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49th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade
Spend the day celebrating Scottish culture in Old Town Alexandria.  Enjoy the parade of bagpipe and drum bands, Santa Claus, Scottish clans wearing their tartans, many classic cars and more.  Parade begins at 11:00.   
Old Town Alexandria / Saturday, Dec 7th/ Free Admission

Fairfax City Holiday Market
Get your holiday shopping done this weekend at the Fairfax City Holiday Market in Old Town Square.  The festival will include varied artisans, live holiday music, hot drinks, and yummy treats. Come on down and cross those gifts off your list.
Old Town Square/ Friday-Sunday, Dec 6th-8th /Free Admission

Christmas in Middleburg
Spend the weekend in Middleburg celebrating Christmas. Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony and carols Friday evening. On Saturday, you can have breakfast with Santa, get a hot chocolate warm-up, watch the Christmas Parade and Hunt and Hounds review and visit Santa’s workshop on Saturday. Great family-friendly event.
Middleburg, VA / Friday and Saturday, December 6th-7th / Free Admission

DC Holiday Boat Tour
Get in the holiday spirit at DC Holiday Boat Parade at The Wharf. There is so much to do.  Attendees can go ice skating, decorate ornaments, make cookies, make s’mores at the fire pit, and enjoy watching the parade of beautifully decorate boats pass by The Wharf. Kids also can visit with Santa.
The Wharf, Washington, D.C./December 7, 2019 6:00-9:00 PM/ Free Admission

Carriage Rides at Reston Town Center
Bring the family and enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the streets of Reston Town Center all thile helping local charities.  Cost is $5 per rider and children under 5 ride free.  Pick up outside Clyde’s on Market Street.
Reston Town Center/December 7th 4:30-9:30 PM/ $5

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Holiday Happenings

Even though it is cold, get out and do something fun this holiday season.

  • Nats park is sparkling this season, not necessarily from the team taking home the World Series Championship, but from it turning into a twinkling light maze with the Enchant Christmas maze. Called “the world’s largest Christmas light maze and market” this event, which runs select days from Nov. 22-Dec. 29, has a 90,000-square foot light maze with falling snow, a market with 40 artisans, food vendors and an ice-skating trail.
  • Take a ride on the THE POLAR EXPRESS weekends starting Nov. 15-Dec. 1. Get your golden ticket punched, sip hot chocolate, munch on cookies and be entertained by scenes from the beloved story and have a visit from Santa himself, who will be handing out some holiday gifts.
  • The streets of Middleburg turn to the holidays on Dec. 7 as the day starts with a breakfast with Santa, then a craft fair. Santa opens his workshop at 9:30 a.m. and then the streets are cleared as the Middleburg Hunt and Hounds parade through the downtown. A lunch of soup and ham biscuits breaks the parade of the hunt with the Christmas parade, which starts at 2 p.m.
  • Alexandria-area residents and visitors have a new option for holiday entertainment this year with Cameron Run, known as a popular waterpark in the summer, turns into an Ice & Lights extravaganza this winter season. From mid-November through February, Cameron Run will house an ice rink, photo opportunities, music, food, a winter village and more.
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The 5 best things to do in NoVA in November

A handful of things to do in NoVA that should be on your calendar.

DC Beer Fest
Are you a beer lover? Get ready for the DC Beer festival. The festival, being held at Nationals Park will host DC’s largest beer festival featuring over 80 breweries and over 200 beers, music by the Bobby McKey’s dueling piano bar, and a food truck alley featuring some of DC’s favorite food trucks.
// Nov. 2; noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.; Nationals Park: 1500 S. Capital St. SE, Washington, DC; $45-$75

The Emporiyum
Are you a foodie lover? We have some good news for you. The Emporiyum returns to DC for a 3 day food lovers dream. Visit over 90+ highly curated vendors ranging from artisans and producers of pantry and food products to chefs preparing incredible foods to be enjoyed on site.  Tickets are required.
// Nov. 8-10; times vary; Dock 5 at Union Market:  1309 Fifth St. NE, Washington, DC; $15-$80

A Conversation with Katie Couric
Enjoy an evening with Katie Couric in an intimate discussion about her life’s work.  Couric, former co-host of the Today show and CBS Evening News.  She is also a documentary filmmaker and founded her own media company, Katie Couric Media.  Couric is a tireless proponent of cancer awareness and is one of the founders of Stand Up To Cancer. Couric, who hails from norther Virginia, will be awarded the John P McGovern Award presented by Smithsonian Associates followed by a conversation of her life and work.
// Nov. 12; 6:45 p.m.; National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium: 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC; $25-$35

