<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Worth the Trip]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/worth-the-trip http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usMon, 16 Jan 2017 22:30:20 -0500Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:30:20 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[National Harbor Restaurant Week Kicks Off Jan. 14]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:10:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_538664995.jpg

Can't wait for this year's D.C. Restaurant Week? Here's a little pre-game:National Harbor Restaurant Week is coming up this Saturday, running from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20.

Twelve of National Harbor's 30+ dining spots will be participating in the event, offering $20 two-course lunches and $38 three-course dinners.

Participating restaurants include Bond 45, Rosa Mexicano and Sauciety at The Westin.

You can also make a mini-trip out of your time at National Harbor: Bring your receipt to the Capital Wheel to get two tickets for $22 or four tickets for $44, or show a receipt at Bobby McKey's for free general admission.

Created in 2010, National Harbor Restaurant Week features many restaurants located along the waterfront. You can make lunch or dinner reservations online here.

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<![CDATA[Find DC-Area Ice Skating Rinks]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMG_5767.JPG

Grab your friends, family or special date and lace up your skates! We've picked out the top skating rinks in D.C., Maryland and Virginia where you can take a spin on the ice.

(Did we miss your favorite? Tell us @DCscene!)


Sculpture Garden Ice Rink (between 3rd and 9th streets NW along Constitution Avenue) -- Bring friends for an artsy spin in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden on the National Mall. The rink's perfect soundtrack will get you pumped to stay even once you get chilly. Open now through March 13, weather permitting. Rates: $8.50 adults; $7.50 kids and adults 50 and older; $3 skate rentals.

Washington Harbour Ice Rink (3050 K St. NW) -- This Georgetown rink is billed as D.C.'s largest. You'll find it at the Georgetown waterfront surrounded by restaurants... just in case you need to warm up with a tasty bite when you're done. Open now through mid-March. Rates: $10 adults; $9 kids, seniors and military; $6 skate rentals. 

Canal Park Ice Rink (202 M Street, SE) -- If you're looking to spice up your skating experience, check out College Night on Thursdays, Rock n Skate on Fridays or Cartoon Skate on Saturdays. Open now through mid-March. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids, seniors and military; $5 skate rentals. Two admissions for the price of one on Tuesdays. 


Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza (8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring) -- This covered (but outdoor) rink is smack in the middle of downtown Silver Spring. After you're done skating, explore the surrounding restaurants and shops. Open now through March 25. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids and adults 55 and older; $4 skate rentals.

Skating at the Square (131 Gibbs St., Rockville) -- Take a twirl on the ice at Rockville Town Square, just steps away from plenty of restaurants and shops if you need to warm up afterward. Open daily including all holidays. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids and seniors; $4 skate rentals.


Pentagon Row Ice Outdoor Skating Plaza (1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington) -- Grab your friends and skate adjacent to the Pentagon City area's abundant restaurants and stores. Rates: $9 adults; $8 kids and adults 55 and older; $4 skate rentals.

Tysons Corner Ice Rink (1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean) -- Right outside the Tysons Corner Center, step into a wintry world... with a Shake Shack conveniently right next to the rink for when you're in need of sustenance. Open now through early March. Rates: $10 adults; $9 kids, seniors and military; $6 skate rental.

The Loy E. Harris Pavilion (9201 Center St., Manassas) -- Take a spin on the ice in Old Town Manassas. Opens Nov. 25. Rates: $8 adults; $7 kids age 10 and younger; $6 skate rentals.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion (1818 Discovery St., Reston) -- The outdoor pavilion at the Reston Town Center will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit. You may want to arrive a little bit early to check out all the nearby shopping. Open now through mid-March, Rates: $10 adults; $9 kids under 12 and adults 55 and older; $6 skate rental.

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<![CDATA[Highlights From the 2017 Harbin Ice Festival in China]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:50:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-630944498-harbin.jpg In frigid northeast China, one city kicks off the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which began on Jan. 4, 2017. It is one of the world's largest ice and snow festivals, an annual event that last year drew more than a million visitors.

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<![CDATA[U2 to Play Full 'Joshua Tree' Album on Stadium Tour ]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:03:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/u2band.jpg

U2 will play the entirety of its classic 1987 album, "The Joshua Tree," at each stop during a summer stadium tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.

Powered by singles "With or Without You," ''Where The Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," ''The Joshua Tree" became the band's first chart-topping album in the U.S. and has sold 25 million copies worldwide.

The North American leg of the tour kicks off May 12 in Vancouver and wraps up on July 1 in Cleveland, before heading to Europe. The tour includes a June stop at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.

Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will alternate opening for U2 on the North American leg.

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<![CDATA[Brunch Is on the Menu for DC Restaurant Week]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:37:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_546263887.jpg

Rejoice, brunch lovers (meaning, pretty much everyone)! The next Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will include great deals on brunch for the first time at participating restaurants.

Restaurants across the region will offer $22 brunches, $22 lunches and multi-course $35 dinners during the week organized by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

D.C. Restaurant Week runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 5. Check out the full list of participating spots online here. Restaurants include 1789, Filomena, Graffiato, the Melting Pot and SAX. 

The Restaurant Association will also be rolling out a new rewards program for those who book reservations through their website and opt in to receive exclusive deals on meals. Some of the prizes include tickets to local food-related events and restaurant gift cards.

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<![CDATA[Aquarium in NJ Welcomes Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:36:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Adventure+Aquarium+Loggerhead+Sea+Turtle+Hatchling.jpg
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<![CDATA[10 Sensational NY Theater Performances of 2016]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:37:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/BestOf2016Theater.png
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<![CDATA[Welcoming 2017: Your Ultimate NYE Roundup]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_439117372.jpg

It’s time to ring in the New Year, so why not make it fun?

Leave 2016 behind with these dining options, parties, clubs and family-themed events in the D.C. area:


Enjoy these dining deals on New Year’s night, ranked by price. The cheapest deals are listed towards the top while the pricier menus are at the bottom:


Join recent Food Network "Chopped" champion Demetrio Zavala at Declaration in the Shaw neighborhood for two New Year’s Eve menus. A 3-course meal will cost you $35 while a 4-course meal will run $45.

Teddy & the Bully Bar

Teddy & the Bully Bar is offering dining, entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast during its New Year's Eve event. Guests can enjoy a 5-course meal for $50 or a 6-course meal for $70.

Slate Wine Bar and Bistro

Slate’s 5-course meal is $60, plus an additional $30 for wine pairings. Reservations at the Glover Park restaurant are available starting at 5 p.m.


Savor unlimited plates of Ambar's signature Balkan cuisine as you ring in the new year. The restaurant, located on 8th Street in Southeast, offers three different seating options, ranging in price from $69 to $99.


Lincoln restaurant on Vermont Avenue NW, the sister restaurant to Teddy & the Bully Bar, will also be offering dining and entertainment for $70 per person.

Whaley’s DC

Whaley’s in Southeast D.C. is offering a 4-course meal for $75 on New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy the seafood-packed menu as they celebrate the new year.


If Indian food is your favorite, try Rastika for New Year’s Eve. The restaurant has two locations in D.C.-- one on D Street NW and one on New Hampshire Avenue NW. The restaurant's special NYE dinner costs $85.

Boqueria DC

If you’re looking for unlimited tapas and drinks, Boqueria is the place for you. Earlier seating is $90 per person and later seating is $135 per person.

