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60 innovative brands will be under one roof for a pop-up flea market featuring the best of food and fashion. (Image: Courtesy American Fields Market)
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Weekend Report: 10 events to heat up this winter weekend

Thursday, December 13

Love, Factually: From the twisted minds at The Second City comes a holiday satire that blasts the December holiday time of life and love. After experiencing this mashup of parody, original comedy, music, improv and audience participation, we’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that funny actually is all around. Tickets start at $59.

Opening of The Berliner: Snarf down some bratwurst, schnitzel and homemade pretzels with beer cheese at the opening of Georgetown's new Bavarian beer hall,the Berliner. The first 100 guests in line can wash it down with a FREE beer. Berliner will feature 24 beers on tap ranging from larger producers to smaller German breweries rarely found on U.S. menus. Free to attend.

Friday, December 14

Light Yards: Love interactive art? Two global light installations have popped up down at The Yards: "The Pool" by New York-based Jen Lewin Studio and "Angels of Freedom" by Israel-based OGE Group. Hop, skip and jump across 106 interactive circular pads of light, or turn into a real-life angel as you pose with giant, neon-colored wings and white halos. The interactive designs will remain on display through January 4. Free to attend.

Saturday, December 15

Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery: Since 1992, Wreaths Across America has gathered volunteers to help place over 200,000 wreaths on the gravestones of our nation's fallen heroes. This Saturday join the efforts of thousands to get the wreaths unloaded, organized and laid. Free to attend.

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Perry Daniels is teaching. Free to attend.

Pastry Making Class: Take a deep dive into the world of Christmas chocolates at DBGB's hands-on class led by Executive Pastry Chef Kelsey Burack. Learn how to make hand-rolled ganache truffles from scratch while you enjoy beignets, warm madeleines, apple cider and eggnog. You may even leave with a sweet take-home treat. Tickets are $50.

American Field Market: If you're looking for a holiday market that combines your love of shopping and food, pop by Union Market this weekend for the return of the American Field (AF) Market. 60 innovative brands will be under one roof for a pop-up flea market featuring brands like Thicket jewelry, Zass designs, Mill City Fineries, Cabot Cheese, Johari Made Jams and D.C.’s own American Roadtrip Pennant Pillows. Free to attend.

Peppermint Bark Cake Class: If you haven't checked out a class at Milk Bar's flagship location in Logan Circle, now is the time! Pop by Saturday to learn the ins and outs of making a peppermint bark layer cake, and take the fruits of your labor home with you! Classes are $95.

Sunday, December 16

Doggie Photos with Santa: Roaring fires, bright string lights, holiday decorations and... SANTA! Bring your four-legged loves to Winterfest at Wunder Garten to take a seat on santa's lap. Photographer Chris Ferenzi is on hand to snap pics of the whole family, and if you haven't finished your shopping, browse wares from local makers selling artwork, apparel, greeting cards, beauty products and libations such as spiked hot cider, Irish coffee and peppermint schnapps hot chocolate. Free to attend.

Joy of Christmas Concert: The Cathedral Choral Society’s will perform their 42nd annual holiday concert, featuring beloved Christmas choral music and festive sing-alongs. The group will unveil a new carol by composer Paul Moravec, and the performance also marks the conducting debut of the choir's new music director Steven Fox. Tickets are $25.

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