Planning ahead? See what’s in store for Washington, DC later this year and into 2022 and beyond, including major exhibits at DC’s iconic Smithsonian Institution and the return of theater.
Fall 2021 / Winter 2022
America by Air Reimagined
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | 2021
America by Air will emerge from the museum’s multi-year transformation, refreshed with a new layout, improved graphics, interactive elements and new artifacts suspended from the ceiling. The ground floor exhibition will continue to trace the history of air transportation, explore how the federal government shaped the industry and how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel. The museum’s full seven-year renovation will be complete in 2024.
Smithsonian American Art Museum | Oct. 8, 2021 – May 8, 2022
This exhibition brings to life the Venetian glass revival of the nineteenth century on the famed island of Murano and the artistic experimentation the city inspired for artists such as John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
Renwick Gallery | Oct. 22, 2021 – March 6, 2022
New Glass Now documents the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers and architects from around the world working in the challenging material of glass. The global survey is designed to highlight the breadth and depth of contemporary glass making.
Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
Anacostia River | Oct. 1, 2021
The District is investing $480 million to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, its largest infrastructure project to date. Projected to open in late 2021, the bridge will provide more connectivity across the Anacostia River and will include public space as well as bike and pedestrian lanes.
Capital Pride – The Colorful Fest
Citywide | Oct. 22-24
Put on by Capital Pride Alliance, the LGBTQ festival will work with the city to identify the safest ways to celebrate and create new traditions throughout DC in October. The new celebration will include special exhibiting opportunities, programming and a twist on the traditional parade.
Arts & Industries Building | Nov. 2021 - July 2022
To celebrate the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary, the Arts & Industries Building reopens to the public in late 2021 with an exhibit called FUTURES. The experience will fuse awe-inspiring art, technology, design and history, inviting visitors to dream big and imagine many possible futures.
The National Theatre | Dec. 7-12
A laugh-out-loud love letter to theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime.
Pretty Woman: The Musical
The National Theatre | Dec 28, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
After an incredible run on Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical is coming to Washington, DC. Visitors can enjoy one of Hollywood’s most beloved stories on stage.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian | Early 2022
A new exhibit features works from internationally acclaimed artist Preston Singletary and tells the story of Raven, the creator of the world and giver of the stars, moon, and sun.
Dulles Metro Expansion
Metro Silver Line | Early 2022
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority reports an early 2022 opening for the eagerly awaited expansion of the Metrorail. Six new stations will come online and connect riders to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County.
Southwest Waterfront | 2022
Scheduled to open in 2022, Phase two of the Southwest Waterfront development is underway, which will add a Pendry Hotel with 131 rooms, a 1.5-acre park, 95,000 square feet of retail space and 547,000 square feet of office space.
National Building Museum | 2022
The exhibit examines the border wall from the perspective of architecture and design by focusing on the built environment. Visitors will understand that a border wall makes real something that is otherwise relatively symbolic.
2022 Cultural Anniversaries
Citywide | April 16, 2022
Washington, DC rings in the milestone anniversary of 160 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act in April of 1862.
Harriet Tubman Bicentennial
Citywide | March 2022
While her exact birthdate is unknown, celebrations around the anniversary marking at least 200 years since Harriet Tubman’s birth will take place in Washington, DC. View tributes to Tubman in places such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, International Spy Museum, various murals and works of street art and more.