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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.

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.

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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"In Remembrance of Lost Time"

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, Va presents the "In Remembrance of Lost Time", a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and the Parker Quartet.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Ancestry Art Exhibit Opening Reception

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

The “Ancestry” exhibit (August 3 – September 2, 2018) showcases the strength of Del Ray Artisans community, namely our cultural diversity. Together, the “Ancestry” exhibit highlights how the diverse, vibrant cultures of our members come together to form one strong community, just like our country’s motto—E Pluribus Unum, or “Out of Many, One”. Opening: Friday, August 3, 7-9pm. Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

BalletNova's Adult Summer Workshop

BalletNova Center for Dance

Join BalletNova for our annual Adult Summer Workshop : "Classic to Contemporary" featuring guest artists Matthew Powell, Jeremy McShan and Constance Walsh.

Ages 18+, for Adult Dancer Levels Advanced Beginning to Intermediate

Ballet, Variations, Modern (Graham Technique), and Jazz

Categories: Dance

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

Blue Sky Puppet Theater

The Durant Center

The (mostly) Monthly Puppet Shows presents Blue Sky Puppets performing The Three (not so) Little Pigs.

Blue Sky Puppet Theater

The Durant Center

The (mostly) Monthly Puppet Shows presents Blue Sky Puppets performing The Three (not so) Little Pigs.

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Curtains

The Theatre Lab

The Theatre Lab's Musical Institute for Teens presents Curtains!

Categories: Theater, Arts, Music: Other

Curtains

The Theatre Lab

The Theatre Lab's Musical Institute for Teens presents Curtains!

Categories: Theater, Arts, Music: Other

Design Domain: Contemporary Furniture and Inspired Decor

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park

A modern furniture and decor exhibition showcasing work from six different designers.

Categories: Exhibits, Free

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

Experience the History • The Fashion • The House

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

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.

Family Saturdays

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Learn how the design of the U.S. Capitol building has changed over the last two centuries. Then create your own mini-U.S. Capitol. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Family Saturdays

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Learn how the design of the U.S. Capitol building has changed over the last two centuries. Then create your own mini-U.S. Capitol. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Greater Washington Urban League Back 2 School Festival

Columbia Heights Community Center

Gearing up for a new school year can be stress-free! Join the Greater Washington Urban League for the 6th annual Health and Wellness Back 2 School Festival on Saturday, August 18th at the Columbia Heights Community Center. Parents and children can take advantage of free health screenings, family-friendly fitness demonstrations, workshops, healthy food tasting station, interactive games and a school supply giveaway just for students!

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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: Tours, Arts, History

Hidden Treasures: Restoration and Archaeology at Montpelier

Montpelier Mansion

Exhibit examines archaeology and restoration at Montpelier Histoirc Site during its year-long restoration in 2013. Includes hands-on kids' activities. 

Honey Bee Festival

Kingsland Apiary

Kingsland Apiary is the place to “BEE” for Franklin County Beekeeper’s Annual Honey Bee Festival on Saturday, August 18th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Come out and “Bee Amazed” at all of the fun filled activities for the entire family which include: Yard Sale, BBQ, Bake Sale, Open-Mic Contest 12:00 pm (cash prize), Arts and Crafts.  The kids will love the face painting and the scavenger hunt, while the whole family will enjoy the Garden Tour.  Guest will also be able to purchase local honey while learning about beekeeping.  This event is free and is opened to the public. 

Immersive and Virtual Experience: Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis

ARTECHOUSE

Explore the mind-bending sci-fi worlds and infinite 3D geometric patterns at Summer’s best immersive art exhibition - Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis at ARTECHOUSE DC.

Jim Van Slyke presents "Just Me and The Boys"

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Creative Cauldron 2018 Summer Cabaret Series - Jim Van Slyke presents "Just Me and The Boys"

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

Kids, Teens, Teachers Used Book Sale

Reston Regional Library

Shop over 10,000 VERY GOOD condition books. 

Categories: Books & Authors

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

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

The Phillips Collection

Marking the Infinite spotlights the work of nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists that asks us to consider the unity and diversity of our world.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

National Honeybee Day

Sky Meadows State Park

Celebrate the Honeybee at Sky Meadows State Park.

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, 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 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.

Portrait Story Days – Trailblazers

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

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

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

Reels on the Ramp

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum

The Reels on the Ramp outdoor movie series takes place most Saturdays from June 23 to August 25 at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Dates subject to change.

Categories: Family Oriented, Film, Free

Reels on the Ramp presents Wall-E

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum

Reels on the Ramp presents Wall-E at the Udvar-Hazy Center!

Categories: Family Oriented, Film, Free

Secrets of 1770

National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park

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

The Magic Duel

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

When two experts in sleight of hand magic compete for the title of D.C.’s Best Magician the results are hilarious, astonishing, and thoroughly entertaining.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Other Events

The Magic Duel

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

When two experts in sleight of hand magic compete for the title of D.C.’s Best Magician the results are hilarious, astonishing, and thoroughly entertaining.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Other Events

Tinker Bell

Adventure Theatre

A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee, and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy’s point of view.

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

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

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

World Doctors Orchestra and NIH Philharmonia Live in Concert

The Church of the Epiphany

On Saturday, August 18th at 7:30 PM, members of World Doctors Orchestra and NIH Philharmonia will join forces to present "Summer Is Russian in," a concert to benefit the charities of the National Institutes of Health. General admission tickets are $20 each and given space limitations, advance purchase is recommended (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-doctors-orchestra-and-nih-philharmoni...).

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical

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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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