12 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON, DC

November 30, 2019 Uncategorized

Our end-of-the-week picks for Nov. 28-Dec. 1 include Thanksgiving offerings at DC restaurants, holiday celebrations, shows and displays, and exciting performances and museum exhibits.

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Follow for more https://washington.org/things-to-do-this-weekend-in-washington-dc

Thursday


Thanksgiving at DC restaurants

Many of the city’s eateries open for brunch on Thanksgiving Day. Savor the gourmet holiday buffet at Kingbird inside The Watergate HotelBlue Duck Tavern offers up an all-American, farm fresh, “brunch into dinner” feast from 12-8 p.m. featuring seafood items, crab cakes, short rib, turkey and plenty of desserts. The Michelin-starred Plume inside The Jefferson, Washington, DC invites you to enjoy a four-course meal with entree options that include New York Strip steak, seared stone bass filet and of course, Organic Path Valley Farm turkey. Out in Virginia, Landsdowne Resort and Spa will prepare Thanksgiving cuisine inspired by the state’s culinary traditions.

Friday

Enchant at Nationals Park
The beloved light maze, billed as the biggest in the world, makes its home in DC at the gorgeous Nationals Park through Dec. 29. There are also ice skating trails and a large holiday market offering products from more than 60 vendors, including local businesses and international brands. Expect plenty of Instagram-friendly settings and holiday spirit at this one-of-a-kind installation.
Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Christmas at Mount Vernon
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. From this Friday through Dec. 31, during daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on Dec. 20 and 21, enjoy an incredible fireworks display along the Potomac River.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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Nighttime Shopping at the Downtown Holiday Market - Christmas and Holiday Market in Washington, DC

Downtown Holiday Market
This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located at 8th and F Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tens with seasonally flavored music performed live in the background. Locally roasted coffee and crafted-before-your eyes mini-doughnuts inspire a cold-weather appetite, creating a holiday atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in DC. The market is open through Dec. 23.
12-8 p.m. daily |  Free admission
Centered at
 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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deadmau5
Pronounced “dead mouse,” this innovative Canadian electronic music producer and DJ has been leading the EDM charge since the late 1990s. His concerts are spectacles, featuring the mysterious artist donning his trademark mouse mask and blaring his tracks to packed dance floors. He’ll spend back-to-back nights at The Anthem with a slew of guests in tow.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Saturday

Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens
The U.S. Botanic Garden gets decked out for the holidays thanks to this annual exhibit that opens Thursday and runs through Jan. 5, 2020. This year’s display focuses on gardens from Hawaii to Maine, including iconic spots like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Franklin Park Conservatory and Huntsville Botanical Garden. Inside the Conservatory you’ll also find the garden’s collection of DC’s iconic landmarks and a showcase of poinsettias. On select Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the Conservatory will stay open until 8 p.m. for live performances of seasonal music.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Dewing's Poetic World exhibit at the Freer Sackler Gallery - Free exhibits on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Dewing’s Poetic World’
Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s paintings often featured a single female consumed by her thoughts, alone and passive. This exhibit, which opens Wednesday and runs through November 2020, will explore the contradiction between Dewing’s works and his social life, which was often filled with dancing, trips to the theater and dinner parties. Through archival photographs, visitors will learn of Dewing’s lifestyle, his creative partnership with his wife and his friendship with Charles Lang Freer.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer|Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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‘A Christmas Carol’
Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace assumes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a lavish Victorian-style musical production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, the staging of which is a time-honored holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. Scrooge’s riveting journey alongside the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is a joy even if you’ve experienced it a hundred times before – especially in one of the world’s most historic theaters. The play runs through New Year’s Day.
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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‘Airness’ – Final Weekend
Here’s the play about air guitar competitions that you never knew you needed. Airness follows Nina, who ventures into the brave new world and makes friends quickly. Everyone in her outgoing-but-nerdy group is gunning for the championship. However, she’ll find out there’s a lot more to air guitar than she initially thought. Filled with laughs, this Keegan Theatre production will have you rockin’ in the aisles. The final show takes place on Saturday.
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets | Discounted Tickets from TodayTix
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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ZooLights
Head to ZooLights at the National Zoo for a wildly vibrant display of LED Christmas lights (a half-million of them!), along with activities like Snow-less Tubing and special themed nights like BrewLights (Dec. 12). The kids will love the National Zoo Choo-Choo (a train ride through the Great Cats exhibit), while the big kids enjoy spiked hot chocolate and live music. ZooLights opens Friday and runs through New Year’s Day. The installation is closed on Dec. 24-25 and 31.
5-9 p.m. | Free Admission
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Sunday

'Chiura Obata: American Modern' exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DCChiura Obata, Grand Canyon, May 15, 1940, 1940, watercolor on silk, Amber and Richard Sakai Collection

‘Chiura Obata: American Modern’
One of the most influential Japanese American artists of the 20th century receives an in-depth retrospective. Chiura Obata emigrated to the U.S. from Japan in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that synthesized Japanese and American styles across an array of works, from intimate paintings to scrolls to still lives to woodblock prints. The exhibit, which opens Wednesday and runs through May 25, 2020, will feature more than 150 works and personal effects of Obata’s, many on public display for the first time.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th Street NW & F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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‘The Nutcracker’
The Washington Ballet pulls out all the stops for this classic Christmas tale that features a special DC twist. The Russian ballet goes local thanks to a Nutcracker Prince in the likeness of George Washington and cherry blossom set designs. Set in historical Georgetown, you will be dazzled by an impressive roster of dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score. The production opens at Warner Theatre on Saturday and runs through Dec. 29.
1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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