1. It’s Giving Tuesday! If you want some ideas for where to donate, the GIVE page here on the blog has a long list of charities and causes, all of them shared by KFDC readers. If you have one you’d like to highlight, leave a comment on that page or on these Five Things, and I’ll add it.
3. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting takes place TONIGHT at 5pm! If you didn’t score tickets in the lottery to the National Christmas Tree Lighting, this is a great alternative to viewing a tree illumination at an iconic DC spot. While you can’t get up close, you can easily watch from across the street by the Reflecting Pool. The moment the lights come on is always so delightful — see last year’s here. And great idea: Go to Season’s Greenings at the US Botanic Garden beforehand! See where more tree lightings are happening around the area. And plan for menorah lightings (and more Chanukah events) starting next week.
1. There are some great new exhibits at the National Gallery of Art! Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper just opened in the East Building this past weekend, and it’s an interesting look at his work in contrast to the big, bold canvasses in the museum’s permanent collection. And Dorothea Lang: Seeing People showcases portraits by the celebrated photographer. The NGA is open daily 10am – 5pm and admission is free.
3. I just mentioned this in the last Weekend Round-Up (and plenty more times over the years), but it’s worth highlighting again… One of my favorite KFDC Tips to impart because it’s one of my favorite places in DC is that Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown offers free admission to its beautiful, enchanting gardens from November through mid-March. Hours are limited, but you can make a longer day of it with play time at Montrose Park next door, a hike at Dumbarton Oaks Park right behind the gardens, or a bite to eat at one of of the many options in Georgetown. This KFDC post about Dumbarton also has some food recs and this one from earlier KFDC days has more info and scenes.
5. Goldstar, the online service that offers discounts on all kinds of entertainment, just launched their Black Friday Sale — and many of the shows recommended in the DC-inspired gift guide are among them!
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A printing press demonstration at the Folger Shakespeare Library
1. The Folger Shakespeare Library is welcoming visitors again — to part of it, anyway — after being closed for a three-year renovation! The Folger Theatre recently reopened with a new production of The Winter’s Tale, running through December 17. The rest will open in 2024 — the date is till TBA — with some new, fascinating exhibits, including a reconstructed 17th-century printing press and the First Folio along with other rare books from Shakespeare’s era. Even more exhibits and activities will be coming, among them a Learning Lab for guests of all ages. Stay tuned for more soon! In the meantime, you can read about the Shakespeare Folger Library pre-renovation in this KFDC post. [Note: The above photo is from a media preview; demos aren’t available to the public… yet.]
2. If you’re planning to be downtown today, be aware of road closures for the March of Israel taking place in the National Mall. This WTOP article has details on which roads will be closed to vehicle traffic.
3.In case you missed it yesterday, the 2023 KFDC Holiday Gift Guide was posted! Highlighting DC-inspired gift ideas — experiences and places that showcase the incredible, dynamic city that is Washington, DC — it’s just part of the recommendations I’ll be sharing. Look for a gift guide for the t(w)een scene and adults soon, and check out one for the 8 & under crowd here.
1. Just because we’ve had some 70+ degree days lately, that doesn’t mean you can’t ice skate under the sky. A few local outdoor rinks have opened for the season, and more will start welcoming the public to glide around over the next few weeks. See where you can hit the ice at both outdoor and indoor rinks around the area.
2. In case you missed it, the 2023 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season Around DC was posted yesterday. I highly recommend giving it a good read soon, as tickets are on sale for most events, and some tend to sell out quickly and the most sought after dates go fast. It’s also not a bad idea to get a head start on holiday planning. Time seems to fly even faster this time of year, so it’s nice to get some of it done early and avoid the crunch later.
4. The holiday gift catalogs are pouring in, and this one in particular really caught my attention. How pretty are these? Or this? I can think of so many potential giftees…
5. Love this so much, I made it our Halloween costume. (Though no one had any clue who we were, even with the song playing on repeat while we were handing out candy. 😂) The whole documentary series is so good, I highly recommend giving it a watch.
1. Have you been to the National Building Museum lately? A new, little exhibit just opened that is really fun to check out if you’re there. Mini Memories features a collection of 400 miniature souvenir buildings from places around the world. See everything from small replicas of the U.S Capitol to a tiny Windsor Castle to a baby Cathedral de Brasilla to a toy-sized Golden Temple from Laos. And be sure to bring kids to the interactive exhibits, too: In Brick City, they can view iconic architecture from across the globe constructed from LEGO bricks and build their own LEGO masterpieces. And the beloved Play Work Build welcomes young guests to play in the space filled with big, blue foam building blocks. The museum is open Thursday – Monday, 10am – 4pm. Admission is $10/adult, $7, child (free to hang out in the Great Hall).
2. Tomorrow, November 3, the National Portrait Gallery is hosting its annual El Día de los Muertos Festival. There will be live music, dance performances by a local folk dance company, a chance to create calaveras and papel picado to decorate the community altar, face painting to look like la Catrina, and more. Once again, Artists MasPaz and Guache will project their live video artwork on the museum’s G & 9th Street facade. The festival runs 5-8:30pm, and admission is free.
3. There’s nothing like following a hike with some good aprés hike fun — think a hearty meal, wine and brews, and outdoor games. I just shared some great combos for that around the DC area.
4. Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time to start thinking holidays! Begin prepping for them by browsing seasonal decor. Our interfaith household displays this every year. So many fun, unique finds here. And Food52 is full of great holiday items (and currently has a 25% off sale with the code SAVENOW).