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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.

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

  • Through Thursday, November 29, 2018

This centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front.

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

  • Through Sunday, July 14, 2019

Visit the National Postal Museum's unique new art exhibition highlighting the variety of flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps during the past 50 years.

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Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

By Anna Ziegler, directed by Johanna Gruenhut

Categories: Theater

African American History of the Potomac River - Understanding 12 Years of Slave

Potomac River Tours

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

National Postal Museum

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will explore the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Arlington Historical Museum Open for Free Tours

Arlington Historical Museum

Walk through Arlington history and see our temporary exhibit on the men who died in WWI.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Autumn Colors

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Autumn Colors, a mixed media exhibition exploring the brilliance of the season.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

National Postal Museum

Visit the National Postal Museum's unique new art exhibition highlighting the variety of flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps during the past 50 years.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series: Marie Watt

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join artist Marie Watt, for a lecture on her work and influences.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Concert: Notre Dame Glee Club and Washington Men's Camerata

Saint Luke Catholic Church

The Notre Dame Glee Club and Washington Men's Camerata performing a Wednesday evening concert of choral music, folk songs, and spirituals at Saint Luke Catholic Church on October 17th at 7:30 PM. This concert is part of the Music in McLean Concert Series​.

Dawn Whitmore: A house is like a mind that holds everything

Arlington Arts Center

A house is like a mind that holds everything is a 5-channel immersive sound installation that delves into the relationship between the mind and the house as metaphorical dwellings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Dementia Program - See Me at the Freer|Sackler

Freer Gallery of Art

Please Join us for an engaging 90 minute in-gallery conversation about 2-3 works of art.

Drowning: Ceramic Forms

Waverly Street Gallery

Kanika Sircar layers stoneware vessels with images of climate change, interspersed with texts, scribbles, and fragments of poems ranging from Billy Collins to Rachel Carson.

Categories: Arts, History, Discussion

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

On view September 4: Jim Sanborn's Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Robert D'Arista: A Portrait, D'Arista Legacy, Selections from the Artery Collection, and Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation. The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

On view September 4: Jim Sanborn's Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Robert D'Arista: A Portrait, D'Arista Legacy, Selections from the Artery Collection, and Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation. The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Exhibition: In a Fertile World

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artists Sharon Fishel, Susan Hostetler and Nancy Sausser, investigate the various manifestations of fertility, including the airborne, the interior and the aqueous. In a Fertile World presents their shared interest in the patterns and cycles of the natural world.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Exhibition: Lost Time

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artist Matt Pinney seeks to represent the systems that inform and classify how we communicate. He looks at the various elements that can shape our understanding of what we see: scientific reasoning, social media, politics, and the divine. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Discussion

Fall Solos 2018

Arlington Arts Center

The artists of Fall SOLOS 2018 examine landscapes, investigate personal histories, and analyze the ways physical objects communicate meaning and help us understand the world. Exhibiting artists Nekisha Durrett, Zoe Friedman, Aimee Gilmore, Artemis Herber, Cindy Stockton Moore, Tristan Roland, and Julia Staples will install solo-style exhibitions in AAC’s seven main gallery spaces. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 1 p.m. Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.

Categories: History, Tours, Free

Front Window Featured Artist: Joan Dreyer

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Joan Dreyer uses hi-tech and traditional tools to create freestanding three-dimensional forms and contemporary art quilts. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Gallery Clarendon Features October Fall Show

Gallery Clarendon Art Experience

Reception and meet the artists - October 12  5-8PM

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Categories: Tours, Arts, History

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Categories: Arts, Tours, Holiday

High School Exchange to Germany - Summer 2019 - Information Meeting

Columbia Pike Library

Learn about the upcoming Arlington-Aachen High-School Exchange in the summer of 2019. All Arlington teens and parents are invited.

Historic Ellicott City Annual Decorator Show House

WILDERNESS FARM

The stunning 1900’s farmhouse “Wilderness Farm” is the 2018 Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House. Thirteen interior designers decorate 20-room estate with only their imagination as a guide.

