• Regine Orme

This Weekend in Alexandria (1/24 - 1/26)

Updated: Jan 31

Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2020

This may be the last full weekend in January, but you still have time to work on your resolutions to have more fun and get more cultural experience in the New Year! From Scotland to Asia and everywhere in between, this weekend has events that explore nations from around the world…And even some that take you back in time…



Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26

Jurassic Quest

If you love all things Jurassic, you won’t want to miss Jurassic Quest! Featuring more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs, visitors can learn all about these huge creatures, interact with them, and even ride a few. The fun exhibit is fun for the whole family and features realistic scenes, colossal dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs, and tons of fun activities for kids of every age. Young paleontologists can uncover long-hidden dinosaurs bones at the T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs and burn off some energy at the “Dino Bounce” area, where they’ll find towering dinosaur-themed inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more! Tickets from $24/person. Friday 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dulles Expo & Conference Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151. For more information, visit https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/chantilly-va.


Friday, January 24 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

KC Lunar New Year 2020

In celebration of the Lunar New Year celebration and the Year of the Rat, the Kennedy Center will come to life with showcases of Chinese and Korean culture as well as a special display of Winter Lanterns in recognition of the first winter season at the REACH. Experience the rich cultures through orchestral performances, activities, and demonstrations—it’s a great learning experience you’ll love being a part of! The Winter Lanterns display and all events, activities, demonstrations and showcases throughout The REACH are FREE and require no tickets. Tickets required for Concert Hall performances. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566. For more information, call (202) 467-4600 or visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XU5RA?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20FALNYEM1&utm_content=version_A&pid=3269738&src=.


Saturday, January 25 – Sunday, January 26

Lunar New Year Festival

It’s the Year of the Rat, so get in on all the festivities at the Fair Oaks Mall annual Lunar New Year celebration! Featuring martial arts and dance performances from over 15 countries over the two-day celebration, you won’t want to miss a minute of the excitement. Free admission. 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 22033. For more information, call (703) 359-8300 or visit https://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/event/78535/lunar_new_year.


Saturday, January 25

Winter Blast: A Family Day of Native Games

Celebrating indigenous games from the Arctic to Argentina, this family-friendly event features hands-on activities and “make-and-takes” in addition to offering a unique chance to meet Navajo Talibah Begay as she shares a traditional Navajo shoe guessing game, play Native Hawaiian Leihua Stewart’s traditional Hawaiian games, and learn to play Bolivian games with Aymara Julia Garcia. A great cultural learning experience, no matter what age you might be! Free admission. National Museum or the American Indian, Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20560. For more information, visit https://patch.com/district-columbia/washingtondc/amp/cal/20200125/731036/winter-blast-a-family-day-of-native-games.


Saturday, January 25

Burns Night Scotch Tasting

If you love poetry and have a taste for great whisky, come to Green Spring Gardens and celebrate Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, with a special Scotch whisky tasting. You’ll learn all about Scotland’s national drink and enjoy samples from each Scotch-producing region while you dine on Scotland’s favorite dish—haggis—as well a variety of other delicious Scottish accompaniments. Cost: $45/person. 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA, 22312. For more information, call (703) 642-5173 or visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/green-spring/burns-night-scotch-tasting.

Sunday, January 26

Lunar New Year Celebration

The countdown may have come to an end weeks ago, but now it’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Gather your friends and family and head to Tyson’s Corner Center for live performances from the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe and the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute as well as themed activities from Bloomingdale's and many other fine retailers. Free event. 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22102. For more information, call (703) 997-0977 or visit https://www.tysonscornercenter.com/Events/Details/531965.


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