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Long Lead Inspiration
Map editorial calendars with story inspiration, from special exhibitions to festivals, through 2019.
Washington Nationals Home Opener vs. New York Mets
Nationals Park/April 5
Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography
Newseum/April 6 – Jan. 20, 2019
Seven decades of award-winning images capture the major moments, people and events that have defined our times.
Arena Stage/April 13 – May 20
The world premiere of a bluegrass musical based on Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. The lesson, things are rarely as they seem, is told in a tale about a childless couple who are visited by a mysterious girl and her fox companion in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. In 2015, Arena incubated Dear Evan Hansen and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat in advance of their Broadway debuts.
Smithsonian Craft Show
National Building Museum/April 26-29
This four-day show features 120 juried craft artists showing and selling their wares.
A monthlong journey through DC’s international pathways invites celebrants to explore the offerings by more than 70 embassies and 40 cultural organizations. Among the unique and most popular events are the Embassy Row open houses, an invitation to trip to sovereign soil. In 2016, more than 235,000 people engaged with Passport DC.
National Museum of Natural History/Opens May 16, 2018
An examination of disease in the modern world prompted by the Ebola outbreak, heightened by the Zika epidemic and coinciding with the centennial of the Spanish influenza pandemic, the program is designed to raise public awareness by considering the interconnectedness of human health.
Smithsonian National Zoo/May 17
Local restaurants serve gourmet cuisine and fine wines at the National Zoo.
DC Bike Ride
Bike 20 miles on a closed-road scenic ride throughout Washington, DC.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens/June 9 – Dec. 31
Twentieth century American collectors including Marjorie Merriweather Post played a significant role after the Russian Revolution in popularizing the exquisite miniatures crafted for the Russian royal family by Karl Fabergé. Hillwood is home to 90-some works including two Easter eggs, the Tsar’s gifts to his immediate family.
Kennedy Center/June 12 – Sept. 16
The Tony Award-winning sensation about the Founding Father who arrived as an immigrant from the West Indies to become George Washington’s right-hand man and eventually America’s first Treasury Secretary runs for 14 weeks in the 2,362-seat Opera House.
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: MLB All-Star Futures Game (July 14); MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Day (July 16) and 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (July 17). The Fan Fest (July 13-17) will be hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950
National Gallery of Art/Nov. 4, 2018 – Feb. 17, 2019
Told in 120 photographs, magazine, books, letters and ephemera, this will be the first exhibit to focus on the influence of the Farm Securities Administration and Standard Oil grants as well as mentors like Roy Striker on the visionary, self-taught photographer.
FALL-WINTER 2018 TBD
Relocation of the International Spy Museum
L’Enfant Plaza/Fall 2018, Date TBD
The museum dedicated to espionage moves from 800 F Street, NW to L’Enfant Plaza, between the National Mall and the Southwest Waterfront. The new space is 140,000 square feet, more than double the existing building, and will include space for educational programing, a lecture hall/theater and multifunction event space with sweeping views of the city.
Washington Monument Reopens
National Mall/spring 2019
After a significant modernization, the popular monument reopens with a new visitor center, ticket booth, and a reliable elevator.
Hall of American Culture
National Museum of American History/Date TBD
The third and final reimaging of the West Wing of the nation’s history museum presents America as a unique country where culture makers and their audiences meet, be it a megachurch, Barnum’s circus tent or a cineplex.
National Fossil Hall
National Museum of Natural History/Date TBD
After a four-year closure, the Smithsonian reopens its spectacular collection of dinosaurs with an emphasis on presentation and current scientific research.
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