RENT, The Musical
The long running Broadway musial, RENT, is coming to DC on its 20th anniversary tour.  The rock musical, which had phenomenal success on Broadway, takes the audience through the a year in the life of seven friends trying to accomplish their dreams.  Faced with hardships and the social tensions of the late 80s, the group takes the audience on their journey of self-discovery.
// Nov. 12-17; times vary; National Theatre: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC; $54-$204

NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert
Join the National Symphony Orchestra as they play a live concert while watching the movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, on a large screen.  Harry is in Year 5 at Hogwarts and he must discover the secret of his terrible nightmares. Join Harry and his friends on this journey with the help of the NSO.
// Nov. 29-Dec. 1; times vary; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC; $29-$99

What you didn’t know your printer could do for you: A talk with Allegra Printing of Fairfax

Every business, non-profit, PTA and religious center needs paper and promotional products. Oanh Henry, owner of Allegra Print Mail Services of Fairfax, explores how printed collateral helps businesses, large and small, get the word out and make a lasting impression. From church programs to huge conference packages, she has you covered from pens and bags to bound booklets and banners.

When Megan Merkosky and her partner Tiffany started Peppi Gel (a nail color company based in Manassas) they sought out Oanh’s help to brand and market their product. Oanh walks us through the evolution of their brand.

Lastly, Oanh is a believer in Givers Gain and explores why giving back to the community is so important.

What You Didn’t Know Your Printer Could Do For You

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 25-Mar. 3

A handful of things to do in NoVA that should be on your calendar.

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Opens Feb. 26
Three women are tasked with restoring a Rembrandt painting that has been damaged, though their environment is something else: they are trapped in a museum during a hundred year war. The women: an art restorer, a nurse and their captor. // Signature Theatre, Shirlington

Sister Hazel
March 2
You’re teen/college-year musicians are back. Leesburg’s Tally Ho hosts Sister Hazel for a night. // Leesburg

Prune Like a Pro
March 2
It’s time to get those shrubs in shape for the spring. Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will bring your through tips and tricks so you can make sure you are manicuring correctly. // Merrifield

D.C. Annual Flea Market
March 2-3
Find those one-of-a-kind items that bring life into your home design at this year’s D.C. Annual Flea at the Dulles Expo Center. // Chantilly

Fairfax City Restaurant Week
March 3-9
Almost every meal of the day will have a deal on it in at the 20+ participating restaurants for Fairfax City Restaurant Week that kicks off this Sunday. Participate through the even app and you can win bonuses and prizes. // Fairfax City

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 18-24

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

Aaron Carter
Feb. 20
After a 15-year pause Aaron Carter is back on stage at Jammin Java this week to play his new album. // Vienna

Preacher Lawson
Feb. 21
We met him on America’s Got Talent now the comedian Preacher Lawson is taking the local stage at George Mason Center for the Arts to get the laughs with his clean, goofy and high-energy routine. // Fairfax

The Wolves
Through Feb. 24
A bold, dramatic comedy, The Wolves is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about the lives of suburban high school girls and the obstacles of life they face. // Herndon

Capital Remodel and Garden Show
Feb. 22-24
The weekend of home DIY is back as the Capital Remodel and Garden Show takes over the Dulles Expo Center this weekend with guest Clint Harp of HGTV’s Fixer Upper on the main stage Friday and Saturday. // Chantilly

Grand Opening of BusyBees
Feb. 23
The newest play spot for those under 48-inches is holding its grand opening BusyBees in Fairfax Corner is the spot for little ones to expend their energy at this indoor playground where they can run, jump, spin and fly. // Fairfax

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Things to Do in NoVA: Feb. 11-17

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week.

