Washington, DC is always abuzz with exciting activities, and fall and winter are especially festive. Use this roundup of events, shows and seasonal displays to plan your trip. Romeo and Juliet Library of Congress Photo by m01229 National Gallery of Art SEPTEMBER Monday Night Football: Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sept. 12 | FedExField Romeo and Juliet Sept. 13-Nov. 6 | Shakespeare Theatre AT&T Nation's Football Classic Sept. 17 | RFK Stadium Historically black universities Hampton and Howard square off in this annual rivalry. Grand Opening of Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture Sept. 24 | National Mall This hugely anticipated event includes extended hours and a three-day music festival. Library of Congress National Book Festival Sept. 24 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center Literary bonanza featuring book readings, signings and famous authors. National Gallery of Art East Building Reopens Sept. 30 | Constitution Avenue NW The modern wing of this fine art institution debuts its two tower galleries and an outdoor sculpture terrace. OCTOBER Taste of DC Oct. 8-9 | Pennsylvania Avenue NW America's Main Street transforms for two days with food trucks, restaurant pop-ups, local beer and live tunes. People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series Oct. 8-Jan. 8 | The Phillips Collection See all 60 panels of the seminal African- American artist's Migration Series. Suzanne Farrell Ballet Oct. 21-23 | Kennedy Center World-famous ballerina Suzanne Farrell celebrates her 10th season as the ballet company's artistic director with an all-Balanchine program. Boo at the Zoo Oct. 21-23 | National Zoo Trails decorated for Halloween, animal demonstrations and trick-or-treat stations. Washington International Horse Show Oct. 25-30 | Verizon Center One of the nation's leading equestrian competitions with jumper classes, hunter classics, dressage and more. Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 30 | Citywide A footrace that starts in Arlington, Va. And winds through Washington, DC. Boo at the Zoo Washington Wizards NOVEMBER Washington Wizards Home Opener vs. Toronto Raptors Nov. 2 | Verizon Center Fotoweek DC Nov. 11-20 | Citywide A week-long showcase of photography with shows and parties at galleries and embassies. Moby Dick Nov. 18-Dec. 24 | Arena Stage A retelling of Herman Melville’s whale tale with acrobatics and trapeze work. ZooLights Nov. 28-Jan. 1 | National Zoo More than 500,000 LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. DECEMBER Season's Greenings Nov. 24-Jan. 2 | U.S. Botanic Garden Marvel at poinsettias and watch trains chug past plant-based recreations of national parks and historic sites. Into the Woods Dec. 6-Jan. 8 | Kennedy Center Sondheim’s bleakly funny musical retelling of classic fairy tales. National Christmas Tree Lighting TBD-Jan. 1 | White House Ellipse This annual ceremony, enjoyed by visitors from all over the world, brings the National Christmas Tree to life. Christmas Illuminations Dec. 16-17 | Mt. Vernon Fireworks plus colonial re-enactors and a Christmas tree. JANUARY Louder than Words: Rock, Power and Politics Jan. 13-July 31 | Newseum Popular music's influence on politics shown through artifacts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 16 | Citywide A day of community service and events in honor of the Civil Rights leader. Washington Auto Show Jan. 27-Feb. 5 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center New models, test drives, hybrids, giveaways and celebrities converge. Winter Restaurant Week Jan. 30-Feb. 5 | Citywide Baby Screams Miracle Jan. 30-Feb. 26 | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Edgy world-premiere comedy about a family versus the elements. Washington Auto Show FEBRUARY Presidents' Day Feb. 20 | Citywide Events at the National Museum of American History, George Washington's Mount Vernon and Library of Congress. GET READY FOR THE INAUGURATION JANUARY 20TH MORNING – Motorcade of the Presidentelect arrives at the U.S. Capitol. EARLY AFTERNOON – Swearing-in ceremony of the 45th President of the United States. AFTERNOON – Inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue NW from the U. S. Capitol to the front of the White House. EVENING – Official and unofficial inaugural balls occur throughout city. WASHINGTON.ORG – YOUR INAUGURATION RESOURCE Whether you’re looking for Inaugurationrelated events, facts, tips or hotel information, visit washington.org/ inauguration to start planning your trip. This guide’s Inauguration Central article (p. 6) clues you in to Inauguration Day events. 5 Ways to Get Into the Inauguration Spirit (p. 20) gives you ways to learn about the nation’s presidents. Along the Mall (p. 24) showcases the Inauguration site and the Inaugural Parade route, and Presidential Drinks (p. 33) lists spirited beverages of past leaders.
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