Nov 9, 2023 - Things to Do

D.C. weekend events: Eastern Market, Rock the Core and more

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This weekend in D.C., check out the 150th anniversary of Eastern Market, Rock the Core cider, and beer festival and Diwali In The Park.

1 big thing: 🥳 Happy Birthday, Eastern Market!

The Eastern Market turns 150 this weekend.

What's happening: Taste limited edition beers from Atlas Brewery, explore a high-wheel bicycle exhibition, participate in a family-friendly scavenger hunt around the market, take a walking tour or cooking class, and more. View full schedule.

When: 6pm-9pm Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Eastern Market

Cost: Free.

Of note: Friday night's event (Novemberfest) is for ages 21+. Tickets are $25.

2. 🍎 Rock the Core

  • Drink full pours of Bold Rock Cider, Hook Hall Lager, and unlimited tastings of more than 30 ciders and craft beers while enjoying live music and shopping 2pm-4:30pm Saturday at Hook Hall. Tickets are $19.99.

3. 🛍️ AfroSocaLove

  • Shop local and global Black-owned businesses and eat Caribbean, African, and Afro-Latin foods 11am Saturday-3am Sunday at Karma.
  • Free for all ages 11am-6pm. The 21 and older afterparty is free before 11:30pm; add-ons and VIP tickets range from $5-$40.

4. 📽️ Wheaton Film Festival

  • Watch film screenings and listen to panel discussions on legal concepts in film, AI in filmmaking, and more 1:30pm-9:15pm Saturday at the Ballroom of Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad on the second floor. View full schedule. Tickets are $13.50.

5. 🕺 Wine Back!

  • Dance to soca, hip-hop, and hits from the '90s-2000s 10pm-3am Saturday at Ivy City Smokehouse. General admission is $25.

6. 🪔 Diwali In The Park

  • Enjoy music and dancing lessons. Kids crafts, traditional Indian food, hot spiced chai and create your own diyas 1:30pm-4pm Saturday at Hardy Recreation Center. Traditional South Asian attire is encouraged. Free. Reserve a spot.

7. 🧑‍🎄 Paint your own Holiday Tree Gnome

  • Get in the holiday spirit by painting a tree gnome 1pm-3pm Sunday at Steadfast Supply. Tickets are $45.
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