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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.

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.

Sat • August 23, 2014

 

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"A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is pleased to partner with DC Public Library to bring the “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

The 32nd Street Farmer’s Market, a non-profit organization, returns all profits back to the Baltimore community, with over 55 vendors is the “talk of the town”. With fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants, international foods, including vegan choices and meats, as well as crafts, natural body products and specialty items, this is the place to be on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. until Noon. Here is your chance to talk to the farmer or vendor about the product they have grown or made. More information is available at www.32ndstreetmarket.org

Event begins at 7:00AM

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

41st Annual School Fair

Washington DC Convention Center

BLACK STUDENT FUND (BSF) in partnership with LATINO STUDENT FUND(LSF) IS HAVING A SCHOOL FAIR!

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

4th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center will be presenting the 4th Annual Clay National Ceramics Exhibition on it's campus at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton from Aug 2 to Sept 7th.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

8th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, Washington DC

Goethe-Institut Washington, the German Cultural Center

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back in Washington D.C. for its eighth annual edition at the Goethe Institute. From August 22-24, 2014, eight documentary and fiction films will transport audiences overseas to Egypt, Madagascar, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay along with two films focusing on the African American experience. The festival also includes two catered receptions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers after selected screenings. 

Categories: Film, Arts, Fairs & Festivals

Art Explorers Family Studio

Glen Echo Park

Playgroup in the Park (PGiP), and Glen Echo Park Partnership present Art Explorers Family Studio for parents and children. Each week explore a new art form or theme in the Candy Corner Studio.  Drop-in only; no pre-registration.  $10 per child/parent combo. 10am to 12:30pm every Saturday.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – Ceramicist Amy Oliver and collage artist Karen Oliver

Arts in the Village Gallery

Meet mother-daughter artists Amy and Karen Oliver and other gallery members during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay,” a show reflecting this pair’s love of getting their hands dirty creating art that reflects the beauty of the world around them.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Art Materials Market at the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Artists from the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association and the greater metropolitan area will offer their gently used art supplies, tools, materials and ephemera for sale or trade during the 2nd Annual Artist Materials Market. 

Categories: Free, Arts, Other Events

Barre & Body Image

Equinox Tyson's Corner

Join nonprofit Rock Recovery and Equinox for a 60 minute Barre Burn class and post-event reception complete with mimosas, snacks and a 15 minute talk on tips for building healthy body image.

Board & Beyond Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

This art exhibit showcases the artwork of three incredible Del Ray Artisans volunteers

Join us for the Opening Reception on August 1, 7-9pm. Chat with the artists in the show and other art appreciators during the reception!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books, and ceramics that depict Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Capital Dragon Boat Regatta

Gangplank Marina

The DC Dragon Boat Club will host the first annual Capital Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9am - 4pm at the Gangplank Marina in Southwest DC. Learn about dragon boating, watch races on a jumbo screen, and enjoy a libation in the beer garden.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Free

Chinese Ceramics for Tea in Japan

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

Acquired by Charles Lang Freer, these Chinese bowls, small jars, and other ceramics were used as tea utensils in sixteenth-century Japan as part of chanoyu, or the “art of tea.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Circuit Blocks

Maryland Science Center

Tinker and experiment with circuit blocks to make electrical connections! 

DAR Museum Exhibition Showcases Changes in Comfort and Convenience in the Evolution of the American Household

DAR Museum

This exhibition explores how we have evolved from the fireplace and washing clothes by hand to the many conveniences we take for granted today like automated electric appliances, plumbing and central heating. Over sixty objects dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries will be on exhibit showing the “latest” devices that no one could live without. In the final analysis, however, did these devices actually save time or did they create more work?

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: DAR Museum

Categories: Exhibits

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

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

Family Day at Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar (Birthday Pkgs. Available)

Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar

 It is never too early to introduce your child to an appreciation for live music. Let’s nourish your child’s enthusiasm for music and movement at Bobby McKey’s!

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 "Art of Movement" Exercise Classes at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for free exercise classes, or as we refer to them, " The Art of Movement"!  The classes are every Saturday from June 7th to August 30th at 8:00am.

