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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.

House and Home

  • Through Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, which challenge our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

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. 


Thu • September 29, 2016


WETA Ticket

WETA Special


New Culture Exhibition Preview Case!

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Recent acquisitions representing the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts will be on display to preview an upcoming exhibition on American culture.

"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

America Reads

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, "America Reads," will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

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

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the September Featured Artists exhibit Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things, a collaboration by paper collage artist Karen Oliver, and her daughter, ceramicist Amy Oliver.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation

National Museum of the American Indian

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I in 1810 and the establishment of a society based on law, literacy, and diplomacy; through the undermining of Hawai`i's independence and its annexation by the United States; to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Educator Night Out (2016)

International Spy Museum

Enjoy an evening at the Spy Museum where the red carpet will be rolled out just for teachers!  Gain exclusive access to the Museum; bring your A-game to compete in a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, collect useful curriculum materials and resources to spice up…or shake up your students; relax with a signature martini – the Teachertini, and some quick bites to eat and who knows…you might just meet a real spy!

Categories: Free, Tours, Exhibits

Film Screening: Visions of Aztlán

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Free film screening of Visions of Aztlan at the Brentwood Arts Exchange!

Categories: Film, Free

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

History After Hours - Lecture and Book Signing: Buffalo Soldiers

National Postal Museum

The Buffalo Soldiers consisted of all-black army units that served with distinction from the post-Civil War era through the Korean War. Anthony L. Powell will discuss the significant role that Buffalo Soldiers, including his ancestor First Sergeant Samuel N. Waller, played in the development of the American West and the creation of the national parks. A book signing of his publication, Buffalo Soldiers: Photographs from the Collections of Anthony L. Powell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, follows.

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

Laughing Matters

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

"Laughing Matters," is a display that looks into the stories of three comedians who changed the face of comedy.

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

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, 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

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market

Rhode Island Row

On Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m., Rhode Island Row will host the newly launched Rhode Island Row Farmers Market. Produced by Community Foodworks to meet the demand of commuters, and residents in the neighborhood, the market will open to the public at 4 p.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from May 12 until November 17 (rain or shine).

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market features vendors offering prepared foods, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, coffee, baked goods and more.

Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment

National Museum of the United States Navy

Naval Museum to Host Environmental Stewardship Exhibit
Traveling Exhibit Offers Interactive Experiences for Visitors

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

Worldwise Arts and Humanities Dean's Lecture Series: Claudia Rankine in Conversation with Sheri Parks

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine joins Sheri Parks for an intimate conversation about the role of public education, specifically art, in the making of American democracy.

Categories: Free, Lecture

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.

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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