Things to Do

Wreaths Across America, Rock the Rink, Cocktail Crawls, and More: The Best Things to Do in the DC Area, 12/13-12/19

Plus cooking classes, Black brewers, and opera at an embassy!

Photograph by Jade Womack.

​​Hello Neighbor,Β 

There’s quite a variety of events this upcoming week!


So, What Should You Do Dec. 13 – Dec 19?

For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:Β 

  • The πŸ›‹ indicates an event is happening in-person inside.
  • The 🌲 indicates an event is happening in-person outside.Β 
  • The πŸ’» indicates an event is happening virtually.Β 
  • And lastly, the πŸ†“ indicates an event is free.Β 


Top Picks of the WeekΒ 

1.Β  Wreaths Across America. ❀️ Volunteer to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. Note, you must pre-register for a specific entrance gate and entrance time (Sat, πŸ†“ entry, but pre-registration required, 🌲, Arlington).

2. Black Brewers Meet & Greet. 🍻 Join all the Black-owned breweries (Fri, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲/πŸ›‹, Waldorf) and brands in Maryland and DC for an evening of fellowship and beer.Β 

3. A Cocktail Crawl. 🍹 The Capitol Riverfront BID is hosting a “Toast to the Holidays” Cocktail Crawl where you can enjoy five festive holiday cocktails (Thurs, $20, 🌲/πŸ›‹, Navy Yard).

4. Immigrant and First Generation Comedians. 🎭 The β€œComedy as a Second Language” has returned to Busboys and Poets which features immigrant and first-generation comedians (Thurs, $10, πŸ›‹, Takoma).Β 

5. A Kwanzaa Demonstration + Black-Owned Holiday Markets. πŸŽ… There are two black-owned holiday markets. The Umoja Market (Sat-Sun, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲/πŸ›‹, Anacostia) is hosted by Anacostia BID and Anacostia Arts Center and features a Sunday β€˜Selfies with Santa’ event. There is another Black Owned Holiday Market (Sat, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲/πŸ›‹, 14th St.) hosted at The Outrage.Β 

6. Wear Your Caps Gear to the Ice Rink. πŸ’ Come make Caps s’mores, check out Washington Capitals decor at the Wharf rink, and join fellow hockey fans for Caps gear giveaways (Fri, πŸ†“ entry and $5 off skate rental if wearing Caps gear,🌲, Wharf).Β 

7. Mix Up Your Trivia and Bingo. 🧩 Head over to the Union Market area for Music Trivia (Mon, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Union Market) at Songbyrd or enjoy Ugly Sweater Drag BingoΒ (Tues, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Union Market) at Red Bear Brewing, Co.Β 


