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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 • February 1, 2014


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Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

For more than 20 years, the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra has achieved international stature by performing a concert series at Vienna’s Muskverein. The repertoire ranges from orchestral works of classical Viennese composers to contemporary Austrian music. The orchestra has presented more than 65 works by contemporary Austrian composers in successful world premieres since its inception.

Categories: Music: Classical

'Frances Gallardo: Meteorology' Art Exhibition

Target Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 18th-March 2nd, 2014

Opening & Performance: Saturday, January 18th, 2-4pm.

Reception: Thursday, February 13th, 6-8pm; Curator Talk at 7pm

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

Event begins at 7:00AM

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

A Broadway Valentine, live at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA on Feb 1st as our performers explore the romantic section of the Broadway songbook with this early tribute to Valentine’s Day.

Abstract Expressionism Revisited

The Art League Gallery

In celebration of The Art League's 60th Anniversary in 2014, each month the Gallery will revisit and reflect upon a major art movement from over the last six decades with a special exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Annual Israeli Film Festival

Tikvat Israel Congregation

“Lost Islands” (2008)

“Lost Islands” explores the tensions facing the Levi family in Israel in 1980 as they grapple with the meaning of destiny and dream fulfillment.

“Lost Islands” is the winner of four Israeli Film Academy awards (including Best Actor Michael Moshonov and Best Supporting Actor Shmil Ben Ari).

After the film, there will be a talk-back in the social hall led by Pnina Agenyahu, the new shlichah at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Refreshments will be served.

Cost:$12 per person for Tikvat Israel Members; $15 per person for non-TI Members; $5 for students (with a valid ID)

RSVP: or 301-762-7338

Categories: Arts, Film, International

Beauty and the Beast, live onstage!

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center for Beauty and the Beast, live onstage presented by Mestey Films Productions.  A self-centered Prince is cursed to spend eternity as a hideous and frightening beast, will he ever find the way to break the spell?

Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children's Books

McDaniel College

McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting illustrations from children’s picture books. 

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors, Free

Billy the Kid

Wilde Lake High School, Jim Rouse Theatre

Two audience favorites from the 20th century share the program with a new work from the 21st!

Categories: Music: Classical

Brentwood Arts Exchange All-Screened Video Fest

Brentwood Arts Exchange

This one-day video fest will feature short film and video work by regional producers and artists. Presented to the public in a social and appreciative atmosphere, this event will showcase known and unknown talent alike.

Categories: Arts, Film, Free

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

Cezanne Piano Trio

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

Presented by Washington Conservatory of Music.

Program: Haydn Piano Trio in C Major Hob.XV/27, Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in d minor Op.49, Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in e minor Op.67.

The Cezanne Piano Trio’s name honors Paul Cezanne, the French Post-impressionist artist, who described his artistic process as modulating with colors. Cezanne’s description of his painting is reminiscent of musicians’ process of creating colors with sound.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

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

Drink This! International Ceramic Cup Show at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

“Drink This!” is on exhibit January 8 through February 2, 2014 in Building 8 at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. Hours are from 11am - 5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11am to 6pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, and  12-5pm on Sundays.

Categories: Arts, 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

French Classes for Toddlers and Young Children in Chevy Chase

French Academy Chevy Chase

If you want to expose your children as early as possible to a new language, check the classes for toddlers and young children at the French Academy.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

George Mason University Center for the Arts

This popular orchestra, a focal point of musical life in Northern Israel, makes its Center for the Arts debut as part of its first tour of the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel has built an impressive and loyal following, and is renowned throughout its homeland for its support of Israeli composers, soloists, and conductors. Under the baton of Boguslaw Dawidow, the orchestra brings a spectacular evening of music that includes the comfortingly familiar melodies of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor and the warm sounds of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World, as well as Israeli composer Uri Bracha's Melodies for Mount Carmel, with virtuoso violist Avshalom Sarid.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Featured Artist(s): Boguslaw Dawidow (conductor), Avshalom Sarid (viola)

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

In Focus: Ara Güler's Anatolia

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and '60s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. In December 2013, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open an exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer. Curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, the installation will examine Güler's definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965. The exhibition therefore brings images of important Anatolian monuments to an American audience, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Beyond appreciating their subject matter, the display asks visitors to think critically about the way images were created. Pushing the boundaries of traditional curatorial practice, this exhibition guides viewers into a critical debate about photography: documentation versus art.

Event begins at

Categories: Exhibits

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

National Building Museum

Investigating Where We Live is a summer program in which teen students from the D.C. area use multimedia technology to explore, document, and interpret the built environment of local neighborhoods.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

The Phillips Collection

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

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:

Categories: Theater, Other Events

Lewis Black One-Act Plays

James Lee Community Center

Zemfira Stage presents world premieres of One-Act Plays by world-renowned comedian Lewis Black:  “L.A. Freewheeling,” “The Outer Banks” and “Crossing the Crab Nebula,”  7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-17; Jan. 23-25; Jan. 30-Feb. 1; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, at the James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. Evening tickets are $18; and $12 for students, seniors, and retired and active military. Matinees are $12. Call 703-615-6626 or write for tickets and information.

Categories: Arts, Theater

Lil' Acorns Winter Wonders

Robinson Nature Center

Share with your child the changes that occur in winter through a short walk through the woods and more.

Opposites Attract – an exhibit by pen and ink artist Bob Friedenberg and abstract painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

~~Arts in the Village Gallery presents Opposites Attract, the February Featured Artist exhibit showcasing intricate, monochromatic pen and ink drawings by Bob Friedenberg and the warm, expansive abstract paintings of Kay Layne.
Join us for a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, February 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m.


Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Origins Concert Series

Church of the Ascension

Origins Concert Series: Hub for Adventurous Music Seekers. 

Silver Spring, Maryland concert combines original and new music with favorite classics

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990

National Building Museum

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 traces the city’s transformation into an internationally recognized destination with its own design vocabulary, canonized landmarks, and coveted way of life. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Perry Hall Folk Music Night, featuring Jan Seiden, with Wes Crawford

Perry Hall United Methodist Church

Monthly open mic, this month featuring Jan Seiden, with Wes Crawford

Categories: Music: Other

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. 

Pooch-A-Palooza Free Concert

Mason District Regional Park

APEX Pet Partners is sponsoring our third annual BBQ/ Party/Concert, to be held RAIN or SHINE!, in the beautiful Mason District Park. The event is free and there is ample seating. We have reserved both the amphitheater and a picnic area with tables and BBQs, but it is B.Y.O. food. Dogs must be on leash, and pooper-scooped. Beer/wine/alcohol are NOT allowed in the park. Picnic area will be open from 11AM until 7PM. Food/drinks should be enjoyed there, not in the amphitheater. Live music Noon– 6PM. Thank you & enjoy!!

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: APEX Pet Partners

Featured Artist(s): Midnight Mumblers: Mixing Bowl Musical Mahem! This homegrown group plays classic rock and some blues and jamrock. Enjoy your favorites from the Stones, Beatles, the Dead & more. Good old hard driving rock done loud & proud.

Post Oil City Exhibit and Workshops

The University of the District of Columbia

Can cities function without oil and what would such a city look like? The Post Oil City exhibit will explore this premise. Embedded in the exhibit will be several small workshops on topics shaping the post oil city of the future: mobility, energy, functionality, water and food security.

Categories: Exhibits, Discussion, Free

Primary Colors Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

What can be done with just red, yellow, and blue? In this all-media show artists use the three primary colors without mixing them. Opening on Friday, January 3, 7-10pm and the show runs through February 2. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, 12–6pm; Fridays, 12–9pm; Saturdays, 12–9pm; and Sundays, 12–6pm.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Del Ray Artisans

Featured Artist(s): Del Ray Artisans

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Richard III

Folger Theatre

Explore Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and dig into the truth about this king’s real nature with this celebrated history play. For the first time in Folger history, the Elizabethan Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a production “in the round.”

Categories: Theater

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

Exploring Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and digging into the truth about this king’s real nature, Robert Richmond returns to direct the celebrated history play. For the first time in Folger history, the Elizabethan Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a production "in the round."

A full list of performances is available on our website. Ticket prices range from $30 to $72. Ask a box office associate about College Night, post-show discussions with the cast, and our open-captioned performance as well as discounts for seniors over 65, students, educators, members of the military, and groups of 10 or more.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: History, Theater, Arts

Shakespeare's the Thing

Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection hand-picked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespare's 450th birthday.

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 Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Special Event -- MRE Cook-off

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Come out and try your cooking skills on these "gourmet" meals ready to eat or just watch the fun as others compete.

Categories: Family Oriented, History

The 2014 Washington Auto Show - Jan 23 - Feb 2

Washington DC Convention Center

The Washington Auto Show®, the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, February 2, 2014. A complete line-up of the latest vehicles and technologies, including some regional reveals, will be on display at this year’s show. In addition, there will be a full schedule of entertainment, activities and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions. Please visit the show's official website, for more information and to buy your tickets today.

The Capitol Steps

Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor

We perform every week in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the Amphitheater with shows every Friday and Saturday year round at 7:30 PM!

Event begins at 7:30PM

Categories: Music: Other

The Peacock Room Comes to America: Exhibiting Freer’s Bibles

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

In November 1912 museum founder Charles Lang Freer put two rare biblical manuscripts on public view in his Detroit home. This special installation showcases those antique works—a parchment codex of Deuteronomy and Joshua, and the so-called Washington Codex, the third oldest parchment manuscript of the Gospels—in the unexpected setting of James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. Part of the long-term exhibition The Peacock Room Comes to America, this presentation exemplifies Freer’s cosmopolitan aesthetic philosophy by juxtaposing biblical parchments with ceramics gathered from all over Asia and framed by Whistler’s brilliant blue and gold decorations.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Categories: Exhibits

Tons of Fun

Tanglewood Mall

Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, along with support from Roanoke County’s department of Economic Development and a wide variety of Roanoke Valley organizations, present “Tons of Fun” at Tanglewood Mall.  This free family fun day of activities include clowns, puppet shows, music, magicians, games, craft activities, caricatures, carnival rides, entertainment and much more spread throughout the Mall.  Tons of Fun is designed to enthrall, engage and bring a smile to the faces of children and their families.

Organizations like the Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Camp Roanoke, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Mill Mountain Zoo, Virginia Tech, Macaroni Kid Roanoke, Good Samaritan Hospice, Roanoke Star Soccer Club and Roanoke Ballet Theatre are just a few of the organizations that help continue the growth and excitement of this family event.

Once again this year the Roanoke County Camp Fair will be held in conjunction with our Tons of Fun event. It will provide a great opportunity for families to meet with representatives of summer camps throughout the Mid-Atlantic. What better way to find out which camp is right for your child! Door prizes will include free weeks at camp!


Workhouse Arts Center Collectors Showcase, Jan 11 - Mar 1, 2014

Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Collectors Showcase 2014, a fundraiser and exhibit, features the best in visual arts from all the Artists at the Workhouse.

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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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