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Where to score holiday deals and celebrate local creatives on Small Business Saturday

Want a piece of advice that will spare your sanity this holiday season? Avoid the stress and hell that is the shopping mall this Black Friday. And while you’re at it, skip Cyber Monday too. Because nothing says, “Honey, I didn’t really try, this year,” like ordering run-of-the-mill brands, gadgets, and gears that everyone else has.

For a truly one-of-a-kind gift, you’ll need to “buy local,” and what better way to do that than at one of several D.C.celebrations taking place this Saturday for Small Business Saturday.

And duh. Of course, D.C. is chock full of artists, crafters, and yes, brewers and vintners who source, make, and sell locally, which means you’ll be giving a gift from the heart this holiday season.

From Georgetown to Alexandria, Adams Morgan to Capitol Hill, neighborhoods are coming together this Saturday to support all types of small businesses. Here are just a few of the celebrations and events taking place on Saturday:

Shopping Scavenger Hunt

  • Fairfax City
  • Noon to 5 p.m.

Need an extra incentive to get shopping? Fairfax City is offering shoppers an extra incentive to visit local businesses with a Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt, held at storefronts throughout Fairfax from noon to 5:00 p.m. Get moving and test your local knowledge with a list of clues that could result in you winning one of two cash prizes.

Free Parking & Santa Stroll

  • Old Town Alexandria
  • All day

The City of Alexandria is treating shoppers to free parking at public street meters and garages on Saturday. That’s an incentive that should help lure you to the hundreds of local stores that line Old Town. There will also be special holiday festivities, including a Santa Stroll on King Street, a postcard pop-up hosted by Penny Post, and live music at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Meet Indie Authors

  • East City Bookshop
  • 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE #100, Washington, DC
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Bibliophiles will want to hit up East City Bookshop for a special Small Business Saturday celebration that features indie authors. The Capitol Hill bookshop will be hosting a “Saturday Story Time” with Julie Segal Walters, local writer and author of This is Not a Normal Animal Book. And Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author, will speak, sign books, and serve as a guest bookseller. The party caps off with a “sip and shop” wine and cheese... as if you needed another reason to shop.

Sample Local Beer and Crafts in Northeast

  • DC Brau
  • 3178 Bladensburg Rd NE B, Washington, DC 20018
  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

DC Brau Brewing Company is hosting its annual “Made in DC” holiday marketplace in partnership with Think Local First DC and Made in DC, the only shop in town that exclusively sells DC-made products. 46 vendors are participating this year, including five DC food trucks: Sloppy Mama, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Peoples Bao, Honey's Empanadas, and Rock Creek Food Company.

WinterFest Market

  • Tenleytown
  • 4545 42nd St NW Suite 214, Washington, DC
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Upper Northwest, the Tenley WinterFest is an annual week-long tradition featuring kid-friendly events. It all kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Winter Market’s ribbon cutting and opening ceremony, celebrating several new business and small-business anniversaries. If you miss the fun on Saturday, be sure to return to Tenleytown—anytime between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2—for WinterFeast Restaurant Week, special shopping deals, and a long list of holiday events.

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