Weekend Round Up: Nov. 18 – 21 

The joyful season is well underway with so many delightful options for the weekend. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink has re-opened, the Downtown Holiday Market is opening, brunch on Hotel Washington’s newly-revamped rooftop may be just the thing, the Smithsonian FUTURES exhibit opens Saturday and a new shop at Tyson’s Corner is worth checking out. And, don’t miss Kwame Alexander’s family event at the Kennedy Center. Have a great weekend! 

How About Skating at Washington Harbour, Followed by a Hot Chocolate?

The Washington Harbour Ice Rink officially opens for public skating season on November 17, 2021, after the transformation from its interchangeable use as a picturesque fountain. The Washington Harbour Ice Rink will be open with updated hours from November 17, 2021 – March 13, 2022, for recreational skating every day, including holidays. Hours: Sun. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Fri. – Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  For more information regarding private events, prices, or other general inquiries please email us at: skatewashingtonharbour@gmail.com.

Do Your Holiday Shopping Locally at the Downtown Holiday Market

The Downtown Holiday Market is back beginning this Friday and staying open through Thursday Dec. 23. The open-air market is presented by the DowntownDC BID and Diverse Markets Management. Check out two blocks of everything you’ll need for all your holiday shopping from local vendors. The market is located along two blocks of F Street NW from 7th through 9th Streets NW. More on the Downtown Holiday Market here. 

This weekend, shop local at the Downtown DC Holiday Market. Photo from DowntownHolidayMarket on Facebook.

What’s Poppin’? The Popcorn Bag DC! Take a Trip to Tysons to Check It Out

This weekend visit Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax to check out the winners of their first-ever DreamStart competition. The competition was launched back in May to give a brand, product, service, food vendor, maker, or idea free rent inside the mall. The goal was to provide a launchpad and space for an emerging business. Of the three businesses that won, The Popcorn Bag DC is launching their opening festivities this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, enjoy a live DJ and with the purchase of any milkshake, receive a small savory-size popcorn. On Sunday, enjoy brunch-flavored themed popcorn specials and complimentary mimosas with a purchase (age 21+; one per purchase). More on the Popcorn Bag can be found here. 

Venture to Tysons to check out The Popcorn Bag DC. Photo courtesy Spotted MP PR.

Take in the Rooftop Views with a Brunch at the Hotel Washington 

The W Hotel is now the Hotel Washington and POV, the rooftop restaurant and bar, has morphed into “Vue.” The throwback vibes with the original Hotel Washington (which played host to famous politicians, Hollywood starlets and even Elvis Presley). Vue is home to a delicious weekend brunch with lots of delectable options. Dine on the luxe filet and eggs or if you have a sweet tooth, the French toast with poached pears is incredible. Go boozy with some of Vue’s signature cocktails like the “Rose Garden Sangria” or “Yes We Can,” made with basil, honey, vodka, kombucha, limoncello and lavender bitters. More on Vue can be found here. 

For brunch, check out the views at VUE’s newly-renovated rooftop deck. Photo courtesy hotelwashington.com.

The Smithsonian ‘Futures’ Exhibit Opens Saturday 

As part of the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary celebration this year, the historic Arts and Industries Building is opening its new experience, called “Futures,” on Saturday. The opening is exciting for quite a few reasons—the Smithsonian’s oldest museum is temporarily re-opening for the first time in almost 20 years. “Futures” marks the Smithsonian’s first building-wide ode to the future. Look for Bill Nye the Science Guy to help mark the occasion. This Saturday, a free festival marks the exhibit’s opening with a live concert. Sunday includes a family day. More on “Futures” can be found here. 

Celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary by attending the “Futures” exhibit at the renovated Arts and Industries Building starting this Saturday. Photo from SI.edu.

Take the Kids to See Kwame Alexander’s Book Adaptation at the Kennedy Center 

Kwame Alexander, best-selling children’s book author and Newbery Award winner, has two of his popular children’s books, “Acoustic Rooster” and “Indigo Blume,” adapted for the stage. At the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater beginning this evening through Nov. 28, enjoy a magical musical world for the whole family. Special guests include “Duck” Ellington and Ms. “Dairy” Parton. More on the show can be found here. 

Kwame Alexander’s books are adapted for the Kennedy Center stage, this weekend. Photo of Kwame Alexander (foreground) with an audience of young admirers courtesy kwamealexander.com.









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