The Weekend Scene: What to Do Around DC Nov. 8-10

Make the most of the long weekend in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

What to Know

  • Saturday will be sunny and cold with highs in the mid-40s
  • The chill will relax a bit on Sunday. Temps will rise into the 50s
  • On Monday, expect times of sun and clouds. Highs hit the low 60s and lows in the mid-30s

It may be getting chilly, but there are lots of reason to bundle up and get outside this weekend.

But first:

— Are you boiling your water?

— There's not a lot of fall foliage left, but here are they places you can try to find it.

— Take a sneak peek at the new National Children's Museum

The Capitol Christmas Tree is on its way from New Mexico. Too soon?

Over the Weekend

Death Becomes Us True Crime Festival
Nov. 8-10
Lisner Auditorium

There's a lot of great storytelling and journalism happening in the true crime genre — and a host of the most popular podcasts, authors and figures are descending on D.C. this weekend.

Where else would you get to see Amanda Knox interview the infamous Lorena (Bobbitt) Gallo? Or meet up with Paul Holes, the investigator who helped nab Joseph DeAngelo, a suspected serial killer thought to have committed dozens of rapes and murders over decades?

If you want to send a chill down your spine, the guys from Buzzfeed Unsolved will be live at the Lisner Auditorium on Sunday.

Tickets to individual events are available here. Prices vary.

The Emporiyum DC 2019
Dock5 @ Union Market (1309 5th Street Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20002)
Nov. 8-10

Foodies looking to spice up their weekend can try treats from around the country at the Emporiyum. Check out the Friday night preview party and cocktail battle or watch a bartending competition using vendor’s products. Use the rest of the weekend to try the dozens of food vendors, listen to music and sample drinks and food. Tickets start at $15.

DMV Black-Owned Restaurant Week
Through Nov. 10
Throughout the DMV

Make a point to patronize one of the D.C. area's esteemed black-owned establishments during this week highlighting minority owners in the industry. Try out an old favorite or a new spot. Participating restaurants include Appioo Bar & Grill, Ben's Chili Bowl, DCITY Smokehouse, Jordan's Bistro, Hen Quarter and Matchbox locations. Check the site for which discounts each restaurant offers.

"Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement in Washington, D.C."
Screenings Saturday, Sunday and Monday
AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland)

Stage dive into D.C.'s storied history as a capital for hardcore punk. There are five screenings of this 88-minute documentary this weekend, each accompanied by special guests for Q&As.

The Confetti Project x Bethesda Row!
Through Nov. 10
Yellow Awning Space 74, 7025 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Maryland)

What do you celebrate? That's the question asked by photographerJelena Aleksich, who will be tossing confetti and snapping shots this weekend. Tickets are sold out but organizers say they will try to accomodate walk-ups.

What do you celebrate? That’s the question photographer Jelena Aleksich asks her subjects as confetti rains down onto them. People have been photographed for “The Confetti Project” on their last day of chemotherapy, after having a baby and after getting a new job. “The confetti does something to you,” organizer Sue-Jean Chun told News4’s Eun Yang. The pop-up will be...

Free Pick
Smithsonian Food History Weekend
Nov. 8 - 10
National Museum of American History

In its fifth year, the Smithonsian Food History Weekend's theme will be Power Through Food. The weekend will be focused on migrant and refugee women and organizations, who will explore community through demonstrations, hands-on learning and conversations. This year's food history festival will feature demonstrations from Salvadoran, Eritrean, Persian cuisine and more.

The Arctic Refuge Experience. Step in. Step Up.
Nov. 8-11, 12-8 p.m.
AutoShop (416 Morse St. NE, Washington, DC 20002)

Step into a one-of-a-kind immersive experience at AutoShop. This experience brings you into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last great undeveloped wildernesses in the United States. Projected video, sound and 4D technology will transport you to the Alaskan wilderness. Tickets start at $10, with 100% of proceeds going to the Gwich’in Steering Committee and Gwich’in Youth Council, a native group who considers the land to be sacred.

The Nao Santa Maria
Nov. 7-13 and 15-17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Wharf

The Nao Santa Maria, a replica of one of the three ships sailed across the ocean on Christopher Columbus's expedition to American, is coming to Washington for 10 days. The full-scale reconstruction will be docked at The Wharf, where you can buy tickets to tour the ship and learn more about how Spanish sailors lived 500 years ago. Tickets are $10 for those ages 11 and up and $5 for kids.

Opening Weekend for Ice Skating - Canal Park Ice Rink
Beginning Nov. 6, Friday 12-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Canal Park Ice Skating (202 M St. SE, Washington, D.C.)

The ice has officially been broken at Canal Park! This rink in Capitol Riverfront is open from November through February. A variety of group rates and multi-visit passes are available on their website, so be sure to do your research to find the best deal. Regulat tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for children and seniors, and skate rentals are $5 each.

What do you celebrate? That’s the question photographer Jelena Aleksich asks her subjects as confetti rains down onto them. People have been photographed for “The Confetti Project” on their last day of chemotherapy, after having a baby and after getting a new job. “The confetti does something to you,” organizer Sue-Jean Chun told News4’s Eun Yang. The pop-up will be...


Czech Christmas Market
Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Embassy of the Czech Republic (3900 Spring of Freedom Lane NW)

It's jingle bell time already. Head to the embassy to browse vendors selling giftable goods including jewlery, art, sweets and wines. There will be mulled wine and pastries available for sale.

It's free to enter. Some vendors only accept cash. Expect a security screening at the door.

George Washington Whiskey Festival
Mount Vernon, Ford Orientation Center
Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m.

You’ll find history and whisky at the first George Washington Whiskey Festival. Enjoy some of the finest drinks from 12 Virginia craft distillers and whiskey producers while listening to distillery stories. Expert panelists will discuss the history of distilling reaching as far back as the 1700s. Food and nonalcoholic beverages are available — especially for designated drivers. General Admission tickets cost $85.

Fall Harvest Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Nov. 9, 8-11 p.m.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.

Alexandria invites you to welcome the cooler weather with a 1770s-style event during their Fall Harvest Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Try your hand at English country dancing to live music. Take advantage of the Tavern’s dance classes before the event so you can keep up during the event. Tickets are $45 a person.


Science Comedy Night- Women in STEM edition
Nov. 10 8-9:30 p.m.
DC Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)

The DC Comedy Loft is bringing some of the sharpest minds in science for this unique comedy night organized with Bier Baron Tavern. Andrea Jones-Rooy of FiveThirtyEight, Maryam Zaringhalam of Story Collider, and award-winning science communicator Liz Landau will be featured. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $12.

Pacers Veteran's Day 10k & Walk
West Potomac Park
Nov. 10, 8 a.m.

Pacers, the running store with locations throughout the area, is hosting its Veteran's Day 10K and Walk in West Potomac Park Monday. Sign up for the 10k if you're ready to run, or the 2 mile walk if you're just trying to get moving. The races cost $20-45, and come with freebies like a medal and long sleeve tee.


Free Pick
National Veterans Day Concert
Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20016)
Nov. 11, 5 p.m.

Enjoy a performance from the Cathedral's organ along with the United States Marine Chamber Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral Choir. 

TEDxHerndon- The Power of VulnerabilityTEDxHerndon- The Power of Vulnerability
Nov. 11 6:30-7:30 p.m.
ArtSpace Herndon (750 Center St., Herndon, VA 20170)

For this salon series event, guests will gather to watch TEDTalks videos featuring Brené Brown, the powerful orator who studies human connection. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. A $5 donation ticket covers the cost of the event.

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