Weekend Guide: Nov. 16-18

FRIDAY, Nov. 16

Occoquan’s Holiday Open House and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Enjoy an evening of shopping, refreshments, caroling, specials and more! The Holiday Open House rings in the holiday season as the town is decorated with an array of holiday decorations and the town’s unique businesses stay open late with special activities. After the Open House, join in for a special tree ceremony. FREE, 4 p.m. Historic Occoquan, VA, occoquanva.gov.

The 2018 Maryland Folk Festival

Frederick is proud to host the 2018 Maryland Folk Festival featuring Folk Music legend Tom Paxton. Tom will be performing with the Grammy Award winning duo The Don Juans as well! Come out for a musical night of classic folk tunes. $30-$40, 7:30 p.m., Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD, weinbergcenter.org.



Back by popular demand, VF Dance Theater takes children on an exciting adventure that explores Thanksgiving. This interactive show encourages children to count, read, move and solve problems. Known for their athleticism and comedy, VF Dance Theater engages young audiences with this unique holiday performance. Performance is followed by a craft. $15, 10:30 a.m., The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Sq. Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, gaithersburgmd.gov.

Comic Book and Sports Card Show

The show will have a super selection of comic books from the 1880’s to the present including Magic & Pokemon and much more. Purchase other items like super hero and sci-fi toy, gaming supplies, pop toys and anime and sports memorabilia. $3 (FREE for ages 12 and under), 10 a.m., Fire House Expo Hall, Annandale, VA, shoffpromotions.com.

Billy Elliot the Musical

All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy’s passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, Billy Elliot swept the Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier awards for “Best Musical,” by combining a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance to create a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family. $40-$106, 7:30 p.m., Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA, sigtheatre.org.

Tree Lighting Festival

Join in for the biggest kick off to the holiday season! The free festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides, acapella musical performances by Clear Harmonies, holiday characters, visits with Santa, gingerbread house making, glow-in-the-dark activities and more festive fun! FREE, 4 p.m., Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA, villageatleesburg.com.

SUNDAY, Nov. 18

Peter Pan & Wendy

Second star to the right and straight on until morning! With that simple phrase we return to the imaginative world of J.M. Barrie’s Neverland. When Wendy meets Peter, the little boy who refuses to grow up, the adventure for the Darling children begins. With a few magical thoughts they learn to fly and Peter leads them on an adventure of a lifetime. $14-$18, 2 p.m., Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, Falls Church, VA, creativecauldron.org.

Sip and Shop Sundays

Local fashionistas are invited to unwind with Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets Sip and Shop Sundays. With transportation provided by Cork and Keg Tours from the center, shoppers can spend the afternoon in Loudoun Wine Country and return to shop sought-after brands, such as Lululemon Athletica, Kate Spade and Vineyard Vines. Tours include a free Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets Savings Passport to receive additional deals on top of everyday savings of up to 65 percent. $110, 11 a.m., Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
241 Fort Evans Rd., N.E., Leesburg, VA, premiumoutlets.com.

Hopi Tribal Festival

The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. Their reservation encompasses more than 1.5-million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas. Over the centuries, Hopi endures as a tribe, retaining its culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world. During their festival, the Hopi people will share artist demonstrations, history presentations and performances of music and dance. FREE, 10 a.m., Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C., americanindian.si.edu.


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