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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.

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

  • Through Thursday, November 29, 2018

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

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1st Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Dulles Expo Center

Meet over 250 of the nation's most talented artisans and craftsmen at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.

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Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

By Anna Ziegler, directed by Johanna Gruenhut

Categories: Theater

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

An Evening of Sholom Aleichem

Bender JCC of Greater Washington

Spend an evening with Tony award winner Murray Horwitz (1978-‘Ain’t Misbehavin’) as he becomes Sholom Aleichem, the leading Yiddish author and playwright of the early 20th century.

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

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

Benefit Concert for Uniting Children and Parents on the Border

St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Free Benefit Concert on October 21 at 7 pm to support Catholic Charities USA Immigration and Refugee Services. A wonderful evening of music and dance performed by professionals from around the region and the world who donate their talents for this important event.

Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery

Smithsonian's National Zoo

Tickets are on sale now for the 20th annual Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. A family-friendly Halloween event hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), Boo at the Zoo will be held October 19, 20 and 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Categories: Family Oriented, Holiday

Cathedral Choral Society: Armistice 1918

Washington National Cathedral

Russian composer Alexander Kastalsky wrote his profoundly beautiful and hopeful Commemoration for Fallen Brothers to commemorate the diverse nations and faiths of the Allied lives lost in World War I. He finished the complete seventeen-movement work in 1917, and it will receive its world premiere at this concert.

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Curator Tour: One Year: 1968, an American Odyssey

National Portrait Gallery

Join Portrait Gallery Historian James Barber to learn more about important events featured in the exhibition “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Dawn Whitmore: A house is like a mind that holds everything

Arlington Arts Center

A house is like a mind that holds everything is a 5-channel immersive sound installation that delves into the relationship between the mind and the house as metaphorical dwellings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Dracula, the Ballet

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

Manassas Ballet Theatre opens its 2018-19 season with the ultimate vampire story-DRACULA.

Categories: Theater, Dance

Drowning: Ceramic Forms

Waverly Street Gallery

Kanika Sircar layers stoneware vessels with images of climate change, interspersed with texts, scribbles, and fragments of poems ranging from Billy Collins to Rachel Carson.

Categories: Arts, History, Discussion

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

EatLoco Brambleton Farmers Market

Brambleton

The Eatloco Brambleton Marketplace is open every Sunday from 9:00am-1:00pm year-round. With live music, food trucks and can’t-miss vendors, EatLoCo Brambleton Marketplace is the perfect way to start the week in Loudoun County.

Equine Rescue League 28th Annual Fall Open House

Promise Kept Farm

Equine Rescue League 28th Annual Fall Open House

Eve Ensler & Anne Lamott

The Music Center at Strathmore

Ensler, acclaimed playwright, performer, activist, and author of The Vagina Monologues, joins Lamott, essayist and bestselling author of Hallelujah Anyway, Rediscovering Mercy, and other amazing guides to real life, for a passionate and humorous conversation on the provocative issues that they’ve courageously brought out of the shadows throughout their careers.

Categories: Books & Authors

Explore Kensington Day

Explore Kensington Day

Local, free festival in downtown Kensington -- car show, art show, local authors, music and food! Family friendly!

Fall Farm Days: Rest and Rejuvenation Weekend

Sky Meadows State Park

Come join us for a weekend of R & R at Sky Meadows. Let the beauty of nature take your breath away while enjoying relaxing activities at the park.

Fall Solos 2018

Arlington Arts Center

The artists of Fall SOLOS 2018 examine landscapes, investigate personal histories, and analyze the ways physical objects communicate meaning and help us understand the world. Exhibiting artists Nekisha Durrett, Zoe Friedman, Aimee Gilmore, Artemis Herber, Cindy Stockton Moore, Tristan Roland, and Julia Staples will install solo-style exhibitions in AAC’s seven main gallery spaces. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Figaro In Four Quartets

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Mozart's most beloved opera, Marriage of Figaro mirrored through T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets in a spellbinding new theater experience.

