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60+ Things to Do This November in Washington, DC

Discover a calendar packed with winter wonder, holiday events, new theater performances, outstanding concerts and fascinating museum exhibits.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation's capital and plan your visit today.

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Events

Live Dangerously exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

After-Hours Party: ‘Live Dangerously’ – Nov. 1
The National Museum of Women in the Arts welcomes you to this exciting costume party the day after Halloween. The after-hours soiree will grant you a behind-the-scenes look at Live Dangerously, currently one of the most fascinating exhibits on display at the museum. There will also be spotlight tours, an open bar with Smirnoff and Captain Morgan cocktails, light refreshments and a contest for best costume.
8-11 p.m. |  Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Capital Skate Fest – Nov. 2
Get ready to rock it on the roller rink at this new festival held at DC Armory. Capital Skate Fest will turn the venue into a skater’s paradise. Whether you wheel around near Kalorama Road or in your neighborhood in Virginia or Maryland, there will be space for you to strut your stuff on the hardwood. Expect music to be blaring and skaters to be grooving. Free skate rentals are available, just make sure to purchase your tickets in advance. Kids 12 and under skate for free with adult supervision.
3:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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@besorenson - Exterior of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Free museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Día de los Muertos Weekend Festival – Nov. 2-3
The Day of the Dead is celebrated by Latino communities across the U.S. as well as in Mexico and parts of Central and South America. The tradition was begun by Indigenous cultures, including the Aztec and Maya, hence the National Museum of the American Indian's hosting of this free, Saturday-Sunday festival. Visitors can enjoy an interactive mural, make paper marigolds in honor of lost loved ones and take in a wealth of Native American culture and customs.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Ben's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC

DMV Black Restaurant Week – Nov. 3-10
The second annual DMV Black Restaurant Week asks local foodies to show their support for black-owned restaurants in the nation’s capital. Take a look at the list of participants and pick out a restaurant that works for you. In addition to this community charge, DMVBRW is holding a cocktail competition on Nov. 4 at Ben’s Upstairs and on Nov. 6, you can check out The Business of Food & Beverage Education Conference at Georgetown University. And make sure to check out where to find black chefs and black-owned restaurants and bars in the District as well.

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Chef contestants for DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight this November at The Anthem in Washington, DC

DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight – Nov. 6
The nation’s capital is surely a food capital, and this Food Fight promises to be one for the ages. Some of DC’s best and brightest chefs will compete in an all-star showcase hosted by José Andrés that directly benefits DC Central Kitchen. This creative culinary battle features a judge panel that includes Spike Mendelsohn, Andrew Zimmern, Tom Colicchio and Washington Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, as local chefs battle head-to-head using a secret ingredient. Guests can also enjoy tastings from more than 80 local restaurants.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Smithsonian Food History Weekend at the National Museum of American History - Smithsonian fall festival in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Food History Weekend – Nov. 7-9
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History hosts the fifth edition of this event that encapsulates the history of food in the U.S. and how it affects culture and community. There’s a fascinating event each day, beginning with a gala that will feature the presentation of the 2019 Julia Child Award to chef José Andrés on Nov. 7. Friday and Saturday feature in-depth roundtable discussions, cooking demonstrations and much, much more, all offered at no charge. Saturday is even topped off with an after-hours event with numerous breweries.
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National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Death Becomes Us: A True Crime Festival this fall in Washington, DC

Death Becomes Us: A True Crime Festival – Nov. 8-10
If you’re a true crime fan, this three-day festival cannot be missed. George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium will serve as the venue for this voyage into the terrifying, surreal and, at times, hilarious. Shows include crazy stories from the creators of Last Podcast on the Left, Capturing the DC Sniper, a Homicide Hunter retirement party, a live session with The Murder Squad, a true crime edition of Throwing Shade, Buzzfeed Unsolved Live and The Truth About True Crime, hosted by Amanda Knox with special guest Lorena (Bobbitt) Gallo. Tickets to all shows are available now.
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Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

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The Emporiyum Food Market – Nov. 8-10
One of the coolest food marketplaces around is taking over DC’s Union Market. The Emporiyum invites you and all of your foodie friends to delight in deliciousness from a variety of vendors. You will also find thoughtful gifts (Christmas is just around the corner) and premier products from an awesome artisan lineup that you’d be hard-pressed to see anywhere else.
Tickets
Dock5 @ Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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The distillery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon - Historic site at George Washington's estate near Washington, DC

