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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.

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. 

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

  • Through Saturday, May 6, 2017

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I.


Fri • May 2, 2014


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The Threepenny Opera

Signature Theater

Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia inspired by A Begger’s Opera.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland proudly presents Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, running Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.  This unique and celebrated exhibition displays a wide range of contemporary Japanese ceramic vessels produced for the traditional art of ikebana flower arranging. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

"The Fantasticks" live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a live presentation of the Fantasticks, the world's longest running musical - running for over 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over!

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

20th Anniversary Concert: NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra

Richard J Ernst Cultural Center Theater

The NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax County's vibrant college-community orchestra, will present "Scotland and the Sea" in celebration of their 20th anniversary. The program will feature memorable classics -- Felix Mendelssohn's "Scottish Symphony, op.56" and Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea" -- as well as the premiere of a new work, "And Still They Speak", written for full orchestra by advanced students from the Music & Computer Technology program at Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts.

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

The 32nd Street Farmer’s Market, a non-profit organization, returns all profits back to the Baltimore community, with over 55 vendors is the “talk of the town”. With fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants, international foods, including vegan choices and meats, as well as crafts, natural body products and specialty items, this is the place to be on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. until Noon. Here is your chance to talk to the farmer or vendor about the product they have grown or made. More information is available at

Event begins at 7:00AM

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Annual Congressional Art Competition at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an exhibition of Virginia high school art submitted for the Annual Congressional Art Competition from the 11th Congressional District, presented from April 12th through May 3rd.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Other Events

Archduke Weekend: Spring Winds

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents Spring Winds, a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet & guest artists performing Brahms & Mozart.

Audrey Andrist, piano

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

Program: Caution to the Winds for Piano and Electronics by Mobberley; The Story of Babar for piano and narrator by Poulenc with Meghan O'Connell, narrator; pieces by Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 55, No.2, Prelude in A-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 17, Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 51, No. 3, Mazurka in e minor, Op. 17, No.2, Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2; Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 by Beethoven.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Presented by: Washington Conservatory of Music

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Bel Cantanti Opera - Handel's Serse (Xerxes)

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Bel Cantanti Opera presents Handel's Serse (Xerxes), fully staged and in costume, with a chamber orchestra under the direction of Dr. Katerina Souvorova.  It will be sung in Italian with English super-titles.  Tickets $15 - $40 online at and at $40 general admission, $35 seniors, $15 students, and at the door.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Cabaret Series: Around the World in 80 Minutes live on-stage

The Workhouse Arts Center

Grab your passport and pack your bags for a virtual trip around the world in true musical style!  Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a live presentation of the Cabaret Series: Around the World in 80 Minutes.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The world premiere of a new musical adaptation which celebrates Jewish and Israeli culture through the eyes of the iconic fairytale Princess.

City Nights Open House

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

Enjoy a sneak preview of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's "An American in London: Whistler and the Thames," the largest exhibition of works by the American master in a generation.

Categories: Exhibits, Film, Arts

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 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

Freer Sackler Gallery: City Nights Open House

Freer Gallery of Art

Date Friday, May 2, 2014, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Categories After Five, Films
Venue Freer Gallery, Sackler Gallery
Event Location Freer and Sackler
Cost Free.
Related Events Screening of Night and the City, 8:30 pm

Categories: Tours, Exhibits, Arts

Gallery B May Exhibit

Gallery B

The May exhibition at Gallery B features seven fine art photographers. 72 Grams Per Pixel, on display from May 1-24 at Gallery B, is a group exhibition curated by ISProductions. Participating artists include: Joe Cameron, Stephen Crowley, Muriel Hasbun, Laurie Hatch, Raul Jarquin, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Terri Weifenbach. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Good Shepherd Caregivers 21st Annual Golf Classic at Cress Creek

Good Shepherd Caregivers 21st Annual Golf Classic

The Good Shepherd Caregivers Annual Golf Classic will be held at Cress Creek Country Club at 100 Cress Creek Drive in Shepherdstown on Friday, May 2nd 2014.  The fee is $125 per golfer, of which $30 is charitable.  Included will be exciting door prizes, including a flat screen television, iPad Mini, Golf GPS, and more.  Also you will have a chance to win a vehicle provided by Thomassen Ford Mercury for the hole in one contest.