Chez Billy Sud

Feeling French? Enjoy a dinner straight from southern France at Georgetown’s Chez Billy Sud. The three course meal costs $95 per person.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar

Meat lovers will appreciate the carnivorous selection at DBGB on H Street NW. The NYE gala menu begins at 7:30 and costs $95 for four courses.

Del Campo

Sample the flavors of Latin America with Del Campo's New Year's tasting menu. The special dinner at the downtown restaurant costs $110 per person.

Proof DC

Countdown to 2017 with a 5-course chef’s tasting menu at wine-centric Proof on G Street NW. Dinner costs $125 per person or $195 with wine pairings.


Celebrate 2017 with award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi's "Decadence Menu of Celebration" at the sophisticated Fiola restuarant on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Four courses and dessert cost $175.


It's a splurge, but Minibar on E Street NW is one of the top rated restaurants in D.C.-- it's got two Michelin starts. Chef Jose Andres' NYE dinner will set you back between $300 and $550.


If you want to dance 2016 away, check out these parties and clubs, ranked by ticket price:

A Clockwork Brixton

This party won’t break the bank with a $25 admission fee (although there’s no open bar). You can catch deals on food and drink, however, from 8-10 p.m. The party will go down at Brixton on U Street.

Black Cat's New Year's Eve Ball

For $30, you can dance the night away at The Black Cat on 14th Street NW. Performer Peaches O'Dell and her Orchestra will be rocking out as the clock strikes midnight.

Back in the Day 90s New Year’s Eve Party

Feeling nostalgic? Throw it back to the 90s at the Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan and enjoy dancing, a champagne toast, appetizers and more. Tickets start at $35.

Destination Cuba at Cuba Libre

Take an exotic trip to Cuba over New Year’s Eve-- well, almost. Cuba Libre is ringing in the new year with a Cuba themed bash. Regular admission is $35. Want to enjoy an open bar? That will cost you $100.

Silent Disco - Embassy Row Hotel

Throw on a pair of wireless headphones and dance to your own beat at this silent disco at the Embassy Row Hotel. Included in your ticket are headphone rentals and a complimentary sparkling wine toast. Additional drinks and food are available for purchase. Ticket prices range from $40 to $50.

Maskquerade Party at A-Town Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a shindig in Arlington, check out the party at A-Town Bar and Grill. The $42 admission will get you three drinks and party favors at this masked costume celebration.

Midnight in Paris

Enjoy a Parisian evening at the Malmaison DC in Georgetown. The evening includes a DJ, a one-hour open bar and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets start at $50.

Let’s Get Lucky Party at Kelly’s Irish Times

Celebrate St. Patty’s a little early-- Kelly’s Irish Times near Union Station is throwing an Irish themed New Year’s bash. Tickets start at $53 for this open-bar party.

White Tie Wonderland

Join D.C. art group Art Soiree for their New Year’s Eve gala at The Graham Georgetown. Eat, drink and be merry atop the rooftop bar-- don’t worry, it will be heated and covered. Tickets start at $75, but you can snag limited earlybird tickets for $50.

New Year's Eve Roaring 20s Bash

Be transported back to the 1920s and dance the night away to a live jazz band at Ri Ra Georgetown. Guests are encouraged to come in costume, with prizes for the best period costume. Ticket prices range from $90 to $120.

6th Annual Downtown Countdown at the Hilton

Joonburg.com will be hosting their 6th annual downtown countdown at the Washington Hilton. The event will include an open bar, buffet and performances by Bowling for Soup, EC Twins, the Rockets and more. Tickets start at $99.

International Club of DC

Travel around the world with the International Club’s New Year’s Eve gala. Each ballroom at the Marriott Marquis will represent a different destination. Guests can enjoy live entertainment, an open bar and dining. Tickets start at $105.

Spy Gala

Turn into a secret agent for the 15th annual International SPY Gala on New Year’s Eve. Dress in your best spy-themed ensemble and enjoy a buffet, drinks, balloon drops, dancing and more. Tickets prices range from $109 to $400.

Tony and Joe's River Bash

Come down to the Georgetown waterfront for a riverside bash. The event includes live music, appetizers and open bars. Tickets are $110, with $10 off for groups of 10 or more.

Prohibition NYE DC

Held at a secret location, this party is a nod to bygone days of flappers, speakeasies and bootleg debauchery. Tickets for this glamorous celebration start at $115.

Big Night DC at the Gaylord

Spend your New Year's Eve at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort for their Big Night DC. Their party this year includes dance floors, bars and a midnight countdown. Ticket prices range from $119 to $340.

Cocktail Countdown at the Mead Center for American Theater

Join Drink the District for a cocktail extravaganza at the Mead Center. Take advantage of the open bar and try a new signature cocktail every hour. Keep your stomach lined with food from the dinner buffet or mix things up with a hand-rolled cigar from the cigar bar.

New Year's Eve at the Watergate Hotel

Dine, drink and party with a live DJ at the Watergate Hotel. The New Year’s Eve countdown will be televised at the event. Tickets are $160.

W Washington Hotel - Roaring New Year

The W in Washington, D.C., invites you back to the 1920s for their New Year’s Eve party. Guests can dine at either POV or Pinea Restaurant, enjoy an open bar and dance the Charleston. Tickets are $299 per person.

Bar 7 DC

Dress in your best upscale attire, gather your crew and enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres at Bar 7. Tickets prices range from $400 to $1500 for groups ranging for four to 15 people.


Bring the kids out to these family-friendly events:

Noon Yards Event at The Yards DC

If the little ones can’t stay up for the real ball drop, count down with them at noon on Saturday at The Yards DC. Admission is free. There will be face painting, crafts, inflatables and a balloon drop.

First Night Alexandria

Bring the whole family for a night of local entertainment, activities for the kidsand fireworks over the Potomac in Alexandria. It’s $30 per adult and free for kids under 12.

Watch Night - Falls Church

Enjoy a night of entertainment in downtown Falls Church with the whole family. There will be food trucks, live performances, obstacle courses, balloon artists and more. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m.

First Night Winchester

Winchester will host their First Night celebration with performances, face painting, crafting, fireworks and more. Buttons are $10 per person and free for kids under 10.

Downtown 31

Celebrate the end of the year in downtown Fredericksburg. This year’s event will include food, activities and a ping-pong ball drop.

First Night Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia, will host their First Night for the 24th year. The event this year includes performances, food vendors, fireworks and more. Adult admission buttons are $20 and kid's wristbands are $10.

New Year’s Eve Spectacular - Baltimore

There’s a lot for families to do jat Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The New Year's Eve Spectacular will include live music, fireworks and ice skating.


What better way to celebrate the first day of 2017 than to get brunch? Trust us, you’ll need it! Check out these restaurants offering brunch on New Year’s Day:

Dino's Grotto

Don’t worry about getting up early because Dino’s Grotto opens for brunch at noon and serves bottomless brunch at $29 until 4 p.m.


Enjoy unlimited mimosas and brunch for $49 in your pajamas at Lincoln. The customer with the best pajamas will get a $100 gift card.

Watergate Hotel New Year's Day Brunch

Try brunch at the Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel for $110 per person and $55 for kids.

Medium Rare - PJ Brunch

You don’t have to change out of your pajamas to go to Medium Rare for brunch on New Year’s Day.

