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Weekend Planner: George Washington's Birthday, 'Sleeping Beauty,' Mardi Gras Jazz

What's there to do this weekend around Northern Virginia? Plenty!

The weekend is almost here — got plans? There are lots of things to do for the whole family. We've gathered up some suggestions here from indoor swimming to jazz concerts. TGIF!

Escape to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras! Join the “second line” (a New Orleans brass band parade tradition!) as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra celebrates the birthplace of jazz. These first-rate jazz musicians from the D.C. area bring audiences to their feet in enthusiastic ovations whenever they perform their swinging interpretations of the great jazz classics.

Artistic Director Jim Carroll has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Apollo Theatre, and the White House. A versatile performer, he has shared the stage with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Don’t miss this festive evening of swingin’ New Orleans big band tunes.

A pre-concert discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22, $36, $44. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID; directions are available here

Fun for the whole family, the arts center debuts "Sleeping Beauty: The Broken Spell," Saturday through weekends in March. The hourlong play begins at 1 p.m.  

When Sleeping Beauty keeps falling asleep, her parents leave to find Magical, the famous magician. Magical comes to the rescue with his helper, Edgar, and his talking cat. They have to find a way to break the spell. If they don’t, Sleeping Beauty will fall into an endless sleep. True love must break the spell.  They must hurry to find a prince and hope he can break the spell. With the help of Magical and his friends, Sleeping Beauty may have a chance at happily ever after.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children under 12.

As part of the regular admission price, soak up Washington's world from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with "General Washington," who will be in attendance and speaking to members of the crowd as well as some of his historic friends also in attendance. Wreath-laying ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Monday is the last day to view Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution - complete with his own handwritten notes. On display in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center (also included with admission to Mount Vernon).

Tickets are $17 per person (save $1 if you're 62 or older); $8 ages 6 to 11; ages 5 and younger are admitted free of charge. More about what to see and do at Mount Vernon, included in the ticket price, can be found here.

Call 703-941-7987 for reservations. $28 (13 yrs. and older) Back by popular request, this program takes you behind closed doors to see the risqué side of Victorian life depicted in prints, postcards, photographs and magazines. Those “prudish” Victorians wore tight corsets, but they weren’t always straight laced!

Directions are here.

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