- The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library group will host its annual Tenley WinterFest children’s used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The group Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library will hold its weekly used-book sale. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- Laura Kumin will sign copies of her book “The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World,” which focuses on historical information on the food that the founding families including the Hamiltons prepared and ate. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000.
- “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature “The Nutcracker” by the Virginia Ballet Company & School. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. thenationaldc.org/winter-2017.
- “I Take My Leave” will offer children an opportunity to practice dramatic Shakespearean exits. 10 a.m. for ages 5 through 7; 11 a.m. for ages 8 through 14. Free; registration required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-675-0395.
- The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. The program will repeat Dec. 16.
- Children will hear a story about Albert Einstein and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
- “Deck the Halls: A Family at Christmas” will feature a chance to explore the historic Tudor Place mansion decorated for the holidays. Activities will include singing with carolers, writing a letter to Santa and making yuletide crafts. 1 to 4 p.m. $3 to $10. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. swedenabroad.com/washington.
- The Essential Theatre’s Children’s Program in Public Schools will present “Holidays Around the World,” about the ways various cultures celebrate the winter holidays (for kindergarten through eighth grade). 2 p.m. $12.50. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 800-838-3006.
Classes and workshops
- Gayla April will present a weekly dance/exercise class. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- Karin Alexis, an expert on Scandinavian and Nordic art and culture, will lead a class on “Scandinavian Art and Architecture: Modern Aesthetic and Traditional Heart.” 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $110 to $160. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Volunteers from the Washington English Center will lead an “ESL Conversation Circle” for English learners who already have some knowledge of the language. 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- International teacher and fiber expert Renate Maile-Moskowitz will lead a workshop on the lost art of mending and altering garments. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $35 to $40; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
- The U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants will perform as part of the Smithsonian Holiday Festival. Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Flag Hall, National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. The performances will repeat on Sunday.
- Cantor Arianne Brown of Adas Israel Congregation will sing traditional Hanukkah songs and speak on the history of the holiday traditions as part of the “Sounds of Faith” music series. 1 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000.
- The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will present its annual concert, “American Holiday Festival.” 3 and 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 C St. NW. usarmyband.com. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.; advance tickets for the shows are sold out, but patrons without tickets will be admitted 15 minutes prior to showtime if space is available.
- Students of John Linn will perform a winter recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
- The George Washington University Singers will perform in the debut of Anthony Blake Clark as the university’s new director of choral activities. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Western Presbyterian Church, 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. gwu.edu.
- Choralis and the Classical Brass Quintet will present “A Classic Brass Christmas,” featuring a candlelight processional, a carol singalong and John Rutter’s “Gloria.” 7 p.m. $20 to $50; $5 for ages 13 through 22; free for ages 6 through 12. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. choralis.org.
- The American University Symphony Orchestra and violinist Jessica Bauer, student winner of the 2017 Concerto and Aria Competition, will present a season-opening concert devoted exclusively to Russian master Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.
- Members of the Pressenda Chamber Players will perform works by Mendelssohn and Schubert on the violin, cello and piano as part of the Washington Conservatory Concert Series. 8 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770.
- Soloist Yuja Wang and the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda will perform works by Britten, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. 8 p.m. $15 to $94. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- “Many Waters Cannot Quench Love” will benefit victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and victims of the mud slides in Sierra Leone. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free; donations requested. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. firstuccdc.org.
- Emily Haines, the lead singer, keyboardist and songwriter of Canadian rock band Metric, will perform music from “Choir of the Mind,” her first solo project in a decade. 8 p.m. $26 to $86. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.
Discussions and lectures
- The African American Women’s Resource Center will host a discussion by community activist and public health professional Hisani Lillie-Blanton as the first of five “Kitchen Table Talks,” a series exploring effective strategies for today’s social justice issues through the eyes of five African-American women who were involved in past movements. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. African American Women’s Resource Center, 840 1st St. NE. 202-215-6147. The series will continue on Dec. 9, Dec. 30 and Jan. 6.
- Carmen Maria Machado will discuss her book “Her Body and Other Parties: Stories.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Washington Improv Theater will host a discussion with stakeholders in the local improv scene on how to improve diversity. 3 p.m. Free; tickets required. Source Black Box, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org.
- Gregory Zinman, assistant professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media and Communication, will present a gallery talk about the exhibition “Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light.” Afterward, Zinman will introduce a screening of two experimental films from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection — “Cycles” by Stephen Beck and Jordan Belson and “Union” by Beck — and explain how Wilfred’s artwork influenced the filmmakers. Gallery talk at 3 p.m.; screening at 4:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Jefferson Morley will discuss his book “The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Justin Spring will discuss his book “The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Kia Caldwell and Alvaro Jarrin will discuss their respective books, “Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Policy” and “The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- The National Museum of American History will host a viewing of classic children’s television shows such as “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.” 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. The screenings will repeat on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The Palestine Center will present Carol Mansour’s documentary “Stitching Palestine,” which connects the stories of Palestinian women to the art of embroidery produced in 12 different camps in Lebanon. The event will include an olive oil sale as well as an introductory talk by Ellen Siegel on the film’s connection to Beit Atfal as-Soumoud, a charity organization dedicated to improving the lives of Palestinian families in Lebanon. Noon to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
- “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the 2004 film “Urban Soul” and the 2009 film “Oil Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster,” both of which use their immediate subjects to investigate deeper themes of corporate corruption and greed. 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- The National Museum of American History will present “The Polar Express,” an animated film about a boy invited to board a magical train to the North Pole. 1:30 p.m. (in 2-D) and 3:30 p.m. (in 3-D). $5 to $12. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. The film will be shown again on Sunday at the same times.