Group of Four -- Large Format Photography

RIver Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Exhibit of the work of George L Smyth, Barry Schmetter, D. B. Stovall, and Scott Davis opens March 29, 2014

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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.

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Categories: Exhibits

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

Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise


Free opening reception: Thu Mar 20 / 6–8pm; Artist talk / 7pm

Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lincoln's Briefcase

President Lincoln's Cottage

The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes returns to Washington, DC for an exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Made in the USA

The Phillips Collection

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of The Phillips Collection's American art in nearly 40 years!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, 1850-1970

The Phillips Collection

Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Masterworks 2014: A shared Vision (5/3- 6/1)

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Pottery will present a ceramics exhibit entitled “Masterworks 2014: A Shared Vision” at Glen Echo Park’s Popcorn Gallery, May 3-June 1, 2014.

Natalie Shudt: “Sway”

The Art League Gallery

From silk, steel, and wood, artist Natalie Shudt has created an all-encompassing environment of flowing botanical sculptures anchored to the floor and wall.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens will host Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, on exhibit throughout the Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House from April 29-June 29.  The exhibition brings together some of the area’s top watermedia floral and landscape painters in one of the most popular public gardens in the region.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Paul Lewis - Composer-in-Residence Program - Montgomery Blair High School

Montgomery Blair High School

Please join us - All Events are Free and Open to the Public - Great things are happening in Silver Spring, Maryland:

Thursday May 1 - 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. - Open Rehersal at Montgomery Blair High School: 51 University Boulevard East Silver Spring, MD 20901; 7:30 P.M. - AFI Silver Theatre: 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910 - World Premieres of "Salute the Silents"  and "Three Snippets for String Quartet"

Friday May 2 - 9:15 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. - Montgomery Blair Auditorium - "Memoirs of a Media Composer" - Illustrated Lecture by Paul Lewis Q & A to follow

Saturday May 3 - 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. - "Cabaret" - Featuring Paul Lewis piano and Sharon Elizabeth soprano with MBHS Jazz Bands - McGinty's Public House - 911 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring, MD 20910

For More Information:



MBHS Symphonic Orchestra Concert featuring Paul Lewis composer/conductor – World Premiere Performance of “Salute the Silents!” – Thursday, May 1:

3:30 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Open Rehearsal at Montgomery Blair High School  51 University Boulevard East Silver Spring, Maryland 20901 and 7:30 P.M. Concert at AFI Silver Theatre 8633 Colesville Road Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


Friday, May 2:  “Memoirs of a Media Composer” – Illustrated Lecture by Paul Lewis – 9:15 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Montgomery Blair Auditorium.  Q & A session following the lecture.


Saturday, May 3:  Cabaret Show featuring Paul Lewis piano and Sharon Elizabeth soprano with the Montgomery Blair Jazz Bands – 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. McGinty’s Public House 911 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


This important program was made possible in part by a Wolf Trap Grant for High School Performing Arts Teachers – Michelle Roberts, Instrumental Music Director grant awarded to her for the commission of an original composition written especially for the Montgomery Blair Symphonic Orchestra

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.

Pop Art

The Art League Gallery

The Pop Art movement originated as a reaction to the Abstract Expressionist movement. In recognition of Pop Art, artists are encouraged to use everyday objects, advertising, comic books, and cultural references in their work.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

Ralph Fasanella Discussion

Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level

Ralph Fasanella celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar American political life in colorful, socially-minded paintings. Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget celebrates the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth and brings together key works from a career spanning fifty-two years. Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum as we welcome Marc Fasanella, son of the artist, and Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the museum, as they shed light on the artist’s life, family, and artistic career.

