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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.

2017 AFI Latin American Film Festival

  • Through Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the 28th AFI Latin American Film Festival! Featuring more than 40 films, the festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.

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

  • Through Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States.

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Signature Theatre presents "A Little Night Music"

Signature Theatre (Campbell Ave address)

Winner of four Tony Awards®, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious musical masterpiece returns to the Signature stage in a brand new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning DC actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith.

August 15 – October 8, 2017

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Signature Theatre presents "A Little Night Music"

Signature Theatre (Campbell Ave address)

Winner of four Tony Awards®, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious musical masterpiece returns to the Signature stage in a brand new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning DC actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith.

August 15 – October 8, 2017

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

2017 AFI Latin American Film Festival

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with the 28th AFI Latin American Film Festival!

21st Century Consort: Lumia

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum

21st Century Consort, SAAM’s resident ensemble for contemporary music, presents music inspired by the upcoming exhibition Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts, Free

22nd Annual Irish Folk Festival

Stacy C Sherwood Community Center

Irish music and dance performances on four stages, food & craft vendors, workshops and sessions.

43rd Annual Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show

Smithsburg Firehall Grounds

43rd Annual Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show

Entertainment for the whole family

Benefiting the Smithsburg High School Athletics

Sept. 23rd-24th from 10am-5pm

4th Annual National Capital Radio & Television Museum Fall Fundraiser and Gala

Comfort Inn and Convention Center

On September 23, 2017, The National Capital Radio & Television Museum hosts its fourth annual Fall Fundraiser and Gala to be held Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Convention Center in Bowie, MD.  The museum will celebrate the career of Washington, DC’s entertainment reporting icon Arch Campbell and his lifelong contributions to broadcasting with the Ed Walker Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting Award. 

Categories: Charity Events, History

6th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival

Historic Downtown Leesburg

Downtown Leesburg 6th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival. Painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, mixed-media - more. Original & handmade.

A Closer Look: American Furniture, 1650 to the Present

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Author and furniture historian Oscar Fitzgerald presents a three-part lecture series about the history and development of American furniture, offering an in-depth examination of this unique art form.

Categories: Arts, Lecture, Free

An English Garden

Folger Shakespeare Library

Songs from Shakespeare's theater are paired with lively instrumental pieces in a concert featuring Emily Noel and Mark Bleeke.

As Was Written

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

As Was Written is a diverse night of original poetry, prose, music and comedy.

ASO Presents: Wagner, Strauss & Beethoven

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Enjoy a program of love and longing featuring Richard Strauss’s signature tone poem Don Juan, Wagner's epic prelude from Tristan and Isolde and concluding with Beethoven's classic Symphony No. 5.

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical

Call for Songwriters- 2018 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Application

Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

MD/DC/VA songwriters are invited to apply to the fourth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards

Categories: Music: Other

Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg Fall Concert

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Fall Follies: A collection of music ranging from Pops to Madrigals to Broadway.

Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg Fall Concert

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Fall Follies: A collection of music ranging from Pops to Madrigals to Broadway.

Charm City Fly-In: Remote Control Airplane Festival

Southwest Area Park

Dozens of aviators from the Southwest Area Park (SWAP) Modelers will teach you how to taxi, take off and soar the skies as you guide model planes – some up to 10 feet long - hundreds of feet in the air. When you’re not piloting a plane, witness the aerial maneuvers of the skilled pilots as they dip, flip and bank their planes high overhead in a “Fun Fly Competition.”

Coffee with the Curator - The Horse in Ancient Greek Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

Join us for Coffee with the Curator sponsored by Middleburg Common Grounds! NSLM invites members of the public to celebrate its latest exhibition featuring a stunning collection of ancient greek vases.

Categories: Arts

Culture Shock

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Target Gallery’s newest exhibition, Culture Shock, explores socio-political issues through the lens of graffiti, street, and pop art.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

D.C. St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Nationals Park

Join supporters in communities across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month for this family-friendly event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Our mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® The event will feature patient family speakers, a scenic 5K, family friendly activities and live entertainment.