The Front Page

Enjoy bottomless mimosas, champagne and a buffet at The Front Page. Brunch will also be served on New Year’s Eve.


Start off your New Year on a fresh foot with a locally sourced Italian brunch at Lavagna on 8th Street SE.

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<![CDATA[Tour MGM's Casino, Restaurants, Christmas Decor]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMG_4993edit.jpg Come take a sneak peek inside the MGM National Harbor before it opens Thursday night. More than 6,000 construction workers helped create the new casino, and around 4,000 jobs will be filled inside. Take a look at everything from the intricate interior design to the casino games and to the restaurants.

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<![CDATA[Seen at MGM National Harbor's Opening Night]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CroppedGettyImages-628684044+%281%29.jpg Didn’t make it to the opening night of MGM National Harbor? Check out some photos of the highlights!

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<![CDATA[Before You Go All In: Getting to MGM Nat'l Harbor]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:18:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MGM_National_Harbor_EXTERIOR_1216___Credit_Stephen_Wilkes.jpg

So, you want to check out the new MGM National Harbor resort and casino... but how do you get there? If you live in D.C., it might seem like a daunting task to get out to National Harbor. Even if you're not far, you may not want to deal with traffic or feel apprehensive about parking.

We've broken down what you need to know if you plan to test your luck at the tables, see a show or just relax in the massive resort after it opens Thursday night.

By car:

If you opt to drive there, here's the address for your GPS: 101 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill, Maryland. 

It's free to park your car yourself during the casino's opening period, although you'll have to pay in the future. The casino has a massive underground parking garage with five entrances and exits.

Valet parking is available 24 hours a day; it will cost $25 for up to 12 hours and $45 for 12 to 24 hours. Guests staying at the hotel who use valet parking will be able to drive in and out as they wish.


You can always take a taxi if you don't want to drive yourself. Use the designated pickup and dropoff area on Hotel Drive to call an Uber or Lyft. MGM has also partnered with Uber to offer guests the opportunity to share their ride with someone else.

Metrorail, Metrobus & The Bus:

If you're coming from D.C., you may not want to break the bank on a taxi rode. But if no one volunteers for DD duty, you can always take public transportation. You can catch Metrobuses that will take you to the casino directly from two different Metro stations.

From the King Street Metro station (Blue and Yellow lines), you can take the NH2 Metro Bus four stops to the MGM National Harbor stop. This is a new bus line implemented by Metro in October.

From the Southern Avenue Metro station (Green Line), take the NH1 Metro Bus four stops to the MGM National Harbor stop.

If you're coming from nearby, you can take TheBus, Prince George's County's bus service. Routes 35 and 35s have stops near the casino. Route 35 also comes from the Southern Avenue Metro station. TheBus accepts payment in cash or via SmarTrip card; fares are $1.25.

Water Taxi:

If you're feeling adventurous and want to take the scenic route, travel to the resort via water taxi. The Potomac Riverboat Company offers water taxis from Alexandria and the National Mall to National Harbor.

Photo Credit: Stephen Wilkes]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: A Reason for Any Season at Hillwood Estate]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:57:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/SJP_2061.jpg A visit to the former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood Estate in D.C. is never short on substance and style.

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<![CDATA[15 Christmas & Winter Weekend Getaways]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:55:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/Lancaster+winter.jpg You could spend winter bundled up at home... or you could go to these spas, resorts, historic locations or even a water park! Check out our favorite winter getaways within easy driving distance from the D.C. area.

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<![CDATA[Vintage Ugly Sweater Store Rises From the Ashes]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:45:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000017098087_1200x675_835348035538.jpg Meet the man responsible for many of the ugly Christmas sweaters you're seeing around town.]]> <![CDATA[Christmas Village Features Polar Playground]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:59:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/223*120/2016-12-16_0651.png If you're looking for some holiday fun for the entire family, McLean Bible Church may have the event for you. It's a walk-through attraction with a polar playground, family friendly rides and live entertainment. ]]> <![CDATA[MGM National Harbor Filled to Capacity on Opening Night]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:40:22 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Casino+Crowd.jpg

Less than an hour after opening its doors for the first time, the MGM National Harbor casino and resort filled to capacity -- and hundreds of people were still waiting to get inside.

Traffic going into the casino was backed up for miles and police shut down the Beltway Outer Loop exits 2A, 2B and 3B to National Harbor to relieve traffic on Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Those exits have since reopened.

The casino was set to open at 11 p.m., but officials decided to open the doors 30 minutes early after thousands of cars filled the MGM's parking lots and garages.

Just after 11 p.m., the MGM parking garage was full and all outdoor parking lots were filled a few of hours earlier.

Prince George's County police are asking drivers to keep an eye on their advice about traffic. The department has their own text message alert system, andNews4 will send alerts as well.

The $1.4 billion casino is expected to have a big impact on traffic and tourism in Prince George's County and the greater Washington, D.C. area. News4 is reporting live on the ground and in the air all night. 

Ahead of the grand opening, officials and the head of MGM said the luxurious resort and casino will pump money into Maryland and beyond.

"This wasn't about just getting our slice of the pie," MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren said. "This is about growing gaming revenue in the State of Maryland and bringing more people into Maryland to spend their time and tourist dollars here." 

Gov. Larry Hogan said he expects that the impact will extend beyond Maryland. 

"We're going to bring a lot of money into Virginia and D.C., and it's really a project the state can be proud of," he said. 

Murren said he believes that MGM National Harbor would be "the most successful resort in the State of Maryland." 

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said the casino and resort will spark economic development.

"This says to businesses around the region that Prince George's County really is the place to be and the economic engine. This is just the start of it," he said. 

If you're not a fan of gambling, MGM says the casino still has lots to offer. There are 15 stores and several restaurants with well-known chefs, plus a full-service hotel and 3,000-seat theater. 

News4's Tracee Wilkins spotted actress Sarah Jessica Parker at the grand opening of her shoe store in the resort, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. 

MGM designed the Oxon Hill, Maryland, resort to complement the city of monuments across the Potomac River. It has a 308-room hotel and spa.

The casino is also home to a gambling floor "bigger than the White House'' and an art collection that includes a large welded collage by Bob Dylan. It is the singer and Nobel laureate's first work of art for a public space on permanent display. 

Many musical acts are heading to the stage at MGM. 

R&B group Boyz II Men will be the first artists to take the stage, on Dec. 15.

The iconic group won't be the only famous musical act performing at The Theater during the venue's inaugural month -- Lionel Richie (Dec. 22), Bruno Mars (Dec. 27) and Duran Duran (Dec. 31; Jan 1) also are on the roster.

Neighbor Jeffrey Fisher said looked forward to seeing the entire complex.

"It's all first-rate and it's all so exciting because we live in the neighborhood," he said. 

MGM hired more than 4,000 employees, many from Prince George's County.

"It's a great place to work, great place to be," employee and Suitland resident Deborah Brown said.

The casino will be open 24 hours.

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<![CDATA[Calling All Foodies: MGM National Harbor to Offer Top Restaurant Options]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:11:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marcus+restaurant+MGM+National+Harbor.jpg The long-awaited casino and resort opens to the public on Thursday, and will feature a seafood restaurant, steakhouse, the world's largest chocolate fountain and more! Options range from high-end dining to a casual sports bar and more affordable eateries. Chefs Jose Andres, Marcus Samuelsson and Frederick natives Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are some of the chefs bringing their cuisine to MGM.

