Hand-Picked Guide to Next 7 Days in Washington DC (Dec 21-Dec 27)

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Those of us on the team here at HighRoad Hostel DC hand-picked some of our favorite upcoming events.  Here they are: 


  • David Bowie Listening Party: Continuing Songbyrd’s two week series on the best music of 2016 is the new and final album from the legendary David Bowie, BLACKSTAR.  FREE.  7PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  
  • Winter Solstice Concert and Benefit: The Dubpixels, Ron Oshima, Tristan Welch, and Dan Binoza will be performing.  The event will also serve as a drop off location for winter coats, gloves, and hats to be donated to a residential substance abuse treatment center.  $5.  7PM.  Bossa, 2463 18th Street NW.

  • Listen Local First D.C. and The 9 Songwriter Showcase:  Fifth annual holiday extravaganza!  Nine of DC’s most talented songwriters and musicians collaborate to present an evening of traditional and seasonal songs for the entire family.  FREE.  6PM.  Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW.  


  • White Durag Christmas Party: Come celebrate the holiday spirit with all your friends and of course your durags!  DJ sets by JUDAHonthebeats, DJ Breemz, DJ Marauder.  Catering by BubbaFergEats.  $15.  9PM - 3AM.  Big Chief, 2002 Fenwick Street NE.  Tickets and more information available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-durag-christmas-party-tickets-29729736442?aff=es2

  • Last Resort Comedy: A comedy show featuring DC’s top stand-up comedians who have appeared at DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more!  FREE.  8PM.  Town Tavern, 2323 18th Street NW.  

FRIDAY 12-23

  • National Cannibas Festival Mini Concert Series: Come out to see Congo Sanchez, a band who’s sound has been described as downtempo, reggae mezcla, with a hiphop overtone.  $5.  8PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  Tickets and more information are available here:  http://www.songbyrddc.com/shows/2016-12-23-ncf-benefit-show

  • Seasonal Disorder: Washington Improv Theater’s holiday stocking, chock full of fun surprises.  The holiday grab bag features everything from chilling murder mysteries to holiday themed comedy. $14.  7:30PM.  Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW.  Tickets and more information available here: http://witdc.org/shows/seasonal-disorder-2016/

SATURDAY 12-24  

  • Matzoball 2016: The Nation’s leading Jewish single’s event sets the stage for the ultimate party experience that you do not want to miss!  USA Today dubbed it the “Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year.”  $30.  9PM - 2AM.  Decades, 1219 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Tickets and more information are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-matzoballdc-ages-21-49-december-24-2016-tickets-22172698137

  • Falafel Frenzy: Eat as many falafel balls as you can handle for a good cause! 100% of proceeds will go to fight hunger in DC.  $30.  9PM - 12AM.  18th Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street NW.  Tickets and more information available here: http://www.shalomdc.org/event/falafelfrenzy

SUNDAY 12-25

  • Seasons Greetings at the Botanic Gardens: Come to the Botanic Gardens to see models of the city’s famous landmarks made from natural materials. You’ll also find a giant indoor Christmas tree, poinsettia display, and model train setup.  FREE.  10AM - 5PM.  100 Maryland Avenue SW.  

  • National Cathedral Organ Recital: Benjamin Straley, Washington National Cathedral organist and George Fergus, AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music, play a Christmas afternoon recital of traditional and familiar holiday favorites on the Cathedral’s great organ.  Afterwards, you can walk around the beautiful Cathedral grounds and gardens.  FREE.  1:30PM.  National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW.  

MONDAY 12-26

  • Holiday Vaudeville Concert: Cajun cellist Sean Grissom returns to host Holiday Vaudeville, combining holiday music and laughs for a memorable entertainment experience. The performance features juggler Cindy Marvell and the Alexandria Kleztet, a local Klezmer quartet that performs traditional Eastern European/Jewish music with modern influences.  FREE.  6PM.  Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW.  

  • Open Night Poetry: For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.  Hosted by Amin Drew Law, a nationally touring performance poet.  $5.  9PM - 11PM.  Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe Street NE.  

  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure: Turn Washington DC into a giant game board with this scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three hour city tour.  Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way through well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.  Round up some fellow HighRoad guests and form a team!  From $30 and up. 10AM.  Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW.  Tickets and more information available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amazing-scavenger-hunt-adventure-washington-dc-tickets-28439124186?aff=es2


  • The Cool Out at Rosebar: Music by Jerome Baker, no cover charge and $2 Grey Goose until 12AM.  FREE.  10AM - 2AM.  Rosebar, 1215 Connecticut Avenue NW.  

  • Can I Kick It?: The creators of Shaolin Jazz present a unique event catered to lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films and everything else in between.  There will be a screening of the classic martial arts film “The Chinese Connection” starring the legendary Bruce Lee, while a soundtrack of hip-hop, funk, soul and cinema soundbites are mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones.  FREE.  7PM.  Songbyrd, 2477 18th Street NW.  

  • Basement Bargain Tuesdays: Enter the basement of Fia’s Fabulous Finds and discover treasures.  Every week 300 new pieces are added from Theory, Banana Republic, Gap, Ann Taylor and much much more!  No item is more than $10.  FREE.  11AM - 7PM.  Fia’s Fabulous Finds, 806 Upshur Street NW.