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Mannequin/nutcracker hybrids, electric neon nudes, and anatomical figures woven from straw are just some of the eccentric works in this exhibit, in which more than three dozen artists from 15 countries use painting and sculpture to expand on themes born in the 1970s feminist art movement. Through January 8, 2017. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW.
The 9th Annual DC Design House will take place this October to benefit Children's National House System. The Washington, DC Design House began in 2008 as a unique design show house event for the DC Metro area in which top area designers showcased their talents into a “flowing design home” to raise funds for a local charity. This year's house is listed for $10.8 million by Nancy Itteilag of Washington Fine Properties. October 1-30. 2509 Foxhall Road NW; dcdesignhouse.com
The Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting, only one hour from Washington, D.C. A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre environments, followed by fascinating Q and As with world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world premieres, first-class foreign films, and Academy Award contenders. Other special festival events include a Symphony Orchestra Concert honoring a renowned film composer, master classes, panel discussions, one-on-one conversations with filmmakers and industry representatives, wine tastings, farm-to-table dinners, and of course lots of great parties! October 20-23. middleburgfilm.org
Returning for its second year, The American Fine Craft Show Washington returns to the DC Armory with 125 craft artisans who will be joined by American furniture crafts persons from throughout the country in The Washington Studio Furniture Showcase. There will be a “First Look” preview on October 21 from 4:30-8 p.m. The show will be open on October 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. from 10 am until 6 pm and October 23 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission tickets will be sold only at the door at $15 per adult, $14 for seniors (64+), students $8 (with valid I.D.), children under 12 are free. A two day pass is $16. October 21-23. Valet Parking will be available at the front door of The Armory. 2001 E Capitol St. SE; americanfinecraftshowwashington.com
The Care for Kids Fundraiser is one of Washington’s most popular fall shopping events, bringing merchants, restaurants and YOU together for the benefit of Children’s National Health System. Since 2004, The Board of Visitors has donated over 2 million dollars from the Care for Kids Fundraiser toward equipment and programs essential for providing the highest quality of care. With your help, Children’s National is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals. This year, participating Merchants and Restaurants will offer a 20 percent discount to Care for Kids Shopping Pass holders from October 21-30. boardofvisitors.com
District Wharf is hosting Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday at Gangplank Marina Park. A seasonal beer garden and festival, Pumpkin Palooza will offer $15 craft beer tastings, food from Cantina Marina and King Ribs and a great autumn afternoon on the waterfront with music by the Wil Gravatt Band. Pumpkin-themed mayhem will continue throughout the day with a Pumpkin Bowling Competition, Pumpkin Pie Extravaganza, Clash of the Headless Horsemen, Spooky Lantern Challenge, and a Pet Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded by Cantina Marina after each activity and are valued at $100-$350. Children can enjoy crafting tables and mason jar painting. The event is FREE and open to the community. 600 Water St. SW, 202-688-3590; wharfdc.com
Blue Point Brewing Company announces its first ever Shucktoberfest bash at The Courtyard at Maurice Electric at Union Market. The $75, four-hour festival will feature bottomless Blue Point Brewing Company beer, spiked beer cocktails and unlimited oysters and seafood bites from Rappahannock Oyster Company, including stuffn’ muffns', clam chowder, and fries. Shucktoberfest is an adult playground for beer and oyster lovers — think live bluegrass music and a beer gaming area with cornhole, bocce ball, and giant Jenga. To top it off, Redskins fans can cozy up with an ice cold brew in the football viewing lounge, featuring large leather sofas and two 90-inch LED screens. 500 Penn Street NE; shucktoberfest.com
America's favorite horse show returns to Verizon Center. Since 1958 the Washington International Horse Show has been at the forefront of equestrian competition in the US bringing top riders, Olympic veterans, and superstar horses to the nation's capital, plus entertaining performances and educational events, offering fun for the entire family. October 25-30. Verizon Center at 601 F Street NW.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and prominent food writer David Hagedorn are once again bringing together the capital region’s top chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists for Chefs for Equality. The evening of food, cocktails, and music to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC. In addition to the impressive fare, an auction benefiting the HRC Foundation will be held. 1150 22nd St. NW; chefsforequality.org
The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel is joining with Studio E Partners to present a Meet the Artist reception with internationally acclaimed photographer, Rodney Smith, who has been featured in countless major publications including the cover of Time magazine. Smith will be displaying his works in the hotel lobby, give a talk about his art, and offer his newest photographic book, Rodney Smith Photographs, available for purchase and personal signing. The event is free to attend and complimentary parking is available at the hotel. Guests should RSVP to email@example.com. 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
