Is it just us or did January just fly by?!
The holidays might firmly in the rear-view window, but there's plenty of things to be excited about this month. Take part in Black History Month events across DC, enjoy a winter wonderland and Polar Bear Plunge at Ice Yards, try your hand at a craft project and explore the museum at Renwick's Handi-Hour, learn the fine art of lock picking, catch the King Tut immersive exhibit and Ride the Cycle before they're gone, and so much more!
We've curated 70+ awesome things to do this month, so read on and make plans to make the most of your February . . .
The best ice cream in the area, minus the brain freeze
**This article has been updated**
During these dog days of summer (basically any day ending in -y in DC), there’s nothing like a sweet and delicious frozen treat to cool you down. With so many spots for summertime scoops, we've compiled a handy list of 10 local places to sample some of the best frozen confections in the city!
Awesome People: Black Educator + Suffragist Leader Nannie Helen Burroughs' Lasting Legacy in DC
We've heard of Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave in northeast Washington but realized we don't know anything about the woman it's named after. So, in honor of Women's History Month we set out to rectify this gap in our knowledge.
A primer: Born to former enslaved people, Burroughs was a leading educator, feminist and suffragist in the Washington, D.C., area throughout the early 20th century, After her application to teach at a D.C. public school was rejected in the 1890s, despite graduating from the prestigious M Street High School, Burroughs decided that if she could not get a job as a teacher, she would start her own school. She's the embodiment of the motto: "nevertheless, she persisted."
Her school was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. She would build or lead nearly a dozen prominent organizations that advocated for greater civil rights and suffrage for African Americans and women. winning her a place among luminaries of the time, rubbing elbows with Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois and Carter G. Woodson, and later spending time with a young Martin Luther King Jr.
Burroughs served as president of her school until her death on May 20, 1961, and three years later, the school changed its name to the Nannie Helen Burroughs School in her honor.
Now, let’s take a little spin around the District of Columbia for the places touched by Nannie Helen Burroughs in life or the things named after her.
Celebrate Black history every day
Historian, scholar, and writer Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week, the precursor to Black History Month, from his rowhouse in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood in 1926. The home, owned by the National Park Service, is currently closed due to COVID (definitely worth a visit when it reopens) but you can pay a visit to the Carter G. Woodson Memorial located at 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW, which is a couple of blocks from his house.
We've put together several other ways to celebrate Black History Month this February and beyond. We've got recommendations for deep discussions and black love book clubs, walking tours and cultural breaks, and more.
Let’s ring in the Year of the Tiger!
Welcome the Lunar New Year with a month filled with exciting events from winter games competitions, other-worldy music, presidential happenings, Black History Month celebrations and historic places to visit, festivals and much more.
So get ready to uncage your inner tiger and roar into the month ahead!
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The time you're near the Howard Theatre, be sure to look down or you'll miss an important part of DC's history.
Black icons with a connection to the theatre have been commemorated in Howard Theatre's Walk of Fame, a series of bronze medallions that embellish the sidewalk between the Shaw-Howard Metro Station and the historic venue. The promenade is like D.C.’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, You'll find names like Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown, Moms Mabley and Ella Fitzgerald. The icons were chosen by the city for their connection to the Howard Theatre’s history.
Howard's Walk of Fame is actually the second one you'll find in downtown DC, so take that Hollywood!
The season of apple cider donuts, haunted trails, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spice is upon us! There’s nothing quite like the season of fall, and DC is full of things to see and do!
The weather is warm enough that you can spend all day sipping glasses of vino on a rooftop deck yet with enough chill to enough a mug of mulled wine. Spooky season also means activities like ghost tours, and Halloween costume shopping are back, which we can collectively agree is one of the best things about fall.
So, from vibrant foliage to festivals and free and interactive museums to explore, we've scouted a ton of awesome things (40+!) to do this month. Outdoor movies, Porchfest and Porchfest SE music crawls, salsa under the stars, Alma Thomas happy hour, hike and hops, and more!
Cool and unexpected places for Black history are all around you
There are are some that believe places like the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial are the be-all-end-all of where to go for Black history, but that's not true.
Black history is embedded in DC's DNA in places that are obvious and many others that are not. From Benjamin Banneker Park to Frederick Douglass' first home in DC, here are some sites worth the hike to discover how significant African American contributions have been not only in Washington, D.C., but in the nation.
Go Inside the President's Guest House Where Vice President Kamala Harris Will Be Staying Temporarily
Historic Blair House has hosted foreign dignitaries and several presidents in the days before their inaugurations. One even survived an assassination attempt within its walls
Blair House sounds like some kind of posh estate in the United Kingdom but it's right here in DC.
Better known as the "President's Guest House," it's where Madame Vice President Kamala Harris and her family will be staying while her new home at One Naval Observatory, the official residence of the Vice President, undergoes maintenance
Located just across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and steps from the White House, Blair House serves as the president's guest house. It’s right near the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum so chances are you’ve walked by without even knowing it. Joe Biden and his family stayed here before Inauguration Day and his swearing in as the 46th President of the United States.
The historic home has hosted foreign dignitaries and several presidents in the days before their inaugurations. Lincoln is known to have been a frequent visitor at Blair House, which was a fast walk across Pennsylvania Avenue. One even survived an assassination attempt within its walls.
Wrangling an invite to Blair House is even harder than getting one to the White House. Security is tight and access exclusive. Go inside — and learn the history behind — the place our new VP will temporarily be calling home.
Take a Peek Inside the Elusive House Kamala Harris Will Call Home as Vice President
Number One Observatory Circle on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory is the traditional home for veeps.
Ask most people where the president lives and they’ll tell you, “the White House.” Ask them where the vice president lives and the answer is much less certain.
Even though it might not have the same ring to it as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, One Naval Observatory (located on the grounds of the 72-acre U.S. Naval Observatory) has been the official home to every vice president since Walter Mondale) in 1977.
When Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff move into Number One Observatory Circle, they will be only the eighth vice-presidential family in American history to do so. They’re currently staying at Blair House, the President's Guest House, while they’re soon-to-be new home undergoes maintenance.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it