Washington, DC

By: Mimi Montgomery

Photo by Erin


HAPPY VINO-DAYS: Drink the District Wine Festival is back this weekend with its holiday celebration. Sip and holiday shop to your heart’s content: A general admission ticket includes unlimited sampling of over 100 wines, a chance to shop locally-made holiday gifts, cooking demonstrations, and live music. (The Park View, multiple time sessions, $30 – $99)

SANTA BABIES: Dust off those Santa hats and head to the Wunder Garten for its Night of a 1000 Santas costume party. Lose yourself amidst a crowd of furry, red jackets as you sip holiday drinks, dance to a DJ, and snack. Elves and Grinches are welcome to attend, too. (Wunder Garten at NoMa, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE)

ART BELOW GROUND: Dupont Underground will host its Underground After Hours event tonight to celebrate its newest exhibit, a collection of the digital artist Brian Dailey’s work. Listen to tunes from DJ Amen Ra while you sip on a Red Devil, a tequila and cranberry cocktail made on-site by Firefly restaurant’s bartender. Go to the restaurant beforehand, too, for a bite to eat: All After Hours guests can get an appetizer, entree, and glass of house wine for $35. (Dupont Underground, 7 – 10 p.m., $18 on Ticketfly, $20 at door)

GUESTWORKER: Head to the Anacostia Community Museum tonight for a screening of “The Guestworker.” The documentary chronicles the life of Candelario, a seasonal farm worker who has traveled between Mexico and the U.S. for 40 years providing for his family. Post-screening, two staffers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will host a discussion about government visas and the guest worker program. (Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 11 a.m. – 12 noon, FREE, registration required)

BOOK IT: A Creative D.C. will host Duende District for a three-day pop-up this weekend. A bookstore focusing on works by authors of color, Duende District will be selling some of its favorite titles on-site for all the bibliophiles on your holiday shopping list. If you can’t make it to this one, Duende District has a permanent pop-up at the Anacostia Arts Center, too. (A Creative DC: Brookland, Friday 12 noon – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., FREE)

MORE: Lucky Buns Live Music: Sean Chyun (Lucky Buns, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., FREE), Wharf Ice Skating Rink with DJ (The Wharf, 8 – 10 p.m., $8 – $10), General Shaw’s Chicken Comedy Showcase by Capital Laughs (Shaw’s Tavern, 8 – 10 p.m., $10), Third Annual Gingerbread House Making Party (Ventnor Sports Cafe, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE), Sharam (U Street Music Hall, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., $10), Create Alignment: Uncover Your Purpose and Design Your Life (The Lemon Collective D.C., 6 – 8:30 p.m., $110)

Photo by Eric P.


GREEN MACHINE: Mighty Greens is a youth-run business where kids ages 14-19 grow, develop, package, and sell local organic produce. The group will be at Steadfast Supply this afternoon for a pop-up shop. Do some grocery shopping or pick up homemade vinegar or loose leaf teas as a gift for the foodie in your life. Either way, you’ll be supporting local entrepreneurs! (Steadfast Supply, 4 – 6 p.m., FREE)

USE YOUR NOGGIN: Get your nog on today at The Wharf’s inaugural Nog Fest. Try a variety of different takes on the classic holiday drink created by spots like Pearl Street Warehouse, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Kith and Kin. Plus, there’ll be fire pits, a mechanical reindeer, snowman bowling, an ornament-decorating station, and live music by White Ford Bronco. (The Wharf D.C., 1- 4 p.m., FREE)

BELT IT: Rock out with a not-so-traditional Hanukkah celebration. Sixth & I’s Festival of Mics event will give guests a chance to belt out karaoke classics with the live HariKaraoke band backing them up. Plus, there’ll be festive Hanukkah drinks, a make-your-own latke bar, and plenty of dreidel games. (Sixth & I, 8 – 11:30 p.m., $18 or two for $30)

PUN-DERFUL: Who’s the punniest? Find out at the Beltway Pundits’ Pun Contest tonight. The event will pit competitors against each other in pun soliloquies and freestyle competitions to find out who is the wittiest of them all. Oh what pun! (French Quarter Brasserie, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., $10 – $35)

HOLIDAY BIKE BUILD DAY: A group of local bike shops is joining forces today to benefit Safe Shores: The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center. They’ll be building bikes on-site to give as holiday gifts to the kids of Safe Shores, and they need some extra hands. Go help out for a little while or the whole day – it is the season of giving, after all. (The Bundy School, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., FREE)

HOLIDAY HOME RUN: The Nationals baseball team will once again host Nats Winterfest today and tomorrow. Swing by for player-led clinics, snow fort building, virtual batting practice, or to hear a story read by a Nats player. Bring a new, unwrapped toy, too – the team will be donating them to the Washington Informer Charities and the D.C. Housing Authority. (Washington Convention Center, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., $29 – $39)

MORE: Christmas in Bethlehem (Washington National Cathedral, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., FREE), Rev909: Daft Punk/French House Tribute and Indie Dance Classics (U Street Music Hall, $10), The Deep Relaxation Experience (Georgetown Yoga, 1:30 – 3 p.m., $45), 2018 Miss D.C. USA and Miss D.C. Teen USA Pageant (Renaissance Washington, 2 – 10 p.m., $10 – $125), Intro to Krav Maga & Self-Defense Workshop (5454 Wisconsin Ave., 3 – 5 p.m., $29), Barre3 Parent-Kid Class (barre3 – 14th Street, 2 – 3:30 p.m., FREE, registration required), Joy of Christmas (Washington National Cathedral, 2 – 3:30 p.m., $25 – $80), Holiday Photos with Your Pet (Wet Dog Tavern, 12 noon – 3 p.m., FREE), Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (421 Seward Square SE, 7 – 10 p.m., FREE), Victor Wooten Trio (9:30 Club, 8 p.m. – 12 midnight, $30), Embassy of France Wine Tasting: Holiday Wines of Europe 101 (Embassy of France, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., $60), Jane Austen Birthday Tea (Lady Camellia, 1 – 3 p.m., $55), A Family Christmas (The Kennedy Center, 1 – 2 p.m., $20 – $45), Fourth Annual DMV Grand Slam Finals (GALA Hispanic Theatre, 5 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required)

Photo by mychacos


WINTER AT FORT DERUSSY: Bundle up and join a park ranger on a one-mile hike to Fort DeRussy. The fort was built during the Civil War along Rock Creek as part of Washington’s defense system. While hiking, the ranger will give a Civil War history lesson and tell tales of soldiers surviving the cold winter months in the fort. (Rock Creek Park Nature Center & Planetarium, 11 a.m. – 12 noon, FREE)

GLOBAL CHOCOLATE TOUR: Satisfy your international itch without leaving D.C.: Walk the homes on Embassy Row and learn about the many countries represented here in Washington. Some will be decked out for the holidays, and sweet tooths will be satisfied, as well – the tour includes samples of chocolate from several international locales. (DuPont Station – North exit, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., $40)

HOLIDAY HUNT: Take your holiday spirit on the road with a seasonal scavenger hunt. Participants will race around the city finding holiday-themed items while partaking in challenges against each other (dreidel spinning, eggnog tasting, mistletoe kissing…the list goes on!). Plus, all the destinations along the hunt have been picked because of their holiday decorations, so you will be fully immersed in cheer the entire time. (Ollie’s Trolley, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $25)

MORE: Anacostia Unmapped (Anacostia Playhouse, 5 p.m., FREE), Holiday Photos with Your Pet (The Embassy Row Hotel, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $20), Ward 7 Neighbors and Friends Annual Holiday Party (Thai Orchids Kitchen, 6 – 9 p.m., $25)


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