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Photo captured from the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony outside of The White House

50+ Things to Do This December in Washington, DC

Experience the National Christmas Tree, the Downtown Holiday Market, ZooLights, Georgetown GLOW and other holiday-themed displays, performances and events.

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

DC Cocktail Week 2022 – Nov. 28 – Dec. 4
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's DC Cocktail Week showcases delicious food and drink pairings for guests to enjoy at local bars and restaurants. Many locales will also offer unique experiences, cultural events and educational opportunities during the celebration.
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National Christmas Tree 100th Anniversary Lighting – Nov. 30
The National Christmas Tree is DC’s claim to fame during the holidays, and for good reason. The gorgeous conifer lives in President’s Park on the White House Ellipse, where it's surrounded by trees decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 U.S. states and territories and is accompanied by nightly musical performances throughout the holiday season. The tree’s beloved lighting ceremony takes place on Nov. 30, with CBS broadcasting a recording on Dec. 11. The display is free to visit and open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., while the National Christmas Tree is lit each day from 4:30-10 p.m.
The White House Ellipse, 15th & E Streets NW, Washington, DC 20500


Go ice skating in DC
DC’s year-round temps are pretty moderate, but during the winter – when cold Canadian winds whistle down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers – Washingtonians bundle up for a day (or a night) on the ice. Public ice skating rinks can be found in multiple neighborhoods in DC proper, so check out the best places to hit the ice in the nation's capital.


Mount Vernon by Candlelight – Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 18
Meet Mrs. Washington and other 18th-century residents of Mount Vernon in a 45-minute candlelit tour of the estate. Make sure to arrive at the Ford Orientation Center 15 minutes before your ticket time to check out themed Christmas trees in the Ford Orientation Center, warm up with light concessions and shop for holiday gifts at The Shops at Mount Vernon.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121


City Ridge Tree Lighting Festival – Dec. 3
Ring in City Ridge’s first holiday season with an evening of free activities to all ages, including face painting, glitter tattoos, photos with Santa Claus, crafting, live performances, holiday train rides, carolers, ice-carving, branded giveaways, a photo booth and more. The event will culminate with a tree-lighting ceremony hosted by NBC4’s Shawn Yancy.
4-8 p.m. |  Free Admission
20 Ridge Square NW, Washington, DC 20016


NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas – Dec. 3
Every year, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Kennedy Center join forces to bring outstanding jazz pianists together to perform their favorite Christmas classics for one night only. The holiday tradition has become a favorite in the District, so make sure to purchase your tickets well in advance. This year's concert features Hiromi, Bob Thompson and José André Montaño.
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. | Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The District Holiday Boat Parade – Dec. 3
Each year, dozens of dazzling boats traverse the Potomac River from the waterfront in Alexandria, Va. to the The Wharf. You can observe the parade on Dec. 3 free of charge, and there are holiday festivities to enjoy beforehand, including winter drink sampling, chances to meet Santa, ornament decorating and more. Prizes will be awarded to the most beautiful vessels, which begin their journey at 6 p.m., and fireworks will cap off the parade at 8 p.m.
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District Pier at The Wharf, 101 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024


Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Show

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC Holiday Show – Dec. 3, 9 & 11
Tap-dancing elves, a moving Christmas tree, snow and unforgettable choral renditions of holiday classics will all be part of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC's annual holiday show. The festive program will include songs like “Sleigh Ride”, “Underneath the Tree” and “The 12 Rockin' Days of Christmas”. Expect performances from the full Chorus, soloists, all GMCW ensembles and the GenOUT Youth Chorus.
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Lightning Bolt – Dec. 8
It’s just two guys. Somehow, it’s only two guys. Lightning Bolt are a truly unique phenomenon in independent music, as the duo of drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale and bassist Brian Gibson have found a way to create a cacophony of hard-edged, fuzzed-up punk through the use of just three instruments, one of which is Chippendale’s vocals, a sort of shout translated through a microphone taped to his mouth by a mask. The group prefers to perform on the floor of the venue, with a tight circle of spectators around them, who will find it impossible to stand still.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Look What You Made Me Do: The Taylor Swift Dance Party – Dec. 9
Experience a (Taylor’s Version) dance party and shake it off with a night full of tunes that never go out of style. Picture this all too well – the ballads, break-up hits and specialty cocktails. The Howard Theatre will have all of that waiting for you, so you can party like it’s 1989.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Whitney – Dec. 9
Four albums into a career filled with acclaim, Whitney are a talented duo composed of guitarist Max Kakacek and drummer Julien Ehrlich. Their songs feel like the sun rising on a chilly fall morning, or the way rays break through clouds after a rainy summer day. A Whitney show makes for a perfect winter evening activity by combining infectious melodies that sound like they were pulled from ‘70s AM radio and tinges of country and folk.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910


