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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. 

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

  • Through Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.


Fri • October 21, 2016


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Cyrus Field and the Transatlantc Telegraph Cable

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

This display commemorates American businessman and financier Cyrus Field's accomplishment in laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in July 1866. 

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.

"Birdhouses of Del Ray" Silent Auction

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Del Ray Artisans' Birdhouses of Del Ray silent auction runs October 7-25, 2016 during the Local Flavor exhibit; local artist-created unique birdhouses are on display at the DRA gallery; proceeds benefit DRA.  Gallery hours: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12-9pm, Sundays 12-6pm.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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.

Back to Balance – Gallery Hours

ReCreative Spaces

A group collection celebrating artist educators and their commitment to the classroom as well as to the craft.

Categories: Exhibits, Free

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

Capital Harvest on the Plaza

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHoP) is returning for another season on Friday, May 13. CHoP, now in its 8th season, is downtown DC’s busiest weekday farmers market.

Chinese Disco's Friday Comedy Night

Chinese Disco Nightclub

FREE Live standup comedy show in Georgetown by local standup comedians $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Friday night 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  FREE SHOW Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Presented by:

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, 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

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

Friday Morning Music Club: Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series

Calvary Baptist Church

The Friday Morning Music Club invites you to attend a free performance at the Calvary Baptist Church. Members perform classical works by various composers.

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

Internationally Acclaimed Chinese Artist Song Wenjing Presents "Art of Heart" Calligraphy & Water Color Paintings Exhibition

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

Internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning Chinese Artist and Calligrapher Song Wenjing will present his unique artworks for the first time ever in the Washington, D.C. area, from October 21-23, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City. The exhibition, entitled “Art of Heart,” will present several of Song’s renowned Chinese Water Paintings and Calligraphies.

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.

Light Into Dark

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the October Featured Artists Exhibit Light into Dark, a show exploring light and line exclusively through shades of black and white.  Featuring the ceramics of Carol Clay-Ward, and the photography of Mary Louise Ravese, join us at the Gallery to experience this unique show.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Lunch Bite Object Talk – John Muller’s A Treatise of Artillery

The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House

Jack Warren, executive director of the American Revolution Institute, presents John Muller’s A Treatise of Artillery.

Categories: History, Lecture, 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


The Art League Gallery

Juried by photographer David Bellard, this exhibit challenges artists to share their personal voice and create artwork that provokes a reaction.

Categories: Arts, 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

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

Tiny Dancer: Photographs by Ruth Marie Carl

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The exhibition will showcase black and white photographs that explore the romantic interplay of the dancer’s body, form and frozen movement within both negative space and nature.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past

National Museum of the United States Navy

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past Exhibition Celebrates Naval History
Exhibit Opens on the United States Navy’s Birthday on October 13

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Transformations: Tapestries in Glass

The Art League Gallery

Anita Bucsay Damron’s vibrant mosaics, inspired by the tapestries of India.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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.

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