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50+ Things To Do In DC

March 1st, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Through April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha). The PUB will host a spring party on March 20, during which a timed $20 ticket can help you avoid the line.
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday | 1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

HopFest 2019 – March 9
HopFest is the only beer festival in the city hosted by local brewers for local brewers. The DC Brewers’ Guild has one heck of a day planned for the fifth installment of this beloved event. Dozens of breweries will be on hand at the DC Brau Brewing Company to showcase hoppy goodness, from one-off specials to old favorites to rare brews you can’t find anywhere else.
1-5 p.m. |  Tickets
DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon – March 9
Choose from three different race formats and run and rock through DC during this annual extravaganza. The two days prior to race day feature a health and fitness expo at DC Armory, where participants can pick up their race packets and try out new running apparel and technology. Then, on the big day, conquer the marathon, half-marathon or 5K. Each sport scenic routes that allow you to marvel at DC’s monuments.

Demetri Martin – March 9
Demetri Martin’s unique brand of comedy, which can feature sing-alongs, drawings and costumes, has taken him from self-described “relative obscurity” in New York City to superstardom. Along the way, he wrote for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s released successful comedy albums and starred in his own television series on Comedy Central, where his acclaimed Demetri MartinPerson. stand-up special aired. His first book, This Is a Book by Demetri Martin, was a New York Timesbestseller. Witness his idiosyncrasies at Warner Theatre on the second Saturday in March.
10 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Evenings at the Edge: Wonder Women – March 14
The National Gallery of Art’s Evenings at the Edge series returns to the East Building for spring with this night entirely dedicated to women. The all-female tap sensation Syncopated Ladies, which features two sisters from DC, will be on-hand to showcase their jaw-dropping talent. Attendees will also be able to view legendary art by women and hear their stories via pop-up talks, as well as craft their own female superhero.
6-9 p.m. |  Register (free admission)
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – March 14-24
The longest-running and largest environmental film festival in the U.S. enlightens viewers on the state of our environment and what we can do to maintain its health. More than 100 movies will be screened at venues all over the District. The festival will also include informative discussions and social events that will inspire dialogue surrounding these wonderful films and their important themes. Many of the events are free and all are open to the public. Check the website for a full schedule.

National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events: the Pink Tie Party (March 22); the Opening Ceremony (March 23); the Blossom Kite Festival (March 30); Petalpalooza (April 6) at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13).

Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild – March 22
March is an action-packed month for the Capitals, with the defending Stanley Cup champions playing six games at Capital One Arena. Alex Ovechkin and the Caps are in dogged pursuit of prime playoff position in the hopes of bringing another championship to the nation’s capital. This Friday night tilt will see the boys square off against the Minnesota Wild, who are fighting for their own playoff lives under head coach (and former Caps bench boss) Bruce Boudreau.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Pink Tie Party – March 22
This springtime affair in Washington signifies the beginning of blossom season. The Pink Tie Party raises funds for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the elaborate cocktail party brings on the fun with lots of features: spring-inspired cuisine, a silent auction, live music, dancing and other distinctive entertainment. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.
7-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – March 23
Diehard blossom-goers make a point to be official about their visit by reserving tickets to this free event. Experience the festival on stage through traditional and contemporary performances at the Warner Theatre, with a lineup that features the cast members of “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live making their North American debut and an original interpretation from violinist Ikuko Kawai. Note that there will be a $5 registration fee when tickets are claimed.
5-6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

ShamrockFest – March 23
America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival will green out RFK Stadium again this year. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mahones and Andrew W.K. highlight this year’s lineup of performers. Plan on plenty of brews, Irish dancers and bagpipes, DJs and contests. General admission and VIP tickets are available to this Irish-themed extravaganza.
12 – 8 p.m. | Tickets
RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Washington Nationals Opening Day vs. New York Mets at Nationals Park – March 28
Yes, it’s officially that time of year. Baseball is back! The Washington Nationals will open their 2019 season with this matchup against the rival New York Mets. Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto and the rest of the Nats will look to erase the disappointment of last season’s 82-80 record and re-claim their throne as kings of the National League East. The Mets may have something to say about that, and they’ll get to showcase their offseason additions, including Robinson Cano and former Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos. Prepare for plenty of Opening Day excitement at Nationals Park.
1:35 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

J.B. Smoove – March 29
J.B. Smoove is everywhere. From television commercials to TV specials to major films to his role as Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Smoove’s blend of cool and comedy has made him a household name. However, the dynamic performer’s roots are in stand-up, and you can see him in his ultimate element at Warner Theatre at the end of March.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional – March 29 & 31
Capital One Arena hosts March Madness on two separate days this March. America’s favorite postseason tournament annually features jaw-dropping upsets and breathtaking buzzer beaters. DC is fortunate to host the Sweet Sixteen this year, when the tournament’s true juggernauts and Cinderellas begin to emerge. Expect plenty of spellbinding action during this set of games.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Blossom Kite Festival – March 30
Head to the Washington Monument grounds for this free kite-flying extravaganza, one of the most highly anticipated events of the National Cherry Blossom Festival . The entire family can watch expert kite fliers from all over the world participate in the Hot Tricks Showdown, a stunt kite-flying event. Make sure you bring your camera and a kite of your own!
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Washington Monument Grounds, 17th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW

Zilia Sánchez: ‘Soy Isla (I Am an Island)’ – Through May 19
Head to The Phillips Collection to check out the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sànchez. You’ll encounter more than 60 works from the artist’s nearly 70-year career, from paintings to shaped canvases to sculptures to illustrations. Her work incorporates mythological heroes, lunar shapes, geometry and topologies. Sánchez’s travels have taken her to Europe, New York and Puerto Rico, leading to an incredibly diverse tapestry of art.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

‘The REDress Project’ – March 1-31
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will host this outdoor art installation from Jaime Black. Empty red dresses situated outside on the north side of the building will symbolize missing or murdered Indigenous women. Black’s work serves as an alarming reminder of the gendered and racialized violence frequently dealt with by Native women. On March 21, the artist will participate in Safety for Our Sisters: Ending Violence Against Native Women, a symposium that will feature harrowing stories and ignite important conversations about the issue at-hand.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

40+ Things To Do This February

February 4th, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Discover a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including Black History Month events, Chinese New Year celebrations, Valentine’s Day date ideas and so much more.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation’s capital and plan your visit today.

