Thanksgiving in DC

Thanksgiving is approaching and you may be wondering what to do around the city during the weekend. If you are visiting family and friends in DC or live around the city, here are some suggestions on what to do on November 24th, 2022 and the holiday weekend.

Turkey Trot

There are many Turkey Trots around the city, so we encourage you to check out others to join one that may even be closer to you. One of the most famous Turkey Trots is the Trot for Hunger. What better way to spend Thanksgiving morning than with a friendly race. Be part of a time-honored DC tradition by participating in America’s Trot for Hunger — the largest DC-based Trot. Join others in a friendly race with live entertainment and refreshments. Read more about the race info and COVID-19 safety information here and register here.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

Head over to Silver Spring to see larger than life inflatable turkeys and penguins, glittering floats, marching bands, dancing groups, and Santa and his elves! The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area. The parade is held in downtown Silver Spring and starts on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, and ends at Silver Spring Avenue. The parade will take place on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The event is free to attend and no tickets are needed. Learn more about the parade here.

Give Thanks Magical Mystery Fundraiser

Join the O Street Museum for an afternoon of mystery and magic to support  social justice and the arts and to help the O Museum continue their impactful work. This will help to support their education and self-empowerment programs that drive civic responsibility and heal the soul through music and storytelling. This event will consist of sweets and champagne, a tour of the O Museum at 2:00 PM, and a magic show with Two-Time “Blackstone Award” winning and a five-time nominee for Stage Magician of the Year Richard Bloch at 3:00 PM. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend the show. Register for the event here.

Ice Skating

As the weather gets colder, ice skating season is starting up! Make sure to check out the ice rinks opening up near you. The Ice Rink at the Sculpture Garden opens on November 26th, 2022, so if you’re in DC for Thanksgiving, this is the perfect weekend activity. Take a spin on the ice surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments and enjoy splendid views of large-scale sculptures from artists in the National Sculpture Garden Gallery. Read more about the Sculpture Garden and the ice rink details and hours here.

Tour the Monuments

If you’re in DC, you definitely need to visit the National Mall. This national park features various must-see monuments and memorials like the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial, and the expanse is lined with trees blooming with beautiful fall colors. A great spot is the US Capitol where visitors can see the pathway lined with fall foliage that beautifully contrasts with the white of the monuments and Capitol’s architecture. If you’re looking for a fun and educational way to explore the city’s iconic and historical sites, check out one of our narrated golf cart tours.

These tours are a fun and stress-free way to visit all of the popular sites in DC without needing to create a plan or research on your own. Capitol Express Tours is a local business that will take you to see the iconic monuments and memorials within the city on ​​our narrated tour down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol and through the heart of the National Mall where you can see various monumental landmarks, memorials, and other sites that show the interesting details of the nation’s capital among the beautiful fall foliage. Book your tour now!