November 2018 Festivals and Events in Washington, D.C.

The Washington, DC area and its surrounding communities in Maryland and Virginia host lots of annual festivals and special events. All dates, prices, and activities mentioned are subject to change, so please check the official website or call to confirm information.

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Kids Euro Festival

Dancers at Kids Euro Festival

Kids Euro Festival 

This event staged through the cooperation of the 28 Washington-based European Union embassies and more than 30 major local cultural institutions will include more than 200 free performances around the city. Geared to children ages 2-12. The festival lasts through November 4, 2018.

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DC Beer Festival

DC Beer Festival

DC Beer Festival

Held in Nationals Park, this American craft beer tasting will feature the fall beers from 80 craft breweries. There will also be food trucks, unlimited tastings, plenty of lawn games, DJs, live music and more.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10K

Across the Bay 10K

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The race across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge includes a weekend of activities to raise money for charities. Around 20,000 runners will compete in the 6.2 mile race on November 4, 2018. The days before the race will have a runner's expo and kids race.

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Veterans Day

Nat'l Vietnam War Veterans Day Commemorated At Vietnam War Memorial

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Honor American veterans at Veterans Day events at one of the many monuments in Washington, D.C. There will be wreath-laying ceremonies, story telling, concert tributes and more depending on which memorials you visit.

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Holiday Craft Shows

Soaps at the Heurich House Museum Winter market

 Heurich House Museum

Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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DC Cocktail Week

Drinks and bruschetta at DC Cocktail Week

 DC Cocktail Week

November 12-18, 2018. More than 50 Washington, D.C. area restaurants and bars offer specially priced cocktail and food pairings to entice guests to try something new. This is a great opportunity to check out the local happy hour scene.

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ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center ICE Show

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

November 18, 2017 - January 1, 2018. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won't want to miss.

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Six Flags America - Holiday in the Park

Winter in the Park at Six Flags America

 Six Flags

November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.

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Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade and Illumination

Gettysburg Remembrance day parade

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November 17-18, 2018. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery are commemorated with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery. 

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Turkey Trots in the Washington, D.C. Area

A variety of organizations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.

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Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, D.C. Area

Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

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The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace

National-Christmas-Tree.jpg

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November 28, 2018, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. At this annual celebration the national Christmas tree is illuminated along with 56 smaller trees with unique ornaments representing every state, territory, and the capital. The event will also have performers providing a soundtrack for the evening.

If you don't make it to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree there are plenty of tree lighting ceremonies to visit in the area.

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Christmas Light Displays

National Zoo Zoolights

National Zoo

Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, D.C. area's spectacle of lights at a local park in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.