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It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday. It’s the one day where it’s OK to eat like it’s your last meal AND get the day off work! D.C. is a lovely place to spend the holiday, whether you’re with family, friends or all alone. Whether you want to eat out, order in, drink quality beers or see a show, we’ve got you covered.


Open Restaurants

DBGB Kitchen and Bar– The three-course, prix-fixe holiday menu features Squash Soup, Pork, Pate, Roasted Turkey, and much more. Seatings are available from 12-8pm on Thanksgiving for $65. Click here to reserve now.

Et Voila! – Here’s your chance to prepare your body for Thursday’s feast. The classic Belgian French bistro in the Palisades will host its second annual “Stretch Your Belly” party on Wednesday, November 26, from 5-10pm. For $29.95 per person, guests will gorge on unlimited Blue Bay Mussels, Belgian Fries, and Affligem Blonde Ale, or choose the Carbonade a la Flamande, a traditional Belgian sweet-sour beef and onion stew paired with Belgian Fries and Gouden Carolus.


Bastille – The decadent three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu from Bastille includes a first course, entree, and dessert, with an optional additional cheese course. Standout dishes include the Duck liver pate with crawfish beignets and remoulade aioli, Smith Meadow Farm (VA) pasture-raised Angus beef pot roast with celeriac-parsnip puree, brussel sprouts, carrots and shallots, traditional slow-roasted Virginia turkey breast with cornbread-leg hash, sweet potato gnocchi, collard greens and cranberries, and for dessert, Pumpkin bavarois with brown sugar crème Chantilly, braised golden raisins and bourbon caramel. 4-9pm, $75 per person with wine pairings for $19. Cheese course is an additional $13.

Blue Duck Tavern – On Thursday, November 27, Blue Duck Tavern will offer its a la carte breakfast menu from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Then, “brunch into dinner” service will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Guests opting for the Thanksgiving, three-course holiday meal will enjoy Blue Duck Tavern’s inviting ambience.  A bountiful selection of starters will be placed throughout the open-air kitchen for guests to help themselves to their first course.  Starters will include seasonal salads, breads, meats, and cheese to be followed by a choice of plated entrées and side dishes showcasing produce from regional farms.  Seasonal desserts, on display in the Pastry Pantry, will complete the Thanksgiving feast. The holiday menu is priced at $100 per person for adults.


Nage – From 11:30am-6pm on Thanksgiving, Nage offers a buffet featuring  Cajun Deep Fried Turkey; Brown Sugar Glazed Ham; Cornbread and Andouille Stuffing; Mac and Cheese; Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes; Green Beans with almonds; Braised Collard Greens; Cranberry Sauce; Parker House Rolls, and Turkey Gravy, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. To complete the meal, dessert options include Apple Cobbler; Sweet Potato Pie and Pecan Pie.  The Thanksgiving menu is priced at $38 per person for adults, and $19 for children under 13 (tax and gratuity not included).  Additionally, guests who dine at Nage Bistro at the buffet will, for $12, be able to fill a take-home box to enjoy leftovers the next day.

Ardeo Bardeo – The three-course menu (prix-fixe, $45 per person) presents a twist on Thanksgiving classics. Some highlights include Smoked Turkey Rillettes with cranberry-fig compote, Roman Style Gnocchi with roasted mushrooms and sweet potatoes, and bourbon brioche pudding. The menu is served from 11am-8pm.

NoPA Kitchen and Bar – Ashok Bajaj’s American brasserie is offering a few festive specials in addition to its a la carte menu this Thanksgiving.  Standouts include Kabocha Squash Salad with Bayonne ham, Asian pear and pumpkin seed vinaigrette, and a Roasted Turkey with chestnut and herb stuffing and porcini mushroom jus. Don’t miss the seasonal dessert offerings- Pumpkin Crème with buttermilk mousse, spice cake and gingersnaps; Apple Tart Tatin with apple cider reduction and black vanilla ice cream; and toasted orange meringue and pistachios.  The Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Rasika – If you’re looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, both the West End and Penn Quarter locations of Rasika are featuring exotic turkey specials in addition to their a la carte menus. At West End, enjoy the flavorful Dum Ka Turkey, a turkey hot pot flavored with saffron and cashew nuts, for $16. Penn Quarter’s alternative is the Turkey Salli, turkey cooked with apricots and straw potatoes, also $16.