George Washington Whiskey Festival – Nov. 9
For the first time, Mount Vernon offers this whiskey festival that is sure to delight and dazzle spirit connoisseurs throughout the area. You’ll be able to try George Washington’s Rye Whiskey and spirits from both nationally known distilleries and ones located in Virginia. The festival will additionally offer discussions of whiskey history and distilling stories from experts.
6-9 p.m. |  Tickets
Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall during Veterans Day - Ways to pay tribute to veterans in Washington, DC

Veterans Day in Washington, DC – Nov. 11
Many of the monuments and memorials in the nation’s capital honor servicemen and women, while the city’s museums are packed with important military history that sheds light on the immense sacrifices that the U.S. Armed Forces have made to protect this country. On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), as well as the days before and after, commemorations at DC's memorials and museum exhibits make for the perfect ways to celebrate and honor the holiday. Find out DC's must-see observances, museum exhibits and more that make for a memorable and moving Veterans Day experience.

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NGA Nights at the National Gallery of Art - Free event at museum on the National Mall in DC

NGA Nights: Throwback – Nov. 14
The National Gallery of Art is throwing it back to the ‘90s with this November edition of NGA Nights at the museum’s East Building. Bring along your scrunchies, your Beanie Babies, your combat boots, your fanny packs. One of the city’s most beloved museums will feature live performances, music and art activities throughout the evening, as you relive the decade that brought the World Wide Web, the Spice Girls and Saved by the Bell. The event is free to attend, just make sure to register.
6-9 p.m. |  Register (Free admission)
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Ice Skating on Georgetown Waterfront - Washington Harbour - Washington, DC

Ice Skating at Washington Harbour – Opens Nov. 15
Most of the year, Washington Harbour in Georgetown greets visitors with spectacular waterworks: a dancing fountain surrounded by restaurants. But when the cool temps settle in, the fountain transforms into prime ice skating real estate. After dark is when it’s most magical, with dozens of twinkling white snowflakes lighting up the rink, which is the largest in DC and even larger than the rink that surrounds New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
Washington Harbour, 3050 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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@bambamfiasco - The atrium inside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Free attractions in Washington, DC

Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival – Nov. 16-17
The Blackfeet Reservation is located in northwestern Montana along the slope of the Rocky Mountains, featuring more than 17,000 enrolled members. The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates this incredible, long-standing tribe with a free, two-day festival, where you can enjoy Blackfeet performers, artists, historians and culture bearers. Expect seasonal dances, demos on how the tribe makes traditional garb, beadwork, handcrafted jewelry, moccasins, carvings, baskets and more. The festival is part of the museum’s celebration of American Indian Heritage Month.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show at the Washington, DC Convention Center this fall

The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show – Nov. 16-17
Thousands of consumers will descend upon the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the region’s pre-eminent event for the culinary and entertaining industry. The event offers cooking demos, samples from more than 50 restaurants, a Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden, a pop-up cooking school, specialty food vendors and more. Popular chefs scheduled to appear include Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Amy Brandwein, Erik Bruner-Yang and Kwame Onwauchi, among many others.
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Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

Downtown Holiday Market – Nov. 22 – Dec. 23
This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located at 8th and F Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents 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.
12-8 p.m. daily |  Free admission
Centered at 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Santa Claus with child at Enchant Christmas - Dazzling holiday display, market and light maze in Washington, DC

Enchant at Nationals Park – Nov. 22 – Dec. 29
The beloved light maze, billed as the biggest in the world, will make its home in DC at the gorgeous Nationals Park throughout the holiday season. There will also be 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.
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Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Family at George Washington's Mount Vernon by Candlelight - Winter family friendly holiday event near Washington, DC

Christmas at Mount Vernon – Nov. 29 – Dec. 31
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. 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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@fiz1point5 - ZooLights winter holiday celebration at Smithsonian National Zoo - Free family friendly things to do in Washington, DC

ZooLights – Nov. 29 – Jan. 1, 2020
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 is closed on Dec. 24-25 and 31.
5-9 p.m. | Free Admission
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Museum Exhibits

Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

‘Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age’ – Through Jan. 5, 2020
The Dutch Golden Age, which took place during the late-17th and early-18th centuries, represented an era of incredible prosperity for the Netherlands, both economically and creatively. While women faced obstacles in breaking through into the art world, many did, and with great success. This exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts will reveal how women artists like Judith Leyster, Maria Sibylla Merian, Rachel Ruysch and Anna Martia van Schurman were able to create masterful pieces in a range of genres while balancing motherhood and familial responsibilities.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life - Autumn museum exhibit at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

‘Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life’ – Through Jan. 26, 2020
This Phillips Collection offers the work of “Nabis” (a Hebrew phrase that translates to “prophet”), a group of European Post-Impressionist artists who started a creative revolution in the 1890s. The collective aimed to break down boundaries between the fine and decorative arts through painting, sculpture, lithography, stained glass and a range of other forms. The exhibit will feature pieces by Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Félix Vallotton and others.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain - Free museum exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain’ – Through Feb. 17, 2020
For the first time outside of Spain, the man considered to be the most important sculptor on the Iberian Peninsula during the Renaissance will receive an extensive exhibition. While Alonso Berruguete’s painted sculptures in wood will be the main focus, visitors will also be able to view his remarkable work in drawing and painting, with 40 works displayed in total.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m on Sunday | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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'Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists' exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC

‘Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists’ – Through April 12, 2020
European artist George Catlin ventured beyond the Mississippi River in the mid-19th century and documented Native American communities that were set to undergo mass migration and removal. Catlin painted scenes and portraits of the Great Plains, depicting the vital buffalo herds in the process. This exhibit will showcase his work, as well as pieces from modern Native artists, highlighting the significance of the buffalo to these communities in the process.
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 Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today at the National Portrait Gallery - Free Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC

The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today – Through Aug. 30, 2020
The National Portrait Gallery is reigniting the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition for 2019, which asks artists to submit innovative works in the art of portrayal, resulting in an awe-inspiring variety of pieces. See the work of 46 finalists in the resulting exhibition, which is opened by an announcement of prizewinners. The grand prize is $25,000 and the opportunity to create a piece for the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Visitors will marvel at how artists of today use a wide range of tools, devices and media to re-imagine portraiture.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th Street NW & F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Pat Steir: Color Wheel at the Hirshhorn Museum - Free Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, DC

‘Pat Steir: Color Wheel’ – Through Sept. 7, 2020
The Hirshhorn Museum is displaying the largest painting installation to date by the abstract artist Pat Steir. The new suite of paintings is being showcased in the Museum’s second-floor inner-circle galleries, spanning the entire perimeter, creating a jaw-dropping color wheel across thirty pieces. Steir drew on motifs of Chinese ink painting and gestural abstraction, forming the paintings by brushing and pouring multiple layers of paint, letting gravity guide the forms. Color Wheel also serves as the inspiration for the Hirshhorn’s upcoming Maker Morning (Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.), which will offer an interactive tour of the installation for kids, costume-maker stations and a costume parade!
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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‘Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction’ exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History  in Washington, DC

‘Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction’ – Opens Nov. 1
To honor the 30th anniversary of the African Elephant Conservation Act, the National Museum of American History displays this exhibit that will explore the American relationship with elephants over time. Topics include U.S. ivory consumption, the decline in the elephant population and this country’s efforts to use study, conservation and legislation to battle said decline.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Student touring Anderson House in Dupont Circle - Museum off the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘America’s First Veterans’ – Nov. 8 – April 5, 2020
While generals and leading officers of the Revolutionary War have received statues and glowing historical reviews, junior officers and enlisted men returned home after fighting to a new republic deeply in debt and unconcerned with appreciating and supporting them after their important service. The Anderson House will display paintings, prints, artifacts and documents that memorialize the men who fought for U.S. freedom and faced countless struggles in re-adjusting to civilian life.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 12 - 4 p.m on Sunday |  Free Admission
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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@teamgrayduck - Outside the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden - Free modern art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection’ – Nov. 9 – Oct. 12, 2020
In the first of a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of the legendary Marcel Duchamp, the Hirshhorn Museum will feature more than 35 of the artist’s historical pieces, all part of a recent gift from collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The exhibition allows viewers to grasp the full arc of Duchamp’s career, from his famous readymades to his drawings and prints that inspired countless future artists. Also expect portraits of Duchamp and pieces from his contemporaries and figures he influenced, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Man Ray and Irving Penn, among others.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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@fight4olddc - National Building Museum in Washington, DC - Museum Off the National Mall

