Metro Washington Restaurant Week

Jan 14-20, Metro DC: Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, the most anticipated regional food-related promotion in the region, the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, has 250 participating restaurants spread out all over the DMV.

School of Rock, the Musical

Jan 16-27, DC: The National Theatre presents A New York Times Critics’ Pick. Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

Official Spin DC Grand Opening

Jan 17, DC: You’re invited to the grand opening celebration of SPIN . Enjoy a festive evening featuring Olympic ping pong champions, imaginative cocktails and our newly launched  menu. A $10 donation grants you unlimited ping pong access and all proceeds are donated to our friends at 826DC. SPIN is your new offline social network, a place to disconnect and connect over the simple game of ping pong. Partake in our weekly programming, happy hour specials, team building activities or just come and enjoy the game of ping pong.


Jan 18-Feb 24, DC: It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S.-Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.

Dr. MLK Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

Jan 19-21, Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail" with special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today. Why did the civil rights leaders of the 1960s choose jail time to demonstrate their plight? How did Dr. King’s letter, written in the margins of a newspaper and smuggled out of Birmingham Jail, create a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement? If Dr. King were alive today, what issues would his letter address?


Jan 19, Baltimore: Participate in a day-long series of free events open to the public as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Participate in a contest or cheer on a contestant. See a mathematical art exhibition, be part of a math circle, hear a public talk and take away fun memories!

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Jan 19-20, Baltimore and Bethesda: Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz conducts an eclectic program including the beautiful Siegfried Idyllthat Richard Wagner wrote for his wife, Cosima. In response to failing his violin audition with the Vienna Philharmonic, Sibelius composed one of the most technically challenging violin concertos ever written, performed here by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride. Haydn’s "London" Symphony is the composer's most regal symphony, filled with the sounds of trumpets and timpani.

The Soap Myth

Jan 20, Owings Mills: Did the Nazis make soap from the bodies of murdered Jews? In this dramatic play reading a cast of four, including the legendary Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh, examines the conflict between those who would honor the memory of the Holocaust and those who would deny it. This is the story of the friendship that develops between a young journalist and a cantankerous Holocaust survivor on a crusade to have the Nazi atrocity of "soap" included in Holocaust Memorial museums. Along the way, the young journalist encounters a pernicious and charismatic Holocaust denier. The play addresses provocative questions such as: How does a survivor survive surviving? Who has the right to write history? Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg will facilitate a talk-back with the cast and playwright Jeff Cohen, a Baltimore native.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week

Jan 17-Feb 2, various locations: Good news for the hungry but budget-minded: Baltimore County Restaurant Week, offering reduced-price meals at more than 60 restaurants, begins Friday. The week (which actually runs 16 days) features fixed-price lunch, brunch and dinner menus, priced at $15-$35. The restaurants are scattered throughout the county, from Dimitri’s International Grille in Catonsville to Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Dundalk, The Melting Pot in Towson to Kooper’s in Jacksonville.

Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Jan 21, DC: The Wizards’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game is a holiday tradition, presenting a great opportunity to enjoy some matinee basketball inside Capital One Arena. John Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wiz will take on stars Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. Each team is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, making for an exciting afternoon matchup.

NSO: Renee Fleming sings Schubert

Jan 18-20, DC: At the mention of Renée Fleming's name, many of us can recall the first time we heard her interpret the great opera, classical, and contemporary repertoire. In a thrilling all-Schubert program, the internationally celebrated soprano joins NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda to perform at the Kennedy Center.

MLK Holiday Weekend, DC

Jan 21, DC: The D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade was conceived in 1977 by the late Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer and co-founder of the United Black Fund, along with his wife, the late Ward 8 Councilmember Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Esq., and the late Ralph “Petey” Greene, a community activist and radio personality. Thanks to these three renowned civic leaders, the District of Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to hold a parade honoring Dr. King following his untimely death on April 4, 1968. It helped in the effort to establish a national holiday in Dr. King’s honor and today it reinforces the work being done by government agencies, community non-profit organizations and private citizens to promote peace and non-violence locally and around the world.