The Hamilton – Enjoy a traditional Turkey Dinner ($26) or a Glazed Virginia Ham ($30) at one of DC’s most beautiful venues. Every dinner comes with your choice of pecan, pumpkin or apple crumb pie for desert. And don’t forget to snag one of The Hamilton’s famous milkshakes!

Bombay Club – Thanksgiving guests will be delighted to find a variety of Thanksgiving Day extras in addition to the full a la carte menu. Festive specials for the occasion include the Methi Turkey Tikka marinated with yogurt, garlic, fenugreek grilled in a tandoor oven and served with cranberry chutney, Brussels sprout foogath, and butternut squash bharta for $19.50 a person.  For dessert, try a Pumpkin Brûlée with a cranberry cookie for $8.  The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m

The Oval Room – Executive Chef Tony Conte is preparing a three-course holiday menu offered from 12pm to 8:30pm, priced at $50 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. Serving up flavors of the season in an innovative fashion, Chef Conte will feature a menu that includes Burrata with persimmons, crunchy Serrano and vincotto, as well as the Crudo of Nantucket Bay Scallops with cranberry, crispy rice and Asian pear. Main courses include Free Range Turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato puree; Butter Poached Maine Lobster with matsutake vinaigrette and toasted pearl pasta, as well as All Natural Beef Filet with salsify and fall spiced red wine butter. Dessert options include Chocolate Espresso Cake with malt chocolate ice cream; Cheesecake with brown butter apples, and Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

701 Restaurant – For $48 per person, 701 will be dishing up a classic Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The menu includes innovative starters such as Crab Beignets with frisée and almond romesco. The main course choices include Grilled Pork Loin with apple puree, Brussels sprouts, n’duja, cipollini onions and cider glaze; Roasted Turkey with sweet potato puree, stuffing, cranberry compote and gravy; Norwegian Salmon with mustard spaetzle, rapini, pecans and pomegranate molasses, as well as Orecchiette with wild mushrooms, Swiss chard, Oloroso sherry, brown butter and pecorino.  For the perfect ending, there is Sticky Bun Parfait; Chocolate Ingot; Pumpkin Butterscotch Mousse, as well as Honey Almond Dacquoise. 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service.

Bibiana – Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca will be offering an authentic Italian twist on Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s prix fixe menu includes Roasted Cauliflower Salad with pine nuts, golden raisins and anchovy cream; 45 Minute Egg with mushroom purée and a wild mushroom salad; Smoked Citrus Cured Swordfish Belly with lemon, mâche and trout roe, as well as Beef Tripe braised in tomato, parmigiano and black pepper.  Entrées include Heritage Turkey Cooked Two Ways, roasted breast and braised leg, with potato mousseline, bread stuffing and cranberry sauce; Plancha Seared Diver Scallops with salsify purée and a brown butter vanilla sauce, and the Roasted Pork Loin served with polenta, Brussels sprouts and mustard sauce.  Guests can end their meal with tempting dessert options that include Persimmon Pudding with caramelized persimmon and walnut gelato; Quince Crostata with jasmine ice cream and huckleberry sauce, as well as Roasted Pumpkin Flan with coffee crème and hazelnut butter cookie. 12-8pm, $48 per person.

Zaika – The Clarendon restaurant will be dishing up an Indian Thanksgiving feast with two options available on Thursday, November 27th. For lunch, an Indian-inspired Thanksgiving buffet will be offered. Later in the day, the prix fixe menu includes Indian Style Mashed Potatoes, Tandoori Turkey marinated in a yogurt sauce; Oregano Salmon Filet marinated in a house sauce, Rara Gosht Punjabi, roasted minced lamb cooked in a traditional Punjabi styled curry, and more. Dessert is a Gajar Ka Halwa, homemade carrot pudding topped with nuts and served hot. Buffet from 11:30am-3pm, $14.99 per person. Prix fixe menu from 4-8pm, $35 per person or $50 with wine pairings.


Ulah Bistro –  In addition to their regular a la carte menu, Ulah will offer a sumptuous three-course prix fixe meal this Thanksgiving.  Prepared by Executive Chef Mehdi Lahlou, standouts include Pumpkin Bisque garnished with blue crab meat; Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with endives, pecans, radish, blue cheese and a apple cider vinaigrette, and Roasted Turkey or Baked Whole Branzino accompanied by traditional sides. Dessert is a choice between Bourbon Butterscotch Pudding or Pecan Pie. 5-11pm, $35 per person.

