Doesn't it feel like the leaves are just starting to turn and we're already rushing head-first into the holiday season?!
This month kicks off an open-air night market, a three-day art festival, a theatre performance on bikes, the premiere of the Britney Spears musical and numerous events to enjoy the great outdoors before the chill drives us indoors. Also on tap, DMV Black Restaurant Week, a live magazine show, tweed bike ride, and the appearance of holiday markets and decor all across the city.
Read on for all the events (30+) you need to add to your November calendar!
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! 🎄🎁
Fall makers market. Shop local vendors and makers at an outdoor market on the grounds of Dumbarton House. Nov 13
To market, to market. Downtown DC's annual holiday market returns. Nov 19 - Dec 23
Season's greetings at the Wharf. Experience the sparkle of the holidays with the Christmas tree lighting (Nov 26)at the Wharf and the Menorah (Nov 28).
The yetis are back. Tenley Winterfest is an eight-day celebration of the holiday season filled with spectacular yeti-themed events along Wisconsin Avenue, from Van Ness to Fessenden Street! This year, you'll find everything from live music at Middle C Music and the Metro plaza to dining specials at more than a dozen eateries, crafts, holiday tree sales, stories, movies at the library, and neighborhood walking tours with the Tenleytown Historical Society, and more. Nov 26 - Dec 4
Oh Christmas Tree. CityCenter DC hosts the annual lighting of it's glitzy, over the top Christmas tree.
Ultimate Food Adventure. Hootie Hoo! The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum has teamed up with celeb chef Carla Hall to create the ultimate adventure-in-a-box for food lovers with heart. Through the eyes of the Top Chef alum, participants will experience the city in a completely new light. Filled with challenges, secret messages - and yes, food - this kit will put you on a path to discovering unique spots around DC while connecting to some very real food issues in our nation’s capital. Ticket required. Nov 1 - Dec 30
Game On. Feeling competitive? Visit historic Woodrow Wilson House for Vintage Game Night, a happy hour event unlike any other! The museum will be open after hours for you to enjoy entrance to the museum, two drink vouchers, gaming munchies, and all-you-can-play vintage board games. Located just above Dupont Circle, the President Woodrow Wilson House is the authentically furnished 1920s home to where our 28th President moved into from the White House. Lounge where Wilson would have lounged, play games the Wilson family would have played (from the 1920s, 30s and 40s). Ticket required. Nov 3
Walk with Teddy. Enjoy a fall morning walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of the new book Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Walk along the nearly 2-mile path where willows, bald cypresses, and cattails frame views of Washington, D.C. The morning also includes moments of guided forest bathing to quietly soak up the beauty of this wild island. Ticket required. Nov 3 - 5
Wanderlust, no passport required. NoMa hosts Cinomatic, a weekly outdoor movie series, showcasing movies to let you unleash your wanderlust. Titles include Moana, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Crazy Rich Asians and Mama Mia. Food and beverages from local purveyors will be available for purchase. Free. Last two showings: Nov 3 + 10
Anacostia Boat Tour. Discover the wonders of the Anacostia River with a boat tour led by Anacostia Riverkeeper followed by a happy hour drink. Now is your chance to have all of your questions about the Anacostia River and cleanup effort answered. Registration fee will be donated to Anacostia Riverkeeper. Ticket required.
