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Community Calendar

Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

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.

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.

My School DC EdFEST

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014

Explore more than 150 DC pubilc and public charter school options (PK3-12) for your child. Meet school representatives  and discover what each school offers.


Thu • November 20, 2014


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WETA Special


"Country House, City House" Exhibition

Octagon Museum

This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Menokin Foundation, explores the fascinating work being done at the Menokin site to turn a preservation disaster into an incredible architectural, preservation, and interpretive opportunity.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

"Growing Dilemma" by Megan Van Wagoner

Montpelier Arts Center

Van Wagoner’s sculptural works in metals, glass, clay, and other materials reflect the changing value placed on land, agricultural practices, and food in our culture.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show” art exhibit (November 7-30) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Art inspired by food. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, November 7, 7-9pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Rescue Me" Art Exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Rescue Me” art exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present animal-themed art. October 27-January 25. Reception November 14, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Charity Events, Free

21st Annual Christmas Craft Show

Oakton Church of the Brethren

Oakton Church of the Brethren's 21st Annual Christmas Craft Show is a three-day event featuring a wide assortment of hand-made creations and craft supplies for purchase, plus a soup and sandwich lunch and bake sale. Hours are 10 am. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. 

25th Anniversary of The Founder's 39th Birthday Sale!

The Mansion on O Street

It's the 25th Anniversary of the Founder's 39th Birthday and you are invited to celebrate at this once in a lifetime sale!! Beat the Christmas rush and save 25% on the most unique gifts on the planet.

Categories: Free, Other Events

A Little Night Music from Israel and America with Yaniv Dinur and the AU Orchestra

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Come join us in the AU Museum for an evening of Israeli and American music with conductor Yaniv Dinur and the AU Orchestra. The orchestra will play selections reflecting Professor Dinur's personal journey from Israel to America.

Categories: Music: Classical

All Hung Open Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

In the antithesis of a curated show, artists answer a general call for entries, and every piece of art is accepted and hung until the walls are full. This exhibition is open to all Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia artists, ages 18 & older. To receive a prospectus, contact Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Art and Story, a Del Ray Artisans Art Exhibit

Shirlington Public Library

“Art and Story” art exhibit at Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA). Del Ray Artisans presents artworks illustrating the power of art and story, from October 5 through November 30. Details:

Categories: Arts

Bach Cantata Series: Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht BWV 105

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Bach Cantata Series is dedicated to exploring the more than 200 extant cantatas by the great master through informal performances by students and friends of the UMD Choral Activities.

Join us in The Clarice’s Grand Pavilion to experience this unique tradition!

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Beginner 18th Century English Country Dance Classes for President Thomas Jefferson's Ball

Gadsby's Tavern Museum

November 6, 13, 20
Beginner 18th Century English Country Dance Classes for President Thomas Jefferson's Ball
Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Historic Ballroom
134 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA
In preparation for President Thomas Jefferson's Ball on Nov 22nd, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors.
Reservations are recommended. 
No dance experience or dance partner required.
Dance or smooth sole shoes recommended.
Registration required!

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

Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest

Bethesda Urban Partnership

As part of the 15th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) invites local writers to enter the Essay & Short Story Contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine. The Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Bethesda Magazine have partnered to welcome adults (ages 18 and over) and high school students to write a 500-word essay and/or a 4,000-word short story about any topic, for the Essay & Short Story Contest.

Bethesda Film Festival Call for Submissions

Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the third annual Bethesda Film Fest, scheduled for March 20-21, 2015.

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals, Arts

Bryan Batt: Batt on a Hot Tin Roof

Mansion at Strathmore

Cabaret comes to Strathmore when Broadway legend Brian Batt brings his one-man show to town. It’s a wonderful walk down memory lane, a celebration of the classics that ranges from bluesy ballads to beloved show tunes to hilariously campy numbers and showcases Batt’s love for his hometown, New Orleans.

Categories: Music: Other

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

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse Craft Show

Sycamore Heights Farmhouse

Come experience Christmas Thyme at the 1860 farmhouse.  Enjoy a wide variety of handmade crafts by crafter in the tri-state area.  Featuring candles, country, early American, primitives, folk art, jewelry, Christmas and everyday décor.  Needful things for everyone.  Shop for all of your Christmas and gift giving needs. 