Ted’s Bulletin – Thanksgiving Pop Tarts are back! Although Ted’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, the limited-edition pastries will be available the entire week and also for pre-order and pick-up. What is a Thanksgiving Pop Tart, you ask? Well,
it is a savory, holiday themed riff on the classic American treat, filled with turkey and house made stuffing, then glazed with cranberry sauce and topped with sweet potato mash.  It is literally Thanksgiving-in-a-Pop-Tart, for only $3.99.


Photo courtesy of Ted’s

Station 4 – Situated in the newly developed Southwest Waterfront, Station 4 will be offering a special four-course, prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Orlando Amaro’s tempting menu starts with an amuse of Crab Fritters with pimiento cheese followed by a choice of starters such as Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with pecans and micro cilantro and Turkey Meatballs with Stilton cheese polenta and roasted grapes.  Main courses include Roasted Turkey, sliced turkey, rustic stuffing, green beans, roasted sweet potato puree and cranberry sauce, Butternut Squash Ravioli with caramelized apples, sage butter, goat cheese and walnuts, as well as Pomegranate Glazed Pork Tenderloin with couscous and roasted root vegetables. Desserts include traditional Thanksgiving favorites such as Pumpkin Pie with a ginger cookie and cinnamon gelato or Pecan Pie with vanilla gelato and chocolate sauce. 2-11pm, $38 per person.

City Tap House – the craft beer-focused restaurant is hosting an “Orphan Thanksgiving” with a variety of festive specials such as Chantenay Carrot Soup, Kale and Spiced Sweet Potato Salad, Spring Field Farm Turkey with roasted baby sweet potato, black kale, cranberry relish and giblet sauce; Cervena Venison with curry apples, Brussels sprout leaves, sunchokes and pomegranate gastrique, and well as Carolina Gold Rice Risotto with roasted butternut squash, black kale, truffle and grana padano. For dessert, City Tap House is offering Classic Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly cream and candied pecans; Apple Cake with bourbon vanilla ice cream and a caramel sauce, as well as Dark Chocolate Pot de Crème with caramelized banana, macadamia nuts and espresso ice cream.  Guests are invited to pair any of these Thanksgiving menu items with seasonal draft beers that will be poured exclusively on Thanksgiving. 12pm-12am. Prices range from $11 to $42 each.


City Perch Kitchen + Bar – Chef Sherry Yard’s first independent restaurant is scheduled to open this week, and is taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day. City Perch will focus on the art of culinary technique by incorporating three unique methods—char-broiler, rotisserie and raw bar—all under one kitchen. Entrees center on the rotisserie and char-broiler, which maintain the integrity of locally raised and caught poultry, meat and seafood and enrich them with deep flavor. Highlights include the Slow Roast Chicken, half a free-range Amish chicken from Pennsylvania; the Slow Roasted Porchetta, from Autumn Olive Farms in Virginia; and the Whole Roasted Long Island Duck and the Salt Crusted 36oz Porterhouse, intended for two to share. Sides include a variety of potato dishes and simply prepared vegetables fresh from the farm. Farm to glass cocktails and “heart-warming” desserts such as a Cream Puff Brulee are also sure to please.

Pinea – The restaurant at the W will serve a special pre-fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day from 2-8pm. Highlights from the three-course dinner include Celery Root Veloute, Lobster Medallion, Pheasant Agnolotti, Grilled Eggplant with Chestnut Stuffing, Turkey Roulade Foie Gras, and Pumpkin Crème Brulee.


BLT Steak – BLT Steak DC encourages diners to spend time around the table with friends and family this Thanksgiving, not behind the stove. The downtown, DC dining destination will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a special prix-fixe holiday menu on Thursday, November 27 featuring contemporary takes on traditional favorites like Roasted Turkey with Chestnut-Sausage Stuffing and Rosemary Gravy and a Dry Aged Roasted Prime Rib with Caramelized Onion Bread Pudding. To fuel diners up for Black Friday shopping, BLT Steak will serve its signature fluffy popovers stuffed with all the best Thanksgiving leftovers all day on Friday, November 28.

America Eats Tavern – José Andrés is serving up a Thanksgiving meal with a twist at his restaurants in Tysons Corner. Highlights include Roasted Virginia Turkey with rye-whiskey infused breast, Virginia Oyster Stuffing, Green Been Casserole featuring house-made mushroom soup,Sweet Potatoes with House-made Marshmallow, and Bourbon Corn Pudding.

