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It may be President’s Day weekend, but there’s much more to celebrate in than past leaders. Try thrilling diamond heists and a “cool” international arts festival.

Gustaf Sjokvist Chamber Choir (Courtesy photo)

Cool Runnings

Nordic Cool Festival
Tuesday, February 19-Sunday, March 17
Kennedy Center
2700 F St. NW
800-444-1324

Celebrate all things Nordic at this month-long festival of traditional and modern arts, music and culture. Gustaf Sjokvist Chamber Choir and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic kick things off on Tuesday.

Lincoln Memorial (Photo by David Bjorgen via Wikimedia Commons)

Presidential Memorial

Visitors from the Past
Monday, February 18
11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial
Free

The kids may have the day off, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Take the kids to the Lincoln Memorial for a first-hand lesson in history, including a spin with a quill.

Heist (Photo by Peter Stepanek)

Stealing Beauties

Diamond Heist
Friday, February 15-Saturday, February 16
Heist
1802 Jefferson Pl. NW
202-716-2055

Toast the 10th anniversary of the notorious Antwerp diamond heist with a $1,500 cocktail with real diamonds in a setting worthy of Bugsy Malone. Festivities kick off Friday at 10 p.m. And lest your conscious get the better of you, the evening’s proceeds benefit local charity “Wake Up and Dream.”

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