Things To Do In Washington, D. C.

Up to 69% Off Classes at Bikram Yoga Tenleytown

AU Park - Friendship Heights - Tenley

$150 $49

Instructors guide students through 26 poses and two breathing exercises during 90-minute Bikram yoga classes in heated studio

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Mackey's Pub

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

Priest Tyaire Presents: "Mrs. Independent" – Up to 30% Off Play

Warner Theatre

$60.50 $42.35

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Priest Tyaire's latest work examines reversed roles in a marriage, as performed by an all-star cast including Robin Givens

Sample U Street's Soul Food with a Foodie Tour Guide

Washington

$39.99 $39.99

Jeffrey Diaz takes you to sample soul food and view historical sites that helped define U Street's African American culture

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. – Up to 45% Off Visit

MADAME TUSSAUDS

$22.79 $13

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Stand face-to-face with wax-made cultural figures, sports stars, and all 44 US presidents

Up to 59% Off Wine at Crush Kitchen and Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

Multiple Locations

$120 $55

Themed evenings invite guests to sample six wines with accompanying cheese and charcuterie

Uncover the Flavors of Northwest India

U Street–Cardozo

$85 $85

Geeta, a chef featured in The New York Times, immerses you in Northwest Indian cooking techniques and their cultural context

50% Off Women's Event with Art and Food

Charles E. Smith Center at The George Washington University

$60 $30

Event celebrating women with artists, exhibits, vendors, pop-up shops, live entertainment, and of course food and free unlimited wine

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 34% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Cardinal Stadium - Catholic University of America

$14.50 $10

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In its second season as a competitor in Major League Ultimate, the DC Current square off against teams from across the east coast

Kyle Grooms & Calise Hawkins – Up to 52% Off Standup

Hyatt Regency

$25 $12

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Kyle Grooms, seen on his own Comedy Central special, draws laughs with Calise Hawkins, seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Up to 50% Off Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

Washington

$30 $15

Multimedia-rich guided tours through house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln

Up to 88% Off Boot Camp from The Sergeant's Program

Multiple Locations

$234 $29

One-hour, military-inspired workouts push members with running, calisthenics, aerobics, and weight training, held five to six days a week

Up to 50% Off History and Photography Tour

Washington D.C.

$50 $25

Two- to three-hour tours explore historic sites in DC; guides provide historical background and offer composition ideas for photos

Up to 57% Off Wine or Whiskey Tasting

Brentwood - Langdon

$699.99 $299

Skilled wine and whiskey experts bring their best bottles to customers' homes, providing tastings as well as cheese or chocolate pairings

Up to 54% Off Adult Dance Classes

Brookland

$60 $28

Drop-in adult dance classes held five days per week and available in such forms as jazz dance, African dance, and salsa

Up to 57% Off Guitar Lessons

Georgetown

$80 $39

Award-winning guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin leads guitar lessons that were highlighted by CBS as amongst the best in D.C.

Up to 60% Off Chocolate Walking Tour

The Old Stone House

$50 $25

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

Up to 54% Off Private and Semi-Private Guided Tours of DC

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

Up to 52% Off Tango Classes at Tango Mercurio

Multiple Locations

$99 $49

Instructors teach Argentine tango

National Building Museum – Up to Half Off

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$16 $8

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Colossal 19th-century building's array of exhibits explores principles of architecture, engineering, and design

Up to 52% Off a DC Photography Tour

The National Mall

$140 $69

A skilled photographer leads groups of 6–10 to various monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial to learn photography techniques

Up to 53% Off Visits to Dumbarton House

Georgetown

$30 $15

Once the home of the first Register of the Treasury, Dumbarton is now a museum with more than 1,000 artifacts of life in the early republic

Up to 61% Off Fitness Classes or Party Package

Dupont Circle

$75 $29.99

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Positive instructors teach fitness styles from pole dance to yoga during group classes or snack-fueled parties

Up to 71% Off Dance and Yoga Classes

Takoma - DC

$70 $25

Natural health practitioner and dancer aims to unleash confidence and burn calories through an eclectic array of dance classes

