Your Weekend Guide!

Normally, our goal is to bring you the most exciting events and happenings around DC every weekend. In these extraordinary times, this guide is going to look a little different. DC, Maryland, and Virginia are officially under “stay-at-home” orders, barring us from being in public aside from limited trips for essential reasons. In short, we’re not going anywhere for a little while longer. Even as we approach the end of week three in quarantine in a continued effort to #flattenthecurve, there ways to have a little fun and stay sane, while being safe. Here’s everything you can still do at home this weekend.

Have a drink and tip your bartenders and servers

Hopefully you’ve stocked up on the key necessities for self-isolation, when you pour yourself a drink, think of your favorite bartenders and servers who are out of work due to establishments being shut down across the region. Leave a few bucks as a tip via these virtual tip jars for DC, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore. There are also funds you can contribute to, including one in partnership with Hook Hall Helps and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and one organized by the James Beard Foundation.

Cost: Whatever you can afford

Bring the city’s best restaurants to you

If you aren’t in the mood to cook, or you’re looking for a way to support the struggling local hospitality industry, get takeout or delivery from your neighborhood restaurant. Many spots are still open for to-go food (and booze!). You can find out who’s offering which services and how to order via online database Dining at a Distance (currently tracking DC, Arlington, Loundon, Richmond, and Baltimore). It just so happens to be Virginia Is For Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week, encouraging folks to order takeout or delivery right now.

Cost: Prices vary by establishment; be sure to tip well

Sweat it out with a virtual workout

With gyms and fitness studios shutting down, you may be wondering how to avoid losing those gains. Many businesses are offering online classes, including local ones like Formula Running Center and Barry’s. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington just debuted a virtual platform where you can choose from a variety of fitness genres or keep your tennis skills up to stuff. Thankfully, with a virtual workout, the sweat is still real.

Cost: Prices vary, many are free

Put your cooking skills to the test

What’s your number one excuse for not cooking? “I just don’t have time!” With all the time in the world, bust out a cookbook or find an online recipe and whip something up. It can be a simple cacio e pepe or omelette if you’re a beginner, or something more elaborate like beef Wellington or croissants from scratch if you’re up for a culinary challenge you’d never attempt on an average weeknight. You can even learn some new skills virtually from local chefs. If booze is more your style, bartenders are offering classes, too.

Cost: Prices vary

Catch up on the latest TV shows or movies

You finally have the perfect excuse to Netflix and chill. Try one of these binge-worthy shows with 100 or more episodes, or watch one of the best movies on NetflixAmazon, or Hulu right now. Plus, there’s a lot to look forward to on Netflix. If you’re looking for a little companionship, try a Netflix Party.

Cost: Prices vary

Have a virtual party

While in-person dinner parties and game nights are verboten right now, that doesn’t mean you should stop socializing--just do it virtually, with FaceTime or other video conferencing apps. Sit down for a meal together, dance in your living rooms, or have a game night. Every Sunday, you and your friends can join DC Fray for virtual bingo

Cost: Free

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