Do Date Night Right with Date Nights DC – Feb. 1-28
Throughout the month of February, enjoy deals and discounts from attractions, hotels and restaurants, peruse more than 100 date ideas and read up on DC’s most romantic spots. Make sure to share your date night on social media using #MyDCcool and follow @visitwashingtondc to enter our Date Nights DC sweepstakes.

Washington Dollar Days: Tour for a Buck – Feb. 1-28
In honor of George Washington’s birthday month, Tudor Place is offering $1 tours throughout February. As DC’s only historic house museum with connections to Martha and George Washington, the gorgeous property is the ideal spot for such a deal. You will be able to view standouts from Tudor Place’s Washington Collection along the way.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Register
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Feb. 2
The Wizards will celebrate Black History Month with special promotions and their exclusive Statement Jerseys in this Saturday night matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, one of the NBA’s best teams. Bradley Beal and the Wiz will look to take down their Eastern Conference rival, a team led by one of the most exciting players in the world, forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Lunar New Year: Guangdong Arts Troupe – Feb. 8
Millennium Stage’s celebration of the Lunar New Year continues with another free performance full of Chinese culture. Award-winning artists from the Guangdong province will present a program full of wonder. Expect to see dance, stunning acrobatics, puppetry and live music during this special event at one of the city’s most illustrious venues.
6 p.m. |  Free admission
Millennium Stageat The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Cupid’s Undie Run – Feb. 9
Revel in running like never before, and do so to help a great cause. Cupid’s Undie Run is a national sensation that has helped raise millions of dollars for the Children’s Tumor Foundation since 2010. If you’re 21 or older, strut your stuff in skimpy attire as part of a team or solo, and enjoy pre- and post-run fun. And if you’re in a charitable mood, tack on a donation after you register to assist in stopping a deadly disease that affects 1 in 3,000 births.
12-4 p.m. |  Register
Meet at Penn Social, 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival 2019: Year of the Pig – Feb. 10
The Chinatown Community Cultural Center will host a special program featuring live cultural performances, family-oriented events and educational activities at its facility in Gallery Place. You can stop in to enjoy the festivities before or after you enjoy the DC Chinese New Year Parade. Details are below.
12:30-5 p.m. |  Free admission
Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street NW #201, Washington, DC 20001

DC Chinese New Year Parade – Feb. 10
This annual parade in Gallery Place is one of DC’s signature Chinese New Year celebrations. With dozens of entries, this year’s parade promises to be the largest and most diverse yet. Expect Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, floats (including lions and dragons) and plenty of pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown.
2 p.m. |  Free admission
Meet at Gallery Place Metro Station

American Chinese School presents The Spring Bloom Grand Ceremony – Feb. 11
While not one of the Kennedy Center’s official Lunar New Year events, this evening show provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture. The American Chinese School will bring Chinese artists, troupes and student ensembles to the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center to perform dance and musical selections that honor the upcoming spring bloom and promote cooperation among nations.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Concert Hall at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism’ – Feb. 12
Poet Airea D. Matthews, fiction writer N.K. Jemisin and screenwriter/author Tananarive Due will discuss the concept of “Afrofuturism” in this Folger Theatre event perfectly timed for Black History Month. Critic Mark Dery coined Afrofuturism, a term that has evolved to include spacey jazz, African-American sci-fi and psychedelic hip-hop and R&B. Three brilliant minds will discuss the term and read excerpts that help to illuminate the phenomenon.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Disney On Ice presents ‘Worlds of Enchantment’ – Feb. 14-18
Capital One Arena offers up this Disney On ice adventure that will be a blast for the entire family. Submerge in the Little Mermaid’s world under the sea, warm up to Frozen’s princesses, play with Woody and Buzz in the Sunnyside Daycare and thrill to Lightning McQueen’s high-octane stunts in this cavalcade of film favorites on blades.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Big Apple Circus – Feb. 14 – March 14
The one-ring circus hosted by Grandma the Clown presents the likes of high-wire artists the Fabulous Wallendas, the acrobatic Anastasini Brothers and daredevil roller skaters Dandino and Luciana near the Gaylord National Harbor. Whether it’s for date night fun or family night on the town, Big Apple Circus makes for a fantastic winter activity.

30+ Things To Do This January

January 3rd, 2019 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The new year kicks off with a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including Winter Restaurant Week, action-packed sporting events, new museum exhibits and so much more.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation’s capital and plan your visit today.

Free Community Day at National Museum of Women in the Arts – Jan. 6
One of DC’s premier art museums opens its doors for free every first Sunday of the month. Visitors are granted access to NMWA’s extensive collection of seminal work by female artists, which includes pieces by Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherman, Judy Chicago and many more. Current exhibitions that can be explored without spending a dime include Rodarte and Ambreen Butt: Mark My Words. The museum will also host a fascinating tour entitled “Fierce Women” from 1-2 p.m.
12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Jan. 8
The defending Stanley Cup champions will continue their quest for back-to-back titles with an early January matchup against the rival Philadelphia Flyers. Alex Ovechkin, on a searing goal-scoring pace again this year, will look to light the lamp along with fellow star forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson. Goalie Braden Holtby will look to stop Claude Giroux and a potent Flyers offense. Make sure to rock the red to this one.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Iliza: Elder Millennial – Jan. 10
This stand-up comedy star has already sold out Friday night’s show, so grab tickets to this Thursday performance as soon as you can. Iliza rose to fame by being the only female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She had great success with the Truth & Iliza podcast, which gave way to a late-night show on Freeform. Now, Iliza has an acclaimed Netflix special and headlines comedy festivals. Don’t miss her unique brand of hilarity at Warner Theatre.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Jay Pharoah – Jan. 11
You know Jay Pharoah. He spent six years on Saturday Night Live and did absolutely unforgettable impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z and Kanye West. He’s also done head-turning voice work on Bojack Horseman and Family Guy. The riveting stand-up performer will bring his immense talents to a special sit-down show at 9:30 Club, the legendary DC venue.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Winter Restaurant Week – Jan. 14-20
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) curates two Restaurant Week promotions per year, and you’re in luck: one is right around the corner. Dozens of DC restaurants will participate, offering up multiple-course and prix fixe meals ($22 for lunch and brunch, $35 for dinner). Sign up for RAMW’s Restaurant Week mailing list to stay in-the-know on participants, deals, booking a table and chances to win special diner rewards.

Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons – Jan. 15
The Wizards’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game is a holiday tradition, presenting a great opportunity to enjoy some matinee basketball inside Capital One Arena. John Wall, Bradley Beal and the rest of the Wiz will take on stars Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. Each team is battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, making for an exciting afternoon matchup.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

38th Annual MLK Parade – Jan. 21
DC honors the late, great Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual parade that brings the entire community together on the holiday that celebrates the Civil Rights leader. Community activists, performers and civic leaders will all be on-hand for this event that aims to prolong Dr. King’s legacy and everlasting message of peace. The parade concludes with a community fair at the Gateway Pavilion.
11 a.m. | Free admission
Parade begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE & Good Hope Road SE, concludes at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE

‘New Nature’ by Marpi – Through Jan. 13
ARTECHOUSE presents this interactive exhibition that will have you viewing nature in an entirely different light. New Nature features digital and nature-like creatures and plants that respond to your gestures and actions, as well as insects, landscapes and planets. The responsive technology combines with music to create a full-on sensory experience. This is the first large-scale solo exhibition for the artist Marpi.
Bookings available from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘The Wiedmann Bible’ – Through April 28
The Wiedmann Bible is the longest illustrated Bible in the world, featuring 3,333 images. German artist Willy Wiedmann wanted to provide a visual narrative of the Bible, using the distinctive style of Polycon to communicate the book’s many stories. You will see the influence of other styles in Wiedmann’s work as well, including Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
Museum of the Bible, 400 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Celebrating New American Gardens’ – Jan. 31 – Oct. 15
The U.S. Botanic Garden, the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the country, celebrates new American gardens in this fascinating exhibit. Experience the latest and greatest in public gardens, which showcase plant collections, provide beautiful public spaces and highlight the changing of the seasons. Gardens created and renovated in the last five years are the focus, which means you will see only the height of creativity and innovation.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

‘It’s Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family’ – Jan. 31 – Nov. 23
The mint family of plants is larger than you think. While Mentha (peppermint and spearmint) and Salvia (sage) get a majority of the attention, rosemary and coleus are also prevalent members of the species. In total, more than 230 genera and 7,000 species make up the mint family, which means you have a whole lot of plant-learning to do at this new U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit that opens at the end of the month.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

‘Judy Garland: A Star is Born’ – Jan. 8-26
One of the biggest Hollywood stars in history receives a musical tribute at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Judy Garland was a queen of the Golden Age in Hollywood, known for her beautiful voice and unforgettable roles in The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born. Signature Theatre favorites will sing some of her most famous songs, including “Get Happy” and “Over the Rainbow,” during this two-and-half-week engagement.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

WIT Road Show – Jan. 10-27
The Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) for three weeks of special programming. WIT will perform company ensembles filled with improvised brilliance in the form of comedy and stirring musical numbers. The company will also debut a new production entitled, “Fourth Estate,” a comedy that centers on the much-maligned media.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

‘Cartography’ – Jan. 11-13
The subject of migration is artistically rendered through dance, film, map-making and sound sensor technology in this groundbreaking production from author and illustrator Christopher Myers, director Kaneza Schaal and New York-based company Arktype. Cartography will take you from rafts on the Mediterranean to cargo trucks to border checkpoints, revealing the trials and tribulations of youth migrants that face uncertain futures while constantly in motion.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera: ‘Taking Up Serpents’ – Jan. 11 & 13
As part of the American Opera Initiative Festival, the Kennedy Center presents this new hour-long opera born from a collaboration between composer Kamala Sankaram and award-winning librettist Jerre Dye. Taking Up Serpents details the story of Kayla, who’s been estranged from her preacher father and bitten by one of his snakes. Kayla’s subsequent journey causes her to reflect on her upbringing, her faith, her family and her destiny. Soaring compositions weave the 25-year-old’s epic tale.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera: Three New 20-Minute Operas – Jan. 12
This additional offering of the American Opera Initiative Festival features three world premiere, 20-minute operas staged in a concert performance with a small chamber orchestra. You will be able to glimpse the future of opera through these short but endearing compositions from rising stars. A Q&A with the artists and creative teams of each piece will follow the performances.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: ‘Cinderella’ – Jan. 15-20
After a sterling adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017, Matthew Bourne returns to the Kennedy Center with an inventive take on a classic fairy tale. Bourne’s Cinderella is set in London during World War II, where Cinderella falls in love with a handsome RAF pilot before the two are separated by the Blitz. You’ll have to see the show to find out how the rest unfolds, but you’re sure to see jaw-dropping production design and video projections in this vivid telling of an essential story.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘School of Rock’ – Jan. 16-27
Based on director Richard Linklater’s classic 2003 film starring Jack Black, this acclaimed musical production will capture the imagination of the entire family at the National Theatre this January. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn’s hilarious foray into substitute teaching at a prestigious school sees him turn his class into an earth-shattering rock band. The play will feature every song from the movie, 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and musical theater’s very first kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
The National Theatre, 1621 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

‘Admissions’ – Jan. 16 – Feb. 17
From the same writer of the best-selling play in Studio Theatre history comes this compelling tale that satirizes white privilege in America. Bill and Sherri are headmaster and dean at Hillcrest, a New Hampshire boarding school they’ve spent 15 years working to diversify. However, morals are put to the test when their son, Charlie, is denied entry to an Ivy League school. Charlie’s drastic response puts Sherri in the unenviable position of publicly breaking down an oppressive system while privately working to secure its privileges. This thought-provoking production promises to be a highlight of the season.
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

‘Kleptocracy’ – Jan. 18 – Feb. 24
The seeds of troubling current events are planted in this world premiere drama at Arena Stage. A collapsed Soviet Union is ruled by the Oligarchs, hyper capitalists who want to ruthlessly reform Russian markets and open them to the world. The group’s leader is confronted by a young Vladimir Putin, who has his own plans for securing unquestionable power. Find out how modern Russia came to be in this of-the-moment production.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ – Jan. 23 – March 10
The Fats Waller Musical Show is going to bring a whole lot of boogie-woogie to Arlington’s Signature Theatre. You’ll be transported into the Harlem of yesteryear for an energetic, feet-moving celebration of big band music through the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller. The Tony Award-winning musical production will feature songs like “Honeysuckle Rose” and “The Joint is Jumpin’”. Performers will include Signature regulars such as Nova Y. Payton and Iyona Blake.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