Categories: Exhibits, Discussion, Free

Reimagining Rosa Parks - Art Exhibit at Prince George's Community College

Prince George's Community College

Rosa Parks’ refusal to yield her seat created a clear and defining moment toward the pursuit of racial equality in the United States, and nearly 60 years later that act of civil disobedience carries a universal legacy. The exhibition, Reimagining Rosa Parks, examines and reimagines Rosa Parks' identity and Civil Rights legacy as applied to contemporary Civil Rights issues.

Reimagining Rosa Parks is an exhibition developed for the Book Bridge Project, an annual program that centers curriculum around a featured book. This year’s book is Jeanne Theoharis’ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, which describes a different Rosa Parks—one who was keenly aware of how to engage in civil disobedience to provoke change.

Categories: Arts

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Marks World Trade Month with Featured International and Trade Events in May

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) will recognize World Trade Month by highlighting a wide array of international and trade-related events the facility will host in May. As the World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC), the RRB/ITC regularly promotes events that focus on trade and business. The building’s Office for Trade Promotion (OTP) spearheads this year-round effort by working with different organizations, embassies, trade associations, think tanks and educational institutions to offer a mixture of signature programs. The OTP frequently collaborates with clients to achieve their strategic goals and objectives by providing event coordination, promotion and coverage. Developing these key partnerships helps to foster international dialogue, generate business opportunities and raise public awareness of the economic benefits that can be realized through trade. 

Sam Abell: Window on the World

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership presents an exhibition of documentary images by renowned National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. Sam Abell will present an Artist Talk on Saturday, April 26.  The Artist Talk and exhibition are inspired by our Capture the Moment Gala in the Park on May 17, 2014.

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

Shout! The Mod Musical

ArtSpace Falls Church

With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s. The revue follows five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing. SHOUT! is a non-stop journey through the infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads that made household names of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu. Chart-topping classic hits such as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “These Boots Are Made For Walking,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Goldfinger” are woven together with hilarious, ‘60s-era sound bites chronicling a time of unparalleled change from a uniquely female perspective. Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Theater

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars


After an adventure that has taken them from the squalor of refugee camps to the world's biggest stages, Africa's most inspirational band returns to Artisphere following the March 18 launch of their latest album, Libation. 

T.C. Williams Student Exhibit - Opening Reception

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Twenty T.C. Williams High School students selected as this year’s National Art Honor Society inductees exhibit artwork from May 2-11 at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Reception: Friday, May 2, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

T.C. Williams Student Exhibit Showcases Alexandria’s Artists of the Future

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Twenty T.C. Williams High School students selected as this year’s National Art Honor Society inductees exhibit artwork from May 2-11 at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Reception: Friday, May 2, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The BSO's Music Box Series: Moo, Baa, Neigh

The Music Center at Strathmore

A clarinet quintet celebrates the barnyard noises of sheep, pigs, horses, cows with some sprightly music by Mozart.

The Music Box Series is a unique music program for young children ages 6 months to three years old and their families. Each performance features pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show by the BSO and partner organization Ready-at-Five, a non-profit that works to ensure that all Maryland children are ready to learn by age five. The wide range of pre-concert activities will encourage literacy, creative play and musical skills.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The Capitol Steps

Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor

We perform every week in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the Amphitheater with shows every Friday and Saturday year round at 7:30 PM!

Event begins at 7:30PM

Categories: Music: Other

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater comes to the Folger. Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.

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.

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Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: Theater, Arts

Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Walk in Lincoln's footsteps at President Lincoln's Cottage, the summer home of the Lincoln family and "the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

“Elimination of Stinking Thinking” Wellness Conference

The American Legion, Department of Maryland, SMD Youth Camp

Restore2Life, Inc. presents the “Elimination of Stinking Thinking,” conference to teach participants to take control over their health and wellbeing based on spiritual insights.

Categories: Free, Other Events

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