Admission is free.  Credit cards are accepted.  Crafters please inquire.

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Categories: Arts, Holiday, Free

Cottage Conversation with Harold Holzer and Major Garrett

President Lincoln's Cottage

Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author of "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion," speaks about the presidency and the press with CBS White House Chief Correspondent Major Garrett.

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

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 Bill Sherman

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Exhibit: Small & Large Works

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs.The Small and Large Works exhibits pack a lot of talent into one gallery while drawing attention to the importance of scale.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Exhibit: “Le Temps Retrouvé / Revisiting the Past”

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Faith & Fashion Week Baltimore-Washington

Signature Blue Events

Faith & Fashion Week is a viable forum for artist, designers, boutique owners, industry professionals and the Christian community to network and increase awareness on wholesome, yet hot, fashion trends that are often overlooked in today's society. Our 2014 Faith & Fashion Week national event will end where it all the Baltimore-Washington area! There will be tons of  Tasteful fashion options showcased at this event. Join us as we conclude the 2014 Faith & Fashion Week series in the Nation's Capital.

Wednesday  Sept. 19          Workshop and Empowerment Session

Thursday  Sept  20    Emerging Designers Competition and Showcase

Friday  Sept  21    Children's Fashion Showcase

Saturday  Sept 22   Grand Finale

Fiddler on the Roof

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American musical classic with a new, in-the-round production directed by Molly Smith. This joyful tale of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles features a jubilant score including “If I Were a Rich Man;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition.”

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

In 1887, Charles Lang Freer purchased the entire Second Venice Set, 26 atmospheric etchings by James McNeill Whistler. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between collector and artist, which eventually led to the founding of the Freer Gallery, today the world’s largest and finest repository of Whistler’s works. Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Five Guys Named Moe

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

The boys are back in town, with a brand new look! The classics have been remixed in this explosive tribute to "King of the Jukebox" Louis Jordan, led by the fearless mind that stunned audiences with Bootycandy, directorRobert O’Hara (The Mountaintop). Dance the blues away as big band meets boy band in this dynamic, dazzling musical revue. 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other, Dance

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

Gallery Exhibition "Messages from the River"

Weisser Glass Studio & Gallery

Messages from the River represents a collection of artworks including cast glass sculptures, paintings and mixed media artworks. Drawing from both the human experience and the natural experience Elizabeth Levine Braun and Tara S. Holl instinctively tell stories of familiarity both subtly and boldly through their personal artworks.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Homeschool Day

National Building Museum

Homeschool families are invited to participate in hands-on programs which teach students about the
professional skills used by architects and engineers. Design earthquake-ready buildings, discover the art of architectural drawing, and more.

Categories: Family Oriented

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

How We Got On

Forum Theatre at The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

Event: How We Got On

About HOW WE GOT ON...

Set to the music of the late 80's rap scene,How We Got On is a coming-of-age story about three suburban kids, Hank, Julian, and Luann and how they navigate tumultuous family relationships, cultural isolation, and the search for authenticity. A sultry DJ re-mixes their lives as they use music to discover and express themselves in places words fail. 

Dates: October 30-November 22 (times vary)

Price: Tickets in advanced are $20. Tickets purchased at the door are Pay What You Want


Categories: Arts, Theater, Tours

ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman

National Harbor

Beginning November 14, experience the Capital region's must-see, award-winning holiday attraction, ICE!, at Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland. Kept at a chilly 9 degrees, rediscover the magic of everyone's favorite holiday classic, Frosty the Snowman, through colorful, life-size ice sculptures.

Categories: Holiday, Family Oriented

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

Arts in the Village Gallery

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical

Patrick Henry College--Townhall

Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season with the musical adaptation of the beloved story, It’s a Wonderful Life, running from November 20-22 at Patrick Henry College’s Townhall. Tickets may be purchased at or reserved by calling (406) 274-0576.

