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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.

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors.

Fri • September 19, 2014


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"Play" by Stephen Boocks

Montpelier Arts Center

In this exhibition of acrylic paintings, works on paper, and sound, Boocks explores the dynamics of time, pattern, and how we process works of art.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Put a Bird on It" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"Put a Bird on It!” juried art exhibit (Sept 5-28) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Artists repurpose objects or artworks, incorporating a ‘bird’. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: 9/5, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Three Artists, Three Visions" Art Exhibit

Prudential PenFed Realty (Old Town Alexandria Office)

Del Ray Artisans and Prudential PenFed Realty present artwork by Wendy Band, Sharon Frey, and Linda Lowery in "Three Artists, Three Visions" (6/29-10/31/2014) at Prudential PenFed Realty (300 N Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria). Details at:

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)

Whiskey Creek Golf Club

The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), a non-profit organization based in Burtonsville, MD, specializes in adoption-competent therapy for children and families of all adoptive experiences and in educating the public about adoption and foster care. 

C.A.S.E. holds its 13th annual charity golf tournament on Friday, September 19th, at Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Ijamsville, MD.  Please contact James Burke at for registration materials and more information or click here.

2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert

Lisner Auditorium

The 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships Concert celebrates our nation's top folk and traditional artists in an evening of performances, demonstrations, and conversations.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

41st Annual School Fair

Washington DC Convention Center


On October 5, 2014 from 2-5pm (A FREE EVENT)

Representives from over 65 Day and Boarding Schools will be in attendance.  This is a family event for the DC METRO AREA!   For more information please call BSF- 202-287-1414 OR LSF - 244-3438.

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

5th Annual Salsa Funtensive

Dance Studio at McLean Regency Sport and Health

7 Evening Salsa Immersion!

Come join us for a fun progressive seven evenings of Salsa! No partner or previous dance training is necessary.

Avanti Orchestra of FMMC

Church of the Epiphany, Washington DC

Conducted by Pablo Saelzer, Avanti performs Dvořák Three Legends Op. 59; Mozart Bassoon Concerto, Jeff Ward, bassoon; Dvořák Slavonic Dance No. 2; Kodály Dances of Galánta.

Bel Cantanti Opera - Coffee Cantata and La Serva Padrona

The Randolph Road Theatre

Francois Loup, a renowned Swiss bass-baritone, whom many of you remember as our Don Pasquale in 2008, is starring as Schlendrian, a “StarBachs” owner. He does not approve of his daughter’s addiction for coffee and even threatens to forbid her to marry, if she does not give up her obsession for coffee. Lieschen, Meghan McCall - a soprano well known to BCO followers, responds to her father’s threats: “Ah! How sweet coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, milder than muscatel wine!”. She tricks her father and marries a man who loves coffee as much as she does.

Meghan McCall also performs in Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona” as an ambitious secretary trying to marry her boss Uberto, by becoming a boss herself. The role of Uberto is sung by a talented bass, Andrew Potter, whom you remember as the general Ariodate in Bel Cantanti’s recent performance of Handel’s “Serse.”

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award-Call for Submissions


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announces the inaugural Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. The competition is seeking the best, up-and-coming, local songwriters. The adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

Building Zone

National Building Museum

Building Zone long-term Monday through Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ages 2-6 with adult supervision The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors. The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for its support of the Building Zone. Project Playhouse is sponsored by HomeAid and built by Pardee Homes. Event begins at Presented by: National Building Museum

Categories: Family Oriented

DC Shorts Film Festival 2014

E Street Cinema

This year the DC Shorts Film Festival features great storytelling from around the world-- 135 films, 5 screenplays, several genres, from 25 countries. And if you come to the opening weekend showcases, stay for the Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and sicvoer the backstories you won't find anywhere else. 

Categories: Film, Arts

DC Shorts' Screenplay Competition

U.S. Navy Memorial

The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is a very different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of judges consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics reviewed over 145 screenplays -- and selected the top 5 to be performed for you! After a table reading, the audience will vote for their favorite and one lucky writer will walk away with $2,000 to shoot their project! The completed film will screen at DC Shorts 2015. This is a ticketed event so make sure to visit our website listed below to purchase your tickets! 