Everything Else This WeekΒ 

  • The Japanese Art of Floral Arranagement. πŸ’ Make Ikebana-Inspired Floral Compositions (Sat, $88, πŸ›‹, Union Market) at theTwelve.Β 
  • Wreaths. Wreaths. Everywhere. 🌲 Make a wreath at a seasonal wreath workshop (Sun, $85, πŸ›‹, Eckington), aΒ holiday farm wreath workshop (Sat, $25, πŸ›‹, Silver Spring), and a holiday wreath workshop (Sun, $45, 🌲, Union Market). Or instead go shopping at a holiday wreath marketΒ (Sat-Sun, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲, Ballston).
  • For the LGBTQ+ Community. 🌈 The DC Library will be screening the Common Threads (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Douglass). There is also a Gay Speed Dating (Thurs, $20, πŸ›‹, Thomas Circle). Or enjoy a Holiday Spectrum Drag ShowΒ (Fri, πŸ†“ entry bring cash for tips, πŸ›‹, Union Market).
  • A Round-Up of Embassy Events. πŸ‡ΆπŸ‡¦πŸ‡«πŸ‡· There’s an evening at the Opera (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Glover Park) at the Embassy of France. The Qatar America Institute for Culture is hosting an opening reception (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Dupont Circle) for their cultural exhibits with hors d’oeuvres and mocktails (note: it’s full, but they allow walk-ins, capacity pending).Β 
  • DC is full of Foodies. πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸ₯£πŸŒΆ There are two virtual cooking classes on the Jewish flavor of Slow-Cooked Stews (Thurs, $12, πŸ’») and the treasures of the Mexican table (Wed, $22, πŸ’»). Or discover how to blend hot sauce (Sun, $30, πŸ›‹, Lamond Riggs). There’s a Christmas Cookie Decorating ClassΒ (Tues, $47, πŸ›‹, Alexandria). There’s also a workshop on how to make non-alcoholic holiday drinksΒ (Wed, $80, πŸ›‹, Blagden Alley).
  • Punk Rock and Ronald Reagan. 🀘 Join author Kevin Mattson as he discusses the contributions of DC artists and activists to the explosion of punk rockΒ (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/πŸ’», Woodbridge).Β 
  • Bad Blood, Poker Face, and Wrecking Balls. πŸ’ƒπŸΎ There is Madonna-Gaga-Britney Dance Party (Sat, $15, πŸ›‹, Shaw) and a Taylor vs. Miley Dance Party (Thurs, $10, πŸ›‹, 14th St). Or, mix it up and learn how to dance Rhythm NationΒ (Fri, $20, πŸ›‹/πŸ’», Friendship Heights).Β 
  • For Those With Little Ones. 🧸 There’s a Santa’s Scavenger Hunt (Sat-onwards, 🌲, $5 per child, Arlington) and an Owl ProwlΒ (Wed, $8, 🌲, Arlington) at the Potomac Overlook. There’s a Friends of the Arlington Library Holiday Celebration (Thurs, πŸ†“ entry, πŸ›‹, Arlington) and a teen movie showing of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Wed, πŸ†“ entry, πŸ›‹, Douglass). There’s a celebration of the opening of the β€˜Alif Ba Exhibition’ (Sat, $16, πŸ›‹, Downtown) at the National Children’s Museum with a variety of activities including Arabic story time, Arabic calligraphy, and mosaic tile making.
  • More Holiday Events. πŸŽ„ In terms of holiday markets, there’s one at National Landing (Sat-Sun, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲, Arlington), one with SAMASAMA at City State Brewing (Sat, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲, Edgewood), and a Last Minute Market at Brookland Arts Walk (Sat, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲, Brookland). There’s a lecture about Santa Claus (Tues, $13, πŸ›‹, Georgetown) in film and about Italy’s Holiday TraditionsΒ (Wed, $25, πŸ’»). Find yourself around those dressed up at Santa at WINTERFEST (Sat, πŸ†“ entry, 🌲, Union Market) or sing Non-Denominational Holiday Sing-AlongΒ (Wed, πŸ†“ entry, πŸ›‹, Mt. Pleasant).
  • Holidays for Your Dog. πŸ• There’s Gingerbread Doghouse Making (Thurs, $35, πŸ›‹, North Bethesda), Puppy Paw Ornament Making (Tues, $20, πŸ›‹, North Bethesda), and Santa photos at the Salt Line (Sun, $10/reservation, 🌲, Navy Yard).Β 
  • We Love Art. 🎨 If you visited the National Mall earlier this year,Β  you may be interested in listening to this artist talk about In America: Remember (Tues, πŸ†“, πŸ’»). There’s also a talk from African American art collectors, Larry and Brenda Thompson (Tues, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹/πŸ’», Dupont) and about Alma Thomas (Thurs, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Dupont) at The African American History. Or learn about NFTs at the ‘New Hue’ Opening Reception (Fri, πŸ†“, πŸ›‹, Alexandria).
  • Recruiting Visitor Information Volunteers. 🀝 The African American History and Culture Museum is hosting a virtual open house for volunteers (Wed, πŸ†“, πŸ’»).

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think of this newsletter,

Jade Womack (@clockoutdc)

Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.