25 Of The Most Fun Things To Do in DC this November 



The World Series and Halloween are over and the holidays start later in the month. Need some amazingly fun things to do in the meantime?

The answer is ‘yes’, and per usual, we’re here with our top picks from around town. Read on to see what we’re adding to our calendar, including an annual kickball tournament that raises money for charity!

Friday, November 1

DC Podfest 

Podcasters and digital influencers will come together at this two-day event for sessions, networking, and workshops. If you’re a media guru, then this is your chance to introduce yourself to a few friendly faces and strengthen your network! (American Institute Of Architects // 7 p.m. // $189+)


Saturday, November 2

National Philharmonic Presents The Music of ABBA

Here we go again! How could you resist an ABBA tribute band performing hits from the beloved Swedish pop group? Enjoy your favorite songs from the musical and movie Mamma Mia. Relive the 70s with Arrival From Sweden and The National Philharmonic Orchestra!  (Strathmore Music Hall // 8 p.m. // $10+)

Cornhole For A Cause

This charity tournament supports the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League, so you can have a grand ‘ole time while supporting a great cause! Tickets are available for teams of two, so grab your fellow cornhole champ for some weekend fun. (JR’s Bar // 11 a.m. // $50)


Sunday, November 3

Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames

Support your favorite hockey team at the Capital One Arena as they play against the Calgary Flames. Break out your red, white and blue, and get your game face on! (Capital One Arena // 7 p.m. // $49+)


Monday, November 4

True Crime Author Panel 

Listen to three award-winning female authors discuss their true crime novels about a serial killer, a kidnapping, and a childhood friend. Engage with Maureen Callahan, Sarah Weinman, and Carolyn Murnick in a panel, a discussion, and a book signing. (Politics and Prose at Union Market // 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. // FREE)


Wednesday, November 6

Capital Food Fight

DC Central Kitchen is hosting its signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight, at The Anthem. There will be taste offerings from DC’s top restaurants, and four local chefs will compete for ultimate bragging rights. The best part? 100% of the proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen’s mission to combat hunger and create opportunity in DC. (The Anthem // 6 p.m. // $32+)


Thursday, November 7

Harry Potter and The Sacred Text

Harry Potter and The Sacred Text is a podcast that uses the Harry Potter series to hypothesize and analyze our existence. This live event will do a deep dive into the fantasy series to attempt to find a deeper meaning hidden in the stories. The audience will be asked to consider what we would learn if we used the literature we love as holy texts. (Sixth & I // 6 p.m. // $28+)


Friday, November 8

Death Becomes Us True Crime Festival 2019 

Halloween has passed, but we still have some spooky events to share. The Death Becomes Us Festival will focus on everything true crime. Ticket buyers can expect podcasts, experts, screenings, authors, and more! If you can not make it on Friday, there are events happening all weekend! (Lisner Auditorium // Time and Prices Vary) 


Saturday, November 9

After Hours Adventure Park Adult Take Over

DC Fray is hosting a kid-free aerial adventure at Sandy Spring Adventure Park. After some quick instructions, you’ll have the freedom to explore the park after hours with disco lights illuminating your way. Sounds awesome, right? It will be. See you there! (Sandy Spring Adventure Park // Times Vary // $34) 

Après Ski

The FINN is celebrating their 10-year anniversary with shot skis, drink specials, and a whole lot of fun for you and your friends! Don’t miss your chance to win $1,000 in Blackfinn gift cards, and get your VIP ticket soon for unlimited Blackfinn Pilsner. (Blackfinn Ameripub // 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. // 20+)


Sunday, November 10

Capital Cognac Classic

Keep it classy and raise a toast to the holiday season! Tickets to the Capital Cognac Classic will feature a performance by Heatwave Band, hors d’oeuvres and a 3-hour open bar highlighting Jameson Caskmates Whiskey and Martell Cognac. (Hook Hall // 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. // $40+)


Tuesday, November 12


Why not plan a midweek date to the theater? Tickets are cheaper for showings on weekdays, and your sweetheart will definitely appreciate the gesture! Not to mention, you’re sure to appreciate the story of this Tony-Award-winning musical. (National Theatre // Times Vary // $54+)


