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Planning ahead? See what’s in store for Washington, DC this winter




CATS at The National Theatre | Jan. 11-22, 2023
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is coming to Broadway at The National Theatre.



National Ballet of China: Chinese New Year at The Kennedy Center | Feb. 1-5, 2023
With its dazzling hybrid of western ballet and Chinese culture, National Ballet of China has won a distinguished reputation for performing cherished works and original creations. The renowned company returns to thrill audiences with its luminous fusion of traditions—this time with its adaptation of The Nutcracker.

Determined Women: Collectors, Artists and Designers at Hillwood | Feb. 18 – Jun. 18, 2023
As a strong woman in a male-dominated world, Hillwood Estate founder Marjorie Merriweather Post greatly admired her predecessors—influential women who ran countries, inspired reforms, supported culture and created art and design. The special exhibition will explore the innovating and intrepid collectors, artists and designers within Hillwood’s collection, those who set an example for Post and future women by overcoming obstacles through their determination to succeed.




National Cherry Blossom Festival | Mar. 20 – Apr. 16, 2023
Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. Visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire 3,000-plus trees and take part in the festival which is full of free events that honor American and Japanese cultures and represents a close bond forged between the two countries that began with Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gift of the trees in 1912.


RIOT! at The Kennedy Center | Mar. 9, 2023
A special comedy event featuring hilarious comics in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Ongoing 2022-2023


Dulles Metro expansion | 2022
Operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the 11-mile extension, which includes 11 new stations, is undergoing testing and is expected to open in 2022. The Metro expansion connects Washington Dulles International Airport to downtown DC.

Bird House at the National Zoo | 2023
The Smithsonian National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds. With almost 100 species of birds, the Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will be the first zoo exhibition of this size that focuses on the cyclical journeys of migratory songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Through themed walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences and dynamic educational programming, the Bird House will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Re-opening | 2023
The building’s first full renovation since 1987, the project honors the structure’s history while improving its interior spaces, mechanical systems and exterior envelope. Key improvements include enlarged gallery space, a new destination for researchers and education programs, enhanced amenities and accessibility for visitors as well as infrastructure and storage upgrades to improve the long-term conservation and security of the museum’s collection of more than 5,500 works.


National World War I Memorial | 2023
The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission finished construction on a dedicated U.S. WWI Memorial. The memorial commemorates the 100th anniversary of the war’s end and honors its 4.7 million servicemen and women. Located across The Willard InterContinental Hotel, the memorial’s 58.5-foot (about 17.8 meters) bronze sculpture will be the highest free-standing bronze sculpture in the Western hemisphere.


Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Revitalization | Ongoing
Hirshhorn will host a ceremonial groundbreaking on Nov. 16, 2022 in the garden with first lady Dr. Jill Biden. She will be joined by many of the artists who will make new work for the revitalized garden including Japanese Hiroshi Sugimoto, the architect/poet/photographer who is leading the design group.


New Smithsonian Museums | Ongoing
The Smithsonian Institution recently updated the National Capital Planning Commission as it evaluates sites for two museums – the National Museum of American Latino and the American Women's History Museum. Host sites under consideration are concentrated near Pennsylvania Avenue NW or the vicinity of L'Enfant Plaza SW, which the National Capital Planning Commission terms the "Southwest Ecodistrict." The site selections are expected to be complete at the end of 2022.