DC Give Thanks with Wallet Friendly Fun during 2013 Thanksgiving Week

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If you’ve got family and/or friends in town for this holiday weekend celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or a combination of both, you might consider some of these fun things to do that fit everyone’s budget.

Wednesday 11/27: 

  • The Murals at ArtYardsDC Go out to the Navy Yards and watch as artists wrap up the murals they’ve been painting to transform abandoned buildings into art. (Free)
  • Game Show Night Get the family together to play Family Feud, Jeopardy, $25,000 Pyramid and more over at Penn Social. League play starts at 7pm and open team play starts at 8:30pm. Get there early to take advantage of $4 Brooklyn Lagers and stay to compete with the best!  (Free)
  • Or, if you are more of the musical type of family, check out Rock ‘N Twang Live Band Karaoke at Hill Country. (Free)
  • Take it up a notch by taking in a performance of the Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center. The Joffrey Ballet company just celebrated 25 years of bringing elegant and larger than life dance performances to the stage. Their Nutcracker production is only in DC for a short time before returning to Chicago. ($29.00)

Thursday 11/28: 

  • Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party  The Kennedy Center is outdoing themselves by putting together this fantastic opportunity to dance off all of the pumpkin pie and wake up from your turkey stupor. Vintage and Military dress is encouraged, but you can wear whatever you like. Free dance lessons start at 6pm, and the dance party to a live big band orchestra runs from 7-9pm. (Free)
  • For a truly unique experience, join diners at the O Street Mansion for Thanksgivukkah. Guests can enjoy a feast for a selected 2-hour seating starting at 12pm and going until 6pm.  Goble Tov! ($70)

Friday 11/29:

  • Start out the day by visiting the Free Art Friday Facebook page at 10am to see which artist has left one of their creations somewhere in the city for you to find and take home. (Free)
  • Check out the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage performance by Adam Swanson, the multiple-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. Ragtime piano music in one of our best theaters starting at 6pm. (Free)
  • From 5-6pm, head to Trummer’s on Main for a complimentary wine tasting! (Free)
  • If you want to get in on Black Friday Madness, Union Market is the place to be. THREAD is a 3-day shopping event in the newly unveiled Dock 5 directly above the market we know and love. Live music, food samples, and unique art installations will entertain those who will prefer the sidelines to the shopping lines. (Free)
  • Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Music, dancing and holiday treats will dazzle you as you tour the mansion surrounded by characters from our first president’s time. Enjoy cider and caroling by a bonfire following the tour.  ($22 adults, $15 kids under 11)

Saturday 11/30:

  • Go see Against the Bias at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Yarn bombing has our heads spinning with the creative and colorful works made. This installation uses all yarn craft and fabric to reflect on community, historical legacy, identity and the sacred. Expect the unexpected and expect to have your mind boggled.  (Free)
  • Spellbound ~ The 7th Annual Freak Bazaar! is your venue for discovering that unusual gift for those who have everything or just those who are a little unusual themselves. Music, tarot card readings and interesting little items will make this an unforgettable shopping experience. (Free)
  • Local Baltimore keyboardist Brian Simms of the Junkyard Saints is playing the Hamilton’s Free Loft Late Night starting at 10:30pm. (Free)

Sunday 12/1:

  • Wrap up the weekend with the Chanukah Family Spectacular at Bethesda Row. This family friendly benefit event will start at 5:30pm with a Menorah lighting (the menorah is filled with 1,000 toys!), and include jugglers, balloon twisters, and live music.  Bring a toy for donation to the Children’s Inn at NIH (Free)Our Washington DC Inn is located near Dupont Circle and it is a great place to stay in DC during the holidays.

Noelle, Innkeeper
American Guest House, a Washington DC bed and breakfast


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