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<![CDATA[15 DMV Concerts You Won't Want to Miss This Fall/Winter]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:14:16 -0500 Ticketmaster as of Thursday, Oct. 27. ]]> Ticketmaster as of Thursday, Oct. 27. ]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-174775580.jpg Looking for some fun? Or maybe the perfect holiday gift? We checked local venues for the best concerts happening between now and the end of the year. (Didn't see your fave? Tweet us @DCscene!)

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<![CDATA[MGM Nat'l Harbor Casino Expects 30K Visitors Opening Night]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:15:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000016983104_1200x675_826384451612.jpg Traffic will be a gamble due to the flood of cars pouring into the National Harbor. News4's Chris Gordon takes us inside a high-tech command center that hopes to keep traffic flowing.]]> <![CDATA[Georgetown GLOW Tucks Lighting Displays Into Neighborhood]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:31:16 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/AetherAndHemera_OnTheWingsOfFreedom03.jpg Georgetown’s annual light art exhibition returns Friday, and this year you can check out the displays for a full month.

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<![CDATA[Panda House Reopens as Bei Bei Recovers From Surgery]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/15390974_10154742033417902_1490342462652870703_n.jpg

The National Zoo's panda cub, Bei Bei, is as cute as ever as he returns to the public eye Monday.

The zoo's panda house reopened to the public Monday after being closed for more than a week after the cub underwent emergency surgery to remove a masticated mass of bamboo from his intestine.

Bei Bei, who is 15 months old, is "recovering nicely" after the operation, the National Zoo said.

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<![CDATA[Universal Studios Adding Nintendo-Themed Area]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:11:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/181*120/11.29.16_Mario-Brothers-Universal.JPG

Get ready to power up.

Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Yoshi and the gang are heading to Universal Studios.

Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts jointly announced Tuesday that new attractions are coming to Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka, Japan as "expansive, highly themed environments."

"Imagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure," read the statement. "Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world."

A partnership between the Japanese game-maker and Universal Studios was announced last year.

The creative planning of the new attractions is already underway, the statement said, but no specifics about the possible rides or other attractions was released.

A timeline for construction and opening dates will come later from each of the individual parks.

Editor's Note: Universal Parks & Resorts is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of this site.

<![CDATA[15 Fall Getaways in Driving Distance of DC]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:40:26 -0500 plenty of things to do. Visitors can take advantage of guided tours (including ghost tours!), hiking trails, workshop classes and the historic park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. History buffs can plan their trip around live history event weekends. The town's Olde Tyme Christmas will feature live entertainment, kids' activities, and extended shopping hours, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 10-11. ]]> plenty of things to do. Visitors can take advantage of guided tours (including ghost tours!), hiking trails, workshop classes and the historic park, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. History buffs can plan their trip around live history event weekends. The town's Olde Tyme Christmas will feature live entertainment, kids' activities, and extended shopping hours, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 10-11. ]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Harpers-Ferry-shutterstock_142198090.jpg We love everything about fall getaways: the stunning foliage, the apple treats, the steaming hot drinks... the fact that it's no longer 90 million degrees out. Yep, all of it! If you're ready to enjoy everything that the season's got to offer, check out our 15 favorite ideas for getting out of town and making the most of autumn.

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<![CDATA[11 Winter & Holiday Festivals Around the DC Area]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:31:45 -0500 When: Now through Jan. 1
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Maryland)
Price: $17- $36 (just for ICE!)
Through the holiday season into the New Year, experience Christmas at the Gaylord National Harbor, featuring options like ICE! (a nine-degree journey through international Christmas traditions), the Village of the North Pole, breakfast with Charlie Brown and friends, an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, a laser show, the Potomac Express Train and more. You'll find a complete winter wonderland close to home.]]>
When: Now through Jan. 1
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Maryland)
Price: $17- $36 (just for ICE!)
Through the holiday season into the New Year, experience Christmas at the Gaylord National Harbor, featuring options like ICE! (a nine-degree journey through international Christmas traditions), the Village of the North Pole, breakfast with Charlie Brown and friends, an Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, a laser show, the Potomac Express Train and more. You'll find a complete winter wonderland close to home.]]>
Make your holiday season even more merry with these local (and not-so-local) winter festival getaways.

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<![CDATA[Top 12 Holiday Lighting Displays in the DC Area]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:22:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/longwood64219_Exhibition_Hall_Traub_Daniel2.jpg Looking for a little sparkle this holiday season? Check out these D.C.-area winter lights displays, parades and more.

Photo Credit: Daniel Traub]]>
<![CDATA[5 Awesome Holiday Markets in the DMV]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:55:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Downtown-HolidayMarket-51.jpg

Finding the perfect gifts for the holidays doesn't have to mean long lines, crowded shops and impossible parking lots. There are countless craft festivals in the D.C. area where you can find handcrafted gifts and also enjoy music, refreshments and other events as you shop.

Here are five to check out this holiday season:

Downtown Holiday Market
F Street NW between 7th & 9th streets
Now through Dec. 23

The 12th Annual Downtown Holiday Market this year will include more than 150 local artisans and boutique businesses. Browse through gift items including jewelry, pottery, paintings and textiles. Some vendors and goods rotate daily, and you'll also find festive treats such as hot donuts and cider, plus live seasonal music. 

Alexandria Holiday Market

300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria
Dec. 9-11 and 16-22

This annual festival offers unique art and craft items, live entertainment, and winter treats including hot cocoa -- oh, and hot wine. Kids can paint their own Christmas ornaments or have their faces painted for free at the market's Children's Corner. The festival also participates in a toy drive program to help Alexandria families in need celebrate the holidays.  

Rosslyn Holiday Market Festival + Bonfire

Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington
Dec. 9-10

Rosslyn's fourth annual Holiday Market Festival will showcase 25 local and renowned vendors for all of your holiday shopping needs. When you've found something for everyone on your list, you can head to a holiday concert, a gingerbread workshop or even visit Santa. 

Made in DC Pop-Up Market

4340 Connecticut Ave. NW
Dec. 10-11

More than 20 local vendors will participate in this festive indoor marketplace. Whether you're looking for art, jewelry, decor or homemade snacks, the Made in DC Pop-Up Market offers something for you. Saturday, bring your four-legged friends to have a pet photo taken with Santa; all proceeds will benefit City Dogs Rescue and City Kittens. 

GRUMP in the Shops at Crystal City

1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington
Dec. 17

Known as an "alternative arts and crafts show," GRUMP will be taking place again this year at the Shops at Crystal City. Not only can you shop for handmade crafts, but you can also take photos with the GRUMPY yeti herself.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: DC Bars Transform Into 'Miracle on 7th Street']]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:26:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/miracle-on-7th-1.jpg Three Shaw bars have transformed into a winter wonderland, with everything from dreidel chandeliers to dinosaur nativity scenes.

Photo Credit: Joy Asico]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Sculptures Glitter at Winter Wonderland in London ]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-623814112-ice.jpg Sculptures turned blocks of ice into reindeer, wolves, bears and boats at the Magical Ice Kingdom at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London. Take a look at some of the glittering pieces of art.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Black Friday: Which Stores Open Early & Close Late]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:01:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tiendas+y+ofertas+black+friday09.jpg

Ready to hit the stores for Black Friday? 

