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July Fourth Fireworks Displays

July 2nd, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office released its list of 2015 public fireworks displays:

July 3

Aberdeen, Ripken Stadium, Harford County, 10 p.m.
Bowie, Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Beach, Mears Avenue at Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County, 9 p.m.
Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase Country Club, Montgomery County, 9:30 p.m.
Cockeysville, Oregon Ridge Park, Baltimore County, 8 p.m.
Flintstone, Evitts Resort, Rocky Gap Resort, Allegany County, 9:40 p.m.
Frederick, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick County, 9:30 p.m.
Hagerstown, Hagerstown Suns ball field, Washington County, 9:30 p.m.
Lanham, Ballfield behind church, Prince George’s County, 9 p.m.
Lutherville, Baltimore Country Club, Baltimore County, 9:30 p.m.
Mt. Airy, Mt. Airy Fireman’s Carnival Grounds, Carroll County, 9:30 p.m.
Mt. Lake Park, Broadford Recreation, Garrett County, 9 p.m.
Pikesville, Suburban Country Club, Baltimore County, 9 p.m.
Pikesville, Woodholme Country Club, Baltimore County
Rock Hall, Rock Hall Harbor, Kent County, 9 p.m.
Rockville, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, Montgomery County, 9:15 p.m.
St. Mary’s City, Dock across from college, St. Mary’s County, 9 p.m.
Salisbury, Arthur Perdue Stadium, Wicomico County, 9 p.m.
Silver Spring, 18th fairway at Country Club, Montgomery County, 9:15 p.m.
Solomons, The TIKI Village, Calvert County, 7 p.m.
Stevenson, Harward Lane, Queen Anne’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Waldorf, Regency Furniture Stadium, Charles County, 9:30 p.m.
Walkersville, Walkersville Carnival Grounds, Frederick County, 10 p.m.

July 4

Annapolis, barge in Annapolis Harbor, Anne Arundel County, 9:15 p.m.
Annapolis, Epping Forest, Anne Arundel County, 10 p.m.
Baltimore City, Inner Harbor, 9:30 p.m.
Berlin, Showell Park, Worcester County, 9 p.m.
Bethesda, Congressional Country Club, Montgomery County, 9 p.m.
Bowie, Prince George’s Stadium, Prince George’s County, 6:35 p.m.
Bowie, Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Boyds, South Germantown Park, Montgomery County, 9 p.m.
Cambridge, Great Marsh Park, Dorchester County, 9:15 p.m.
Catonsville, Catonsville High School, Baltimore County, 9:15 p.m.
Chestertown, Kent County, 9:20 p.m.
Cockeysville, Oregon Ridge Park, Baltimore County, 8 p.m.
College Park, University of Maryland, Prince George’s County, 9:15 p.m.
Columbia, Columbia Lakefront, Howard County, dusk
Dundalk, North Point Government Center, Baltimore County, 9:15 p.m.
Easton, Field behind Target, Talbot County, 9:40 p.m.
Elkton, J. Evans McKenney Memorial Park, Cecil County, 9 p.m.
Essex, Eastern Yacht Club, Baltimore County
Frederick, Parkway Elementary School, Frederick County, 9:30 p.m.
Gaithersburg, Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, Montgomery County, 9:30 p.m.
Galena, Colchester Farms, Kent County, 9 p.m.
Gibsons Island, Mt. Bar Point, Anne Arundel County, 9 p.m.
Greenbelt, Buddy Attick Park, Prince George’s County, 9:15 p.m.
Hagerstown, Fairgrounds Park, Washington County, 9:30 p.m.
Hebron, Carnival Grounds, Wicomico County, 9:30 p.m.
Hollywood, Hollywood VFD, St. Mary’s County, 9 p.m.
Kensington, Albert Einstein High School, Montgomery County, 9 p.m.
Laurel, Cherry Lane Office Park, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Loch Raven Village, Baltimore County, dusk
McHenry, Wisp at Deep Creek, Garrett County, 9:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon, Charles County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, Dorchester Street, Worcester County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, North Side Park, Worcester County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, West 49th Street, Worcester County, 9:30 p.m.
Overlea, Fullerton Park, Baltimore County
Salisbury, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and Wicomico County Stadium, 9:15 p.m.
Sharpsburg, Antietam National Battlefield, Washington County, 9:30 p.m.
Solomons, The TIKI Village, Calvert County, 7 p.m.
St. Michaels, Talbot County, 9 p.m.
Takoma, Lee Jordan Field, Montgomery County, 9:30 p.m.
Towson, Loch Raven Academy, Baltimore County
Waldorf, Regency Furniture Stadium, Charles County, 9:30 p.m.
Williamsport, Byren Memorial Park, Washington County, 9 p.m.

July 5

Bowie, Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Havre de Grace, Tydings Park, Harford County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, North Division and First Street, Worcester County, 8:30 p.m.

Source: wbaltv.com

Summer Bucket List

June 10th, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Summer Bucket List for Eating, Drinking and Playing Around DC

source: https://www.washingtonian.com/

Summer is heating up and our staff is dreaming of their warm weather to-do lists, from hiking excursions to crab feasts.

Crack Chesapeake crabs

“Visiting Cantler’s in Annapolis for Chesapeake blue crabs is on my summer bucket list. They also have the best crab dip and soft-shell clams.” –Jessica Sidman, food editor 

Cross it off your list: Whether you’re looking for crabs nearby or destination crustaceans, Old Bay your way through our favorite Chesapeake crab houses.

Boat with brews

“Although it is basic AF, I really do want to try the paddle pub. I’m down for anything that gets me out on the water, and the view of the monuments from the river is great. And I’m no nutritionist, but I’m pretty sure that if you pedal while drinking beer, you negate all calories. So it’s basically good for you.” –Mimi Montgomery, associate editor 

Cross it off your list: Reserve a seat on the booze cruise or rent the boat for a private Potomac River outing. Don’t forget that libations are BYOB.

Potomac Paddle Pub
Pedal down the river while drinking beer on the Potomac Paddle Pub. Photograph courtesy of Potomac Paddle Pub.

Drink ALL the piña coladas

“It was the first drink I ever tried, and I still love it so. My current favorites are at Tiki TNTSuburbia, and Colada Shop, but I’m looking forward to trying them at Little HavanaWhaley’s Rose Garden, and Estadio, where Adam Bernbach switches out rum for sherry. ” -Ann Limpert, food editor

Cross it off your list: If you like piña coladas…you should head to an al fresco happy hour for a tropical staycation courtesy of the pineapple drink. Try the classic with a matcha twist or discover more refreshing drinks local bartenders are sipping this summer.

Frolic in a field of sunflowers

“I love sunflowers—they’re not only cheery, but they embody summer. So on my summer bucket list is a visit to the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland, when its 30 acres of sunflowers peak in mid-to-late July. I went two years ago, and it was not only an Instagram slam dunk, but it was fun to see so many visitors smiling and happy.” -Sherri Dalphonse, executive editor

Cross it off your list: Capture the perfect summer ‘gram at the sunflower oasis. Remember: the flowers are good for pictures, not picking.

