Weekend Happenings & Veterans Day Events 11.9-11.11
Posted on November 09, 2012

A guide to all of the events going on in the DMV this weekend and for observing Veterans Day!

Washington, DC Events

Czech Christmas Market
3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW
Time: Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm and Saturday, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Price: Free, but RSVP required
The Czech Embassy’s annual holiday bazaar features traditional hand-blown ornaments and glass items, a display of nativity scenes and free samples of Czech cookies and mulled wine. There will be live entertainment both days, including Czech Christmas carols and a marionette show on Saturday.

Various locations around Washington, DC
Time: Various times, November 10-18
Price: Weeklong pass to FotoWeek Central, $5 in advance; $7 at the door
Thanks to iPhones, Instagram and other 21st-century trappings, we all fancy ourselves as photographers these days. But viewing the exhibitions at this annual showcase might be a humbling experience. Some of the best photographers from around the world compete to win sizable cash prizes, and their works are displayed at venues around the city. Some of those same photographers teach seminars throughout the week on the industry, photojournalism and other useful info for budding photo enthusiasts.

Parade of Trabants
International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Time: Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Price: Free
See those little cars of questionable quality, the Trabants, on display and on the streets en masse. The cars are sometimes described as a symbol of the fall of Communism, thanks to their prominence in Cold War-era East Germany. There will also be German music, experts happy to talk shop about the cars and films that reveal the East German secret police’s techniques.

Crafty Bastards
Union Market
Sixth Street NE and Florida Avenue
Time: Saturday, 10:00am-7:00pm
Price: $5; free for children
Need a punk-rock onesie? Recycled art? Hipster clothes or plush monsters? Then don’t miss one of the city’s most popular street art fairs, which moves from its usual spot in Adams Morgan to the parking lot of the brand new Union Market this year.

H Street Movemberfest
The Queen Vic and The Big Board
H Street NE
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm-9:00pm
Price: $12 in advance; $15 at the door
If you see a lot of sketchy mustaches in the next few days, it’s because we’re in the early stages of Movember, a month-long event during which men grow mustaches to raise money for (and awareness about) male cancer. You’ll probably spot more than a few on H Street on Saturday, as the H Street Movemberfest offers food and drink specials at 14 establishments with the purchase of a special Movember wristband. From 1 to 9 p.m., you can get $3 beers at H Street Country Club; $4 drafts at the Argonaut; 10 percent off everything at the Argonaut, Queen Vic or Shawafel; and 30 percent off meals at Inspire BBQ. (There’s an afterparty at the Rock & Roll Hotel with $3 beers beginning at 9 p.m.) All money raised goes directly to Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation; buy tickets in advance and you’ll be entered into a raffle for prizes from local merchants.

DC Beerathon
Various locations around Washington, DC
Time: Saturday, 12:00pm-3:00am
Price: $65
The DC Beerathon is a citywide bar crawl in which 26 bars each pour a different beer. You pay $65 to sample as many beers at as many bars as you want from noon until 3 a.m. Some of the beer-and-bar combinations work well (Devils Backbone at Nellie’s, Allagash White at the Reef, Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout at Science Club). Some are less appealing (Heineken at Buffalo Billiards, Peroni at Darlington House, Blue Moon at Ben’s Next Door). Our advice, if you’re taking on this challenge: Check out the map, pick the beers you want to try and go to those bars so you don’t find yourself sipping Sol at Alero.

Virginia Events

To the Moon and Beyond
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, VA
Time: Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm
Price: Free
Kids can learn about the moon through demonstrations and activities as part of the center’s monthly Super Science Saturday program.

Shenandoah Uncorked
261 Caverns Road Quicksburg, VA
Time: Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Price: $15
A family friendly event with live music, kids’ activities and the finest wines of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond! Shenandoah Uncorked is an indoor/outdoor family-friendly festival showcasing the area’s agricultural, musical and culinary talent.

Kids Euro Festival
1101 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA
Time: Saturday, 12:00pm
Price: Free
Featuring “Videk’s New Shirt,” a Slovanian story about friendship, kindness and living in harmony with nature and animals by the FRU-FRU Puppet Theatre.

827 Slaters Ln. Alexandria, VA
Time: Saturday, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Price: $15
Oktoberfest is over, and beer fans are leaving behind crisp German lagers and sweet pumpkin ales in favor of dark, strong beers perfect for keeping a body warm on a cold autumn or winter night. Get a taste of the season at Rustico’s Novemberfest in Alexandria, where dozens of taps will be pouring Christmas ales from St. Bernardus and Great Lakes, the rich, new Belgian-style quadruple from DC Brau, and a 2010-vintage keg of Dogfish Head’s high-octane Olde School Barleywine. (Just remember to bundle up, as the festival is held in Rustico’s parking lot.) The $15 admission includes a souvenir mug and 10 food and drink tickets; most beers will cost three to four tickets for a tasting pour, and six to eight for a full-size glass. Additional tickets will be on sale at the festival for $1 each.

