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Calendar of Events
Check out upcoming spring events, performances, festivals and exhibitions, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Passport DC.
John F. Kennedy Center/June 12-Sept. 16
The toast of Broadway hip-hops into DC. Tickets are scarce but there is no shortage of themed exhibits across town, including displays at the National Museum of American History, Anderson House, the National Archives, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the National Postal Museum.
Non-fiction films bring challenging subjects from education to the environment to life. The event engages national opinion leaders with filmmakers in post-screening panels.
By The People
The inaugural edition of Halcyon’s inclusive arts and innovation festival promises performances, panels, art installations and a virtual reality art scavenger hunt.
Baselitz: Six Decades
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden/June 21-Sept. 16
A milestone exhibition of 100 works by Germany’s celebrated George Baselitz on his 80th Birthday.
Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle
Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th & 14th streets NW/June 23-24
The slow-smoked tradition draws passionate and professional grillers in Penn Quarter.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall/June 27-July 1; July 4-8
The 51st edition of this multicultural festival spotlights Armenia and Catalonia in song, sports, food arts, storytelling, craft and dance.
A Capitol Fourth
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol/July 4
The nationally televised concert will feature Broadway greats, pop stars, TV personalities and sports champions alongside the National Symphony Orchestra.
National Building Museum/July 4-Sept. 3
Stimulate the senses at Fun House, a collection of rooms outfitted with varied installations conceived by noted New York design firm Snarkitecture.
Capital Fringe Festival
A celebration of stage and street theater with 100 new madcap works, centered on H Street NE.
2018 MLB All-Star Week
Nationals Park/July 13-17
Major League Baseball celebrates America’s pastime in the nation’s capital for the first time in nearly 50 years. Among the highlights: the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game™ on July 14, the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day™ and the T-Mobile Home Run Derby® on July 16 and of course, the 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 17. MLB® All-Star FanFest® (July 13-17) will be hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Arena Stage/July 13-Aug. 19
From the Tony Award-winning team behind Legally Blonde and Mean Girls: The Musical comes a world-premiere musical based on another beloved film comedy. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief.
Brew at the Zoo
National Zoological Park/July 20
Friends of the National Zoo welcome 60 American microbreweries to their Rock Creek Park campus for tastings.
Citi Open Tennis Classic
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center/July 28-Aug. 5
Sloane Stephens, John Isner and world number one Caroline Wozniacki have committed to play the 50th edition of DC’s ATP “500” level tournament for men and WTA International Level play for women.
Free For All: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare Theatre Company/Aug. 21-Sept. 2
A Washington summer tradition, the 28th edition of the free feature brings the most famous love story in the Western canon to life.
National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center/Sept. 1
The Library of Congress’ celebration of literature welcomes 100-plus authors, including Amy Tan, David Eggers, Ron Chernow and Jacqueline Woodsen, to read and discuss their work.
Labor Day Concert
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol/Sept. 3
The outdoor concert from the National Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Kennedy Center’s 2018-2019 performing arts season.
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