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

Georgetown Family Festival

Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House invites you to an event-filled weekend including; walking tours, ice cream making, a Dolley cake, and Federal period games and crafts. 

Gettysburg Brew Fest

Lutheran Theological Seminary

Gettysburg Brew Fest

            Saturday, August 23, 2014 / 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

            Location:  Lutheran Theological Seminary

Glass Unpolished: an Exhibition on Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a glass art exhibition entitled Glass Unpolished: Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology from July 12th to Sept 7th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

Japanese Screens: Landscapes and Waterscapes

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

Surrounded by seas, the Japanese islands are permeated by bays, rivers, and lakes. Water appears in nearly every landscape, a reminder of its dominance in the natural and human worlds. A highlight of the works on view in this installation is Maruyama Okyo’s Geese Flying over a Beach, a masterpiece of ink painting and a favorite of museum founder Charles Lang Freer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Laugh Riot at the Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Live standup comedy show Laugh Riot at the Hyatt. Every Saturday night 8 til 10 pm. Doors open 7pm $10 CASH ONLY Admission Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Theater, Other Events

Lobby Project: Anthony Palliparambil Jr.

office of planning

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce our sixth Lobby Project installation entitled From the Archives by member artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.  Palliparambil will be exhibiting over 250 individual photos that have been created through the inputs of various social media outlets.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lydia Douglas: Cultural Reflections of the African Diaspora

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

This Maryland-based fine art photographer points her lens at people of African ancestry in a desire to create portraits “that are honest.” The photographs capture everyday people in places like Jamaica, Cuba, New York City and Maryland. The works present a globalized vision of African American history and culture—a vision that interrogates the “African” in African American and reconsiders the term “American,” to include peoples beyond our national boundaries. Museum hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Made in the USA

The Phillips Collection

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of The Phillips Collection's American art in nearly 40 years!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, 1850-1970

The Phillips Collection

Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Mount Vernon Nights featuring The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a live performance by The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants on July 23rd!

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

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. 

Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay -- an exhibit by mother-daughter artists, ceramicist Amy Oliver and collage artist Karen Oliver

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay, the August Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the energy of nature inspired ceramics by Amy Oliver and the intricate paper collage landscapes and portraits of Karen Oliver.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Sam's Club National BBQ Tour

Sam's Club

The Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour is bringing the heat and smoke to Laurel on August 23. Local barbecue enthusiasts are invited to join Pitmaster Michael McDearman, for an afternoon of free backyard barbecue demos and samples while competition teams cook for cash prizes and top recognitions.

Categories: Tours, Free, Food & Wine

Steven Walls: Transient States

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Steven Walls' large-scale figurative paintings capture the space between perception and reality in this Target Gallery exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Structures: Sculpture at The Art League

The Art League Gallery

A juried exhibit of artwork by sculptors and 3-D artists.

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 8th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival

Goethe-Institut Washington, the German Cultural Center

The African Diaspora International Film Festival returns to Washington DC for its eighth annual edition! From August 22 to 24, 2014 at the Goethe Institut, ten films—including eight DC premieres—will be feautured that will take audiences through the United States, Egypt, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina. 

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals, Arts

The Double Bass in Fact & Fiction

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “The Double Bass in Fact & Fiction,” with Read Gainsford, piano and actor, Teresa Ling, violin, Evelyn Grau, Isaac Melamed, cello and Paul DeNola, double bass, in a concert featuring a one-man theatre piece by Süskind and Schubert’s “Trout” quintet. 

The Perfect Storm

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A Caboret of the Most Iconic Musical Theater Hits!

Categories: Theater, Music: Other, 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."

Welcome to the Workhouse Party at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Come join us at the Workhouse Arts Center for our Welcome to the Workhouse Party on July 23rd!

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Free, Arts

Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me? Free Introductory PEP Workshop

Parent Encouragement Program

Are you tired of saying the same things over and over? Do you find yourself giving in to your kids' demands and/or yelling at them? How many times do you have to tell them? Come to this free workshop and learn how to gain your children's cooperation without nagging, bribing or yelling. Free. Space is limited. Preregister at PEPparent.org or call 301-929-8824.

Categories: Discussion, Other Events

’Scapes

The Art League Gallery

The Art League's annual juried (land)scape exhibit.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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.

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