Categories: Film

Destination ARTS!

Downtown Waynesboro PA

Enjoy world-renowned artists, local craftsman, hand thrown pottery, arts classes and demos, and live music in charming historic Waynesboro. Free live performances and children's activities offered every weekend from June to October

Donna Clark - Mindscapes

Live An Artful Life Gallery

August 31 - September 28, 2014, “Donna Clark - Mindscapes”  A unique solo exhibit by acclaimed regional artist Donna Clark.  Opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00PM.   Painting demo, September 14 at 2:00PM.  This is a great opportunity to watch her paint and ask questions of this very talented artist.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Freer Gallery of Art

One of Thailand’s most acclaimed directors, Pen-ek Ratanaruang mixes humor, fantasy violence, and the supernatural. He visits the Freer to present three of the films in this retrospective, cosponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy.

Categories: Film

Exhibition of works by Duvan "Look Again"

Dupont Circle Washington, DC

The Embassy of Colombia invites you to the amazing exhibition of works  "Look Again" by the Colombian artist,  Duvan,  at the Residence of the Ambassador.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

For Whom It Stands

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Named one of the nation's "Top 10 Must-See Exhibits This Summer" by USA Today. More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Categories: Arts, History, Exhibits

Free Live Music

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

If you're looking for a fun, but inexpsensive night out check out some live music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. We feature local and national (and sometimes even international!) musicians Wednesday through Saturday, every week. For the past 16 years the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet + has been playing every Thursday at St. Elmo's. These seasoned regulars play Dixieland/New Orleans-style jazz and kick off their set around 7:30 p.m. All other days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) music begins at 8 p.m. and goes to about 10 p.m. With a range in musical styles, there's surely something on our calendar for anyone who enjoys music. Besides jazz, we also feature folk, rock, blues, pop, experimental, country, bluegrass, and more! As always, the live music we offer is free (but tips are encouraged for the artists). "Come on out to St. Elmo's and enjoy a relaxing evening with coffee, great food, music, and friends. A night out at St. Elmo's gives you the opportunity to support local business and local/national musicians, and it is a less expensive alternative to a night at the bar." - Charity Meals from the Arlington Coffee Shop Examiner.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

Great Falls Studios (GFS) "A Sea of Sticks and Stones" juried member exhibit @ USGS

US Geological Survey National Center

Opening September 3:  "A Sea of Sticks and Stones", a juried exhibition of artworks by 34 Great Falls Studios (GFS) members at the US Geological Survey National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192.  Continues through September 29.

Friday, September 5.  4 PM - 6:30 PM Opening Reception.  Free and open to the public.

Walt Bartman, founder of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo, Maryland served as juror and will be on hand at the Opening Reception to offer his comments and announce prizes totalling $1000.

The exhibition can be enjoyed in the Art Hall, adjacent to the USGS Visitors Center, in September, Monday through Friday.  8 AM - 5 PM.  Visitors must bring photo identification and pass through a metal detector.  No packages or laptaps allowed.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Hacking Objects of Desire

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Three indigenous Norwegian artists examine pertinent question about commercialism and globalism as they re-appropriate everyday objects to reflect the worldview of the Sámi people. The exhibition features photographs, sculpture, and video. 

Categories: Arts, International, Exhibits

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England under Elizabeth I. Books explaining heraldry's complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents from professional heralds attempting to regulate heraldic practice show an ambitious world eager to display success and status.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is open to the public 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, with special exhibition viewing hours on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Free, docent-led tours are available Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm, Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Nigel Ramsay

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

House and Home

National Building Museum

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Influence & Inspiration: The Art League Faculty Celebrates 60 Years

The Athenaeum

Showcasing extraordinary works of art, “Influence and Inspiration” highlights The Art League’s finest past and present faculty in the historic Athenaeum space.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

J.A.M. 4ever

Anacostia Arts Center

J.A.M. the Revue, Anacostia’s exciting song and dance revue, is back! Created by choreographer Jeremy A. McShan, “J.A.M. 4ever” is a musical revue that features the hottest songs from across the years “” into ONE showstopping production!

