Here are this holiday weekend's best bets in nightlife, comedy, music and much more around the Washington area.

Thursday: Maren Morris sold out the 9:30 Club long before performing and winning best country solo performance at last weekend’s Grammy Awards. The 26-year-old singer is blowing up: Most of her other concert dates over the next two months are sold out as well. 7 p.m. Sold out, although tickets are available on the secondary market.

Through Saturday: Sam Jay, playing Drafthouse Comedy this weekend, will make you think … but also double over laughing. The rising star’s humor deals in sexuality (she identifies as queer), race and gender. Shows Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. $20.

Through Monday: With the Wizards off for the NBA All-Star break and the Capitals on the road, Disney on Ice takes over Verizon Center with “Dream Big,” a Tinker Bell-guided journey through Disney’s many animated worlds. (Think “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella” and more.) Times vary. $20-$85.

Friday: The signature event of Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month is Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase at the Silver Spring Civic Building, a new festival focused on seasonal ales. Twenty-four Free State breweries, such as Heavy Seas, Evolution, Peabody Heights and Brookeville Beer Farm, are offering a selection of stouts, porters and other cold-weather beers, Mission BBQ is bringing the food and blues bands provide entertainment. 7-10 p.m. $50-$65.

Friday-Monday: Alexandria Restaurant Week goes big with 70 restaurants and two weekends over 10 days with two dinner options and three lunch price points. Restaurants offer a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two, giving you multiple ways to check out such old favorites as Vermilion, Restaurant Eve and Cheesetique. It also gives you a chance to sample new restaurants, such as Hen Quarter, Northside 10, Live Oak and Vola’s Dockside Grill. Through Feb. 26. Participating restaurants at

Monday: Off on the federal holiday? Lucky you. Spend it outside on this Free Entrance Day from the National Park Service. Parks, battlefields and the like open the gates for free, meaning that sites that typically charge a fee — locally, think Great Falls, Antietam battlefield, Fort McHenry and Shenandoah National Park — let you in with a wave and a smile. For more information, go to

Monday: For Presidents’ Day, Mount Vernon holds an Open House to close out Washington’s Birthday Weekend, welcoming visitors with free admission. There will be military demonstrations and other performances, a hickory syrup tasting, a public wreath-laying and more throughout the day. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Monday: No one has been holding parades in honor of our first president longer than Alexandria. The George Washington Birthday Parade, a mile-long procession through the streets of Old Town, features bands, horses, community groups and more. 1 p.m. Free.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Manassas National Battlefield Park typically charges an entry fee. This version has been updated. 

-- Fritz Hahn contributed to this report.