‘Alan Karchmer: The Architects’ Photographer’ – Opens Nov. 9
The way an architectural marvel is depicted through images can color its perception among the public nearly as much as actually standing in front of the structure. The National Building Museum recognizes one of the great architectural photographers, Alan Karchmer, in this exhibit. Karchmer is known for his uncanny ability to capture the essence of a building through a photograph, reflecting his own understanding of the medium (he’s accredited as a Master of Architecture himself). The exhibit will feature Karchmer’s images, personal photos and artifacts, all serving to illuminate his process and mastery of the form.<
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC

‘Heroes: Principles of African Greatness’ – Opens Nov. 13
The National Museum of African Art uses pieces from its permanent collection to tell riveting stories of heroism throughout Africa’s arts and history. Each piece is partnered with a historic African individual who embodies the principle or action showcased in the work. Along the way, you will discover African heroes both well-known and under-appreciated.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Recent Acquisitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

Recent Acquisitions – Nov. 15 – Aug. 30, 2020
In this new exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery will display both historical and contemporary pieces that have recently come into its possession (25 in total), including subjects such as Morgan Freeman, Audrey Hepburn, Philip Glass and Andy Garcia. Each figure displayed has had an impact on the history and culture of America through his or her work.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th Street NW & F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Hokusai: Mad about Painting exhibit at the Freer Sackler galleries in Washington, DC

‘Hokusai: Mad about Painting’ – Nov. 23 – Nov. 2020
While Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is mainly known for his unforgettable and iconic Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, he composed thousands of pieces during his nearly 90 years on Earth. The Freer Gallery, in honor of the centennial of its namesake’s death, will present a wide range of Hokusai’s works that were acquired by Charles Lang Freer roughly a century ago. Visitors will be able to experience Hokusai’s mastery in woodblock printing, painting, drawing and view his renderings of everyday Japanese life, known as manga.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer|Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Dewing&#039;s Poetic World exhibit at the Freer Sackler Gallery - Free exhibits on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Dewing’s Poetic World’ – Nov. 27 – Nov. 2020
Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s paintings often featured a single female consumed by her thoughts, alone and passive. This exhibit 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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&#039;Chiura Obata: American Modern&#039; exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC

‘Chiura Obata: American Modern’ – Nov. 27 – May 25, 2020
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 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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@abroadwife - Holiday displays at the United States Botanic Garden&#039;s Seasons Greenings - Winter holiday events in Washington, DC

Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens – Nov. 28 – Jan. 5, 2020
The U.S. Botanic Garden gets decked out for the holidays thanks to this annual exhibit. 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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Theater

What to Send Up When It Goes Down at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC

‘What to Send Up When It Goes Down’ – Through Nov. 10
As is frequently the case, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre will present a stage show unlike any other in the city this season. What to Send Up When It Goes Down takes on the issue of racialized violence through a whirlwind performance that includes elements of ritual, pageantry and a play. Parody, song and movement all weave a series of vignettes together that will inspire audiences to reflect and participate.
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Washington National Opera presents Otello at the Kennedy Center - November performing arts in Washington, DC

Washington National Opera: ‘Otello’ – Through Nov. 16
Giuseppe Verdi’s take on the Shakespeare classic comes to the Kennedy Center courtesy of the Washington National Opera. Last staged by the company nearly 20 years ago, this show is filled with riveting music and vocal performances as you follow the heart-wrenching narrative. A storm is about to break on Cyprus as governor Otello returns from a successful battle. However, his ensign, Iago, has launched a vicious plot to make Otello believe that his wife, Desdemona, has been unfaithful. Jealousy, conflict and tragedy ensue in this legendary tale.
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Everybody production at Washington, DC&#039;s Shakespeare Theatre Company

