A small town girl making the big city home. She loves everything DC, and is slowly introducing her one-year-old to the world of Smithsonians, monuments, cherry blossoms and the DMV. A perfect day in town would include breakfast at Eastern Market (or Founding Farmers), checking out the National Gallery of Art, a burger and/or shake at Good Stuff or sandwich from Taylor Made, the two mile walk around the monuments, and cupcakes from Sprinkles (or Georgetown Cupcake if the line isn't forever long) to go.

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Thanksgiving Fun Around Town

Run before you gobble. Thanksgiving day races are going on all over town, including the 24th annual Virginia Run in Centreville. Not up for running? There's something going on for you too!

There are 24 hours in a day, and if you’re like me, eating Thanksgiving dinner only takes about one or two of them. Maybe three or four hours– if you count the inevitable nap.

Here’s a list of activities going on before, after or during the big feast.


  • Attend the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.
  • Volunteer. Several local opportunities are listed here. I’d also recommend checking with your local food pantry, Salvation Army, church or shelter to see how and when you can help. Many organizations have events throughout the week that include assembling Thanksgiving baskets, delivering, and sorting food donations.

Thanksgiving Day:

  • Run in a turkey trot, to justify eating a second or third piece of pie.  A list of several area turkey trots is available here.
  • Visit a Smithsonian. Most are open every day except Dec. 25.
  • Volunteer. Washington Center for Aging Citizens is looking for several volunteers to assist on Thanksgiving day with their annual Thanksgiving day luncheon. Sign up here.

Post Thanksgiving:

  • Attend a performance of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre to get you in the holiday spirit. There are six performances between Friday and Sunday, with a few tickets still available at each. Buy tickets here.
  • Hit up the Reston holiday parade on Friday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at Reston Town Center. Volunteers will be handing out bells for children before the parade along Market Street. More information and additional holiday activities are listed here.
  • Stay out late and check out a museum you haven’t been to in awhile. The National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of Natural History have extended hours (open until 7:30) Friday through Sunday.
  • Watch the Washington Wizards take on the Charlotte Bobcats Saturday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. Buy tickets here.

So whether you’re ready to break out the tree and turn on the Christmas lights, or just get out of the house after finishing the dishes on Thanksgiving day– there will be something to do in this great area we call home.

For that I’m grateful.

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