- “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the the 1986 film “Handsworth Songs” and the 1989 film “Twilight City.” 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre’s sixth annual international film festival “Reel Time at GALA” will continue with the D.C. premiere of Yanillys Pérez’s 2016 film “Jeffrey,” at 4 p.m.; and a screening of Alicia Scherson and Cristián Jiménez’s 2017 comedy “Vida de Familia/Family Life,” at 7 p.m. $10 per screening; $30 for a festival pass. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. 202-234-7174.
Performances and readings
- Student actors from the University of Maryland at College Park will present “The Measure of Our Lives,” featuring monologues about key moments in the biography of individuals depicted in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.
- The Millennium Stage will host a tribute to Fred Astaire, one of the first Kennedy Center honorees in 1978, with a performance from Capitol Tap, District Tap and Knock On Wood Tap Studio, among others. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Joy of Motion Dance Center will present its fall youth concert featuring pieces in six dance styles. 7 p.m. $18 to $25. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
- The Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Georgetown will hold a performance reflective of a posada, a nine-day Mexican festival leading up to Christmas. Caroling at Dahlgren Quadrangle will precede a performance of traditional Mexican dances in Gaston Hall. Caroling at 7:30 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. Free. Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- Georgetown University’s Black Movements Dance Theatre will present “Ella and All That Jazz: Celebrating the Centennial of the First Lady of Song,” a contemporary dance program. 8 p.m. Free. Devine Studio Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- As part of “JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy,” Camille A. Brown & Dancers will present “ink,” about the history of African-American gestural language from the pedestrian to the profound. 8 p.m. $49 to $89. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The DC Contemporary Dance Theatre/El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea will honor its mentors and celebrate its Central American roots with dance pieces by former associate artistic director Lloyd Whitmore, founder/co-director Francisco Castillo and artistic director Miya Hisaka. The program will also include “Intermezzo,” a passionate duet reflecting the company’s extensive history with classical ballet in Latin America. 8 p.m. $20 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.
- The Georgetown Improv Association will showcase improvised comedy inspired by audience suggestions. 9 p.m. $4 to $6. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- The West Parent, Staff & Community Organization will sponsor a Christmas tree sale, with proceeds helping to purchase new computer technology for elementary and middle school students at West Education Campus. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 14th and Farragut streets NW. 202-576-6226.
- The Glen Echo Potters’ 30th annual Holiday Pottery Show and Sale will feature the work of 50 local potters, including porcelain, stoneware, raku and soda- and wood-fired pieces. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. West Hall, George Washington University Mount Vernon Campus, Whitehaven Parkway and Foxhall Road NW. glenechopottery.com. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event, from 10 a.m. to noon; and a “Rock n Skate” event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666.
- Alliance Française de Washington will present “Marché de Noël,” a French-style Christmas market featuring books in French for children and adults, linens and pottery from Provence, gourmet food, jewelry and Christmas ornaments. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- American Heritage, a division of Mars Wrigley Confectionary, will hold a “From Bean to Bar” program demonstrating the history of chocolate. Participants will be able to sample chocolate made from recipes created as early as 1750 using spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, orange and red pepper. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Third Floor, National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The 27th annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, home accessories, clothes, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-550-7060. The sale will continue Dec. 9, 16, 22 and 23.
- An International French Bazaar will feature French and African food, handmade crafts, French-language books and CDs, toys, a silent auction and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. French Protestant Church, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-320-3955.
- The Embassy of Finland and Dupont Festival will organize a “FinFun” celebration four days before the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, an event that will feature an appearance from Santa Claus, Finnish fare, choir music, crafts and karaoke. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Dupont Circle, Connecticut and Massachusetts avenues NW. finland.org.
- The Swedish Women’s Educational Association will host its annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar, featuring Swedish crystal, textiles, artwork, food and more. The event will end with a Santa Lucia procession and performance of Swedish carols. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. washingtondc.swea.org/bazaar.
- The Heurich House Museum’s fifth annual German-style “Christkindlmarkt” will feature local craft vendors selling products such as artisan jewelry, clothes and pottery. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 for adults and $2 for ages 2 to 12 for a one-day ticket; $20 for adults and $4 for ages 2 to 12 for a full weekend pass. Castle Garden, Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichchristmas.org. The market will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Janney Winter Market — part of the annual Tenley WinterFest, a festive indoor-outdoor seasonal celebration — will feature more than 100 vendors of all ages. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle St. NW. tenleywinterfest.org. Other festival events on Saturday will include a showing of the Christmas movie “Home Alone” from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Yuma Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW (the donation of a new toy, new item of children’s clothing or a gift card for needy families is requested); and a performance by the Adams Morgan house party band 16th & T at 8:30 p.m. at Tenley Bar & Grill, 4611 41st St. NW.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
- “Holidays Through History Open House” will feature seasonal decor, tours and distinctive cocktails at three historic house museums in Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Sheridan-Kalorama. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW; Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW; and the President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Columbus Blue Jackets. 7 p.m. $32 to $251. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- The 35th annual St. Albans Christmas House Tour will feature five homes in the Spring Valley neighborhood, as well as a holiday luncheon and boutique shopping at the school. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $40 for the tour; $20 for the luncheon; free admission to the boutique. St. Albans School, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. stalbansschool.org/cht.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Bell Tower Climb” will feature scenic views of Washington from the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the central tower. 10:15 a.m. $40; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.