Many stores will open early and stay open late the Friday after Thanksgiving. Some companies are opting to keep their stores closed, urging customers and employees to enjoy time outdoors.

Here's when stores will be open, according to BestBlackFriday.com and verified via store websites by NBCWashington.

Stores Open on Thanksgiving

Best Buy
Best Buy will open on Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. and stay open until 1 a.m. on Friday. It then will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday. The Chevy Chase Best Buy, however, will stay open until 11:59 on Thursday. Hours may vary by store.

Dick's Sporting Goods
Dick's Sporting Goods will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and stay open until 2 a.m. Friday. It then will reopen Friday at 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

JCPenney opens at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remains open until 5 p.m. Friday. Hours may vary by store. 

KMart will open at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open with doorbusters ending at 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Kohl’s opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remains open overnight. Doorbusters will end at 1 p.m. on Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Macy’s will open at 5 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. Friday. It will reopen Friday at 6 a.m. with doorbusters ending at 1 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

Michaels will be open at 6 p.m. Thursday and remain open until midnight. It will reopen Friday at 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

Modell’s opens on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. with doorbusters lasting through Friday at 2 p.m. Hours may vary by store.

Old Navy
Old Navy will open at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open through midnight on Black Friday. Hours may vary by store.

Sears will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until midnight. It will reopen on Black Friday at 5 a.m. Hours may vary by store.

Target will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday, until 10 p.m., 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the store.

Toys"R"Us will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open through 11 p.m. on Black Friday. Hours may vary by store. 

Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and remain open until 2 a.m. It will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m. Hours may vary by store.

Walmart will open on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. Hours may vary by store. 

Stores Closed on Black Friday

REI will be closed on Black Friday as they promote their #OptOutside campaign, which encourages people to forgo the stores and get outside instead. The campaign has its own Snapchat filter.

REI has partnered with Subaru, which will donate to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals when social media users post photos of themselves and their pets with the hashtags #OptOutside and #MakeaDogsDay. Subaru retailers will be open on Black Friday.

D.C. residents can sign up for free rides from Skeddadle to parks outside the city.

Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research also will be closed as it participates in #OptOutside.

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<![CDATA[Where to Watch the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:52:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NUP_176136_0001.jpg

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating the big 90! Classics like Charlie Brown and Pillsbury Doughboy, the return of Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Greg, and a brand-new Trolls' balloon are just some stars of the show. Beat the crowds and don't miss any of the new floats and performances from these prime viewing spots along the parade route.

79th St. and Columbus Ave. - Bring the kids to get a sneak peak of the giant balloons on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m before they parade through Manhattan Thursday morning. You can watch the balloons come to life around the American Museum of Natural History.

77th St. and Central Park West - Beat the crowds and kick off the party bright and early at 9 a.m. from this spot. You won't miss a single thing because this is the starting point for all the excitement.

59th - 75th St. - Spectators usually camp out starting at 6 a.m. to get a front row view of the cascading floats. Meet up with friends beforehand and travel together to avoid the bustling crowd.

Columbus Circle - Watch the floats rock around the big circle onto Central Park South. This circular view is sure to give the tiny tots the best up-close view.

59th - 38th St. and 6th Ave. - These streets provide about 21 more blocks of viewing space and the prime position for late-comers. Make sure you pack snacks and plenty of water to avoid leaving and losing your viewing spot.

Macy's Herald Square - The parade will make its final turn on Herald Square so there is limited to no public viewing space here but you can score 10 percent off a visitor's savings pass at the mezzanine level of Macy's Herald Square and arrange tickets to must-see attractions for after the parade.

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<![CDATA[Where to Watch the Macy's Balloon Blow-up Thanksgiving Eve]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:05:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/preparan-desfile-macys-010.JPG

Each year, the giant balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade come to life as parents and children marvel in amazement the night before the spectacle. 

Fifty-foot versions of Grover, Charlie Brown and Mickey Mouse are pumped up with helium and held down by large nets to ensure they don't escape before a big day of festivities. Last year's inflatable guests include Hello Kitty, Angry Bird's Red and the nutty squirrel from Ice Age, Scrat.

If you'd like to see how the magic happens and get a sneak peak at some of the fun balloons, head to the Upper West Side on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The hot-air characters can be viewed at 77th Street and 81st Streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To see the balloons when they're near-fully blown up, it's best to show up closer to 9 p.m.

Leave the car parked, public transportation is the most efficient way to get there. Take the B or the C train to the 81st St./American museum of Natural History station. 

The NYPD has issued the following list of street closures for the balloon inflation: 

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 23rd, 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. The balloon inflation can be viewed by pedestrians from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. on 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue. Pedestrians are advised to enter the viewing area from the West side of Columbus Avenue at 79th Street.

At 1 p.m. the following street will be closed to vehicular traffic:


  • West 79th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues


Additional vehicular traffic closures at 3 p.m. are as follows:


  • West 76th Street between Columbus and Central Park West Avenues
  • West 77th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • West 78th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • West 80th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • West 81st Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
  • Central Park Transverse Road at Central Park West and West 81 St. (Both Directions)


After 10 p.m., 81st Street and 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue as well as Central Park West from 59th Street to 86th Street will be closed to all traffic.

The 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will hit the streets from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Nov. 24. More than 8,000 participants are expected to stroll through Herald Square, with over 50 million viewers watching from the streets or at home with family. 

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<![CDATA[Virginia Film Festival Opens Thurs. With 'Loving' Screening]]> Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:15:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/virginia+film+festival+sign.jpg

The Virginia Film Festival opens in Charlottesville on Thursday with a screening of the highly anticipated movie "Loving," which tells the story of an interracial couple from Virginia who sparked a historic Supreme Court decision.

Virginia residents Richard and Mildred Loving married in D.C. in 1958, but when they returned to their home state, they found themselves in violation of Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute that banned interracial marriages.

After a court found them guilty, they faced a decision: go to jail or leave Virginia for 25 years. The couple took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where justices affirmed the Constitutional right to marriage in 1967.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as the husband and wife who spent nine years fighting to defend their marriage. Actor Colin Firth, one of the film's producers, will participate in a panel discussion following the 7 p.m. screening. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver opening night remarks at the festival at 6 p.m.

"We could not be more proud to share this extraordinary film with the Virginia Film Festival audience," McAuliffe said in a Sept. 30 news release. "'Loving' captures an important moment in the history of the Commonwealth and tells a story that speaks to the triumph of love over division -- a story that resonates in our world today."

The festival began Thursday at 3 p.m. and will screen more than 120 films over the four days. Other prominent movies at the festival include Natalie Portman's Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, "Jackie," and "La La Land," an original musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Actress Shirley MacLaine, director Werner Herzog and actor Danny McBride are among the special guests visiting Charlottesville this weekend. The festival will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Beauty and the Beast" with a screening that features original drawings and animation storyboards, about four months before Disney releases its live-action remake of the film in March.

Tickets are available on the festival's website, at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office or at festival headquarters, and run from $10 to $15. See the complete schedule here.

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<![CDATA[Boyz II Men Will Be First to Perform at MGM Nat'l Harbor]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:41:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-580021938.jpg

Classic R&B group Boyz II Men will become the first music artists to take the stage at the soon-to-open MGM National Harbor, planners announced Monday.

