November is that magical month when the fall season meets the holiday season, the festive time between Halloween and Thanksgiving Weekend… which means there’s a ton going on in Washington, DC!
Some of the city’s can’t-miss November events include the return of beloved festivals, Adams Morgan Porchfest, DC Beer Festival and the Fuego Flamenco Festival, plus a citywide celebration of the Bard at multiple venues during the Shakespeare Everywhere Festival. And you won't want to miss one of the most unique sights at the Annual Parade of Trabants featuring everyone's favorite, funny looking Cold War car.
November sees two cultural film festivals with the Native Cinema Showcase and GALA Film Festival with six contemporary movies from Latin America, and the New Voices, New Works festival with works by new playwrights. And on the arts front, the Umbrella Art Fair is THE art event of the year spanning three days with 100+ local, national and international artists.
And get your holiday festivities rolling with events ranging from Enchant DC at Nationals Park, Zoolights at National Zoo, ICE at National Harbor, and Ice & Lights at Cameron Run Park. Plus A Christmas Carol takes the stage at Ford's Theatre and holiday markets and ice skating rinks open to help make the season merry and bright.
Read on for the awesome things to do in the District in November 2023.
Fall is a great time to be in DC!
It brings with it ample opportunities for outdoor activities, from hikes and cidery visits to leaf peeping. Fall concerts return, and so does spooky season: a time for all things creepy, fun, and pumpkin-flavored. So, from a raucous, German-themed beer fest to a international culinary battle and a day-long music festival on the historic grounds of Walter Reed Hospital, here are some of the most fun things to do in DC this fall.
This will be updated as new concerts are announced.
Jazz in the Garden is one of the most popular music concerts, but it's far from the only outdoor music event in DC this summer. From salsa to rock and everything in between, we've curated a bunch of outdoor music alternatives where you can get your groove on. And they're all FREE!
So grab your dancing shoes and dance the night away under the stars 💃🏾
Summer in DC are is like no other city.!
Sure, it's hot and humid but there's no slowing down all the things you can do inside and outside. From tons of free museums and exhibits, outdoor movies and live music, fireworks bursting in patriotic flair against the backdrop of famous monuments and memorials, to say nothing of all the waterfront activities, you'll have an epic time with lots to do, no matter what you're into.
Our curated content and guides take you off-the-beaten-path and into DC's neighborhoods to discover new and awesome ways to explore and take advantage of the long days of summer.
Catch the DMV-based band live at the DITR fall music festival on Oct 9!
The Washington DC region has one of the best music scenes in the country Whether you prefer jazz, go-go, hardcore punk, hip-hop, dance or anything in between, you can go out and hear a new local band in a different genre -- and in a different venue! -- every night of the week if you're so inclined.
Back in our music journo-wannbe days with DC Music Download, we got to meet a lot of amazing local established bands and rising stars. One of our favorites continues to be RDGLDGRN who will be headlining the Down in the Reeds all-day music festival on Oct 9 at the Parks at Walter Reed. RDGLDGRN have worked with music legends Pharrell Williams and Dave Grohl, liken themselves to a hip hop-centric version of Daft Punk, and throw one hell of a KARNIVAL-like show.
Besides they're music, we love that these guys are hometown-proud and continue to live in the area and perform locally, despite having the kind of national profile that would have caused many others to leave for so-called greener pastures. For these DMV boys, there's nothing like home, jamming with friends and a Go Go beat.
We're re-sharing an interview we did with them a few years ago so that you can get to get them before checking them out for yourself at DITR!
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