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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.

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.

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

  • Through Sunday, March 3, 2019

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.

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The Debut - The Birth of a Superstar: Hear the program that catapulted Leonard Bernstein into the spotlight.

The Music Center at Strathmore

Classical WETA is proud to be the media partner of The Debut, with FM Host James Jacobs introducing the concert from the stage.

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Wolf Trap 2019 Summer Performances

Wolf Trap, Filene Center

Wolf Trap has announced the first set of Summer 2019 performances! Tickets for summer shows including American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, the NSO conducted by Noseda performing Tchaikovsky & Beethoven, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville presented by the Wolf Trap Opera and more are available to the public on Saturday, February 23. A full list of shows is available at WOLFTRAP.org.

Black History Screen Printing

Alexandria Black history museum

The Mobile Art Lab partners with Alexandria’s Black History Museum, to offer free tote and t-shirt screen printing*; with special designs from artist Sardar Aziz and others. *While supplies last.

Categories: Arts

"Light in the Darkness" by The Arlington Chorale

Westover Baptist Church

Join The Arlington Chorale for "Light in the Darkness" - a diverse selection of songs to warm the soul and lighten the spirit.

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

Alexandria's Big Band Winter Bash

Del Ray United Methodist Church

Get ready to hear some of the BIGGEST #1 hits, by the BIGGEST stars, in Alexandria’s fun-filled BIG BAND Winter Bash. The FREE event is from 4 to 5 pm on Saturday, February 23, at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave. It features the Alexandria Citizens Swing Band.

Categories: Music: Other

Anderson Dance Studio Youth Dance Classes

Anderson Dance Studio

Join Anderson Dance Studio for weekly, youth dance classes on Saturdays for ages 2-18.  

Categories: Dance, Family Oriented

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival: Border by Jane Franklin Dance

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Experiences and perspective on bias told through personal stories, movement and visual art.

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

Chamber Music Concert

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

All Winds Chamber Music Concert by the DC Chamber Musicians

Coffee with the Curator

National Sporting Library and Museum

Join NSLM for a very special edition of Coffee with the Curator, in celebration of Sidesaddle, 1690-1935!

Categories: Arts, Discussion, Exhibits

Delphi Trio: Among Friends

Dumbarton Church

Delphi Trio's program, “Among Friends,” is an intimate conversation, exploring the ability of both music and friendship to reveal inner emotional worlds.

Categories: Music: Classical

EatLoco One Loudoun Farmers Market

One Loudoun

The One Loudoun Marketplace is open every Saturday morning from 9:00am-1:00pm year-round. With live music, food trucks and can’t-miss vendors, EatLoCo One Loudoun Marketplace is the perfect way to greet the weekend in Loudoun County.

Family Program

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Family Program February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Learn about Congressional Gold Medals that have been presented to honor the achievements of African American leaders, artists, and athletes. Then create your own gold medal based on notable events and individuals in our history.

Family Program

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Family Program February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Learn about Congressional Gold Medals that have been presented to honor the achievements of African American leaders, artists, and athletes. Then create your own gold medal based on notable events and individuals in our history.

From Burnout to Balance

Meditation Museum

We usually seek to gain balance by managing our time and tasks more efficiently. But still there always too many tasks and too little time. We need to find a deeper level of balance, one that is balm to the burnt out being. Only from a different consciousness altogether can we find the flow and invoke the forces which help us achieve what we need to and let go of what we don't.

Gallery 209 Art and Craft Show

Gallery 209

Fine Art and Craft Show at Gallery 209 in Rockville, Md., plus a free 'Sketchbook Workshop"

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Gallery Exhibit: Musicalia

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

The Arts Barn's professional art gallery exhibits the region’s most accomplished artists, including painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramic artists, photographers, and more. Artwork is original and available for purchase.

Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Gallery Exhibit: Sports Photography - "Our Moments in Time!"

Bohrer Park Activity Center

Four Montgomery County, MD freelance sports photojournalists team up to present their reflections on the stories behind their sporting news images in an exhibit called “Our Moments in Time!”.  

