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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.


Sun • February 9, 2014


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Ford's Theatre

A touching story of love, hope and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth.

'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

7 Evening Tango Immersion: Tango Funtensive!

Dance Studio at McLean Regency Sport and Health

Immersion is the best way to learn to dance; rather than one hour a week, you will complete 17.5 hours of lessons and practice in a one week course in Argentine Tango, one of the most wonderful and intriguing dances for men and women. Because the same professionals will be teaching the whole week, we will be able to give you a continuous build up.

Armonia Nova concert

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Falls Church, VA

Armonia Nova is an ensemble of instrument and voice based in the Washington D.C. area.  Its members perform music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe on instruments that are re-creations of historical instruments.  Their beautiful music will take you to the musical journey of past. For this concert, the group will offer delightfully romantic love songs from one of the most beautiful romantic periods of our past. Come and find an original way to say “I love you” to your valentine.

Categories: Music: Classical

Beau Soir Ensemble in Concert

Washington Museum of Fine Arts

Beau Soir Ensemble is excited to return in concert to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

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 Wind Symphony Concert

Winston Churchill High School

Capital Wind Symphony concert including works by Brahms, Gould, Barnes and Ziek.

Categories: Music: Classical

Celebrate the Saxophone

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ

Celebrate the Saxophone:  The Rock Spring Recital Series presents The Washington Saxophone Quartet on 9 February, 4PM, in a program of classical music - "Past Meets Present" - at Rock Spring Congregational Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington.  The concert is free to the public, however a ten dollar or more donation is suggested to defray the cost of the series.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Chamber Jam with Classical Revolution DC!

The Mansion on O Street

When: Every Second Sunday of Every Month — 11am-2pm
Where: The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street 2020 O Street N.W., DC
Online Reservations Required:
Admission: FREE — donations are appreciated. Proceeds go to support the O Street Museum's Artist-in-Residence program. (

Love classical music? Join Classical Revolution DC for an inspirational, open-invitation 'Chamber Jam' session of live chamber music with a Mansion twist. Love to play? Bring your instrument and join in!

About Classical Revolution DC
Classical Revolution is a global phenomenon, revolutionizing the way live classical music is presented and heard. With more than 30 chapters worldwide, they aim to bring free, high-quality classical music to the nation's capital and the community at large via publicly-accessible, non-traditional settings.

Be sure to bring your own shopping bags. Nearly everything is for sale!

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Classical Revolution DC

Featured Artist(s): Classical Revolution

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers

The Music Center at Strathmore

Cuba’s most famous artist, pianist, composer and band leader Chucho Valdés has won five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards over a lifetime that has defined the Afro-Cuban sound. In his newest album, Border-Free, this ever innovative jazz icon melds his Cuban roots with American jazz and Native American traditions in a heady musical brew. “Valdés’ every dancing intro, incisive fill and storming chordal eruption on piano is always irresistible…exactly why he remains one of jazz piano’s most majestic virtuosos” (Guardian UK).

Event begins at 7:00PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

Concert Organist Simon Thomas Jacobs

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

British organist Simon Thomas Jacobs, First Prize Winner at the 2013 St. Albans International Organ Competition, performs works by J.S. Bach, César Franck, Franz Liszt, and William Walton. The program features recent additions to Redeemer’s organ, including a high-pressure Solo Trumpet. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

Event begins at 5:00PM

Presented by: The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Featured Artist(s): Concert Organist Simon Thomas Jacobs

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Free Concert! Avanti Orchestra of FMMC

Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College Silver Spring

Pablo Saelzer leads Avanti Orchestra in performance of Haydn “Surprise” Symphony, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Beethoven Allegretto from Symphony No. 7, and Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free, Arts

Georgetown Arts 2014

House of Sweden

GEORGETOWN ARTS 2014, the 5th annual art show of the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG), will showcase artwork by local Georgetown residents and artists who have studios in Georgetown. Media will include oil and watercolor paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. All art will be suitable for viewing by adults and families with children. The show also will feature “art talks” on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 pm, when chosen artists will discuss their art pieces, inspiration and other life experiences. Most works will be for sale, with the proceeds going to support CAG, which aims to preserve the historic character, quality of life and aesthetic values of Georgetown.

Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

Appearing in Northern Virginia as part of its first tour of the United States, this orchestra (now in its seventh decade) is a centerpiece of Israeli cultural and musical life, and boasts a massive following in its homeland. The Hylton Center is honored to welcome these illustrious musicians to Merchant Hall under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, renowned for his clear conducting style, passionate energy, and immense musical knowledge. This stirring program includes Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe and Tchaikovsky’s larger-than-life Symphony No. 4. Young, award-winning Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich joins the orchestra to tackle one of the most difficult works in the piano literature, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Event begins at 4:00PM

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

Inscape featuring Evan Solomon & James Rogers

Mansion at Strathmore

Rebecca Racusin, violin
Sarah D'Angelo, violin
Megan Yanik, viola
Jessica Sammis, cello
Susanna Loewy, flute

Evan Solomon, clarinet
James Rogers, baritone

This ensemble has been praised for its insightful programs that blend the old and the new, like this evening which includes Brahms and Barber along with two composers with local roots: Richmond, Virginia-born electronica and symphonic composer Mason Bates, and Peabody Institute and Montgomery College faculty member Justin Boyer.

Event begins at 3:00PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

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

Mivos Quartet

The Phillips Collection Music Room

Inspired by their performances of British works from their residency at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2013, the quartet's Phillips debut fuses British works of contrasting periods and styles.

Much Ado About Nothing

Heritage Presbyterian Church

Mount Vernon Children's Theatre presents

Much Ado About Nothing

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

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

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

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.

Rebuilding Families in the Middle East

Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center

Baroness Emma Nicholson will discuss the importance of family to human development and flourishing and her charities in helping babies and families in the Middle East.

Categories: Lecture, Free, Charity Events

Reincarnations Art Exhibit - Valentine Card-Making Party

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Join us on Sunday, February 9 from 12-4 pm for a Valentine Card-Making Party hosted by Theresa Kulstad. At the gallery Theresa is setting up a “card-making station” with repurposed materials to create a “green” card for your Valentine. All supplies are provided. The event is free, but a donation for a make-and-take card is requested.

Categories: Arts, Holiday, Free

Reincarnations Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Getting Trashed at Del Ray Artisans! Come see "REINCARNATIONS", an art exhibit of art created from salvaged discards. Artists find form and design in items that would otherwise be thrown out and headed for the landfills. Featured within this show will be select "Artcyclopedias", altered books from a set of encyclopedias that were about to be discarded. Opening reception: Friday, February 7, 7-10pm, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Show closes March 2. Details:  Gallery hours are: Thursdays, noon to 6 pm; Fridays, noon to 9 pm; Saturdays, noon to 9 pm; and Sundays, noon to 6 pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

The Individual and The Group: Encaustic Paintings by Rinat Goren

JCC of Greater Washington, Goldman Art Gallery

Rinat Goren explores the freedoms and boundaries between individuals and groups with texture, color, and depth. She expresses her ideas in encaustic collages, a technique that uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The JCCGW gratefully acknowledges The Kaplan Family Foundation for supporting this exhibit.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

The King’s Singers: The Great American Songbook

George Mason University Center for the Arts

This British a cappella sextet returns to our stage with The Great American Songbook in which they perform treasured songs by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Etta James, and others. The King's Singers are revered for their crystal-clear sound, impeccable pitch, delightful British wit, and mastery of an expansive repertoire spanning centuries of great music. They have captivated audiences the world over with their stunning interpretations of vocal music covering everything from Bach to Bublé, and have performed to sold-out crowds at nearly every prestigious concert hall, picking up a Grammy Award and a number of other accolades along the way. This is sure to be a truly memorable concert of beloved popular music sung by these consummate entertainers.

Event begins at 4:00PM

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

The United States Air Force Strings Free Concert

Metropolitan AME Church

This concert is presented to honor and celebrate Black History Month at Metropolitan A.M.E., the oldest A.M.E. church in Washington D.C., and a former stop on the Underground Railroad. Repertoire includes music of Black composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still.


Tom Constanten & Friends, Live at the Mansion!

The Mansion on O Street

Take a special Dead Head Treasure Hunt then join Tom Constanten, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and special guests for a live concert.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts, Tours

United Air Force Heritage Brass Chamber Ensemble

Rockfish Valley Community Center

Heritage Brass, a traditional Brass Quintet with percussion, is the longest tenured small ensemble within the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. This exceptional group tours the Mid-Atlantic and New England region from South Carolina to Maine, always leaving audiences delighted with their world-class musicianship and entertaining showmanship. From classical to jazz and popular music, from Bach to the Beatles, the group brings its brilliant brass sound to all music genres, providing a variety of music that’s both educational and exciting. Featuring gifted Airman-musicians educated at several top music schools, Heritage Brass impresses and inspires.  Ticket are FREE! We request that you make reservations for your free seats.

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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