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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.

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

  • Through Sunday, July 14, 2019

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.

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.

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"Dazzling Strings"

Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage

Si-Yo Music Society Foundation presents "Dazzling Strings," featuring Si-Yo Artists™ Virgil Boutellis-Taft (violin) and Jing Yang (piano). This passionate program will feature intense and emotional works by composers including Corelli, Brahms, and Saint-Saëns.

Categories: Music: Classical

"Out of the Blue" Winter Show at Gallery Clarendon

Gallery Clarendon Art Experience

"Out of the Blue" Winter Show in December at Gallery Clarendon

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"We Choose to Go to the Moon" Performance

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Inspired by the space race and President Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice University entitled “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company developed this performance in collaboration with NASA. The piece explores the connection between humanity and space, touching upon America’s idealism around the space race, the mystery of the cosmos, and the fragility of life.

Categories: Dance, Arts, Theater

"Winter Wonderland" Art Exhibit during December at Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground

"Winter Wonderland" Art Exhibit during December at Gallery Underground

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music

Folger Theatre

Folger Consort and guest vocalists perform beloved English Yuletide music.

Categories: Music: Classical

A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music

Folger Shakespeare Library

Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams. 

A Little Goes a Long Way, assemblages by J. Thomas Wells

Newman Gallery

An exhibit of wall hung and table top assemblages.

Categories: Arts, Holiday, Exhibits

African American History of the Potomac River - Understanding 12 Years of Slave

Potomac River Tours

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

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion - Henrietta Lacks

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is hosting a book discussion about Henrietta Lacks.

Artists's Boutique

Montpelier Mansion

Find the perfect gift for someone special on your list. Choose among handcrafted ornaments displayed on sparkling holiday trees, and other unique gifts, all made by local artists.

Categories: Exhibits, Holiday, Free

August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

Round House Theatre Bethesda

As turmoil swirls in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Citizen Barlow arrives in the kitchen of venerable, 285-year-old soothsayer Aunt Ester to have his soul cleansed for his part in the recent tragedy. Personalities mesh and collide and notions of freedom are challenged as they prepare for his mystical quest in this August Wilson epic.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Other Events

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

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

December Open Exhibit

The Art League Gallery

The Art League Gallery's December Open Exhibit

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 1 p.m. Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.

Gallery Exhibit: Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Humor

Activity Center at Bohrer Park

Located at 506 South Frederick Avenue, the Activity Center at Bohrer Park Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on major holidays.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Gallery Exhibit: Interior Spaces

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

The Arts Barn's professional art gallery exhibits the region’s most accomplished artists, including painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramic artists, photographers, and more. Artwork is original and available for purchase.

Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m., except on major holidays.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Gallery Experience: Art & Ingenuity Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

In celebration of Ingenuity Week, we will explore the ways in which artists in the Hirshhorn collection have been original and inventive.

Categories: Tours, Free, Arts

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Holiday Tours

Montpelier Mansion

See Montpelier dressed up for the holidays on these self-guided tours.

Interactive Art + Tech Exhibit - New Nature by Marpi

ARTECHOUSE

This fall at ARTECHOUSE, step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions.

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 Forty+ Project

Theatre on the Run

If you’ve never performed, but wanted to try; if you haven’t danced since college, but would like to get back into it, this is the perfect project to step back into the joys of dance.

Categories: Dance, Arts, Theater

Journeys: Photographs by Marketa Jirouskova

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

"Journeys" refers to Marketa Jirouskova's main source of inspiration: a journey itself as a long, arduous travel in search of nature's highlights, in the footsteps of earlier explorers, or following her own paths.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Madeline's Christmas

Creative Cauldron in ArtSpace

“In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” And with that familiar phrase, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline!

Categories: Arts, Theater, Holiday

Nordic Impressions

The Phillips Collection

Nordic Impressions pays tribute to the artistic excellence of 19th- and 20th-century Nordic painters, such as Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, and Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval. Celebrating the considerable artistic diversity in Nordic art, the broad spectrum of works feature both the expected (sublime landscapes and melancholic portraits) and the unexpected (abstract and conceptual art).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Shape Note Singing

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

Monthly community singings of early American hymns, anthems, and fuguing tunes in unaccompanied four-part harmony. Sing from Sacred Harp (1991) & Shenandoah Harmony tunebooks. Newcomers and beginners welcome to come and sing or listen. Loaner tunebooks available.

Spacey Comedy Open Mic and Improv Jam

SpaceyCloud Lounge DC

Free comedy show and improv jam every Tuesday at 8pm in Adams Morgan

Step Afrika's Magical Musical Holiday Step Show

Atlas Performing Arts Center

A high energy, interactive, festive and fun show for the entire family. Polar bears, penguins, fairies, stepping, music, dancing, sounds by DJ Frosty and more! 

Categories: Theater, Dance, Arts

Story Time with DC Public Library

National Building Museum

Explore books and the built world in everyday life with a DC Public Librarian.

Categories: Family Oriented

Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither  

Arena Players

The Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space is showing its latest exhibition, Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither,  December 15th, 2018 through February 28th, 2019.  This collection spans from her personal mentors to Baltimore history and icons from the wider African American community. 

Categories: Arts, History, Exhibits

The Nutcracker

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

As the holiday season approaches, so does the rich pageantry of Manassas Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! MBT’s Nutcracker is a classic, family version that is annually the best attended performing arts production in Northern Virginia.

Categories: Theater, Dance, Holiday

Veiled

District Clay Gallery

Veiled is beautifully curated exhibition that highlights 10 emerging, diverse, and provactive artists at the District Clay Gallery from November 3rd until December 27th. Chase Folsom seeks to dive deep and question reality, chance, memory, voice, reason, identity, and touch. We are the guilty witnesses and these works are a few pieces to the current puzzle that is our society.

Categories: Arts, Tours, Exhibits

Submit an Event

WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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