Havre de Grace Ice Festival

Jan 19-20, Havre de Grace: Over 30+ Ice sculptures, Prince & Princess parade, Chili Cook-Off with our local restaurants, Photo Ops, Kids’ stations, Ice/Cornhole game, Contests, Movies, Food Trucks, Fire Pits, Marshamallow Toasting, Demonstrations, Restaurant Specials, Store Promotions, Live Performances at Elsa’s House (aka Santa Land).

Ballet Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends

Jan 20, Gaithersburg: A quirky and fun dance interpretation of Beatrix Potter's beloved stories! Characters like Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Tom Kitten come to life and help teach important lessons through dance. The Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble is MBT's professional ensemble that seeks to complement and expand the existing outreach and production programs. These professionals prepare an annual repertoire of pieces for regional outreach, and mentor our Academy students during productions and as guest or year-long faculty members.


Jan 20, Bethesda: Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, launches its 25th anniversary season at Strathmore with a retrospective performance of the company’s best-loved works including Wade, Passing 25, and Nxt/Stp: Hip Hop. Featuring the critically acclaimed artists of Step Afrika!, the company celebrates 25 years of stepping while paying homage to the company’s deep connections to South African dance, music, and culture. 

Is Your Home Ready for Freezing Weather?

You’re ready for the holidays, but are you prepared for the freezing weather that comes with the season?  Keep yourself and your home warm, safe and cozy this winter by following these tips that my friend Scott Keenum from Fitzgerald Financial group emailed me:

  1. Protect your pipes. Protect your pipes from bursting this winter by insulating them if needed. Pipes that run through exterior walls are particularly at risk, but those that run through uninsulated attics or crawlspaces can also freeze.
  2. Clear the gutters. Inspect and clean your gutters and drains to avoid ice from building up and leaking water into your home.
  3. Seal air leaks. Inspect your home’s interior for cracks. Open cracks or leaks allow warm air to escape, so seal them up and keep the warm air in.  
  4. Get your fireplace ready. If your chimney hasn’t been cleaned in a while, call a chimney sweep to remove any dangerous soot or buildup. If you don’t plan to use your chimney, make sure the damper is closed.
  5. Maintain your furnace. Clean your furnace once a year to remove build-up and improve efficiency.
  6. Cover your windows. Don’t let heat escape through your windows. Use your blinds or drapes to add a layer of insulation.  
  7. Change outdoors bulbs. Clean all light fixtures and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
  8. Bring in the outdoors. Cold temperatures, snow or ice can damage outdoor furniture and grills. Bring them in if possible, or purchase covers to protect them from the elements.
Wishing you a safe and warm winter season. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we
can help you in any way. ~Scott Kapinos



Jingle Bell Run

Dec 1, Ellicott City: The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason!

Symphony of LIghts

Now- Dec 30, Columbia: Enjoy a drive through the Howard County General Hospital Symphony of Lights, a time-honored holiday tradition, in the comfort of your car. This family-oriented spectacular offers a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 300,000 bulbs.

Natural Holiday Sale

Dec 1, Columbia: Come enjoy our annual Holiday Sale- fun for the whole family! Browse locally crafted natural gifts while enjoying music and refreshments. Children will enjoy creating whimsical critters from cones, pods and seed heads with the help of our naturalists!

Celebration in the Woods

Various dates, Columbia: Join the Inner Arbor Trust and Downtown Columbia Partnership for Celebration in the Woods, a joyous, seasonal celebration of winter in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. Stop in for crafts, performances, and to enjoy our artist-created trees.

Downtown Holiday Market

Now-Dec 23, DC: Celebrating its fourteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region.

Nationals Winterfest

Dec 1&2, DC: Winterfest is coming home - to Nationals Park - for the holidays! The annual weekend-long festival is a celebration of baseball and the holidays with presents and Presidents. This year's Nativity scene includes both indoor and outdoor programs so fans can enjoy many of your favorite activities from last year along with several new additions only available at Nationals Park.