NSO Pops

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! with Laura Benanti – Dec. 9 & 10
The sparkling holiday celebration hosted by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) returns with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along favorites in the festively decorated Concert Hall. This year, the NSO welcomes Tony Award®–winning actress and singer Laura Benanti, whose remarkable talents have inspired audiences across Broadway stages and television screens.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show – Dec. 9-18
DC’s Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, puts on a holiday extravaganza at the illustrious Arena Stage this December. The family-friendly show will combine clapping, stomping and stepping for a dazzling array of percussive dance. Furry friends from the animal kingdom and a dance party hosted by DJ Nutcracker are also on the docket.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


The Joy of Christmas – Dec. 10-11
The Washington National Cathedral is a beautiful place to celebrate Christmas, as it becomes adorned with themed lights and elaborate decorations each year. The Joy of Christmas is the Cathedral’s marquee event, featuring renditions of Christmas classics and a carol sing-along.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016


Ween – Dec. 11
What began as a way for two teenagers in suburban Pennsylvania to record themselves being goofy idiots has turned into one of the most successful rock acts of the past 30 years. Ween is Gene and Dean Ween. Yes, they have real names but you don’t need to know them. They make guitar rock, but they also make psychedelic rock. And soul music. And country. And sometimes they throw in some Latin vibes? And other times, they make jazz. Or techno. Or punk rock. They’ve sung about voodoo ladies, boy’s clubs, very successful parties, ocean men, free roses, and much, much zanier things. Ween is as satirical or as serious as they want to be on any given song at any given moment. See them at the Fillmore Silver Spring if you know what’s good for you. All hail the Mighty Boognish.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910


Much Ado About Nothing – Nov. 10 – Dec. 11
The essential romantic comedy written by one William Shakespeare concerns a group of soldiers returning home after years of war, trading in their uniforms for wedding bands. Two ex-lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, are about to be reunited, but not before a faked death, terrible law enforcement practices, an interrupted wedding and plenty of double crossing. The Bard’s funniest play is not to be missed.
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Experience The Museum of Illusions – Opens Dec. 13
The sensation that has already swept more than 30 major cities has touched down in the District. At the Museum of Illusions, visitors can be immersed in trickery, learn about how the human brain works and sharpen their vision and perception.
The Museum of Illusions, 925 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball

HOT 99.5's Jingle Ball presented by Capital One – Dec. 13
DC's favorite local radio station gets into the holiday spirit with this annual star-studded concert inside Capital One Arena. This year's lineup is truly incredible, with Sam Smith, Pitbull, Charlie Puth, Khalid and Tate McRae all set to perform, among others.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Foals – Dec. 13
One of British rock’s most fascinating groups, Foals wowed audiences with a jaw-dropping performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2013 and have not looked back since. Their torrential live show, considered one of the best in the UK, and robust collection of new songs makes for an exciting evening at The Anthem.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


The Slackers – Dec. 15
Prepare for a night of skanking inside DC’s Black Cat when one of the all-time ska bands, The Slackers, takes the stage. Formed in 1991, the group has spent more than 30 years bringing ska to the masses, a wondrous blend of reggae, punk, soul and dub music that has moved feet on dance floors all over the world. The Slackers will be joined by Big D and The Kids Table, another legendary ska group, making for an awesome twin bill.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Handel’s Messiah

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah – Dec. 15-18
This holiday epic, which explores the story of Jesus Christ as the Messiah, is performed at the Kennedy Center each year. The National Symphony Orchestra will be joined by standout singers and will be conducted by Baroque authority Fabio Biondi at the beautifully decorated Concert Hall to tell Handel’s riveting tale through song.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


