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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.

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

  • Through Friday, August 30, 2019

Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Visitors can experience nature in motion as butterflies soar throughout the conservatory.

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"Black and White" featured at Gallery Clarendon in July

Gallery Clarendon Art Experience

"Black and White" featured at Gallery Clarendon in July

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

2019 Capital Fringe Festival

Southwest Waterfront Neighborhood

The Capital Fringe Festival is once again taking over SW DC this summer!

2019 Capital Fringe Festival Curated Series Presents A People’s History by Mike Daisey

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Mike Daisey presents his most epic work—eighteen different full-length monologues that stretch over thirty hours, weaving together two very different versions of American history, as a part of the Capital Fringe Festival Curated Series.

2019 Capital Fringe Festival Curated Series Presents Arcade by Robin Bell

Arcade

The Arcade is an interactive projection and video installation where teams compete to win a SW DC entertainment and dining package.

2019 Capital Fringe Festival Curated Series Presents Hat Pin Panic by Iris Dauterman

Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

Set in Chicago, Illinois in the early twentieth century, five women defend themselves from street harassment using a common accessory for the period, the hat pin.

2019 Capital Fringe Festival Curated Series Presents Shakespeare’s Worst by Mike Reiss and Nick Newlin

Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

A community theatre troupe attempts to put on Two Gentlemen of Verona, known in Shakespeare’s canon as the play where the dog steals the scene.

2019 Solo Exhibition: Julia Kwon

Target Gallery

In this competitive opportunity, one artist is selected by a jury panel for an opportunity at a solo show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

America InSight: Verbal Description Tours

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join a docent-led tour designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Categories: Arts, Tours, Free

Apollo 50 Festival

National Mall

Join the National Air and Space Museum and NASA for the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall, an outdoor celebration of the first Moon landing. At the Apollo 50 Festival’s stage and 20 tented display’s visitors can enjoy:

--Hands-on exhibits and activities from exhibitors like NASA, Boeing, Raytheon, The LEGO Group, and PBS's Ready Jet Go!

--Live performances on stage by Ready Jet Go! featuring costumed characters

--Exciting speakers including Adam Savage, ISS astronauts, authors, and NASA scientists and engineers, with more special guests to be announced 

For more info please visit: https://airandspace.si.edu/events/apollo-50-festival

ART + TECH Exhibition: Infinite Space by Refik Anadol

ARTECHOUSE

ARTECHOUSE ushers you into Infinite Space by Refik Anadol this Summer. Get ready to open your senses to the endless transformation and infinite possibilities at the intersection of man and machine.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Backyard Theater for Kids

The Music Center at Strathmore

Enrich your little ones' summer mornings with sunshine, music, and laughter at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Kids.

Backyard Theater for Kids

The Music Center at Strathmore

Enrich your little ones' summer mornings with sunshine, music, and laughter at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Kids.

Blast-in-the-Past, 8th Annual!

Montpelier Mansion

Montpelier’s grounds become a kid-sized colonial village! Come for an hour, or stay for the day. 
Drop in, and win a free pass by joining Prince George’s County Memorial Library System's “Summer @ Your Library” program! 

Capital Arts Collective

Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Join us at Capital Arts Collective, Downtown DC’s pop–up arts market. Shop the best finds by local creatives and enjoy a curated selection of items – from arts and crafts to jewelry and handmade wares, come out and support homegrown artisans!

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

Capital Book Fest

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Event: Capital Book Fest

Where: Woodrow Wilson Plaza (1300 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC 20005)

When: July 18 from 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Categories: Books & Authors

Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014

The Kreeger Museum

The Kreeger Museum presents Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014, exploring the work of Charles Hinman, an abstract painter who pioneered three-dimensional, shaped canvasses during the 1960s.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen

National Sporting Library & Museum

Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen centers on a unique decorative object from the NSLM’s permanent collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Dumbarton at Dusk: Jane Austen Garden Party

Dumbarton House

Come see Dumbarton House with the ambiance of Dumbarton at Dusk!

Dumbarton at Dusk — Jane Austen Garden Party

Dumbarton House

As we celebrate the works of Jane Austen with our annual Jane Austen Film Festival, we invite you to enjoy a Jane Austen Garden Party featuring period lawn games and Austen inspired crafts.

Categories: Free, History

Escape from Between the Lines: Jeanne McManus and Sara Maddox

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Art Walk & Opening Reception: Friday, July 5, 6pm - 8pm

Featuring paintings by Jeanne McManus and Sara Maddox. McManus and Maddox have escaped the narrow, black-and-white lines of professional editing and writing to find a world of color, concept, and experimentation.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Exhibition: Adriana Monsalve, "Diaspora Diction"

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University

Fenwick Gallery presents Diaspora Diction, an exhibition of photography from artist and publisher Adriana Monsalve. The exhibition will run from May 28 through July 26, 2019, with an opening artist’s talk and reception on May 28 at 2:00pm in Fenwick Library.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

EyeSoar- Capital Fringe Festival

St. Matthews Lutheran Church

EyeSoar is an audio, video, and movement-based performance, EyeSoar captures the evolving space, people, and organizations in this industrial neighborhood performed at the Capital Fringe Festival.