Snap a summer Instagram with 30 acres of sunflowers as the background.

Hike the great outdoors 

“I’ve been dying to do more hiking this year, so I’m excited to hike along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is a massive collection of peaks that stretch through five states. From what I’ve seen, you can witness some gorgeous sunsets at their peaks. I’d like to see one of those sunsets, though I doubt I’ll make it to the top!” -Kaila Philo, editorial fellow 

Cross it off your list: You don’t have to go far for a peaceful day of hiking in nature, thanks to the DC area’s ample trails.

Feast on some barbecue 

“When the humidity dials up, I start craving barbecue favorites like smoky brisket and pulled pork. I’ll be kicking off my Summer of Meat Sweats at the National Capital Barbecue Battle, catching all the saucy action before eating my way through the different regional styles.” -Daniella Byck, assistant editor 

Cross it off your list: Get a crash course in ‘cue with our guide to Washington BBQ.

Dig in to some barbecue at Texas Jacks in Arlington. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Dig into some barbecue at Texas Jacks in Arlington. Photo by Scott Suchman 

Get to the Nationals Crab Feast

“Is anything more summery than cracking crabs while sitting on (yes, on) the field at Nationals Park, drinking cold Buds, and watching a game on the Jumbotron? This year, the Nats Feast on the Field is July 16. While the team plays the Orioles, home fans take the field for all-you-can-eat-and-drink Chesapeake blue crabs (take that, Baltimore), beer and wine, and sides.” -Anna Spiegel, food editor

Cross it off your list: Tickets are $85 to $125 ($35 for kids under 12). Don’t forget to snag a photo in the dug out.

Go cherry picking at Homestead Farm

“Sour cherry jam, sour cherry pie, sour cherry clafoutis—bring it on. When the season opens in mid-June, I’ll be at this Poolesville farm with my two-and-a-half year-old apprentice (who will likely get sidetracked by the goats and chickens, but oh well).” -Ann Limpert

Cross it off your list: To pluck the official fruit of the District or soon-to-be-in-season berries, head to a pick-your-own farm in Maryland or Virginia. Prefer your fruit pre-picked? Support local farmers at DC-area farmers markets to stock up on the season’s abundant offerings.

Pick your own cherries and berries at a local farm. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Tetsuya Kankubo.
Pick your own cherries and berries at a local farm. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Tetsuya Kankubo.

Bike and camp at the C&O Canal

“If your problem with camping is that there are often too many people, or—let’s be honest—your problem with everything is that there are often too many people, try bike camping, because even on the nicest day there may be, like, four other people doing it. Throw everything you need on your bike (sleeping bag, small tent, food) and head out on the C&O Canal towpath. The first of the Park Service’s 31 free campsitesis a reasonable 16 miles from Georgetown (pack a spare tube and pump; that path can wreak havoc on your tires). You can spend the night under the stars and return to “civilization” in less than 24 hours, refreshed and ready to act as if you enjoy the company of others for another week.” -Andrew Beaujon, senior editor

Cross it off your list: Our round-up of DC-area camping spots will help you find a kid-friendly site or a lodge to skip the tent and go glamping.

Cruise on the water taxi 

“I want to ride the water taxi from Old Town to the Wharf, enjoying both waterfronts and the ride over, wind in my (long and luscious) hair. Some may want to try the new Potomac paddleboat pub (which sounds both terrible and awesome). I just want the good ole fashioned water taxi.” -Elliot Williams, assistant editor 

Cross it off your list: Water taxi starting points are in DC and Virginia. Check multiple boxes with one ride by taking a boat to a Nationals or DC United game.

A ferry at the Wharf. Photograph by Evy Mages.
The water taxi has starting locations in DC and Virginia. Photograph by Evy Mages  

Be a tourist in DC’s neighborhoods 

“I moved to DC in January, and the only other time I’ve been here was during an 8th grade field trip. So, I’m still pretty fresh. Thus, I’m converting my summer bucket list into a DC neighborhood bucket list. Becoming invested and candid in a community comes from familiarizing yourself with it, one weekend excursion at a time.” -Will Peischel, editorial fellow 

Cross it off your list: Take advantage of sunny days and walk the city with our DC neighborhood guide.

Explore the thriving Mexican food (and margarita) scene

“Our friends from California and Texas always complained about Washington’s Mexican food scene, but lately they’ve been a lot quieter (probably too busy eating tacos). There’s an exciting new wave of great taquerias and restaurants in town, whether you’re looking for inexpensive street-style eats or a blowout taco omakase(yep, that’s a thing).” -Anna Spiegel

Cross it off your list: Make your way to one of the new Mexican restaurants around DC to try the diverse types of tacos the city has to sample.

Crispy skate, Coca-Cola–marinated carnitas, and fried-shrimp tacos at Tacos, Tortas & Tequila.
Crispy skate, Coca-Cola–marinated carnitas, and fried-shrimp tacos at Tacos, Tortas & Tequila.

Get creative with rosé 

“To my mind, there are few better summer coolers than a cold glass of minerally, salmon-pink rosé from Provence. But even I am starting to feel rosé fatigue. So, I’ve turned to the pale blue cans of rosé cider from DC cider-maker Anxo, which you can pick up at places like Batch 13 and Metro Wine & Spirits. You have to like sour brews (this one is very puckery), but it’s really refreshing.” -Ann Limpert

Cross it off your list: Check out a new outdoor bar to see who is pouring the hybrid drink, like Dacha’s Navy Yard outpost. If you’re still ride or die rosé, head to a bottomless rosé brunch.

Sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

“Baseball tends to elude me, but I’ll still be donning the “W” hat in support of our hometown team. Sure, I might be singing about peanuts and Cracker Jacks, but you can find me sampling the new concessions in between home runs.” -Daniella Byck

Cross it off your list: Snatch up tickets for a home game at Nationals Park. Looking for a spot to eat and drink around the stadium? We’ve got you covered. 

Don some red, white, and blue to cheer on the Nationals. Photograph courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.
Don some red, white, and blue to cheer on the Nationals. Photograph courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.

60+ Things To Do This May

May 8th, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Passport DC – May 1-31
Have you ever wanted to step foot inside an embassy? During this month-long journey through DC’s international pathways, you get two incredible chances to do just that with the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4 and the European Union Embassies’ Open House on May 11. Don’t miss these fascinating events that grant you unprecedented access.

Flower Mart – May 3-4
Calling all garden enthusiasts! Enjoy one of spring’s most impressive showcases of colorful perennials, cutting-edge landscape exhibits and extraordinary floral arrangements produced by international floral designers at the Washington National Cathedral, as well as embassies throughout the District. The Flower Mart, an official Passport DC event, lets you take part in family-friendly activities including garden tours and an antique carousel.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.| Free admission
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

Capital Harvest on the Plaza – May 3 – Nov. 22
Located in the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Capital Harvest on the Plaza is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays from May through November. During your visit, you’ll find plenty of farm-fresh deliciousness and artisanal crafts, as well as recipes and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check out the full list of vendors to start planning your haul.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Around the World Embassy Tour– May 4
You can visit any of more than 40 embassies during this annual event that is free to all. Embassies that span five continents will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with programming and activities for visitors on-site. Check out the list of participating embassies and plan your multicultural excursion through the streets of DC!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission

Running of the Chihuahuas – May 4
The Wharf celebrates Cinco de Mayo with this too-cute-to-be-true chihuahua race, now in its eighth year. Watch the little pups run their way to glory at DC’s hottest new development. You’ll also be able to enjoy a beer garden and music throughout the afternoon. Check out The Wharf’s calendar for other upcoming events.
1-5 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

11th Annual National Wine & Food Festival – May 4-5
The scenic National Harbor hosts this two-day festival that foodies will not want to miss. Hang out on the waterfront and indulge in cuisine from world-renowned chefs and culinary creatives, in addition to delicious wines, beers and cocktails. A rosé garden, a margarita bar, a Stella Artois Craft Beer Experience and Smooth Ambler Whiskey Wagon are all on the docket.
12-6 p.m. | Tickets
National Harbor, 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

JxJ – May 8-26
For the first time, the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival have been combined, creating a stunning multidisciplinary arts project throughout the city for three weeks. The film festival, now 29 years old, offers a diverse lineup of international film premieres, panel discussions, Q&A’s and sneak previews. The music festival celebrates its 20th year with international performances that will span classical, rock, jazz and much more.

Cooking Up History: Regional Chinese Cooking Along the Transcontinental Railroad – May 10
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad and the National Museum of American History’s American Enterprise exhibition, the museum’s free Cooking Up History series will turn its attention to the culinary influence of Chinese immigrants who lived and worked in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century while building said railroad. Chef Martin Yan will prepare dishes that the workers consumed during his demonstration while also addressing regional food traditions from the Guangdong Province and how Cantonese food culture altered American dining.
1 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

BYT & Nat Geo Present – ‘Queens of Egypt’: The Mother of All Parties – May 10
Girl power reigns for this Friday night event at the National Geographic Museum, hosted in partnership with Brightest Young Things. Explore the museum’s fascinating Queens of Egypt exhibit, jam to an energetic DJ set from Madame Gandhi, hear lightning talks from prominent woman explorers and scientists and enjoy an open bar. The event is for ages 21 and over.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1600 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

2019 Contemporaries Bash: Maravillas de México (Wonders of Mexico) – May 10
Held at Dock 5 at Union Market, this event welcomes you to enjoy the art and culture of Mexico through music, dancing, food and creative cocktails. The Phillips Collection and the Embassy of Mexico have joined together to bring you this evening that offers ice cream tacos, a balloon lounge, mezcal, agua frescas and a soaring tribute to Mexican women and their artistic contributions.
8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. |  Tickets
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

European Union Open House – May 11
Europhiles can have a field day during this annual free event, with lets you take your own shortcut to Europe without any jet lag. All 28 European Union member states, including Italy, Spain, Ireland and many more, participate in this citywide open house experience. Take advantage of this chance to observe cultural heritage and traditions from the Old Continent at no cost.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission

6th Annual Funk Parade – May 11
In honor of U Street’s diverse cultural history, people from all over the District come together to celebrate the spirit of funk at this free, one-of-a-kind parade, street fair and music festival. Watch the street (and side streets) come to life with live musical performances and entertainment from a variety of vibrant dancers, marching bands and visual artists. Get an education on go-go music, made famous by DC’s own Chuck Brown, and then groove to Latin hip-hop, funk brass and frenetic DJ sets, among many activations. The parade also has a new wristband system this year, so make sure to purchase one in order to attend the Night Music Festival, the Featured Showcase and the Funk Parade Conference and receive special discounts throughout the day.
Festivities begin at 1 p.m.
U Street, Washington, DC 20009

ZooFari: Bite Night – May 16
Home to some 1,800 animals, the National Zoo transforms into a wild, culinary wonderland for this annual fundraiser featuring dozens of DC restaurants. ZooFari caters to all in the food-loving kingdom with complimentary bites from eateries like Pinstripes, Radiator and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, among others. Local beer and regional wines add to the revelry, which also includes live entertainment, a silent auction, a VIP lounge and exciting animal encounters with small mammals and great apes.
6:30-9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience – May 17
Lovers of brews will not want to miss SAVOR, which features 90 craft breweries from all over the U.S. showing off two of their most acclaimed flavors at the National Building Museum. That adds up to more than 180 beers available for sampling, and there will be small plates that pair perfectly with each brew. Grab tickets as soon as you can, because this event sells out every year.
7:30-11 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – May 17-19
This three-day celebration is sold out for Saturday, but you can still grab tickets for Friday and Sunday. Mount Vernon’s annual spring soiree includes tours of the property’s mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington” and live jazz on a beautiful lawn overlooking the Potomac River. You can also sample more than 20 Virginia wines, and a fruit and cheese box is available for purchase to pair with your sips.
6-9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Jazz in the Garden – May 17 – Aug. 23
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art‘s Sculpture Garden starting May 17. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5-8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

DC Bike Ride – May 18
DC’s only car-free, recreational bike ride is fun for all ages and biking abilities. The family-friendly race has you cruise past the nation’s iconic landmarks on the National Mall, a memorable view and bike-riding experience if we’ve ever heard of either. Waiting for you as you end your 20-mile journey is the Finish Festival, with live music, fun activities and food and drink.
8 a.m. |  Register
West Potomac Park, 100 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, DC 20418

60+ Things To Do In DC

April 5th, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Through April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration fills the first two weeks of April with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events to be enjoyed in April: Petalpalooza (April 6) at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13).

