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60+ Things to Do This August in Washington, DC

Summer continues in the nation’s capital with exciting events, including Citi Open, Hamilton at the Kennedy Center, DC JazzFest and more.

Make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital this August. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend, as well as other summer events and festivals.

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies
ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience allows you to walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power and belonging. Inspired by aṣẹ, a Yoruba concept that relates to our power to produce change, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies celebrates the Black experience through the perspectives of artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker. Use the "Tickets" link below for a special discount!
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The Office Experience – July 28 – Jan. 16, 2023
If you're a fan of NBC's classic sitcom, you are in for a treat in the District. The Office Experience brings Dunder Mifflin to DC with authentic and recreated sets that allow you to step into unforgettable moments from the show. Dance down the aisle at Jim and Pam's wedding, spill Kevin's chili, visit Schrute Farms, sit behind Pam's desk, play The Office Olympics and so much more.
Hours & Tickets
1020 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Citi Open

Citi Open

Citi Open – July 30 – Aug. 7

The District’s signature professional tennis tournament returns to Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 30 through Aug. 7. Top-tier talent from all over the world will compete for a prestigious trophy, leading to action that you do not want to miss.

 

Old Crow Medicine Show – July 29
The singers of “Wagon Wheel” once busked on street corners, only to eventually be discovered in Boone, NC in front of a pharmacy. Now, Old Crow Medicine Show plays prestigious venues all over the country, including The Anthem in DC. Prepare for down-home feels and plenty of singalong opportunities when the group takes the stage for a Friday night show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Otakon – July 29-31
The annual cosplay event is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and just might be the dedicated event space’s liveliest function (emphasis on FUN) all year long. The family-friendly convention is run by and dedicated to fans of Asian media, entertainment and pop culture, including anime, manga, music, movies and video games. The festivities range from cosplay contests, skits and live music to panel discussions with comic book (super)heroes, for-sale artworks and more.

 

SAAM Arcade

In-Person SAAM Arcade – July 30
The popular SAAM Arcade returns to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard for a day packed with new games from independent developers as well as classic arcade and console games from MAGFest. Color, Line and Form will be the theme of the day as the event celebrates how these art elements are essential to video games. There will also be a special scavenger hunt and for those who cannot attend in-person, an online game jam.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission |  Registration Required
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Blue Man Group – Through July 31
Don’t miss your chance to witness the phenomenon experienced by more than 35 million people. The Blue Man Group comes to the Kennedy Center with their signature drumming, quirky comedy and colorful creativity. The all-new, family-friendly show will feature original music, custom-made instruments and surprise interaction with the audience.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

The Playhouse – Through Aug. 28
The National Building Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with the University of South Carolina, are partnering this summer to present The Playhouse. Visitors can step back in time with the Bard for the latest iteration of the Museum’s Summer Block Party. An exciting Festival stage will occupy the Museum’s immense—and air conditioned—Great Hall. By day, the installation will provide a venue for unique experiences related to theater—from behind-the-scenes tours to sword-fighting demonstrations and other hands-on activities. At night, The Playhouse transforms into a stage for Shakespeare’s most famous, fairy-filled comedy for Folger Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