Family Program July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Moments from U.S. history are seen in art all around the Capitol. Step into the shoes of a member of Congress and decide which 20th century images should be added to the “Frieze of American History” in the Rotunda.

Family Program July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Moments from U.S. history are seen in art all around the Capitol. Step into the shoes of a member of Congress and decide which 20th century images should be added to the “Frieze of American History” in the Rotunda.

Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center

The Printmaking Legacy Project’s® first national print exhibition, Forward Press: 21st Century Printmaking features ten innovative print artists from across the country who employ the finest examples of hand printed and digital techniques. They explore themes of culture, identity, religion, environment, memory, and art history.

Categories: Arts, Free

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 3 p.m. Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits the Old Senate Chamber and Emancipation Hall.

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 tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. Get a pass at the North Information Desk. Tours begin at the benches by the Slave Labor Commemorative Marker. 45 minutes.

Please inquire about visiting the Senate Gallery. Separate passes are available from your senators’ offices.

Categories: History, Arts, Tours

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 tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. Get a pass at the North Information Desk. Tours begin at the benches by the Slave Labor Commemorative Marker. 45 minutes.

Please inquire about visiting the Senate Gallery. Separate passes are available from your senators’ offices.

Categories: History, Arts, Tours

It's cool but "Hot!" at Gallery Underground in July

Gallery Underground

July Exhibit at Gallery Underground

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Jane Franklin Dance Summer Camp (Ages 5-12)

Theatre on the Run

Jane Franklin Dance SUMMER Camp for ages 5 - 12 builds physical skill and creativity through movement, theatre, and visual art. The five-day camps includes dance technique and creative movement, visual art projects, outdoor trips to a nearby park, performance practice and a concluding performance at the end of the week.

Categories: Arts, Dance

Library of Congress Concerts on the Lawn: Elena & Los Fulanos

Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building)- North Lawn

The Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts present a taste of the local D.C music scene. This year’s lineup promises to energize audiences of all ages inviting them to dance to the incredible sounds of jazz, go-go, Latin folk music, salsa, West African music, and hip hop. Join us for a great miniseries: the Brent Birckhead Quartet, Latin folk band Elena & Los Fulanos, animé-inspired and hip-hop artists Shing02 and Fat Jon, D.C.’s hometown band ENTATY Music, KanKouran West African Dance Company and salsa and jazz artist, Verny Varela.

If you think a free summer concert is great, we have a terrific package to offer… LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn. Following each of our concerts, LOC will present a screening of an iconic film from the Library’s National Film Registry. This series is being presented as part of the Library’s 2019 programming theme, explore America’s changemakers.

Kids, we have a special treat for you! The series kicks off with Walt Disney’s first live-action movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Mary Poppins and ends with Jurassic Park. So bring the entire family and enjoy a great evening at the Library of Congress.

Find us on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Enjoy a fun Thursday evening at an incredible location. Come early! Spots on the lawn fill up fast. Bring a blanket, picnic and great company, the rest is on us.

You can register online to receive updates, but tickets are not required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

NSLMology: Science of Sporting Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

This Spring, NSLM melds art with science to create NSLMology, an exhibition for explorers of all ages! Visitors are invited to experience scientific principles within three centuries of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and hands-on activities. Get up close and personal with the physics of locomotion and identify meteorological patterns, ecology, the science of colors, and even chemistry.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Ranjani Shettar: Earth Songs for a Night Sky

The Phillips Collection

'Earth Songs for a Night Sky' is a multi-faceted project by Ranjani Shettar (b. 1977, Bangalore, India). Drawing from her environment in rural India, Shettar has created hand-carved wood sculptures and a multi-part piece that wraps up the gallery walls.

Categories: Arts, International

Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre: Young Frankenstein

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre

It's alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks' monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Squire Broel

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center

A selection of Broel’s life-sized to monumentally-sized totemic bronze sculptures creates space for reflection and contemplation about what it means to be human, be engaged as an individual within community, and interact intentionally with the natural world. In his series of vertically oriented structures, Broel references tangible and intangible notions that resonate universally: botanical and architectural structures, environmental rhythms, physical and emotional solitude.

Categories: Arts, Free

Summer Exhibitions at the American University Museum

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center

Five new exhibitions on view June 15-August 11

- Passages: Keith Morrison, 1999-2019
- Being Here as ME- New Media Art Exhibition of Women Artists from Taiwan 
- Maia Cruz Palileo 
- Crossing Boundaries & Breaking Borders: DMV Printmaking presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art
Plans to Prosper You: Reflections of Black Resistance and Resilience in Montgomery County’s Potomac River Valley

Categories: Arts, Free

Take 5! with Integriti Reeves

Smithsonian American Art Museum Kogod Courtyard

Vocalist Integriti Reeves celebrates the great Nat "King" Cole.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman's Message of Islam (Exhibition)

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

SQCC hosts an exhibition touring the world promoting religious tolerance, mutual understanding, and peaceful coexistence. The summer exhibit offers insights into the practice of Islam and the role of women in contemporary Omani society.

Categories: Exhibits, International, Free

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is fluttering with butterflies at the seasonal Wings of Fancy Butterfly and Caterpillar exhibit. Visitors can experience nature in motion as butterflies soar throughout the conservatory.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

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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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