Things to Do

Free Things to Do in DC This Weekend Dec 3-6: Irish Christmas at the Kennedy Center

Plus, other holiday festivities.

Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center.


2015 Momentum Awards at the Carnegie Library

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District will be recognizing DC visionaries who have made the group “so much more.” Help yourself to a cocktail and food while rubbing elbows with city big wigs—developers, business owners, city officials, and more. Cocktail reception at 5:30 PM; awards at 6:15 PM.

Panel Discussion on The Sharing Economy at Cove on 7th St.

The “sharing economy” sounds buzzy, sure, but what’s it all about? Cove, purveyor of trendy, pay-by-the-month co-working spaces in DC and Boston, is hosting a panel that seeks to peg the sharing economy’s significance now and in the future. 6-8 PM.


An Irish Christmas with Zan McLeod and Friends at the Kennedy Center

It’s almost Christmas time, so head to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for Irish music and step dancing brought to you by Zan McLeod and Friends, a quartet featuring Irish flute, guitar, fiddle, and Irish drums (or bodhran), and four dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. 6 PM.


“Holiday Festival: Take a Walk in the Woods” at the Torpedo Factory

Browse (and maybe buy) one-of-a-kind words of art from more than 150 artists selling ceramics, photography, paintings, and jewelry at the Torpedo Factor Art Center on Saturday afternoon. The event also includes a children’s scavenger hunt, live music, delicious snacks, and a visit frokm Santa. 4-9 PM.

Parade of Lights at The Wharf

The “Parade of Lights” sounds like something out of a cartoon Christmas special, but it’s actually a real-life tradition. As part of its 24th year in existence, boats decked out in festive holiday lights will sail from Alexandria to Southwest DC. Catch festivities in Alexandria and at DC’s southwest waterfront. 6-8 PM.


National Menorah Lighting at The Ellipse

Gather near the White House Ellipse for the annual lighting of the National Menorah, the world’s largest. 1-2 PM.

Looking for more fun things to do around DC this week? Check out our guide to the best food and fitness events happening this week.