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Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Nov. 25-28

We've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. You can also read the latest info regarding what's open and reopening in the District, as well as things to do during the week and throughout the month.

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Thursday

 

Enjoy Thanksgiving at DC restaurants
Spend the holiday indulging at any number of local eateries, which offer outstanding Thanksgiving options and specials. Opaline Bar and Brasserie's Très Bon Thanksgiving Dinner will stimulate taste buds, French-style. Enjoy a three-course adventure at Del Frisco's at CityCenterDC. CUT at Rosewood features to-go and sit-down options. Both Cafe Riggs and Lyle's will also provide to-go offerings and pre-fixe menus for dining in the restaurant. Fairmont Washington, DC Georgetown will host a lavish buffet. Make sure to check out additional Thanksgiving events and deals.

 

FUTURES
Smithsonian's historic Arts and Industries Building has opened its groundbreaking new experience. On view through July 6, 2022, FUTURES is the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future and will temporarily reopen the Smithsonian’s oldest museum for the first time in nearly two decades. The part-exhibition, part-festival will celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon. Make sure to read our guide to the exhibit before you go.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  More details
Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Life of a Neuron at ARTECHOUSE

Artechouse

Life of a Neuron
This exhibit at ARTECHOUSE will take you through the thinking cells of the brain, diving into one of the world's greatest mysteries. Artists and scientists collaborated on this fascinating experience that will showcase how the brain shapes our experiences. Thanks to the Society for Neuroscience, ARTECHOUSE allows you to see a neuron from pre-birth to death, allowing for an immersive journey to the center of the mind. Book a discounted trip through the museum at the link for 'Tickets' below.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Friday

 

Downtown Holiday Market

Downtown Holiday Market

Downtown Holiday Market
This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The beloved market stretches across two blocks of F Street between 7th and 9th streets. 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. Please make sure to read the market’s safety information before your visit. The market runs through Dec. 23.
12-8 p.m., daily |  Free admission | Safety guidelines
F Street between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington, DC

 

Acoustic Rooster’s Backyard Boogie: Starring Indigo Blume
Best-selling author Kwame Alexander brings two of his most popular children’s books – Acoustic Rooster and Indigo Blume – for this world premiere commission at the Kennedy Center. Alexander has worked with writing partner Mary Rand Hess and musical collaborator Randy Preston to create a magical musical world for the entire family to enjoy. Special guests such as Duck Ellington and Ms. Dairy Parton will also join the festivities.
1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

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.
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Leslie Odom, Jr.: The Christmas Tour
A star on Broadway, a star on television, a star on film and a star as a solo performer, Leslie Odom, Jr. is among the most versatile artists of this generation. He played Aaron Burr in a Tony Award-winning performance in Hamilton, acted as soul singer Sam Cooke in Regina King’s One Night in Miami and stole the show as a hustler named Harold in David Chase’s The Many Saints of Newark. Now, the uber talent brings this wondrous Christmas show to the illustrious Kennedy Center.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Saturday

 

CityCenterDC Tree Lighting Ceremony
Shopping, dining and entertainment hub CityCenterDC will light its jaw-dropping 75-foot Christmas tree during a cheerful (and free) celebration on Saturday at 6 p.m.. In addition, the ceremony will feature a countdown hosted by NBC4’s Eun Yang, a performance by a seven-piece dance band, balloon artists, face painters and plenty of other holiday-themed activities. You can enjoy the tree throughout the holiday season, as well as gorgeous lights along Palmer Alley.
6 p.m. |  Free admission
CityCenterDC, 825 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The Kennedy Center’s annual tradition of presenting an American Nutcracker continues with this set of performances from the Miami City Ballet. Audiences will be swept away to a winter wonderland inhabited by toy soldiers, snowflakes, flowers, the Sugarplum Fairy and a nutcracker who comes to life. Tchaikovsky’s incredible score and Balanchine’s choreography will be supported by more than 100 dancers, a live orchestra and new designs and projections.
1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

A Strange Loop
Woolly Mammoth Theatre hosts this tour-de-force of a play from Michael R. Jackson. The Puliterzer Prize-winning production focuses on Usher, a Black queer writer writing his original musical while working a job he despises. The musical is about a … Black queer writer working on his original musical while working a job he despises. The young artist must wrestle with his own demons to pull himself out of the loop. Please note that the theatre requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test from the last 72 hours.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

August Wilson’s Seven Guitars

August Wilson’s Seven Guitars
Legendary playwright August Wilson’s fifth cycle play will take audiences to 1940s Pittsburgh, where blues singer Floyd Barton has decided to alter his lifestyle after an unexpected windfall has him thinking about second chances. Seven lives will be affected by Floyd’s decision in a story injected with powerful blues rhythms.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

Sunday

 

Enchant Christmas at Nats Park

Enchant Christmas
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, a holiday village with products from local businesses and a kids’ play place. 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
 

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 1882 Georgetown, you will be dazzled by an impressive roster of dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score.
1 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
The incredible stage show of Dr. Seuss’ classic comes just in time for Christmas, with performances set to begin at the National Theatre on Tuesday and running through Dec. 5. One of the most revered holiday stories in American history comes to musical life. All the hit songs – “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Welcome Christmas,” etc. – will be performed, as audiences are again dazzled by Dr. Seuss’ classic tale and the play’s awesome costumes and scenery.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

The Fugees

The Fugees
In the 25 years since its release, The Fugees’ legendary album, The Score, has influenced multiple generations of hip-hop artists. Packed with the incredible musical talents of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras, the record offered three hit singles and sold roughly 22 million copies worldwide. Soon after the release of The Score, the group split, with all three members enjoying successes as solo artists. Now, the trio have reunited for a tour in honor of the 25th anniversary of the monumental recording. Don’t miss these icons at Capital One Arena on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

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