The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Through April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha).
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday
1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

ChefsFeed Indie Week – April 4-5, 7
ChefsFeed brings a weekend’s worth of events to the nation’s capital, starting with a sold-out event at Tim Ma’s American Son restaurant in the Eaton Hotel. On Friday, however, you can enjoy 12 courses from 12 different chefs in addition to wine pairings at the same location. Sunday presents the grand finale: 12 courses from all 24 chefs present throughout the weekend, with wine included. Dive into cuisine from all over the country in the culinary capital.
American Son, 1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Washington Auto Show – April 5-14
Things are heating up for one of the nation’s largest auto shows, which will take place in spring for the first time ever, compared to its usual January run. Car lovers can expect the 2019 edition to dazzle with more than 600 new makes and models from 35-plus manufacturers. Attendees will be able to take part in three different indoor ride and drive experiences, and also take a car out for a test drive on the streets of D.C. Throughout the show, there will be artists painting cars live on-site, VIP tours led by automotive writers, appearances from local sports stars and mascots, and much more. Grab your tickets quickly – the Auto Show draws large crowds every year.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Petalpalooza at The Wharf – April 6
Get ready for more than eight straight hours of free tunes, all-ages activities, a beer garden, interactive art installations and games, all capped off by fireworks at The Wharfduring Petalpalooza (formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival). Folks can explore DC’s hottest new development and grab a great seat for the fireworks show. Entertainment begins at 12 p.m. and is capped off with fireworks at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
12-9:30 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

21st Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk – April 6
Lace up your sneakers for this stroll, which commemorates Japanese Americans and their experience during the Second World War and encourages the continued defense of civil liberties for all Americans. The walk begins and ends at the intersection of Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues NW, the site of the National Japanese American Memorial. This year’s theme is “Fractured: The Faces of Family Separation.”
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Free admission
Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues & D Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Cherry Blossom Night with D.C. United – April 9
For the first time, a pro sports game in DC will be included as a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s events. When D.C. United takes on the Montreal Impact on the second Tuesday in April, you can expect all kinds of cherry blossom-themed merchandise, food and beverages and on-field entertainment. A special ticket offer includes a collectible pin badge branded by both D.C. United and the Festival.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Cooking Up History: Ethiopian Culinary Cultures in Washington, DC – April 12
Cooking Up History is the National Museum of American History’s free monthly deep dive into the culinary arts at its demonstration kitchen on the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza. Each event showcases a guest chef and the museum’s resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Young. In 2019, the museum is incorporating its refresh of the FOOD: Transforming the American Table exhibit into its Cooking Up History series, highlighting objects, stories and new materials that will be featured in the display. In April, learn about Ethiopian cuisine in the District from Sileshi Alifom of DAS Ethiopian Restaurant. The cooking demonstration will be accompanied by a special Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
1 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

Newseum Nights: In Bloom – April 12
The Newseum shows off its cherry blossom spirit with one of their signature after-hours events. Enjoy an open beer and wine bar, sample sake, savor signature Asian dishes from Wolfgang Puck, see a traditional Japanese drum performance, receive a personalized haiku, explore Newseum’s latest exhibit, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, savor giveaways from ThinkFoodGroup and Nando’s and so much more.<
8:30-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

Space Oddity: Ground Control to Major Party – April 12
The National Air and Space Museum, Brightest Young Things and Yuri’s Night team up for this after-hours extravaganza. In honor of Yuri Gagarin’s landmark voyage into space on April 12, 1961, the launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981 AND the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and the release of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” the museum will offer a DJ set, a Planetarium laser light show, a live taping of the AirSpace podcast, space-inspired activities, space-related TED-style talks, food and drink. The event is for ages 21 and over.
8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge 2019 – April 12-14
For the first time, DC will host this competition that features 800 of the best CrossFit athletes in the world. DC Armory and its 70,000-square-foot space will serve as the venue for the Challenge, which will provide divisions for all skill levels. Spectator tickets are available for those who wish to take in the competition and peruse the vendor village.
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

50+ Things To Do In DC

March 1st, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Through April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha). The PUB will host a spring party on March 20, during which a timed $20 ticket can help you avoid the line.
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday | 1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

HopFest 2019 – March 9
HopFest is the only beer festival in the city hosted by local brewers for local brewers. The DC Brewers’ Guild has one heck of a day planned for the fifth installment of this beloved event. Dozens of breweries will be on hand at the DC Brau Brewing Company to showcase hoppy goodness, from one-off specials to old favorites to rare brews you can’t find anywhere else.
1-5 p.m. |  Tickets
DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon – March 9
Choose from three different race formats and run and rock through DC during this annual extravaganza. The two days prior to race day feature a health and fitness expo at DC Armory, where participants can pick up their race packets and try out new running apparel and technology. Then, on the big day, conquer the marathon, half-marathon or 5K. Each sport scenic routes that allow you to marvel at DC’s monuments.

Demetri Martin – March 9
Demetri Martin’s unique brand of comedy, which can feature sing-alongs, drawings and costumes, has taken him from self-described “relative obscurity” in New York City to superstardom. Along the way, he wrote for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s released successful comedy albums and starred in his own television series on Comedy Central, where his acclaimed Demetri MartinPerson. stand-up special aired. His first book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin, was a New York Timesbestseller. Witness his idiosyncrasies at Warner Theatre on the second Saturday in March.
10 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Evenings at the Edge: Wonder Women – March 14
The National Gallery of Art’s Evenings at the Edge series returns to the East Building for spring with this night entirely dedicated to women. The all-female tap sensation Syncopated Ladies, which features two sisters from DC, will be on-hand to showcase their jaw-dropping talent. Attendees will also be able to view legendary art by women and hear their stories via pop-up talks, as well as craft their own female superhero.
6-9 p.m. |  Register (free admission)
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – March 14-24
The longest-running and largest environmental film festival in the U.S. enlightens viewers on the state of our environment and what we can do to maintain its health. More than 100 movies will be screened at venues all over the District. The festival will also include informative discussions and social events that will inspire dialogue surrounding these wonderful films and their important themes. Many of the events are free and all are open to the public. Check the website for a full schedule.

National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events: the Pink Tie Party (March 22); the Opening Ceremony (March 23); the Blossom Kite Festival (March 30); Petalpalooza (April 6) at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13).

Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild – March 22
March is an action-packed month for the Capitals, with the defending Stanley Cup champions playing six games at Capital One Arena. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are in dogged pursuit of prime playoff position in the hopes of bringing another championship to the nation’s capital. This Friday night tilt will see the boys square off against the Minnesota Wild, who are fighting for their own playoff lives under head coach (and former Caps bench boss) Bruce Boudreau.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Pink Tie Party – March 22
This springtime affair in Washington signifies the beginning of blossom season. The Pink Tie Party raises funds for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the elaborate cocktail party brings on the fun with lots of features: spring-inspired cuisine, a silent auction, live music, dancing and other distinctive entertainment. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.
7-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – March 23
Diehard blossom-goers make a point to be official about their visit by reserving tickets to this free event. Experience the festival on stage through traditional and contemporary performances at the Warner Theatre, with a lineup that features the cast members of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live making their North American debut and an original interpretation from violinist Ikuko Kawai. Note that there will be a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed.
5-6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

ShamrockFest – March 23
America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival will green out RFK Stadium again this year. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mahones and Andrew W.K. highlight this year’s lineup of performers. Plan on plenty of brews, Irish dancers and bagpipes, DJs and contests. General admission and VIP tickets are available to this Irish-themed extravaganza.
12 – 8 p.m. | Tickets
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Washington Nationals Opening Day vs. New York Mets at Nationals Park – March 28
Yes, it’s officially that time of year. Baseball is back! The Washington Nationals will open their 2019 season with this matchup against the rival New York Mets. Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and the rest of the Nats will look to erase the disappointment of last season’s 82-80 record and re-claim their throne as kings of the National League East. The Mets may have something to say about that, and they’ll get to showcase their offseason additions, including Robinson Cano and former Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. Prepare for plenty of Opening Day excitement at Nationals Park.
1:35 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

