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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of July 26-29

We've gathered up some things to do, including in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week in Washington, DC.

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Live! Concert Series on the Plaza
Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center welcomes you back for live music throughout the rest of the summer. Monday through Friday, you can enjoy concerts on the sunny plaza from 12-1 p.m. Every performance is free and open to the public. For a full schedule, visit the event website.
Monday – Friday, 12-1 p.m. |  Free admission
Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Adams Morgan Movie Night
One of DC’s most beloved neighborhoods brings this popular film series back for the summer of 2021. This year’s run focuses on movies filmed in DC, including two that were partially shot in Adams Morgan. All screenings are free to attend. This week's film: In The Line of Fire, starring Clint Eastwood.
Screenings begin at 8 & 8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
More info



Delve back into Asian art at the Freer Gallery
One of DC’s most beautiful buildings, the Freer was the first Smithsonian museum devoted solely to art when it was first built. Expect special new features when you re-visit. Among the highlights: an exhibition dedicated to Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his unforgettable and iconic Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa. Visitors can experience Hokusai’s mastery in woodblock printing, painting and drawing and view his renderings of everyday Japanese life, known as manga. Note that the Sackler Gallery remains closed until November for exhibition construction. For more information, visit the museum's website.
Friday – Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last admittance at 3 p.m.) |  Free admission
Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20013

Free Bingo Nights at Union Market
DC Fray and Union Market come together to host this free evening outdoor event series that offers a safe, in-person activity for a Tuesday night. Register for free and you can play 6-8 rounds of bingo with a prize waiting at the end of each round. Expect the occasional free drink and plenty of outdoor space to kick back and relax.
7-9 p.m.
Neal Place at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


Georgetown GLOW: Summer Edition
After the 2020 edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Georgetown GLOW has returned with a two-part series of outdoor installations, with the second lighting up the neighborhood through Sept. 26. The region’s only free, curated, outdoor public light experience will be open to all both day and night, and you can read up on the artists and installations on Georgetown GLOW’s official website.




Renewal 2121
After the COVID-19 pandemic and rising concerns over climate change, this installation at ARTECHOUSE transports you 100 years into the future. You’ll be immersed in an industrial city where nature is combating the onslaught of an overreaching metropolis, a stark warning if mankind continues at its current pace. Hope is found through cherry blossoms peeking through neon lights, showing the way for those ready to take action. Renewal 2121 is an original ARTECHOUSE production and was inspired by DC’s illustrious cherry blossom season. Use the 'Tickets' link below for a special 10% discount.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
The Phillips Collection showcases Jacob Lawrence’s 30-panel series entitled, Struggle…From the History of the American People. Lawrence painted the stunning series between 1954 and 1956, and this exhibition marks the first time that the pieces have been reunited since 1958. The display also features two new panels discovered in 2020 and 2021, adding fascinating new context to this lesser known series that still showcases Lawrence’s legendary narrative artistry. You can also view Lawrence’s essential Migration Series at the museum.
Hours & Tickets
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


SMYAL for Summer 2021
Join SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) for the ninth annual SMYAL for Summer, hosted by the SMYAL Young Donors Committee. This in-person event will be hosted on the rooftop of Union Market at Hi-Lawn, where you can enjoy beverages and raise money needed to support the community’s LGBTQ youth.
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Tickets
Hi-Lawn, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002 




Experience The Capital Wheel
Soar 180 feet in the air on the area’s only observation wheel, which spins right on the National Harbor’s majestic waterfront. The Capital Wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondola cars that seat up to eight and circle every day and night of the year, providing stunning views of Alexandria, Va., DC’s monuments and the Potomac River. Sunset rides are particularly scenic. Use code VISITDC for a 10% discount on tickets through Dec. 31.
Monday – Thursday, 4-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday, 12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745


Inside the Wardrobe
The stars have aligned in bringing this 20,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit to DC’s center of fashion, Georgetown. You will journey through more than 20 experiences focused on the fun and creativity of getting dressed. Inside the Wardrobe merges an Instagram playground and a pop-up museum into a fashionista fantasyland. Design Foundry is behind this incredible addition to DC’s summer lineup.
Thursdays & Fridays, 5-9 p.m. |  Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
3270 M Street NW, Suite C100, Washington, DC 20007


4th Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn
The Library of Congress hosts this free outdoor film festival that features films in the Library’s prestigious National Film Registry, so you are in for a treat, no matter what screening you attend outside of the historic building. Note that capacity will be limited and seating will be socially distanced. The festival continues with The Sound of Music (with an audience singalong!) this Thursday.
Screenings begin at sundown |  More info
North Lawn of the Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540


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