Fiola and Fiola Mare– Fabio Trabocchi offers a Thanksgiving Dinner special at Fiola for $80 a person. Menu highlights include Maine Belon oyster, Virginia country ham,  roast turkey, Acquerello risotto as well as dessert options that include warm apple crostata and a mascarpone pumpkin bar.


2941 – Celebrated Falls Church Restaurant 2941 is inviting guests to enjoy a festive feast with a view! Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel, award-winning Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart, and team present three holiday-themed prix fixe menus including a 3-course prix fixe for $68, a 3-course vegetarian menu for $50, and a 3-course prix fixe Children’s Menu. Menu highlights include Butternut Squash Velouté, Wild Boar “Provençal Daube,” Thanksgiving Vegetarian, Maple Lawn Farm’s Turkey Breast, Apple Pie, and Pumpkin S’More, to name a few. Seatings are available 11am to 8pm.

Cafe Dupont and Bar Dupont– Cafe Dupont and Bar Dupont at the Dupont Circle hotel invites locals and visitors to celebrate with holiday specials and menus on both Wednesday, November 26th and Thursday, November 27th.  On Wednesday night from 5-10pm there will be live music and extended happy hours specials.  Thursday morning starts with breakfast from 6:30-11:30am with screenings of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and various NFL games.  The Thanksgiving menu will feature a choice of  seasonal appetizer, entree with family-style sides and dessert for $55 a person.  Appetizer options will include arugula salad with pumpkin vinaigrette, butternut squash soup, or faro salad with duck leg confit.  Guests will have the choice of traditional turkey, or less traditional options such as prime rib, pistachio crusted red snapper or pineapple and orange glazed ham.  Thanksgiving sides will include cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts among others.  There will also be fall inspired desserts such as pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple strudel.  The Thanksgiving menu as well as their regular menu will be available starting at 11:30am until closing.


Casa Luca–  Thanksgiving Day, Casa Luca will offer a 4-course meal for $65 for adults and $25 for children.  Menu highlights include Maine lobster, chestnut soup, roasted heritage turkey, lamb shoulder rack “Cacciatora” as well as many delicious dessert including dark chocolate torta caprese and warm date cake.

4th Annual Brewer’s Grain Pizza Fundraiser with Pizzeria Paradiso– DC Brau is teaming up with Pizzeria Paradiso to raise dough for Bread for the City.  When you buy a Brewer’s grain pizza with spent grain from DC Brau between Thanksgiving and Christmas, $2 dollars from each pie will go to Bread for the City.  Pizzeria Paradiso will also be using the spent grain to bake loaves of bread to donate to Bread for the City.


Takeout Specials

Carmine’s – Feeding a crowd? The 8-person feast, which is available for dining in or taking out, is a classic Thanksgiving spread. An 18-pound turkey, brussels sprouts, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pie are sure to satisfy your guests- and let you start drinking earlier instead of cooking. Everyone wins!

BlackSalt – Although the MacArthur Boulevard restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving day, they are offering full Thanksgiving dinners to be picked up on Wednesday, November 26. Call before the 23rd to reserve your Amish turkeys, oysters, soups, sides, and desserts.


Blue Duck Tavern – Let The Blue Duck Tavern cook for you this Thanksgiving. The takeout menu feeds 6-8, and includes a 10-12 pound turkey, seasonal sides such as corn bread stuffing with chorizo, Brussels sprouts with bacon, potato puree, cauliflower gratin, two loaves of bread, and dessert: an apple and pumpkin pie. The $350 meal is all-inclusive and features heating instructions for all menu items.

Nage – The bistro is offering pies to-go for your home Thanksgiving meals. Sweet Potato and Pecan are both available. Orders must be placed by November 24th, and there is a maximum of eight pies per order. Call (202) 448-8005 to order.

Catoctin Creek Distilery – Spice up your Thanksgiving Day bar with handcrafted kosher and organic spirits made in the heart of historic Purcellville, Virginia in Loudoun County by Scott and Becky Harris. Award-winning spirits include: Roundstone Rye, Mosby’s Spirit, Watershed Gin, Roundstone Rye 92 Proof, and an assortment of Brandys. Looking for spirit-inspired stocking stuffers? Purchase a CCDC spirit-scented candle, Smokin’ Wood Chips – perfect for grilling, barrel-aged maple syrup, CCDC logo’ed gifts – flasks, glassware, growler, hats, t-shirts, or create your own gift baskets – all available at Catoctin Creek Distillery’s beautiful new tasting room and distillery located in the heart of historic Purcellville, VA.


