Here are this weekend's best bets in nightlife, movies, music and much more around the Washington area.
- Go green: How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in D.C.
- It’s still cold: Enjoy a drink by the fire
- Capital Weather Gang: But it’s getting warmer
Through Sunday: The Environmental Film Festival, celebrating its 25th year with screenings at more than 50 venues, heads into its first weekend with a fun — and sometimes serious — mix of movies. On Saturday, AFI Silver is screening the popular and powerful Dr. Seuss cartoons “Horton Hears a Who!” and “The Lorax” in the morning and “Kedi,” a documentary about Istanbul’s street cats, later that day. Also Saturday: a free screening at the National Museum of the American Indian of “100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice,” director Melinda Janko’s documentary about a Native American woman who fought back against the U.S. government after years of broken promises. The festival runs through March 26. Prices vary.
Through Sunday: The turbulent weather may have ruined any chance of seeing an actual “peak bloom” of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. (The latest forecast is Sunday through the middle of next week.) But even as the blossoms start to fade and fall, the parties, parades and fireworks will keep the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival rolling into spring, starting with the Pink Tie Party benefit at the Ronald Reagan Building on Friday and ending with fireworks on the Southwest Waterfront next month. For information, including a full schedule of events, go to nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Friday: Skip the barhopping, crowds, bracelets and terrible singing for a slightly more civilized St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Mad Fox in Falls Church. Sure, Mad Fox’s original brewpub will be busy, but the brewers release special beers, like St. James Irish Dry Stout and Tori’s Rockstar Red Irish Red Ale, the kitchen offers food specials, and there’s blues and funk from Magnolia Blue. 3 to 10 p.m. Free admission, beers priced individually.
Friday: When people feel the need to drink green beer on St. Patrick's Day, it's usually some light beer with green food coloring. But for Fantome St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza at the Sovereign, the Georgetown bar is tapping a legitimately delicious green beer: Vertignasse, a funky green-tinged farmhouse saison from Belgium's Fantome brewery. (Vertignasse's ingredients, which include spinach juice, provide the unusual color.) If that sounds too weird, don't worry: There are 17 other rare drafts and bottles coming from the idiosyncratic Walloon brewery. 5 p.m. Free admission, beers priced individually.
Friday: One of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment, Jay Leno, returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since earning the organization’s Mark Twain Prize in 2014. The longtime host of “The Tonight Show” — and much-longer time stand-up comedian — has ramped up his touring in his post-late-night-television career while also finding time (on television or otherwise) to indulge his other obsessions: vintage cars, motorcycles and music. 8 p.m. $79-$149.
Saturday: “Nufonia Must Fall” comes to Lisner Auditorium for one night. DJ Kid Koala created this story of an aging, nearly obsolete droid, T4, who falls in love with a human, Malorie, as a graphic novel in 2003. His stage performance, directed by K.K. Barrett, combines puppetry, video capture and projection and music performed by the DJ and the Afiara string quartet on more than 20 small sets. 8 p.m. $25-$45.
Saturday-Sunday: You’ll learn something about Stephin Merritt if you check out The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir at the Lincoln Theatre this weekend. He’s performing his new record of the same name over two nights — songs 1 through 25 Saturday, then 26 through 50 Sunday — taking an autobiographical look at his life, through song. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $40-$55. (Two-show passes sold out.)
Sunday: For two decades, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage has offered a bit of everything — classical ensembles, world music groups, ballet troupes, hip-hop artists, jazz quartets and tap dancers — performing free every day of the year. The Kennedy Center marks the Millennium Stage’s 20th anniversary with a dance party featuring the infectious Irish/klezmer/bluegrass stew of Scythian and the unstoppable New Orleans funk and rock of Big Sam’s Funky Nation. 6 p.m. Free.
Sunday: New Kitchens on the Block 2 at Mess Hall has nothing to do with music, thankfully. It focuses on food from the future — or, at least, restaurants that haven't yet opened in Washington, such as Kyle Bailey's the Salt Line, Frederik de Pue's Flamant and David Deshaies's Unconventional Diner, just to name a few. There also will be drinks from Green Hat and Catoctin Creek. There are two sessions (check your ticket!): Round 1 is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Round 2 is 2 to 4 p.m. $65-$95.
Correction: An earlier version of this article had an incorrect name for Sunday's New Kitchens on the Block 2 event.