11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for Nov. 9-11 include a restaurant week, sports and new art exhibits.

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital.


Alexander Ovechkin Celebrating Goal at Washington Capitals Hockey Game at Capital One Arena - Professional Sports in Washington, DCWashington Capitals

Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Friday night will feature an epic rematch from last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. The hometown Capitals’ run to Stanley Cup glory was almost over before it began after the Columbus Blue Jackets took a two-games-to-none lead in a first round matchup of these Metropolitan Division rivals. However, the Caps stormed back to win the series in six games and – well, you know the rest from there. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and top-flight scorer Artemi Panarin will look to ruin Alex Ovechkin and the Caps’ Friday night at Capital One Arena and avenge last season’s devastating loss.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

DMV Black Restaurant Week – Final Weekend
The inaugural DMV Black Restaurant Week asks local foodies to show their support for African-American owned restaurants in the nation’s capital. Take a look at the list of partners and pick out a restaurant that works for you. In addition to this community charge, DMVBRW is holding a cocktail competition (open through Nov. 26) and this Saturday, check out The Business of Food & Beverage Education Conference at the University of District of Columbia. DMVBRW concludes on Sunday.

San Holo at Echostage in Washington, DC - Best fall concerts in DC

San Holo
San Holo rose to international prominence with a remarkable remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” a track that has more than 175 million views on YouTube. The Dutch DJ and producer, who was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2017 Electronic Music Awards, will spin his eclectic takes on techno and trap music during this concert at the vibrant Echostage.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018


Colonial Market & Fair
You don’t need Doc Brown’s DeLorean to go back in time in the DC area. George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosts this annual colonial-style market and fair featuring everything you could possibly dream of at such an event. This includes 18th century music, a balloon launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows and chocolate-making. Artisans decked out in era-appropriate attire will also be on-hand demonstrating craftwork of the time and selling wares such as weavings, furniture and leather-workings. The Colonial Market & Fair runs from Saturday through Monday.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery - Free Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC

‘Portraits of the World: Switzerland’ – Final Weekend
With this exhibit, the National Portrait Gallery has begun a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. In this installment, you can marvel at Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi. The piece embodies the theory of eurhythmics, which went on to change the concept of dance in America. Other Portrait Gallery works that showcase this theory are also on display. The exhibit closes on Monday, Nov. 12.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

‘Heisenberg’ – Final Weekend
Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens penned this Broadway smash that will be at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. through this Sunday. Heisenberg concerns Georgie and Alex, who happen to meet in a chance encounter at a London train station. Their journey is filled with humor, tenderness and romance, making for a love story you won’t soon forget.
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

Washington National Opera: ‘Silent Night’
Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning music in multiple languages, this production of Silent Night is based on a true story and a 2005 film. On Christmas Eve in 1914, World War I is underway, but an unexpected ceasefire leads to bonding and merriment between soldiers from the French, German and Scottish armies. This uplifting tale fits the season perfectly. Silent Night will be performed on select nights from Saturday through Nov. 25.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington is in the vanguard of modern jazz music, a saxophonist and band leader that challenges and engages his listeners through grand compositions and albums. The Los Angeles-based savant has released two critically acclaimed LPs: 2015’s The Epic and this year’s Heaven and Earth, each one packed with enough ideas to fill your head for days. Washington and his band will be able to stretch their musical muscles on stage at The Lincoln Theatre.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


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‘Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes’
Charline Von Heyl, one of the most revered contemporary painters, receives her largest U.S. museum survey yet. Snake Eyes, which opens this Thursday and runs through Jan. 27, 2019, will feature more than 30 large-scale paintings by Von Heyl, showing her incredible influence on the modern art landscape. Her inventive style incorporates a range of forms, from literature to pop culture to metaphysics. Prepare to see truly unique works from one of the most visionary artists of our time.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

‘Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018’
The Renwick honors innovation in craft with this in-depth look at the work of four contemporary artists: Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth and Stephanie Syjuco. All four use their work to convey emotion, activism and inclusiveness, using an array of forms in the process, including wood, fibers and ceramics. Expect to see work that upholds social justice and challenges cultural norms. The exhibit opens on Friday and closes on May 5, 2019.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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