From craft markets to tree lightings, get holiday-ready with our weekend roundup of fun events happening all over D.C., Maryland, and Virginia!
The holidays are all about spending quality time with loved ones, and the DMV is readying itself for the season ahead with amazing events! This weekend, take a shot at the Baltimore Whiskey Festival, rock out to Matt and Kim, or feel the holiday magic at any of the tree lightings down below.
Here's your weekend roundup for Friday, November 22, to Sunday, November 24.
D.C. Holiday Market
Center of 8 & F Streets NW (near Smithsonian American Art Museum) | Washington, D.C. | Ongoing
The holidays aren't complete without a trip to the D.C. Holiday Market! From November 22 to December 23, explore handcrafted goods from over 150 artisans, and enjoy live performances that change by the day. Come participate in a 15-year tradition! The market is open every day from 12 to 8 p.m. Check out more here!
Alexandria Cider Festival
The Lloyd House | 220 N. Washington Street | Alexandria, VA | Saturday
Experience the orchard right here in Virginia with the Alexandria Cider Festival! Between 1 and 5 p.m., sample selections from 10 area cideries and enjoy live tunes and grub from Mount Vernon's Executive Orders. Little ones can make their own masterpiece with Kidscreate Studio! Tickets are $45 advance and $55 the day of the event. You can buy them here!
Beaujolais and Beyond at the French Embassy
Embassy of France | 4101 Reservoir Road NW | Washington, D.C. | Saturday
Travel to France without packing a single bag with this soiree at the French Embassy! Indulge in French cuisine and Beaujolais wine while dancing to globe-spanning DJ sets into the wee hours of the night. Cocktail attire is required, so dress up! Tickets begin at $79. Reserve yours here!
Baltimore Whiskey Festival
The Assembly Room | 316 Guilford Avenue | Baltimore, MD | Saturday
Whiskey lovers, assemble! From 12 to 4 p.m., delight in unlimited whiskey samples from over 100 distilleries and enjoy complimentary food. Take advantage of free seminars on the craft and speak to distillers in person. Grand Tasting Tickets is $89. Purchase them here—they will sell out!
Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony
Alexandria City Hall & Market Square | 301 King Street | Alexandria, VA | Saturday
Gather at Alexandria City Hall for the annual tree lighting! From 6 to 8 p.m., witness the special ceremony featuring Mayor Justin Wilson and appearances from Santa! Live choral performances from T.C. Williams High School Advanced Choir and Metropolitan School of Arts will add to the magical spirit. This event is free—simply show up! You can find out more here!
Light Up Downtown Festival
Downtown Ocean City | 606 S. Atlantic Avenue | Ocean City, MD | Saturday
Let it glow! Ocean City's annual tree lighting will feature plenty of fun for the whole family. Enjoy live music, crafts, a holiday market, and free hot chocolate! Did we mention Santa will be there? This event is free and open to the public. Check it out here!
Alexandria Makers Market
Port City Brewing Company | 3950 Wheeler Avenue | Alexandria, VA | Sunday
A celebration of all things Alexandria, this holiday pop-up is a must! From 12 to 6, browse artisanal wares from local businesses and take part in DIY craft demos. Food from Rocklands BBQ and beer will be available for purchase. Event admission is free, but demos will be ticketed. Find out more on their website or Facebook page!
John Leguizamo—-Latin History for Morons
The National Theatre | 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Washington, D.C. | Thursday-Saturday
What do you know about Latin history? Allow John Leguizamo to enlighten you! In his hilarious one-man show, the Tony Award-winning actor travels in time to find a Latin-American hero for his son's school paper. The show runs from November 21 to 23, and admission is $55-$99. Buy your tickets here!
Lights on the Bay
Sandy Point State Park | 1100 E. College Parkway | Annapolis, MD | Ongoing
Enter the winter wonderland of your dreams with Lights on the Bay! This Annapolis tradition showcases amazing light displays over the two-mile radius of Sandy Point State Park. Simply drive through and witness the magic! Admission is $15 for each car. Find out more here!
Matt and Kim
Rams Head Live! | 20 Market Place | Baltimore, MD | Saturday
The dynamic indie duo is shaking up Rams Head Live! as part of their GRAND 10 Year Anniversary Tour. Freak out to electronic bangers like "Get It" and "Happy If You're Happy." Surf punk group The Frights will open. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $30. Buy them here!
What are you doing this weekend? Any events we missed? Hit us up in the comments—we would love to hear from you!