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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

  • Through Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will explore the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps.

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

  • Through Thursday, November 29, 2018

This centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front.

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Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

National Postal Museum

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will explore the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

American Women in World War I

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

The patriotism shown by American women in World War I caused men like President Woodrow Wilson to change their minds on voting rights for women and speak up. Hear examples of what women did and what Wilson said.

Categories: History, Lecture, Free

Anderson Dance Studio presents a Dance Costume Blowout Sale

Anderson Dance Studio

Anderson Dance Studio is opening its doors to all on Saturday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 29th for a dance costume blowout sale! 

Categories: Family Oriented

Anderson Dance Studio Youth Dance Classes

Anderson Dance Studio

Join Anderson Dance Studio for weekly, youth dance classes on Saturdays for ages 2-18.  

Categories: Dance, Family Oriented

Arlington Historical Museum Open for Free Tours

Arlington Historical Museum

Walk through Arlington history and see our temporary exhibit on the men who died in WWI.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Arlington Historical Museum Open for Free Tours

Arlington Historical Museum

Walk through Arlington history and see our temporary exhibit on the men who died in WWI.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Ball-Sellers House Open for Free Tours

The Ball-Sellers House Museum

Step back in time in the oldest building in Arlington County

Categories: Tours, History, Free

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

National Postal Museum

Visit the National Postal Museum's unique new art exhibition highlighting the variety of flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps during the past 50 years.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Brews, Booze & Bites

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Spend the first day of fall in our historic gardens, enjoying unlimited grazing on heritage and artisanal foods, spirits, wines, beers, and desserts. Live jazz, lawn games, and museum visits too. Tickets on sale now (call for discounts for groups of 6+).

Celebrate Life

Baptized Believer's Church

Music, Poetry and Suicide Prevention

Dog Days

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Dog Days is an outdoor event highlighting our four-legged friends and what they do for the Marine Corps. 

Categories: Other Events, Exhibits, Free

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

On view September 4: Jim Sanborn's Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Robert D'Arista: A Portrait, D'Arista Legacy, Selections from the Artery Collection, and Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation. The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

On view September 4: Jim Sanborn's Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Robert D'Arista: A Portrait, D'Arista Legacy, Selections from the Artery Collection, and Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation. The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” celebrates the way food and drink bring people together and joy to our lives. Art inspired by food, real or metaphorical, that nourishes the viewer is exhibited. This exhibit (September 7-30, 2018) combines a national ceramic show focused on vessels for the table with a regional art exhibit. Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9pm.View at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

EatLoco One Loudoun Farmers Market

One Loudoun

The One Loudoun Marketplace is open every Saturday morning from 9:00am-1:00pm year-round. With live music, food trucks and can’t-miss vendors, EatLoCo One Loudoun Marketplace is the perfect way to greet the weekend in Loudoun County.

Exhibition: In a Fertile World

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artists Sharon Fishel, Susan Hostetler and Nancy Sausser, investigate the various manifestations of fertility, including the airborne, the interior and the aqueous. In a Fertile World presents their shared interest in the patterns and cycles of the natural world.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Exhibition: Lost Time

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artist Matt Pinney seeks to represent the systems that inform and classify how we communicate. He looks at the various elements that can shape our understanding of what we see: scientific reasoning, social media, politics, and the divine. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Discussion

Family Fun Day at Marietta

Marietta House Museum

Please Join us for Family Fun Day on Saturday, Sept. 22, 1pm. - 6pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the day. Listen to the jazz music of "Higher Standards Jazz Trio" and the "Lawrence Dean Quartet" . Free admission and parking, however food and crafts, will be available for purchase. Visit our local craft artisans, see woodcarving demonstrations, take a tour of the historic home, and visit with the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department (their schedule permitting). Children's activities include face painting, 19th century games, hands-on history, and children's book authors.

Family Thursdays and Saturdays

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In recognition of Constitution Week, create an original mobile about the three branches of government. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Family Thursdays and Saturdays

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In recognition of Constitution Week, create an original mobile about the three branches of government. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Free Family Workshop

Free Family Workshop at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park

See an historic grist mill in action, enjoy free activities for children, and explore beautiful Rock Creek Park! Drop by anytime between 11:00 and 2:00--no registration required.

Friends of Montpelier Fall History Lecture

Montpelier Mansion

Mary Jurkiewicz, director of Montpelier Historic Site, itself a National Historic Landmark, explains what this honored designation means, and how sites achieve the status.

Cost: Free

Categories: History, Lecture, Free

Front Window Featured Artist: Joan Dreyer

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Joan Dreyer uses hi-tech and traditional tools to create freestanding three-dimensional forms and contemporary art quilts. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

GC Myers Artist Talk & Exhibition at Principle Gallery

Principle Gallery

GC Myers will be in town to give an entertaining and informative talk about his work and life. Brand new works will be on display!
We'll have refreshments and Myers will be giving away a painting in a free drawing.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Girl Scouts - Nova Fencing Club, Fencing Fun Patch

Nova Fencing Club

Cheer for your troop members, as you learn to fence. An 1.5 hour class in the discipline of epee introduces your Scouts to the sport of fencing.

Categories: Other Events

Historic Ellicott City Annual Decorator Show House

WILDERNESS FARM

The stunning 1900’s farmhouse “Wilderness Farm” is the 2018 Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House. Thirteen interior designers decorate 20-room estate with only their imagination as a guide.

Intersections: Richard Tuttle

The Phillips Collection

It Seems Like It’s Going To Be is an elaborate installation that combines Richard Tuttle’s poetry and artwork, which ranges from intimate drawings to mixed media paintings and large sculptural assemblages. Based on his 41-verse poem, Tuttle created 41 works, one for each verse, which are presented throughout the entire second floor of the recently renovated Phillips House.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jane Franklin Dance Saturday Adult Technique Class

Arlington Cultural Affairs Center

Jane Franklin Dance presents an ongoing Saturday morning movement class for adults. 

