It may be cold outside, but there are plenty of fun winter events in Washington D.C., Baltimore and Northern Virginia. We hope you enjoy our list of winter activities that includes festivals, museum events, and lots of other ways to have fun indoors for the first few months of the new year!
We will be adding new events often, so be sure to check back!
Winter Events in Baltimore
Transform Reality with Adam Stone
Enjoy an amazing night of hypnosis, mentalism, and magic with Adam Stone. This event will be held on January 21st at Poe’s Magic Theatre in Baltimore! Click the link above to save 50% on tickets now!
ZoSo: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Head to the Baltimore Soundstage on Thursday, January 26th to see one of the longest touring and most well-regarded Led Zeppelin tribute bands ever. ZoSo pays tribute to the legendary gods of rock: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones! Click the link above to save 50% on tickets now!
Max’s Belgian Beer Festival
With over 200 beers on tap and a couple hundred additional bottles to choose from, Max’s Annual Belgian Beer Festival in Baltimore is a must-do for any beer lover! It is held annually every President’s Day weekend in the historic Fells Point district of the Inner Harbor. Each year, there are special beer events planned for each day with different brewers. Beer choices range from popular wheat and blondes to dark beers, fruit-flavored framboise, and even sour beers for those with rare taste.
Banneker Maple Sugaring
The Benjamin Banneker Museum will host a maple sugaring session on Saturday, February 11th. Learn how to identify maple trees and tap them for syrup. There is a $5 fee per person to participate.
Winter Events in Washington DC
Washington Wizards Basketball
Get discount tickets to see the Washington Wizards this March at Capital One Arena!
- March 2 vs. Toronto Raptors
- March 4 vs. Toronto Raptors
- March 8 vs. Atlanta Hawks
- March 14 vs. Detroit Pistons
- March 18 vs. Sacramento Kings
- March 22 vs. Denver Nuggets
- March 24 vs. San Antonio Spurs
- March 31 vs. Orlando Magic
Beat The Bomb
Beat The Bomb opens the weekend of February 10th in Washington D.C.! This exciting escape room style experience is already a hit in New York City and Atlanta. Now, it is opening up in the Nation’s Capital in the Ivy City neighborhood. The venue also includes an Arcade Lounge and Game Bay with a full menu and bar.
Beat the Bomb’s signature experience is a one-hour ‘Mission’ in which small groups of players don hazmat suits and progress through 5 hi-tech experiences with touch screens, motion cameras, RFID readers, and lasers. You’ll also get a fanny pack so you can carry your phone to record TikTok videos, Instagram stories, and snap and share photos along the way. Every room is a new experience that will test your communication, coordination, reaction and memory skills as you work together as a group to earn time on your ‘Bomb Clock’. In the 5th and final room, the team must de-activate the World’s Largest Paint Bomb before the clock runs out. Otherwise, you’ll all be coated in many glowing paint colors as the bomb explodes. Many groups are unsuccessful as the explosion is one of the best parts of the experience! NOTE: Ages 8+ are allowed to play. However, it is strictly 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays after 7:30 pm.
Monster Jam is back in the DMV! Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, this action-packed Monster Jam® event features world-class athletes controlling 𝟭𝟮,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 monster machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing up to 𝟳𝟬 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗿! Monster Jam will roar into the Capital One Arena in downtown DC for one weekend only starting Saturday January 28th. During the daytime events Saturday and Sunday, there is a Monster Jam Pit Party before the event that allows you to meet the drivers, get up-close to the cars, and take lots of pictures! We highly recommend going to the Pit Party! It is a ton of fun!
DC Travel & Adventure Show
The DC Travel & Adventure Show is the only place that you can travel the globe under one roof! Browse hundreds of vacation booths, attend seminars led by travel experts, shop for travel-related products, and enjoy entertainment at this annual event at the Washington Convention Center February 4th and 5th. Read our full post on the DC Travel Show for more reasons why you should attend!
Winter Events in Northern Virginia
DMV Winter Lantern Festival
New York’s Winter Lantern Festival is making its debut in the DMV! The Winter Lantern Festival will be at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II in Tysons Virginia. It is open daily through February 12th and is just a two-minute walk from the Tysons Corner metro stop. The festival will feature over one thousand handcrafted Chinese lanterns. This winter festival offers lots of fun insta-worthy photo opps and hands-on play opportunities that will put a smile on everyone’s faces!
Harry Potter: A Forbidden Experience
Are you Team Hufflepuff or Slytherin? 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗣𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗔 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗯𝗶𝗱𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 is a MUST DO for all Harry Potter fans!!
In this nighttime experience at Morven Park in Leesburg, walk through a magical winter forest that comes alive with special effects, creatures, scenes and props from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movie series. The Harry Potter Experience is in Leesburg through February 12th.
The walk takes about an hour depending on how long you stop, take pictures, etc. Allow AT LEAST 90 minutes to enjoy the full experience. There is some uphill, but terrain is flat.
Check out our Instagram review to find out more about Harry Potter: A Forbidden Experience in Leesburg!
Other Winter Events Near the DMV
Evening in the Stacks Goes POP! – Columbia, MD
Help support Howard County 5th graders by getting your party on with DJ Kopec, the official DJ of the Baltimore Ravens! Your entry ticket also includes open bar provided by The Wine Bin and Sobar, catered food by Zeffert & Gold, live pop culture trivia, a fun photo booth, and other surprises! This event hopes to raise $150,000 for the annual Battle of the Books reading competition held throughout the county.
Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas – Gaithersburg, MD
If you’re looking to stay warm and not worry about a thing, check out Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas in Gaithersburg, Maryland! This wonderful movie theater has a full menu including specialty drinks, appetizers, pizza, entrees, kids meals, snacks, and dessert. And the best part is that it is delivered right to your comfy reclining leather seat!
Enjoy your movie in state-of-the-art high-definition sound and screen. There is also a nice lounge area so you can have a drink before or after the show. Read our full review of Cinepolis here!