Weekend Happenings

Weekend Happenings: November 16-18
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It’s the perfect weekend for a marathon, whether you’re running, ice skating, shopping or checking out the previews of holiday lights! Plan your pre-Thanksgiving adventure with our top picks for weekend activities.


 Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks
National Harbor
165 Waterfront St, National Harbor MD
Time: Saturday 12-5:30PM
Cost: Most events are free (excluding Santa visit)

Wrap yourself in a holiday movie, wrap a tree in 2 million lights, wrap the sky in fireworks at National Harbor’s kickoff of holiday events. Visit Santa at the Carousel or Capital Wheel from 12 to 2, watch a holiday Disney movie at 4:45, and see the tree lighting show and fireworks at 5:30.

Ice Skating in the District
Various locations in DC
Time: Friday – Sunday
Cost: Varies by location

‘Tis the season to strap on the skates and glide at the District’s ice rinks. Experience the ice inside the National Gallery of Art’s enchanting Sculpture Garden (open Nov. 16 – March 10, 2019), rejoice in riverfront views at Washington Harbour in Georgetown (open Nov. 16 – March 1, 2019) and savor the Canal Park rink (open Nov. 17 – Feb. 2019), which offers a winding track set against an alluring cityscape in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

Czech Christmas Market
Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Ln NW, DC
Time: Saturday 10-4
Cost: FREE

Relish in the magic of the season at this traditional Czech Christmas market with stands filled with beautiful handcrafted ornaments, renowned Czech crystal and glass products, and exquisite jewelry. Enjoy the taste and smell of mulled wine and eggnog as well as an assortment of Christmas cookies, baked goods, and savory cuisine.


Ice Skating at Pandora Ice Rink
201 E. Pratt St, Baltimore
Time: Friday 12-11PM, Saturday 10AM-11PM, Sunday 10AM-8PM
Cost: Adults $10, children and seniors $9, skate rentals $4

Go for a spin, break the ice, spice up date night, or create new family memories at the PANDORA Ice Rink.

Christmas Village in Baltimore – Preview Weekend
501 Light St, Baltimore
Time: Saturday and Sunday 11-7
Cost: Pay as you go

Christmas Village in Baltimore is ready to transform West Shore Park into a traditional indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market. Christmas Village brings holiday surprises with a new preview weekend, new layout, new tree lighting, and more food.

Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
501 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg
Time: Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Cost: $10

Immerse yourself in an experience of independent artists, collectors, and enthusiasts in the artistic community. More than 450 artists converge for a weekend of unparalleled holiday shopping!


Herndon Turkey Trot 5K Run
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave, Herndon
Time: Saturday 4-6PM
Cost: Adults – $30 and a can of food for donation; Youth 18 years & under – $20 and a can of food

Runners and walkers, take your mark and get ready to conquer a fun 5K trail course. Sign up now for the Herndon Turkey Trot! There will be prizes to 1st and 2nd place winners for every age group from 10 – 70 and over. Registration deadline is Friday, November 16. Food drive benefits LINK: http://www.linkagainsthunger.org/

Shop Local: A Walking Tour of Crystal City & Pentagon City
Meet outside of Starbucks Pentagon Centre
Hayes St and 15th St S, Arlington
Time: Saturday 2-4PM
Cost: FREE – register online

Discover local businesses in Crystal City and Pentagon City with WalkArlington! The walk is approximately two miles with multiple breaks at shops and restaurants. While walking, you’ll be able to hear stories from local business owners and get a jump start on holiday shopping! Register in advance to receive a snack from Kind Bars and discounts from some of the shops and restaurants.

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna
Time: Friday – Sunday 5:30-10PM
Cost: Adults $14, children under 12 $8

It’s the first weekend of the magical Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens! The half-mile garden has been transformed into an animated light show. Bring the family and all your friends for this festive tradition. And don’t forget to roast marshmallows and sip on hot beverages by the fire!


Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening
111 S. Independence Mall, Philly
Time: Thursday and Friday 9-6
Cost: Pay as you go

Originally constructed in 1895, the original commodities exchange has transformed the Bourse into an artisan market, rivaling the world’s top food halls. The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is Thursday at 9am –and the first 100 people who dine at 9 for breakfast, 12 for lunch, and 5 for dinner will receive exciting prizes and giveaways. Friday will feature day-long entertainment with hourly must-see, “secret” pop-up performances. Enjoy another day of giveaways and everything The Bourse Food Hall has to offer!

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
SugarHouse Casino. 2nd floor
1001 N. Delaware Ave, Philly
Time: Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-5
Cost: $2-$3 entrance fee

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and visit hundreds of craft vendors.  You’ll be able to shop for clothes, jewelry, cards, toys, home décor, and much more.

Philadelphia Marathon
Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philly
Time: Friday – Sunday all day
Cost: Free to watch

Cheer on the 30,000 athletes as they run through the city past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.  This 25th anniversary weekend is full of multiple races, so bundle up and take to the sidelines!

Contact your concierge for pricing and availability.

  • Anastasia, Kennedy Center, Friday – Sunday
  • Beetlejuice, National Theatre, Friday – Sunday
  • A Christmas Carol, Ford’s Theatre, Friday – Sunday
  • Fiddler on the Roof, Hippodrome, Friday – Sunday
  • The Story So Far, Ram’s Head Live, Friday
  • KC and The Sunshine Band, Ram’s Head Live, Friday
  • Maggie Rose, Wolf Trap, Friday
  • Ravens VS Bengals Sunday
  • Redskins VS Texans, Sunday
  • Capitals VS Avalanche, Friday
  • Wizards VS Nets, Friday
  • Wizards VS Trail Blazers, Sunday
  • 76ers VS Jazz, Friday
  • Flyers VS Lightning, Saturday
  • Flyers Wives’ Carnival, Wells Fargo Center, Sunday
  • John Butler Trio+ The Home Tour, Fillmore Philly, Saturday
  • Silverstein: 15 Year Anniversary Tour, Fillmore Philly, Sunday
  • Eagles VS Saints, Sunday
  • Winter Wonderettes, Walnut Street Theatre, Friday – Sunday