SIX – Through Sept. 4
Named after the six wives taken by Henry VIII, SIX features an all-woman cast and band in one of the most acclaimed productions from the 2021-22 Broadway season. The play won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Hear Tudor Queens turn into pop icons as you romp through a remix of 500 years of historical heartbreak.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Rage Against The Machine & Run the Jewels – Aug. 2-3
It’s about to get loud at Capital One Arena. Rage Against the Machine, one of the first groups to effectively blend hard rock and hip-hop, will be supported by Run the Jewels, currently one of rap music’s most acclaimed duos, across two nights of performances at DC’s largest venue. Both sets will likely leave you breathless and expect some crossover between the two acts.
Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Hamilton – Aug. 2 – Oct. 9
One of the most acclaimed productions in American history comes back to DC’s pre-eminent stage. The Tony Award-winning sensation about the Founding Father who came to the U.S. as an immigrant from the British-colonized West Indies to become George Washington’s trusted advisor takes the spotlight inside the Kennedy Center’s 2,362-seat Opera House. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical blends jazz, rap and hip-hop, and transforms the tale of America’s first Treasury Secretary with a diverse cast.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection – Aug. 2 – Fall 2023
The Hirshhorn’s new exhibit brings together nearly 100 years of work by 49 women and nonbinary artists across a variety of media. Roughly a quarter of the pieces on display were made in the last decade and a third have never been on view at the museum before. Featured artists include Deana Lawson, Sondra Perry, Loie Hollowell, Billie Zangewa, Dana Awartani and Zane Muholi. Put It This Way aims to uplift global voices, raise aesthetic, social and political concerns and showcase the power of traditionally marginalized artists.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar – Aug. 4
The return of Kendrick Lamar to the global stage figures to be one of this summer's biggest cultural stories. With the release of his new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the current poet laureate of hip-hop re-assumes his throne and is now launching a world tour with special guests Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Moonrise Festival 2022 – Aug. 6-7
Transport yourself to another galaxy via Pimlico Race Course thanks to a mind-blowing EDM festival set for this August. Moonrise Festival features three stages and some of the biggest names in dance music across the two-day celebration. Performers include AC Slater, Adventure Club, Zedd, Atliens, Don Diablo and many, many more.
Tickets
Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

 

Living in Two Times: Photography by Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi – Aug. 6 – Jan. 8, 2023
Noted for sharp documentary images and photomontage, the husband-and-wife team of Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi are among the most influential figures in the development of late 20th-century photography in Iran. The duo captured moments of extreme turmoil in their homeland, most notably through the series Days of Blood, Days of Fire, selections of which are featured throughout the exhibit. Visitors can also marvel at the artists’ innovative photomontage work.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Lady Gaga – Aug. 8
Grammy winner. Golden Globe winner. Academy Award winner. 170 million records sold around the world. Lady Gaga’s credentials are mind-blowing, but her music must be heard and witnessed live to truly grasp the artist’s mastery of her craft. No fear: Gaga and plenty of Little Monsters (a nickname for her diehard fans) will take over Nationals Park for a night of revelry, featuring dancing, pyrotechnics and one of the best voices pop music has ever known.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

 

Leon Bridges – Aug. 10
Rising from relative obscurity to the top of the Billboard charts, Leon Bridges is now a household name in R&B and pop music. Using the template of soul music and classic 1960s Motown tracks, Bridges emerged from Fort Worth, Tx. with the acclaimed Coming Home in 2015. Now, Bridges is touring in support of last year’s Gold-Diggers Sound with Swedish electronic band Little Dragon in tow.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

WWE Monday Night Raw – Aug. 15
Some of the WWE’s biggest stars will bring their spectacular show to a raucous Capital One Arena this August. The ever-popular Monday Night Raw always translates to feats of jaw-dropping athleticism, riveting storylines and all the intrigue that comes with every WWE match. Tickets are going quickly so make your move now.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Summer Restaurant Week – Aug. 15-21
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington hosts two annual celebrations of DC’s eclectic dining scene: one in January and a summer edition in August. For both seasonal editions, Restaurant Week offers diners pre-fixe menus for lunch/brunch ($25) and dinner ($40 and $55). 

 

Roger Waters – Aug. 16
As primary songwriter for Pink Floyd, Roger Waters penned some of rock music’s greatest masterpieces, including Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and The Wall. Waters’ This Is Not A Drill tour will touch down in DC this August as the legend and his skilled band take lovers of Floyd and Roger’s solo work on a spectacular voyage inside Capital One Arena. Waters will perform in-the-round, making for a stunning evening of arena rock glory.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

The Color Purple – Aug. 16 – Oct. 9
The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival will wow audiences at Virginia’s Signature Theatre in the late summer and early fall of 2022. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker that was later turned into an Academy Award-winning film by Steven Spielberg, this musical uses jazz, blues, ragtime and gospel to tell the story of a young woman’s struggle towards love and triumph in the American South.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

 

