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Handpicked Happenings: Events You Won't Want To Miss

Handpicked Happenings: Events You Won't Want To Miss


NOVEMBER 30

NPR PRESENTS How I Built This with Guy Raz live

Lisner Auditorium @ George Washington University  •   Ticket Required $$

Join NPR's How I Built This creator and host Guy Raz in conversation with Robert L. Johnson. They'll talk about the ingenuity and grit that led Robert to co-found BET and the RLJ Companies. Like NPR's How I Built This podcast, the evening will inspire you to think big as you embark on your own ventures: business, nonprofit, creative, and beyond.  More Info

This event is good for: Innovators and entrepreneurs looking for some inspiration. 


NOVEMBER 18-march 1

Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden

7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW  •   Admission: $8.50 (Adults)  Skate Rentals: $3

Have an ice day! A long time favorite destination, the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a coooooool place to be this Winter. 

This activity is good for: Date night 


NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 31

The Christmas bar

1839 7th Street NW  •  Admission is free..cocktails are not..:-/

#MiracleOn7th (aka the Christmas Bar pop-up) by Drink Company might be the most popular attraction in all of Washington D.C. during the holidays. If you don't know what we're referring to, check out our pics from last year.  They. Go. ALL. OUT. 

This event is good for:   Christmas Enthusiasts and fans of Beyonce/Santa 

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NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 31

DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY MARKET 

8th & F Streets NW   •   Admission is free!

Back for the 13th year in a row, the downtown holiday market will open daily from 12-8PM. Located right smack dab in the middle of Penn Quarter and Chinatown, this holiday market is literally right across the street from the capitol one arena for all you caps and wizards fans out there. The downtown holiday market is undoubtedly known as "The best" holiday market in Washington D.C. (right travel mag? The 20 best Christmas markets in the united states)

This Event Is Good For: Christmas shoppers


December 1-17 (Thurs-Sun)

WINTERFEST AT WUNDER GARTEN

1101 1ST ST NE   •  Admission is free! 

For 3 solid weeks in December, Wunder Garten's outdoor winter village will bring its visitors good beer with a side of Christmas cheer! The popular beer garden will be decorated with Christmas lights, host some of the best makers in the Mid-Atlantic region, and may or may not be the place where you end up getting your Christmas tree this year. In addition to the shopping, Winterfest will have live music, pictures with Santa, craft workshops, food at a holiday pop-up cafe, s'mores, hot coco, and people snuggled up in cozy blankets around the fire pit.

This event is good for:  Beer drinkers and people who buy Christmas gifts for their dogs (WG is pet friendly). 


DECEMBER 1

Miss Pixie's 5th Annual Holiday Market

1626 14TH ST NW   •  Admission is free! 

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Miss Pixie's Furnishings & Whatnot is having their 5th Annual Holiday Market and the makers market lineup is damn good this year. The Makers Market lineup includes: branddave, Marcella Kriebel Art + Illustration. Chocotenango. Typecase Industries, The Lemon Collective DC, Printed Wild, Handmade Habitat, The Rich & Strange, Black Pepper Paperie Co., Cork Wine Bar, DC Brau Brewing Company, Adam Griffiths, Sill Life, Whim & Vigor Ceramics, Barcelona 14th Street, Timothy P Credle, and more. Don't miss out.  More Info

This event is good for: The, "I got all my Christmas Shopping done early this year" present-buying-person.


DECEMBER 1

DAYBREAKER: STUDIO FIFTY FORMAL

1115A U St NW   •   Tickets: $18-$35

Daybreaker DC's  hosting a ’70s-style formal at U Street Music Hall this Friday! Bring your yoga mat, dancing shoes, and an extra jacket — Thrive DC will be there collecting them for their second annual coat drive. 

This event is good for:  EDM obsessed yogis. 


DECEMBER 1-DECEMBER 3,  8-10 & 15-17

Made In DC POP UP Shop

4430 Connecticut Ave NW  •  Admission is free! 

Shop a rotating assortment of DC makers selling jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home, art food, and more. Makers Include: BicycleTrash, DC Glass Artists, Godet Furniture, Harper Macaw, Latela Art Gallery, Maré Naturals, Miks Letterpress +, Modern Bar Cart, PinUp Preserves, RARER LLC, Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits, Tateen' s Trinkits and Treasures, Zeke's Coffee, and more. Follow #popupvn 

This event is good for: Local lovin' shopaholics. 