Up to 60% Off a Nine-Hour DC in a Day Tour

Gray Line Terminal Union Station (Bus Level)

$45 $22

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Nine-hour tour by motorcoach passes by national monuments and federal buildings and includes a visit to the US Capitol

The President Woodrow Wilson House — 50% Off Admission

Kalorama

$20 $10

Georgian Revival home where the 28th president resided after his term of office still showcases his furniture, art, photos, and state gifts

Half Off Cold-Press Prints

Capitol Hill

$200 $100

Cold-press prints; signed by Lisa Jones or an abstract, colorful creation of an ethereal woman

50% Off Fitness Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$80 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

55% Off Services

Petworth

$75 $34

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

58% Off Personal Training

Logan Circle - Shaw

$285 $120

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Personal trainers provide one-on-one guidance to help students work toward fitness goals

76% Off Boxing and Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$185 $45

At six locations, intensive boxing and martial-arts classes teach valuable self-defense and fitness skills

Up to 72% Off Dance Classes

Brightwood - Tacoma Park

$170 $59

Students aged 5 or older learn how to express themselves using ballet, tap, and gymnastics techniques

Up to 77% Off at Buddha B Yoga

U Street - Cardozo

$148 $35

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

50% Off

16th Street Heights - Crestwood - Brightwood Park

$40 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 75% Off Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$45 $19

This Navy SEAL–designed outdoor fitness program emphasizes teamwork through workouts for men and women that vary each session

Up to 51% Off Fitness Classes at Belin Sport & Fitness

Multiple Locations

$75 $38

Insanity workouts challenge students to interval training taught by certified instructors; boot-camp includes core training and cardio

51% Off Massage at Foundation Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

The long, fluid strokes of a therapeutic massage ease tension, and relieves chronic pain

Up to 57% Off a Master Gourmet Wine Seminar

Washington

$80 $39

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Winery with top rankings in Virginia Wine Lover uses seminars to educate attendees on specific wine-related topics

Up to 74% Off Fitness Classes at Stroga Strength and Yoga

Adams Morgan

$150 $39

Customers break a sweat during a range of classes from zumba to yoga or cycle in the nightclub-themed spin room, blacklight on the 1st floor

Up to 75% Off at Kaizen Karate

Multiple Locations

$150 $39

Experienced, black-belt instructors teach the fundamentals of karate in beginner classes

49% Off

Capitol Hill

$85 $43

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Up to 52% Off Tour of Washington D.C.

Hyatt Regency Hotel

$78 $39

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Experienced guide shows visitors famous landmarks, picturesque cherry blossoms, and obscure sites, such as cafes frequented by politicians

Up to 78% Off Boot-Camp Classes at CD Fit

Multiple Locations

$90 $29

Push beyond fitness plateaus with high-intensity, one-hour boot-camp classes that focus on sculpting the entire body

Up to 40% Off Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

Multiple Locations

$40 $26

Hop from bar to bar on an Easter-themed crawl; get exclusive drink specials at spots including Mad Hatter, Mighty Pint, and Recessions

DC Harbor Cruises – Up to 50% Off

Southwest Waterfront

$30 $15

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Up to 225 passengers board a luxury catamaran for a sailing excursion amid the peaceful waters of Washington

Washington Nationals – Up to Half Off Game

Nationals Park

$20 $10

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Led by a young all-star and one of the NL's most promising pitching staffs, the Nats head into 2014 poised to repeat 2012's NL East title

Up to 55% Off Beach Volleyball

Lincoln Memorial Sand Volleyball Courts

$64 $29

Get out in the sand for beach volleyball from May 6 to July 1 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Washington Capitals – 41% Off Game

Verizon Center

$67.95 $40

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Behind one of the league's top-scoring offenses, the Caps aim for a seventh straight postseason berth during home games at Verizon Center

50% Off Short-Film Happy Hour

The City Club of Washington

$40 $20

Watch the short works and six-second movies of filmmakers ages 16–34 from DC and New York

