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Things to do this weekend! March 7-9

While waiting for the snow and ice to melt and the cold to give way to early spring warmth, explore the variety of activities being offered right in your backyard. From theater and parades to nature walks and flea markets, there is something for everyone to do this weekend in the DC metro area. Our Going Out Guide is the perfect resource for planning an unforgettable day.

Saturday and Sunday: Big Flea: You could spend your entire weekend searching the stands for gorgeous antique furniture, fun vintage clothing, and so much more.

9am—6pm (Sat), 11am—5pm (Sun); Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA; $8 general admission; www.thebigfleamarket.com

Friday, March 6thThe Originalist: This new play about a law school graduate, who clerks for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, will have its opening performance on Friday.

8pm; Arena Stage at the Mead Center, 1101 6th St. SW, Washington, DC; $75-$119 admission; www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/the-originalist

Saturday, March 7th: St Patrick’s Day Parade: King Street in Old Town Alexandria will be packed with the best marching bands, dancers, and performers during this year’s parade. The theme will be “Women of Irish Heritage”.

12:30pm; King Street (between Alfred Street and Lee Street), Alexandria, VA; FREE; www.ballyshaners.org/parade/parade_front.htm

Sunday, March 8th: Music of the British IslesAmerican Youth Philharmonic Orchestra: Holst, Frost, and Newbold are a few of the composers being featured by this group of young musicians.

3pm; Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA; $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors; www.aypo.org/events

Movies opening include Chappie, The Second Best Marigold Hotel¸ and Unfinished Business