Gallery Clarendon Features October Fall Show

Gallery Clarendon Art Experience

Reception and meet the artists - October 12  5-8PM

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Glen Echo Fire Department Open House

Glen Echo Fire Department

Glen Echo Fire Department's annual Open House features fun fire safety, firefighting, and EMS activities and demonstrations for all ages.

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

Round House Theatre Bethesda

Paula Vogel’s chronicle of one woman’s journey to break the cycle—and silence—of sexual abuse is heartbreaking, sardonic, and uncomfortably funny. Our heroine, “Li’l Bit,” takes the stage to unravel the tangled roadmap of emotions and memories that paved the way for her to reclaim her narrative as an adult survivor.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Other Events

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

Jack & The Beanstalk

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

In partnership with Victorian Lyric Opera Company

Jack & The Beanstalk

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

In partnership with Victorian Lyric Opera Company

Jazz at Meade

Meade Memorial Episcopal Church

Jazz at Meade 2018, 11th Concert series. Featuring: Juedienne "Juju" Gordon & A Band, Sunday, October 21, 4-6pm., 322 N. Alfred St. Alexander VA., 22314 Donation $20, Refreshments served. 703-549-1334, Visit www.Meadechurch.org

Categories: Music: Other

Madhaunter's Madhouse Haunted Trail

Workhouse Arts Center

PREPARE TO BE SCARED! 

Categories: Holiday

Mid-Day Art Break: Free Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

To participate, meet a Gaggery Guide at the Information Desk in the Lobby.

Categories: Tours, Exhibits

Music & Mindfulness: Yoga with APO

Dupont Underground

Join The American Pops for innovative yoga practices in the iconic Dupont Underground. Each practice will feature live music to create a peaceful backdrop as instructor Michael Peterson guides you on a journey through yoga and meditation. Runtimes 70 mins. All practices at DuPont Underground.

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

Nevermore

Creative Cauldron in ArtSpace

Take a dark and mysterious journey into the life of gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe...

Nevermore

Creative Cauldron in ArtSpace

Take a dark and mysterious journey into the life of gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe...

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

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

NVHG Art & Craft Show at South Run RECenter

NVHG Art & Craft Show at South Run RECenter

For 10 years this popular show has featured handmade art and craft items, including jewelry, textiles, woodworking, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, glass,  photography, drawing and painting. Come and appreciate so many items of decorative and functional art!

Categories: Arts, Fairs & Festivals

O'Sullivan's Sunday Funnies-Free Comedy in Arlington,VA

O'Sullivan's Irish Pub

Live Standup Comedy Show featuring local Northern Virginia area standup comedians.

Categories: Theater, Free, Other Events

On Fly in The Salt

National Sporting Library & Museum

On Fly in the Salt: From the Surf to the Flats is a curated journey through time, filled with the people, places, and innovations that have made saltwater fly fishing one of the fastest growing sectors of the exciting and dynamic angling industry.

Categories: Exhibits, History

Out Loud & In the Bushes: Trinka Roeckelein and Roger Strassman

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Out Loud & In the Bushes is a joint show featuring Roger Strassman’s colorful abstract paintings and Trinka Roeckelein’s whimsical ceramic animal sculptures.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Peace Mountain Theatre Co presents A Shayna Maidel

Congregation Har Shalom

Peace Mountain Theatre Co presents A Shayna Maidel

Categories: Theater, Arts

Pedja Mužijević

The Phillips Collection Music Room

Born in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, Pedja Mužijević studied there before continuing his education at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City. He now lives in New York and performs around the globe. In terms of repertoire, he is one of the most adventurous pianists. His concert reflects a fascination with creative programming, and juxtaposing old and new.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Pints4Paws Pet Fest

Courthouse Plaza

Come on down for one of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington's biggest fundraisers of the year...and have a great time while you're at it! We'll be celebrating peak fall season with our pop-up pet festival, including UNLIMITED craft beers, live music, doggy costume contests, doggy games, a dog rest park, food trucks, and much more!