Kevin Hart – Aug. 18-19
Currently one of stand-up comedy’s biggest stars, Kevin Hart’s small frame belies the huge laughs he generates on stage and on the screen. Hart has shown box office clout with successful movies such as the Think Like A Man films, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard and Ride Along. Now, you can catch his energetic routine at Capital One Arena as Hart touches down in DC as part of his Reality Check tour.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

 

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! – Aug. 19
Scott Aukerman’s hilariously zany creation has become one of the most successful podcasts of all time. Every episode is packed with laughs thanks to an ever-entertaining cast of characters. Skits, games and hijinks abound, and you can catch all of this wondrous comedy in person at DC’s Warner Theatre on Aug. 19.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

The Shins – Aug. 19
Did you listen to indie rock in the 2000s? Then you listened to The Shins. The brainchild of James Mercer (also of Broken Bells with Danger Mouse), the group rose to indie stardom with the ‘60s-indebted bedroom pop of 2001’s Oh, Inverted World, which featured the classic track, “New Slang”. After receiving healthy exposure in Zach Braff’s 2004 film Garden State, The Shins became essential listening, a necessity on any stereo in a college dorm room. Now, the group celebrates Oh, Inverted World and its 21st birthday with a special tour that will touch down at The Anthem on Aug. 19.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra – Aug. 20
After performing in cities across Europe in a show of solidarity with and celebration of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra concludes its impactful tour at the illustrious Kennedy Center in DC. Led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the orchestra features recent Ukrainian refugees and Ukrainian members of European orchestras. Don’t miss a stirring performance inside the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

deadmau5 presents We Are Friends Tour – Aug. 20
The innovative Canadian electronic music producer and DJ has been leading the EDM charge since the late 1990s. deadmau5’s concerts are spectacles, featuring the mysterious artist donning his trademark mouse mask and blaring his tracks to packed dance floors. Echostage will experience pandemonium when the techno music icon takes the stage.
10 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

 

Blondie – Aug. 21
Titans of the new wave movement that took over pop music in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Blondie returns to DC to rock your world this August. Singer Deborah Harry can still hit the high notes for this trailblazing group whose catalogue features unforgettable hits such as “Heart of Glass,” “One Way or Another” and “Rapture”. Legacy punk rockers The Damned will also perform at The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Bad Bunny – Aug. 23
Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny is a worldwide sensation, a household name thanks to his unique take on Latin trap and reggaeton music. After making a name for himself on SoundCloud, Bad Bunny guest starred on Cardi B and Drake tracks on his way to superstardom. His irresistible personality has even landed him a gig with the WWE. Nationals Park will barely be able to contain its excitement for this late summer show from a pop music darling.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

 

DCBX 14 – Aug. 25-29
Ranked as the best Latin dance festival in the U.S. five times, DCBX takes over the nation’s capital for five days. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the corresponding Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues.
Tickets
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Los Campesinos! – Aug. 26
For more than a decade, Los Campesinos! have been crafting tweecore pop ditties that are equal parts singalong and dancealong. The intimate environs of DC’s Black Cat club are ideal for the group’s communal shouting parties, also known as their concerts. Any indie rock fan will enjoy the sounds and stylings of the seven-piece group during the Friday night show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

The Outsider – Aug. 27 – Sept. 24
The Keegan Theatre welcomes a new and timely comedy about the worst candidate to ever run for office. Ned Newley doesn’t want to be governor, even though he’s on the ballot. He’s awful at public speaking and his poll numbers are atrocious. However, political consultant Arthur Vance sees things from a different perspective: maybe the public is looking for a candidate just like Ned! The Outsider is a celebration of democracy and provides a gut-busting look at electoral politics.
Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

 

Feathered Ink – Aug. 27 – Jan. 29, 2023
The National Museum of Asian Art uses three galleries to display how Japanese artists have experimented with different brush techniques across centuries in their dazzling depictions of avian subjects. Drawing from an extensive collection of bird-and-flower paintings, Feathered Ink includes hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, ceramics and printed books.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Seventeen – Aug. 28
Now on their third world tour, the South Korean K-pop sensation that is Seventeen (which stands for "13 members + 3 units + 1 group") is coming to DC. The chart-topping collection of stars is considered "self-producing,” as its members are actively involved in songwriting and choreographing. Seventeen consists of three units: hip-hop, vocal and performance, turning their shows into unforgettable spectacles.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