An Irish Carol – Dec. 15-31
The Irish have something to say about that “Carol” of yours, Mr. Dickens. The Keegan Theatre stages this acclaimed play that subs pub-owning David for Scrooge. He’s distanced himself from his family through his profitable bar, but a visitor from the past, along with present figures and the prospect of a sad future could turn David around. With searing wit, fast-paced dialogue and a classic Irish sensibility, Matthew Keenan’s play is perfect for holiday laughs – and intended for audiences 16 and older.
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon – Dec. 16-17
George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. Tour the gorgeous mansion, witness chocolate-making demonstrations, visit a winter market and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. To cap it off, enjoy an incredible fireworks display along the Potomac River.
5:30-8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121


The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas – Dec. 17-18
The Washington Chorus consists of more than 130 voices that work in tandem with brass, organ and percussion to create wonderful renditions of Christmas classics. The 75-minute holiday music experience will also offer thrilling special guests. A beloved and traditional candlelight processional also takes place at this annual event.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The Day You Begin – Through Dec. 18
The Kennedy Center commissioned the family-friendly play of the season adapted from Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson’s beloved picture book. With music by Tosha Reagon, The Day You Begin is about embracing new places and people and discovering your own courage along the way. The musical is recommended for ages 5 and over.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Hip Hop Nutcracker – Dec. 19-22
Yep, you read that right. This imaginative performance blends modern hip-hop choreography, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist to re-create The Nutcracker in truly original fashion. Adults will be wowed by the contemporary take on Tchaikovsky’s score while the kids revel in the hip-hop musical performances. This year, special guest emcee Kurtis Blow, best known for “The Breaks,” opens the show with a rapping introduction. Digital scenery will color the background of this entertaining cultural mash-up that will be performed for three nights only at Strathmore's Music Center.
The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852


Just For Us – Through Dec. 23
Alex Edelman’s third solo show takes the audience through hilarious anecdotes from his life, including his Olympian brother AJ and a gorilla that can do sign language, but at its center is a frighteningly relevant story. After experiencing anti-Semitic cyber abuse, Edelman discreetly attends a gathering of White Nationalists in New York City, resulting in a hair-raising encounter that gives Just For Us its title and final, jaw-dropping moments.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004


Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23
The free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, the beloved market stretches across two blocks of F Street between 7th and 9th streets. Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music performed live in the background. Locally roasted coffee and crafted-before-your-eyes mini-doughnuts inspire a cold-weather appetite, creating a holiday atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in DC.
12-8 p.m. daily |  Free admission
F Street between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington, DC


A Family Christmas – Dec. 24
The Choral Arts Chorus and Youth Choir come to Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall for the performance of classic holiday carols and seasonal favorites. The entire family is invited to enjoy this festive celebration of the winter holidays at 11 a.m. on Christmas Eve.
11 a.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


ZooLights – Through Dec. 30
Back at the Zoo for 2022! Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. The free event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. Environmentally friendly LED lights and dozens of glowing animal lanterns transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland.
Free Admission |  More Info
Smithsonian's National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008


The Washington Ballet presents The Nutcracker – Through Dec. 30
The Washington Ballet pulls out all the stops for this classic Christmas tale that features a special DC twist. The Russian ballet goes local thanks to a Nutcracker Prince in the likeness of George Washington and cherry blossom set designs. Set in historical 1882 Georgetown, you will be dazzled by an impressive roster of dancers and the beautiful Tchaikovsky score.
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


New Year’s Eve with Rare Essence & Trouble Funk – Dec. 31
DC’s historic Howard Theatre knows how to welcome in the new year, District-style. Two of the city’s most beloved go-go bands, Rare Essence and Trouble Funk, will ring in 2023 and take your celebration to the next level with their electric takes on the city’s official music.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Ford's Theater Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol – Through Dec. 31
Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace assumes the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a lavish Victorian-style musical production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, the staging of which is a time-honored holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. Scrooge’s riveting journey alongside the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is a joy even if you’ve experienced it a hundred times before – especially in one of the world’s most historic theaters.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Intersections: Jonathan Monaghan – Through Dec. 31
The latest showcase in The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series highlights the work of Jonathan Monaghan. Move the Way you Want blends aspects of ancient mythology and today’s digital age to reflect the tensions of our commercialized lifestyle. The site-specific installation features imagery, Gothic-like archways and lavish Baroque-like windows to frame a present-day beach scene with abandoned scooters and bikes, Pelotons and hi-tech gadgets. The exhibit also features a video projection and works from the Phillips’ permanent collection.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Enchant at Nationals Park – Through Jan. 1, 2023
Enchant Christmas, which features a beloved light maze, will make its home in DC at the gorgeous Nationals Park from Thanksgiving weekend through the new year. Visitors can also expect ice skating trails, a holiday village with products from local businesses and a kids’ play place. There’s going to be plenty of Instagram-friendly settings and holiday spirit at this one-of-a-kind installation.
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003


