Life After Hours: Feb. 17-19

Get out of the dorms and experience a film festival, performances or restaurant week

Life After Hours: Feb. 17-19

It’s impossible to be bored in the District this weekend with everything from film festivals and performances to historical celebrations and a restaurant week. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

DC Independent Film Festival

The D.C. Independent Film Festival is the oldest independent film festival in the District and has screened some one-of-a-kind films. The festival boasts features, shorts and documentaries on various subjects that were produced on various budgets globally. Aspiring filmmakers will also enjoy the seminars and workshops hosted throughout the weekend. Ticket prices vary for the event, with screenings costing between $7 and $12 and seminars and workshops costing $16.

When: Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 19, schedule available online

Where: Naval Heritage Center: Burke Theater at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Metro: Green or Yellow line, Archives/Navy Memorial station


AU’s Department of Performing Arts is telling the tale of Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades, who must hunt down Count Dracula, with a gender twist. This action-packed performance has twists and turns as the infamous and resourceful Count comes to a head with the people trying to destroy him. Come see fellow students in the first event of the spring theater and musical theater season. Tickets are only $10 to $15, depending on where you sit.

When: Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Where: Greenberg Theatre at 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW

Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the 199th anniversary of Frederick Douglass's birth with the National Park Service this weekend. At multiple locations listed on the site, the National Park Service is hosting everything from a kick-off party to a guided-art tour, and a Douglass-inspired Shakespeare performance to a grow-your-own-food workshop. Explore nearly every aspect of Douglass’ life through these all-ages-friendly events. Admission for all is free.

When: Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18, schedule available online

Where: Multiple locations depending on event

Alexandria Restaurant Week

Alexandria is kicking off its restaurant week this Friday, Feb. 17. Seventy Alexandria restaurants will feature a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two throughout the many neighborhoods of the city, including Old Town, Del Ray, Carlyle and the West End. 

For lunch, more than 30 restaurants will offer deals at $10, $15 or $20 per person. The restaurants range from gourmet, fine-dining to casual to encompass all of the tastes and flavors that Alexandria has to offer.

When: Feb. 17 through Feb. 26

Where: Various participating restaurants

The Black Love Experience

The Black Love Experience is one of the largest gatherings of Black artists and creatives in the Washington D.C. area and it’s back for its fourth year. The Black Love Experience promises a mix of arts, music, shopping, food, live entertainment and interactive sessions. 

As a celebration for Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, the Black Love Experience exemplifies the spirit of February by fusing creativity and expressions of love in one weekend. The experience was founded by the Nubian Hueman Boutique team and will feature several workshops, panels, musical performances, a vendor den and more. General admission is $25 online until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 17, and then $45 at the door, so get your tickets early!

When: Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19, schedule available online

Where: Multiple locations depending on event

Play In A Day

Play In A Day’s title is meant to be taken literally as six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies write, direct, rehearse and perform original, similarly-themed plays in only 24 hours. The plays will be presented at the 13th annual Play In A Day, at the Imagination Stage in Bethesda. 

The event kicks off on Friday, Feb. 17 when playwrights and directors receive their assigned themes and props. They then work through the night to create their 10-minute masterpieces, which debut Saturday at the event. Admission to this fact-paced theatrical performance is only $15.

When: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.

Where: Imagination Stage at 4908 Auburn Ave.

Metro: Red line, Bethesda station

Native Sounds Concert with James Lovell (Garifuna)

Celebrate Black History Month and Native history at the same time with this unique and engaging concert at the National Museum of the American Indian. Noted Garifuna artist and historian James Lovell will perform Garifuna music and thus, teach about its culture. His music mirrors the Afro-Carib-Arawak mix that originated in St. Vincent and can now be found in Central America, including his home country, Belize. Admission to the concert is free.

When: Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Where: Potomac Atrium in the museum

Metro: Blue, Orange, Green or Yellow line, L’Enfant Plaza station

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