American Prophet – Through Aug. 28
Acclaimed playwright Charles Randolph-Wright returns to Arena Stage with a powerful musical inspired by the speeches and writings of Frederick Douglass. Featuring new melodies and an original script written by Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright, American Prophet tells Douglass’ inspiring story and celebrates his enduring legacy and revolutionary spirit, both of which are needed today.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Intersections: Marta Pérez García – Through Aug. 28
The latest showcase in The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series highlights the work of Marta Pérez García. Her Restos-Traces series addresses the rarely discussed increase in domestic violence during stay-at-home orders through female torsos constructed with handmade paper as well as wire, nails, film negatives, hair and teeth. The intense exhibit also features works from the Phillips’ permanent collection.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Michael Bublé – Aug. 29
One of the world’s most famous performers brings his unmistakable charisma and voice to Capital One Arena for one night only. Michael Bublé has been a household name for over a decade, as the crooner’s take on blue-eyed soul and show tunes has resulted in more than 75 million records sold worldwide. With all that in mind, scoop your tickets to this one quickly.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Lorde – Aug. 29
The pop music queen known as Lorde finally touches down at The Anthem in DC. After April’s postponement, plenty of anticipation has built for the singer/songwriter’s appearance on-stage at DC’s state-of-the-art venue. After bursting onto the scene with 2013’s Pure Heroine, Lorde has only continued to push the envelope. The pride of New Zealand brings her electric Solar Power tour to the nation’s capital just ahead of summer’s conclusion.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

No Place to Go – Aug. 30 – Oct. 16
Bobby Smith stars in Signature Theatre’s ode to the unemployed. An “information refiner” has found that his company is moving to a (very) remote location and all the jobs are going with it. With a jazz band as his accompaniment, the sorry soul must decide whether he’s going to relocate his family or take on a new, unknown venture. Expect plenty of snappy wit along with blues, jazz and bluegrass music in a capitalist critique unlike any other.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

 

Boris – Aug. 31
Japan’s Boris have been testing the limits of experimental rock music for 30 years. The group’s innovation has yet to reach its limits, as their signature “heavy” sound takes on more colors, variations and themes with each release. Heavy Rocks, the band’s 28th studio album, is slated for release on Aug. 12. Just 19 days later, the trio of Takeshi, Wata and Atsuo take the stage at 9:30 Club.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

DC JazzFest – Aug. 31 – Sept. 4
One of the District’s most beloved musical traditions, DC JazzFest brings national and local musicians to a range of venues all over the city, including The Wharf, where you can see free performances on Sept. 3 and 4. A lineup stacked with talent is just another of the many reasons why you should check out the 2022 edition.
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Make Good The Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and its Legacies – Through Aug. 31

Step into the National Museum of African American History and Culture's new 4,300-square-foot exhibition that explores the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. Make Good The Promises features 175 objects, 200 photographs, 15 audio, video and interactive programs, as well as a companion book. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the United States after slavery and the end of the Civil War. It connects that era to efforts in 2021 to make good on the promises of the Constitution.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free timed passes
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue – Through Sept. 5
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue, an exhibition exploring the 50th anniversary of the watershed moment through portraiture of the era. The exhibition displays 25 objects in various mediums to explore the relationship between portraiture, investigative journalism, activism and politics. Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue is curated by the Portrait Gallery’s acting senior historian Kate Clarke Lemay.
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Wilson Plaza

