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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.

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.

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"Look at me": An Art Exhibition on how Veterans View Themselves.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves.  Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Look at me": An Art Exhibition on how Veterans View Themselves.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves.  Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Categories: Arts, Exhibits

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

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

After arriving in London in 1859, American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) found an enduring source of inspiration in the rapidly changing urban environment.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Backyard Theater for Children: Tim & The Space Cadets

The Backyard Theater at Strathmore

Join Tim - host of the national kids TV show, Sunny Side Up, on the Sprout Network - and his pals for an exciting show filled with music that, as Tim himself puts it, "isn't music for kids, it's music about being a kid."

Backyard Theater for Children: Tim & The Space Cadets

The Backyard Theater at Strathmore

Join Tim - host of the national kids TV show, Sunny Side Up, on the Sprout Network - and his pals for an exciting show filled with music that, as Tim himself puts it, "isn't music for kids, it's music about being a kid."

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents All-Beethoven

Music Center at Strathmore

Experience the beauty of Beethoven in this program filled with some of his beloved classics. The triumphant Fidelio Overture opens the evening, and no Beethoven symphony better captures summer’s charms than the composer’s ode to nature, the “Pastoral.”

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical

Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series

Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle

The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the ninth annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue from July 22- 26, 2014.  Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, comedy, musical and classic films.  Admission is FREE and show times will begin at 9pm at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.  

Categories: Film, Free

Bethesda Summer Concert Series

Veterans Park

With warm summer weather approaching, patrons will be able to delight in weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Bethesda. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts during May, June, and July. The concerts offer a diverse range of music including rock, funk, jazz, swing, and reggae.

The concerts begin on May 8 and take place on Thursday evenings, from 6 – 8pm in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues.

May 8             Soul Crackers 

May 15            Gary and the Groove 

May 22            Squeeze Bayou 

May 29            Flo Anito       

June 5             Armand Ntep

June 12           Levi Stephens 

June 19           Built 4 Comfort 

June 26           Natty Beaux 

July 3             I and I Riddim 

 July 10            King Soul (Soul)  

July 17            Speakers of the House (Variety Dance)

July 24            Texas Chainsaw Horns (Classic R&B/Soul)

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

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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

Chigusa and the Art of Tea shows how one Chinese storage jar was transformed into a vessel worthy of display, adornment, and contemplation in 16th-century Japan. Diaries of tea events reveal what the writers admired about Chigusa.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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

David Alfuth: “The Adventure”

The Art League Gallery

Sculptural collage artist David Alfuth constructs intimate dreamlike worlds and architectural structures with his paper relief and 3D works.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

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

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

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

Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased announce the June 11th opening at The Heurich Gallery of Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature, an exhibition featuring photographs by the Washington-based artist.

On View: June 11th – September 2nd, 2014, Monday – Friday, 8 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 9am - 4pm. Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 5:30 – 7pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

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

When self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915) returned to his birthplace, which he had known as Edo, in 1874, he found a city transformed. Renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”), it was filled with railroads, steamships, gaslights, telegraph lines, and large brick buildings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Live! Performances on Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Back for another season, Live! on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza brings together the best of jazz, blues, dance and salsa. Don’t miss out on this free summer concert series!

Categories: Free, Music: Other

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

Lunch & Learn about Retirement Living

Westminster at Lake Ridge

Have lunch with residents and staff of Westminster at Lake Ridge, and learn about the lifestyle in a continuing care retirement community. The luncheon is Thursday, July 24, 11:00am – 2:00pm at 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, VA, near the historic village of Occoquan. Tours of the community are available. RSVP to Michelle at 703-496-3440, or visit wlrva.org for more details.

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

Main Street Community Band Summer Concert

Veterans Amphitheater

Come out and enjoy live music in the great outdoors! Main Street Community Band, an ensemble of the City of Fairfax Band Association, takes the stage at Veterans Amphitheater and plays music that the whole family will enjoy.

Michael Hoover, renowned Elvis impersonator performance

The Parade Deck of the National Museum of the Marine Corps

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation launches its fifth annual Summer Concert Series at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va. with a performance by the Michael Hoover, renowned Elvis impersonator, on Thursday, July 24, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Foundation expects this to be a popular event and encourages fans to arrive early.

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

Parlor Room Theater Presents "The Nerd" By Larry Shue

Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Theater

What lengths would you go to repay a man who saved your life? "The Nerd" A side-splitting comedy by Larry Shue showing for three weekends 7/17-8/3 Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun. at 2 pm at Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Theater in Forestville MD.

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. 

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

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

Summer Concert Series at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park

Enjoy your evening with your friends and family during a free Concert at Glen Echo Park every Thursday night 7:30pm, starting June 19 and going until August 28.

Summer Visions

Gallery B

Summer Visions is a group exhibition featuring work by Shaune Bazner, Judy Gilbert Levey, Donna K. McGee, Patricia Zannie and Michele Zugrav...

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."

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church invites the community to help us prepare bagged meals for the homeless living on the Route One corredor in Alexandria, VA.

With the Grain -- an exhibit by wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents With the Grain, the July Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing artistic and functional pieces by wood turner Harriet Maloney, and richly detailed landscapes and historical architecture photographs by J Riley Stewart.

Free, open to the public reception on Saturday, July 12th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

With the Grain -- an exhibit by wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents With the Grain, the July Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing artistic and functional pieces by wood turner Harriet Maloney, and richly detailed landscapes and historical architecture photographs by J Riley Stewart.

Free, open to the public reception on Saturday, July 12th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

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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