DECEMBER 1-3 

Laugh Out Loud with Lil Dival @DC IMPROV

1140 Connecticut Avenue NW  •  Tickets: $27-$32

This event is in Dupont. Showtimes: Fri 7PM/9PM, Sat 7PM/9PM, Sun 7PM

This event is good for:  Fans of  Cedric the Entertainer. 


DECEMBER 1-DECEMBER 3

Christkindlmarkt

1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW  •  Tickets: $10-$30

The Heurich House Museum (and mega-mansion) continues its annual Christkindlmarkt tradition for the 5th year in a row. Shop locally made goods at the outdoor holiday market and tour the seasonally decorated historic home of the Heurich family. Dupont Circle's only holiday market features goods from local artisans, including jewelers, ceramicists, bakers, makers of housewares and more. 

This event is good for: The "I can't believe I've never noticed this place before" person


December 2-3 

Smithsonian Holiday Festival 2017

Constitution Avenue NW (Between 12th and 14th Streets)   •  Admission is free! 

Celebrate the holiday season Smithsonian style. The two day festival will feature live music, cooking demonstrations, movie screenings, a gift wrapping station, goods made for purchase, and more.

This Event Is Good For: The friend that puts up his or her Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. 


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1443 P St NW    •  RSVP Required 

To celebrate being chosen as The Washington Blade’s Editor’s Choice for “Best Bottomless Brunch" Commissary will host a bottomless Britney Spears themed brunch this Saturday, December 2nd.  Drink bottomless mimosas and bloodys for $15, watch Britney Spears music videos on their full wall projector, win prizes from Britney Trivia questions, watch drag performances, and more. 

This event is good for:  Diehard Spears fans and bitches who love bottomless brunching. 


DECEMBER  2

ALLAN RAYMAN  LIVE @ U STREET MUSIC HALL

1115A U St NW  •  Tickets: $20

Doors: 7PM 

You'll like this concert if: You can get down with some Indie R&B

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December 5

Pass the Pork, Mahalo: A Winter Luau by Coconut Club and Loudmouth Creative

540 Penn Street NE   •  Tickets: $60

Winter killing your vibe? Soon to open restaurant, Coconut Club along with Loudmouth Creative Co. and some of their favorite restaurant friends will be bringing the heat back to Washington DC with a winter luau and island party to cast away the winter blues.
The party will feature a taste of what’s to come with an all-you-can-eat island-style pig roast with all the fixings. The luau line-up includes:  Whole Hog from Coconut Club, Tiki cocktails from Cotton & Reed, Island-inspired ice cream from Milk Cult, Fare from Maketto and Paper Horse, A farewell treat from Buttercream Bakeshop, A very merry luau surprise courtesy of Little Leaf, and Entertainment from Creative Theory.

This Event Is Good For: Those who hate the cold but have no vacation/ travel days left to go somewhere tropical this winter.

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DECEMBER 7

Matt Bellassai, Everything is Awful live

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $40

Matt Bellassai is a touring comedian, Internet personality, and now...esteemed author. Celebrate the release of his book Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations with a one-of-a-kind live comedy show full of anger, judgement, and fully-clothed full-frontal nudity as Matt whines about life, liberty and the pursuit of unhappiness! Tickets include a copy of Matt's book "Everything is Awful" and an after show M&G / book signing.

This event is good for:  Bellassai's 'Everything Is Awful' is the anti-adulting guide that will make you feel so much better about your life. This show is IDEAL for millennials having a quarter-life crisis.

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DECEMBER 8

FOREIGN AIR LIVE @ ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL

1353 H St NE  •  Tickets: $15

Doors: 7PM 

You'll like this concert if: You support awesome local artists.

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DECEMBER 8

SNBRN  LIVE @ Soundcheck

1420 K St NW  •  Tickets: $15-$20

Doors: 10PM

You'll like this concert if: You're from California and know how to party.  