DC Chinese Film Festival Presents - 'Riding The Wave' Classic Movie Retrospective Series

Landmark E Street Cinema

Thursday, Sep 21 to Sunday, Sep 24 at E Street Landmark Cinema. DCCFF is presenting a very exciting retrospective film program. We're showcasing eight films made from the 80s and 90s China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. These films each represent a different side of the society and filmmaking in that era.

Categories: Film, History, International

Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival

Downtown Hyattsville

Arts & Ales Festival Returns To Larger Site For Milestone Year!  Join Us at Prince George's County's Largest Gathering of the Arts + Craft Brews!

Early Childhood Music Classes

Workhouse Arts Center

6 week Fall classes start September 20th and 23rd

Fall Drumming, Hula-Hoop Dance, and Potluck!

Lake Fairfax Park

Fall Drumming, Hula-Hoop Dance, and Potluck!

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Gallery Experience: Teen Tech Tours

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Grab your smartphone, and join the Museum’s teen ARTLAB+ digital art experts for a fun and phone-friendly (or tablet-friendly) take on art making.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Hellenic Literary Festival 2017

St. George Greek Orthodox Church

The Hellenic Writers' of Washington D.C. will host the Hellenic Literary Festival 2017. Keynote speaker John DeDakis, along with poets and authors from the Washington D.C. area, followed by a reception, booksignings, and open Mic. Sept. 23, 2017 from 4-8 PM at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 7701 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20817. Free and open to the public.

I Am Exhibition

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

This touring peacebuilding exhibition features the work of 31 Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries. Designed to address stereotypes and challenge misconceptions of the "other”, the I AM exhibition is a visual celebration of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play as guardians of peace, celebrating their strengths and rich and diverse contributions in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious and peaceful future.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Ilya Gefter: The Architecture of Light

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership and Friends of the Yellow Barn present Ilya Gefter: The Architecture of Light. 

Categories: Arts

Joe Pipik’s Backpack Puppets

Durant Arts Center

Backpack Puppets have delighted audiences from New York to Honolulu. In a career spanning more than three decades, Joe has created and performed around the mid-Atlantic region with the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and nationwide with Dinorock.

Joe Pipik’s Backpack Puppets

Durant Arts Center

Backpack Puppets have delighted audiences from New York to Honolulu. In a career spanning more than three decades, Joe has created and performed around the mid-Atlantic region with the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and nationwide with Dinorock.

Kelli O’Hara

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Tony Award winner and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara performs a radiant concert of Broadway favorites, pop classics, and great American standards.

Categories: Music: Other

L'elisir d'Amore at Colombian Ambassador's Residence

The Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia

A Gala performance of L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, to honor and welcome H.E. Camilo Reyes, Ambassador of Colombia, and Mrs. Gloria Ritter. Featuring Suzanne Karpov, Jesús Daniel Hermández, Gustavo Ahualli, Kwuangkyu Lee & Nicole Butler, with The Washington Opera Society Chorus & Orchestra. Under the Baton of Maestro Julien Benichou.

Laugh Riot at Positano-Live Comedy Show Saturday Nights in Bethesda

Positano Italian Restaurant

Laugh Riot at Positano (formerly “Laugh Riot at Hyatt”)

Live Standup Comedy Show

Saturday Nights in Bethesda

Local artists: Photography, mixed media and paintings

White Cloud Gallery

White Cloud Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery showcasing emerging and established artists. The intimate gallery space gives national and international artists alike a platform to display art inspired by their diverse cultures and experiences.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

Meet the Artists and See them at Work: Saturday, September 23, 1-4pm at Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery

August 30 – October 1

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6 – 8:30pm

Meet the Artists and See them at Work: Saturday, September 23, 1-4pm

Museum Day Live!

The National Building Museum

Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, Museum Day Live! offers the opportunity to reserve two free tickets per person to visit the Museum on this day. Users must reserve tickets in advance. Visit go.nbm.org/museumdaylive.

Categories: Free, Arts, Family Oriented

Museum Pop-up Shop

Dumbarton House

It’s a one-time opportunity to shop the best selection of merchandise featuring Washington-area museums.

Categories: History, Free, Other Events

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

National Postal Museum

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I was created by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in collaboration with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.

