Friday, Nov. 10
The Emporiyum at Union Market: If small-batch bitters and bone broth are routinely on your shopping list, don’t miss the Emporiyum, an indie food marketplace. The event brings together more than 100 vendors and chefs, including local favorites and out-of-towners. The District’s own Toli Moli will be there with falooda (Burmese layered dessert drinks), as will reps from Avocaderia, which calls itself the world’s first avocado bar. Try samples, eat lunch and pick up fancy food to take home. Gourmet Ring Dings or paleo-friendly ketchup, anyone? Through Sunday. $15-$80.
FotoWeekDC Opening Party at FotoWeekCentral: FotoWeekDC is a nine-day, citywide celebration of photography, with dozens of exhibitions covering everything from the White House News Photographers Association to images from underground dance clubs. It officially kicks off with opening parties at the festival's two major exhibition spaces: the Mexican Cultural Institute and the SPAIN Arts & Culture center. Tour galleries in both buildings while listening to DJ Ayes Cold, and musicians Yahuali and OG Lullibies, or watch a dance performance by Rogue Collective and Orange Grove Dance. Open bars and small bites are included. 7:30 to 11 p.m. $55 in advance, $60 day of event.
'Nina Simone: Four Women' at Arena Stage: “Nina Simone: Four Women” is a music drama featuring the civil rights singer’s famous songs and a dramatic angle that situates Simone in the Birmingham, Ala., church where four African American girls were killed in a 1963 bombing. Christina Ham’s show arrives at Arena Stage after its recent premiere in St. Paul, Minn.; Harriett D. Foy plays Simone. Through Dec. 24. $76-$111.
Buy a Vet a Beer at Fair Winds Brewing: Between Friday and Sunday, any veteran or active-duty service member who visits Fair Winds Brewing in Lorton gets their first beer free. To pay for these brews, Fair Winds asks nonmilitary visitors to “pay it forward” by adding an extra beer to their tab for a service member. (The brewery also lets customers write a note of appreciation, which will be given to the vet who receives “their” beer.) Fair Winds features live music on Saturday afternoon, with food trucks on site all weekend. Open at 2 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission; most beers $6.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day observances: Those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces will be honored throughout the region on Veterans Day. The biggest events are at Arlington National Cemetery, where a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns begins at 11 a.m., followed by a ceremonial program in the cemetery’s memorial amphitheater. (Attendees should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.) Elsewhere, former secretary of defense Chuck Hagel and architect Maya Lin will mark the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with remarks at the Wall at 1 p.m.; National Park Service rangers tell stories about some of the 499 D.C. residents who died during World War I at the District of Columbia War Memorial at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace,” an exhibition of modern photographs of World War I battlefields, is on display outdoors in Pershing Park. All events free.
Crafty Bastards at Nationals Park: Washington’s favorite edgy arts and crafts fair is pretty much Etsy in real life — except, at 14 years old, it’s been around longer than Etsy. Browse through stalls of original art, handmade jewelry, punk-rock baby clothes and more while meeting the indie artists behind the products at this rain-or-shine event presented by Washington City Paper. Make a day of it: Food and beer vendors will be there, too. Through Sunday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $6-$10.
Ilsa at Atlas Brew Works: Orion Peter, vocalist in the D.C. metal troupe Ilsa, says he and his bandmates “try to keep it raw.” Okay, but then why does their music sound like it’s been blackened to a crisp? Check out Ilsa’s expertly charred 2016 single “Cult of the Throne” and you’ll hear a molten rhythm section going gooey at the center, while Peter patrols the song’s scorched edges. Metal taxonomists have thrown a variety of subgenre labels in Ilsa’s direction — sludge, doom, crust — but ultimately, this band sounds totally cooked. 8 p.m. $10.
Match Dot Bomb at Wonderland Ballroom: Tired of going on blind dates with guys only to learn they have no sense of humor? A charity bachelor auction called Match Dot Bomb might just be the solution. Six male comedians will perform stand-up routines at the Wonderland Ballroom. Afterward, attendees can bid during a silent auction on the bachelor they'd most like to go on a date with. All proceeds from bids, as well as a voluntary donation at the door, will be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 8 p.m. Free; donations requested.
54th Annual Danish Christmas Bazaar: Have a friend who's bought into the cozy Danish concept of hygge? Maybe you still flip through catalogues looking at pictures of woolly socks and white candles. Get a little taste of Copenhagen at the Danish Club of Washington's annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the Royal Danish Embassy. Beyond shopping for textiles, decorations and greenery, you can watch cooking demonstrations and snack on open-face sandwiches, pastries and candy. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Cask Ale Festival at Mad Fox Brewing: Mad Fox's two-day cask beer festival features at least 30 cask-conditioned ales — beers served in the traditional English style at cellar temperature (45-55 degrees) with lower natural carbonation. Participating breweries include Stone, Hardywood, Port City and Ocelot. Through Sunday. 11 a.m. Free admission; beers $3-$6.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Cotton and Reed anniversary party: What better way for Washington’s first rum-focused distillery to celebrate its anniversary than with a citywide rum cocktail contest? Bartenders at eight D.C. bars — Chaplin’s, Dram and Grain, Espita, Five to One, Hank’s Cocktail Bar, the Passenger, Rosario and the Royal — have crafted original drinks using Cotton and Reed rum and hard cider from Maryland’s Distillery Lane Ciderworks. While drinks are available at the individual bars, they’ll be served side-by-side at Cotton and Reed’s anniversary party on Sunday. In addition to crowning a winner, the party features the release of a limited-edition spiced rum aged in Distillery Lane cider barrels for six months. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Drinks priced individually.
J.I.D. and Earth Gang at Songbyrd Music House: Even though J.I.D. and EarthGang have christened their tour “Never Had S---,” things seem to be turning around for the three Atlanta-based artists, who recently signed with J. Cole’s Dreamville label. The duo EarthGang sprinkles its music with a bit of trap and down-home soul, creating something that is as intriguing as it is fun. Their co-headliner and frequent collaborator, J.I.D., offers up lyrically driven raps that run counter to much of the fare coming from the hip-hop haven. 6 p.m. $18-$20.
Virginia is for Ciders at Pizzeria Paradiso: To celebrate the beginning of Virginia Cider Week, the Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town will taps pairs of ciders from Albemarle, Blue Bee, Potter's and Wild Hare ciders. Noon to 10 p.m. Ciders priced individually.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Chris Richards and Briana Younger