The Weekend Round-Up: November 20-22

Family hang time at the National Arboretum


Happy Weekend!

Downtown Holiday Market
Where: 8th & F Streets NW | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through December 23, 12-8pm
Admission: Free

The DC holiday market (to me, anyway) begins today. It’s a bit different this year as new safety measures are implemented, but the few blocks in the middle of Penn Quarter will still transform into a charming open air market with a great variety of art and wares for sale, treats to savor, and entertainment — though that last part will be presented on video screens instead of live on stage.

Family Movie Night
Where: Alexandria Drive-In | Alexandria, VA
When: Friday & Saturday
Admission: $35/car

The drive-in movie season continues, and this one presents family-focused movies this fall. This weekend catch showings of Sea Biscuit on Friday (7:45pm), and How to Train Your Dragon (5:30pm) and 42 (9pm) on Saturday. Food trucks are on site each night providing delish savory and sweet concessions with online ordering through Goodfynd.

Go Take a Hike
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Get out for a family walk in the woods! Peep the autumn leaves before they’re all gone, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and enjoy a day of active fun. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for great places to go with kids. A few recs for right now: National Arboretum in DC, Prince William Forest Park and Pohick Bay Regional Park in NoVa, and Patapsco Valley State Park in Maryland.

Victura Park
Where: The REACH | Kennedy Center, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Admission: Free

It’s going to be great weather for some hang time at Victura Park, the outdoor family-friendly pop-up wine garden & café on the grounds of The REACH at the Kennedy Center. Enjoy delicious drinks and tasty grilled eats, and bring along the kiddos and pets!  Victura Park hours are Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12-9pm, and Sunday 12-8pm.

Skate with Color
Where: Merriweather District | Columbia, MD
When: Starting Saturday
Admission: $14 (skate & rental)

The Another area place to lace up your ice skates is opening this weekend in Maryland.  Howard County’s first and only public outdoor ice rink is opening at the Merriweather District in Downtown Columbia, MD.  The Color Burst Ice Rink will launch with festive decor and Covid safety measures in place. A limited number of visitors will be admitted to the ice rink every 30-minutes, and all visits must be reserved in advance by purchasing timed ticket online.  Other ice rinks now open: Pentagon Row Ice Center & Reston Town Center Ice Rink

Savor Autumn
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The trees may be losing their leaves, but there’s still plenty of autumn left in the area — and a bunch of great ways to enjoy it. This post has recommendations for where to savor the season around the DMV.

Donation Drive Benefitting S.O.M.E.
Where: The Wharf | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 12-2pm
Admission: Free (but bring donations!)

Join The Wharf community in donating enough canned goods, non-perishable foods, and winter clothes to fill a Budweiser truck!  The supplies benefit local non-profit So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.), which provides essential services to at-risk populations in Washington, DC. This year, more than ever, their services are in high demand.  The Budweiser truck will be parked outside at District Square.  Please fill the truck with canned goods, non-perishable food items, new clothing (including socks, coats, and gloves), and toiletries.

Two-Wheel Adventures
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

Get in family bike rides before it gets too cold. (Sure, you can ride in all temps, but there’s bound to be less complaining now.) Take in the fall scenery, get some exercise, and have fun — all while easily social distancing. This post has a bunch of pedal-worthy recs, with something for riders of all levels, and this recently posted route is ideal for the whole crew.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks around Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Do some nature stretching at Green Spring Garden. join a Native American campfire cookout at Riverbend Park. Learn about flying squirrels around the campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Details and registration for these and many more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Experience
Where: RFK Stadium Festival Grounds | Southeast DC
When: Through Sunday
Admission: Starts at $49/vehicle

It’s the final weekend to encounter some of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam the earth and eeriest marine creatures to lurk in the ocean’s depths from the safety of your family vehicle. This drive-thru experience features more than 70 true-to-life sized beasts from the land and sea with an audio tour guiding you along.

Where: ARTECHOUSE | Southwest DC
When: Through January 3
Admission: $12-17/child, $19-24/adult

ARTECHOUSE, known for its visually stunning digital art, has transformed the gallery into a blue-hued haven intended to evoke calm and peace during a turbulent time. Like all of the exhibitions there, just about all of it is interactive, as the images change with viewers’ motions, encouraging play.  Immersing into the depths of the color, even just for a little while, is a  dazzling and delightful escape from the bizarre Covid world outside.

