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History: Charles Dickens in Washington Walking Tour

Charles Dickens’ Victorian novels are some of the most beloved novels in literature, and his “Great Expectations,” “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” and “A Tale of Two Cities” remain some of the most widely read and adapted stories. Yet, even the biggest Dickens fans may not know the author visited Washington twice in his lifetime, and some of his stories are said to be inspired by a family he met here. Since 2001, Historic Strolls, a local walking-tour company, has re-created his visits. This weekend and next, you can follow Dickens’ footsteps through 19th-century District of Columbia to learn about the author, what he did and saw in Washington, and Victorian-era holiday traditions. Along the way, the Historic Strolls staff will perform perhaps his most famous work, “A Christmas Carol,” in the streets. In the spirit of the story, a portion of the proceeds will benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), a local charity devoted to feeding and providing services to the city’s poor. The tours will take place this Saturday as well as next Saturday and Sunday — just look for Mrs. Cratchit at the meeting spot at noon.

At Cosi, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Phone: 301/588-9255


Shopping: Rock ‘n’ Shop

If you’re still looking for a gift for the indie music enthusiast or the hard-to-shop-for hipster in your life, the Black Cat’s semi-annual “rock ‘n’ roll garage sale” might have just what you need. On Wednesday, the U Street Corridor music venue will open its doors for a flea market, with vendors selling vinyl records, CDs and other music-inspired items, local handicrafts, vintage clothing and much more. While you’re shopping, enjoy a few drinks and, music. There is no cover charge, but you’re encouraged to email if you plan to attend.

Wednesday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW

Phone: 202/667-4490