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

Round House Theatre Bethesda

Paula Vogel’s chronicle of one woman’s journey to break the cycle—and silence—of sexual abuse is heartbreaking, sardonic, and uncomfortably funny. Our heroine, “Li’l Bit,” takes the stage to unravel the tangled roadmap of emotions and memories that paved the way for her to reclaim her narrative as an adult survivor.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Other Events

Intersections: Richard Tuttle

The Phillips Collection

It Seems Like It’s Going To Be is an elaborate installation that combines Richard Tuttle’s poetry and artwork, which ranges from intimate drawings to mixed media paintings and large sculptural assemblages. Based on his 41-verse poem, Tuttle created 41 works, one for each verse, which are presented throughout the entire second floor of the recently renovated Phillips House.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Lunder Conservation Center Tour

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Learn how museum conservators preserve SAAM’s artworks.

Categories: Arts, Free

Mid-Day Art Break: Free Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

To participate, meet a Gaggery Guide at the Information Desk in the Lobby.

Categories: Tours, Exhibits

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

New Nature by Marpi

ARTECHOUSE

This fall at ARTECHOUSE, step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions.

Nordic Impressions

The Phillips Collection

Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years. It features works by 62 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Nordic Impressions

The Phillips Collection

Nordic Impressions pays tribute to the artistic excellence of 19th- and 20th-century Nordic painters, such as Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, and Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval. Celebrating the considerable artistic diversity in Nordic art, the broad spectrum of works feature both the expected (sublime landscapes and melancholic portraits) and the unexpected (abstract and conceptual art).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

On Fly in The Salt

National Sporting Library & Museum

On Fly in the Salt: From the Surf to the Flats is a curated journey through time, filled with the people, places, and innovations that have made saltwater fly fishing one of the fastest growing sectors of the exciting and dynamic angling industry.

Categories: Exhibits, History

Outdoor Tour of the Capitol Grounds

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Saturday – 1 p.m. Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance of the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

Categories: Tours, History, Free

Postmen of the Skies

National Postal Museum

May 15, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the world’s first regularly scheduled airmail service. View this special centennial exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. 

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Purple Night Out

Vinoteca

Purple Night Out will be on Wednesday, October 17th from 5-9 pm at Vinoteca DC.

Categories: Charity Events

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018

Volunteer Fairfax Office

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018, an annual family-friendly celebration of volunteerism that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages to help local nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do.

To view the entire list of VolunteerFest 2018 opportunities and to register, please visit www.volunteerfest2018.org. Registration closes Oct. 19, 2018.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018

Volunteer Fairfax Office

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018, an annual family-friendly celebration of volunteerism that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages to help local nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do.

To view the entire list of VolunteerFest 2018 opportunities and to register, please visit www.volunteerfest2018.org. Registration closes Oct. 19, 2018.

Categories: Free, Other Events

RSVP Northern Virginia holding seminar on senior volunteerism in Fairfax, Oct. 17

Junior Achievement Park

RSVP Northern Virginia will hold a seminar on senior volunteerism, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m., at Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax.

The one-hour event is free and open to the public.

Junior Achievement Finance Park is located at 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Free parking is available.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Storytime

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

A kid-friendly, active and educational look at contemporary art for all ages and their families.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts, Free

Taking Time: An International Video Exhibition on Democracy

Rice Gallery

This international video exhibition focuses on the theme of democracy. It is organized by Izabel Galliera, assistant professor of art at McDaniel and director of the college’s Rice Gallery, and curated by Kati Simon of Berlin and Hungarian-basedVásárhelyi Zsolt.

Categories: Arts

Tunes for Tots: ages 18 months - 3 years

Workhouse Arts Center

We’ll bounce, dance, and sing to favorite songs and lullabies!

Washington National Opera: La traviata

Kennedy Center, Opera House

Violetta delights in high-class pleasures, but she is secretly dying. Will she know true love before death claims her? We launch the 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting story of fate and sacrifice, renowned for its soaring arias and heart-wrenching ending.

Categories: Music: Classical

“Race, Faith and Politics” by C. Anthony Muse, Pastor and Maryland State Senator

McDaniel Lounge

Maryland State Senator C. Anthony Muse speaks on the intersection of race, faith and politics. 

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.

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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