With the holidays quickly approaching are you looking for free and inexpensive activities to do in DC to save some money? This month is filled with some fun and exciting events going on
- Big Names in Books: Tuesday, November 15, the National Press Club hosts its 34th Annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night, with 90-plus writers signing books and meeting
fans. Admission $5; 529 14th St., NW; 202-662-7523; http://press.org/events/national-press-club-34th-annual-book-fair-authors-night.
- Luce Unplugged Open-Mic Night: 5:30 pm Friday, November 18, the American Art Museum’s Luce Unplugged concert series, which has hosted intimate concerts by tons of established musicians in a variety of genres, celebrates one year of the series with an open-mic night, a music-themed scavenger hunt and cash bar. Eighth and F Sts., NW; 202-633-1000.
- Howard University Jazz Ensemble and Afro Blue: 6 pm Sunday, November 20, the Kennedy Center features the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. The group will be performing as part of the Kennedy Center’s winter jazz series, “Swing, Swing, Swing,” appearing with the acclaimed Howard vocal group Afro Blue. at the Millennium Stage. Millennium Stage – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; 2700 F St. NW; 202-467-4600.
- Thanksgiving Parade: 10 am Saturday, November 19, who needs New York City when you can see an all-American Thanksgiving parade in Montgomery County? This parade of high school marching bands, floats and (of course) big balloons winds through downtown Silver Spring. Downtown Silver Spring, 916 Ellsworth Dr.; 240-777-6821.
- Three shows opening at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building: (1) “Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes”, (2) “Thesaurus” series, and (3) “The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent’s Vision of Spain”. Fourth St. and Constituition Avenue., NW; 202-737-4215; http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/index.shtm.
- How America Eats: Through January 3, at the National Archives, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” explores the relationship between the US government and the American diet. Constitution Ave. between Seventh and Ninth Sts., NW; 866-272-6272; http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/whats-cooking/.
- “Season’s Greenings”: November 24, 2011 through January 2, 2012, the US Botanical Gardens presents a unique exhibit featuring model trains and incredible replicas of Washington, DC’s most famous buildings and monuments. Next to the U.S. Capitol, First St., NW; 202-225-8333; http://www.usbg.gov/contact-us/upload/093011-Season-s-Greenings-1.pdf.