American Ballet Theatre: ‘Harlequinade’ – Jan. 29 – Feb. 3
Marius Pepita’s 19th-century ballet, filled with rollicking comedy, is retold by American Ballet Theatre’s Artist in Residence, Alexei Ratmansky. Co-produced with Australian Ballet and featuring music from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the production offers two acts, as Harlequin battles for his love, Columbine. Expect world-class dancing, fun costumes, colorful sets and plenty of slapstick laughs.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

‘Nell Gwynn’ – Jan. 29 – Feb. 10
Nell Gwynn emerges from the streets of Drury Lane into the king’s court. The quiet orange seller steps onto the stage of the Restoration theater and dazzles none other than Charles II. Nell is then brought to court as one of Charles’ favorite mistresses, leading to a dazzling and funny tale of a woman discovering how amazing she truly is. The play was adored in London last season and the Folger Theatre is the perfect setting for its Shakespearean zaniness.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Diplo – Jan. 17
One of the most dynamic forces in modern music, Diplo is an international superstar who has worked with the likes of M.I.A., Lil’ Jon, Gucci Mane, Santigold and many, many more. He’s the founder of the famous Mad Decent block parties, has multiple Grammy nominations, garners millions of streams per year and starts a dance party as well as anyone on the face of the planet. Echostage is the ideal venue for Diplo’s talents.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

Bobby Sanabria MultiVerse Big Band: ‘West Side Story Reimagined’ – Jan. 18
The illustrious score of West Side Story, one of the most successful plays and films of all-time, is beautifully reimagined by percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his acclaimed MultiVerse Big Band. The jazzy, adventurous and touching music of Leonard Bernstein’s tale is brilliantly interpreted through Sanabria’s vibrant take on Latin jazz.
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

National Symphony Orchestra: Renée Fleming sings Schubert – Jan. 18 & 20
Renée Fleming is one of the world’s most celebrated sopranos and she’ll return to the renowned Kennedy Center to pay tribute to Franz Schubert and some of his most esteemed compositions. Among the highlights: orchestrations of Schubert classics, music from Rosamunde and Berio’s Rendering, a piece based on Schubert’s uncompleted 10th Symphony.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Panic! at the Disco – Jan. 20
Panic! at the Disco is led by singer/songwriter Brendon Urie, who formed the band with childhood friends in Las Vegas in 2004. Urie is now the only official member of the band, which has been churning out hits since it rose to fame in 2005. This year’s Pray for the Wicked is one of the project’s most successful releases yet, featuring the smash hit, “High Hopes”. Capital One Arena should be packed for this one.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

A$AP Rocky – Jan. 20
A$AP Rocky is one of the best rap artists of the decade, a performer who has garnered critical adulation while maintaining a loyal fan base. Whether it’s releasing his own albums, like this year’s acclaimed Testing, or guesting on another artist’s track, A$AP Rocky always leaves an impression. He’ll bring his lively stage show to the state-of-the-art The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

NSO Pops: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (film with live orchestra) – Jan. 22-24
John Williams’ epic and treasured score will be performed live as the second installment of George Lucas’ initial Star Wars trilogy is screened at the Kennedy Center. Return of the Jedi is considered by many Star Wars fans to be one of the best of the series, and the experience of watching the movie while its powerful score is performed in front of you makes for an incredible evening.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

NSO Pops: An Evening with Brandy – Jan. 25-26
Fresh off an acclaimed turn as Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago, Brandy will unite R&B and symphony music in enthralling fashion at the Kennedy Center. The performances will mark the first time that the singer has collaborated with a live orchestra. The Grammy Award winner will sing numerous hits from her illustrious career.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music for Young Audiences: Banda Magda – Jan. 26-27
The whole family can take a trip around the globe with Banda Magda, an award-winning group that combines jazz improvisation and South American rhythms. Songs will be sung in six different languages as the band zooms through a set list that will include selections from their new album, Tigre. Audience participation is also on the docket, so get ready to groove.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Neko Case – Jan. 27
Indie rock singer-songwriter Neko Case released one of her most acclaimed albums this year, Hell-On, and now brings her irresistible voice and songs to the stage of the Lincoln Theatre. Case’s solo career now stretches more than 20 years, and she is one of the founding members of The New Pornographers, one of the most critically adored rock groups of the same time period. Saturday night’s show sold out, so grab tickets to this Sunday night performance as soon as possible.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

60+ Things To Do

December 7th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The nation’s capital offers a packed list of can’t-miss things to do this month, including holiday-themed events, markets and theater productions, New Year’s Eve celebrations and so much more.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation’s capital and plan your visit today.


Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Events


Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Museum Exhibits


Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Theater
Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Music


Nighttime Shopping at the Downtown Holiday Market - Christmas and Holiday Market in Washington, DC

Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23
This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located at 8th and F Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music performed live in the background. Locally roasted coffee and crafted-before-your-eyes mini-doughnuts inspire a cold-weather appetite, creating a holiday atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in DC.
12-8 p.m. daily |  Free admission
Centered at 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Holiday Afternoon Tea – Throughout December (excluding Dec. 24-25 & 31)
The Willard InterContinental Washington offers a holiday tradition throughout December. You can enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant Peacock Alley every day of the month (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). There will be seasonal decor, sandwiches, pastries and the beautiful sounds of a harp to accompany you as you sip on festive teas from one of DC’s most historic hotels.
1-4 p.m. |  Reserve
Willard InterContinental Washington, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


ZooLights – Through Jan. 1, 2018
Head to ZooLights at the National Zoo for a wildly vibrant display of LED Christmas lights (a half-million of them!), along with activities like Snow-less Tubing and special themed nights like BrewLights (Nov. 29). The kids will love the National Zoo Choo-Choo (a train ride through the Great Cats exhibit), while the big kids enjoy spiked hot chocolate and live music. ZooLights is closed on Dec. 24-25 and 31.
5-9 p.m. | Free Admission
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008


