Friday, Feb. 16
Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase at the Silver Spring Civic Center: This annual festival, run by the Brewers Association of Maryland, focuses on seasonal beers — it's heavy on stouts, porters, barley wines and barrel-aged offerings — but features a wide selection of brewers from across the Old Line State, including a good number that aren't found regularly in the Washington area. In addition to all-you-can-sample beer, the night includes live music and snacks. 6 to 10 p.m. $55-$75.
50 Shades of Rosé at La Maison Francaise: More than 100 wines are featured at this festival at the French Embassy’s La Maison Francaise, including a number of French rosés. Tickets include unlimited sampling and access to cooking demonstrations, food pairing seminars, burlesque performances, dancing, and a marketplace featuring local food and craft vendors. If you discover a new favorite vintage, all bottles will be available for purchase. 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. $69-$99.
First date survival guide at Busboys and Poets: A first-date crash course from Washington Post Date Lab writers, Solo-ish writer Lisa Bonos and sports reporter Neil Greenberg. These experienced daters will offer tricks on how to avoid, and recover from, classic first-date pitfalls and advice on how to turn a bad date into a good time. 5 to 7 p.m. Free.
2018 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts: This year’s Oscar-nominated documentary shorts — which are being shown at Landmark’s West End Cinema and the Old Greenbelt Theatre beginning Friday in two separate programs — fall, for the most part, into two tidy categories: the issue-oriented and the personal. Tickets for each program, which are tailored to the two distinct tastes, are sold separately. Times vary. $9.50-$12.50.
Saturday, Feb. 17
Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Birthday Weekend at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site: Two days of celebration include tours of Douglass's home lead by Park Service rangers; walking tours of historic Anacostia; Douglass's speeches delivered by the student winners of the Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest; performances of spirituals and brass band music; family activities, including puppet shows and interactive demonstrations; and discussions by authors and historians. Free shuttles will run from the Anacostia Metro Station to Cedar Hill both days. Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most events take place at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, while some are held at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free.
Braxton Cook at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival: The currents run warm and cool on Braxton Cook's impressive 2017 album “Somewhere in Between,” a batch of thoughtfully ventilated compositions partially shaped by the time Cook toured with the genre-dissolving trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Throughout, whether Cook, a 26-year-old Prince George’s County native, is playing affectionate phrases on his alto or straight-up serenading “the one for me,” he’s always aiming at the heart. 9 p.m. $25.
Transformer's Heartbreaker's Ball at Comet Ping Pong: Whether you gave someone a card on Valentine’s Day or not, you can have a blast while supporting local artists at this annual party thrown by the arts organization Transformer. Entertainment includes DJs, live music, tarot readings and body painting, and guests can also browse Transformer’s FlatFile — a collection of prints, paintings and photographs smaller than 16 by 20 inches created by emerging artists — to purchase souvenirs. VIP tickets include a pizza buffet and open bar. 7 p.m. to midnight. $35-$100.
Cher at the MGM National Harbor: A dream date for Cher fans, this extended run at the MGM's theater is the final of three residencies on the extended “Classic Cher” tour, which has been bouncing between Las Vegas and National Harbor for the past year. Expect all the hits, from “I Got You Babe” to “The Shoop Shoop Song” to “Believe,” with an extravagant stage show and numerous costume changes. 8 p.m. $135-$327.
Sunday, Feb. 18
NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix the Classix! at the Kennedy Center: Think classical music is boring and stuffy? You need to meet Wytold, a musician and composer who performs on a six-string electric cello, and Christylez Bacon, a local hip-hop artist who’s earned a Grammy nomination for best children’s album. Together, they reimagine Pachelbel, Beethoven and Prokofiev with funky riffs and beatbox rhythms to teach kids about musical creativity. Note: The 2 p.m. concert is a sensory-friendly performance, and after the 4 p.m. show, younger guests can participate in a Q&A session with musicians. 2 and 4 p.m. $15-$18.
Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown: 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. In that spirit, you’re cordially invited to bring your pup to this year’s Chinese New Year’s Parade in the District’s Chinatown. Dressed-up dogs will join the traditional Chinese lions and dragons, along with marchers from the community, such as the Whitman High School Drumline. The action centers on Chinatown’s Friendship Archway. Don’t miss the firecracker finale. 2 p.m. Free.
Snarky Puppy at the Fillmore: Snarky Puppy, a Brooklyn-based collective, has been making compelling, genre-blurring songs for 14 years. The group rose to prominence on the tour circuit — just last year, after a third Grammy win, Snarky Puppy played huge venues around the world — but may be taking a break soon before hitting the studio for a fresh album in 2018. For a group as prolific as this one, it’s always worth revisiting where it has been as you wait to see where it’s going. 8 p.m. $33.
17th Annual Winter Dance Party at Bethesda Blues and Jazz: It's been 59 years since Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash while on the Winter Dance Party tour. For the last 17 years, some of the biggest names on D.C.'s rockabilly and roots rock scene have gotten together to pay tribute to the Day the Music Died. Ruthie and the Wranglers, the Flea Bops and the Rock-a-Sonics are among the acts taking the stage. 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
The Great American Pig Out at American Ice Company: Celebrate the long weekend in the most American of ways: an all-you-can-eat feast. Tickets cover unlimited plates of whole roast pig and sides, such as mac and cheese and corn bread, and the day also features a tap takeover by Leesburg's Vanish brewing, Jim Beam cocktails and live bluegrass by Near Aintry Trio. Noon to 4 p.m. $25.
Monday, Feb. 19
George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon: Spend Presidents' Day honoring America's first president at his home, where the usual $12 to $20 admission fees are waived for the day. Activities include musical and military demonstrations, a wreath-laying at Washington's tomb, and the chance to get a photo with actors portraying George and Martha. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
Presidential trivia at Port City Brewing: In honor of the holiday, Port City Brewing is hosting a special presidential edition of its monthly trivia night. Brush up on James K. Polk facts, study a list of vice presidents (Hannibal Hamlin is always useful), and get ready to show off how much you learned in AP history class. Outfits — especially tricorner hats and American flag-colored anything — are encouraged, as the “most presidential” team receives a prize. Show up early: The Alexandria brewery is extending hours from 1 to 9 p.m., and will have a fresh batch of Metro Red, a hoppy West Coast-style red ale. 5 p.m. Free, reservations suggested.
Presidents' Day Pizza Party at the Midlands: No work or school on Monday? Spend the day lounging around the Midlands Beer Garden with personal wood-fired pizzas from Timber Pizza, live music by cover band the Forever Agos, and buy-one, get-one-free deals on all local draft beers. Noon to 5 p.m. Free; food and drink priced individually.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Michael O'Sullivan, Chris Richards and Briana Younger