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DECEMBER 9 & 16

UPSHUR STREET ART & CRAFT FAIR

800 Block Of Upshur St NW (Petworth)   •  Admission is free!

The 12th annual Upshur Street outdoor art & craft fair is back for two days this year. On Saturday, December 9th & December 16th from 11am-4pm 40+ artisans and crafters will make their way to Petworth to sell gifts & goods well worth your time and money. Aside from the shopping, you’ll find a range of unique activities such as a gingerbread house making contest, popcorn stringing, mini wreath making, live music, carolers, Santa photo opps and more. P.S. Two of the Best New Restaurants In The Country happen to live on the same street as the fair.  ///  CC: Timber Pizza & Himitsu

This event is good for:  Craftheads & last minute shoppers. 


DECEMBER 10

Meteor Shower Hike with REI

201 M Street NE  •  Tickets: $25-$45

Join REI and a group of like-minded adventurers for a night hike up the Appalachian Trail to Annapolis Rocks, one of the best view points in Maryland, to catch the Perseid Meteor shower. 

This event is good for:  Outdoorsy folks that want to learn more about the night sky. 


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December 13

Pasta Making Class: Gnocchi

1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW   •  Tickets: $35

Via Umbria wants to help you schmooze the crap out of your friends and family this holiday season by teaching you how to make Gnocchi from scratch. Come watch, learn, cook, and eat, of course.

This Event Is Good For: Food Network Junkies


December 13 

Some Disassembly Required 

703 Edgewood St NE   •  Tickets: $55-$250

Gather at Mess Hall to watch Mike Haney, a skilled butcher from Potomac Grocer, break down a beautiful free range, heritage pig, sourced directly from Spring House Farm, in Lovettsville Va. Aside from the whole-animal butchering class, your tickets includes pig paired with local craft beer & dinner by Sloppy Mama's BBQ - aka your best Wednesday night of December!

This Event Is NOT Good For: Vegans

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DECEMBER 14

New Madrid  LIVE @ DC9 Nightclub

1940 9th St. NW  •  Tickets: $12  

Doors: 7:30PM Show time: 8PM

You'll like this concert if: You used to own The OC soundtrack.

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DECEMBER 14-17

see Hypnotist Flip Orley live 

1140 Connecticut Avenue NW  •  Tickets: $15-$20

This event is in Dupont. Showtimes may vary. 

This event is good for:  Audience members cool with being the stars of his show. 


DECEMBER 15

the him @SOUNDCHECK

1420 K Street NW  •  Tickets: $15  

Doors: 10 PM

You'll like this concert if: You get down to some good dance music. 

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DECEMBER 16 

Meteor Shower Hike with REI

201 M Street NE  •  Tickets: $25-$45

Join REI and a group of like-minded adventurers for a night hike up the Appalachian Trail to Annapolis Rocks, one of the best view points in Maryland, to catch the Perseid Meteor shower. 

This event is good for:  Outdoorsy folks looking to escape the city for a day. 


December 21

HOLIDAY FLOWER CROWN MAKING WITH SUCCULENTS

3015 Georgia Avenue NW  •  Tickets: $50

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Toss your reindeer antler headbands in the trash ladies, it's time you design your own headgear that doesnt SUCC! Hit up the Lemon Bowl for an afternoon of flower crown making  - holiday edition. This is an all materials included workshop where you'll learn how to create your own crown, the basics of floral arranging and how to wire succulents. 

This event is good for:  Gals with year-round festival fever.


DECEMBER 22

Action Bronson LIVE @ The Fillmore

8656 Colesville RD, Silver Spring MD  •  Tickets: $30

Doors: 7:00 PM   Show time: 8:00 PM

You'll like this concert if: You've ever seen Fuck That's Delicious.  

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JANUARY 10

PASSION PIT @ 930 club

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $45

Doors: 7 PM.

The show is on a Wednesday night. 

Word of advice: Tickets went on sale TODAY (11.30.17) buy yours ASAP if you want to see this show. 

