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Planning ahead? See what’s in store for Washington, DC in 2022 including major milestones like the 160th anniversary of Emancipation Day and the Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Celebration.

 

America by Air Reimagined
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | 2022

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 museum’s full seven-year renovation will be complete in 2024.

 

January

 

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

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.

 

Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

National Portrait Gallery | Through May 30, 2022

For the first time, a museum focuses on the portraiture work of visionary Chinese American artist Hung Liu. The exhibition is also the artist’s first on the East Coast.

 

Winter Restaurant Week

Citywide | January 2022

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington hosts DC’s biannual celebration of its dining scene in January. Restaurant Week offers diners pre-fixe menus for lunch/brunch ($22) and dinner ($35 and $55).

 

The Mountaintop

Ford’s Theatre | Jan. 21 – Feb. 13, 2022

A reimagination of events the night before the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr take center stage.

 

February

 

Mystery & Faith: The Shroud of Turin

Museum of the Bible | Feb. 26 – July 31, 2022

Believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Shroud of Turin inspires an innovative exhibition that surveys the object’s history and impact.

 

March

 

Harriet Tubman Bicentennial

Citywide | March 2022

Celebrations around the anniversary marking at least 200 years since Harriet Tubman’s birth will take place in Washington, DC. Places including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery and the International Spy Museum already have Harriet Tubman artifacts on display.

 

Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Show

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | March 15-27, 2022

The ground-breaking stage show that brought Irish and international dance to new heights comes to the Kennedy Center with a stirring reinvention for its 25th anniversary.

 

Grace

Ford’s Theatre | March 18 – May 14, 2022

Black music, business, culture and culinary traditions merge in a world premiere musical set to debut in one of DC’s most historic settings.

 

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Citywide | March 20 – April 17, 2022

The city celebrates the blooming of cherry trees with a month-long festival commemorating the 1912 gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.

 

April

 

Washington Nationals Home Opener vs. Phillies

Nationals Park | April 4, 2022

The beloved Nats begin their 2022 home slate against Bryce Harper’s team.

 

Mean Girls

Kennedy Center | April 5-24, 2022

The Broadway sensation based on the Lindsay Lohan hit movie returns to Washington, DC.

 

Come From Away

National Theatre | April 12-17, 2022

Another essential musical visits the nation’s capital; this one tells an extraordinary tale from 9/11.

 

Emancipation Day

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.

 

Filmfest DC

Citywide | April 22 – May 1, 2022

The largest and longest-running annual international film festival in Washington, DC, Filmfest DC returns to the traditional late April dates with a hybrid combination of in-person and virtual screenings.

 

May

 

Passport DC

Citywide | May 1-31, 2022

A month of programming focuses on DC’s international culture. The Around the World Embassy Tour and European Union Open House are highlights.

 

Hairspray

The National Theatre | May 10-15, 2022

A smash hit on Broadway and winner of multiple Tony Awards, this blockbuster musical is a loving ode to 1960s Baltimore and the styles and sounds of the times.