Gonzo’s Multiverse
Where: National Theatre Online
When: Saturday, 9:30am
Admission: Free

The National is excited to present Gonzo’s Multiverse Episode One: The Tale of Vovo as part of their Saturday Morning Live! at the National virtual program. Join on Saturday for a visit with a vegan shark, a conversation with calligraphic artist Barbara Bash, music by the Good Boat Trio, and more! This programming is best suited for children 4-10 years, but siblings and friends of other ages are always welcome to join the fun.

Digital Quiltmaking Community Art/Coding Project
Where: KID Museum Online
When: Saturday through November 30
Admission: Free
Kids of all ages — adults too! — can learn to code as they design squares for a community digital quilt. Using free, online coding software called TurtleArt, users will design colorful, graphic “tiles” that can be uploaded to form a digital quilt installation. KID Museum will post instructions and helpful videos online to guide participants through the process. The project runs November 21-30, and individuals can join at any time. This is a fun, creative and educational holiday activity for family members to do together.

The Virtual Enchanted Forest
Where: Online
When: November 21
Admission: Varies by activity

The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s annual Enchanted Forest returns virtually this year. Activities include storytime with Santa, an online auction, call with Santa, cooking classes, arts and crafts, yoga, and more fun for the family.

Holiday Freedom Market
Where: Online
When: Starting Saturday through December 5
Admission: Free

Looking for ethically and sustainably made holiday gifts this season?  Visit the Holiday Freedom Market, an online pop-up launching on Saturday and running for two weeks. They’ve has partnered with brands that employ fair trade and sustainable practices (including local brand Hon’s Honey), many of which support anti-human trafficking initiatives or employ at-risk individuals or survivors of exploitation, to bring you incredible gifts options that you can shop with a clear conscience.   COVID-19 has made things exponentially worse for those who are vulnerable or currently being trafficked. All net proceeds will go to Justice Ventures International, an organization that fights human trafficking.  Local pick-up options will be available.  Note that the website will not go-live until this Saturday, but you can catch a sneak-peek by visiting their Instagram and Facebook pages.

World Toilet Day Celebration
Where: Adventure Theatre Online
When: Throughout the weekend & Sunday Storytime, 2pm
Admission: Free

Adventure Theatre is commemorating World Toilet Day with a release of a music video titled “Let’s Talk about Poop.” Sunday’s StoryTime will feature Philip Chung, playwright of upcoming production “Poop: The Musical,” and the Fairfax County Wastewater Management team. Adventure Theatre’s Storytimes are Sundays at 2PM, free on Facebook Live.

Lights on the Bay
Where: Sandy Point State Park | Annapolis, MD
When: Through January 2
Admission: $20/car (look for discount)

Driving through Lights on the Bay at Sandy Point State Park has become a tradition for many area families for the past decade. The scenic drive along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay features more than 60 spectacular animated and stationary displays illuminating the roadway. The holiday light show is sponsored by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

Ice & Lights
Where: Cameron Run Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Opens Sunday
Admission: See details below(look for discount)

Glide across the ice at Ice & Lights, The Winter Village at Cameron Run in Alexandria, Virginia. The waterpark is transformed into a winter wonderland with an ice rink, beautifully lit photo ops, music and more. Visit Slice n’ Ice for hot chocolate, coffee and cold beverages, pizza, hot dogs, and delicious donut holes. Admission to the village is $7.95, with 1-hour skating and skate rental is $19.43, ice skating & rental only is $12.19. Ice skating tickets are available online only.

More Night Lights
Where: Around the DMV
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Evenings
Admission: Varies by locale

Twinkling lights forming enchanting displays are easily a seasonal favorite. Visit one of several parks in the area that has transformed into a sparkling wonderland. Some you can walk through for an up-close experience, others you tour by car. Either way, expect to be dazzled.

Tree Light Show
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Evenings at sundown
Admission: Free

Ignite your holiday spirit with the lighting of the 56-foot tree and two million twinkling lights in the National Harbor Waterfront District. A little snowfall over the tree during the light show will add to fun. The first tree light show is Saturday evening and will takes place every night through the season, every half hour from sundown to 9pm. This year, in order to maintain social distancing, guests will be asked to form a line and follow the directions.


* In response to rising Covid rates, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will close to the public starting November 23.
* The National Gallery of Art will also temporarily close starting November 21.
* Tea Collection is in the midst of 12 Days of Tea with new special offers daily.
* Random, but these sweatshirts are cute, comfy, and such a good deal.
* Mentioned recently in the Five Things, now is a great time to sign up for Rakuten. You can earn cash back on purchases as you’re doing online holiday shopping!
* The 30 Best Comedies on Hulu Right Now because who can’t use more laughter.
* Dolly is just the best.
* Ha.

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