Do the dreary wintertime blues have you feeling a little down? Not to worry–we’ve picked a few fun-filled activities to bring you back to life this February!  From presidential birthday celebrations to new museum exhibits to basketball games, there’s a little something for everyone!  Here are 5 things to do in DC over the next 28 days:

1.) ‘1967: Civil Rights at 50’ Exhibit at the Newseum
Opens February 3rd
The Newseum looks back on the Civil Rights Movement with this special exhibition that focuses on the historical events of 1967. Through the news of the day, the exhibit covers the rise of the Black Panther party, the public criticism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali and the eruption of riots in major U.S. cities, including Detroit, Newark and Oakland. 1967: Civil Rights at 50 is part of a rotating exhibit that showcases the relationship between the First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement.

2.) Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday at Mount Vernon
February 18th-20th, 9 AM-4 PM, Click here for tickets
Honor the birth date of America’s first president with a weekend of festivities at the beautiful Mount Vernon. On Saturday and Sunday, access to these events are included with admission, but on Monday, all events are free! #PoseLikeThePrez in selfies, take in character performances, hear classic stories, have birthday cake with “General Washington” and much, much more.

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3.) ‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors’ Exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
February 23rd-May 14th, 10 AM-5:30 PM, Free Admission
One of the most highly anticipated DC experiences of the year begins at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Feb. 23. Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s greatest artists, a Japanese woman who specializes in immersive art. Her mirror rooms, large-scale paintings and child-like installations will all be on display in an exhibit that is sure to draw large crowds and lots of Instagram posts.  The museum will be providing timed passes, so be sure to check out their website for availability.


4.) DC Independent Film Festival
February 15th-20th
DC’s longest-running independent film festival presents another diverse body of narrative features, documentaries, shorts, student films and animated works.  With dozens of entries, the festival will premiere films from all over the world.  For more information go to https://dciff-indie.org/

5.) Cheer on the Washington Wizards!
The Washington Wizards enter February with 15 straight wins at home under their belt, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the 1988-89 season! They’re emerging as the dark horse of the Eastern Conference and are certainly a lot of fun to watch!  Don’t miss your chance to cheer them on this February in home matchups versus the Lakers (February 2nd), the Pelicans (February 4th), the defending champion Cavaliers (February 6th), the Pacers (February 10th), the Thunder (February 13th), the Jazz (February 26th) and the Warriors (February 28th.)  Check out StubHub and SeatGeek for the best ticket prices!


For more events happening this February, check out the larger list compiled by our friends at Destination DC: