Musicals, ice skating, and colorful lights — It’s safe to say that the holidays are officially here!

Soak up this last weekend before all the Thanksgiving travel and family time with these fun activities! And make sure to invite all your friends.

Here is your weekend roundup for Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, November 18, 2018.

Maryland

Indian Center’s 44th Annual Pow-Wow | Maryland State Fairgrounds in Baltimore | Saturday

Come celebrate Native American culture and heritage at the Indian Center’s Annual Pow-Wow event. Not only will it be a great educational experience and opportunity to learn more about Native American life, but it will also be a lot of fun. There will be plenty of music, food, dance, cultural demonstrations, and more. If you’re looking to pick up that super unique holiday gift, you can shop around the local and authentic vendors, which will also be present at the festival. Check out all the details you need to know before you go, here.

Baltimore German Christmas Village | Baltimore Inner Harbor | Saturday–Sunday

The authentic German Christmas Village opens this weekend with a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, music, food and drink vendors, and more. Modeled after the traditional Christmas markets in Germany, this event is such a unique, authentic German experience that the whole family will love. Plus, we hear there’s a Ferris wheel this year! Find out more here.

Lights on the Bay | Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis | Saturday–Sunday

Starting Saturday, pile everyone into your car for the annual Lights on the Bay! For the 24th year, you can take a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay to see all kinds of light displays — both animated and stationary. Kids can take part in a scavenger hunt, too. Admission begins at 5 p.m. Learn more here!

Elf the Musical | Olney Theatre Center, Olney | Friday–Sunday

Based on the Will Ferrell movie we all know and love, Elf the Musical is playing in Olney this holiday season! The story of Buddy the “elf” has captured hearts all over the world and is a great way to get you into the holiday spirit. Buy tickets here, and then watch for OCN’s review of Elf the Musical, coming next week!

Washington, D.C.

Underbares Pop-Up | BUREAU in Adams Morgan | Thursday

Washington, D.C.-based company Underbares focuses on empowering women through bras and undergarments that emphasize a woman’s femininity, without sacrificing function. This pop-up event is a great cause but will also include shopping opportunities, unlimited cocktails, mingling, and music. Learn more here.

Beetlejuice the Musical | The National Theater | Friday–Sunday

This is the last weekend to go see this award-winning musical at The National Theater, so if you haven’t gone yet, now is the time! You wouldn’t want to miss out on this strangely wonderful show, based on Tim Burton’s movie. It’s a great opportunity to catch it in D.C., because after November 18th, it’ll be headed to New York City to make its Broadway debut. Tickets range anywhere from $54 to $114, and there will be 38 performances in total. Grab your tickets for Beetlejuice here and read our OCN review here.

A Christmas Carol | Ford’s Theatre | Thursday–Sunday

Directed by Michael Baron, the Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol follows the same beloved story we all know, only with songs and music intertwined into the show! The performance is ideal for theatre-goers aged 5 and up, too, so treat the whole family. Read all about it here.

D.C. Wine Walk | Neighborhood of Shaw | Saturday

You won’t want to miss the first-ever Wine Walk, hosted by D.C. Fray this Saturday. The event starts at 2 p.m., and in the hours that follow you’ll be able to walk to more than five different local wineries and sample some great wine. Your ticket will include all the samples, as well as a souvenir glass. Pick up your tickets here.

Anastasia | Kennedy Center | Friday–Sunday

Experience the hypnotic music and timeless story of Anastasia, a girl trying her hardest to unravel her memories. This classic tale is sure to enchant your entire family, especially if your kids loved the Disney version. The amazing new score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens is the perfect counterpoint to playwright Terrence McNally’s storyline. The show is directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. Read all about it here.

Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration and Tasting | Embassy of France | Friday

Wine lovers everywhere relish the end of the harvest season and the Beaujolais Nouveau parties held all over the world. Head to the Embassy of France for an evening of wine-tasting, French food, and a wonderful international night of celebration. Tickets start at $69. Get more information here!

Virginia

Historic Occoquan Holiday Open House | Historic Occoquan, Virginia | Saturday

This season is all about the charm and the cozy, and the historic small town of Occoquan is exactly that. The entire town is hosting a holiday open house, where you’ll be able to shop the quaint local businesses and hear live music and just enjoy that small town feel. Bring your dog, your significant other, and anyone you want to spend a great evening with. Get more information on this beautiful event here.

VB Ice | 3640 Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach | Friday–Sunday

Virginia Beach’s first outdoor ice rink opens on Saturday! The cost is $15 per person (including skate rental) or $7 per person if you have your own skates. This is bound to be a very popular attraction this holiday season, so expect crowds and be prepared to practice some patience.  Get more information here.

Pentagon Row Ice Rink | 1201 S. Joyce Street, Arlington | Thursday–Sunday

At over 68,000 square feet, Pentagon Row Ice Rink is the largest outdoor ice skating facility in Northern Virginia. Nestled between the restaurants and shops of Pentagon Row, the ice skating rink is a favorite with locals for a great family outing. Don’t have skates? Not to worry: all sizes are available for rent. Learn more here!

Arlington Family Campfires | Long Branch and Gulf Branch Nature Centers | Friday–Saturday

The Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation will offer supervised bonfires, campfire stories, sing-alongs, and all the fixings for s’mores each night! Cost is only $5 per person, and registration is required. Click here for more info!

LightUP Fest | One Loudoun, Ashburn | Thursday–Sunday

Featuring traditional Chinese lanterns and state-of-the-art lighting technology, LightUP Fest is a light festival that celebrates a rich cultural heritage. Entertainers of all types, foods from all over the world, and more than 70 light displays are all key to making this event an incredible experience for the whole family. Learn all about it here.

What’s on your list this November weekend? If there is any event you’d like us to feature, please let us know in the comments below!

 

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