J.B. Smoove – March 29
J.B. Smoove is everywhere. From television commercials to TV specials to major films to his role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Smoove’s blend of cool and comedy has made him a household name. However, the dynamic performer’s roots are in stand-up, and you can see him in his ultimate element at Warner Theatre at the end of March.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional – March 29 & 31
Capital One Arena hosts March Madness on two separate days this March. America’s favorite postseason tournament annually features jaw-dropping upsets and breathtaking buzzer beaters. DC is fortunate to host the Sweet Sixteen this year, when the tournament’s true juggernauts and Cinderellas begin to emerge. Expect plenty of spellbinding action during this set of games.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Blossom Kite Festival – March 30
Head to the Washington Monument grounds for this free kite-flying extravaganza, one of the most highly anticipated events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival . The entire family can watch expert kite fliers from all over the world participate in the Hot Tricks Showdown, a stunt kite-flying event. Make sure you bring your camera and a kite of your own!
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Washington Monument Grounds, 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

Zilia Sánchez: ‘Soy Isla (I Am an Island)’ – Through May 19
Head to The Phillips Collection to check out the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sànchez. You’ll encounter more than 60 works from the artist’s nearly 70-year career, from paintings to shaped canvases to sculptures to illustrations. Her work incorporates mythological heroes, lunar shapes, geometry and topologies. Sánchez’s travels have taken her to Europe, New York and Puerto Rico, leading to an incredibly diverse tapestry of art.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

‘The REDress Project’ – March 1-31
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will host this outdoor art installation from Jaime Black. Empty red dresses situated outside on the north side of the building will symbolize missing or murdered Indigenous women. Black’s work serves as an alarming reminder of the gendered and racialized violence frequently dealt with by Native women. On March 21, the artist will participate in Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women, a symposium that will feature harrowing stories and ignite important conversations about the issue at-hand.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

40+ Things To Do This February

February 4th, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Discover a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including Black History Month events, Chinese New Year celebrations, Valentine’s Day date ideas and so much more.

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.

Do Date Night Right with Date Nights DC – Feb. 1-28
Throughout the month of February, enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc to enter our Date Nights DC sweepstakes.

Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck – Feb. 1-28
In honor of George Washington’s birthday month, Tudor Place is offering $1 tours throughout February. As DC’s only historic house museum with connections to Martha and George Washington, the gorgeous property is the ideal spot for such a deal. You will be able to view standouts from Tudor Place’s Washington Collection along the way.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Register
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Feb. 2
The Wizards will celebrate Black History Month with special promotions and their exclusive Statement Jerseys in this Saturday night matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the NBA’s best teams. Bradley Beal and the Wiz will look to take down their Eastern Conference rival, a team led by one of the most exciting players in the world, forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Lunar New Year: Guangdong Arts Troupe – Feb. 8
Millennium Stage’s celebration of the Lunar New Year continues with another free performance full of Chinese culture. Award-winning artists from the Guangdong province will present a program full of wonder. Expect to see dance, stunning acrobatics, puppetry and live music during this special event at one of the city’s most illustrious venues.
6 p.m. |  Free admission
Millennium Stageat The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Cupid’s Undie Run – Feb. 9
Revel in running like never before, and do so to help a great cause. Cupid’s Undie Run is a national sensation that has helped raise millions of dollars for the Children’s Tumor Foundation since 2010. If you’re 21 or older, strut your stuff in skimpy attire as part of a team or solo, and enjoy pre- and post-run fun. And if you’re in a charitable mood, tack on a donation after you register to assist in stopping a deadly disease that affects 1 in 3,000 births.
12-4 p.m. |  Register
Meet at Penn Social, 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival 2019: Year of the Pig – Feb. 10
The Chinatown Community Cultural Center will host a special program featuring live cultural performances, family-oriented events and educational activities at its facility in Gallery Place. You can stop in to enjoy the festivities before or after you enjoy the DC Chinese New Year Parade. Details are below.
12:30-5 p.m. |  Free admission
Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street NW #201, Washington, DC 20001

DC Chinese New Year Parade – Feb. 10
This annual parade in Gallery Place is one of DC’s signature Chinese New Year celebrations. With dozens of entries, this year’s parade promises to be the largest and most diverse yet. Expect Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, floats (including lions and dragons) and plenty of pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown.
2 p.m. |  Free admission
Meet at Gallery Place Metro Station

American Chinese School presents The Spring Bloom Grand Ceremony – Feb. 11
While not one of the Kennedy Center’s official Lunar New Year events, this evening show provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture. The American Chinese School will bring Chinese artists, troupes and student ensembles to the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center to perform dance and musical selections that honor the upcoming spring bloom and promote cooperation among nations.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Concert Hall at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism’ – Feb. 12
Poet Airea D. Matthews, fiction writer N.K. Jemisin and screenwriter/author Tananarive Due will discuss the concept of “Afrofuturism” in this Folger Theatre event perfectly timed for Black History Month. Critic Mark Dery coined Afrofuturism, a term that has evolved to include spacey jazz, African-American sci-fi and psychedelic hip-hop and R&B. Three brilliant minds will discuss the term and read excerpts that help to illuminate the phenomenon.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Disney On Ice presents ‘Worlds of Enchantment’ – Feb. 14-18
Capital One Arena offers up this Disney On ice adventure that will be a blast for the entire family. Submerge in the Little Mermaid’s world under the sea, warm up to Frozen’s princesses, play with Woody and Buzz in the Sunnyside Daycare and thrill to Lightning McQueen’s high-octane stunts in this cavalcade of film favorites on blades.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Big Apple Circus – Feb. 14 – March 14
The one-ring circus hosted by Grandma the Clown presents the likes of high-wire artists the Fabulous Wallendas, the acrobatic Anastasini Brothers and daredevil roller skaters Dandino and Luciana near the Gaylord National Harbor. Whether it’s for date night fun or family night on the town, Big Apple Circus makes for a fantastic winter activity.

30+ Things To Do This January

January 3rd, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The new year kicks off with a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including Winter Restaurant Week, action-packed sporting events, new museum exhibits and so much more.

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.