Maryland Events

European Union Film Showcase
American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD
Time: Various times, November 9-20
Price: $12
Now in its 25th year, this popular festival highlights the best of current European films. This year, there are more than 40 films to choose from, including multiple award-winners. Highlights include Germany’s Oscar selection, “Barbara,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a comedy that stars Bill Murray as FDR, and the Cannes Grand Prix winner “Reality.”

37th Annual Maryland Irish Festival
Maryland State Fairgrounds
2200 York Road Timonium, MD
Time: Friday, 6:00pm-11:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm-11:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm
Price: $10-$15
Join your fellow lads and lasses in celebrating your common heritage at the Irish Festival, or just partake in all the greatness that the Irish have to offer. Festival features international and local music and dance, workshops, cultural exhibits and vendors.

Rockville Town Square’s Ice Rink Grand Opening Celebration
Rockville Town Square
Maryland Avenue and E. Middle Lane Rockville, MD
Time: Friday, 6:30pm
Price: Free. Skating, $8; $7 for ages 12 and younger; $3 for skate rental
The rink is already open, but this party really gets the skating season started. A laser light show and fireworks kick off the festivities at 7 p.m., and skating all evening is accompanied by live music from the Dan Haas Trio. The rink will be open for skating from 7:30 until 10 p.m.

Museum Shop Around
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD
Time: Friday, 10:00am-8:00pm; Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm; Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Price: $9
Local museum shops offer some of the coolest gifts imaginable all year round, but it’s hard to make time to visit them all. That’s the beauty of the Museum Shop Around: The gift shops from 18 local museums, including National Geographic, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the kid-friendly Imagination Stage, bring their favorite wares to the Mansion at Strathmore. There’s a lot to see, but admission is good for all four days.

The Nields
Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring
7995 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD
Time: Saturday, 3:30pm
Price: $10, $5 children
The Washington Revels alums perform a family-friendly concert of folksy music to help the Revels kick off their latest season. Best for ages 3 to 8.

College Park Blues Festival
University of Maryland- Ritchie Coliseum
4533 Rossborough Lane College Park, MD
Time: Saturday, 6:00pm-11:30pm
Price: Free
The DC Blues Society hosts the 5th annual event with performances by The Nighthawks, DC Blues Society band with Ayaba Bey, and Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes, and more. Raffle, food and beverage available. Proceeds from this event will go towards sending the 2012 battle of the bands winner to the Memphis International Blues Challenge in January 2013. At the Ritchie Coliseum.

An Open Conversation with John Travolta and John Waters
Brown Center at Maryland Institute College of Art
1301 Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD
Time: 7:00pm, Saturday
Price: $75-$300
Baltimore’s favorite wayward son, director John Waters, chats with John Travolta, the actor who helped bring Edna Turnblad (of “Hairspray” fame) to musical life, in a benefit for the Maryland Film Festival.

The Solitaires
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Rd. Fort Washington, MD
Time: Saturday, 8:00pm
Price: $30, students and seniors $25
The Harlem-based, 50’s doowop group performs their greatest hits such as “Walking Along” and “The Wedding”.

Veterans Day Events

American Freedom Festival
November 10, 2012. Patriot Center at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Legendary rock bands Chicago and Kansas perform a tribute concert that honors our veterans and Armed Forces while benefiting various organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military service members, wounded warriors and their families throughout the country. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com. A Veterans Career Hiring Event will be held from 9am – 3pm in conjunction with the event.

Manassas Veterans Day Parade
November 10, 2012, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.

National Marine Corps Museum
November 10, 2012, noon. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting.

Vietnam Women’s Memorial
November 11, 2012, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories “in their own voices” about their experiences. There will also be stories featuring soldiers of the current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

World War II Memorial
November 11, 2012, 9 a.m. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremony.

Arlington National Cemetery
November 11, 2012, 11 a.m. Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703) 607-8000 This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
November 11, 2012, 1 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War America’s other conflicts.

Navy Memorial
November 11, 2012, 1 p.m. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath, at the Lone Sailor Statue in commemoration of Veterans Day. As part of the Memorial’s “Authors on Deck” book lecture series, authors Dwight Zimmerman and John Gresham will present Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and The Six Warriors Who Earned it in Afghanistan and Iraq. The presentation begins at noon.

Air Force Memorial
November 11, 2012, 11 a.m. One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war.

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
November 11, 2012. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.

Sports at a Glance – Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday at 1:00pm, M&T Bank Stadium
Navy Football @ Troy, Saturday at 3:30pm, Fox Sports Net

This Weekend’s Lineup – Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

Paul Banks at The Howard Theatre, Friday 8pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore, Friday 8:15pm
Chase Lounge at Wolf Trap – The Barns, Friday 8pm
The Slumerican Tour ft. Yelawolf at the Fillmore Silver Spring, Saturday 8pm
Loose Ends at the Warner Theatre, Saturday 10am