Weekend overview: November 18 – 21


The happy season is well underway with so many delicious options for the weekend. The Washington Harbor Ice Rink has reopened, the Downtown Vacation Market opens, the newly renovated Washington Hotel Rooftop Brunch may be what you need, the Smithsonian FUTURES exhibit opens its doors on Saturday and a new boutique in Tyson’s Corner is worth a visit. And don’t miss the Kwame Alexander family event at the Kennedy Center. Have a good week-end!

How about skating in Washington Harbor followed by hot chocolate?

The Washington Harbor Rink officially opens for the public skating season on November 17, 2021, after transforming its interchangeable use into a scenic fountain. The Washington Harbor Rink will be open with updated schedules from November 17, 2021 to March 13, 2022, for recreational skating daily, including holidays. Hours: Sun – Thursday, 11:30 am to 9:00 pm; Fri – Sat, 11:30 am to 11:00 pm 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 this Friday and remains open until Thursday, December 23. The open air market is presented by DowntownDC BID and Diverse Markets Management. Discover two blocks of everything you will need for all your holiday shopping from local vendors. The market is located along two blocks of F Street NW, 7th through 9th Street NW. More on the downtown holiday market here.

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

What is Poppin ‘? The DC Popcorn Bag! Take a trip to Tysons to check it out

This weekend, visit the Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax to see the winners of their first-ever DreamStart contest. The competition was launched in May to give free rent to a brand, product, service, food vendor, manufacturer or idea inside the mall. The aim was to provide a launching pad and space for an emerging business. Of the three companies that won, The Popcorn Bag DC is kicking off its opening festivities this weekend. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy a live DJ and with the purchase of any milkshake, receive a little salty popcorn. On Sundays, enjoy brunch-themed popcorn specials and free mimosas with one purchase (21 and over; one per purchase). You will find more information about the popcorn bag here.

Venture to Tysons to discover The Popcorn Bag DC. Photo courtesy of Spotted MP PR.

Take in the rooftop views with a brunch at the Washington Hotel

The W Hotel is now the Washington Hotel and POV, the rooftop restaurant and bar, has transformed into “Vue”. The homecoming vibe with the original Washington Hotel (which hosted famous politicians, Hollywood starlets and even Elvis Presley). Vue is home to a delicious weekend brunch with many delicious options. Dine on luxury filet and eggs or if you have a sweet tooth the poached pear French toast is amazing. Drizzle yourself with some of Vue’s signature cocktails like ‘Rose Garden Sangria’ or ‘Yes We Can’, made with basil, honey, vodka, kombucha, limoncello and lavender bitter. More information about Vue can be found here.

For brunch, take in the view on VUE’s newly renovated rooftop terrace. Photo courtesy of hotelwashington.com.

Smithsonian FUTURES exhibition opens on Saturday

As part of the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary celebration this year, the historic arts and industries building opens its new experience, called FUTURES, on Saturday. The opening is exciting for several reasons: The Smithsonian’s oldest museum is temporarily reopening for the first time in nearly 20 years. FUTURES marks the first ode to the Smithsonian’s building-scale future. Seek out Bill Nye the Scientist to help mark the occasion. This Saturday, a free festival marks the opening of the exhibition with a live concert. Sunday includes a family day. More information about FUTURES can be found here.

Celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary by attending the FUTURES exhibit in the renovated Arts and Industries building starting this Saturday. Photo by SI.edu.

Take the kids to see the adaptation of Kwame Alexander’s book at the Kennedy Center

Kwame Alexander, bestselling children’s book author and Newbery Prize winner, has adapted two of his popular children’s books, “Acoustic Rooster” and “Indigo Blume” for the stage. At the Kennedy Center Family Theater tonight through November 28, enjoy a magical world of music for the whole family. Special guests include “Duck” Ellington and Mrs. “Dairy” Parton. More information about the show can be found here.

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

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