What do you do in D.C. when the in-laws are in town? They’ve already seen the monuments and the major museums, and they aren’t interested in seeing any holiday movies yet. Check out our list of things to do in town to keep the fun turned up.
Thursday, 9 a.m.
Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger at Freedom Plaza
Before loosening your belt buckle and tucking the napkin under your chin, round-up the family members and donate some time to help those that are less fortunate. SOME (So Others May Eat) will be hosting its 10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger. With over 6,000 trotters expected, metro area residents will gather together for the 5K walk/run that raises money for homeless women, men and children.
Register online at http://www.some.org/events_trot_main.html
Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Second Annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Performance For Military Families at Arena Stage
In gratitude for their service, Arena Stage is inviting wounded warriors, service men and women, and their families to a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner and performance of My Fair Lady. The event’s featured speakers include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Executive Vice President of the United Service Organization (USO) John Pray; and keynote speaker Rear Admiral Jeffrey Lemmons, U.S. Navy and Director of the Inter-American Defense College at Ft. McNair.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Join “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours for the whole family. Tours include dancing, merry music, and characters from the Washingtons’ world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening event at Mount Vernon. Live music and festive decorations add cheer to the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center.
Tickets: $22 for adults, $15 for youth (12 and under)
Friday-Sunday 2-5 p.m.
“All Sides Considered: New Research on the Maya Collection” at Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown is displaying ancient Maya treasures in All Sides Considered. The artifacts illustrate the beauty and ingenuity of Maya art, remarkable production techniques, and the value placed on quality materials. Displays also shed light on the modern scientific inquiry that led to these findings. They are the result of extensive collaboration across disciplines and institutions among Maya archaeologists, art historians, epigraphers, geologists, biologists and others.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
B.B. King at the Howard Theatre
For more than 60 years, Riley B. King – better known as B.B. King – has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has received countless honors as a national treasure. After 10,000 concerts, B.B. King continues to bring his music to audiences around the globe spending the better part of each year on the road with his beloved guitar, “Lucille.”
Sunday, 12 p.m.
NSO Pops: Megan Hilty at Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Megan Hilty, known as triple-threat Ivy Lynn on NBC’s hit Smash, pays tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra, as well as the Rat Pack, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James, with Aaron Lazar in NSO Pops concerts led by Steven Reineke.
Sunday, Nov. 25 4 p.m.
Pianist Anna Han at the Phillips Collection
16-year-old Anna Han, winner of the 2012 New York Piano International Piano Competition will be performing pieces by Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Rachmoninoff, and Liszt, and Prokofiev.
Tickets: $20, $8 with student ID
Sunday, 5-9 p.m.
ZooLights at the National Zoo
ZooLights at the National Zoo is the annual Holiday lights event at the National Zoo. Walk around a winter wonderland lit by more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights in the shapes of your favorite exotic animals.