LightUP Fest in Loudon County, Virginia - Winter events near Washington, DC

LightUP Fest 2018 – Through Jan. 2, 2019
An illuminative feast for the eyes, LightUP Fest transforms 20 acres of land some 30 miles outside of DC into one of the largest light displays on the East Coast. In sum, the outdoor spectacle includes one million lights and Chinese lanterns comprising 77 installations that represent key themes, including Tour of Fantasy, Freedom America, Mysterious East and Magical World. In addition to its colorful, high-tech light arrays, the experience, which was devised by Chinese designers from the Zigong Lantern Festival, includes a food court with Chinese street food finds, daily performances from artists and acrobats, as well as interactive arts and craft activities. Onsite parking is free, but if you don’t have a car, you can ride share from DC (around $50-$60 each way) or from the closest Metro stop, the Wiehle-Reston East Station on the Silver Line (around $20-$25 each way).
5:30-10:30 p.m. | Tickets
44600 Freetown Boulevard, Ashburn, VA 20147


Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival – Through Dec. 9
The Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival is a result of the annual Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards, which honor innovators across the entire creative spectrum, from technology to the performing arts to education. The 11-day festival will showcase award winners and other innovators all over DC through an array of events. Among the highlights: John Krasinski will speak at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Dec. 5, Jewel will bring her holiday tour to the Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 6 and The Long Conversation (detailed below) takes place on Dec. 7. Check out the full schedule.


Swedish Christmas Bazaar – Dec. 1
Held at the House of Sweden, this annual DC tradition takes place on the first Saturday in December, every year. The event features a Swedish marketplace with for-sale crystal glassware, textiles, books, artworks and even homemade bread. Snack on Swedish delicacies like “fika” and “glögg” in the cafe and stick around for the main event: the St. Lucia procession with traditional caroling.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Free admission
House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


Georgetown GLOW – Dec. 1 – Jan. 6
This stroll through DC’s most historic neighborhood will certainly make you light up as you pass by unique, illuminated artworks. Georgetown GLOW is a holiday hit in this District, a five-week celebration of 16 artists and 10 installations (this Saturday through Jan. 6). Participants range from locally renowned to internationally celebrated, while their works gorgeously adorn outdoor spaces throughout Georgetown. Afterwards, wander through a winter wonderland at The Washington Harbour, one of our favorite places to ice skate in the District.
5-10 p.m. |  Free admission


The District’s Holiday Boat Parade – Dec. 1
Dozens of dazzling boats will traverse the Potomac River from the waterfront in Alexandria, Va. to The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront. You can observe free of charge, and there are plenty of holiday  festivities to supplement the experience. The Wharf will feature live music, cookie decorating, a fire pit, ice skating and winter-themed drinks at the Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden, in addition to an on-site Santa. Prizes will be awarded to the most beautiful vessels, which begin their journey at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks will cap off the parade at 8 p.m.
5:30-8 p.m. |  Free admission
From the Docks of Alexandria to Southwest Waterfront in DC – 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Native Art Market – Dec. 1-2
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian hosts this two-day market that will showcase some of the best Native American artists. You’ll be able to peruse silver, jewelry, beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, sculptures, fine apparel, ceramics and handwoven baskets. Expect to observe both traditional and contemporary styles as you shop at this free-to-attend event.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show – Dec. 1-2
From a Grand Tasting Pavilion featuring more than 50 local restaurants to chances to meet top celebrity chefs, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is like a Super Bowl for foodies. Over two days, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will also sport tasting and entertaining workshops, a pop-up cooking school and a beer, wine and spirits garden. Finally, award-winning chefs such as Carla Hall, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Schlow, Erik Bruner-Yang, Nicholas Stefanelli, Vikram Sunderam and Amy Brandwein will participate in fascinating cooking demos. Ready the taste buds for this culinary bonanza.
12-5:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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2018 Nationals Winterfest – Dec. 1-2
In an event that always produces classic moments between players and fans, Nationals Winterfest comes to Nationals Park. Many of the Nats’ stars will be on-hand for fun interaction, games and autographs. Coaches and mascots will be hanging around, too, as the city celebrates its beloved baseball team.
11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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40th Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour – Dec. 2
Logan Circle is hip, happening and historic. Get in the holiday spirit by exploring a diverse mix of Victorian mansions and upscale modern housing that lines DC’s only remaining residential circle during the 40th installment of this wintertime tradition. You’ll encounter fascinating interiors, accompanied by in-house musicians and street carolers along the way. The excursion concludes with a reception at the beautiful Studio Theatre.
1-5 p.m. |  Tickets
Logan Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005

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National Menorah on the National Mall in Washington, DC - Free things to do this winter in Washington, DC

National Menorah Lighting: Chanukah on The Ellipse – Dec. 2
Chanukah kicks off with this lighting ceremony of the world’s largest menorah on the White House Ellipse, which greets all with latkes, doughnuts, menorah kits and dreidels. Music from the United States Air Force Band will add a soundtrack to the scene. As is the custom, a new candle is illuminated on each of the eight days of Chanukah.
4 p.m. (gates at 3 p.m.) | Free, but tickets required.
White House Ellipse, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting – Dec. 5
Situated in front of the monumental U.S. Capitol on the West Lawn, this Christmas tree is yet another majestic staple of the holiday season in the District. This year’s version is a beautiful conifer from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon and will go aglow on Dec. 5. The tree has been transported across the country by motor vehicle – see its Facebook and Twitter pages to check out its journey. Once lit up, you’ll be able to admire the tree’s beauty throughout the season.
5 p.m. |  Free admission
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

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Cirque du Soleil presents 'Crystal' at Capital One Arena - Events this December in Washington, DC

Cirque du Soleil presents ‘Crystal’ – Dec. 5-9
The very first on-ice experience for Cirque du Soleil is coming to Capital One Arena. Crystal will feature feats of athleticism that challenge gravity and acrobatic moves from world-class ice skaters performed with daring speed. Follow the title character as she immerses herself in her own imagination in this fast-paced and empowering tale that is suitable for the entire family.
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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The Long Conversation event at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC

The Long Conversation – Dec. 7
Prepare for a creative marathon inside the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building. The Long Conversation will bring together individuals across a wide spectrum of professions, from comedian to DJ to geologist to poet to astrophysicist to drag queen and many more. The event is broken into sessions – each one will discuss pertinent topics of the moment and how we can make a brighter future. Speaker highlights include Cheech Marin, Sasha Velour, David Brooks and Alfre Woodard. The Long Conversation will also feature on-site art installs and locally sourced gourmet menu from James Beard Award winner Spike Gjerde. Attendance is free, but tickets are required.
2-10 p.m. |  Free admission, but tickets required
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Russian Winter Festival – Dec. 9
Celebrate like it’s the 19th century at the Hillwood Estate’s annual event, which brings holiday cheer and Russian traditions to Upper Northwest. Meet Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) and his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden. You can also make and wear your own traditional headwear and enjoy live performances as you explore the grounds of this historic estate. Admission ranges from free for children under six to $18 for adults; become a member and admission is only $12.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

November 2018 Festivals and Events

November 5th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Holiday Craft Shows

Throughout the month of November, you will find lots of arts and crafts shows ideal for shopping for unique holiday gifts. Find here a variety of craft shows in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

DC Cocktail Week

November 12-18, 2018. More than 50 Washington, D.C. area restaurants and bars offer specially priced cocktail and food pairings to entice guests to try something new. This is a great opportunity to check out the local happy hour scene.

ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018. The award-winning holiday attraction is a winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 BLOCKS of ice weighing 1.5 MILLION POUNDS! hand-sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. This is an interactive holiday attraction you won’t want to miss.

Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park

November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 The amusement park offers a holiday celebration featuring millions of glittering lights, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s Village, and many popular rides.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade and Illumination

November 17-18, 2018. Abraham Lincoln’s famous “Gettysburg Address” and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery are commemorated with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery. 

Turkey Trots in the Washington, D.C. Area

A variety of organizations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia sponsor walks and runs to raise money for charity.

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Washington, D.C. Area

Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season and many wonderful activities and events begin in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Here are some ideas of fun things to do during the Thanksgiving weekend.

The National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace

November 28, 2018, 5 p.m. Ellipse near the White House. At this annual celebration the national Christmas tree is illuminated along with 56 smaller trees with unique ornaments representing every state, territory, and the capital. The event will also have performers providing a soundtrack for the evening.

If you don’t make it to the lighting of the National Christmas Tree there are plenty of tree lighting ceremonies to visit in the area.

Christmas Light Displays

Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through one of the Washington, D.C. area’s spectacle of lights at a local park in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

How to Beat the DC Summer Heat

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The time has come for another summer in the city here in DC, and the heat is on!  Luckily, there are many options to help you stay cool.  Here are our tips for how to beat the DC summer heat.

Splash Parks

There are various parks through the DC area that are home to water features designed for playing in.  These features can be fun for all ages, and when the 90 degree days set in, you’ll be more than willing to put your grown-up pride aside and relive your days of running through the sprinklers.  Here are some of our favorites, but you can check out the Department of Parks and Recreation page for a comprehensive list.

Canal Splash Park: Navy Yard
Canal Park


1100 New Jersey Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003

Yards Park


355 Water St SE

Washington, DC 20003

Georgetown Waterfront Park


Water St NW

Washington, DC 20007


When the splash park just won’t cut it, pack up the swim suits and floaties and take it to the pool!  Park Chelsea residents have the luxury of a beautiful rooftop pool to cool down in, but there are many public pool options throughout the district.  Check the websites for summer hours and updates.

Park Chelsea Rooftop Pool

Anacostia Pool


1800 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington, DC 20020

Banneker Pool


2500 Georgia Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

Deanwood Aquatic Center


1350 49th St NE

Washington, DC 20019


Although the numerous Smithsonian museums offer free admission throughout the year, visiting is particularly sweet in the Summer months.  Pick a weekday to avoid the crowds, then enjoy the history, sights, sounds and deliciously cool air conditioning.  Here are some of our favorites:

How to Beat the DC Summer Heat: National Museum of American History

National Portrait Gallery

Take a look at our nation’s history through a stunning array of portraits.  Bring a book or your laptop and set up in the serene enclosed courtyard; bonus cool points if you cap your visit off next-door with a signature Zaytinya martini and some house-made tzatziki.


Eighth & F Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Take a stroll through the curious sculpture garden, then treat yourself to the cool air inside this cylindrical building filled with modern masterpieces.


Independence Ave & Seventh St SW

Washington, DC 20560

National Museum of American History

Take a trip down memory lane with an impressive collection of americana and pop culture relics.  Some highlights include the original Star Spangled Banner, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the inaugural gowns of America’s first ladies.


Fourteenth St & Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC, 20001

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Take a short walk down M St. and visit the only Naval Museum that chronicles the history of the U.S. Navy from its creation to present day. The USS Constitution’s fighting top and the world’s largest deepest diving submersible highlight the artifacts in the museum.


736 Sicard St. SE

Washington, DC, 20374

Sweet Treats

We’re happy to use the sweltering heat as an excuse to indulge in a chilly treat!  Here are some yummy options throughout the district.

Sweet Treats: Ice Cream Jubilee

Pleasant Pops

Located in Adams Morgan, this pop shop/cafe offers an array of unique and surprisingly delicious flavors such as Grapefruit-Rosemary and Mexican Chocolate.


1781 Florida Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

Ice Cream Jubilee

Ice Cream Jubilee is located in the Yards Park just down the street from Park Chelsea. The menu of flavors changes seasonally with fresh locally sourced products. To give you an idea of their creativity, Honey Lemon Lavender and Banana Bourbon Caramel are a few delicious flavors they offer.


301 Water Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

Good Stuff Eatery

When you’re over-heating coincides with a growling stomach, head over to this Spike Mendelsohn gem, slinging killer burgers and home-spun milkshakes.


303 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC, 20003

Cooling Centers

All fun aside, when you or someone you know is truly in need of a retreat from the heat, there are various cooling centers throughout DC.

July 2018 Festivals and Events

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Free Outdoor Movies

There are plenty of opportunities to catch free screenings throughout D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie series in D.C., the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival in Virginia, and the National Harbor Movies on the Potomac events in Maryland are the most popular annual celebrations of cinema. The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria and the Bethesda Outdoor Movies events in Maryland are also worth checking out.