The Tempest – Through Jan. 1, 2023
Shakespeare’s magical part-fairy tale, part-romance, adapted by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller fame), makes its regional debut. Experience this tale of betrayal, reconciliation and love as Prospero’s island is transformed into a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement through imaginative staging.
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway Bethesda, MD 20814


Season's Greenings – Through Jan. 2, 2023
as part of its free Season's Greenings celebration, the U.S. Botanic Garden will feature G-gauge model circulating through agricultural displays made from plant parts, new plant-based landmarks including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the National Gallery of Art's East Building. Throughout the Terrace Gardens and Bartholdi Gardens, trees and shrubs will feature string lights, festive evergreens and six large plant-based sculptures of pollinators. A gift store run by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden and local D.C. small business Rewild will offer a variety of botanically themed gifts for purchase in the Conservatory's West Gallery. Note that the Botanic Garden will be closed on Christmas Day.

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U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001


Sargent and Spain  Through Jan. 2, 2023
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is among the most influential American painters considered to be the finest portrait artist by many critics of his era. The National Gallery of Art collects 120 of the painter’s works, including rarely exhibited watercolors, oils and drawings, that focus on his time in Spain. The artist’s fascination with the country – including the breathtaking island of Majorca – is beautifully communicated through pictures of everyday life, architectural studies, landscapes, marine scenes and much more. Sargent and Spain also features 28 never-before-published photographs taken by the artist himself.


Spectacular Factory – Through Jan. 8, 2023
Step inside a multiverse of holiday magic and wonder at the incredible ARTECHOUSE. Float among giant jingle bells, take a spin in the candy cane carousel, assemble magical holiday gifts via the ARTECHOUSE XR app, enjoy specialty holiday-themed cocktails augmented by enchanting XR experiences and much more.
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


DC Holiday Lights – Through Jan. 8, 2023
Neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital are adorning their “main streets” with colorful lights in celebration of the holiday season. Additionally, vendors in each neighborhood will offer holiday specials and promotions to encourage local shopping. You can enjoy this holiday cheer in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street and Woodley Park, among other locales.


Vermeer’s Secrets – Through Jan. 8, 2023
In total, only 35 paintings by Johannes Vermeer are known today. The National Gallery of Art owns four of them. For decades, curators, conservators and scientists have researched the quartet of paintings by the 17th-century Dutch artist as well as two other works now considered to be forgeries from the 20th century. The Gallery now offers 50 years of imaging technology and microscopic examination in Vermeer’s Secrets, sharing unique findings about the artist’s dazzling technique and revolutionizing our understanding of him in the process.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out – Through Jan. 8, 2023
The National Children’s Museum invites you to explore the world of Pixar’s smash hit animated film, Inside Out, at a new exhibit set to run throughout the fall and winter. Visitors can experience the role that memories, emotions and the imagination play in our everyday lives. Interactive digital experiences will feature the characters from the movie who come to represent our five core emotions. The exhibit is recommended for kids ages 2-10.
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National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Living in Two Times: Photography by Bahman Jalali and Rana Javadi – Through 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


Georgetown GLOW – Through Jan. 22, 2023
Beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving, you can stroll through DC’s most historic neighborhood to see jaw-dropping illuminated artworks. Georgetown GLOW is a holiday hit in the District, a celebration of holiday-themed artistry. Participants range from locally renowned to internationally celebrated, while their works gorgeously adorn outdoor spaces throughout Georgetown.
5-10 p.m. nightly |  Free admission


Into the Woods – Through Jan. 29, 2023
Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up musical comes to Virginia’s Signature Theatre. A baker and his wife want to reverse a witch’s curse so that they can have a child together. However, their quest becomes much more complicated, with Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, Cinderella and Rapunzel all eventually getting involved. A beautiful score highlights this darkly humorous journey into the imagination.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206


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 features 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


