Washington, DC is abuzz with exciting activities, and fall and winter are especially festive. Use this round-up of events, shows and seasonal fun to plan your trip. SEPTEMBER Women’s Voices Theater Festival September – October | Citywide More than 50 regional theater companies are banding together for this largest-ever festival featuring female playwrights. Photo by S. Pakhrin DC Blues Festival Sept. 5 | Carter Barron Amphitheatre National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert Sept. 6 | West Lawn of U.S. Capitol Photo by Keith Allison Washington Redskins Home Opener vs. Miami Dolphins Sept. 13 | FedExField Games are played at FedExField in Landover, Md., which is accessible on the Metrorail at the Morgan Boulevard stop on the Silver and Blue Lines. Events DC Nation’s Triathlon Sept. 13 | West Potomac Park AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Sept. 18 | RFK Stadium A new series matchup pits Howard University against Virginia rival Hampton University. The Guard World Premiere Sept. 25 – Oct. 18 | Ford’s Theatre Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall Sept. 26-27 | West Potomac Park OCTOBER Taste of Georgetown Oct. 3 | K Street, on the Georgetown Waterfront Washington Capitals Home Opener Oct. 10 | Verizon Center Army Ten-Miler Oct. 11 | Citywide Washington International Horse Show Oct. 20-25 | Verizon Center Fright at the Museum Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31 The Crime Museum Get seriously spooked at “Dead Men Walking,” where you’ll encounter notorious criminals and other frightening characters. Photo by Smithsonian National Zoological Park Boo at the Zoo Oct. 23-25 | National Zoo Washington Craft Show Oct. 23-25 | DC Armory Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty Oct. 23, 2015 – Mar. 20, 2016 Smithsonian American Art Museum Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 25 | Citywide Washington Wizards Home Opener Oct. 31 | Verizon Center Ice Skating Nov. 2015 – Mar. 2016 | Citywide Glide across the ice at various rinks throughout the city, including The Washington Harbour, Canal Park and National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Renwick Gallery Reopening Nov. 13 | Lafayette Square The Wonder (Nov. 13, 2015 – July 10, 2016) exhibition kicks off the reopening with nine unique installations from some of today’s leading contemporary artists. Photo by Scott Suchman A Christmas Carol Nov. 19 – Dec. 31 | Ford’s Theatre See one of the most famous holiday stories told in one of the nation’s most historic venues. Downtown Holiday Market Nov. 27 – Dec. 23 | 8th & F Streets NW ZooLights Nov. 27, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016 (except Dec. 24, 25, 31) | National Zoo See more than 500,000 LED lights during this annual spectacle. Christmas at Mount Vernon Nov. 27, 2015 – Jan. 6, 2016 George Washington’s Mount Vernon A camel, holiday decor and more delight visitors to the home of America's first president. DECEMBER Motown the Musical Dec. 1, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016 | National Theatre The Washington, DC musical premiere covers the life of Motown impresario Berry Gordy. Photo by The Washington Ballet Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker Dec. 3-27 | Warner Theatre Enjoy a holiday classic with a DC twist – a Nutcracker Prince appearing in the likeness of George Washington. Photo by Paul Morigi National Christmas Tree Lighting TBD | White House Ellipse The tree lighting ceremony takes place in early December, but it’s lit nightly at dusk through the new year. Photo by Ted Eytan National Chanukah Menorah Dec. 6 | White House Ellipse Thousands attend the annual lighting ceremony of the menorah, which stays lit up throughout the holiday. The Joy of Christmas Dec. 12-13 | Washington National Cathedral The Cathedral Choir performs at this traditional event with bells, an Advent wreath procession, the great organ and carols. Handel’s Messiah by the National Symphony Orchestra Dec. 17-20 | The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Military Bowl Dec. 28 | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium JANUARY The Washington Auto Show Jan. 22-31, 2016 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center FOR THE LATEST INFO ON EVENTS IN DC, VISIT: WASHINGTON.ORG
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