All summer long, the Capital Region hosts free concert series in national and state parks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Military band concerts at the U.S. Capitol, Navy Memorial, and Capitol Waterfront in D.C. are especially popular during the month of July while the National Harbor in Maryland and the Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Northern Virginia both host an annual concert series that attract some of the biggest names in pop music.

With dozens of performances around the region, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the best theatrical performances in D.C. this July. The U.S. tour of “Hamilton” will come to the Kennedy Center starting June 12, and “The Color Purple” takes to the same stage on July 31, 2018, among other. Additionally, you can catch the annual Capital Fringe Festival, which features over 140 unique performances at multiple venues in D.C. from July 7 to 29 this year.

From July 1 through July 22, 2018, you can experience the Universoul Circus at the National Harbor at the Plateau in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This entire family will enjoy the big top showcase bursting with action-packed performances, colorful lights, pulsating music, and international talent.

On Tuesdays through Saturdays from June to September of 2018, family-friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater for children age 5 to 12 come to this unique venue at Wolf Trap National Park in Virginia. In 2018, featured performances at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods (tickets required) include Page Turner Adventures, Sugar Free Allstars (a “family funk super duo”), the Pop Ups, Soul in Motion, Story Pirates, and the FLY Dance Company as well as the Maryland Youth Ballet’s performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” on July 27 and 28, 2018.

From June 27 to July 1 and July 4 through 8, 2018, you can celebrate cultural traditions from around the world at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which takes place on the National Mall each year. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events, so be sure to show up early (or on the much later side) if you want to avoid the biggest crowds of the day.

The city of Alexandria, Virginia, served a key role in the foundation and birth of the United States of America, but the town itself wasn’t established until July 14, 1749, and wasn’t incorporated as Alexandria until 1779. Either way, the residents of Alexandria celebrate its birthday each year around the 13th or 14th of July. In 2018, the official celebration of Alexandria’s 269th Birthday kicks off on Saturday, July 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Although a French holiday, the Capital Region celebrates Bastille Day and the culture of France with a variety of events taking place on and around July 14, 2018. This French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789, which started the French Revolution. To celebrate, French restaurants in the Captial Region and the Alliance Française de Washington host a variety of special events honoring cultural traditions, foods, and wines from France.

You can catch a number of your favorite sports teams representing the nation’s capital in D.C. area sporting events this July. From the Major League Baseball’s National League East home games of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park to the Washington Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, Virginia in late July, there’s a game for every sports’ enthusiast this month. Also be sure to catch the Washington Kastles Tennis Tournaments and the Citi Open Tennis Classic.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 2018, the annual One Caribbean Carnival will return to Baltimore, Maryland for a showcase of Caribbean, Latin American, and Diasporian cultures. Featuring groups of performers representing each of these groups in colorful costumes, the event takes place all weekend long at Clifton Park. If you’re looking for an island escape in the Capital Region, you can relax to the sounds of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin, and Steelband music while you browse the open-air marketplace or watch the annual parade.

The Loudoun County Fair takes place on July 23 to 28, 2018, at the Loudon County Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Virginia. Family fun at the fair includes a carnival, rodeo bull riding, a dairy and goat show, horseback demonstrations, magic acts, pet performances, floral exhibits, obstacle courses, tug-of-war tournaments, and live music entertainment. This is a true taste of Americana!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to enjoy some of the best farm-to-table dining experiences the Capital Region has to offer but don’t want to break the bank, check out Howard County Restaurant Weeks event from July 23 to August 6, 2018. During the two-week event, dozens of participating restaurants in Maryland will offer discount prices on full meals and drinks from local farmers and brewers.

Each year, the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) organizes a celebration of some of the nation’s best microbrews as a benefit fundraiser for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. After-hours on July 19, 2018, you can join the FONZ to enjoy unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 national breweries as well as live music and entertainment, local food trucks, and, of course, the zoo’s exotic animals.

On the last weekend in July (July 28 and 29, 2018), you can explore the local farms of Montgomery County, Maryland to escape the hectic and crowded city for a day or weekend getaway. The Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale allow visitors to stop in at multiple farms to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, and other local goods. Additionally, several of the farms also have hayrides, pony rides, live music, farming demonstrations, and other interesting and educational activities for all ages.

June 2018 Festivals and Events

June 1st, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Washington, DC never lacks for can’t-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we go!

May 2018 Festivals and Events

May 3rd, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

While most schools in the United States remain in session throughout the month of May, there are still plenty of events and festivals happening in the Capital Region this time of year.

Whether you’re visiting Washington, D.C. or the surrounding communities in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, there are plenty of things to do including annual celebrations, community engagement projects, and a variety of cultural performances and even parades.

From the National Cathedral’s annual flower market to Memorial Day weekend events and activities, add a little something extra to your vacation to the Capital Region this May by checking out one (or more) of these fantastic festivals.

Schedule of Activities for May 2018

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

From April 27 through May 6, 2018, the 91st Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival will return to Winchester, Virginia to celebrate the blooming apple trees in the Shenandoah Valley. This annual homage to spring features more than 45 events including the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, and a series of demonstrations by local firefighters. The event is free to attend and a great way to discover this beautiful mountain town near the nation’s capital.

National Cathedral Flower Mart

Unlike in years past, the Flower Mart at the National Cathedral will take place on one day only, May 4, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guest can enjoy the grounds of this famed cathedral, browse through dozens of floral displays, take part in family-friendly activities, and enjoy musical entertainment all for free.

Local food vendors—including farmers selling herbs, flowers, and produce—will also be on-site, so you won’t need to bring a lunch to this event.

Passport DC and Around the World Embassy Tour

Taking place all month long each year in May, Passport DC is an event sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC that features a wide range of performances, talks, exhibits, and tours of foreign embassies in the nation’s capital.

In 2018, Cultural Tourism DC will partner with the Around the World Embassy Tourto showcase embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and politicians.

DC Funk Parade

Since 2013, the U Street Corridor of Washington, D.C. has hosted an annual parade and street festival to honor the diverse culture of performance and art in one of the city’s liveliest entertainment districts. On May 12, 2018, the Fifth Annual Funk Paradewill return to the U Street District with a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade, and music festival. The event also features a costume lounge and “funky costume corps,” the Academy of Funk workshops, and the Intergalactic Inter-Generation Station where guests can explore this history of this off-beat music genre.