‘Everybody’ – Through Nov. 17
Penned by Obie Award winner and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Everybody is a fresh interpretation of the 15th-century play Everyman. The roles of a happy person, a free person and a person relentlessly positive about the future will be assigned by lottery from a small cast of actors live on stage each night. Into the fray comes Death, and Everybody is taken on a philosophical and psychological journey. Prepare to witness the medieval morality play flipped on its head at Lansburgh Theatre.
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Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Mosaic Theater Company Presents Theory at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this November in Washington, DC

Mosaic Theater Company Presents: ‘Theory’ – Through Nov. 17
Free speech, technology and high-stakes danger are mixed together in this production from Mosaic Theater Company. Isabelle, a young professor, encourages her students to participate in a discussion group online, unmoderated. An anonymous student begins posting offensive videos and comments, which soon turn threatening. With her social experiment gone awry, Isabelle is dropped into an intense game of cat-and-mouse that challenges her beliefs and wellbeing.
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Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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A Chorus Line at Signature Theatre - Fall performing arts near Washington, DC

‘A Chorus Line’ – Through Jan. 5, 2020
One of the greatest musicals of all-time touches down at Signature Theatre in late fall and runs throughout the holiday season. A Chorus Line has won nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize with its stunning fusion of ballet, jazz and tap dance numbers. You will experience what it takes to be in a chorus line through the eyes of the dancers, as their loves, hopes, dreams and memories are poured out on stage.
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Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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The Manganiyar Seduction at the Kennedy Center - Things to do this fall in Washington, DC

‘The Manganiyar Seduction’ – Nov. 1-2
Audio and visuals combine for a spellbinding experience at the Kennedy Center during The Manganiyar Seduction, part of the Center’s World Stages series. More than 40 singers and instrumentalists, all from the Rajasthani deserts, will be seated on-stage in a four-story bank of lighted pods, with each occupied by a different performer and illuminated whenever he or she enters into the extended piece of music via voice or instrument. The spectacle will be performed on the night of Nov. 1, with a day and a night performance on Nov. 2.
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Newsies production at Arena Stage - Autumn theater in Washington, DC

‘Newsies’ – Nov. 1 – Dec. 22
This Tony Award-winning musical based on the 1992 film takes audiences back to just before the dawn of the 20th century. Inspired by true events, Newsies details how New York City newsboys battled Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the two most powerful men in the country at the time. Filled with energy and songs that will be stuck in your head for days, this production is ideal for a family outing.
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Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Washington National Opera: ‘The Magic Flute’ – Nov. 2-23
The Kennedy Center hosts Mozart’s romantic opera as interpreted by children’s author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. The Magic Flute, which opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 23, concerns Tamino and Papageno, a prince and bird catcher duo that is approached by the Queen of the Night to rescue her kidnapped daughter. Equipped with a magic flute, the two set out on an unforgettable adventure. Expect vibrant characters and beautiful set designs in this production.
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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Amadeus theater performance at Folger Theatre - Fall theater in Washington, DC this November

‘Amadeus’ – Nov. 5 – Dec. 22
Amadeus is historical fiction at its finest, a spellbinding tale of genius and the jealousy that it can inspire. Antonio Salieri, the former director of the Italian opera and once a dedicated Catholic, has admitted to the murder of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (yes, that Mozart) 32 years earlier. He takes the audience back to his glory days, which were interrupted by a young composer who thrills Salieri with his incredible music, yet appalls him with hedonistic behavior. From then on, Salieri revokes his faith and devotes his life to ruining Mozart’s. The play won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play and the film adaptation won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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White Pearl fall performance at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC&#039;s Logan Circle neighborhood

‘White Pearl’ – Nov. 6 – Dec. 8
In its attempt to be the new behemoth in cosmetics, the Singapore-based, female-led company Clearday is going global. However, a draft ad for their new skin-whitening cream leaks on YouTube, generating millions of views due to its extremely tasteless material. As morning in the U.S. market draws near, it’s all on the line in this corporate comedy that examines culture and consumerism with searing satire.
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Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Airness at Keegan Theatre in Washington, DC - Fall theater this November in DC