Categories: Dance

Jane Franklin Dance Youth Class

Arlington Cultural Affairs Center

Join Jane Franklin Dance in a weekly, Saturday morning class series for ages 6 - 11.

Categories: Dance, Arts

Laugh Riot at Positano

Positano Italian Restaurant

A standup comedy show hosted at Positano's Restaurant with local comedians from 8:00-9:30 with a $10 cash admission. 

Laugh Riot at Positano-Live Comedy Show Saturday Nights in Bethesda

Positano Italian Restaurant

Laugh Riot at Positano (formerly “Laugh Riot at Hyatt”)

Live Standup Comedy Show

Saturday Nights in Bethesda

Macbeth

Folger Shakespeare Library

As adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant

With music by John Eccles and others performed by Folger Consort

Directed by Robert Richmond

Categories: Theater

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

National Postal Museum

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I was created by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in collaboration with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Nordic Impressions

The Phillips Collection

Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years. It features works by 62 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Portrait Discovery Days

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

Visitors can listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

Portrait Discovery Kits

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery and their contributions to American history. Visitors can check out kits just outside of the National Portrait Gallery’s education center, room E151, on the first floor

Portrait insight

National Portrait Gallery G Street Lobby

Listen to vivid verbal descriptions in a program well suited to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Open to all.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Postmen of the Skies

National Postal Museum

May 15, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the world’s first regularly scheduled airmail service. View this special centennial exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. 

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018

Volunteer Fairfax Office

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018, an annual family-friendly celebration of volunteerism that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages to help local nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do.

To view the entire list of VolunteerFest 2018 opportunities and to register, please visit www.volunteerfest2018.org. Registration closes Oct. 19, 2018.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018

Volunteer Fairfax Office

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018, an annual family-friendly celebration of volunteerism that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages to help local nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do.

To view the entire list of VolunteerFest 2018 opportunities and to register, please visit www.volunteerfest2018.org. Registration closes Oct. 19, 2018.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Secrets of 1770

National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park

Uncover the intricacies of the 18th century with the Bolton family.

Smithsonian Magazine's Day Live!

Montpelier Mansion

Free Admission to thousands of museum around the U.S. visit smithsonianmag.com/musuemday for details.

Smithsonian Museum Day at Riversdale House Museum

Riversdale House Museum

Riversdale is joining museums across the country to open its doors for free during this annual event on September 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Museum Day is a celebration of curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine during which participating museums provide free admission to anyone with a Museum Day ticket. Participate on social media with @MuseumDay and #MuseumDay.

To find out more and print the required ticket, visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018. Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018.

Categories: History, Arts, Tours

The Capitol Steps: Make America Grin Again

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Amphitheatre

The Capitol Steps have been putting the "mock" in democracy in their musical political satire since 1981.

Categories: Theater, Other Events

The National Capital Puppetry Guild presents Silly Goose and Val

The Durant Center

Award-winning artist Valerie Leonhart Smalkin presents a fast-paced, humorous 40-minute musical treat with puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and 100% audience participation, adults and children’s alike. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning songs and her Maryland State Arts Council award-winning solo performance are guaranteed to delight tots, tweens, teens, and adults as well!

The National Capital Puppetry Guild presents Silly Goose and Val

The Durant Center

Award-winning artist Valerie Leonhart Smalkin presents a fast-paced, humorous 40-minute musical treat with puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and 100% audience participation, adults and children’s alike. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning songs and her Maryland State Arts Council award-winning solo performance are guaranteed to delight tots, tweens, teens, and adults as well!

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Kennedy Center

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC.
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Kennedy Center

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC.
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

Tour-WWII in Gettysburg

Gettysburg Tour Center

2-hour tour of WWII sites in historic Gettysburg each Saturday thru Oct. 27, 2018

Categories: History, Family Oriented

Union Jack o'er the Capitol: The Burning of Washington

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

In August 1814, Washington, DC was in flames. Join a team of Park Rangers and explore the defeat that led to the victory at Baltimore, and helped inspire Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Engage in “urban archeology” during a three mile urban hike through the city, exploring the key locations that witnessed the event.

Categories: History, Tours, Free

US - Emerging Voices in Clay

District Clay Center

This exciting and expansive exhibition, curated by Roberto Lugo, Ceramic Artist of The Year, showcases emerging women artists from across the country and their revolutionary pieces that reveal their personal journeys and experiences in this fragmented, and at times perplexing world. Their work looks at the difficulties we encounter, the places we create to shelter and nurture ourselves and the political and cultural winds that buffet us.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Viva VERDI - The Promised End

Source Theatre

Helen Hayes Award winner, Nanna Ingvarsson stars in a unique imagining of the Shakespeare's King Lear alongside Verdi’s towering Requiem.

Washington DC Corntoss Challenge

The Bullpen

Please join us at The Bullpen, for the D.C. Young Faces of ALS Corntoss Challenge on Saturday, September 22!

All proceeds benefit ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA. Join today and help us #endALS!

Categories: Charity Events

Woodlawn Makers in the Mansion Exhibit

Historic Woodlawn

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House presents Makers in the Mansion: A Transformed African American Community at Woodlawn through the Artisan Eye, an installation in our museum areas from June-October 2018. Woodlawn is open for tours Friday-Monday, 11:00-3:00. Visit www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org for details.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

You’ve Got A Friend: A Singer-Songwriter Celebration

Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage

The American Pops Orchestra's Season 4 Opener will be an evening of music by the greatest American singer-songwriters: James Taylor, Carol King, Joni, Mitchell, Joan Baez and more.

Categories: Music: Other, Theater

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