Virginia Gold Cup

The annual steeplechase in Virginia horse country features horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate competitions, and a fancy hat contest at the Great Meadow Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia. The event takes place on May 5, 2018, and starts with a tailgating party before the race. Attendees can reserve tailgating spots on the Member’s Hill, North Rail, and South Rail of the Great Meadow, but must register in advance (for free) to enter the Tailgating Contest.

Charity Walks

There are plenty of opportunities to improve your own health while raising money for worthwhile DC-area charities at the same time. On May 6, 2018, you can participate in the Public Service 5K Walk/Run, which supports civilian federal and postal workers through the Federal Employee Education & Assitance Fund (FEEA), or the 2018 Race for Hope, which supports funding research for brain tumors. On May 12, you can take part in the Semper Fi 5K to raise money for victims of the 9/11 attacks, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

Outdoor Movies

Nothing quite says summer in the Capital Region like watching a recent (or classic) film on a large outdoor screen in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. From D.C. Outdoor Films in Chinatown Park to Movies on the Potomac at the National Harbor in Maryland, there are plenty of chances to catch outdoor films all month long.

Movie nights in May typically take place on Fridays and Saturdays, but in June through August, there are many more movie events including on weeknights.

Spring Theater Performances

Although not as famous for theatre as New York City’s Broadway, touring and local productions abound in Washington, D.C. this spring. Coming to the Capital Region in 2018, you can see “The Wiz” at Ford’s Theatre until May 12, Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia” until May 13, and “Waitress” at the National Theatre starting May 15, among many others.

Washington Nationals Baseball

The Major League Baseball’s National League East plays 81 home games each season at Nationals Park Stadium in Washington, D.C. You can enjoy a fun-filled day cheering on the capital’s baseball team all month long but be sure to check the official MLB schedule for special events and ticketing before you go. Special events in May 2018 include U.S. Navy Day May 1, Federal Workforce Day May 2, Star Wars Day May 5, and Seniors Stroll the Bases on May 23.

Fiesta Asia: Silver Spring and Street Fair

The flagship event for Fiesta Asia takes place in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 6, 2018. Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair featuring live entertainment and interactive displays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fiesta Asia Street Fair will also take place on Capitol Hill as part of the Passport DC program on May 19, 2018. This larger street fair includes outdoor food and craft vendors, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, a talent show, and many music and dance performances.

Georgetown Garden Tour

Each year since 1928, the Georgetown Garden Club has sponsored guided tours of the area’s most exquisite gardens. The 90th Annual Georgetown Garden Tour will take place on May 12, 2018, starting at 31st and O Streets. Included in your ticket, you’ll also be treated to an afternoon snack of baked goods and cold beverages at the Keith Hall of Christ Church as well as a self-guided tour of a wide variety of gardens in the neighborhood.

Mother’s Day Events and Activities

If you’re visiting the Washington, D.C. area for Mother’s Day on May 13, 2018, there are several special events and activities worth checking out to give your mom a special treat. Start the day off right with Mother’s Day brunch specials at some of the city’s best restaurants, and don’t forget to stop for afternoon tea at Tudor Place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for a special mother-centric service. You can also take a cruise along the Potomac River, a free Mother’s Day tour of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, or go for a hike or picnic in Maryland or Virginia.

National Police Week

Starting with the Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Police Week 5K on Saturday, May 12, 2018, National Police Week events will take place all week long in Washington, D.C. to honor law officers and their families. Events continue through May 19, 2018, and include a candlelight vigil, a memorial service, and the National Police Survivor’s Conference.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival

Featuring over 175 different brews from more than 40 Maryland breweries, the Maryland Craft Beer Festival returns to Carrol Creek Park in Frederick on May 12, 2018. The one-day festival features beer tastings and proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Brewers Association of Maryland, which helps these 40 independent breweries get started and stay afloat. Tickets range from $15 for the designated driver (free for kids under 15) to $55 for a VIP pass that grants early entry and access to limited edition and small-batch brews.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

You can browse the works of over 140 contemporary artists and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, and downtown restaurants at the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival on May 12 and 13, 2018. Located in what’s known as the Woodmont Triangle in Bethesda, Maryland, this free event features ceramics, clothing, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood carving, and film all in one place—just 30 minutes from Downton D.C.

Washington Jewish Film Festival

The Edlavich Jewish Community Center of Washington, D.C. (DCJCC) will present its annual Washington Jewish Film Festival from May 2 to 13, 2018. Each year, the Edlavich DCJCC organizes a series of film screenings, panel discussions with filmmakers, bar crawls and awards presentations. In 2018, the event kicks off with a screening of the documentary “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me” and closes with a screening of ” The Invisibles.”

Blue Angels Air Shows

The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, an elite team of 18 pilots known as the Blue Angels, tour the United States to put on aerial demonstrations of their skills. In 2018, you’ll have three chances to catch the Blue Angels perform. From May 18 through 25, the U.S. Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week in Annapolis features a USNA campus air show on May 23 and 24 and a graduation flyover of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 25.

Taste of Arlington

On May 20, 2018, you can enjoy all the best culinary confections that the city of Arlington, Virginia has to offer at the annual Taste of Arlington festival on Wilson Boulevard. This lively street festival also features local entertainment, children’s activities, a wine, beer, and spirits area, a “Girls on the Run” 5K run, and Bark Park for your pets. Proceeds from this event go to benefit local charities.

DC Dragon Boat Festival

The D.C. Dragon Boat Festival returns to Thompson’s Boathouse Center with dragon boat races, cultural performances, and hands-on activities along the Potomac River on May 19 and 20, 2018. Now in its 17th year, the dragon boat festival is sponsored by the Taiwan-U.S. Cultural Association (TUSCA) and serves to promote Taiwanese culture in the Capital Region.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

In 2018, Memorial Day weekend starts on Friday, May 25 and ends Monday, May 28, and the Capitol Region offers dozens of special events to celebrate this federal holiday. Rockville’s Hometown Holidays in Maryland is a three-day street festival in celebration of the holiday weekend with music, children’s entertainment, and a parade. Alternatively, you could head out to the Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park for the annual festival featuring pony and hay rides, a petting zoo, 5K run, live entertainment, and strawberries.