November Events



If you know me, you know that I do not like to stay still. Every once in awhile I do relish a good “couch time” (as we call it in our house) session. However, during my time off from work, I like to stay busy exploring the city and countryside. A great thing about this area is that I can be in the Nation’s capital in about 30 minutes (but let’s be real ya’ll… 66 is a bear); and out into the mountains and countryside in the same amount of time. I love the geographical diversity of this area, and all of the events and activities that it offers.

Monthly, luvthesmiths and I will be showcasing a variety of events and activities that are going on in our area that you and your family can go and enjoy. Please see the calendar list below for this month’s highlights.


Oct. 31st – Nov. 1st: Day of the Dead at the National Museum of American Indian // This festival will highlight traditional customs and cultures that surround the holiday. There will be demonstrations, traditional foods, presentations, and music. For more information (National Museum of American Indian)

Nov. 3rd: Cheese & Cheer; Craft Beer pairings 7-8pm // for the parents you can come sit and enjoy the fun of craft brews and cheeses just in time for the Holiday season. Cost is $40/person but you get to leave with two bottles of wine and a DIY of mulled spiced sache. If you can’t make it check out whats going on Nov 17th down below, they are hosting a similar event.
Nov. 5th: Frank Underwood’s Washington: A House of Cards Walking Tour 9:30– 1:45// Walk a guided tour around DC and spot some of your favorite locations from the show! Perks, its free exercise, free of charge, and then you will know all the great spots when friends come into town to visit. (

Nov. 11th: Veteran’s Day // Wreaths will be laid at Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as well as at many of the other monuments to honor our country’s soldiers and others who have served. Wreath laying ceremony begins promptly at 11am.

Nov. 11th – Feb. 26th: Canal Park Ice Rink Opening Night // Check the website for special Skate events and about ice skating lessons and prices

Nov. 12th: Veteran’s Day Parade in Manassas // Continue honoring those that have given so much to our country, by watching a Veteran’s Day Parade in Manassas. For more information (Manassas Veteran’s Day Parade)

Nov. 13th: National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony // If you are excited to deck the halls, join the community at National Harbor at their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities begin at noon and go until the tree is lit at 7:30pm.

Nov. 17th:  Mulled Wine with Cordial Wine & Bazaar Spices! @ Union Market // Join Cordial Craft Wine, Beer, and Spirits and Bazaar Spices for a festive mulled wine class to ring in the holiday season! Learn the history, watch demonstrations, and drink all while doing so. You’ll be going home with two bottles of wine and a DIY mulled spices sachet. $40/person 7-8PM

Nov. 19th: ICE! At the Gaylord in National Harbor // This annual holiday tradition will be running from Nov. 19th – Jan. 1st. Adult tickets are $29/pp – kids ages 3-11 are $21/pp – and children under 2 are free. If you are really feeling festive or are interested in making a “staycation” out of it, the Gaylord hotel also has package deals of tickets and accommodations. **Check sites such as Groupon for discounted tickets.**

Nov. 24th Jan. 2nd: Seasons Greetings from the US Botanic Gardens // Walk and enjoy the season flowers and decorations for the holidays while listening to live music. Every year they really out do themselves with lights, trains, and music and this year should be no exception. FREE  (

Nov. 20th: Vienna Turkey Trot // If you are in the mood to shake your tail feather (see what I did there?) sign up to run in Vienna’s Turkey Trot. Distances range from 1K to 10K, as well as a Kids Fun Run. For times and registration costs visit their site at (Vienna Turkey Trot)

If you have any suggestions of fun and unique activities to do in the area, or have been to any of the mentioned events before and have advice, please comment and send them our way. We would love to hear from you!

Happy FALLing! 



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