#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Take a wintry spin through the National Zoo at Zoolights, find the perfect gift at the Downtown Holiday Market, get new perspectives on fictionalizing history, see artistic visions of the future and more.

November 04, 2019

Open through Jan. 1 Zoolights

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

This holiday favorite features half a million environmentally friendly lights, tasty winter treats, tube slides, live performances and more. New this year: Stroll through thousands of reflecting lights as part of “Entre Les Rangs,” an interactive‚Ā†—and highly Instagrammable—art exhibit.

Coming Up:

fast fashion slow art



Open through Dec. 15 Fast Fashion/Slow Art

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Flagg Building
500 17th St., NW

What makes fast, cheap fashion so appealing? And what are its hidden costs? “Fast Fashion/Slow Art” is an exhibition of film and video art by contemporary artists scrutinizing the global garment industry, from its effect on textile workers to the toll it takes on the environment.

Holiday Market



Open through Dec. 15 Downtown Holiday Market

F Street between 7th and 9th streets, NW

Find the perfect gift at this seasonal market, which features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses. Selection varies daily, so there’s something for everyone on your list—and while you’re shopping, enjoy live music, hot drinks and the market’s beloved fresh doughnuts.

Fictionalizing History



Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Fictionalizing History: Are There Limits? A Conversation between a Historian and a Novelist

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
$5 for GW community members; $2.50, Dec. 2 only

Historian Deborah Lipstadt—portrayed by Rachel Weiss in the 2016 film “Denial,” pictured—and award-winning novelist Dara Horn will discuss writing, history, fake news and truth in the world as we know it. This event is part of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s “Conversations That Matter” series.

Bruce Lipton image


Enter Future


Lauren Underwood



Dec. 5 at 8 a.m. Health Policy Leadership Series: U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood

Milken Institute School of Public Health, Room 100
950 New Hampshire Ave., NW

Lauren Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color and the first millennial to represent her Illinois community in Congress, and is the youngest African-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives. She will discuss legislative policy and issues around maternal health disparities at this event hosted by the GW School of Nursing.

Georgetown Glow



Opening Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Georgetown GLOW

Various locations

Experience the sparkle of the season at this curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of one of D.C.’s most picturesque neighborhoods, the seasonal celebration also includes artist events, special tours and other programming.

Save the Date:

Final Lap



Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Free Chair Massages

District House B114
2121 H St., NW

Finals are high-pressure. Wind down with The Final Lap, a series of free stress reduction activities sponsored by the Colonial Health Center that includes free massages, a relaxation station, 10 for $10 group fitness classes and more.


Midnight Breakfast


Staff Holiday Party