The 30th Anniversary Lombardi Gala is a milestone celebration to benefit the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Louis M. Weiner, MD, Director. This black-tie dinner dance at the Washington Hilton features a cocktail reception with renowned silent auction, the raffle of a 2016 Lexus NX 200t F Sport automobile, and an awards presentation to recognize remarkable individuals for their contribution to the fight against cancer. All proceeds go directly to Georgetown Lombardi to support cancer research, treatment, and education. Tickets are $500 each, and sponsorships range from $3,000 to $50,000. Please contact Sharon Courtin at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1919 Connecticut Ave NW; lombardigala.georgetown.edu
Join us for a fun evening with Arc'teryx Athlete Roger Strong as he shares what inspires him on the mountain. Meet members of the American Alpine Club and learn more from 5-8 p.m. 1099 H St. NW.; arcteryx.com
Espita Mezcaleria invites guests to take part in one of Mexico’s great traditions, The Day of the Dead. Espita Mezcaleria will offer an honorary cocktail, Los Siete Misterios mezcal tasting and specialty dishes, available exclusively during dinner service. Face painting and custom temporary tattoos featuring designs from Espita artists will also be available for guests. The Day of the Dead menu items will range in price from $5 to $25 each. 1250 9th Street NW; espitadc.com
Join hip hop artist Doug E. Fresh - the first human beat box - and PHA Leadership to celebrate six years of successes with 500 of our closest friends, philanthropists, celebrity ambassadors, and public and private sector leaders at Dock 5 in Union Market. The evening will highlight healthy eating and physical activity including the second annual “GimmeFive" push up competition. 1309 5th St. NE; ahealthieramerica.org
The world-famous, interactive walk through ICE! attraction, presented by Pepsi, will return to Gaylord National. Visitors can explore holiday traditions from around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and more through Christmas Around the World. Artisans from Harbin, China travel more than 6,000 miles to hand-carve more than two million pounds of colorful ice into larger-than-life ice sculptures to illustrate scenes celebrating the world’s diverse cultural traditions. Adults and kids alike also can enjoy two-story ice slides, an enchanting Parade of Toys, larger-than-life ornaments and more. November 19-January 1. 201 Waterfront St., 301-965-4000; christmasonthepotomac.com
CityCenterDC will kick-off the holiday season with an exciting evening of performances and a grand tree lighting of DC’s largest Christmas tree! Washingtonians will be treated to a joyful holiday concert and official lighting ceremony and countdown. Families will be entertained with balloon artists, face painters, jugglers, holiday activities, and more. Enjoy the dazzling 75 foot Christmas tree, the resident 25 feet reindeer, and this year visitors will be in awe of our new Palmer Alley overhead holiday display. 825 10th St. NW.
To kick off the upcoming festive season, Mosaic District is excited to present the 2016 Merry Mosaic Christmas Tree Lighting. For all families and friends, festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with caroling by the Greater Merrifield Baptist Church, photos with Santa, free pedicab rides and much more. The tree lighting will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. to mark the beginning of the holiday season. 8122 Ransell Road, Falls Church; mosaicdistrict.com
Those wishing to savor Blue Duck Tavern’s Michelin-starred cuisine in their own home this Christmas can call ahead and order their holiday feast to-go. The star of the dinner for Blue Duck Tavern’s Christmas to-ho is their succulent traditional ham, accompanied by two freshly baked breads and four traditional sides from the restaurant’s menu. For the sweet finale, who can resist seasonal pies which are both included in the Christmas package. This all-American feast is designed to feed six to eight people and is priced at $400 (excluding tax.) Blue Duck Tavern will accept orders until December 19 at 5 p.m., with pick-up available in the Pastry Pantry on December 24 from 1-5 p.m. or December 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1201 24th St., NW. 202-419-6755; giftrocker.com
The Bethesda Urban Partnership invites you to kick off the holiday season at Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland. The celebration features holiday performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues. Blocks of ice will be transformed into wintery works of art before your eyes during the live ice sculpting presentation followed by choral performances from local school groups. Additionally, Santa Claus will make a visit to the park and holiday treats and crafts will be provided to children. Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland is a free event. 1-4 p.m. 301-215-6660; bethesda.org
The Hay Adams is pleased to announce the return of its holiday tea service. This special tea offers an all-inclusive tableside presentation of tempting sweets and savory snacks in one of the city's most beautiful settings. It is available exclusively on December 4, 11, and 18, with reservations available from 3-4 p.m. in the Lafayette Room. The indulgent experience is priced at $50 per person, which includes a pot of tea from the Mighty Leaf Tea Company, along with a tiered tray of savory and sweets. 800 16th St. NW, 202-638-6600; hayadams.com