Planning ahead? See what’s in store for Washington, DC this summer
Whistler National Gallery of Art | July 3 – Oct. 10
Whistler’s “Symphony in White” paintings will be displayed together for the first time in an exhibition that dives into the painter’s relationship with his frequent model of more than 20 years.
National Independence Day
Citywide | July 4
What better place to celebrate than the nation’s capital? While details are still emerging, A Capitol Fourth hopes to return to the U.S. Capitol with unforgettable performances by the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert is followed by incredible fireworks over the National Mall.
Arena Stage | July 15 – Aug. 28
See the life of Frederick Douglass translated into wondrous musical form through songs written by Grammy Award-winner Marcus Hummon and acclaimed playwright Charles Randolph-Wright.
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center | Late July
Tennis pros compete for sets during one of the city’s greatest sporting events.
The Kennedy Center | Aug. 2 – Oct. 2
One of the most acclaimed productions in American history comes back to DC’s preeminent stage.
Citywide | Early August
Restaurants all over the DMV offer special prix fixe discounts during brunch, lunch and dinner.
Signature Theatre | Aug. 16 – Oct. 9
Don’t miss the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Capital One Arena | Aug. 19
Comedian Kevin Hart is back on tour in 2022 and bringing the laughs and memories to Washington, DC.
Nationals Park | Aug. 23
Bad Bunny - World's Hottest Tour makes its way to DC, with very special guest Alesso.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Aug. 30 – Sept. 25
Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award, Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post calls it “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.”
Various locations | Aug. 31 – Sept. 4
The ultimate American art form comes to DC stages with leading artists from all over the world. Performances are both free and ticketed.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Sept. 3 – 4
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Over its 15-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the preeminent literary events in the United States.
Adams Morgan | Sept. 11
DC’s oldest festival, Adams Morgan day is a tribute to the Adams Morgan neighborhood’s multicultural character and famous murals. Artists and vendors showcase original works in an all-day street festival meant for all to enjoy.
Van Ness Main Street | Sept. 23
Art All Night returns to Van Ness for an evening filled with local music, dance, film, art and community all along Connecticut Avenue in Van Ness, Forest Hills and Wakefield.
Capital One Arena | Sept. 29
Considered one of the biggest bands of the 21st century, The Killers released a new album, Pressure Machine, in 2021. Catch them in downtown DC back on tour after a hiatus.
Ongoing in 2022
Dulles Metro expansion | 2022
Operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the 11-mile extension, which includes 11 new stations, will undergo testing and is expected to open in 2022. The Metro expansion connects Washington Dulles International Airport to downtown DC.
Phase 2 of The Wharf | 2022
Phase 2 construction will deliver an additional 1.15 million square feet of mixed-use spaces, including a hotel and marina. Office, residential and retail space, as well as parks and public areas, will be added to the Southwest Waterfront. Opening is set for Oct. 12, 2022.