Wanda Sykes Comes to Strathmore’s Music Center Nov. 3

Repeatedly called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers, Wanda Sykes brings the genius behind her smart-witted comedy specials and her hilarious characters on Blackish, Snatched and Bad Moms for an evening of laugh-out-loud stories at the Strathmore’s Music Center on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Beyond shows she stars in, Sykes produces award-winning comedy gems across television, movies and live events, keeping us laughing at every turn. With sidesplitting jokes covering parenthood, aging, race and politics, there’s no question why the Chicago Tribune calls her “remarkably endearing” and “endlessly watchable.” VIP tickets are available. A portion of the proceeds from VIP tickets will benefit a local charity selected by the artist. For tickets, visit Strathmore.org.

NSO Pops Presents Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert

Celebrating iconic musical moments from favorite films released over the last decade, this melodic journey from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25 explores Disney Animation’s latest stories through unforgettable film clips and scores performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Conducted by Steven Reineke, this thrilling performance includes music from Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, FrozenWreck-It RalphWinnie the Pooh, TangledPrincess and the Frog and Bolt. For more information, visit Kennedy-Center.org.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

The reverberating drums of the marching bands herald the coming of the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade even before you catch sight of the first giant turkey. Taking place in Silver Spring the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, the annual Thanksgiving Parade steps off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. The lineup of more than 100 parade units features glittering floats, giant inflatables, a wide variety of marching bands, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines, and performing dog and rescue animal groups. The parade will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 240.777.0311 or visit SilverSpringDowntown.com.

Elf: The Musical

Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season. The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. Starting Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. For dates and ticket information, visit OlneyTheatre.org.