Things to do the week of June 21-24
As the city reopens, we've gathered up some things to do, including safe in-person activities as well as virtual events going on this week in Washington, DC. As always, you can check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours, neighborhood tours, TV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bent, DC-inspired music playlists, Washington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds and much more.
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Visit reopened DC museums
Many of DC's most beloved museums have reopened their doors with capacity limits, timed tickets and safety policies in place. The wondrous list of reopenings includes the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Archives Building, the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the National Building Museum and Tudor Place. Check out our What's Open page to see what other DC locales you can visit this month.
Sarah Irvin: A Group of Related Things
Culture House DC showcases this exhibition in partnership with Massey Klein Gallery on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. and by appointment. A Group of Related Things is a survey of Sarah Irvin’s work of the last five years, including drawings, alternative photography, video and sculpture. Each piece touches on Irvin’s experience caring for her child, incorporating a range of political, philosophical, societal and generational themes in the process. Appointments are available through July 17.
Culture House DC, 700 Delaware Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
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.
Neal Place at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
June Family Days at ARTECHOUSE – Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June
Families that book a visit at DC’s ARTECHOUSE through the link above will receive special pricing along with an activity guide inspired by the attraction’s original interactive exhibition, Renewal 2121. The installation transports you 100 years into the future and immerses you 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. Through the limited Family Days offer, single tickets are just $17 and Family Packages are $60.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
Avant Garden: Viral Art Project
The Avant Garden at Culture House DC showcases the Viral Art Project. Hundreds of artists from around the world, including famous designers, professionals, students, children and more, created posters that raise awareness of the struggles faced over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outdoor installation is free to view.
Avant Garden at Culture House DC, 700 Delaware Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend – Final Week
The National Museum of Women in the Arts features this fascinating exhibit from textile artist Sonya Clark, renowned for her work in mixed media that addresses Blackness, history and identity. This first survey of her 25-year career offers her most acclaimed sculptures, including pieces made from currency, beads, cotton plants, pencils, a hair salon chair and much more. In total, 100 works of art are highlighted in the exhibit, focusing on themes of labor, language, heritage and visibility. Tatter, Bristle, and Mend is open through this Sunday, June 27. Timed tickets are required for museum entry. For more details about visiting, check out the museum’s website.
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday, 12-5 p.m. | Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
Blindness – Extended Through July 3
Based on a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago, this production from Shakespeare Theatre Company deals with the disturbing premise of a pandemic that causes blindness. A recorded audio performance by Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson mixes with an intense sound and light installation to create a story of government indifference of paranoia that turns into a cry of hope and resilience. The actor-less installation is limited to 40 guests at a time inside Sidney Harman Hall.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Animal Wisdom – Final Week
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company teamed up with American Conservatory Theater to present this special on-demand performance of Heather Christian’s “one-of-a-kind opus”. Animal Wisdom is a sort of musical séance, a film that allows singer/songwriter/soothsayer Heather Christian to lay to rest the souls that haunt her. She shifts shapes from rock star to priestess to folklorist, a riveting performance that digs into family mythology and the notion of ghosts. The show will stream through this Sunday.
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, 2021.
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
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