The trio will perform Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. at the new Theater at MGM National Harbor just a week after the resort and casino complex opens its doors.

Boys II Men won't be the only famous names performing there during the venue's inaugural month -- Lionel Richie (Dec. 22), Bruno Mars (Dec. 27) and Duran Duran (Dec. 31; Jan 1) are also on the roster. 

Tickets for Boyz II Men will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. They'll range from $39.50 to $85, plus fees.

Pre-sales for Live Nation and M life Rewards loyalty members will begin Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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<![CDATA[6 Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the DC Area]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:11:52 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/538970_10151846053131037_1888849347_n.jpg

Halloween is all about spooks and scares, but these not-so-scary events are perfect for little ones.

(Looking for more grownup-oriented fun? Check out our guide to 24 Halloween bar crawls, ghost tours, haunted houses and more.)

Air and Scare
Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center 
1430 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia
Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kids can get a jumpstart on their trick-or-treating at the Udvar-Hazy Center's Air and Scare event Saturday, Oct. 22. This annual event at the Air and Space Museum's spectacular Chantilly location includes creepy crafts, spooky science experiments and other activities.

Boo at the Zoo
Smithsonian's National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Oct. 21-23, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Ghosts and ghouls of all ages can enjoy live entertainment, animal demonstrations and more than 40 treat stations at the National Zoo's Boo at the Zoo weekend. From Friday, Oct. 21 to Sunday, Oct. 23, the whole family can dance to music from a Halloween DJ, explore a hay maze, and watch magicians, jugglers and other performers on the zoo's main stage. Craft beer and food tastings will also be available for the grownups. Visitors will have after-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, but the Giant Panda Habitat will be closed, so you'll have to make a separate trip if you want to see Bao Bao and Bei Bei.

Falloween at Market Commons
Market Commons Clarendon, Arlington
Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

You can bring your kids -- and your dogs -- to Market Commons Clarendon to celebrate the Halloween season on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Howl-o-ween Pet Parade begins at 10 a.m. and wraps up with a costume contest. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Commons will hold its annual Falloween festival, with live entertainment for kids, face painting, a trick-or-treat session and more.

Harbor Halloween
National Harbor, Maryland
Oct. 23, noon-4 p.m.

National Harbor's annual Halloween party offers a variety of kid-friendly activities, including trick-or-treating, a pumpkin-carving contest, and a screening of the Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus." You can even bring your four-legged family members for the Black Dog's Howl-oween Party and Paw-rade. Deck your dog out in a costume and every pet can get a treat.

Eastern Market
7th St. SE between Pennsylvania & North Carolina avenues SE
Oct. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Families can enjoy kid-friendly fun at Hilloween in Eastern Market. This event features food from local restaurants, a costume parade, hayrides, a moon bounce and more. Those with spookier tastes can also try their hands at a Ouija board or visit the haunted house.

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Oct. 29 & Oct. 31, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Families can celebrate Halloween with wagon rides, a scavenger hunt and other fall fun at George Washington's colonial estate. The event will also feature a kids' costume parade, Halloween crafts, and of course, candy.

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<![CDATA[Botanical Garden Glows Orange for Halloween]]> Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:58:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Denvers_Botanical_Garden_Glows_Orange_for_Halloween_1200x675_790853187746.jpg Halloween is on display at Denver's botanical garden.]]> <![CDATA[WHAT Cherry Blossoms? DC Is Utterly Gorgeous in Fall, Too]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:15:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1543450711.jpg Cherry Blossom season isn't the only game in town -- autumn in D.C. can be downright stunning. Take a peek at previous years' images to see what we've got to look forward to when it comes to the sights at the monuments and other notable spots around town.

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<![CDATA[These DC Restaurants Made the District's 1st Michelin Guide]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:24:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jose_andres1.jpg

Three D.C. restaurants received two-star ratings in the District's first-ever Michelin Guide, released Thursday.

The Michelin Guide recognizes the best restaurants and hotels in cities in 28 countries, giving top restaurants a rating of one to three stars. Jose Andres' Minibar (855 E St. NW), Aaron Silverman's Pineapples & Pearls (715 8th St. SE), and Patrick O'Connor's The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia were each awarded two stars.

The chefs and restaurant owners took to Twitter Thursday to celebrate the honor.

Michelin's International Director Michael Ellis said in a press release Thursday that Washington's culinary offerings have significantly developed over the past five years. These changes to D.C.'s restaurant scene "have made its local cuisine among the most dynamic in the world," the release reads. 

After Bon Appetit named D.C. its Restaurant City of the Year in August, receiving a Michelin Guide is the latest testament to what the city's culinary scene has to offer.

"We've been looking at the D.C. area for quite a while now, and we noticed a real evolution, a real dynamic, going on in the cooking scene," Ellis told News4's Eun Yang on Wednesday. "We thought the timing was good, so we started last year, and we came up with what we think is a very good selection."

Nine other restaurants received one star: Aaron Silverman's Rose's Luxury, Jeremiah Langhorne's The Dabney, The Blue Duck Tavern, Kinship, Plume, Tail Up Goat, Masseria, Fiola and Sushi Taro. Almost 80 percent of restaurants that appear in the guide did not receive a star rating, but that doesn’t mean they aren't great, Ellis said Wednesday.

"Just the fact that a restaurant is in the Michelin Guide is already a sign of very good food," he said.

Anonymous inspectors rate restaurants on quality of ingredients, mastery of cooking technique, harmony and balance of flavors, regularity over time and throughout the menu and value for your money, Ellis said. The inspectors always pay their bills to ensure their independence, he added.

Michelin also named 19 District restaurants to its Bib Gourmand list of high-quality but affordable options earlier this month. 

The full 2017 Washington Guide is available on the Michelin Restaurants U.S. app and in bookstores for $12.95. 

<![CDATA[Bruno Mars to Perform at MGM National Harbor]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bruno+Mars3.jpg

Have you been playing “Uptown Funk” on repeat since it was released in 2014? Always wanted to get up and dance to “The Lazy Song” live?

Here’s what you need to know if you want to see Bruno Mars perform at the new MGM National Harbor:

  • The show will be on Dec. 27 at The Theater, a 3,000-seat venue at the MGM National Harbor resort and casino.
  • The MGM National Harbor will officially open on Dec. 8 and is located at 7100 Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, Md.
  • Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets will range in price from $150-$395, not including service charges.
  • Fans will be able to purchase as many as eight tickets per person.
  • Members of the MGM’s M life Rewards loyalty program will have presale access to tickets starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
  • The show is part of a “long-term partnership” between Mars and MGM Resorts International, the company said. Mars also will host a show at the new MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas.

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<![CDATA[25 Halloween Events: Bar Crawls, Ghost Tours, Haunted Houses]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:27:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_316606412.jpg

Whether you prefer horrifying haunts or a boo-zy bar crawl, the D.C. area has something for you. Check out these events in and around the District.

(Looking for more kid-oriented fun? Check out our guide to& 6 family-friendly Halloween events in the D.C. area.)


