebook monologuesLink here $
  293. A People’s Choir DC: Who doesn’t love a good sing-along?! Link here
  294. Smut Slam DC: Link here $
  295. Celebrate National Cat Day: Link here $
  296. DC Day of the Dead Fiestas: Link here
  297. Food history festival: Link here
  298. Explore the skies: with the National Capital Astronomers. Link here
  299. Annual Pumpkin Palooza: Link here
  300. DC Double Dutch team: Link here
  301. Building blocks school: Link here
  302. Do the RGB workout: Link here and here
  303. Gin pong: Link here $
  304. Drunk education: Link here $
  305. DC Bike Party: Link here
  306. Punk archive library shows: Link here
  307. Shakespeare in the pub: Link here
  308. DC Sway Day: Link here
  309. Ramen cocktails: Link here $
  310. Breakdancing championship: Link here
  311. The future of sports: Link here $
  312. Stay at the Watergate hotel: Link here $
  313. Mobile art gallery: Link here
  314. Washington International Horse Show: Link here $
  315. The 48 Hour Film Horror Project: Link here $
  316. Smithsonian Conservation Discovery Day: Link here
  317. Southwest D.C. waterfront boat-home tour: Link here $
  318. Dancin’ in the streets: Link here
  319. Arlington Puzzle Fest: Link here
  320. Season’s Greenings: Link here
  321. Profs and Pints: Link here $
  322. Potomac Curling Club: Link here $
  323. April Fools Fest: Link here $
  324. Ice-a-thon: Link here $
  325. Adult Easter Egg Hunt: Link here $
  326. Learn to Row: Link here $
  327. Conversational DC: Link here
  328. Cheese Club: Link here $
  329. Scooter sharing: Link here $
  330. Parking lot mural: Link here
  331. Three Sheets Lecture Series: Link here
  332. Rent a drum kit: Link here $
  333. DC Auto Show: Link here
  334. Blind Hockey: Link here $
  335. DC Olympic Speedskating: Link here
  336. Cupid’s Undie Run: Link here
  337. Snowshoeing basics: Link here
  338. Host a puppy party: Link here $
  339. Free hugs: Link here
  340. #adulting: Link here
  341. Polar Plunge: Link here $
  342. Nog fest: Link here $
  343. Coloring Club: Link here
  344. Aqua Pole Dancing: Link here
  345. Ice Skating on the C&O Canal: Link here
  346. Join the DC Psychedelic Society: Link here
  347. DC Chinese New Years Day Parade: Link here
  348. Prom for grown-ups: Link here $
  349. ’90s Dance Party: Link here $
  350. The D.C. Weirdo Show: Link here $
  351. Fire & Ice Festival: Link here
  352. Theodore Roosevelt Island Moonwalk: Link here $
  353. Arlington Chainsaw Art: Link here
  354. BONUS: The Best Food (According to Me)

  • Sandwiches: Secret Sandwich Society in Richmond, VA
  • Waffles: Open City chai waffles in Woodley Park
  • Korean BBQ: Honey Pig in Falls Church
  • Cupcakes: Georgetown cupcake
  • Themed bar: Bonfire
  • Dumplings: Bob’s Soup Dumplings
  • Doughnuts: Astro Donuts (go right before closing for free doughnuts with your purchase!)
  • Burger: Rebellion korean burger
  • Milkshake: Ted’s Bulletin
  • Vietnamese: The Four Sisters in Falls Church (don’t go to their other chains, poor quality)
  • Chicken and waffles: Founding Farmers (after 11 a.m.)
  • Crab CakeDennson’s Grocery in Colonial Beach
  • Coffee: Killer ESP and/or Cafe Tryst
  • Karaoke: Hill Country
  • Diner: Silver Diner in Arlington

Cool Stuff to do Outside and Around D.C.

Oftentimes, the best way to appreciate D.C. is to leave D.C. Let’s face it, the weather is only nice for a few weeks (if that) in the spring and fall, but even that’s ruined by the multitude of tourists who don’t understand crosswalks and can’t figure out that they need to STAND ON THE RIGHT. If you’re a little wound up from all the crazy (tourists/politicians/press briefings/take your pick) then get out of town and head to:

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