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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nationals Park | April 4, 2022
The beloved Nats begin their 2022 home slate against Bryce Harper’s team.
Kennedy Center | April 5-24, 2022
The Broadway sensation based on the Lindsay Lohan hit movie returns to Washington, DC.
National Theatre | April 12-17, 2022
Another essential musical visits the nation’s capital; this one tells an extraordinary tale from 9/11.
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.
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.
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.
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.