Categories: Exhibits, History, 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

Outdoor Capitol Grounds Tour

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance to the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

Oyster Wars @ The Salt Line

The Salt Line

Salt Line Hosts “Oyster Wars”

Painting Shakespeare

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger - its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare's power to inspire visual artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Penn Hill Mini Golf Pop-Up

The Shops at Penn Hill

DC's Newest Pop-Up Attraction: Penn Hill Mini Golf!

Categories: Family Oriented

Rhode Island Row Weekly Farmers Market

Rhode Island Row

Rhode Island Row announces the return of its popular Community Foodworks’ Farmers Market, where residents can shop for freshly picked produce, specialty baked goods and prepared foods as well as other locally sourced products. In its second season, the Market moves to Saturdays and an expanded setting.

Richard Weiblinger: Unique Visions

Richard Weiblinger: Unique Visions

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Richard Weiblinger: Unique Visions. 
Free Admission

Categories: Arts

Shimmer and Shine

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the September Featured Artists Exhibit Shimmer and Shine, a show exploring all that gleams! Featuring the ceramics of Carol Clay-Ward and the painting of Karen Hutchinson, join us at the Gallery to experience this exceptional show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Summer Cabaret Series presents- "Moment" with Stephen Gregory Smith

Creative Cauldron in ArtSpace

Stephen Gregory Smith looks back on 30 years on the stage. Humble beginnings as a child actor in Pennsylvania led to writing musical theatre in our Nation's Capitol and beyond

Categories: Music: Other, Theater, Arts

Symphony Orchestra Elgar and Dvořák

Armstrong Concert Hall

Symphony Orchestra

Elgar and Dvořák

Saturday, September 23 at 8 p.m.

Armstrong Concert Hall

The Architecture of Light: Works on Paper by Ilya Gefter

Glen Echo Park

In these beautiful ink-on-paper works, artist Ilya Gefter transforms locations into evocative and mysterious light and shadow.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Canterville Ghost

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green presents The Canterville Ghost.

Categories: Theater

The Horse and the Camera, From the Judith and Jo Tartt, Jr. Photography Collection

National Sporting Library & Museum

Come view our newest exhibition, The Horse and the Camera, 1870 to 1960, From the Judith and Jo Tartt, Jr. Photography Collection.

Categories: Arts

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art Exhibition

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art exhibition features Greek vases and sculpture from the 8th through the 4th centuries BCE drawn from a private collection, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other museum collections.

Two Worlds in the Octagon

Octagon Museum

On Saturday, September 23, meet Dolley Madison and her enslaved ladies maid Sukey, as the two prepare to move out of the Octagon following their six-month residency.

Categories: History, Free, Theater

Valerio D'Ospina: Live Painting Demonstration

Principle Gallery

Valerio D'Ospina will return on Saturday, September 23rd, at 1pm after the opening of his Two Man Exhibition on September 22nd. The artist will present a Live Painting Demonstration for our visitors, this event is FREE and all are welcome!

Categories: Arts, Free, Family Oriented

Visions of the Circus

Rice Gallery

McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the circus. 

Categories: Arts

Vocal Recital

An Die Musik

Vocal Recital 

Wanderlust 108: "The World's Only Mindful Triathlon"

RFK Stadium, Lot 7

Wanderlust 108, the world’s only “mindful triathlon,” returns to Washington, DC on September 23, 2017.  Wanderlust’s signature triathlon, which is produced in partnership with adidas, attracts thousands for a five-kilometer run (or walk), an outdoor 90-minute yoga class, and a guided meditation. Mindful triathletes will also enjoy music, artisanal vendors, local foods and many surprises throughout the day.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

Washington Sinfonietta's Classical Kick-Off

The Falls Church Episcopal

September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Falls Church, VA.

Categories: Music: Classical

Weekly Tai Chi

Chinatown Park

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements and is recognized for many health and wellness benefits.

Categories: Free, International, Arts

Weekly Tai Chi

Chinatown Park

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements and is recognized for many health and wellness benefits.

Categories: Free, International, Arts

Will Calhoun Celebrates Elvin Jones at Blues Alley

Blues Alley

"Celebrating Elvin Jones is an inspired project, vibrant and emotionally honest, but its greatest success may be that it brings Calhoun's boundless energy to lesser-known gems of the Jones songbook." – DownBeat

Categories: Music: Other

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