Wilson Plaza

Live! Concert Series on the Plaza – Through Sept. 16
From salsa to strings, and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment for the downtown DC community. Head to Wilson Plaza between 12 and 1 p.m. and take in free lunchtime performances showcasing the area's most talented entertainers. Enjoy a variety of musical genres, including Brazilian Jazz, bluegrass, reggae, rock, country and pop.
12-1 p.m. |  Free Admission |  More Info
Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Design Zone – Through Sept. 5
The National Children’s Museum invites you to Design Zone, where the entire family can see how video game developers, music producers, rollercoaster designers and other creatives use STEM concepts to solve design challenges. Three thematic zones covering art, music and engineering ask visitors to use problem-solving skills to build 3-D towers, create a hit song, modify a roller coaster and more.
Wednesday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Tickets
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain – Through Sept. 18
Admire a breathtaking sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna in a new exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. The larger-than-life-size sculpture depicts Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a storm sent by an angry god. For the first time, the sculpture is examined in the context of its original environment. The exhibition tells the life story of this sculptural masterpiece—spanning 1,500 years and three continents—and unveils the newly restored Krishna.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities – Through Sept. 25
Escape reality and discover the power of imagination as Cirque du Soleil returns to the DC area with KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities. Experience the signature style of acrobatic performances with a twist of poetry, artistry and humor. The steampunk-inspired show transcends worlds as an inventor unlocks a new realm of wonder and whimsy, where unique creations come to life.
Tickets
Lerner Town Square at Tysons II, 8025 Galleria Dr, Tysons, VA 22102

 

Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition – Through Sept. 26
Immerse yourself in the history and restoration of Paris’ renowned cathedral in this augmented reality exhibit at the National Building Museum. Produced by French start-up Histovery in collaboration with the Public Institution charged with restoring Notre-Dame de Paris, the exhibit allows visitors to explore the cathedral’s incredible saga, from Middle Age builders to the coronation of Napoleon to current efforts to restore the building to its glory after a devastating fire in 2019.
Friday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams – Through Oct. 2
For decades, photographer Robert Adams has made provocative and compelling photographs that have influenced generations. The new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art features 175 of Adams’ works divided into three sections: The Gift, Our Response and Tenancy. Visitors can marvel at the artist’s stirring depictions of strip malls, suburban sprawl, highways, homes, stores, rivers, prairies, the ocean and other scenes from the American landscape.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

 

Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop – Through Oct. 9
The Phillips Collection's new exhibit reexamines the history and legacy of the Dupont Center, an artist’s museum founded in DC in 1969. Through the collaboration of curator Walter Hopps and artist Lou Stovall, the Dupont Center advanced an innovative model for the museum as a place for exhibition, art-making and community-building. Admire work produced by artists at the workshop and collected by Stovall between 1969 and 1973, as well as Stovall’s community posters that document the District in a time of protest and upheaval.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James McNeill Whistler – Through Oct. 10
Across two decades, artist James McNeill Whistler and Joanna Hiffernan maintained a close personal and professional relationship. Hiffernan is featured in some of Whistler’s most famous works, including his Symphony in White series, but little has been shared about the “woman in white” and her role in the artist’s life. This new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art will shed light on one of the most mysterious figures of late-19th century art.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

Once Upon a Roof: Vanished Korean Architecture – Through Oct. 30
Clay roof tiles, known as chimi, once adorned ancient wood frame buildings in Korea, buildings that are now long gone. However, many of the tiles have survived more than a thousand years, with three chimi unearthed from two Buddhist temples and a palace complex that dates back to the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla periods displayed in this exhibition at the National Museum of Asian Art. You will learn hidden stories of the ancient architecture of Korea, with many of the works on display outside of that country for the first time.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900 – Through Oct. 31
Just 11 days after the National Gallery of Art’s East Building reopens, the museum will debut the first major exhibition to consider both how and why modern artists have used the technique of doubling in their work. Themes ranging from the psychological to the perceptual to self-identity will be at the heart of The Double, which will feature the work of Matisse, Duchamp, Gorky, Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol and many more.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