Dolci Gelati – For those looking to liven up the table on Thanksgiving Day with some conversation starters and memorable sweets, drop by Dolci Gelati Café and pick up a pint of your favorite fall or holiday-themed house-made Italian gelato or sorbet. Flavors include: Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple, Cinnamon, Honey Mascarpone Fig, and Cranberry Orange Sorbetto, to name a few. Even better, if you have a fun idea for a wild holiday-themed flavor, just call ahead and see if master Pastry Chef and owner Gianluigi Dellaccio is able to create a custom pint of the exclusive gelato or sorbet flavor just for you and your lucky guests.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace – This Thanksgiving, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace will sell a selection of Pastry Chef Carri-anne Hamer’s pies, along with the restaurant’s popular Addie’s Rolls. Hamer’s selection of whole pies include Brazos River Bottom Pecan Pie, Apple, Sweet Potato and Key Lime. The buttery and addictive Addie’s Rolls, named after chef/owner Jeff Black’s grandmother, are part of the restaurant’s popular bread basket. Addie kept the recipe secret for entire life, but Black was able to obtain a version of it, which has been adapted for the restaurant. The rolls are available by the dozen. Order pies and rolls here by November 24th.

Legal Sea Foods – The three DC-area locations of Legal Sea Foods will be offering the restaurant’s Thanksgiving menu, which celebrates the menu of the First Thanksgiving- shellfish and fish. The restaurant will offer its full seafood menu for traditionalists, as well as a Turkey Dinner: Stuffed Turkey Breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce, priced at $21.95 per person.

Dolcezza – The Gelato & Coffee Shop presents new seasonal flavors of gelato: Crookneck Pumpkin, Sweet Potato Pecan Praline, Pomegranate sorbetto, and Gold Rush Apple sorbetto. The Thanksgiving package includes one pint of each flavor for $60. The frozen treat perfectly complements your Thanksgiving menu, and also makes a perfect gift for friends and family anywhere in the country. Click here to order.


Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab– Joe’s is offering delicious pies-to-go for the holidays.  Available for 29.95, the restaurant is offering 10 different pies including pumpkin chiffon, old fashioned apple and the Joe’s legendary key lime pie.  Advanced orders can be place and at least   24 hour notice is required for orders.

RareSweets – Pastry chef Meredith Tomaso, is gearing up for Thanksgiving and the holidays. The catering menu  features a variety of layer cakes in lieu of pies, seasonal cookies and baked goods, Thanksgiving and Christmas morning breakfast spreads, yule logs (featuring either naughty or nice elves), gift baskets and more. Many items on the menu are inspired by family and American heirloom recipes that have been reinterpreted for a modern palate. Pre-orders can be placed by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-499–0077.

Do Good! Feel Good! Buy Pies!– Buy a pie from Food and Friends before November 20th and proceeds will go directly to providing nutritious, home delivered meals to more than 3000 children and adults in the Washington area living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses.  There are 5 different flavors including apple, pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and sky pies.

Don Ciccio & Figli – Treat your guests to Artisan Italian-inspired Liqueurs Made in Washington DC by Industry Veteran and Amalfi Coast Native Francesco Amodeo. Liqueurs – created using some of Amodeo’s coveted family recipes – include: Limoncello, Ibisco, Concerto, Finocchietto, Nocino, Amaro, Mandarinetto, and Fico d’India, to highlight a few. Mini bottles of Limoncello are also available for purchase and make the ultimate stocking stuffer!

Cafe Dupont– Cafe Dupont will offer Turkey-to-Go, the same menu offered in their restaurant at the same price of $55 a person.  Additional pumpkin and pecan pies can be purchased for $25 each.  All orders must be made 72 hours in advance.

Acadiana – For a “Thanksgiving Dinner for Eight,” you can hang up your apron and ring Acadiana in Washington, DC to enjoy a complete Southern-style feast. The package features a 16- to 18-pound roasted or fried Cajun-style Turkey, choice of Giblet or Eggplant Gravy, any four sides, a Pumpkin or Pecan Pie, and Acadiana’s Biscuits with House-made Pepper Jelly. This savory and sweet spread is available for $175, or simply the bird for $105. All items are also available à la carte starting at $12 with an assortment of sides that include Sweet Potato Purée, Oyster Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread & Andouille Sausage Stuffing, Cranberries, Macaroni & Cheese and Collard Greens. To order, call 202.408.8804 before 5PM on Thursday, November 20.


