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15 Great Things to Do in D.C. in November

Celebrity chef smackdowns, enchanting theater shows and more fun stuff.

This month kicks off the start of the holiday season with food and drink festivals and whimsical performances. Also on tap, top concerts, a down-to-earth art fair, thought-provoking dance and so much more. Read on for all the events you need to add to your November calendar.

DC Brew Fest

Nov. 2

Eighty breweries pour fall flavors at this beer-lovers’ festival, complete with food trucks and live music. Nationals Park, www.dcbeerfestival.com

Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 2-3

Artist Lilia Ramirez creates an interactive mural featuring La Catrina, an iconic image by Mexican illustrator and printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada. Also on tap, National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens creating a traditional ofrenda (altar). American Indian Museum, 202.633.1000, www.americanindian.si.edu

‘The Magic Flute’

Nov. 2-23

Maurice Sendak adds visual playfulness to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last opera, about a young prince and his trusty bird-catcher sidekick. Together, they embark on a fantastical rescue mission on behalf of the Queen of the Night, where not all is as it seems. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600

“The Magic Flute”
“The Magic Flute” (©Cory Weaver/Portland Opera)

Superfine! Art Fair

Through Nov. 3

Local artists sell original works against a fun backdrop of deejays and creative performances. Union Market, Dock 5, www.superfine.world

Superfine! Art Fair
Superfine! Art Fair (Courtesy Superfine! Art Fair)

Capital Food Fight

Nov. 6

José Andrés leads this chef smackdown starring pals Carla Hall, Andrew Zimmern and more. It’s all for a good cause, with tastes from 80+ eateries. The Anthem, www.capitalfoodfight.org

Smithsonian Food History Weekend

Nov. 7-9

Demos, lectures and awards with top chefs such as Jacques Pepin, Rick Bayless, Ellie Krieger and others highlight all things food. American History Museum, 202.633.1000

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co.

Nov. 8-9

The lauded troupe dances an ode to early 20th-century salons, where traditional performances were held in patron’s homes. The two-day show centers on the evolution of modern dance at the end of World War I. The President Woodrow Wilson House, 202.387.4062, www.dtsbdc.org

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co.
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Co. (©Jeff Watts)


Nov. 8-10

Culinary artisans serve samples in one of the city’s best hubs for local fare. Union Market, www.theemporiyum.com

Emporiyum (©Dim Sum Media)

Whiskey Festival

Nov. 9

George Washington’s estate becomes home base for craft distillers. Mount Vernon, 703.780.2000

‘Ice & Lights’

Nov. 15-Jan. 5

Igloos, giant stars and a walk-through Christmas tree spark the start of the holiday season. Cameron Run Regional Park, Alexandria, Va., 703.960.0767

Sara Bareilles

Nov. 19-20

The multiple award-winning singer/songwriter serenades with tunes from her “Against the Chaos” album. The Anthem, 877.435.9849

Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles (©Shervin Lainez)


Nov. 22-Dec. 29

Nationals Park becomes Christmas HQ with a light maze, ice skating, food and drink areas and more. www.enchantchristmas.com

“Enchant” in Seattle (©Dale Klippenstein)

‘The Nutcracker’

Nov. 23-Dec. 29

The Washington Ballet adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic is set in Georgetown in 1882 and stars illustrious historical figures like George Washington, Harriet Tubman and King George III as the Rat King. Thearc (Nov. 23-24), 202.362.3606 ext. 605; Warner Theatre (Nov. 30-Dec. 29), 202.397.7328

“The Nutcracker”
“The Nutcracker” (Courtesy Washington Ballet)

‘Harry Potter’ in Concert

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

The National Symphony plays the soundtrack to a screening of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” bringing the film to life. The Kennedy Center, 202.467.4600

‘A Chorus Line’

Through Jan. 5

An intimate setting brings the toe-tapping action of this iconic Tony Award-winning musical front and center. Signature Theatre, 703.820.9771, www.sigtheatre.org