This Weekend: Health & Fitness, Free Music & The Ritz

Well it finally happened, winter is definitely here which means most of us are less motivated to get outside and be social. The frigid temperatures are no excuse to not get out and enjoy the city though, and don’t add to the holiday pounds by sitting around wrapped in a blanket while binge watching “Making of a Murderer”, although that does sound amazing. Here are some suggestions to get you layered and out the door this weekend:

NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo

January 9th & 10 l 9 am – 5 pm

It is important to know that you do not have to be a fitness expert, instructor, enthusiast, or in any kind of peak physical condition to visit NBC4’s Health & Fitness Expo. You only have to be a person interested in learning information on leading a healthy lifestyle, love free samples, and maybe in need of a health screening.  There will be tons of vendors offering samples and health tips, as well as Zumba, yoga, and other fun fitness classes. Admission is totally free and you kind find out more information here. So, if it is the year of “new year, healthier me”, make sure you check it out this weekend.

‘NSO in Your Neighborhood’

Now – January 11th

This is really cool, especially if you love the National Symphony Orchestra, but sadly it ends Monday. The 96 members of the National Symphony Orchestra will be spreading out all over the city to bring classical music to smaller venues. The event, called “NSO in Your Neighborhood,” includes a variety of concerts featuring soloists, small ensembles and the entire orchestra in nontraditional venues. Here are some highlights:

  • The Last Stand Quartet, made up of NSO members, performs with the Drawbridge Collective, a D.C.-based spoken-word group. Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW; Jan. 7., 7 p.m., free.
  • A quartet led by violinist Jae-Yeon Kim will perform an eclectic program of music including Mozart, Gershwin and Ravel. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW; Jan. 8, 6 p.m., free.
  • “A Day of Music” will feature two performances by the entire orchestra. The 2 p.m. show includes an excerpt of “The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly,” an orchestral work inspired by the massive piece of folk art of the same name, which is also on display. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW; Jan. 9, 1-8:30 p.m., free.
  • NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan will perform with local hip-hop group Words Beats & Life and the University of Maryland Hip-Hop Orchestra. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G. St. NW; Jan. 10, 4 p.m., free.

There are more concerts than what is listed above and they are free; get some more information here.

The Hamilton Loft – Free Late Night Music

January 9th & 10th l 10:30 pm – 1:00 am

Here is a fun fact in case you didn’t know, The Hamilton has a bar called The Loft and every Friday and Saturday night they offer free music. The bands are always great and because the venue is small, it makes for a more intimate musical experience.  Music may be delayed due to private events so check with the The Hamilton to be sure.  You can find a full list of all upcoming events here, including who will be singing to us for free.

The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown – Sit By A Roaring Fire

I’m not kidding, have you ever sat by the fireplace in the Ritz on a freezing DC night?  I have multiple times on a random weekend night, it’s glorious and calming.  This is just a suggestion if you and a few friends want to stay warm, go somewhere with fancy cocktails, and not deal with crowded bars. They have a great selection of drinks, couches and chairs to lounge on, a waiter/waitress so you can literally lounge the entire time, and some board games laying around if you get tired of talking to each other. It’s worth a visit if you haven’t been yet, even better if you go early afternoon when nobody is in the lounge and you can get right by the fire.

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