Flamenco Festival. XVII Fuego Flamenco Festival presents some of the most popular flamenco dancers of D.C. at GALA Theatre. In this year’s edition, Edwin Aparicio will re-stage his autobiographical work Salvador (Savior), including a choreography by Sara Jiménez, winner of the first prize of the Solo Choreography of the GALA Theatre (Madrid, 2020). The event will also feature a free interactive workshop by Sara Jerez and Ricardo Marlow for children and families, and a performance by Sara Pérez Dance Co. Ticket required. Nov 5 - 7
Catch the REDEYE. Presented by No Kings Collective and Events DC, REDEYE Night Market is a free, family-friendly, open-air night market paying homage to the foods and cultures of the Asian diaspora. Featuring DC's hottest chefs, artists and more, THE REDEYE's unifying goal is to support small businesses, create a cultural tentpole event for our city and give people a night of celebration, community and discovery. Free. Nov 6
Alma Thomas Documentary. As part of the city-wide celebration of DC artist Alma Thomas, visit Martin Luther King, Jr Public Library for the premiere DC screening of the 20-minute documentary, "Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color", followed by a discussion with the film's director, cinematographer, and producer. Free, Nov 6
On Your Bike. Part block party, part performance on bike, Red Bike is a unique theatre experience at the Parks at Historic Walter Reed. The centerpiece of the event, an immersive staging where attendees will gather for music, food, local vendors and community. Free. Nov 6
Tweed Ride. Get your bike and tweed jacket! The annual DC Tweed Ride is back for a casual stylish bicycle ride through the city, passing by many of our iconic buildings and monuments. This 10-mile ride along an easy route followed by a DIY picnic. Free. Nov 7
Spicy Craft Cocktails. Learn practical cocktail making techniques and how to use herbs and spices to make simple and delicious cocktails in this Shop Made in DC class. Ticket required. Nov 7
DMV Black Restaurant Week. Food. Carbs. Culture. The 4th annual DMV Black Restaurant Week kicks up the holiday eating season with a week-long event to awareness of Black-owned food and beverage businesses in the DC-metro area. Nov 7 - 14
Alley-oop. DC's alleyways have a deep history. Using temporary wayfinding graphics, take a self-guided tour of some of Columbia Heights most intriguing alleys as architecture firm El Studio demonstrates potential future designs and interventions. Free. Nov 11
Beats n’ Beans. Head to Byrdland Records for Beats n' Beans, a series conceived by Grammy-nominated artist, producer and educator Kokayi that engages people around the sights, smells and sounds of art, music and coffee. Kokayi will be spinning his latest music and providing a window into his creative process. and local coffee roasters Others Coffee will provide the beans. Free. Nov 12
Side Show. The circus is coming to Yards Park! Head to the riverfront neighborhood for a night of entertainment with multiple stages showcasing contortionists, magicians, jugglers, escape artists, aerialists, stilt walkers and more. In addition to Side Show performances, attendees are able to enjoy. There will also be interactive activities including fortune telling, balloon artistry, glitter tattoo artists, and more! Free. Nov 12
UMBRELLA Ella Ella. No Kings Collective + Events DC are bringing back UMBRELLA, a three-day art fair with 100+ artists and independent curators. Galleries will be filled with site-specific installations, photography, paintings and rooms curated by No Kings Collective, Latela Curatorial and Monochrome Collective. There will also be immersive activations from Social Supply Design and Studio Sonic. Visitors can expect to see works by artists including Brandon Hill, Julia Chon, Naturel, Kate Campagna, Jack Labadie, Halim Flowers and many others. Free. Nov 12 - 14
Native Cinema Showcase. Celebrate the best in Native film at The National Museum of the American Indian's annual Native Cinema Showcase. This year focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community, and a continued relationship with the land. Activism lies at the heart of all these stories. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. Virtual. Free. Nov 12 - 18
Annual Parade of Trabants. Celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with everyone’s favorite Cold War car—the Trabant. Despite their questionable performance and smoky two-stroke engines, these little cars are now affectionately regarded as a symbol of East Germany and the fall of Communism. Trabants are a rarity here, but some of the finest examples in the US will chug their way to the International Spy Museum to celebrate the 15th annual Parade of Trabants. Drop in to view the famous “cardboard” cars and other vintage Cold War automobiles and scooters which will be parked around the Museum on L’Enfant Plaza, SW. While the cars are on display, experts will be on hand to answer questions about their sweet rides, the Cold War, and Communism, while the Alte Kameraden German Band provides festive music. Free. Nov 13
Get to Know Your Neighborhood (Navy Yard). Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a fall walk through Navy Yard that combines fun facts and photography tips. Ticket required. Nov 13
