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Your Weekend Guide!

If you're looking for fun, entertaining and educational things to do in Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, or Montgomery County, you've come to the right place. Our Weekend Guide is packed with a variety of our favorite events and activities that we want to share with you! 

Washington D.C. Events

Lace up your skates and 

triple axel 'round the District

From Friday, November 15 onwards

Various locations

DC’s year-round temps are pretty moderate, but during the winter – when cold Canadian winds whistle down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers – Washingtonians bundle up for a day (or a night) on the ice. Public ice skating rinks can be found in multiple neighborhoods in DC proper, so check out the best places to hit the ice in the nation's capital..

Cost: Price varies

Catch the 20th anniversary 

touring production of Rent

Through Sunday, November 17

National Theatre

With powerful themes and songs that still resonate with audiences today, this Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning show is touring the country two decades later. Follow one year -- or 525,600 minutes -- in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out in this electric and inspiring ode to love. (Have a quick three-course pre-theater dinner at one of The National’s restaurant partners, like the historic Occidental just a block away.)

Cost: Tickets start at $74

Shop, sip, and sample 

at MetroCooking DC

Saturday, November 16-Sunday, November 17

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

This gourmet-palooza has an all-star lineup of chefs, including headliners Martha Stewart and Wolfgang Puck. Plus, local favorites like Amy Brandwein, Erik-Bruner Yang, Kwame Onwuachi, Victor Albisu, Haidar Karoum, Kevin Tien, and Daniela Moreira will be strutting their stuff on the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage. Catch a workshop, shop for specialty items, eat great barbecue, and enjoy bites and booze throughout the weekend.

Cost: General admission is $21.50

Northern Virginia

Take a walk through 

the lights at Meadowlark

Through Sunday, January 5

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Each winter, this gorgeous botanical garden in Vienna lights up for the Winter Walk of Lights. The trail is a stunning half-mile of lights through the seasonal foliage and water features. Afterwards, warm up with s’mores and hot cocoa by the fire. 

Cost: Tickets are $14.50 online; $17 at the door

Drink local during Virginia Cider Week

Friday, November 15 - Sunday, November 24

Various locations

This week-long event invites you to join the hard cider revival with daily events and nearly 20 participating cideries. Local highlights include the ROOTSTOCK regional cider festival on Saturday hosted by DC cideries ANXO, Capitol Cider House, and Supreme Core; the Alexandria Cider Festival next weekend; and cider specials Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town and Churchkey. 

Cost: Prices vary

Montgomery County, MD

Kick off tree lighting season in Silver Spring

Saturday, November 16

Fountain Plaza in Silver Spring

Downtown Silver Spring is hosting a tree lighting block party with No Kings Collective, where the town will light up Colorbound Tree -- a 35-foot tall public light art installation. There will be live painting, music, holiday art activities, games, food and drink, “cheer stations” with spiked cider and boozy hot cocoa, and more. 

Cost: Free

Chill out at Gaylord National Resort’s ICE!

Friday, November 15 - Monday, December 30

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

The story of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to life at the Gaylord in two million pounds of colorful ice. Don a blue parka to admire sculptures of the scenes from the holiday tale and zip down four massive ice slides. Elsewhere in the resort, guests can go ice tubing or indoor ice skating, admire a gingerbread tree-house village, and catch a 25-minute gravity-defying show, Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. 

Cost: $17.99-33

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