‘Airness’ – Nov. 8-30
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 this November.
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Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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‘RENT’ – 20th Anniversary Tour – Nov. 12-17
Seven artists strive to make their dreams come true without selling out in Jonathan Larson’s classic rock musical that has inspired audiences for two decades. Now, RENT is going all out with a 20th anniversary rendition that will have you singing, laughing and crying all over again. The revolutionary masterpiece packs friendship, creativity, love and struggle into its reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème. Purchase your tickets quickly, as the show is one of the most highly anticipated of the season and there are just eight performances in total.
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The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ – Nov. 21-23
John Leguizamo brings his critically acclaimed one-man show to the illustrious National Theatre for three nights only in November. Latin History for Morons begins with Leguizamo searching for an ideal Latin hero for his son’s school project, as Latinos are nearly totally absent from his U.S. history books. From there, the talented performer takes you through 3,000 years of history, from the Mayans to Pitbull. Humor and revelations abound in this illuminating and timely production.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Ken Ludwig’s ‘Dear Jack, Dear Louise’ – Nov. 21 – Dec. 29
Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig tells the touching story of his parents’ blossoming relationship during World War II. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, stationed in Oregon, begins writing letters to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring performer living in New York City. The two want to meet one day – if the war allows. Filled with joy and romance, this Arena Stage production is must-see during the holiday season.
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Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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A Christmas Carol at Ford&#039;s Theatre - Washington, DC

‘A Christmas Carol’ – Nov. 21 – Jan. 1, 2020
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.
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Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The Washington Ballet&#039;s Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC

'The Nutcracker' – Nov. 23– Dec. 29
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 is staged at THEARC Theater on Nov. 23 and 24, then shifts to the Warner Theatre from Nov. 30 – Dec. 29.
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THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Music

Angel Olsen – Nov. 1-2
One of rock music’s most important voices will grace DC with her presence on the first two nights of November. Angel Olsen is writing heartfelt, introspective songs like no one else currently working in rock music. Her 2017 LP, MY WOMAN, built on the folk-rock glory of 2014’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness with a fuller sound and intricately woven songcraft, while this year’s All Mirrors features even more adventure. Olsen sits comfortably in the lineage of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Patti Smith – female songwriters capable of rendering deep emotions with a single word, a single note.
Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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The Flamin&#039; Groovies concert at City Winery in Washington, DC

The Flamin’ Groovies – Nov. 1
Formed in San Francisco in 1965, The Flamin’ Groovies have survived numerous lineup changes and decades of time thanks to their potent garage rock attack and their status as punk rock forebears. Although the group modified their sound over the years, their shows still lean on their heyday, when albums like Shake Some Action dazzled fans and critics. So head back to the garage for some fuzzy guitar and barreling rhythm during this City Winery show that kicks off November in style. This performance will take place in the gorgeous Wine Garden.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
City Winery, 1350 Okie Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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The New Pornographers – Nov. 5
Less a rock band and more a shape-shifting collective of infinitely talented songwriters and musicians, The New Pornographers have been delighting listeners since their 2001 debut, Mass Romantic. Power pop, new wave and lyrical introspection and observation are hallmarks of the group, which is still led by vocalist/guitarist Carl Newman and magnetic singer Neko Case. With their new album, In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, set for a Sept. 27 release, the New Pornographers will have fresh tracks to accompany their strong back catalogue for the 9:30 Club crowd. The show is sold out, so check the secondary market for tickets.
7 p.m.
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Ben Kweller concert this fall at Union Stage at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Ben Kweller – Nov. 9
Beginning as a child prodigy with the band Radish in the early 1990s, Ben Kweller continuously developed his songwriting skills, leading to a stellar solo career that saw him venture into the top 100 on the U.S. Billboard charts on several occasions. His power popped-up take on indie rock was irresistible. Kweller consistently churned out acclaimed records until an extreme health scare from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2013. However, the artist is fully recovered and is ready to hit the stage, with a new record in tow (his first in seven years), of which you will hear plenty during this show at Union Stage.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Stage, 740 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Big Thief concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Must-see concerts this fall in Washington, DC