Free Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts – Jan. 6
One of DC’s premier art museums opens its doors for free every first Sunday of the month. Visitors are granted access to NMWA’s extensive collection of seminal work by female artists, which includes pieces by Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherman, Judy Chicago and many more. Current exhibitions that can be explored without spending a dime include Rodarte and Ambreen Butt: Mark My Words. The museum will also host a fascinating tour entitled “Fierce Women” from 1-2 p.m.
12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Jan. 8
The defending Stanley Cup champions will continue their quest for back-to-back titles with an early January matchup against the rival Philadelphia Flyers. Alex Ovechkin, on a searing goal-scoring pace again this year, will look to light the lamp along with fellow star forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson. Goalie Braden Holtby will look to stop Claude Giroux and a potent Flyers offense. Make sure to rock the red to this one.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Iliza: Elder Millennial – Jan. 10
This stand-up comedy star has already sold out Friday night’s show, so grab tickets to this Thursday performance as soon as you can. Iliza rose to fame by being the only female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She had great success with the Truth & Iliza podcast, which gave way to a late-night show on Freeform. Now, Iliza has an acclaimed Netflix special and headlines comedy festivals. Don’t miss her unique brand of hilarity at Warner Theatre.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Jay Pharoah – Jan. 11
You know Jay Pharoah. He spent six years on Saturday Night Live and did absolutely unforgettable impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z and Kanye West. He’s also done head-turning voice work on Bojack Horseman and Family Guy. The riveting stand-up performer will bring his immense talents to a special sit-down show at 9:30 Club, the legendary DC venue.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Winter Restaurant Week – Jan. 14-20
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) curates two Restaurant Week promotions per year, and you’re in luck: one is right around the corner. Dozens of DC restaurants will participate, offering up multiple-course and prix fixe meals ($22 for lunch and brunch, $35 for dinner). Sign up for RAMW’s Restaurant Week mailing list to stay in-the-know on participants, deals, booking a table and chances to win special diner rewards.

Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons – Jan. 15
The Wizards’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game is a holiday tradition, presenting a great opportunity to enjoy some matinee basketball inside Capital One Arena. John Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wiz will take on stars Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. Each team is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, making for an exciting afternoon matchup.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

38th Annual MLK Parade – Jan. 21
DC honors the late, great Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual parade that brings the entire community together on the holiday that celebrates the Civil Rights leader. Community activists, performers and civic leaders will all be on-hand for this event that aims to prolong Dr. King’s legacy and everlasting message of peace. The parade concludes with a community fair at the Gateway Pavilion.
11 a.m. | Free admission
Parade begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE & Good Hope Road SE, concludes at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE

‘New Nature’ by Marpi – Through Jan. 13
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibition that will have you viewing nature in an entirely different light. New Nature features digital and nature-like creatures and plants that respond to your gestures and actions, as well as insects, landscapes and planets. The responsive technology combines with music to create a full-on sensory experience. This is the first large-scale solo exhibition for the artist Marpi.
Bookings available from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘The Wiedmann Bible’ – Through April 28
The Wiedmann Bible is the longest illustrated Bible in the world, featuring 3,333 images. German artist Willy Wiedmann wanted to provide a visual narrative of the Bible, using the distinctive style of Polycon to communicate the book’s many stories. You will see the influence of other styles in Wiedmann’s work as well, including Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
Museum of the Bible, 400 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Celebrating New American Gardens’ – Jan. 31 – Oct. 15
The U.S. Botanic Garden, the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the country, celebrates new American gardens in this fascinating exhibit. Experience the latest and greatest in public gardens, which showcase plant collections, provide beautiful public spaces and highlight the changing of the seasons. Gardens created and renovated in the last five years are the focus, which means you will see only the height of creativity and innovation.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

‘It’s Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family’ – Jan. 31 – Nov. 23
The mint family of plants is larger than you think. While Mentha (peppermint and spearmint) and Salvia (sage) get a majority of the attention, rosemary and coleus are also prevalent members of the species. In total, more than 230 genera and 7,000 species make up the mint family, which means you have a whole lot of plant-learning to do at this new U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit that opens at the end of the month.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

‘Judy Garland: A Star is Born’ – Jan. 8-26
One of the biggest Hollywood stars in history receives a musical tribute at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Judy Garland was a queen of the Golden Age in Hollywood, known for her beautiful voice and unforgettable roles in The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born. Signature Theatre favorites will sing some of her most famous songs, including “Get Happy” and “Over the Rainbow,” during this two-and-half-week engagement.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

WIT Road Show – Jan. 10-27
The Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) for three weeks of special programming. WIT will perform company ensembles filled with improvised brilliance in the form of comedy and stirring musical numbers. The company will also debut a new production entitled, “Fourth Estate,” a comedy that centers on the much-maligned media.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

‘Cartography’ – Jan. 11-13
The subject of migration is artistically rendered through dance, film, map-making and sound sensor technology in this groundbreaking production from author and illustrator Christopher Myers, director Kaneza Schaal and New York-based company Arktype. Cartography will take you from rafts on the Mediterranean to cargo trucks to border checkpoints, revealing the trials and tribulations of youth migrants that face uncertain futures while constantly in motion.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera: ‘Taking Up Serpents’ – Jan. 11 & 13
As part of the American Opera Initiative Festival, the Kennedy Center presents this new hour-long opera born from a collaboration between composer Kamala Sankaram and award-winning librettist Jerre Dye. Taking Up Serpents details the story of Kayla, who’s been estranged from her preacher father and bitten by one of his snakes. Kayla’s subsequent journey causes her to reflect on her upbringing, her faith, her family and her destiny. Soaring compositions weave the 25-year-old’s epic tale.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas – Jan. 12
This additional offering of the American Opera Initiative Festival features three world premiere, 20-minute operas staged in a concert performance with a small chamber orchestra. You will be able to glimpse the future of opera through these short but endearing compositions from rising stars. A Q&A with the artists and creative teams of each piece will follow the performances.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: ‘Cinderella’ – Jan. 15-20
After a sterling adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017, Matthew Bourne returns to the Kennedy Center with an inventive take on a classic fairy tale. Bourne’s Cinderella is set in London during World War II, where Cinderella falls in love with a handsome RAF pilot before the two are separated by the Blitz. You’ll have to see the show to find out how the rest unfolds, but you’re sure to see jaw-dropping production design and video projections in this vivid telling of an essential story.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘School of Rock’ – Jan. 16-27
Based on director Richard Linklater’s classic 2003 film starring Jack Black, this acclaimed musical production will capture the imagination of the entire family at the National Theatre this January. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn’s hilarious foray into substitute teaching at a prestigious school sees him turn his class into an earth-shattering rock band. The play will feature every song from the movie, 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater’s very first kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
The National Theatre, 1621 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

‘Admissions’ – Jan. 16 – Feb. 17
From the same writer of the best-selling play in Studio Theatre history comes this compelling tale that satirizes white privilege in America. Bill and Sherri are headmaster and dean at Hillcrest, a New Hampshire boarding school they’ve spent 15 years working to diversify. However, morals are put to the test when their son, Charlie, is denied entry to an Ivy League school. Charlie’s drastic response puts Sherri in the unenviable position of publicly breaking down an oppressive system while privately working to secure its privileges. This thought-provoking production promises to be a highlight of the season.
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

