Ahhhhhhh! It’s a long weekend—and the last one before the holiday rush begins. If you’re starting to feel the seasonal stress creep in, consider scratching Thanksgiving plans for a no-fuss restaurant experience (make those calls now!). Or escape with a theatrical performance—from live music to free movie screenings—zoning out is just a theater chair away. This weekend celebrates Veterans Day, so make time to honor those that have served with a concert or wreath laying.

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Dupont Circle

Igor, the Bird Who Couldn’t Sing
Discover how to persevere with your new friend, Igor. With a little help from our friends, we can learn to be more confident about our interests and talents–even when we don’t succeed at first! Using our voice, some instruments, and a fabulous felt board designed and made by the American textile artist Laura Roof and Luxembourg felt artist Carine Mertes,you will hear and see the beauty of creating sound. Sat. Event details. 

Foggy Bottom

Kidz Bop at DAR
For eight consecutive years, Billboard magazine has named the Kidz Bop kids the “#1 Kids’ Artist” in the U.S.! Get ready to sing and dance to their greatest hits at this fun-filled afternoon concert. Sun. Event details. 

EGG-tion Hero
What’s the most boring job in the world? Guarding an expensive egg in a museum. Just when the two egg guards think the job can’t get any more boring, the egg is suddenly in danger! Can they keep it safe? Find out in this lively performance with a chase scene, miming, and lots of laughs. Ages 3 and up. Sat.-Sun. Event details. 

Woodley Park

Bye Bye Bei Bei
If you haven’t already joined the National Zoo, now is the time! This members-only event provides early access to prime viewing of Bei Bei as well as Asia Trail, the Panda House, and outside panda viewing areas, plus plenty of panda-themed activities, including a Chinese calligraphy station, complimentary cookies, stickers and buttons and more. Sat. Event details. 


Veterans Day Wreath Laying
The United States Navy Memorial will host a Wreath Laying Ceremony to honor and recognize our Veterans who have selflessly served their country. This event is free and open to the public. Mon. Event details. 

Cathedral Heights

Tribute Concert to Veterans 
Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate those who returned home after service, and the families and caregivers who support them. Celebrate the resilience and fortitude of our veterans community while giving thanks for their service. This concert features The United States Marine orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral choir. This even is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.Sun. Event details. 



Splatter: An Art Performance
Is a splatter an unlikely accident or a careless gesture that ruins the day? An upset spills everywhere and becomes the reason to examine feelings.  Whose fault is it anyway? Angry, happy, sad, calm and mixed up emotions are sorted in this colorful story about an incidental accident. Splatter is certain to take you on a vibrant journey with spoken word, movement, and music; inspired by the book “The Color Monster” by Anna Llenas. Sat. Event details. 

Silver Spring

Aardman Animation’s Early Man
This free screening of Early Man is presented with the support of the British Council.The latest from Aardman Animation, the award-winning tribe behind Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep Movie, this delightful prehistoric romp tells the epic story of one caveman, his goofy friends, and the sacred game of soccer. Rated PG. This event is free, but you must pre-register. Tickets are limited to 4 per reservation. Sat. Event details. 

Free Screening: Gordon and Paddy
Swedish filmmaker Linda Hambäck creates an engrossing forest world filled with magical creatures in this charming tale of friendship. Blooming with charm, this wonderful story challenges our perceptions — including what we might expect from a tiny mouse and big, bad fox. Sun. Event details.

Falls Church

The Jungle Book
A musical based on the classic Rudyard Kipling story, this show features all the human and animal characters kids and adults will find familiar demonstrating the rules of the jungle covering everything from respect for the natural world to overcoming prejudice. Also, your kids can take inspiration from some performers close in age, in this production by Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater program. Fri.-Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers