Unique Nights Out In The D.C. Area

June 7, 2012 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: U Street Music Hall via Facebook

Need a little inspiration for a night out in town? Washington, D.C. is home to a wide variety of things to do, including a drive-in movie theater, performing art centers, spy workshops, casinos and more. Step out of your weekly routine and try something new tonight.
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Photo Credit: U Street Music Hall via Facebook

U Street Music Hall
1115 U St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-1880

Price: Ticket prices range between $5 and $25; free entry for visitors 21 and up for some events
Click here for performance schedule

Forget over-crowded DC clubs that play the same songs every night. Expand your musical tastes at the U Street Music Hall and support area musical education programs all at the same time. The U Street Music Hall features two full-service bars, a 1,200 square foot cork-cushioned dance floor and a state-of-the-art sound system. The venue’s performance calendar features a mix of unique DJs, bands and performing artists with musical tastes ranging from house to funk to techno and everything in between. The U Street Music Hall has also established a foundation which supports music education programs and events for DC area youth.

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The Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) EYE-SPYU

Price: Click here for special program pricing information
Click here for a calendar of events

Ever wonder what it takes to become an undercover spy? Visit the Spy Museum and learn Surveillance 101 with the help of Eric O’Connell, the man who helped catch the most damaging spy in U.S. history, CIA Operative Robert Hanssen. The Spy Museum also offers numerous evening lectures and seminars on international spying as well as various kid-friendly events. Explore the largest collection of espionage artifacts, listen to stories of actual spies or experience numerous interactive state-of-the-art exhibits. The 64,000 square foot facility also features a gift shop and two restaurants.

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Family Drive-in Theatre
5890 Valley Pike
Stephens City, VA 22655
(540) 514-6145

Price: $8 adults and children age 12 and up; $4 children between the age of 3 and 11; free children under 3
Click here for showtimes

Watch a movie like you never have before—under the stars! Located south of Winchester, the Family Drive-in Theatre is the only two-screen, 484 car drive-in theatre in the DC Metro area. It’s like a blast from the past but with all the latest flicks. Sound is provided through portable speakers in the car park area or through your car’s stereo system. The theatre also features a concession stand and playground. Even Fido is welcome. Visitors are also invited to bring lawn chairs, but are asked not to sit in the roadways. There is a grassy knoll in front of the screen for picnics and blankets. New films hit the screen on Friday nights.

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Leesburg First Fridays
Downtown Leesburg
(703) 669-1800

Price: Free
Date: First Friday of each month

Spend the first Friday night of the month enjoying live musical performances, wine tastings, art exhibits, book signings and so much more. At Leesburg First Fridays, more than 45 specialty shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants are open offering visitors free food samples and refreshments as well as access to lectures, free yoga lessons and beauty tips, a comedy show and many other exciting events. Throw a pie in the face of a local government official (for a good cause, of course!) or enjoy the tunes of local musical guests. Up-to-date schedule of events is posted on online here.

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Casino at Ocean Downs
10218 Racetrack Road
Berlin, MD 21811
(410) 641-0600

Price: Free
Click here for a calendar of events

Why wait until the lottery reaches astronomical levels before paging Lady Luck? At Ocean Downs, there are plenty of exciting promotions and giveaways at any given moment, not to mention live horse racing and more than 800 reel, video and progressive slot machines as well as electronic table games available for your pleasure. The casino also features two dining options—Dine n’ Dash and Pacers. Win a $10,000 jewelry shopping spree, tickets to the Ocean City Air Show as well as cash and other exciting prizes. Ocean Downs is also located within 10 miles of Ocean City, where you can enjoy miles of beaches, shops, restaurants and special events.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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