‘Kleptocracy’ – Jan. 18 – Feb. 24
The seeds of troubling current events are planted in this world premiere drama at Arena Stage. A collapsed Soviet Union is ruled by the Oligarchs, hyper capitalists who want to ruthlessly reform Russian markets and open them to the world. The group’s leader is confronted by a young Vladimir Putin, who has his own plans for securing unquestionable power. Find out how modern Russia came to be in this of-the-moment production.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ – Jan. 23 – March 10
The Fats Waller Musical Show is going to bring a whole lot of boogie-woogie to Arlington’s Signature Theatre. You’ll be transported into the Harlem of yesteryear for an energetic, feet-moving celebration of big band music through the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller. The Tony Award-winning musical production will feature songs like “Honeysuckle Rose” and “The Joint is Jumpin’”. Performers will include Signature regulars such as Nova Y. Payton and Iyona Blake.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

American Ballet Theatre: ‘Harlequinade’ – Jan. 29 – Feb. 3
Marius Pepita’s 19th-century ballet, filled with rollicking comedy, is retold by American Ballet Theatre’s Artist in Residence, Alexei Ratmansky. Co-produced with Australian Ballet and featuring music from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the production offers two acts, as Harlequin battles for his love, Columbine. Expect world-class dancing, fun costumes, colorful sets and plenty of slapstick laughs.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘Nell Gwynn’ – Jan. 29 – Feb. 10
Nell Gwynn emerges from the streets of Drury Lane into the king’s court. The quiet orange seller steps onto the stage of the Restoration theater and dazzles none other than Charles II. Nell is then brought to court as one of Charles’ favorite mistresses, leading to a dazzling and funny tale of a woman discovering how amazing she truly is. The play was adored in London last season and the Folger Theatre is the perfect setting for its Shakespearean zaniness.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Diplo – Jan. 17
One of the most dynamic forces in modern music, Diplo is an international superstar who has worked with the likes of M.I.A., Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Santigold and many, many more. He’s the founder of the famous Mad Decent block parties, has multiple Grammy nominations, garners millions of streams per year and starts a dance party as well as anyone on the face of the planet. Echostage is the ideal venue for Diplo’s talents.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Bobby Sanabria MultiVerse Big Band: ‘West Side Story Reimagined’ – Jan. 18
The illustrious score of West Side Story, one of the most successful plays and films of all-time, is beautifully reimagined by percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his acclaimed MultiVerse Big Band. The jazzy, adventurous and touching music of Leonard Bernstein’s tale is brilliantly interpreted through Sanabria’s vibrant take on Latin jazz.
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

National Symphony Orchestra: Renée Fleming sings Schubert – Jan. 18 & 20
Renée Fleming is one of the world’s most celebrated sopranos and she’ll return to the renowned Kennedy Center to pay tribute to Franz Schubert and some of his most esteemed compositions. Among the highlights: orchestrations of Schubert classics, music from Rosamunde and Berio’s Rendering, a piece based on Schubert’s uncompleted 10th Symphony.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Panic! at the Disco – Jan. 20
Panic! at the Disco is led by singer/songwriter Brendon Urie, who formed the band with childhood friends in Las Vegas in 2004. Urie is now the only official member of the band, which has been churning out hits since it rose to fame in 2005. This year’s Pray for the Wicked is one of the project’s most successful releases yet, featuring the smash hit, “High Hopes”. Capital One Arena should be packed for this one.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

A$AP Rocky – Jan. 20
A$AP Rocky is one of the best rap artists of the decade, a performer who has garnered critical adulation while maintaining a loyal fan base. Whether it’s releasing his own albums, like this year’s acclaimed Testing, or guesting on another artist’s track, A$AP Rocky always leaves an impression. He’ll bring his lively stage show to the state-of-the-art The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

NSO Pops: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (film with live orchestra) – Jan. 22-24
John Williams’ epic and treasured score will be performed live as the second installment of George Lucas’ initial Star Wars trilogy is screened at the Kennedy Center. Return of the Jedi is considered by many Star Wars fans to be one of the best of the series, and the experience of watching the movie while its powerful score is performed in front of you makes for an incredible evening.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

NSO Pops: An Evening with Brandy – Jan. 25-26
Fresh off an acclaimed turn as Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago, Brandy will unite R&B and symphony music in enthralling fashion at the Kennedy Center. The performances will mark the first time that the singer has collaborated with a live orchestra. The Grammy Award winner will sing numerous hits from her illustrious career.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music for Young Audiences: Banda Magda – Jan. 26-27
The whole family can take a trip around the globe with Banda Magda, an award-winning group that combines jazz improvisation and South American rhythms. Songs will be sung in six different languages as the band zooms through a set list that will include selections from their new album, Tigre. Audience participation is also on the docket, so get ready to groove.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Neko Case – Jan. 27
Indie rock singer-songwriter Neko Case released one of her most acclaimed albums this year, Hell-On, and now brings her irresistible voice and songs to the stage of the Lincoln Theatre. Case’s solo career now stretches more than 20 years, and she is one of the founding members of The New Pornographers, one of the most critically adored rock groups of the same time period. Saturday night’s show sold out, so grab tickets to this Sunday night performance as soon as possible.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

60+ Things To Do

December 7th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The nation’s capital offers a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including holiday-themed events, markets and theater productions, New Year’s Eve celebrations and so much more.

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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Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Museum Exhibits


Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Theater
Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Music


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

Downtown Holiday Market – Through 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


Holiday Afternoon Tea – Throughout December (excluding Dec. 24-25 & 31)
The Willard InterContinental Washington offers a holiday tradition throughout December. You can enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant Peacock Alley every day of the month (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). There will be seasonal decor, sandwiches, pastries and the beautiful sounds of a harp to accompany you as you sip on festive teas from one of DC’s most historic hotels.
1-4 p.m. |  Reserve
Willard InterContinental Washington, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


ZooLights – Through Jan. 1, 2018
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 (Nov. 29). 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


LightUP Fest in Loudon County, Virginia - Winter events near Washington, DC

LightUP Fest 2018 – Through Jan. 2, 2019
An illuminative feast for the eyes, LightUP Fest transforms 20 acres of land some 30 miles outside of DC into one of the largest light displays on the East Coast. In sum, the outdoor spectacle includes one million lights and Chinese lanterns comprising 77 installations that represent key themes, including Tour of Fantasy, Freedom America, Mysterious East and Magical World. In addition to its colorful, high-tech light arrays, the experience, which was devised by Chinese designers from the Zigong Lantern Festival, includes a food court with Chinese street food finds, daily performances from artists and acrobats, as well as interactive arts and craft activities. Onsite parking is free, but if you don’t have a car, you can ride share from DC (around $50-$60 each way) or from the closest Metro stop, the Wiehle-Reston East Station on the Silver Line (around $20-$25 each way).
5:30-10:30 p.m. | Tickets
44600 Freetown Boulevard, Ashburn, VA 20147


Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival – Through Dec. 9
The Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival is a result of the annual Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards, which honor innovators across the entire creative spectrum, from technology to the performing arts to education. The 11-day festival will showcase award winners and other innovators all over DC through an array of events. Among the highlights: John Krasinski will speak at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Dec. 5, Jewel will bring her holiday tour to the Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 6 and The Long Conversation (detailed below) takes place on Dec. 7. Check out the full schedule.