An Italian Impressionist in Paris – Through Feb. 12, 2023
The marvelous work of Italian Impressionist painter Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884) receives the exhibition treatment on U.S. soil for the first time at the Phillips Collection in DC this November. Although not well known outside of his home country, De Nittis’ work has become essential to understanding the upheavals of 1870s Paris, as his urban tableaus showcased a cultured and economically successful city undergoing transformation. The exhibit will also present new research detailing the artist’s friendships with Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet as well as his early collaborations in Naples with a young Gustave Caillebotte.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South – Through March 26, 2023
The National Gallery of Art invites visitors to enjoy more than 40 paintings, assemblages, sculptures and drawings from essential Black artists, including Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Mary T. Smith, Purvis Young, James “Son Ford” Thomas and many more. Incredible quilts made from scraps of fabric and old clothing crafted by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are also on display as part of an in-depth look at the significance of cultural and spiritual traditions on some of the finest contemporary art.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur – Through May 14, 2023
Immersive paintings transport you to the Indian court of Udaipur circa 1700 via this stunning exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. Paintings on a range of materials – including paper and cloth – bring your imagination to far-off lands to see palaces, lakes and mountains. See how artists of the time period depicted emotions, celebrated the natural world and built communities in the rapidly changing environment of South Asia.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection – Through June 14, 2023
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 displays 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. The popular exhibit has been extended through the spring of 2023 and beginning Nov. 9, next-day online ticket distribution will be available. Visit the Hirshhorn's website for more information.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces – Through Nov. 30, 2023
All the way back to the American Revolution, Native Americans have served in the U.S. armed forces, often in extraordinary numbers. The National Museum of the American explores the phenomenon of the Indigenous commitment to the U.S. military, from being drafted to the pursuit of employment or education to tribal traditions and treaty commitments.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Kinship – Through Jan. 7, 2024
The National Portrait Gallery uses more than 40 artworks by eight contemporary artists, including Jessica Todd Harper, Thomas Holton, Njideka Anukyili Crosby and Sedrick Huckaby, to showcase the importance of “kinship” and the relationships that bond us. Through multiple mediums, the pieces explore intergenerational dynamics, gender roles, responses to life and death and so much more.
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


A Window Suddenly Opens: Contemporary Photography in China – Through Jan. 7, 2024
The Hirshhorn’s first survey of photography by leading multigenerational Chinese artists from the 1990s through the 2000s will feature 186 artworks, 141 of which are a landmark promised gift to the museum from Chinese art collector Larry Warsh. The exhibition’s title (drawn from a 1997 publication) celebrates the shift of photography from a realistic art to a conceptual one. Featured artists include Cang Xin, Cao Fei, Chen Shaoxiong, Cui Xiuwen, Gu Dexin, Hai Bo and Hong Hao.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


All American: The Power of Sports – Through Jan. 7, 2024
The National Archives' new 3,000-square-foot exhibit showcases more than 75 items including original records, artifacts and photographs that showcase how American sports unite, teach and inspire us. Highlights include original sports equipment and jerseys used by icons, early 20th-century tobacco baseball cards, rare trophies, photos, letters and much more. The exhibit is located in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery and is free to visit.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Archives Museum, 701 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408


Visit new galleries at the National Air and Space Museum
After an extensive renovation, DC’s National Air and Space Museum reopens on the National Mall. Eight new galleries of the transformed museum will be shared for the first time, including displays such as America by Air, Destination Moon, Early Flight and Nation of Speed. Please note that free timed passes will be required and will be available to reserve beginning Sept. 14. Visit the museum’s website for more information.
National Air and Space Museum, 655 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560


Check out Phase II of The Wharf
DC’s Southwest Waterfront development has launched its second phase for you to enjoy throughout 2023. There’s the new Pendry Hotel, a 1.5-acre park at Marshall Park Landing, 95,000 square feet of retail space and a wealth of new restaurants that are opening on a rolling basis. The list includes Philippe Chow’s Beijing-style restaurant, Lucky Buns, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Bartaco, Blank Street Coffee, Hell’s Kitchen and Fish & Chips from Gordon Ramsay, Kinfolk Southern Kitchen, Limani, Milk and Honey, Slice of Matchbox and Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream.


Visit the Rubell Museum
The Rubells’ second museum draws from the family’s extensive collection of contemporary sculptures, paintings, photographs and videos. The 32,000-square-foot space also offers activations, a bookstore and a café with indoor and outdoor dining.
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Rubell Museum, 65 I Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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