05 Nov 2021

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The To Do List: Week of November 5, 2021

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Hopefully yours won’t have treason or a gunpowder plot, but will be lovely and memorable all the same! What’s going on?

Well, it may be an absolutely luminous and gorgeous afternoon, but we’re getting a frost advisory for tonight, so before you go out and have fun you’re gonna need to start bringing in all your tender perennials. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

How about a clean-up? Fulcrum Properties is having one on Saturday.

First off, consider shopping for your holiday presents early. COVID-19 has messed around globally with supply chains so the earlier you get your orders in, the better. We recommend two local portals to help you with your shopping: Districtly Local and Shop in the District.

If you want to go out but still stay warm, why not catch a movie? The Addams Family is playing at The Miracle Theater tonight at the very ooky time of 6:02 p.m. Tickets.

If the Addams Family isn’y quirky enough for you, how about a ukulele Bruce Springsteen tribute band? City Winery‘s got you covered tonight. Tickets and info.

Start your Saturday off with a neighborhood cleanup! The good folks at Fulcrum are hosting one starting at 9 a.m. at their office, 500 13th Street SE. More info here.

Have you ever wondered what a large, afternoon/evening market that closes down part of a major artery and showcases tons of your favorite local Asian-American vendors and entrepreneurs would look like? WONDER NO MORE. The Redeye Night Market is happening Saturday, November 6, from 4 p.m. to midnight on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 7th Streets NW (a very short walk from the Hill so we’re claiming it!) Are you SO EXCITED? Me too. Learn more here and RSVP here.

DC Beer Fest is also happening on Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. It’s beer. You love it. Click here for more info and tickets. Bear in mind, some selections may be sold out by now.

If you’re looking for an early or mid-week thing to do, why not catch a live show? If you’re not totally comfortable, make sure you check the vaccination requirements at the venue through DC Music Live.

Capital City Symphony starts their new season at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on November 7 at 5 p.m. with Elegy. More info and tickets here.

Also on Sunday, DMV Black Restaurant Week kicks off. Support Black chefs, makers, cooks, baristas and more this week, and let someone else do the cooking! For a complete list of partners and events, click here.

The Pie Shop has shows Tuesday-Sunday: Find a new favorite band!

Silver Synthetic is playing at Songbyrd on Wednesday, November 10, and I’m really digging this song. Tickets. Have you been to Songbyrd at their new home on Penn Street NE yet?


The Smithsonian Native Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema showcase is a great way to celebrate November, Native Heritage month. From 12-18 November, watch some of the best that Native moviemaking has to offer. Click here for more.

On November 13, A Tour of Her Own will host Herstory Together, a one-day event of District women’s history. For more details and to look over the day’s agenda, click here.

The Downtown Holiday Market starts on November 19 and since you can pretty much walk there from the Hill, it goes in the Plan Ahead section. From noon to 8 p.m. every day through December 23 (except for November 25 and December 6), enjoy local arts and crafts, performances, and the feeling of joy and merriment as the city transforms into a holiday wonderland. To check out the full list of makers and activities, visit downtownholidaymarket.com

Ready for JOY? The Downtown Holiday Market kicks off later this month. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Holiday Market

If you are one of those sweet lambs for whom Christmas cannot get here fast enough, you can now buy tickets to Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park. The dazzling light display and Christmas light maze follows the adventures of the Mischievous Elf. Enchant Christmas kicks off November 26 and tickets start at $29 per child. For more information click here, and to get tickets, click here.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the past, present and future of Union Station? On November 3, December 1 the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation will hold a special virtual session all about this beloved and busy hub. Sign up here. (Please note the change of date.)

The District’s Holiday Boat Parade is on December 4 from 6-9 p.m.and you are invited! The boats will parade and there will be an incredible fireworks display at the end. The show is free and no registration is required unless you’d like your boat to be part of the parade; if so, click here to register.


Put it on the calendar RIGHT NOW! The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building is reopening on November 20 and there is a host of incredible activities to mark this special occasion, starting with the FUTURES REMIXED three-day festival, November 19-21. Follow their Instagram for updates and RSVP here to the FUTURES REMIXED festival.

Are you a big chess fan? The Boro at Tysons is holding an all-levels chess game called The Boro’s Gambit. The tricky fun will happen on November 13. For more details and tickets (if you’re playing) click here.

ARTECHOUSE is a museum focusing on immersive experiences that incorporate the magic of technology and the whimsy of artistic expression. Their newest installation is called “The Life of a Neuron.” You can visit the exhibit for a great price with STEAM Family Days, every Tuesday and Wednesday. For more info and Family Days tickets, click here.
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