- Keegan Theatre will present “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” a children’s musical based on an Irish folk tale (for ages 3 and older). 11 a.m. $15. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. The performance will repeat Dec. 30 and 31 at 11 a.m.
Classes and workshops
- The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library’s “Adult Learning Lab” will offer tutoring for adults with skills at the high school level. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.
- The band 40 Thieves will play festive Irish rock as part of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Holiday Music in the Garden” series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- Gaiteros de Sanguashington, a Colombian-American band from D.C., will present a holiday performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The West End Library will host a weekly meeting of “People & Stories: Adult Short Story Discussion Group.” 1 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707. Sessions will continue through Feb. 6.
- The Anacostia Community Museum’s 50th anniversary Kwanzaa celebration will present “The Dancing Diplomat & Nubian,” featuring dance, music, storytelling and more with Nana Malaya Rucker as she shares the history of Kwanzaa, its seven guiding principles and associated symbols, songs, dances and customs. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. 202-633-4844.
- Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680.
Performances and readings
- The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org.
- Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Charity Blackwell. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Busboys and Poets will host the Beltway Poetry Slam. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- “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 Dec. 27 through Dec. 30 and Jan. 1.