Correction to This Article
The article gave incorrect dates for the visual and performance art event "G-40: The Summit." It will be open in Crystal City on Wednesdays through Sundays, March 3-27. Opening night is March 3, not March 1 .

15 date ideas in the Washington D.C. area

Friday, February 12, 2010


Saturday and Sunday: Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville hosts a Chocolate and Cabernet Weekend in its intimate barrel room decorated with candles and roses. Eight cabernets are paired with exotic truffles and treats from Chocolaterie Wanders. (Then stay for lunch or wine in the tasting room.) Reservations highly recommended. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 800-492-9961. $30 per person.

Sunday: The Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls hosts fireside Valentine's concerts of Irish music at 4 and 8 p.m. Reservations, 703-759-3309 or $15.

Feb. 19: Can your date keep up with your running man? Will Eastman and Brian Billion team up to throw the all-'90s dance party No Scrubs at the 9:30 club, with so many bump-n-grind favorites you'll think you're at a middle-school dance. $10.

Through Feb. 28: Studio Theatre's production of "In the Red and Brown Water" is, admittedly, heavy stuff for a date. But if you're arts aficionados, you'll win points for taking the SO to this show written by hot playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. $42-$63.

Feb. 21: The National Gallery of Art is a perennial date spot. The upcoming "In the Tower" exhibition, however, is for people whose tastes could be described only as "adventurous." It features rare all-black works by abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. (It's a good one for a little hand-holding and contemplation.) Through Jan. 2 in the East Building. Free.


March 1-30: "G-40: The Summit" is a month-long event featuring visual and performance art from 500 artists installed in a vacant Crystal City office building. The new curated project (sponsored in part by gallery Art Whino) looks at the "new brow" movement rooted in skateboard, graffiti and comic-book culture. Go to opening night March 1 for a party-like vibe. Free.

March 6-March 21: The "DCIST Exposed" photography show is an all-local juried exhibition that has become one of the hottest art events of the year. Make a date of the opening reception at Long View Gallery, March 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. Free.

March 7: Try a crazy workout that you've always been curious about -- such as a 90-minute Bikram, or "hot," yoga class -- as a pair. (If nothing else, you'll have lots to laugh about over brunch afterward.) Find Bikram yoga at studios across the area, including Rockville, Takoma Park, Alexandria, the District and Falls Church. Visit http://www.bikramyoga.comfor locations.

March 10: Soulful crooner Mayer Hawthorne is barely 30 but sounds like a ringer for Smokey Robinson. He'll set the mood for a great date night at his next Washington show, at the Rock & Roll Hotel. $15.

March 27-April 11: Nothing can spark romance like a long walk on a beautiful day. Now, imagine if that walk were around the Tidal Basin when it's ringed with cherry blossoms. Now imagine being in the Tidal Basin. A thoughtful date would aim to reserve one of the hard-to-get paddle boats when reservations open March 10 for festival season. $10 per hour for a two-passenger boat.


April 4: Spend a spring Sunday at Eastern Market, sifting through antiques and artisan-made jewelry and art. Stop at the farmers market to pick up groceries for a home-cooked lunch. Free.

April 9: For folks in their 20s and 30s, Hirshhorn After Hours is one of the biggest see-and-be-seen events, with cocktails, performances and opportunities to mingle amid art. Tickets go on sale about a month before the event. $18.

April 16-18: Jazz legend Dave Brubeck snagged a Kennedy Center Honor last year, and this spring, let him wow you and your date in intimate quarters when he performs at Blues Alley for just three nights. Buy early. $85.

April 23: Take a cooking class together and stir up a few sparks. CulinAerie in Washington offers couples classes several times a month; at the "Spring Fling" class April 23, make frisee salad, grilled lamb and strawberry shortcake. Register at $170 per couple. In Northern Virginia, Dulles Town Center cooking school and shop Cookology's most popular classes are its "Date Nights" -- two-hour Friday-night classes on making a three-course meal. $59 per person.

April 23-24: Volunteer as a couple (or, if you're single, meet someone cool) during the annual Greater DC Cares Servathon, which enlists 5,000 volunteers for service on myriad projects across the area. Free.

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