Things To Do in District of Columbia

Happy Hour, DJ Nights, or Monuments by Moonlight Cruise for One, Two, or Four from DC Cruises (Up to 51% Off)

DC Cruises

Georgetown

$28 $14

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During cruises down the Potomac River, adult passengers enjoy great views, music, and a cash bar

$25 for Wild Goose Chase Urban Beer Scavenger Hunt for Team of Two on Saturday, September 20 ($50 Value)

Team Player Productions - Goose Island Events

Old Glory

$50 $25

Goose Island Beer Company sponsors a beer-drinking scavenger hunt, in which teams of two race through DC in search of five golden eggs

$30 for DC International Beerfest Entry on Saturday, September 20 ($50 Value)

DC International Beerfest

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

$50 $30

Beer and wine festival features hundreds of local and international breweries along with musical performances and outdoor activities

Two-Hour Sunset Cruises or Day Sail for One, Two, or Four from Boomerang Tours, Inc. (Up to 49% Off)

Boomerang Tours, Inc.

Georgetown

$27 $14

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Partygoers board the deck of a party yacht for DC's monumental sights and plenty of chances to dance along to the live DJ

Bake Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits with a Southern Chef

Biscuit-Baking Class

Adams Morgan

$45 $45

Jessica O'Neal leads students through a hands-on biscuit-baking lesson before the class sits down to feast on their creations

Two Classic or Fall-Themed Beer Flights with Two Appetizers for Two at Uptown Tap House (Up to 50% Off)

Uptown Tap House

Washington

$34 $17

Enjoy appetizers such as truffled steak and cheese eggrolls, paired with flights of craft beers or fall-themed premium beers

Five Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Capoeira Fitness DC (Up to 51% Off)

Capoeira Fitness DC

Washington

$75 $39

This Brazilian martial art combines kicks and acrobatics with dance-like moves to help improve strength for students of all levels

VIP Bottle Service for Five or More, or $15 for $30 Toward Premium Cocktails for Four at Mova Lounge DC

Mova Lounge DC

Logan Circle - Shaw

$30 $15

Hand-crafted drinks made with popular liquors are served to VIPs in an upscale lounge with live DJs

24-Hour Double-Decker Bus Tour or 48-Hour Bus Tour with Attractions from CitySights DC (Up to 30% Off)

CitySights DC

Union Station (Main Lobby)

$48 $35

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View DC monuments and landmarks during double-decker bus tour of the city; choose various museums to visit

24-Hour Double-Decker Bus Tour or 48-Hour Bus Tour with Attractions from CitySights DC (Up to 30% Off)

Citysights DC

Union Station (Main Lobby)

$48 $35

View DC monuments and landmarks during double-decker bus tour of the city; choose various museums to visit

10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Buddha B Yoga (Up to 77% Off)

Buddha B Yoga

U Street - Cardozo

$148 $35

Certified instructors lead students of all fitness levels through Jivamukti, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa-style yoga classes

Painting Class with Drink for 1 or 2 or Private Party for Up to 15 at Uncork’d Art (Up to 51% Off)

Uncork'd Art

Uncork'd Art

$50 $25

Local artists lead fun two-hour group painting classes for a 21+ crowd with glass of wine, or host private party for up to 15 guests

Friends Membership With Option for Garden Event at National Fund for the US Botanic Garden (Up to 50% Off)

National Fund for the US Botanic Garden

Washington Mall

$75 $39

Botanic gardens host American plant life, public education programs, and year-round events

Three- or Seven-Hour Bus Tour For Two People from Chariots for Hire Tours (Up to 50% Off). Four Tour Options.

Chariots For Hire

Federal Triangle

$98 $49

Choose one of four historical tours and visit important landmarks aboard luxury bus

$59 for Annual Smart Tennis Membership and $20 Toward Apparel and Repairs at Tennis Zone ($120 Value)

Tennis Zone

Glover Park

$120 $59

Smart Tennis connects tennis players online and rewards them for playing with prizes; apparel and repairs available at Tennis Zone

$35 for Five 90-Minute Bikram-Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Dupont (Up to $100 Value)

Bikram Yoga Dupont

Dupont Circle

$100 $35

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Held in a room heated to 105 degrees, a set sequence of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises enhances flexibility and strength

Two-Hour Chocolate Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

The Old Stone House

$50 $25

Chocolate tour introduces guests to Georgetown's homemade ice cream, artisan truffles, and pies

Private or Semi-Private Chauffeured Tours of DC from ELD Touring Enterprises (Up to 54% Off). Six Options Available.

