Washington, D.C. Events for the Weekend of March 2-4, 2012

From the Depths of the Ocean to the Stars

Bring the kids to a free art adventure that takes them from the deepest depths to the highest heights this Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s annual Family Day. On the ground floor they can create and name their own deep sea creature; on the first floor, they can watch Joe Mangrum paint with sand or learn from the interactive science demonstrations of Eric Energy; on the second floor they can dance on the moon, make Martian masks, or design their very own rockets. The events go on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Death By Chocolate

Are you drooling already? Because this weekend is your chance to satisfy your chocolate craving, at the annual Fairfax, VA Chocolate Lover’s Festival. The highlight every year is the massive Taste of Chocolate sampling extravaganza at the Old Town Hall, where you can buy $1 tastes of cakes, brownies, fudge brownies, ice creams, and more from 16 different confectioners and bakers. That’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. But there are also magic shows, face painting, a pancake breakfast, and a gallery of art, cakes, and cupcakes up for silent bid. For information about free parking locations, a full schedule of events, and a map of them all, visit the event website.

Click Those Heels, Clack Those Castanets

Who doesn’t love the opening guitar strains of a flamenco tune, or the defiant head-toss and hand-flourish of a flamenco dancer? This weekend you can experience that Spanish thrill at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, because it’s Flamenco Festival time. On Friday at 8 p.m. the CompaƱia Olga Pericet provides a more modern take on flamenco, while on Saturday at 8 p.m. the CompaƱia Manuela Carrasco keeps it strictly traditional. Tickets for both are $35 to $75. (Discount tickets for $22.50 are also available for Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday.)

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