Portrait Discovery Kits

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

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

Portrait Story Days

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

Visitors can listen to a story and create art inspired by a person 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

Riversdale Chamber Music Society: Wavelength Winds

Riversdale House Museum

On Sunday, October 21 at 2:30 pm, join us in the mansion for the Riversdale Chamber Music Society’s presentation of Wavelength Winds, University of Maryland’s Fellowship Quintet. A reception and a chance to mingle with the artists will follow the concert.

This event is free and open to the public.

Wavelength Winds is in the fourth resident fellowship wind quintet. The group’s mission is to present diverse, stimulating works and innovative collaborations that resonate with music lovers of all kinds. In the rapidly changing musical landscape, Wavelength Winds is continuously seeking out intriguing collaborations and new works.

Scribe Week

Museum of the Bible

Join us for a special week of education programs that explore the ancient scribal art.

Secrets of 1770

National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park

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

She Like Girls

UMBC Proscenium Theatre

A play put on my UMBC Dept of Theatre

Categories: Arts, Theater

Storytime

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

A kid-friendly, active and educational look at contemporary art for all ages and their families.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts, Free

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and lesson at Glen Echo, always with live music! No partner required.

Categories: Dance, Music: Other

Sunday Social 2: Tap Dancing Workshop with Joseph Wiggan

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents Sunday Social 2: Tap Dancing Workshop with Joseph Wiggan, a pay-what-you-wish workshop. 2 pm Workshop followed by light refreshments.

Categories: Music: Other, Dance

The Fedorykas and Company

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

With their Ukrainian roots ever in mind, Scythian founders Alexander, Danylo and Larissa bring their high energy and exuberant spirit to the Lyceum to share a unique and interesting repertoire melding Celtic, Eastern European and Appalachian folk traditions. The Washington Post called Scythian “one of DC’s most energetic and eclectic bands”.

The NOVA Annandale Symphony Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert Series

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

A Chamber Music Celebration 

The Vegetarian Resource Group's Annual Vegan Dinner

Busboys & Poets (Washington, D.C.)

Network with Dietitians from Across the Country!

Meet VRG advisors Reed Mangels PhD RD, Catherine Conway MS RD, Mark Rifkin MS RD, Debra Wasserman, and vegetarian dietitians from around the country. All are welcome!

Categories: Food & Wine

UMBC Jazz Ensemble

Earle and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Belzer.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Arts

UMBC Jazz Ensemble

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall at UMBC

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Belzer.

Visions and Voices 2018

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Art Glass Center Artists explore the many facets of glass in this exhibition of fine art glass.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

VOCE Chamber Singers-- Make our Garden Grow: Music of Bernstein and Sondheim

Church of the Holy Comforter

Voce joins the worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth in a program of the composer’s best-loved hits from Candide, West Side Story,  and more, alongside works of his friend and frequent collaborator, Stephen Sondheim.

Washington National Opera: La traviata

Kennedy Center, Opera House

Violetta delights in high-class pleasures, but she is secretly dying. Will she know true love before death claims her? We launch the 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting story of fate and sacrifice, renowned for its soaring arias and heart-wrenching ending.

Categories: Music: Classical

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 of Montgomery Festival: Exploring the World in Your Own Backyard

Montgomery College

Henna Painting, Chinese Dragons, and fun activities for the whole family! The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates and displays the rich cultural heritages of the DC Area. The festival will be held at Montgomery College Rockville on Sunday, October 21, from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

World Peace Meditation Hour (Maryland)

Meditation Museum

Now more than ever people and the world need vibrations of peace and calmness. We enhance the power of those vibrations by meditating together.

“Symmetry – Balance in an Asymmetrical World” October 5 - 28, 2018

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Del Ray Artisans and Union 206 Studio present “Symmetry – Balance in an Asymmetrical World” showcasing artists’ visions of symmetry. The camera, used as a tool, reveals the artist’s vision and produces a personal – typically evocative or atmospheric, yet balanced – statement. The photography exhibit runs October 5-28, 2018 with the Opening Reception on Friday, October 5, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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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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