The Renaissance in the North: New Prints and Perspectives – Through Nov. 7
The region of northern Europe today known as Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands underwent a massive transformation socially, politically and artistically from the 1450s through the early 1600s. The period now referred to as the Northern Renaissance is the subject of this new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Rare prints by Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius and other influential artists are shown next to engravings, etchings and woodcuts by other talented but lesser known artists of the time.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection – Through Nov. 27
The Hirshhorn has been collecting the prolific work of Yayoi Kusama since 1996. The museum’s 2017 survey of her work traveled to five North American art museums, introducing Kusama’s spellbinding visions to record audiences. Now, the Hirshhorn will display five of Kusama’s works from the museum’s permanent collection, including two of the artist’s transcendent Infinity Mirror Rooms. One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is a tribute to the life and practice of the visionary artist. Free timed passes will be required.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women Through Jan. 29, 2023
Installed in two parts, this new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will feature likenesses of women who have made an impact through the arts, activism, literature and politics. The masterful work of photographer Brian Lanker showcases figures such as Maya Angelou, Septima Poinsette Clark, Lena Horne, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price, Wilma Rudolph and Alice Walker. Icons featured in the second phase of installation will include Althea Gibson, Odetta, Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience Through Feb. 6, 2023
The National Geographic Museum's new exhibit celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the legendary discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Experience cinematic storytelling and stunning projections as you venture into the Boy King's world. Meet the gods of the underworld, study the ancient practice of mummification and learn about the explorers who continue to unmask the mysteries of the Golden King's life.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

 

We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection – Through March 26, 2023
The Smithsonian American Art Museum showcases drawings, paintings and sculptures from 43 self-taught 20th-century artists and dives into how, despite numerous obstacles including racism, sexism and ableism, these creatives were able to make their mark on the art world. Featured artists include James Castle, Thornton Dial Sr., William Edmondson, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Sister Gertrude Morgan, the Philadelphia Wireman, Nellie Mae Rowe, Judith Scott and Bill Traylor.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Family Ties: Daguerreotype Portraits – Through June 11, 2023
The first commercially viable form of photography, the daguerreotype was introduced in 1839 and quickly became a popular way to document family relationships. In turn, family portraits became more and more popular as technical innovations and affordability increased. In this exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, you will be able to view striking images that depict a wide range of familial relationships of the era.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

This Present Moment: Crafting A Better World – Through April 2, 2023
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renwick with an expansive exhibit featuring more than 130 works never before displayed at the gallery. Featured craft artists include Tanya Aguiñiga, Nick Cave, David Chatt, Sonya Clark, Cristina Cordova, Cindy Drozda, Alicia Eggert, J. Paul Fennell and many more.
 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900 – Opens July 1
The first phase of the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries begins with this presentation of more than 180 objects that highlight the figures who helped shape America’s early development. Portraits of Indigenous Americans, abolitionists, writers, performers and scientists are among this fascinating collection. Out of Many will also showcase a newly installed Civil War gallery and another dedicated to the nation’s Reconstruction period.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

We Belong Here: Marking the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – Ongoing
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that unintentionally helped bring equality to sports, the National Museum of American History offers a 30-foot display case featuring three athletes’ stories. We Belong Here also showcases a large mural, with digital content expanding the narrative. Major artifacts include Naomi Osaka’s tennis racquet from the 2020 U.S. Open Tennis Championship, the U.S. National Soccer team jersey worn by Samantha Mewis and a T-shirt sported by trans, non-binary skateboarder Leo Baker. In total, the exhibit looks at the long trajectory of struggle for equal opportunity in sports, a struggle that continues today.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Presente! A Latino History of the United States – Ongoing
Experience U.S. history from the perspectives of diverse Latinas and Latinos in a new exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Hear forgotten stories, dive deep into Latino culture and find out how Latinas and Latinos have shaped U.S. history and culture. Through a diversity of objects, images and stories, you will come to view Latinhood as an exchange between distinct communities under the Latino identity.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Dave’s Dream – Ongoing
Visit the National Museum of American History to check out this modified 1969 Ford LTD. Known as a “lowrider” and named after David Jaramillo of Chimayo, New Mexico, the car’s customizations were completed by Jaramillo’s family after his death. Dave’s Dream went on to win area competitions, highlighting the significance and cultural legacy of lowriding, with many of these vehicles utilizing artistic paint schemes, colorful upholstery and hydraulic lifts to create distinctive looks and animations. Pay homage to the art of lowriding and the Jaramillo family when you check out this jaw-dropping vehicle.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Ancestors Know Who We Are – Ongoing virtual exhibit
The National Museum of the American Indian presents this virtual exhibit that marks the museum’s first to feature Black-Indigenous women artists. Through photography, digital art, basketry, painting, artist interviews and supplemental essays, the exhibition explores issues of race, gender, multiracial identity and multigenerational connection.
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