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

The Pour House

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

The Ugly Mug DC

$40 $19

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Fairgrounds

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

52% Off a Scary DC Tour

Capitol Hill

$25 $12

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Band – Up to 40% Off

H.D. Woodson High School

$20 $12

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Gospel musicians light up Valentine’s Day with the pop, jazz, funk, and soul of the Grammy-winning legends

Up to 51% Off a Cherry Blossoms Photo Tour

Multiple Locations

$148 $75

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Expert photographer leads hobbyists of all experience levels to the best locales to shoot cherry blossoms at sunrise or in the afternoon

Up to 72% Off Fitness Boot-Camp Classes

Multiple Locations

$140 $39

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Boot-camp classes reshape figures with cardio and strength-training drills that draw from several fitness schools and shift daily

74% Off Membership and Group Training at Synergy Health and Fitness

Courthouse Arlington

$269 $69

Memberships include gym access, team training with up to 15 others, and small-group sessions with a personalized program design

Up to 65% Off Yoga Classes

Multiple Locations

$50 $19

Students of all experience levels can reconnect with the body and calm the mind at all-levels yoga classes

50% Off

Columbia Heights South

$40 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 77% Off Classes at Get Shaped Fitness

Multiple Locations

$150 $34

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Fitness classes include get shaped yoga, Zumba, total body blast, booty core, and more

Up to 53% Off Fitness and Martial Arts Classes

Barcroft

$75 $35

Center promotes personal growth during martial arts classes designed for children and fitness classes for adults

Up to 65% Off Bikram Hot Yoga

Ballston

$80 $40.99

Experienced instructors lead Bikram yoga classes in heated room, promoting wellness and relaxation

Up to 58% Off Fitness and Dog-Obedience Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$155 $69

Personal trainers and dog trainers work in tandem to eradicate owners' extra pounds and pets' bad behaviors

Up to 78% Off MMA and Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$150 $43

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Along with MMA and CrossFit classes, instructors teach Gracie jiu-jitsu, muay thai, yoga, and self-defense

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$50 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 73% Off Zumba Classes

Multiple Locations

$35 $10

Zumba classes help clients stay in shape through high-energy workouts set to a soundtrack of Latin tunes

2014 Women's Wellness Fundraiser Concert – Up to 55% Off

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Communit

$110 $49

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All-star lineup of gospel singers, including Grammy-nominated star James Fortune, share their voices in a fundraiser for women and children

Up to 41% Off at Great Waves Waterpark

Alexandria

$74 $46

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All-access to 20-acre park’s wave and play pools, waterslides, and Paradise Play; optional access to mini-golf course, batting cages

Up to 73% Off Self Defense Classes

Hampton Inn & Suites

$65 $19

Martial arts experts teach students how to defuse potentially dangerous situations with hand-to-hand combat training

Up to 68% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Martial Arts helps students improve overall fitness, focus, confidence, energy and self-discipline in Shaolin Kempo Karate classes

50% Off Services

Old Town

$140 $70

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

43% Off

Franconia

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 55% Off Martial Arts After-School Program

Fort Belvoir/Mount Vernon

$396 $198

Kids learn the discipline and skills of taekwondo in after-school program that provides free shuttle service and snacks

Up to 60% Off Personal-Training Sessions

Alexandria

$340 $170

Following a fitness consultation, a personal trainer helps clients devise individually tailored exercise regimens

52% Off Classes at Dance Studio Lioudmila

Cameron Park

$52 $25

Instructors help pupils master moves during group classes in genres such as tango, swing, and ballroom

Up to 68% Off Classes at River's Edge Yoga

Old Town North

$130 $40.99

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Dancer-turned-yogi guides students through graceful, breath-connected movements to increase strength and flexibility

64% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Alexandria

$109 $39

Fitness instructors guide participants through boot-camp-style workouts that tone muscles and burn calories

84% Off Personal Training

Silver Spring

$240 $39

Personal-training sessions combine strength training and cardio conditioning to tone muscles and burn calories

