Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Experience a three-day Northwest Coast dance celebration Thursday-Saturday at the National Museum of the American Indian

U.S. Botanic Garden: Seasons Greenings

Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and sounds of the season in the annual holiday display, including the popular model train show. Nov 24-Jan 2

NSO Pops: E.T.: Film with Live Music

Experience the tale as never before on a big screen with John Williams's soaring score performed live. Friday-Saturday

12th Annual Downtown Holiday Market

Unique vendors, live music, tasty treats. Don't miss the chance to celebrate the season at this festive DC tradition. Nov 25-Dec 23

ZooLights at the National Zoo

Start a new holiday tradition, and see the Zoo at it's finest. Live music, treats and shopping, all while enjoying over 500,000 sparkling LED lights. Nov 25-Jan 1

Early Hockey on a semi-holiday Friday

See the Caps take on the (worst-scoring team in the NHL) Sabres at 5pm November 25

Sing: The next Illumination Entertainment Movie: FREE!

Free showing for the first 200 people. Sing is produced by the same group that gave us Minions and The Secret Life of Pets. Saturday, 9:00am, select AMC theaters

Catonsville 13th Annual Turkey Trot

It's not too late to participate! Show up between 7-8am on Thanksgiving morn to join in the family fundraiser for the Catonsville HS Cross Country program

LIghts on the Bay Sandy Point State Park

Spectacular drive-through light display beside the Chesapeake Bay. Now-Jan 1


All events take place from Friday, November 18-Sunday, November 20 unless otherwise noted

Chesapeake Bay Fall Rockfish Tournament 

Annapolis: Thousands of professional and recreational anglers compete for trophies and cash prizes in this 24th Annual Event

Christmas on the Potomac

National Harbor: (Nov 19-Jan 1) ICE, Christmas Around the World. It's back, with over 2 million pounds of colorful ice, along with a scavenger hunt, gingerbread decorating and much more! 

Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Gaithersburg: 3 day extravaganza with over 450 carefully curated artisans and craftspeople from across America. Get all your holiday shopping done in one trip!

Maryland Christmas Show

Frederick: This weekend and next! If you need more shopping options, try this 33rd annual event. Takes place in seven buildings and a big top tent!

North Pole Experience

Cumberland: Western Maryland Railroad presents a magical holiday train ride and a chance to visit with Santa weekends through December 18

301 Derby Dames

La Plata: (Nov 19 only) Something different for you! A full day of roller-derby scrimmaging in the off-season opener event

Towson: (Nov 19 only) 42nd Annual Native American Festival. Enjoy dance, drums, jewelry, art, food and more at this popular celebration

Silver Spring: (Nov 17, 19 & 20) Need some amusement in your life? Love cat videos? This is for you! At the wonderful AFI Silver Theatre, this benefits local animal shelters

WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS (a little late this week!)

All events listed take place from Friday, Nov 11-Sunday Nov 13 unless noted

Strathmore Museum Shop Around

Bethesda: Strathmore brings together beautiful gifts from 18 area museums and cultural shops

The Emporiyum Food Market

Downtown DC/Saturday & Sunday: Bring your foodie friends and enjoy one of a kind food items and treats from around the country

Black Side of the Moon

Downtown DC/Saturday-Jan 1: Need a laugh? Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents an all African-American cast performing sketches and stand-up comedy

Fotoweek DC

DC/Saturday-Sunday Nov 20: Citywide photography celebration features over 150 exhibitions, presentations and events

National Cathedral Highlights Tour

DC/Ongoing: Guided tour of the Cathedral's must-see details of art and architecture.

Maryland Irish Festival 2016

Timonium Fairgrounds: Celebrating Irish culture, music, food, dance and festivities with a chance to get some early Christmas shopping done

HCC Dance Student Showcase 

Columbia/Friday & Saturday: Get Local and support Howard Community College students. Enjoy creative explorations from student coreographers

Mistletoe Mart

Westminster/Friday & Saturday: Get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping with 51 juried artisans and craftspeople selling their creations

Olney Theatre - Mary Poppins

Olney/Now-Jan 1: Fun for the whole family at a theatre that always receives rave reviews!

One Singular Sensation - Marvin Hamlisch

Annapolis/Saturday Nov 12: Celebrate the well-known and loved music of Marvin Hamlisch in this fun performance for the whole family

Weekends On Wednesdays

Happening All Weekend

Kids Euro Festival 2016 (Downtown DC)

Festival of European arts and culture. Performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling and more

National Gallery of Art Community Celebration (Downtown DC)

Performances, storeis, sketching, children's activites and a film screening

Charm City Fringe Festival (Baltimore)

Celebrate five years of cutting-edge, original indie theatre and arts

Howard County Crafts Spectacular (Howard Co Fairgrounds)

Featuring several hundred artisans displaying hand-crafted creations

Lawyer's Farm and Corn Maze (Frederick)

Final weekend of the year!

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Baltimore)

Tony award winning Broadway musical at the Hippodrome for a six-day run

St Mark Orthodox Church Food Festival and Bazaar (Bethesda)

Come enjoy fabulous food, vendors, demonstrations and tours of the beautiful church

Friday November 4

Annapolis By Candlelight

Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses with guided tours (also Saturday November 5th)

National Aquarium (Baltimore)

Come visit the Aquarium for half-price on Friday night!

The Nutcracker Off the Cuff (Bethesda)

Experience The Nutcracker in a whole new way at the Strathmore (also the 5th at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore)

Saturday November 5

Czech Christmas Market (Downtown DC)

Vendors will be at the embassy with blown-glass ornaments, jewelry, Christmas cookies, pastries and more

Eastport vs. Annapolis Tug Of War (Annapolis)

19th Annual Battle!

Swains Lockhouse Hardhat Tour (Potomac)

Unique opportunity to see the inside of a lockhouse stripped down of all non-historic materials

Baltimore Oyster Festival (Inner Harbor)

Enjoy oysters and other seafood, family friendly activities, live music and entertainment

Maxwell and Mary J Blige Concert (Royal Farms Arena)

King and Queen of Hearts Tour