Big Thief – Nov. 10
Big Thief’s songs range from soft-spoken love letters to diaries of emotional turmoil, carried by the beautiful songwriting and vocal style of lead singer Adrianne Lenker. All three of their albums have received glowing reviews, catapulting the band to “critical darling” status. Even though 9:30 Club is no small venue, each Big Thief show feels intimate, so expect to feel up-close-and-personal to the Brooklyn group during this Sunday night show. The concert is sold out, so check the secondary market for tickets.
7 p.m.
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Moon Duo – Nov. 14
As can be gleaned from their name, Moon Duo is concerned with what’s above us. Their music is composed to take you there, weaving psychedelia, ambient sound and pulsating rhythms into a stew of supernatural. The San Francisco group has been honing their live show for years, leading to performances that enthrall the audience and do not let go. Expect that at Rock and Roll Hotel.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Wild Nothing – Nov. 15
Led by singer/songwriter Jack Tatum, who began the project while attending Virginia Tech, Wild Nothing has created lush indie pop that invokes the best of 1980s acts like Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and New Order. Since emerging from his bedroom with the gem that is Gemini in 2010, Tatum has released a string of albums to wide acclaim and notoriety, including last year’s Indigo, which contained Wild Nothing’s most ambitious songs yet.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Loud Luxury concert at Echostage this November in Washington, DC

Loud Luxury – Nov. 16
The Canadian producer/DJ duo of Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace goes by Loud Luxury, an appropriate title for an outfit that prides itself on composing sleek house cuts. Innovative and dancefloor-ready, Loud Luxury’s tracks are perfect for dancing the night away inside Echostage, the best place to enjoy an EDM-filled evening in the District.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

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Letters to Cleo concert this fall at Union Stage at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Letters to Cleo & Speedy Ortiz – Nov. 19
Boston’s Letters to Cleo is the definition of a cult band. After experiencing brushes with success in the mid to late-1990s (including an unforgettable appearance as Kat’s favorite band in 10 Things I Hate About You), the group disbanded in 2000. However, appreciation of their infectious power pop tunes only increased, leading to a reunion in 2007 and an eventual pop culture comeback via an appearance on NBC’s beloved series, Parks and Recreation. Now, Letters to Cleo is touring again, with a stop at Union Stage slated for November. Speedy Ortiz, an awesome indie rock group in their own right, will open the show.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Stage, 740 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Booker T. Jones – Nov. 20
Leader of the legendary Booker T. and the MGs. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Soul music pioneer. These are just some of the accomplishments that Booker T. Jones has on his resume, a master considered by many to be the greatest player of a Hammond B3 organ to ever live. City Winery hosts the icon for one night only.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
City Winery, 1350 Okie Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Titus Andronicus – Nov. 21
They’re named after Shakespeare’s most violent play. Their lead singer sports a beard that would make Walt Whitman blush. They sing songs about the blue-collar life; they name tunes after Albert Camus and release punk rock operas about the Civil War and manic depression. It’s safe to say that Titus Andronicus presents a spellbinding, roof-rattling way to spend a Thursday night. Although their new album, An Obelisk, is less grandiose than previous efforts, still expect a raucous performance at Black Cat.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Freddie Gibbs concert at the Fillmore Silver Spring this November near Washington, DC

Freddie Gibbs – Nov. 22
Freddie Gibbs is currently a hip-hop giant, as he’s been responsible for some of the genre’s best releases over the last few years. His collaborations with Curren$y and The Alchemist (2018’s Fetti) and Madlib (this year’s Bandana) were both adored by critics, as was his 2018 solo release, Freddie. Gibbs rose from the underground in the mid-2010s with his signature voice, unbeatable flow and first-person street narratives. The Fillmore Silver Spring will be lucky to have him in late November.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Alex Cameron – Nov. 23
Over lush ‘80s synths and roaring saxophone, Alex Cameron inhabits the minds of the world’s villains and outcasts, weaving narratives that bounce between satire and seriousness. The radio-ready backing tracks serve as background to Cameron’s hilarious, haunting and often vulgar stories. Sporting a live show that features great chemistry between Cameron and his sax player, Roy Molloy, this fascinating act will visit the 9:30 Club for a late show on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
10 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Tool concert at Capital One Arena this November in Washington, DC

Tool – Nov. 25
One of alternative rock’s most successful – and experimental – bands has triumphantly returned to the zeitgeist and will now bring its thrilling live show to the nation’s capital. Tool recently dropped Fear Inoculum after going 13 years without releasing an album. Their complex mix of psychedelic and progressive rock has captivated fans for nearly 30 years. Expect an extremely excited crowd and a stunning performance from these rock legends.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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deadmau5 – Nov. 29-30
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

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