Just in time, too. I love the holidays and family times and all but am I really the only person who finds it so ridiculous that the Commercial Christmas Bonanza seems to skip over an earlier holiday each year?
Well, welcome to Veteran’s Day Weekend and all that entails, including an extra day off for most lucky employees in the area. Enjoy that cold as blue balls weather out there with some Pepero and a mug of something warm. And don’t forget to salute the gajillions of war memorials, monuments, and plaques we’ve got all over DC. We’re a city that knows how to do Veteran’s Day right, and not just by shopping.
What:A festival for creative minds interested in making, designing, and playing games. Basically, if you’re the type to play Loyang or watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and start thinking, “Hey, that would make a great game or I could totes make an expansion that would break everyone’s strategy,” this is the place for you
When: 9am -4pm
Where: Artisphere, 11o1 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209
Metro: Blue/Orange lines, Rosslyn
How Much: Free, but need to register
Pro-tips: It’s already midway thru but it’s free and you’re probably free, so what the hell. There’s also the DC Week closing party afterwards, so check it all out.
What: Chinatown Coffee Co. presents a free screening of everyone’s favorite movie that “goes to 11!” 11.11.11. Everyone’s getting in on the joke.
Where: Chinatown Coffee Co., 475 H St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Chinatown/Gallery Pl.
How Much: Free, but you’ll probably want to buy something to drink or nosh on.
Pro-tip: Pick up some absinthe while you’re here, since it’s about the only place you’ll find a coffee/absinthe menu in town and it’ll be 25% off.
What: A weekly game night for the Rockville kids with cars.
Where: Rockville United Church, 355 Linthicum Street, Rockville MD
Metro: Red line, Rockville and then car or bus
How Much: Free, but $2 donation appreciated and please bring games to share.
Pro-tip: The Church is right behind a strip mall that’s actually worth checking out for it’s local Korean bakery/hangout, Shilla Bakery, and the Korean noraebang-style karaoke place, FM Karaoke, right across the street.
What: THE weekly game night for those of us with a need for board games of all shapes and sizes.
Where: Tastee Diner, 8601 Cameron Street, Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Red line, Silver Spring
How Much: Free and bring games to share, see?
Pro-tip: On the left side of the diner, ignore the “Section Closed” sign and kinda meander your way through the kitchen area to the booth area where you’ll find fellow board gaming enthusiasts happily doing their thing: winning. 😀
What: Listen to your fellow Washingtonians pontificate on the bugs, computers, and space telescopes while drunk. You’ll be drunk. Not them. Ok, they might be drunk, too. All the better. Also, there is music times presented by Tereu Tereu in the picture above(ice cream not included).
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: U Street Cardozo/Shaw
How Much: $10 at the door
Pro-tip: Get there a ‘lil early to get a head start on the buzz. Competition for the optimal seat can be fierce.
What: If you’ve been writing furiously in order to keep up with the daily average word count for NaNoWriMo, and feel the need to either brag or get some support, this mid-month meetup is for you! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t sweat it. The rest of us will just be over here, writing the next great American coming-of-age novel about a flying cyborg who realizes that she can be both a programmable killing machine AND a nice person at the same time.
Where: Atomic Billiards, 3427 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008
Metro: Red line, Cleveland Park
How Much: Bring something to share!
Pro-tip: This seems like an awesome way to meet some of the other dedicated writers in the area, if you haven’t already been to the weekly writing meetups at various cafes around the DC area.
What: A fashion outing that, really, us geeks know is actually a steampunk bonanza. Tons of people get all fancied up in tweed, ride their bikes through DC for several hours, then party it up at a bar to celebrate their elbow patches and general Victorian style.
When: 12pm-4pm for the bike ride, 4pm-10pm for the afterparty
Where: Smith Commons, 1245 H St NE, Washington, DC
Metro: Red line, Union Station, then take the X2 bus over to the Atlas District
How Much: Free to ride, Afterparty is $15
Pro-tip: Raise the bar this year, and see if you can steampunk either your bike or yourself. But whatever you do, keep it classy and stylish. 😀
What: Part of the Kennedy Center’s free Millenium Stage performances, this swingin’ gypsy band will be playing music you can dance to as part of the Stage’s Swing, Swing, Swing program. There’s actually a dance floor installed in the hall for this, so get on those dancin’ shoes.
Where: Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Blue/Orange line, Foggy Bottom, then take the free Kennedy Center shuttle
How Much: Free
Pro-tip: The really fun Millenium Stage performances can get kind of crowded, so go twenty minutes early, if you can, and take a good gander at the place. It’s a beautiful space.