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Gin Dance Company Presents 'NEXT' at the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater

Come and have a unique cultural experience with GDC Artistic Director, Shu-Chen Cuff’s work ‘We, The Moon, The Sun’ – an Asian culturally influenced work combining Chinese Opera movements and modern dance and ‘200 Feet’ inspired by author Jack Canfield’s teachings.

Girl Scouts - Nova Fencing Club, Fencing Fun Patch

Nova Fencing Club

Cheer for your troop members, as you learn to fence. An 1.5 hour class in the discipline of epee introduces your Scouts to the sport of fencing.

Categories: Other Events

Hamlet Replayed

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Hamlet is knee-deep in a personal and political quagmire. His father, the king, has been murdered by his uncle Claudius, who has hastily married his sister-in-law to assume the throne.

Categories: Arts, Theater

Huckleberry Finn's Big River

Adventure Theatre

This empathetic revision of Broadway’s Tony-Winning Musical will lift your spirit.

Huckleberry Finn's Big River

Adventure Theatre

This empathetic revision of Broadway’s Tony-Winning Musical will lift your spirit.

Huckleberry Finn's Big River

Adventure Theatre

This empathetic revision of Broadway’s Tony-Winning Musical will lift your spirit.

I Love You Because | Free Range Humans

BlackRock Center for the Arts

Recalling the heady heyday of Broadway musical comedy with as much joy, verve, and color as it toasts New York, I LOVE YOU BECAUSE is as feisty, friendly, and funny a musical comedy as seem in ages.

Immersive Multimedia Exhibition: Everything in Existence by fuse*

ARTECHOUSE

Become a part of something bigger. Everything in Existence is the first solo North American exhibition for the award-winning and internationally-recognized studio fuse*.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jiří Kolář (1912-2002): Forms of Visual Poetry

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

This exhibition is dedicated to one of the most remarkable Czech poets and visual artists associated with Modernism, Jiří Kolář (1914-2002). During the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, Kolář encountered considerable challenges, including a prison sentence for the critical stance towards the system expressed in his poetry.

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

John E. Marlow Guitar Series - Berta Rojas

Westmoreland Congregational Church

John E. Marlow Guitar Series presents Berta Rojas (Paraguay)

Laugh Riot at Positano-Live Comedy Show Saturdays in Bethesda,MD-$15 cash cover

Positano Italian Restaurant

A standup comedy show hosted at Positano's Restaurant with local comedians from 8:00-9:30 with a $10 cash admission. 

Michael B. Platt + Carol A. Beane: Influences and Connections

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

This exhibition is a collaborative offering from one of Washington’s most prolific pairs; an offering of visibility from one world into another. Inspired by the ancestral stories told by the indigenous keepers of Australia’s most sacred grounds, Platt and Beane fuse poetic image with word. The union culminates in an aesthetic experience of the human spirit that that transcends time, place, and identity. 

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Music at Paint Branch Concert Series - Jim Olson Jazz Group

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church

Come see the Jim Olson Jazz Group play in our beautiful meeting house. Stay for the reception afterwards and meet the artists. This is a free event!

Categories: Music: Other, Free

Nancy at Ninety: A Retrospective of Form and Color

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

This retrospective of seven decades of the work of Washington, DC sculptor Nancy Frankel celebrates her ninetieth birthday in 2019.

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Neil Simon's Plaza Suite

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

In partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group

Categories: Theater

Nell Gwynn

Folger Shakespeare Library

By Jessica Swale

Directed by Robert Richmond

Categories: Theater

New Beginnings Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"New Beginnings" art exhibit (February 1-24, 2019) – The EPA estimates 75% of waste is recyclable, but only 30% is. Visit Del Ray Artisans gallery to see artwork created by reuse. These creations incorporate found objects, recycled materials or older works of art. Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 7-9pm. View the exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Exhibit details, plus information on four special workshops at www.DelRayArtisans.org/event/new-beginnings

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Out of the Woods: Julia Purinton

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Partnership presents an exhibition of landscape paintings by Julia Purinton.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Perry Hall Folk Music Night, featuring The Tool Shed

Perry Hall United Methodist Church

Monthly Open Mic Folk Music Night, this month featuring The Tool Shed 

Categories: Music: Other

Persona Practice: Melanie Ruston

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

In her newest body of work, “Persona Practice,” Melanie Ruston pinpoints intimate moments within different types of human relationships, including one's relationship with oneself.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Play In A Day

Imagination Stage

Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. The plays will be presented at the 15th annual Play In A Day, a one of a kind theater event on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8pm at Imagination Stage.