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JANUARY 13

FETTY WAP

8656 Colesville RD, Silver Spring MD  •  Tickets: $30

Doors: 7:00 PM   Show time: 8:00 PM

You'll like this concert if: If you're a trap queen. 

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JANUARY 18

The NPR Politics Podcast Live

513 13th Street NW  •  Ticket Required $$

The NPR Politics Podcast is bringing its must-listen political analysis and discussion to a live audience at The Warner Theatre. This live taping of the NPR Politics Podcast will feature co-hosts Scott Detrow, congressional reporter, and Tamara Keith, White House correspondent, along with other members of the NPR politics team. Among recent accolades, the NPR Politics Podcast was named as one of the best podcasts of 2016 by Vulture and earned nods from Esquire and The Atlantic in their roundups of must-listens and reliable news sources during the 2016 election. 

This event is good for:  Political-Podcast Junkies 

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JANUARY 20

Milky Chance @ The Fillmore

8656 Colesville RD, Silver Spring MD  •  Tickets: $35-$77

Doors: 7:00 PM   Show time: 8:00 PM

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January 25

Lana Del Rey @ Capital One Arena

601 F ST NW  •  Tickets: $40-$300

Show time: 8 PM 

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1140 Connecticut Avenue NW  •  Tickets: $30

Lavell is an actor and comedian whose career took off after finishing second on Last Comic Standing. He also played Huell on Breaking Bad and appeared in episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Better Call Saul. 

This event is good for:  People who you've got great CHEMISTRY with yo! - Jesse Pinkman 


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January 28

Beer Yoga + Kittens at DC Brau

3178 Bladensburg Road NE  •  Tickets: $30

DC Brau wants you to participate in an easy yoga flow class with kittens followed by a pint of beer in their tasting room. The event benefits the Humane Rescue Alliance. BYO yoga mat, 21+ ONLY. Ticket includes yoga, one beer & donation to the HRA. 

This event is good for:  A cat person that likes to be surrounded by other cat people. 


JANUARY 31

PUN DMV

1140 Connecticut Avenue NW  •  Tickets: $6

The DMV's numero uno pun competition. Enjoy it from the audience, or hop on stage as a contestant ... Tickets are only $6!

This event is good for:  Punny people.  


FEBRUARY 13 2018

BØRNS @ THE ANTHEM

901 Wharf ST SW   •  Tickets: $41-$56

Doors: 6:30 PM

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FEBRUARY 17

STRFKR @ 9:30 Club

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $25

Doors: 8 PM.

This show is on a Saturday night. 

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February 18

two feet @rock & roll hotel

1353 H St NE  •  Tickets: $15 ($18 on the day of show)

Doors: 7PM Show: 8PM

This show is on a Sunday night. 

You'll like this concert if: You listen to the song we posted ---> 'Go Fuck Yourself' 

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FEBRUARY 24

Portugal. The Man with Twin Peaks @ The Anthem

901 Wharf ST SW   •  Tickets: $45-$75

Doors: 6:30 PM

This show is on a Saturday night. 

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March 19

COAST MODERN @ 9:30 CLUB

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $20 (Pre-sale)

Doors: 7 PM.

This show is on a Monday night. 

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March 21

BETTY WHO @930 CLUB

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $25 (Tickets not on sale yet.)

Doors: 7 PM.

This show is on a Wednesday night. 

** PROMOCODE: “WhoCrew” to get early access to tickets before they go on sale. 

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April 6

ANDERSON EAST @930 club

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $20  

Doors: 8 PM.

This show is on a Friday night. 

** PROMOCODE “WhoCrew” To get early access to tickets before they go on sale. 

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APRIL 8 

Lorde LIVE  @ The Anthem

901 Wharf ST SW  •  Tickets: $100-$175

Doors: 6:30 PM

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April 19

CLEAN BANDIT @9:30CLUB

815 V St. NW  •  Tickets: $30

Doors: 7 PM.

This show is on a Thursday night.

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MAY 6 

TOM MISCH @ BLACK CAT

1811 14th St. NW  •  Tickets: $20

Doors: 7:30 PM

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MAY 8 

KYGO LIVE @ The Anthem

901 Wharf ST SW  •  Tickets: $55-$75

Doors: 6PM

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