Thursday, November 14

Georgetown Hoyas v. Penn State

Come see how Georgetown does Basketball! Support the Georgetown Hoyas as they take on Penn State. Snap a pic with mascot Jack the bulldog and show some pride for the grey and blue. (Capital One Arena // 6:30 p.m. // $15+)


Friday, November 15

Shaken Not Slurred

If you’re tired of hangovers or feel like DC nights out don’t cater to your sober life, then you’ll love this event. Engine Company 12 is hosting an alcohol-free evening with mocktails, non-alcoholic beers and yummy food so that non-drinkers can have their night out on the town. (Engine Company 12 // 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. // $5)


Saturday, November 16

DC Wine Walk

Tour DC neighborhoods the right way… With DC Wine Walk! Buy your ticket now for wine samples, a souvenir glass, and a wine-tastic time! Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Wine to Water, an organization that provides clean drinking water to affected areas. (Locations Vary // 2 p.m. // $20+)

Safe At Home Charity Kickball Tournament

Get your team ready and keep your eye on the ball. This kickball tournament will benefit a local charity to fight homelessness in the community. (Long Bridge Park // 7:45 p.m. // $825 per 15-Person Team)


Sunday, November 17

Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show 2019

Your mouth will water at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. There will be cooking demos, celebrity chefs, and the star of the show, food. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center // 10 a.m. // $21.50) 


Wednesday, November 20

Learn to Roll Sushi 

If you love sushi but can’t get it to fit the budget, learn how to make it yourself! Chef Darren Hendry will teach you how to roll when you can’t roll with the prices. (Dyllan’s Raw Bar & Grill // 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. // $40)


Thursday, November 21

Thanksgiving Entertaining Cocktail Class 

This class will teach you how to make the tastiest cocktails and give you an idea of what to mix for the holidays. After taking a few hints from the Pratt Standard Cocktail Company, you’ll be the star of Friendsgiving! (Mess Hall // 6-8 p.m. // $50)


Friday, November 22

Becoming Jane Exhibition Opening

This multimedia exhibition is not monkeying around about teaching you about Jane Goodall and her conservation efforts. Participants will enjoy a 3D adventure of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park and a replica of her research tent. Find out how you can have a positive impact through her mission! (National Geographic Museum // 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. // $15)

Saturday, November 23

National Mall Garden Walk

In autumn, a variety of colors surround us. This opportunity gives you the chance to see DC gardens decorated with a spectrum of beauty. (Smithsonian Castle // Times Vary // FREE)


Sunday, November 24

Desi Banks

His name is Desi Banks, but sometimes he goes by Lil Johnny, Keisha, Grandma Reese, or Uncle Earl. Desi is not only an actor but a writer and comedian. Come and enjoy an evening that will make you laugh. (The DC Improv Comedy Club // 7-8:45 p.m. // $27)


Thursday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving! This is your chance to enjoy a delicious meal that will be sure to satisfy you. Pick your favorite Thanksgiving food off a menu, and tell everyone what you are thankful for. (Lincoln Restaurant DC // 12-8 p.m. // $60+)


Friday, November 29

Magic Duel Comedy Show

Hello muggles, this is your chance to watch magicians compete for the “Golden Wand.” Enjoy a night of magic mixed with comedy. The best part, you will vote on who wins! (The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection // 2-3:30 p.m. // $50+)


Saturday, November 30

Taste of the Runway: Fashion & Beauty Conference

Now’s your chance to see what’s hot and hitting the runway. Get a peek at the latest trends in fashion and beauty while also exploring what’s new in the culinary world. With designers and chefs from around the country, it’s sure to be a fabulous and delicious time. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center // 12-7 p.m. // $25) 


Do you know of an awesome event this November that belongs on our list? Show off all the fun you have this month by tagging #FrayLife #DCFray on social!

Speaking of November events, check out these 5 reasons that you DO NOT want to miss DC Wine Walk!

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