Start your spring break weekend with a musical reminiscent of your childhood, then fast forward a few years by tossing back a Guinness and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Finally, finish your weekend off by feasting over flavor-packed tacos you make with the help of a well-known chef.
“The Wiz” at Ford’s Theatre
Follow the Yellow Brick Road down to Ford’s Theatre and rediscover the world of Dorothy, Scarecrow and the Tinman. Seven-time Tony award-winning musical, “The Wiz,” has made its way to the District for one weekend only. The musical takes on a childhood favorite, “The Wizard of Oz,” while incorporating pop, soul and R&B alongside set design reminiscent of the 1970s for a performance that is meant to inspire and celebrate black culture. The show is two and a half hours long with a short intermission between the two acts.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, 7:30 p.m. From $20-$73.
Ireland on the Wharf
Get a head start to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with an afternoon spent by the waterfront. Sip on a dark Guinness while you enjoy live music, Irish dance performances, a beer garden and bagpipers. The live music line-up includes Ireland’s own Aine O’Doherty Band, as well as local acts like The Danny Burns Band and The ShamRogues. The event is hosted by a local pub, so the day does not end when the scheduled celebrations do. Finish off the evening by feasting on homemade fish and chips, soda bread or shepherd’s pie at Kirwan’s Pub, a laid back take on the traditional dark-wooded Irish Pub.
District Pier and Seventh Street Park. 2 to 6 p.m. Free.
How to Throw a Tico Fiesta: Hands-On, Chef-Led Cooking Classes
End your weekend by taking a hands-on cooking class at renowned chef Michael Schlow’s 14th Street restaurant, Tico. Head Chef Rodrigo Perez and his culinary team will teach you the artistry required to make the perfect taco, ceviche and other Tico restaurant favorites. Even if you have never diced a tomato before, you’re in the clear. Schlow’s classes are designed for all levels, beginners and experts alike. Once the cooking is complete, you will feast on your delicious creations, as well as dishes and cocktails specially curated by the culinary team at the restaurant.
Tico, 1926 14th St. NW, 3 to 6 p.m. $50.