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9 things to do this weekend in DC, Maryland and Virginia | Nov. 18-20

Enjoy live music and an immersive Christmas experience, an early Thanksgiving parade, a wine pairing to pick what best suits your feast and more.

WASHINGTON — Even though there's a cold front blowing through, there are plenty of events to enjoy as the season turns more wintry.

Take in live music and an immersive Christmas experience in the coming days, an early Thanksgiving parade or festive wine pairing to pick what best suits your feast, a cookie crawl and even more!

Every week, WUSA9 is giving you the details on at least nine local activities to check out in your off time. We'll give you three ideas (and, sometimes, a bonus item or two) every week each in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Have any more events you think your neighbors should know about? Email the time, place and description to bashford1@wusa9.com.


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National Symphony Orchestra at Union Market District

"Free concert alert! Here’s your chance to hear amazing classical music without leaving Union Market District," the organizer shares. 

Visitors will find a horn quartet performance featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra. 

Artechouse Spectacular Factory

  • Recurring; Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Admission: $25, children (4-15) - $17 and children (under 4): free
  • Organizer: Artechouse

This immersive experience at Artechouse is ready to welcome all holiday lovers on their opening day and throughout the season. 

"Get ready to embark on a dazzling journey where the imaginary world of a gift factory comes alive. Traverse immersive digital multiverses filled with dreamlike yet familiar holiday themes, from floating giant swinging bells to thousands of nutcrackers, thrilling train rides through wreaths, spinning candy cane carousels and more."

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18th Annual Downtown DC Holiday Market kicks off 

  • Recurring daily; kicks off Friday, Nov. 18, Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  •  F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW Entrance is outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum 
  • Admission: Free
  • Organizer: DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Diverse Markets Management 

This beloved D.C. tradition is back for its 18th year! The outdoor shopping village continues to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region.

Organizers say this year’s retail lineup will feature more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program. They add that six food vendors will provide treats and hot beverages, spread across the market.  

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Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

  • Saturday, Nov.19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  •  Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue
  • Admission: Free
  • Organizer: Silver Spring Downtown

Kick off your Thanksgiving festivities with this Montgomery County tradition!

"Larger-than-life inflatable turkeys and penguins, glittering floats, marching bands, dancing groups, and Santa and his elves! Held in Silver Spring, the exciting parade traditionally heralds the start of the holiday season," organizers share. 

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Bikes and Lights Festival

  • Sunday, Nov. 20 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
  • Admission: $5 per bike, registration required, free for riders under 10
  • Organizer: Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

"Enjoy a unique experience riding your bike through the Winter Festival of Lights!" the event description reads. "Experience dazzling scenes that celebrate the magic of the holiday season! For safety, bike lights and helmets are required."

Christmas At Gaylord National featuring ICE!

  • Recurring; Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.
  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, Maryland 20745
  • Admission: Tickets vary depending on date; discounts for children 11 and younger and military are available
  • Organizer: Gaylord Hotels

This festive event returns this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort.

"Explore scenes from a beloved classic Christmas film in the massive display carved from over 2 million pounds of ice by a team of 35 world-class ice artisans!" organizers say.

"Enjoy over a dozen holiday attractions designed for all ages including the NEW Cirque: Spirit of Christmas live stage show, ice bumper cars, Snowball Build & Blast snowball toss, gingerbread decorating, photos with Santa, ice skating and MORE!" 


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Old Town Alexandria Cookie Crawl

  • Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Starting point: Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Admission: $40 
  • Organizer: Old Town Business Association

Join in on this tasty event in Old Town Alexandria this weekend and get your sweet fix to last throughout the season.

"Receive a commemorative tin and stop by all 27 stops on the crawl and receive a pre-wrapped cookie at each location. It is fun for the whole family and a great way to explore Old Town’s walkable shopping district."

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Thanksgiving Feast Wine Pairing

  • Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 2011 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Little Washington Winery 72 Christmas Tree Lane Washington, VA 22747
  • Admission: Tasting fees apply
  • Organizer: Little Washington Winery and Vineyards

If you're looking to find the perfect pairing for your holiday spread, this event will help you do just that.

"Taste elements of the feast with our Perfect Wine Picks for the feast!" the winery invites. "Then save money on our Thanksgiving Wine Sale!"

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Stonebridge Ice Rink Opening Day at Potomac Town Center

  • Recurring; Friday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.
  • 15201 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191
  • Admission: Adult - $10, child (ages 12 and under), senior and military - $9
    Skate Rental - $6
  • Organizer: Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

Head over to Stonebridge and enjoy an hour and a half of ice skating per session with friends, family or a date on their opening day this weekend.

"Purchase of tickets in advance is encouraged as we may sell out. In the event plans change and you need to reschedule your reservation please email skatestonebridge@gmail.com before the start of your session time," organizers share.

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