November 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Stuff to do in D.C. on Thanksgiving Day 2016
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Staying in town for Thanksgiving this year? There’s no shortage of restaurant specials, social events, volunteer opportunities and more. Here are a few to check out.

The Hamilton Hotel D.C. (1001 14th St., N.W.) and its signature restaurant 14K have options for brunch and dinner.

Thanksgiving Brunch is offered from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (last seating) and is $50 for adults and $25 for children excluding tax and gratuity. Included are “garden delights”; “cured meats including soppresatta, air-dried beef, prosciutto and more; sweet potato puree, pumpkin risotto; herb-roasted turkey with giblet gravy and pineapple-glazed candied ham; dessert and build-your-own-ultimate Bloody Mary bar and endless champagne bar (extra fee for alcohol).

Dinner will be offered from 5-10 p.m. and is $45 for adults and $23 for children. Offerings include “garden delights,” cinnamon-infused pumpkin bisque soup, turkey and ham prepared the same way as the brunch; paprika-smoked green beans, savory cornbread stuffing, vanilla bourbon cake, pistachio cheese cake and more.

Cafe Berlin (322 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.) will offer a three-course meal where patrons can build dinner around a wide selection of main entrees including wiener schnitzel, jagerschnitzel, rinderroulade, sauerbraten, turkey or more. Seatings are offered at 1:30, 4, 6:30 and 8 p.m. for $45 per person. Details at

The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner from 1-5 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. and dinner begins at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to bring their favorite music to share, board games and favorite holiday traditions.

The Mansion on O Street (2020 O St., N.W.) hosts its Thanksgiving lunch and tour from noon-3 p.m. The meal will include traditional favorites as well as lots of vegetarian options. Guests can explore the mansion after the meal. Tickets are $70.

Food & Friends has volunteer options on Thanksgiving Day and all week. Anyone can assist with holiday food preparation and packing groceries. Kitchen shifts last two or three hours and are available at 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Kitchen volunteers must be at least 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 18.

Or help deliver meals to two-four clients in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. Clients will receive a turkey dinner for five so they can host family and friends. Delivery shifts start at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. An orientation will be held at the beginning of each shift. Volunteers must use their own car, have a driver’s license and clean driving record. Only the driver must register to volunteer.

Thanksgiving Pilgrims help with the logistics on Thanksgiving Day. Positions include greeting kitchen and delivery volunteers, helping load bags into vans and assisting with traffic control and more. Shifts start at 6:30, 8 and 9:30 a.m.

A Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party will be held on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center with the Phat Cat Swingers from 6-9 p.m. It’s free. Details at

DJ Carl Lio will spin at a “Techno Thanksgiving” party at Public Bar (1214 18th St., N.W.) from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Look for the event on Facebook for details.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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