Now-Jan 1, DC: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with two dazzling laser light shows set to music. 

A Jazz Family Christmas

Dec 1, DC: Join the Kennedy Center and NPR for this annual holiday tradition highlighting jazz pianists and their favorite seasonal music! This year, Jason Moran will be joined by Booker T. Jones and James Francies, among others. This perennially sold-out event will be recorded for future broadcast on NPR and streaming online.

Holiday Boat Parade

Dec 1, DC: Join us as we celebrate the holidays and see the beautifully decorated boats pass by. Get into the spirit as you decorate ornaments. Warm up by our fire pit and visit our lighted Christmas Tree. Go ice skating and bring the whole family to meet Santa and make memories during this annual DC tradition.

Georgetown Glow

Dec 1-Jan 6, DC: Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood, it's a whole new way to shine.

MetroCooking DC

Dec 1&2, DC:  Join us for the 13th annual MetroCooking DC Show! The ultimate foodie outing returns to the Washington Convention Center. Whether you’re an aspiring home cook or expert entertainer, the two-day culinary extravaganza provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all food and entertaining enthusiasts. Enjoy cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs. Sample from over 50 local restaurants in the Grand Tasting Pavilion.Learn new techniques and tips in the Taste Talk Workshops. Sharpen your skills in the pop-up cooking school. Meet your favorite James Beard award-winning chef and see them whip up delicious dishes live on the James Beard Stage. Plus, shop from hundreds of specialty food vendors in the exhibitor marketplace! Chances are, you’ll discover a new favorite hot sauce!

Christmas Bazaar

Dec 1, DC: The SWEA Washington DC Christmas Bazaar is a popular event and kick starts the season. Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and our Swedish delicacies, such as “fika” and “glögg”, is certain to get you in the spirit of the season. The event ends with the traditional caroling by our Swedish St Lucia Procession.


Nov 30-Dec 2, DC: Each December, the Heurich House Museum celebrates the winter season and honors the Heurich family’s German heritage with a holiday artisan market in our garden. This holiday shopping event features goods from over 40 local artisans from DC, Maryland, and Virginia and a tour of our seasonally decorated historic house.


Now-Jan 6, Bethesda: This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces her that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season!

Winter Wonderland

Dec 1, Bethesda: Celebrate the holiday season in Veterans Park in downtown Bethesda with a variety of performances, live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa Claus and more!

USNA Glee Club Messiah

Dec 1&2, Annapolis: Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Christmas Village

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: Coming to the Inner Harbor from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve in 2018, Christmas Village will feature 50 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world!

Festival of Wreaths

Now-Dec 2, Westminster: The Festival of Wreaths has been a Westminster holiday tradition for 21 years. This silent auction of more than 150 uniquely decorated theme wreaths is always a hit. Come and see all the amazing creatively on display. Vote for your favorite wreaths. While you are here you can bid on wreaths for yourself and as gifts for others.

Miracle on 34th Street

Now-Dec 31, Baltimore: Over the years, many visitors from around the world have visited the lights on 34th street and left many messages in the books that the Hosier’s, the lovely couple who started it all, leave on their porch for people to sign and share. The street has been nationally recognized by Nightline, The Travel Channel, the Maryland Lottery, and Home and Garden to name a few. Some of the favorites are the hub cap Christmas tree, bike rim snowmen, overhead trains, and the Big Red Lighted Crab.

Holiday in the Park

Now-Jan 1 select days, Bowie: Holiday in the Park is back at Six Flags America. It's the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

A Christmas Carol

Now-Dec 30, Olney: Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended  – in his own words – and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see.

Joshua Bell

Nov 30, Dec 2, Baltimore: One of today's hottest young conductors, Romanian-born Cristian Măcelaru is joined by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell in Saint-Saëns' technically brilliant Violin Concerto No. 3 and Ravel's hair-raising Tzigane, perfectly designed to show off Bell's sheer talent. Vaughan Williams' dramatic Symphony No. 4, one of the most revered symphonies of the 20th century, is also on the program.