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Considered to be the country's only public museum devoted to the history of global espionage, the International Spy Museum teems with multimedia displays, hands-on activities, and educational events. Filled with low-lit halls and mysterious doors, the museum backs up its exhibits with experience; many of its board members, staff, and speakers are former spies. Executive Director Peter Earnest, for one, spent more than 35 years in the CIA and its National Clandestine Service; frequent speaker Oleg Kalugin once held a position as major general of the KGB. Through special talks and an array of exhibits, the group reveals several hundred years of spy techniques and gadgetry, showcases connections between real spies and pop culture, and draws from international backgrounds to grant a global perspective.

In the Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains exhibit, visitors explore the most memorable villains from throughout the James Bond film series, discovering the role the series played in shaping public perception of spying and exploring how the villains changed to reflect their times. Featuring over 110 movie and historic artifacts, a series galleries allows visitors to learn about the wide variety of evildoers from many perspectives. For an additional charge, guests can opt to embark on a simulated covert mission entirely based on real intelligence case files in Operation Spy, a one-hour interactive exhibit during which participants ride in simulated truck beds and use video surveillance to find leaked nuclear-trigger technology in a fictional country.

800 F St
Washington,
DC
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In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the two years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.

Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail spaces across D.C., the brand-new, 1,800-square-foot permanent studio in Dupont Circle has an open-house policy to enable paint parties seven days a week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separatley for studio time, canvas, and drinks. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer, wine, and creative cocktails for the 21+ set. More than 32 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venue are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.

645 Morton Pl NE
Washington,
DC
US

“A synthetic turf-covered love letter to Washington.” That’s what Fritz Hahn of the Washington Post had to say about H Street Country Club after visiting the nearly 7,000-square-foot bar at the heart of the Atlas District. Yet Hahn wasn’t talking about the eatery’s decadent food; he was commenting on the space's devilishly tricky indoor golf course. During each nine-hole outing—for adults 21+—putters encounter the Lincoln Theatre, Ben’s Chili Bowl, and the titanic grasping hands of a half-submerged Marion Barry. As if a trip to the links wasn’t enough to work up an appetite, the entire first floor of H Street tempts gamers with skee-ball, shuffleboard, and wall-vs-human staring contests—all within an arm’s reach of margaritas, mojitos, and other specialty drinks.

Upstairs, a glass panel filled with retired golf balls gazes out over artist and contributing decorator Lee T. Wheeler’s talents, which alight upon everything from the sculptures crafted from repurposed birdhouses to the bar’s cushy lounge seating. The design sets the stage for executive chef Pablo Cardoso’s upscale take on classic Mexican food, with tables welcoming grilled skirt steak splayed over "cowboy" beans, a half chicken paired with yuca, and fajitas stuffed with still-sizzling shrimp. For dessert, the chef stuffs crisp empanadas with sweet mangoes, topping the confection with creamy ice cream and a note to get out of gym class for a week.

1335 H St NE
Washington,
DC
US

William Wilson Corcoran believed in American artists at a time when most collectors bought only European paintings. The financier-turned-philanthropist made friends with masters such as Thomas Doughty and George Inness, bought what interested him, and even opened up his home twice a week so the public could view his collection. And that practice was the seed which grew into the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The formal location opened in 1874 with 98 paintings and sculptures from Corcoran's personal collection. Today, that collection exceeds 16,000.

The focus on 18th- to 20th-century American artists such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol remains—but that doesn't mean the gallery has blinders on. It also holds works by European luminaries such as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. The collection even extends into decorative art such as the Salon Doré, an 18th-century French period room once housed in Paris's Hôtel de Clermont.

In the same way the Corcoran Gallery extends beyond American art, it pushes its purpose beyond simply displaying masterpieces. Year-round events include lectures from prominent critics as well as live performances and wine mixers. The Corcoran even nurtures the next generation of talent with after-school and weekend classes that teach students how to draw everything from landscapes to landscapes covered with bowls of fruit.

500 17th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.

700 14th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of club equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.

4000 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

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