ELD Touring Enterprises

Washington

$120 $59

Tour guides chauffeur groups of up to six in SUVs or vans, giving them private or semi-private tours during the day or evening

Six-Week Tango Course, Weekend Intensive, or Private Lesson for One or Two at Tango Mercurio (Up to 52% Off)

Tango Mercurio

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

Instructors teach Argentine tango

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A certified sixth-grade teacher and a longtime resident of the DC metropolitan area, Shaady Fakhrai seems perfectly suited to deliver informative tours of the capitol. But it wasn't her professional experience or her hometown pride that got her in the saddle?it was a medical emergency. After a terrible accident left her wheelchair bound for several months, her only release was her physical therapy sessions, where she'd rebuild her leg muscles on a stationary bicycle. She made a vow in that doctor's office: "The day that I can ride a bike again, I'm going to ride my bike for, like, fifty miles, and I'm not going to stop." And that's exactly what she did. Soon after her recovery, happenstance led her to cross paths with a pedicab, and two days later, she was starting a brand-new career.

Today Fakhrai oversees a fleet of pedicabs and drivers who lead not only historical tours, but also bar crawls, holiday excursions, trivia tours for prizes, and demonstrations in ponytail physics. On the Monuments Tour, locals and tourists alike get the inside scoop on the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the National Mall. The Lincoln Beer Tour starts out by tracing the footsteps of the assassin John Wilkes Booth, and ends at a local brewery where guests toast the Great Emancipator with free samples. The DC Wonderland Wine Tasting tour ups the ante on capitol refreshments by letting riders sip still or sparkling wine while they tour the Newseum, the Crime and Punishment Museum, and the Friendship Arch, among other locales.

1275 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

French-trained photographer E. David Luria loves many subjects, but he directs most of his attention toward Washington, DC's historic architecture. His images, which lovingly depict the city's landmarks, have been published in Time magazine as well as several local Washington papers. Luria teaches tricks of his trade privately for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, but also through Washington Photo Safari's tours.

Luria, along with a team of 11 other instructors?many experienced independent photographers and photojournalists?shepherd small groups through the capital's streets, gardens, and halls while teaching them photographic techniques. These include how to use selective focus, control F-stops and shutter speeds, and remove vampires from pictures taken at night. They then help participants practice these skills on expeditions through buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral, and the National Building Museum. More seasonal tours let guests document the short-lived cherry blossom season, challenging them to capture striking tableaus of the pink petals from land or water. They also teach composition among the verdant garden landscapes and elegant buildings at Hillwood Gardens and the US Botanic Garden to foster tourists? appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.

4545 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Lynford Morton doesn't like to be called an instructor. Instead, he prefers photo coach. To Lynford, coaching more accurately describes his process of giving advice and support and boosting confidence in photographers as they actively snap shots of their subjects. His teaching method sticks to this sports analogy, as he first forms a foundation of photography principles—a playbook of sort. Then during hands-on sessions, photographers practice using techniques and calling audibles to get clouds into the right position. Since Lynford keeps most classes at a ratio of 1 to 12 or fewer, he can guide students with tips or illustrate a point with a teaching app on his iPad.

Lynford has always loved to tell stories with pictures. His father, a self-taught photographer from a village on St. Kitts, fueled Lynford's passion at an early age—which he later bridged with a photojournalism college major and a career in public relations. Now, he walks the historic streets of DC each weekend with troops of eager photographers anxious to tell their own visual stories.

10 G Street Northeast
Washington,
DC
US

Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.

Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.

50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington,
DC
US

In the shadow of national monuments and blooming trees, a chorus of camera shutters click while photographers usher once-fleeting moments into eternity. Premier Photo Tours' staff helps foster such experiences, giving shooters skills with which to go after their photographic pursuits. Each a combination of instructor and guide, the company's camera pros lead themed walks around town that teach kids and adults how to frame scenic shots or get a stubborn art sculpture to smile. Deeper instruction comes in the form of Photo Mentor classes for photographers who want to take a more artistic and technically savvy approach in any stage of their photography development. During any of Premier's sessions, snappers have the opportunity to build community with one another around their budding talents, which can be enhanced on group travel excursions to some of the world's most photogenic locales.

1964 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington,
DC
US

With chef Raynold Mendizabal at the helm, Fujimar Restaurant blends Asian and Latin American culinary traditions to form a menu heavy on fresh seafood, sushi, and ceviche. Its sashimi-quality fish are speared and hooked in the waters off Hawaii by divers mindful of sustainability, the environment, and Poseidon?s busy water-polo schedule. Much of this seafood is flown directly from Hawaii the day it?s caught, ensuring the freshness of Pacific delicacies such as light, crunchy Hapu?up?u and rich, flaky mero.

With an elegance to match the cuisine, Fujimar?s softly lit dining room seats guests at jet-black four-top tables with deep-red seating. Crystal chandeliers dangle teardrop-shaped trinkets. At the bar, a translucent, neon-orange candelabra emits a glow rivaling that of the candles it holds. Behind it, mixologists Ari and Micah Wilder craft complex drinks and synchronized cocktail-shaker routines with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

1401 K Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

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