Lori Ulmer-Hanson

Montpelier Arts Center

Lori Ulmer-Hanson’s debut solo exhibition at Montpelier displays current works that reflect a passion for creating faces and figurative forms using a diverse array of media and provoking different moods—sometimes with laughter and other times, with quiet force. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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 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

Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music

The Phillips Collection

Around 1890, Neo-Impressionist painters including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Theo van Rysselberghe created pictures that accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience, approaches they shared with their contemporaries, Symbolist painters, writers, and composers in Paris and Brussels. This focus was different from Neo-Impressionism's beginnings in 1886, when the movement was hailed as an alternative to Impressionism, offering a fresh opportunity to focus on light and contemporary life. With more than 70 paintings and works on paper this exhibition demonstrates how the Neo-Impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature.

Categories: Exhibits

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Peacock Room

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

Peacock Room Shutters Open

Thursday, November 20, 12–5:30 pm


See the Peacock Room in a whole new light! The shutters are open from noon to 5:30 pm on the third Thursday of every month. On those afternoons, docents are in the Peacock Room to answer questions (12–2 pm), and starting at 2:15 pm, they lead a tour of Whistler’s works on view in the Freer Gallery.

Categories: Exhibits

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

Post-Photography: Beyond the Print

Target Gallery

New Exhibition at Target Gallery Examines New Frontiers in Contemporary Photography 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Prince George’s Sampler: The 2014 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 5-8pm

The Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition returns to the Brentwood Arts Exchange with Prince George’s Sampler – an exploration of the diversity and richness within the county’s art community.  Prince George’s Sampler features visual art in all media by artists who live, work, or study in Prince George’s County, from those who forged the county’s rich traditions in the arts over the decades to those who have moved here in recent years to become a part of it.  The annual County Juried Exhibition is always a crowd favorite; this year’s is sure to not disappoint.

Categories: Arts

Reducing Stress Through Meditation this Holiday Season

Gaithersburg Library

In this busy fast paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity. Join Sangeeta Prasad, MBA M.Ed. Wright State University and a long time meditator. She will lead this helpful and stimulating workshop offering effective techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. Sangeeta will discuss how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. Begin the New Year with meditation and join Sangeeta as she takes you on this journey.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Reel Rock 9 Valley Uprising: Yosemite's Rock Climbing Revolution

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

This independent film by rock climbing, daredevil, adrenaline junkies, is centered on the outlaws who participated in the Yosemite's Rock Climbing Revolution. Earth Treks, a local business, will be giving away goodies and a rock climbing adventurer will be live on stage sharing tales of adventure. Tickets are  available at the box office and Earth Treks. Learn more at 

Categories: Film, Family Oriented

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

Tasting Thru Time Series

Dumbarton House

Have you ever wondered where the term allspice comes from or how to tell the difference between afternoon and high tea? Join us for this unique lecture series, with a tasting following each program, and learn the answers to these questions and many more!

Categories: History, Food & Wine, Lecture

The Friday Morning Music Club

Stacy C Sherwood Community Center

A community of music lovers and musicians, the Friday Morning Music Club, Inc., has promoted classical music in the Washington area for over 120 years.

Categories: Music: Classical

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Topaz Thursday Comedy Night

Topaz Hotel

FREE Live standup comedy show in Dupont Circle by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Thursday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW Topaz Hotel Bar 1733 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036-2801 Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by:

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

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."

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

USAF Strings Concert

Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage

The U.S. Air Force Strings will perform a string orchestra concert at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

‘Nature's Beauty Below the Surface,’ New Work by Marion Griffin

The Chesapeake Framing Co.

Artist Statement: 
Griffin’s “Blooms” series was inspired by an evening walk along Carroll Creek, in Frederick. “I was struck by the beauty of the dull organic matter lying along the pond's edge." she says. “I used it as inspiration to look deeper, to find what gives life to the beautiful plants and flowers that rest gently on the surface of the water. Being a life long meditator, I am always searching for what is stagnant within and how to move the debris away. Carroll Creek became the metaphor for my most recent work." 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

“Beyond the Board” Art Exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty

Prudential PenFed Realty (Old Town Alexandria Office)

Del Ray Artisans presents “Beyond the Board” art exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty in Old Town Alexandria. Join the artists at a “Night for Military Heroes” fundraiser and exhibit reception on Monday, November 17, 6-8pm. A portion of artists’ sales go to the PenFed Foundation that supports grants and loans to active military personnel, veterans and their families. View the exhibit through February 22, 2015 at 300 N Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria VA.

Categories: Arts, Charity Events

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