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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.


Sun • May 4, 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

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, Other Events

All Alexandria Reads Presents: The NOVA Jazz Ensemble

Beatley Central Library

In the Spirit of the 1920s, enjoy the sound of Jazz music with the Northern Virginia Community College Jazz Combo (all ages). Located in the Large Meeting Room.nb

Amadeus Orchestra with Aaron Goldman, flute

Saint Luke Catholic Church

The Amadeus Orchestra with Aaron Goldman, flute

Categories: Music: Classical

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Archduke Weekend: The Archduke

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents The Archduke, a concert featuring Beethoven’s “Archduke” trio.

Author Discussion with David Laskin

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

David Laskin, bestselling author, will discuss his book “The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century” at The JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville.  For more information, contact Debby Goldberg at 301-348-3816 or, or visit This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington.

Categories: Books & Authors, 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

Brunch and Discover Retirement Living

Ingleside at King Farm

Get a taste of the retirement lifestyle at Ingleside at King Farm. Join us Sunday, May 4, 10:00am-12:30pm for Sunday Brunch and a tour of our continuing care retirement community. Ingleside is at 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. Seating limited, please RSVP to Chelsea 240-499-9019.

Categories: Lecture, Free, Food & Wine

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

Chamber Ensemble from “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band

Old Town Hall

This FREE performance is an opportunity for the musicians of “The President’s Own” to showcase the versatility and musicianship that they regularly demonstrate at the White House, in concert, and on tour. This performance is part of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival, which runs from April 25 to May 17. More information at


St. John's Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 35th anniversary. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer - based in San Francisco - is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.  


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.

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

Fairfax United Methodist Church Spring Concert

Fairfax United Methodist Church

Featuring music of various styles, showcasing the range and versatility of the music ministries of Fairfax United Methodist Church.

Folger Poetry Board Reading: Carol Ann Duffy

Folger Shakespeare Library

Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy shares favorite poems by other poets and reads from her own work. In 2009, Duffy was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate, the first female to hold the position. Reception and book signing to follow.

Tickets: $15

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Categories: Books & Authors, Arts

Glen Echo Pottery Spring Ceramics Exhibit "Masterworks 2014: A Shared Vision"

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

Glen Echo Pottery presents a spring ceramics exhibit entitled "Masterworks 2014:  A Shared Vision" at Glen Echo Park's Popcorn Gallery, May 3-June 1, 2014.  Opening reception on Sunday, May 4, from 3-5 p.m.  The show will be open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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.

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

Listen to Your Mother DC

Synetic Theater at Crystal City

Live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast and the barely-rested life of mothers. In celebration of Mother's Day, 14 women will read their personal stories about the humor and the heartbreak that go hand in hand with motherhood.

Categories: Arts, Theater, Charity Events

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.

Musical Theatre/Opera Workshop

McDaniel College

Music and theatre arts students at McDaniel perform selections from both musicals and opera under the direction of Kyle Engler. 

Categories: Free, Music: Other

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

Native Plant Palooza

Robinson Nature Center

Landscaping and gardening with plants native to Maryland makes gardening easier and benefits the world around you. By planting native, you can save on the cost of water, fertilizer, and pesticides while providing a habitat for butterflies, insects and other local wildlife.

Categories: Family Oriented

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

Photoworks: 40 Years: Origins

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership and Photoworks present an exhibition of images by Photoworks’ founding members and early faculty.

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

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. 

Scouting for Bricks-Troop 39 fundraiser

Heritage High school

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at

Scouting for Bricks-Troop 39 fundraiser

Heritage High School

Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! May 3 + 4. Visit us at

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

Spring Family Day Open House


A day of free fun for the entire family featuring Happenstance Theatre, The Grandsons Jr., splotch monster art-making with artist Steve Loya and more. 

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

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."

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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