The Weekend Round-Up: November 14-15

That National Arboretum is a superb place to enjoy a mid-autumn day

That National Arboretum is a superb place to enjoy a mid-autumn day



Experience the WONDER of art, kick off your holiday season, get outdoors, catch some live sports action, enjoy a stage production…these are just some of the ways you can enjoy the weekend with the kids. And be sure to check out the recently returned Calendar for listings of ongoing programs. Happy Weekend!

Renwick Opening Festival
Where: Renwick Gallery
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the re-opening of the Renwick! Experience the Gallery as never before, with craft making, artist demonstrations, musical performances, games, and more. See the new, amazing contemporary art installations of the WONDER exhibition and enjoy a fun-filled day with activities for all ages.

Holiday Cheer
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

If you think it’s too early to start celebrating the holidays, think again! Events that embrace — and emit — the holiday spirit are beginning around the area. Re-Imagine the holidays at a tree lighting in Silver Spring. Kick off the season at National Harbor. Take a holiday tour at at an O so cool mansion. Visit Santa’s HQ at Tysons Corner. Go holiday shopping at an international bazaar, Strathmore, and Mosaic District. Stroll through Meadowlark Garden’s Winter Walk of Lights. The 2015 KFDC Guide to the Best of the Holidays in DC has ALL you need to help make the season bright.

Ice It
Where: Local ice skating rinks
When: Throughout the weekend (& winter)
Admission: Varies by rink

Glide the day away as several area outdoor ice rinks open for the season. Meander your way around Canal Park Ice Rink and stop in the Park Tavern for some hot chocolate and a bite to eat. Skate in Silver Spring at Veteran’s Plaza. Do some shopping and snacking along with your skating at Pentagon Row in Arlington. Practice your axles and triple lutzes at Reston Town Center. Circle the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and DC at Rockville Town Square. This post has details on all of our local skating venues.

Hirshhorn Family Day
Where: Hirshorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday, 11am – 3:15pm
Admission: Free

Visitors young and old are invited to a day of family fun inspired by the exhibition Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture From Paris to New York. Collaborative drawing, exhibit tours, an animation workshop (registration required – sign up here) ,and a screening of Alice in Wonderland will be part of the day’s events.

Show Time
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* You’ll want some more after seeing Oliver! at Arena Stage
* Watch acrobatic artistry in A Simple Space at BlackRock Center for the Arts
* Take toddlers and preschoolers to see Arts on the Horizon’s Point A to Point B at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
* ¡Ratón en Movimiento!, a bilingual version of Rats on the Move is on the Imagination Stage
* Barynya showcases rich traditions and culture of Russia at this week’s Saturday Morning at the National performance
* Encore Stage & Studio presents the classic tale of Hansel & Gretel
* Catch a classic story on strings as The Puppet Co. present Aladdin (and his wonderful lamp)
* And World on a String is the featured Tiny Tots shows at the Glen Echo venue
* Take the kids to rock out at Signature Theatre’s Girlstar (best for ages 10 and up…look for discount tickets)

Horses & Hounds
Where: Mount Vernon
When: Saturday
Admission: $17/adults, $9/ages 6-11, free for 5 and under

Discover the sporting side of George Washington during this new Mount Vernon new event! Watch a simulated fox hunt on the estate. (Unlike in Washington’s time, no foxes will be hurt.) During the hunt, learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age. Observe a cavalry demonstration and meet animals involved in the event as well as the rest of the animal residents at the estate’s modern livestock. Close the day by watching The Washington Cup, where horses and riders compete in series of judged skill competitions.

Hometown Hoops
Where: Local colleges
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket prices vary

College basketball season begins this weekend, and with so many universities in the area, there’s always some good hoops action going on. The GW men’s team hosts Lafayette Friday evening, while the women welcome Grambling State on Saturday (tickets here). The Hoya men play Radford on Saturday (tickets here). The George Mason Patriots men’s team plays Colgate on Friday (tickets here). And finally, the lady Terps play UMass Lowell on Saturday, and the men play Mount St. Mary’s tonight (tickets here). Fear the Turtle!

Local Pros
Where: Verizon Center
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

Both the Washington Capitals and Wizards are playing at home this weekend. See the action on the ice and court — the Caps host the Calgary Flames Friday night, and the Wizards and Magic tip off on Saturday evening. Look for a deal on the hockey match here and one on select seats for the basketball game here.

Grand Opening
Where: Mom’s Organic Market Arlington
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free

Celebrate the opening of the area’s newest Mom’s Organic Market. The event will include live music on Saturday and Sunday, local tastings, goodie bags, and henna art. And MOM’s will donate 5% of Grand Opening sales to Moms Clean Air Force, a community of moms and dads united against air pollution and climate change. The new location is at 1901 N. Veitch Street in Arlington.

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair
Where: Watkins Nature Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Do some eco-friendly shopping while the kids have fun at this special event featuring vendors selling items made from recycled, organic, or sustainable materials. Along with local artists selling their handmade wares, there will be non-profit environmental groups and crafts for kids, a book exchange booth, and more. Don’t miss a chance to win some loot from the multi-item raffle to benefit the nature center. And be sure to make some time to enjoy other Watkins attractions, including the nearby Wizard of Oz themed playground and the animals at Old Maryland Farm.

Holiday Bazaar
Where: First Baptist Church, Alexandria
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: $5 suggested donation, $10/family

Get an early start on your holiday shopping at this bazaar benefiting Bethany House, a domestic violence shelter in Northern VA that serves women and children survivors of domestic violence. The bazaar features regional artisans, crafters, and unique businesses. Browse international gift items, such as jewelry, paintings, essential oils, home décor, and more. Get tickets in advance here.

Living, Loving, Laughing
Where: Church of the Epiphany
When: Saturday, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Admission: $33

The 85-voice Congressional Chorus opens its 29th season in DC by joining forces with Joy of Motion Dance Center, Afromoda Dance Theater, Capitol Movement, spoken word artists from American Youth Chorus, and the NorthEast Senior Singers alongside a live 10-piece instrumental ensemble in a unique, multi-sensory performance that celebrates the emotions and the seasons of our lives. From poignant and tender ballads to toe-tappin’ and roof-raisin’ production numbers, it will be a night of pure joy. Experience the energy and the power of an eclectic mix of music and dance in the stunning acoustics of the beautiful and historic The Church of the Epiphany located at 1317 G Street, NW.

The Emporiyum
Where: Union Market
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $15-40

The Emporiyum, an event designed to introduce people with a passion for food to a curated selection of artisans from across the local Mid-Atlantic region and from around the US, is coming back to DC to Union Market’s Dock5. The two-day marketplace brings together a lineup of food and beverage purveyors you will not find anywhere else. Meet the people behind the brands, taste and learn about their products, and shop for unique edible gifts.

Leaf Peep on the Trail
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Take in the brilliant color spectrum of autumn and get a little exercise to boot on a family hike. From right here in the city to country locales, you’ve got your pick of places where you can enjoy the fall foliage and some time on the trail. This post about good area hikes with kids might be from the early KFDC days, but new recommendations have been added and the old ones are still relevant for happy trampers.

Get Out
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

With a great forecast for the next few days, it’s going to be a great weekend to be outdoors. The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids has loads of ideas for taking advantage of the glorious autumn weather.

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