Rock the Core. Celebrate all things cider, beer, and great tunes at the Rock the Core Cider Festival which transports the orchard to your mug with more than 50+ ciders and craft beers offered on site. Ticket required. Nov 13
Coaches vs Racism. CVR has teamed with the Big 10, College Coaches, Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and professional sports teams to promote awareness of Social Injustice, Economic Divide, Equality, Reform, and Systemic Racism (SEERS) in sports. They've created the HBCU Roundball Experience, bringing Big 10 Schools, major Universities and HBCU teams together for high-profile competitions to shine the spotlight on systemic racism as a root cause of the inherent disparities that exist in the sports, The inaugural game pits the University of Michigan Wolverines vs. Prairie View A&M University Panthers. Tickets required. Nov 13
Autumn Tea. Explore Dumbarton House Museum on a self-guided tour and enjoy the fall color in the gardens before settling into a full high tea with an assortment of fall themed tea goodies including scones, sweets, and tea sandwiches. Hats and fascinators encouraged, but not required. Ticket required. Nov 14
Banner Art. Great art isn't always found in museums. Case in point: Check out the outdoor art exhibit "Georgetown Celebrates the Arts" where 22 banners with artwork done by a diverse group of DMV artists will decorate street poles and at the Book Hill Triangle as a way to to bring art and joy to the community, to draw attention to the abundant shops, galleries and restaurants in Georgetown, The public can select its favorite work and the two top choices will receive a monetary prize and a third artist will receive a non-remunerative honorable mention. Free. Nov 17
Comedy Down Under. Dupont Underground transforms into an underground (literally!) comedy club as it introduces audiences to some of the best up and coming comedians from the area and abroad. Proceeds help support Dupont Underground and the DC arts community. Ticket required. Nov 17
Pop-up Magazine. Pop-up Magazine is just what it sounds like--a live magazine show performed on stage by writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and musicians featuring never-before seen or heard multimedia stories. You've never seen anything like it! Ticket required. Nov 18
Smithsonian Grand Re-opening. After 15 years, Smithsonian's Arts & Industries building is set to reopen with an epic weekend celebration. The “FUTURES” exhibit. will host its opening weekend full of site-specific art commissions, research and designs that could change the world, unique pairings and more, all in the name of building a future that is sustainable, equitable and accessible for all. The immersive experience will feature Bill Nye, Pattie Gonia, HBO Max’s “Legendary,” Kal Penn, a concert featuring go-go music and indie pop trio SHAED. Free registration and admission. Nov 19 - 21
Walking with the Kennedys. Take a virtual tour and learn about the homes and neighborhood spots frequented by President Kennedy and Jackie during their years in Washington. See where the couple became engaged, their Georgetown home, and where Jackie stayed after JFK’s assassination in 1963. Ticket required. Nov 21
Yes, You Can, Can. The National Building Museum hosts CANstruction, a creative design-build competition where teams from architecture and design firms from Washington, DC use their skills to build sculptures out of cans of food to raise awareness about hunger. This year's themes is Children's Books and each structure will highlight a different book. The nutritious shelf-stable food is donated to the CAFB for distribution to those in need after the event. Free. Nov 21 - 29
Feel the Burn. Burn some calories before the Thanksgiving food coma hits and help provide food to people in need at the 20th annual So Others Might Eat (SOME) Turkey Trot. This year's 5K can be joined in person or virtually. Registration required. Nov 25
Wind Me Up, Chuck! The legendary Chuck Brown Band and EU featuring Sugar Bear take the stage at the Hamilton to wrap up the Thanksgiving weekend. Ticket required. Nov 27
It Takes Two to Tango. La Cosecha hosts an introductory "Tango Teaser" for novices and practice for dancers of all levels. All are welcome, no partner needed. Dancers, bring your non-dancer friends to give the tango a try or just watch. Arriving hungry? Sample some of the Latin fare available in La Cosecha. Ticket required. Nov 28
Britney Spears Musical. Snag your tickets to the Broadway-bound musical "Once Upon a One More Time" featuring the music of Britney Spears, as it makes its world premiere at Shakespeare Theatre Company. In this world premiere musical, classic fairytale princesses gather for their fortnightly book club, longing for a new story. When a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, it spurs a royal revelation: there is more to life than bird-made dresses and true love's kiss! Ticket required. Nov 30 - Jan 2
Extend Your GLOW. Set against the historic backdrop of DC’s oldest neighborhood, GLOW in Georgetown is the region’s only free curated outdoor public light art experience. Four local artists transformed Georgetown’s alleys into modern art adventures during 2021’s Summer GLOW in Georgetown, and two of those pieces have been extended through the fall. Free. Until Nov 30
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