Celebrating Black History and love at Angelika Film Center
Throughout February
And in honor of Black History Month, multiple bog screen hits will be shown throughout the month, like Do the Right Thing, Poetic Justice and The Color Purple. And for Valentine’s Day there will be a showing of Casablanca. // Merrifield

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Through March 10
This Tony Award-winning musical is on stage at Signature Theatre and features all the classics of Thomas “Fats” Waller and brings the audience back to Harlem of the 1920s and ’30s. // Shirlington

Kick the Kegs at Ornery Beer Company
Tuesday, Feb. 12
The sudden loss of Fair Winds Brewing’s owner Casey Jones has the local beer community coming together to raise funds for his children. Eighteen breweries are headed to Ornery Beer Company with one keg each; first keg to kick wins. Proceeds go to the Jones family. // Fairfax

Corks and Cupcakes
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17
Pair your wine with cupcakes, Georgetown Cupcakes, as Bluemont Vineyard takes you through four pairings of their wine and the popular confectionary delights. // Bluemont

Planning 101 Workshop at Erin Condren
Sunday, Feb. 17
Now that we’ve all Kondoed our homes it is time to get our planners in order. The Erin Condren store in Mosaic is hosting a workshop to get your goals and planners on track and looking great. // Merrifield

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Things to do in NoVA: Feb. 4-10

A handful of events to get on your calendar this week

Arlo Guthrie
Feb. 8-9
The Birchmere hosts Arlo Guthrie, who follows in his father’s (Woody Guthrie) footsteps of folk music with a focus on tackling social injustices. // Birchmere, Alexandria

Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Feb. 8-17
Paradise Springs Winery goes sweet with their special event that pairs decadent chocolates made by local artisans with a full tasting of their wines and Swagger, a port-style wine. And if you are there on Feb. 9, stay for their Valentine’s Wine Dinner. // Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton

Defining your outdoor space
Feb. 9, 10 a.m.
Experts at Merrifield Garden Center will take you through the steps of planning out your outdoor oasis as they talk about mixing plants, hardscapes and outdoor furniture to create a peaceful respite. // Merrifield Garden Center, Merrifield

Heart-Shaped Floral Wreath Workshop
Feb. 10, 10 a.m.
The floral masterminds at Botanologica are hosting a workshop where you will create a beautiful fresh wreath with the holiday of love in mind. Not only will you walk away with a piece of art, but you will also learn the history behind the sentiment of giving flowers. // Botanologica, Falls Church

Valentine’s Day Card Making Workshop
Feb. 10
Pop into Park Story on Sunday and make a card from the heart as Calligraphette and Co. showcases a workshop where those of all levels will create and walk away with a brush pen, four Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes, a calligraphy alphabet, guidelines and marbling supplies. // Park Story, Mosaic District

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Things to Do in NoVA: Jan. 14-21

Events to get on your calendar this week.

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Through Jan 20
D.C. restaurants offer up great deals to get you in the door on these snow evenings but if you are willing to brave the cold and ice you are treated to renowned fare at discounted prices: $22 brunches and lunches, $35 dinners at over 100 restaurants in NoVA, D.C. and Maryland.

The Hip Hop Museum Pop-Up
Jan. 18-19 opening
The Source magazine founder and creator, Dave Mays, has set this pop-up museum in motion where patrons attending the kick-off show will be treated to a concert by The Sugarhill Gang, Trouble Funk, Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of “Rapper’s Delight”.
The museum, housed at Culturehouse, will be open until Feb. 18. 

Heather McDonald at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Jan. 18-19
Known for her podcast and comedy shows, Juicy Scoop, White Chicks and I Don’t Mean to Brag, Heather McDonald is making her debut at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse this weekend and will surely put a smile on your face and some guttural laughter in your belly as she takes on relationships, pop culture and more, though she stays clear of politics.

Home + Remodeling Show
Jan. 18-20
Get design inspiration and advice all in one spot this weekend as the Dulles Expo Center is turned over to home designers and contractors plus workshops, talks and appearances by HGTV’s Design Star personality Tyler Wisler and John Gidding of TLC’s Trading Spaces.

Opens Jan. 18, runs through Feb. 24
Kenneth Lin, he of House of Cards, takes on Russia in a fictional manner with his theatrical show spotlighting the U.S.-Russia “relationship” and one man’s, Vladimir Putin’s, rise to power.

Alexandria’s Maker’s Mile
Jan. 18-21
Old Town Alexandria is putting the focus on its local makers this weekend with an event that will not only inspire you to buy from area artisans but also to get you using your hands by making your own items. Store that are participating include AR Workshop, fibre space, Penny Post, Red Barn Mercantile and Stitch Sew Shop.

Chefscape Opening
Jan. 19-20
A new food hall is hitting the NoVA scene, this time in Leesburg as Chefscape holds its grand opening this weekend. Find four concepts from Rooted and Bloomed, Muggerz BBQ, Sultry Soul Food and Sandwich Bistro.