Categories: Theater, Arts

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

Saturday Morning at The National: Meet Dr. King

The National Theatre

Part of Saturday Morning at The National, a series of free programs that help engage and inspire young minds through music, dancing, playing, learning, and discovering with interactive performances.

Saturday Morning at The National: Meet Dr. King

The National Theatre

Part of Saturday Morning at The National, a series of free programs that help engage and inspire young minds through music, dancing, playing, learning, and discovering with interactive performances.

Science Saturday at the National Law Enforcement Museum

National Law Enforcement Museum

Join educators in the Learning Center for a fun-filled afternoon of fiber tests, DIY magnifiers, and more.

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither  

Arena Players

The Arena Players Gallery & Exhibition Space is showing its latest exhibition, Storypiece: Documentary Story Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither,  December 15th, 2018 through February 28th, 2019.  This collection spans from her personal mentors to Baltimore history and icons from the wider African American community. 

Categories: Arts, History, Exhibits

The Addams Family Musical

Chalice Theatre - Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Chalice Theatre presents The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy.

Categories: Theater

The American Craft Show

Baltimore Convention Center

In its 45th year, the American Craft Show returns to Baltimore for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade.

The Apollo Orchestra with WNO Young Artists

Church of the Epiphany

The Apollo Orchestra will feature Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in selections from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella, and Orchestral Songs. The program will end with the orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's emotional Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique." Free admission.

Categories: Free, Music: Classical

The Gifts of Tony Podesta

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

This first major exhibition drawn from our Corcoran Legacy Collection features strong and provocative photography and sculpture donated by Tony Podesta over the past decade to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, now part of the American University Museum’s holdings.

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

The Music of Portia Washington Pittman

Marietta House Museum

The Music of Portia Washington Pittman. The only daughter of Booker T. Washington, she had become an accomplished pianist by age ten. She completed her studies in music and made her concert debut in Washington, DC in May 1908. She married architect William Sidney Pittman in October 1907. Historian, Susan Pearl, will discuss Portia's music career.

Trio Romantica

Montgomery College

Montgomery College performing Arts Series presents
Trio Romantica, free concert, Saturday, February 23, 7:30 pm. Sally Mclain, violin, Eric Kutz, cello, Lily Chang, piano. Recital Hall, Music department, Montgomery College, 51 Manakee st. Rockville, Md 20850.Romantic music by Bruch, Dubios, Stravingsky and Bach. concert, 301-933-3715

Victorian Lyric Opera Company presents "The Gondoliers"

Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

VLOC's 40th season!

Victorian Lyric Opera Company presents "The Gondoliers"

Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

VLOC's 40th season!

Washington Sinfonietta Presents Beethoven: Classic and Heroic

The Falls Church Episcopal

The Washington Sinfonietta, Washington D.C.'s premiere chamber orchestra, presents a program of all Beethoven music in a beautiful, historic church.

What Words Can’t Say: Irene Clouthier

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

The Partnership presents an exhibition of sculptural work by Irene Clouthier. In Clouthier’s work she explores and creates new spaces, environments, strange relationships between scale, objects, backgrounds and the universe that unfold by shifting those elements coming from an existing object or space.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Winter Fun Days

Sully Historic Site

Fight the winter blues at Sully Historic Site with a day of fun games and exciting learning activities you can do with your family the next time you’re snowed in.

Categories: Family Oriented

Winter Workshops at the Arts Barn

Arts Barn of Gaithersburg

Winter workshops offered at the Arts Barn

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection presents the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana). This long-overdue exhibition examines the artist’s prolific yet largely unknown career that spans almost 70 years, featuring more than 60 works including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, and sculptural pieces, alongside illustrations, design sketches, and ephemera.

Categories: Arts, International, Exhibits

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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