Madhaunter's Madhouse
Workhouse Prison, 9518 Workhouse Road, Lorton, Virginia
Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 30-31

Prepare to get spooked at this haunted house, located inside a former prison in Lorton. Although the Lorton Workhouse is now an arts center, it's been transformed into a creepy attraction for weekends this October. The tour is recommended for ages 13 and up. Attendees should wear sneakers and dress appropriately as the event takes place both indoors and outdoors. Tickets are $20.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
Doswell, Virginia
Select dates through Oct. 30

The Halloween Haunt at King's Dominion offers nine mazes, six scare zones and five spooky shows. New this year is Blackout, a maze that is 99 percent dark... so you'll never see what's coming next. In addition, visitors can watch each night as the Overlord unleashes his minions to terrorize unsuspecting guests in "Overlord's Resurrection." Many of the park's rides will also be available for guests seeking a different type of thrill.

Fright Fest at Six Flags America
Upper Malboro, Maryland
Select days through Oct. 31

With thrilling rides, haunted houses and live performances, Six Flag America's annual Fright Fest promises scares that are not for the faint of heart. New this year are shows featuring mystifying magic, music and dancing, and epic terror. Some programs include "bloody" violence and graphic images, so viewer discretion is advised. 

Scream City DC
RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE
Select dates through Nov. 5
Special midnight madness Oct. 15 and Oct. 22

If you're interested in "the most horrifying attraction in the D.C. area," you might want to brave Scream City DC at RFK Stadium. Scream City features two haunted houses -- "Exorcism Estate" and "Slaughter Factory" -- that are completely indoors and NOT recommended for children or the faint of heart. Leave kids under 13 at home, as Scream City may be too intense for them.

Ticket prices vary from $30 to $40. Parking will cost $10, but RFK is also located blocks from the Stadium Armory Metro station.

Field of Screams
Olney, Maryland
Select dates through Nov.


Ocean City Screams
Ocean City, Maryland
Select dates through Oct. 31

The makers of Scream City also host events at other locations in Maryland. With four haunted attractions, Field of Screams in Olney bills itself as the "number one scream park" in the DMV. New this year, Ocean City Screams hopes to bring horror to the Eastern Shore with an old cargo ship turned state-of-the-art haunted house.

Fear Forest
Select dates through Oct. 31
Harrisonburg Virginia

Visitors to this Harrisonburg, Virginia location can take a trip into the Fear Forest, or fight off zombies as they attempt to escape a pulse-pounding corn maze. Tickets are $13 for one attraction, or $18 for admission for both. Because of sudden scares, loud noises, simulated violence and extreme darkness, Fear Forest is not recommended for children under 12 or the faint of heart.


Nightmare on M Street
Oct. 29, noon-7:30 p.m.
Dupont Circle

The 18th annual Nightmare on M Street bar crawl promises to be "an evening of treats and terror." More than 15 Dupont bars, including James Hoban's and Sign of the Whale, will be offering cover-free admission and seven hours of specials, including $3 Coors Lights, $4 Redd's Apple Ales and $5 Three Olives Vodkas.

DC Halloween Crawl
Oct. 29, noon to 7:30 p.m.
Dupont Circle

Bar hop through Dupont on Sat. Oct. 29 in this Halloween-themed bar crawl. More than 15 bars -- including The Front Page, Mad Hatter and Irish Whiskey Public House -- will be offering food and drink specials from noon to 7 p.m. Bust out your scariest or most creative costume, because the most festively dressed attendees will win prizes. Tickets are $20, but go up to $30 the week of the event. They'll be $40 at the door.

Bethesda Bar Crawl
Bethesda, Maryland
Oct. 28 and 29, 7 p.m.

You can also "trick or treat like a grown up" during Bethesda's two-night bar crawl event. For $20, witches and wizards can enjoy happy hour appetizers and drink specials at five Bethesda bars until 2 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 or Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets also include entry to the Monster Bash after-party and Uber discounts for a safe ride home.

Night of the Living Zoo
Smithsonian's National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Oct. 28, 6:30-10 p.m.

Grownups can partake in some fun at the National Zoo's Night of the Living Zoo on Friday, Oct. 28. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include live music, dancing, craft beer and food from D.C. food trucks. You have to be at least 21 to attend this "wicked night of fun." (Sorry, kids -- but hey, there's Boo at the Zoo just for you, Oct. 21-23).


17th Street High Heel Race
1519 17th St. NW
Oct. 25

Every year, D.C. drag queens show off their elaborate costumes and race down 17th street in this Dupont tradition, coming up this year on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The costume parade starts at 7 p.m., and the race (which, be warned, doesn't last long) begins at 9 p.m., but you might want to arrive early, as this event always draws a crowd.

Vienna's Annual Halloween Parade
Maple Avenue, Vienna, Virginia
Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

The town of Vienna will be holding its annual Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Kids can walk in the parade to show off their costumes, and the Town Council will recognize the best floats, performers and classic cars at its Nov. 7 meeting.

Alsatia Mummers Parade
141 West Washington St., Hagerstown, Maryland
Oct. 29, 6 p.m.

Hagerstown's 91st Alsatia Mummers Parade features floats, local marching bands, classic cars and of course, costumes. The parade will take place rain or shine.


"Ghostbusters" Screening
Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE
Oct. 7

Already feeling festive? Enjoy a drive-in screening of "Ghostbusters" Oct. 7 at Union Market. The movie will start at 8 p.m. It's free, but parking will cost $10.

Angelika Pop-Up's Hitchcocktober
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 and 31, 7 p.m.
Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE

The Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market is hosting Hitchcocktober, which will feature classic Hitchcock films throughout the month. Go get terrified by "The Birds" or "Dial M for Murder," and finish Halloween night with "Psycho"!

"Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the E Street Cinema
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW
Oct. 14-15, midnight


Dress up as your favorite Rocky character and enjoy this iconic movie at Landmark E Street Cinema. The show will be held (as tradition requires) at midnight, on the weekend of Oct. 14-15.


Alexandria's Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour
Select dates, year-round
Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St., Alexandria

This tour through historic Old Town Alexandria is led by guides dressed in 18th-century garb. They'll tell you tales of vengeful ghosts, romance, unsolved mysteries and local folklore. The tour is appropriate for ages 9 and up.

White House Ghost Tour Pub Crawl
Various dates in October; 8:30-11 p.m.
Downtown D.C.

For those who are 21+, take a private White House ghost tour and pub crawl. Your costumed guide will meet you downtown and lead you towards the White House, all the way telling you about ghost sightings, unexplained mysteries and historical events. You will visit up to 4 historically-haunted pubs and can even visit Rum Row and hear stories of Prohibition. Tickets are $28 per person and must be reserved in advance. The whole tour is approximately two and a half hours. Beverages must be bought at your own expense.

Alexandria Ghost Tour Pub Crawl
Various dates in October; 8:30 p.m.
Chadwick's, 203 Strand St., Alexandria Waterfront

Visit Alexandria in the evening to be privately guided along the waterfront and hear about the haunted history of Old Town Alexandria. During the tour, you'll visit up to four haunted pubs as well as the Carlyle house, one of the oldest mansions in town. Tickets are $25 per person and must be reserved in advance. The whole tour is approximately two hours. The cost of beverages is not included in the ticket price.

Ghosts of LaFayette Park
Nightly at 8 p.m.
Tours leave from the Dolley Madison House, 1520 H St. NW

On this tour, you'll be led through D.C.'s Lafayette Park, also called "Tragedy Square" for its bloody and spooky history. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children. Children younger than 6 get in free. The tour is approximately 90 minutes.