Categories: Theater, Arts, Tours

Japanese Religious Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

This exhibition focuses on paintings depicting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni; his disciples, or arhats; and his attendant bodhisattvas, Fugen (Samantabhadra) and Monju (Manjushri).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Living Classrooms Foundation's Maritime Magic 2014

Living Classrooms’ Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

The best annual special event on the Baltimore waterfront celebrating and supporting the important work of Living Classrooms Foundation.

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, Free

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

US Navy Memorial Heritage Center

The United States Navy Memorial will recognize National Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Day with a joint-service wreath laying ceremony and special presentation in support of the Year of the Coast Guard. In the United States, this day of recognition is observed on the third Friday in September, honoring those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. 

Northern Virginia Community College hosts NLM exhibit The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters

Medical Education Campus, Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus  and Woodbridge Campus Libraries will be hosting the exhibit, The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters. The exhibit documents the daily lives of a family of Virginian physicians during the 19th century, serving in their community, on the battlefield, and in the nation's courts of law.

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

These early works by Whistler documented his adventures and shaped his approach to composition, light and shadow, and perspective.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical live on-stage.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical, live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center, Fri, Sat, and Sun, Sept 12th through Oct 12th.

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Play Work Build

National Building Museum

PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience. 

Roberto Bocci: Metrorail

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Roberto Bocci's latest body of work, entitled Metrorail, is a fascinating group of panoramic photographs and experimental videos exploring the urban environments in and around the Washington, DC, Metrorail system.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

September at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center: Community events for artists, dog lovers and foodies

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

After hosting several international events in August as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, September events at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) take on a local flavor with a series of community-based programs.

Shakespeare's Globe's King Lear

Folger Theatre

Renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell (TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Folger Theatre’s As You Like It) plays the title role in this stunning production by Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour.

Categories: Theater, International


The Meeting House Gallery

"Sidetracked" features Al Biegel, Pete McCutchen, Allson Pasarew and Richard P. Weiblinger.

Steven Williams

Montpelier Arts Center

Williams draws, paints, and constructs paintings, which depend on elements of surprise and surrealism to inject humor into what would otherwise be a relentless descent into the shadow side of human life. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

This exhibition showcases a group of the Freer’s best Song dynasty landscape paintings along with later works that illustrate the evolution of six different styles.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The 2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit

Gallery B

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will showcase the work of the nine finalists for this year’s The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in a group exhibition. The exhibit will be on display September 3 – 27, 2014, at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Cheikh Ndoye Group

Montpelier Arts Center

Cheikh Ndoye, an accomplished musical artist and bassist, fuses music from his Senegalese heritage with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. 

Categories: Music: Other

The Institute of Heraldry: Guardians of our National Symbolic Heritage

Folger Theatre

In conjunction with the Folger Exhibition Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Elizabethan England, the Folger will host a Folger Friday lecture featuring Charles Mugno, the Director of the Institute of Heraldry. The lecture will expand upon modern heraldry and heraldry in the time of Shakespeare’s England. No tickets are required for this free event but online registration is highly recommended.

Categories: Free, History, Lecture

The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists"

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists" at the Workhouse Arts Center, Wed-Sun, Sept 13th through Oct 25th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Walk in Lincoln's footsteps at President Lincoln's Cottage, the summer home of the Lincoln family and "the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

UNCENSORED Preview Party

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

A preview party for UNCENSORED on September 19 will give guests a sneak peek at the art installations and will feature signature cocktails   representing local mixologists’ favorite banned books.

Categories: Books & Authors

Web Bryant: “Washington From Light to Night”

The Art League Gallery

Avoiding the cliché depictions of monuments and cherry blossoms in favor of the often overlooked and underappreciated aspects of DC, Bryant's oil paintings focus on highlighting the play of light on Washington’s structures.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Worldly Inspirations -- an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

Arts in the Village Gallery

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Submit an Event

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

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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