Fall is well underway and the holidays are slowly creeping in! Here’s what’s going on in DC this November.
The trees are now bursting with hues of auburn and gold, the air is crisp and the spooky season’s officially over. While things might be feeling a bit hectic at the moment, there’s still plenty to do in the Nation’s Capital to enjoy the remainder the fall season before it ends and the cheerful Christmas décor goes up. Check these out!
These self-guided picnics are perfect for a day full of adventure and amazing food. Start off by getting your basket and make your way through Georgetown or Foggy Bottom (you can select the area of your choice after purchase) as you solve clues and riddles to pick up your picnic food bit by bit. Each clue will get you closer to the final stunning secret destination where you’ll get to enjoy all the picnic bites and gourmet goodies you picked up along the way. The tours usually take 3-4 hours and are the perfect covid-friendly experience to get lost in!
- Mystery Picnic Date: Self-Guided Foodie Adventure
- Mystery Picnic with Friends: Self-Guided Foodie Adventure
Kick-Axe Throwing in Ivy City is a total lumberjack heaven offering its visitors the opportunity to eat, drink and, while at it, hurl some axes around in a lodge-like setting. If you’ve never been axe throwing, you need not fret. All hatchet hurling sessions at Kick Axe start with a 10-15 minute lesson with one of their “axeperts” who will teach you the basics and stay with you to help and keep score during your time in the range.
Grabbing frozen cocktails in an open-air patio while the temperatures keep dropping might not sound very appealing. But hear us out. There are at least three reasons why you should visit Electric Cool-Aid right now, and its their pumpkin-spice frozen and honey bear cocktails which are the bee’s knees, its awesome rotating food trucks and, yes, the outdoor heaters.
Foliage peaked on October 26 but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the city bathed in 100 shades of beautiful. If you’re like us and you can’t get enough of the fall foliage, or just simply want to jump in a good ol’ pile of crackling leaves, read on to discover some of our favorite places to watch the changing of the seasons in and around DC.
SecreTea’s seasonal drinks might be one of our absolute favorites this Spooky Season. This new Foggy Bottom tea shop which opened earlier in the summer, serves all kinds of tea including foamy cheese tea (yes cheese tea, we’ll get to that in a moment) and of course boba tea. But we’re pretty much obsessed with its totally awesome fall menu, featuring slightly terrifying bags of alien blood, cute tiny pumpkins and more!
There’s no doubt DC has plenty to offer when it comes to art, culture and museums, so why not take advantage of what the city has to offer by visiting some of the newly reopened museums? Plus, DC’s latest museum opened just a couple weeks ago! Housed in the old Franklin School building, the spot from which Graham Bell made the first transmission from his photophone, Planet Word seeks to bring words to life with new, interactive experiences that will immerse you in a didactic sea of words and sounds. If you’re looking for more options, these are the other museums you can visit in around Washington DC this november:
- Phillips Collection
- The U.S. Army Museum opening on November 11
- National Museum of the American Indian
- National Museum of American History
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Renwick Gallery
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- The Spy Museum
Sounds like we’ve got a little Christmas magic to look forward to Washingtonians! Miracle at Seventh Street, DC’s insanely popular Holiday pop-up, is making its way back to the District this year with a brand new location in Adams Morgan. This year Miracle will be making its way to Death Punch Bar in Adams Morgan. Death Punch Bar opened earlier in August as part of restaurateur Darren Lee Norris’ three-level Japanese dining experience, Shibuya Eatery. The cocktail lounge is known for its dark and brooding feel which promises to bring a different feel to the wildly popular Christmas pop-up — Miracle at Death Punch Bar. Very 2020-esque! It’s opening on Friday, November 27.
Downtown’s Holiday Market is coming back to the city just in time for the holiday season! The popular outdoor shopping village will be opening for the public on Friday, November 20, albeit with new COVID-19 measures in place. The affair will include over 70 local vendors, scrumptious bites and more!
We might not be able to travel to Europe this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get a taste of its magical winter season. Stable, DC’s very own Swiss restaurant is finally reopening to the public on Thursday, November 12, and its brand new “ski chalets” have us dreaming of a cozy, gourmet trip to the sprawling Swiss mountainside.
Spooky season is over, fall foliage is past its peak and things seem a little bit uncertain at the moment, but at least winter’s around the corner and that means its officially cozy season. And what better way to celebrate the colder weather than by running away from it and sheltering under one Watergate Hotel’s totally enchanting igloos?
Cat lovers already have two purrific hangouts in DC to meet up with the cutest floofters in town, so it’s only fair dog lovers got their own go-to place too. If you’re a pooch lover who’s barking mad for dogs, you best pop the champagne because DC finally has its very own Dog Bar!
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