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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.

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

  • Through Thursday, December 1, 2016

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.


Sat • October 1, 2016


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The Last Schwartz

Washington DC Jewish Community Center

“[A] fine balance has been struck between hilarity and pathos.” – The Washington Post

Categories: Arts, Theater, Other Events

"I Call My Brothers"

Forum Theatre

Jonas Hassen Khemiri's powerful play follows Amor the day after a car has exploded, his city is crippled with fear, and the police are on the lookout for someone like him.

Categories: Theater, Arts, International

"Never Forget" - A Photography Exhibit Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Multiple Exposures Gallery

This photography exhibit by Alan Sislen follows his 15+ year journey making photographs before and after 9/11 at and around the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.  The photographs show devastation, mourning, remembrances, memorials, and the amazing revitalization that took place.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Art on the Avenue

Mount Vernon Avenue

Del Ray's annual multicultural arts festival

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibition: Chinamania

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics dubbed “Chinamania” swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Inspired by his travels to a major center for Chinese ceramics, contemporary artist Walter McConnell interrogates this phenomenon through an installation of Kangxi porcelains and his own monumental works.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Fire and Earth Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Fire and Earth” National ceramic cup and regional 2-D exhibit runs September 2-October 2, 2016 at Del Ray Artisans gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301. Opening: Friday, September 2, 2016, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Gauri Gill: Notes from the Desert

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Featuring fifty-six of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill’s work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

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

Hydropower: Paintings and Photographs by Micah Cash

Rice Gallery

Painter and photographer Micah Cash examines the cultural and social constructs of landscape in his work.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Instructors of the Yellow Barn

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

This exhibition will showcase all the instructors that are going to be teaching this fall and winter

Categories: Arts, Free, Family Oriented


Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

This art show incorporates texture and textual memories to create paintings that long for the past, and celebrate the power or memory.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Michael Fischerkeller: The Art of Politics

The Art League Gallery

Through a street art aesthetic, artist Michael Fischerkeller offers a commentary on today’s political, economic, and social issues.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Mustache Madness Hunt

The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

Get your mustache on (don't worry we'll give you one) and join in the fun on this zany hunt around The Mansion. You'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for designated items found only at The Mansion. 

Categories: Tours, Exhibits, Arts

Out of the Attic Appraisal Fair

Riversdale House Museum

Antiques Appraisal Fair

Categories: Charity Events, History, Arts

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

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

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

Categories: Arts

Perspectives: Michael Joo

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Inspired by the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes, Brooklyn-based artist Michael Joo (b. 1966, Ithaca, NY) has created a monumental installation for the Freer|Sackler. The birds’ movements are visualized as lines in space in this multimedia work. On view in the light-flooded Sackler pavilion, the installation will seem to shift with the seasons, complementing Joo’s interest in the nature of change.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM features a selection of late 18th and 19th century prints from the NSLM permanent collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits


Adams Morgan Washington, DC

Adams Morgan Porchfest Porchfest is a free celebration of local music in DC. Adams Morgan PorchFest is free to the public and presented by Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Processed Entropy: Isabel Gouveia

Open Gallery at Montgomery College

Gouveia uses digital printer manipulations as a metaphor for human manipulations of the environment. The result is a series of distorted photographs, as beautiful as they are jarring.

Categories: Arts, Free

Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko (1903–1970)—unexpectedly juxtaposed—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Renaissance Four at Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters Park

” The Renaissance Four”, will show their work at Quiet Waters Willow Gallery in Annapolis from August 31st until October 9th, 2016 There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

Categories: Arts

The Art of Afghan Music

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hear traditional Afghan songs (ghazals) based on classical Urdu and Persian poetry and performed by one of Afghanistan’s leading vocalists.

The Art of Afghan Music

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Hear traditional Afghan songs (ghazals) based on classical Urdu and Persian poetry and performed by one of Afghanistan’s leading vocalists.

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art and accompanying catalogue will present the rich variety and depth of the classic, iconic, and contemporary American, British, and Continental art featured prominently on the front covers of The Chronicle of the Horse for almost seventy years.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

To the Finish: The Art & Process of Greg Montgomery

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition of thirty-five fine art prints and preparatory materials features Greg Montgomery's early serigraphs (silkscreen prints), drawings, and cut-paper studies as well as giclées.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Touchstone Gallery September Exhibition

Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery September Exhibition 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dedicated to teaching young artisans traditional crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving Afghanistan’s proud cultural legacy. This exhibition transforms the International Gallery into a visit to Old Kabul.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

William Kentridge: The Great Storyteller

Robert Brown Gallery

William Kentridge: The Great Storyteller

Opening Reception: September 10th, 5 - 7pm

On View: September 10th - October 22nd, 2016

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I will open next month at the Library of Congress.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Arts

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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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