Swedish Christmas Bazaar – Dec. 1
Held at the House of Sweden, this annual DC tradition takes place on the first Saturday in December, every year. The event features a Swedish marketplace with for-sale crystal glassware, textiles, books, artworks and even homemade bread. Snack on Swedish delicacies like “fika” and “glögg” in the cafe and stick around for the main event: the St. Lucia procession with traditional caroling.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Free admission
House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


Georgetown GLOW – Dec. 1 – Jan. 6
This stroll through DC’s most historic neighborhood will certainly make you light up as you pass by unique, illuminated artworks. Georgetown GLOW is a holiday hit in this District, a five-week celebration of 16 artists and 10 installations (this Saturday through Jan. 6). Participants range from locally renowned to internationally celebrated, while their works gorgeously adorn outdoor spaces throughout Georgetown. Afterwards, wander through a winter wonderland at The Washington Harbour, one of our favorite places to ice skate in the District.
5-10 p.m. |  Free admission


The District’s Holiday Boat Parade – Dec. 1
Dozens of dazzling boats will traverse the Potomac River from the waterfront in Alexandria, Va. to The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront. You can observe free of charge, and there are plenty of holiday  festivities to supplement the experience. The Wharf will feature live music, cookie decorating, a fire pit, ice skating and winter-themed drinks at the Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden, in addition to an on-site Santa. Prizes will be awarded to the most beautiful vessels, which begin their journey at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks will cap off the parade at 8 p.m.
5:30-8 p.m. |  Free admission
From the Docks of Alexandria to Southwest Waterfront in DC – 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Native Art Market – Dec. 1-2
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian hosts this two-day market that will showcase some of the best Native American artists. You’ll be able to peruse silver, jewelry, beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, sculptures, fine apparel, ceramics and handwoven baskets. Expect to observe both traditional and contemporary styles as you shop at this free-to-attend event.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show – Dec. 1-2
From a Grand Tasting Pavilion featuring more than 50 local restaurants to chances to meet top celebrity chefs, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is like a Super Bowl for foodies. Over two days, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will also sport tasting and entertaining workshops, a pop-up cooking school and a beer, wine and spirits garden. Finally, award-winning chefs such as Carla Hall, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Schlow, Erik Bruner-Yang, Nicholas Stefanelli, Vikram Sunderam and Amy Brandwein will participate in fascinating cooking demos. Ready the taste buds for this culinary bonanza.
12-5:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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2018 Nationals Winterfest – Dec. 1-2
In an event that always produces classic moments between players and fans, Nationals Winterfest comes to Nationals Park. Many of the Nats’ stars will be on-hand for fun interaction, games and autographs. Coaches and mascots will be hanging around, too, as the city celebrates its beloved baseball team.
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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40th Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour – Dec. 2
Logan Circle is hip, happening and historic. Get in the holiday spirit by exploring a diverse mix of Victorian mansions and upscale modern housing that lines DC’s only remaining residential circle during the 40th installment of this wintertime tradition. You’ll encounter fascinating interiors, accompanied by in-house musicians and street carolers along the way. The excursion concludes with a reception at the beautiful Studio Theatre.
1-5 p.m. |  Tickets
Logan Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005

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National Menorah on the National Mall in Washington, DC - Free things to do this winter in Washington, DC

National Menorah Lighting: Chanukah on The Ellipse – Dec. 2
Chanukah kicks off with this lighting ceremony of the world’s largest menorah on the White House Ellipse, which greets all with latkes, doughnuts, menorah kits and dreidels. Music from the United States Air Force Band will add a soundtrack to the scene. As is the custom, a new candle is illuminated on each of the eight days of Chanukah.
4 p.m. (gates at 3 p.m.) | Free, but tickets required.
White House Ellipse, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting – Dec. 5
Situated in front of the monumental U.S. Capitol on the West Lawn, this Christmas tree is yet another majestic staple of the holiday season in the District. This year’s version is a beautiful conifer from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon and will go aglow on Dec. 5. The tree has been transported across the country by motor vehicle – see its Facebook and Twitter pages to check out its journey. Once lit up, you’ll be able to admire the tree’s beauty throughout the season.
5 p.m. |  Free admission
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

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Cirque du Soleil presents &#039;Crystal&#039; at Capital One Arena - Events this December in Washington, DC

Cirque du Soleil presents ‘Crystal’ – Dec. 5-9
The very first on-ice experience for Cirque du Soleil is coming to Capital One Arena. Crystal will feature feats of athleticism that challenge gravity and acrobatic moves from world-class ice skaters performed with daring speed. Follow the title character as she immerses herself in her own imagination in this fast-paced and empowering tale that is suitable for the entire family.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The Long Conversation event at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC

The Long Conversation – Dec. 7
Prepare for a creative marathon inside the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building. The Long Conversation will bring together individuals across a wide spectrum of professions, from comedian to DJ to geologist to poet to astrophysicist to drag queen and many more. The event is broken into sessions – each one will discuss pertinent topics of the moment and how we can make a brighter future. Speaker highlights include Cheech Marin, Sasha Velour, David Brooks and Alfre Woodard. The Long Conversation will also feature on-site art installs and locally sourced gourmet menu from James Beard Award winner Spike Gjerde. Attendance is free, but tickets are required.
2-10 p.m. |  Free admission, but tickets required
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Russian Winter Festival – Dec. 9
Celebrate like it’s the 19th century at the Hillwood Estate’s annual event, which brings holiday cheer and Russian traditions to Upper Northwest. Meet Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) and his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden. You can also make and wear your own traditional headwear and enjoy live performances as you explore the grounds of this historic estate. Admission ranges from free for children under six to $18 for adults; become a member and admission is only $12.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

November 2018 Festivals and Events

November 5th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Holiday Craft Shows

Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

DC Cocktail Week

November 12-18, 2018. More than 50 Washington, D.C. area restaurants and bars offer specially priced cocktail and food pairings to entice guests to try something new. This is a great opportunity to check out the local happy hour scene.

ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won’t want to miss.

Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park

November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade and Illumination

November 17-18, 2018. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery are commemorated with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery. 

Turkey Trots in the Washington, D.C. Area

A variety of organizations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, D.C. Area

Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace

November 28, 2018, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. At this annual celebration the national Christmas tree is illuminated along with 56 smaller trees with unique ornaments representing every state, territory, and the capital. The event will also have performers providing a soundtrack for the evening.

If you don’t make it to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree there are plenty of tree lighting ceremonies to visit in the area.

Christmas Light Displays

Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, D.C. area’s spectacle of lights at a local park in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.