Photo courtesy of Acadiana


Bayou Bakery -New Orleanian chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery can fill your kitchen with an array of Louisiana-style fixings with sought-after pies starting at $20 that include Virginia Peanut, Sweet Potato, Market Apple Crumble, Classic Pecan, Bourbon Chocolate-Chip and Bacon & Cayenne. Round out your meal with savory sides starting at $12, like Braised Collards or Dirty Rice by the quart, Buttermilk Biscuits by the dozen. Mac-n-Cheese can feed the whole family along with Savory Bread Pudding. Quick nibbles start at $10 per pint with Candied Spiced Pecans tossed in Creole seasoning or Cranberry-Orange Preserves to serve with Cornbread Muffins made from cornmeal ground by George Washington’s Gristmill—a Bayou Bakery exclusive! To order, call 703.243.2410 before Monday, November 24.


Photo courtesy of Bayou Bakery



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Be Merry

“Friendsgiving” at Republic–  Wednesday, November 26, Republic will celebrate “Friendsgiving.”  Beginning at 8pm, this game night meets karaoke happy hour will feature drink specials, karaoke and board games.  Get excited for Cards Against Humanity, Balderdash, Monopoly and the Game of Life and be prepared for the karaoke competition beginning at 10pm.  There will be a $10 warm drink menu as well as a beer and shot combination special for a limited time starting at 8pm.

Let’s be honest- all you want to do after stuffing yourself (hah) is kick back and stream something amazing on Netflix. But there are tons of other things to do this weekend too! Check em out:


Thanksgiving Eve Bash at Clarendon Ballroom–  Wednesday, November 26, stop by the Clarendon Ballroom for multiple DJs, drink specials and a discounted cover.  You won’t want to miss it.

See a movie at AFI Silver – Family favorites The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, and Mary Poppins are showing on Thursday, with many more throughout the weekend.


Young Rapids Holiday Party @ The Pinch w/ Friend Roulette, Tiny Hazard, and Dave Klinger–  Thursday, December 11th. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm. $5 at the door.

Dance off your dinner – If your food coma isn’t too paralyzing, head over to Tropicalia for Dancehall Thursdays “The Reunion.” The complimentary (before 11pm) show features Nemesis, Spyda the DC, and Majestic. Doors open at 10pm.

2014 Made in DC Holiday Marketplace–  Saturday, November 29th from 12-5pm DC Brau is hosting their annual holiday marketplace with Think Local First DC featuring local DC creative entrepreneurs such as Capital Mumbo Sauce, Citizen 74, CrunkCakes DC, Crushing Apparel, Jerkface Artisanal Beef Jerky, Junius Cold Brew Coffee Company, Marcella Kriebel Art + Illustration, Mobtown Dispensary, NMC Jewelry, Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness, Real Sauce Company, Sarah Cecelia Jewelry, Two Doxies by Bethany Atkins-Rashid and Typecase Industries.

Take a cruise – The Spirit of Washington is welcoming family, friends, and fans to leave the cooking and cleaning to them on Thanksgiving this year. Cruisers will enjoy a holiday-themed Thanksgiving Day Buffet and DJ entertainment for dancing. Enjoy the holiday without the hassle! Boarding at 11:30am and cruising from Noon to 2:00pm, the ride is priced at $54.90 per adult. Black Friday cruises are also available.

Thanksgiving Potluck with Go Cozy, Breakfast in Fur, Expert Alterations – Sunday, November 23rd at the Paperhaus.  Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6! Bring your own food and drink. Free entry.

Military Thanksgiving – For the fourth year, Arena Stage will invite 200 wounded warriors, service men and women, and their families to an elegant, complimentary dinner and a performance of Fiddler on the Roof at the Mead Center for American Theater on Friday, November 28 in gratitude for their service.

The Effects, Caddywhompus, Laughing Man– November 30th at the Pinch.  Doors open at 4pm and the show starts at 4:30pm.  $5 at the door.

Deck the Halls – The family-friendly Holiday event at Early Mountain Vineyards will ensure that your Thanksgiving weekend is filled with holiday cheer. The event includes sleigh rides, a wine barrel train for kids, Rick LaRue’s Band playing festive music, photos with Santa, and local artisans featuring handmade wares for sale. Chili from chef Jenn Crovato and mulled wine are among the special food and beverage offerings, in addition to the full tasting room menu.


Photo courtesy of Early Mountain Vineyard