Capitol Hill Haunts
Nightly at 9 p.m. 
Tours leave from the corner of 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Ave. SE

On this tour, you'll learn that some of D.C.'s most famous sites are also some of its most haunted. Hear all about ghosts of former lawmakers and presidents. Learn the hidden haunted history of the Supreme Court Building, the Library of Congress, and the US Capitol. Tours are offered nightly at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children. Children younger than 6 get in free. The tour is approximately 90 minutes.

Soul Strolls
Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29
Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE

Tour the Congressional Cemetery in this exclusive event. Offered only four nights, this tour will bring you through this historical cemetery to hear just what its residents, from members of Congress to suffragists, have to say. Tours are an hour long; beer, wine and cider will be for sale. Tour-goers are encouraged to bring flashlights and to wear sturdy shoes, as they will be going off the beaten path. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

Scary DC

Throughout the Halloween season, Scary DC offers both public and private tours through various places in the District sure to spook you. Tour Capitol Hill, Lafayette Square or go on a haunted pub crawl. Go through the haunted history of D.C. with an animated tour guide. Tours are appropriate for all ages. Each tour costs $25 per person, with student discounts at $15.

National Building Museum Ghost Tours
Select dates, Sept. 24-Oct. 31
National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

Did you know that the National Building Museum, home to many historical artifacts, has some... unexplained secrets? Tour the haunted building with the lights out to hear more during exclusive tours offered throughout October. Tickets are required and tours are recommended for ages 10 and up.

Ghost Story Tour: Haunted Lafayette Square
Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 7-29
Tours leave from 16th and H streets NW, next to St. John's Church

Tour one of D.C.'s most haunted sites, Lafayette Square, and hear all about the ghosts that allegedly plague it. You can meet your tour guide Fridays or Saturdays in October at 7:15 p.m. next to St. John's Church to purchase tickets, or get them online in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children younger than 16.

The Most Haunted Houses Tour
Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31
Tours leave from 1799 New York Ave. NW

Visit D.C.'s most haunted houses in this walking tour, which brings participants to the homes around Lafayette Park as they relive the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, hear about Navy hero Stephen Decatur and visit what many to consider the most haunted home in all of Washington, the Octagon. Tours are offered every Friday and Saturday; tickets are $20.

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<![CDATA[Haunted House Proceeds Help People With Disabilities]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:06:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/101216+shocktober.jpg You can get a Halloween scare and do good at the same time. A mansion on the grounds of Paxton Campus, the Northern Virginia organization that helps people with disabilities, has been transformed into the Shocktober haunted house. All proceeds go to help the group, representatives and a student told News4's Barbara Harrison.

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<![CDATA[Find Your Fun: DC-Area Fall Festivals]]> Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_159550214.jpg

Beach season may be over, but as the crisp autumn air approaches, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the food, drinks and art that the season has to offer. These D.C.-area events will make saying goodbye to summer a little less painful.

Adams Morgan Day
Sept. 11, noon-6 p.m.

Experience all that the quirky neighborhood of Adams Morgan has to offer with food, music and vendors along 18th Street. Free admission.

H Street Festival
Sept. 17, noon-7 p.m.

Celebrate the H Street neighborhood and support local businesses with food, music, crafts and performances along H Street from 4th to 14th Streets. Free admission. Past events have featured everything from tattoo contests to dog beaches.

Snallygaster DC
Sept. 17, 1-6 p.m.

Named after a terrifying mythical beast, the Snallygaster beer festival features more than 300 craft brews and ciders, along with food trucks and live music at the Yards Park in Southeast D.C.

Bluegrass on the Farm
Sept. 17, gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Groove with featured performers Danny Paisley and Southern Grass or Tom Mindte and the Patuxent Partners, or bring your own instruments to the Agricultural History Farm Park in Montgomery County and jam with fellow bluegrass enthusiasts.

District Oktoberfest
Sept. 17-18, noon-8 p.m.

Celebrate the rambunctious German holiday at six different venues in Chinatown. Tickets will get revelers a 12-ounce beer at each location and specials on food and additional drinks.

FiestaDC Latino Festival
Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Live performances, vendors, dancing and a parade are all part of this celebration of Latino culture. The festival, which has been going strong for more than 40 years, will be held on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 7th streets. Free admission.

D.C. Fashion Week
Sept. 21-25, multiple events

Looking for some wardrobe inspiration? Attend one of many stylish events during a week of entertainment and industry for District and international trendsetters alike. Some events free.

Library of Congress National Book Festival
Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Bookworms can attend panels and talks on a range of literary topics by authors including notable horror author Stephen King. King's talk, which will be held at 11 a.m., is free, though attendees must request a ticket in advance. Free admission.

DC Vegfest
Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Veggie lovers can explore booths by more than 130 vendors with free samples, cooking demonstrations and live music at the Yards Park SE. The first 1000 attendees will receive a free tote bag with samples and coupons. Free admission.

Turkish Festival
Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Travel across the globe and experience authentic Turkish food, live music and dancing along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th streets. Free admission.

Taste of Georgetown
Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sample the signature dishes of 35 restaurants, listen to live jazz and enjoy the scenic Georgetown waterfront along K Street NW between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street at this longstanding foodie festival.

Taste of Bethesda
Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Samples from 60 different vendors and five entertainment stages will be sure to please food aficionados looking for a new favorite restaurant. The scrumptious event will be held in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle.

Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon
Oct. 7, 8 and 9 from 6-9 p.m.

Savor live blues music, views of the Potomac River and fine wine at the historic homestead of George Washington. Attendees will also have a chance to meet "George" and "Martha."

Taste of DC
Oct. 8, 1-8 p.m.; Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Eat, drink and be merry at this District-wide celebration of all things culinary. More than half a mile will be devoted to sampling the best of D.C. restaurants. The entrance to the festival will be at 7th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

All Things Go Fall Classic
Oct. 8; doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Head to the gorgeous Yards Park (355 Water St. SE) for a massive outdoor music festival featuring Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Sylvan Esso and more. Tickets are $75 in advance, $99 the day of the show, and $150 for VIP passes.

Bethesda Row Arts Festival
Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

More than 190 artists will display a variety of eye-catching work from sculptures to fibers to drawings. Art lovers can catch the festival on Bethesda Row at Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street. Free admission.

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Saturdays and Sundays through the weekend of Oct. 22-23

Go back in time to a village in the woods for jousting, jugglers and plenty of special events, including a Celtic celebration, pirate weekend and more. Snack on everything yummy, from hot apple dumplings to fish and chips to crab cake sandwiches, and shop among dozens of vendors.

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<![CDATA[Fingers Crossed! Nats Release NLCS Game Schedule]]> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:15:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613201390-%281%29.jpg

Are the Nats headed to the NLCS? We won't know until Thursday night's game ends, but they've already released the game schedule for the NLCS. 

If the Nats make it, here's what the schedule will look like:


  • Game 1: Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:08 p.m. -- away
  • Game 2: Sunday, Oct. 16, 8:08 p.m. -- away
  • Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8:08 p.m. -- at Nationals Park 
  • Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8:08 p.m. -- at Nationals Park 
  • Game 5 (if necessary): Thursday, Oct. 20, 8:08 p.m. -- at Nationals Park 
  • Game 6 (if necessary): Saturday, Oct. 22, time TBD -- away
  • Game 7 (if necessary): Sunday, Oct. 23, time TBD -- away
Find postseason ticket information on the Nats' site here.

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