Weekend Happenings in the DMV – March 15-17, 2013
Posted on March 15, 2013

So many great events from film festivals and pet expos to St. Patrick’s Day block parties and Irish Music! We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Happenings Spring

Washington, DC Events

Nordic Cool Festival
Kennedy Center
2700 F Street
NW Washington DC 20566
Time: Events Friday and Saturday 10 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday 10 am to 7:30 pm
Price: Prices vary depending on event

A month-long international festival of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, cuisine, and film to highlight the diverse cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as the territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Áland Islands.

Francophonie Cultural Festival
Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Time: Saturday 10:30 am
Price: $6.50

The Francophonie Cultural Festival features six weeks of concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more in Washington DC. The nation’s capital will resonate with the vibrant sounds, sights, and tastes of the French-speaking in the largest Francophone festival in the world. Saturdays Film information: Le Jour des Corneilles, a Family Film.

DC Environmental Film Festival
Please visit the website for times, location, and pricing for this coming weekend’s events!

The DC Environmental Film Festival features 190 documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world. The films will be shown at more than 75 venues around Washington, DC, including museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters.


NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo
Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW,
Washington, DC
Time: Saturday and Sunday 9 am- 5 pm
Price: Free

The Health Fair provides free health screenings, fun activities and information on products and services that relate to healthy living.

National Shamrock Festival
RFK Stadium
2400 E Capitol St
Washington, DC 20001
Time: Saturday 1 pm- 9 pm
Price: $40-$95

It’s all about the experience! Stroll the expansive festival grounds at ShamrockFest and experience entertainment and attractions like nothing else in DC. You can bounce between nine musical stages, tented party areas, beer stations as long as two football fields, bar-game areas, “athletic” competitions, craft, food & beverage markets, strolling entertainers and much… you just have to see it to believe it!

Hello Dolly!
Ford’s Theatre
2400 E Capitol St
Time: Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm
Price: $40-$95

In the Tony-winning musical farce Hello, Dolly! The cantankerous half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder hires matchmaker Dolly Levi to find him a wife. Dolly soon hatches a plan to woo and win Vandergelder’s hand herself, while simultaneously arranging romantic prospects for his niece, his clerks and two of Manhattan’s most eligible shop girls.

Virginia Events

St Patrick’s Day Beer Tasting and Music
O’ Malley’s Irish Pub
1960 Chain Bridge Rd
McLean, VA
Time: Friday 4 pm- 10 pm
Price: Free

Featuring food and beverage specials, as well as live music all weekend celebrating St Patrick’s Day! On Friday participate in a micro beer tasting and stay for performances from Red on Red.

pet expo

Super Pet Expo
Dulles Expo Center
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center Drive
Chantilly, VA
Time: Friday 4 pm- 9 pm; Saturday 10 am- 7 pm; Sunday 10 am- 5 pm
Price: $13 Adults; $8 Kids (4-12)

Super Pet Expo is a fun-filled family event that celebrates all things cute and cuddly, boasting an array of animal exhibits, 150+ vendors selling all types of cool pet products, fun games and creature showcases. Bring your leashed pet along for the fun!

Clyde’s St Patrick’s Day Party in the Pavilion
Reston Town Center
11905 Market St
Reston, VA
Time: Saturday 10 am- 11 pm
Price: Free

Great Clyde’s Authentic Irish Fare, Irish Music, Irish Dancers, Bagpipers, Kids Area with Moon Bounces, Games, and more! Live entertainment and fun children’s activities… come out and celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style!

Lucky Leprechaun 5K
Reston Town Center
11911 Democracy Dr
Reston, VA
Time: Saturday 8:30 am
Price: $40

Run like you’ve got the luck of the Irish on your side! Grab your running buddies for the festive Lucky Leprechaun 5k with a fantastic St. Patty’s Day after-party! 3.1 miles with a Clyde’s restaurant St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the finish line!

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Presents the Music of Johann and Richard Strauss
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA
(888) 945-2468
Time: Saturday 8 pm- 10 pm
Price: $25-$55

Contrasting the music of German Richard Strauss with the Austrian Johann Strauss will provide some fun entertainment for the FSO’s patrons, in this season of “Mischief in Music.”

Maryland Events

Meet in the Street
Claddaugh Pub
2918 O’Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224
Time: Saturday and Sunday
Price: Free

Join in for the 18th annual Meet in the Street, where O’Donnell Street is closed off for you to enjoy live music, heated tents, and great food and drink all with an Irish flair!

O’Malley’s March
Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
Time: Saturday at 7 and 9:30 pm
Price: $25

Governor Martin O’Malley and his six-piece Celtic rock band will put on two performances at the Creative Alliance on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Watch as the front man is the very own governor on acoustic guitar and vocals, while his accompanying musicians play Irish harp, uielann pipes, trombone, fiddle, and button accordion.

Federal Hill Block Party
S. Charles St. & Cross St.
Baltimore, MD
Time: Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm
Price: $10
Multiple beer gardens will take over Federal Hill at this day-long block party taking place in the area surrounding Cross Street Market. Irish bands and DJs will entertain the masses, while area bars will host food and drink specials. All ticket holders must be 21 or over.


ZooBloom at the Maryland Zoo
The Maryland Zoo
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD
Time: Saturday 10 am- 4 pm
Price: $16.50 Adults; $11.50 Children 2-11

Celebrate the start of another wild Zoo season! The long winter is coming to an end, so it’s time to escape the indoors and enjoy the first signs of spring at The Maryland Zoo! Join in on the fun as they kick off another season of fun and family memories with special spring treats, activities and giveaways.

Sports at a Glance

Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!
Washington Wizards vs New Orleans, Friday at 7 pm, Verizon Center
Washington Wizards vs Phoenix, Saturday at 7 pm, Verizon Center
Washington Capitals vs Buffalo, Sunday 7 pm, Verizon Center

Movies Opening this Weekend

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
100 minutes
When a street magician’s stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act – and their friendship – by staging their own daring stunt.
Starring Steve Carell, Luke Vanek, Jim Carrey, and Olivia Wilde

The Call
96 Minutes
When veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, she soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.
Starring Halle Berry, Evie Thompson, Abigail Breslin, and Morris Chestnut

Restaurant Weeks

Forget about losing those extra pounds gained over the holidays. Restaurant weeks (yes weeks) are still going on, with multi-course menu bargains. Restaurant Week provides a wonderful opportunity for visitors along with local residents to dine at some of the most popular restaurants for special prices. See the links below for a full list of participating restaurants. Make sure to make reservations or have your concierge do so on your behalf!

National Harbor Restaurant Week
March 4-17

Talbot County Maryland Restaurant Week
March 17-23