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Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall - Landmark in Washington, DC

Writing a story about Washington, DC? The resources below are designed to help inspire or inform your next DC feature.

Washington, DC is home to an incredible dining scene, state of the art attractions, charming neighborhoods and dynamic only-in-DC events. For additional assistance, please contact the Destination DC communications team.

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DC on the Water

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The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Entertainment and Shopping Destination in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a city on two rivers: the Anacostia and the Potomac. Like many cities across the U.S. and around the world, DC is reinvesting in its waterfront. New neighborhoods packed with riverfront amenities from hotels to restaurants to unexpected attractions are magnets for visitors and locals. 

The Wharf (Newly opened Oct. 12, 2017):
The redevelopment of DC’s historic Southwest Waterfront neighborhood is anchored by The Wharf, a $2.5 billion, 24-acre development along the Potomac River that has been recognized among the most exciting emerging waterfront neighborhoods in the world. Breathtaking water views are seen from hotels, piers and jitney and water taxi rides. Exciting openings include:

  • Three new hotels: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf (278 rooms), Canopy by Hilton (175 rooms) and Hyatt House Washington DC (237 rooms)
  • Three new music venues: The Anthem (6,000 capacity), Union Stage (450 capacity) and Pearl Street Warehouse (300 capacity)
  • New bars and restaurants: The Brighton (Eric and Ian Hilton), Del Mar (Fabio Trabocchi), Hanks Oyster Bar (Jamie Leeds), Kaliwa (Cathal Armstrong), Kirwan’s Irish Pub (Mark Kirwan), Lupo Marino (Med Lahlou), Mi Vida (Roberto Santibañez), Potomac Distilling Company (Todd Thrasher), Rappahannock Oyster Company, Requin (Mike Isabella) and Whiskey Charlie

Capitol Riverfront:
The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood sits aside the Anacostia River. Highlights include:

  • A booming dining scene including DC’s first newly opened urban winery, District Winery
  • Seasonal outdoor activities like water sports (spring/summer) and ice skating (winter)
  • The Yards Park, a combination of outdoor green spaces, dancing fountains and a dramatic bridge
  • The 20-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail opened in 2016 and connects the District to Maryland
  • Nationals Park to host Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2018

Georgetown Waterfront Park:
Georgetown is DC’s oldest neighborhood with access to the city’s beautiful waterfront that bridges to Maryland via the Potomac River. Of note:

  • A wide-range of retail and dining options surrounding the water
  • Seasonal outdoor activities from kayaking (spring/summer) and ice skating (winter)
  • The restoration of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal biking path is currently underway
  • The Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola project imagines linking Georgetown to Northern Virginia through high-speed transportation by 2028

In Development:

  • Audi Field, June 2018: Washington, DC’s professional soccer team, DC United, will have a $300 million state-of-the art stadium at Buzzard Point near the Southwest Waterfront seating 20,000.
  • 11th Street Bridge Park, late 2019: DC’s first elevated public park that spans across the Anacostia River will feature an amphitheater, picnic gardens, interactive art and waterfalls.
  • Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, 2022: The bridge will provide more connectivity across the Anacostia River and includes public space and bike and pedestrian lanes.
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts expansion, 2018: The 60,000-square-foot extension will add additional performance and event space to one of the nation’s premier performing arts venues.


Washington, DC Dining

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Requin by Mike Isabella at The Wharf - Restaurant on Washington, DC's Southwest Waterfront

DC is a food lover’s dream. The District’s award-winning dining scene continues to welcome new eateries all over the city. Home to 14 Michelin-starred restaurants, DC’s second edition of the Michelin Guide also highlights over 100 restaurants. Destination DC’s Chefs Dish DC video series focuses on DC’s food culture by introducing visitors and locals to neighborhood favorites of local chefs.

Numbers and Accolades

  • 2,233 restaurants (Source: National Restaurant Association)
  • The Michelin Guide, Washington, DC, 2nd Edition (2018)
  • Bad Saint: “#2 Restaurant in America 2016,” Bon Appétit
  • Columbia Room: “Best Bars in America 2017,” Esquire
  • Himitsu: “The 13 Best New Restaurants in America,” Eater (2017)
  • “Restaurant City of the Year,” Bon Appétit (2016)
  • “Hottest Food City,” (2016)

Restaurants Opening in 2018

  • Adams Morgan
  • To open inside the Line DC hotel:
    • A Rake’s Progress – Mid-Atlantic (chef Spike Gjerde)
    • Brothers and Sisters – American and Asian (chef Erik Bruner-Yang)
    • Spoken English – Asian (chef Erik Bruner-Yang)
  • Georgetown
    • Reverie - American
  • Ivy City
    • City Winery – Urban Winery
    • Gravitas – American
  • NoMa
    • O-Ku – Japanese
  • Shaw
    • Cortez Restaurant and Rooftop Bar – Mexican
  • Southwest Waterfront
  • The Wharf adds over 20 new restaurants to DC’s dining scene. Still to come:
    • Florentijn – Belgian
    • Kaliwa – Southeast Asian
    • Officina by Nicholas Stefanelli – Southern Italian
    • Potomac Distilling Company – In-house rum distillery and tavern
    • Rappahannock Oyster Company – seafood 


  • Themed Bars and Restaurants
    • Miracle on Seventh Street: Holiday (Shaw)
    • Mythology/The DarkSide Bar: Star Wars (H St.)
    • Madhatter: Alice in Wonderland (Dupont Circle)
    • Teddy & The Bully Bar: Theodore Roosevelt (Dupont Circle)
    • Calico: Urban Backyard (Blagden Alley)
  • Unexpected Museum Dining:
    • National Museum of African American History and Culture – Sweet Home Café
    • National Museum of the American Indian – Mitsitam Native Foods Café
    • Museum of the Bible – Manna and Milk & Honey
    • National Gallery of Art – Espresso and Gelato Bar (Parliament coffee)
    • Newseum – The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Award-Winning Hotel Dining:
    • The Jefferson, Washington, DC – Plume
      • One Michelin star
      • Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants”
    • Park Hyatt Washington D.C. – Blue Duck Tavern
      • One Michelin star
      • Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants”
    • Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC – Bourbon Steak
      • “Best Steakhouse” by Washingtonian
      • Washingtonian’s “100 Very Best Restaurants”

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Arts & Culture in Washington, DC

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U Street Mural at Ben's Chili Bowl - Street Art and Murals in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital owns a rich arts and culture scene. Visitors and locals can explore awe-inspiring art galleries, must-see museums, authentic performing arts and lively music venues. Many experiences are free of charge.  

Notable Museum Openings and Refreshes

  • National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden: Renovated East Building opened September 2016
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture: Newest Smithsonian opened September 2016
  • Freer|Sackler galleries: Renovated and reopened October 14, 2017
  • Museum of the Bible: Opened November 17, 2017
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: Dolcezza Café and lobby renovation opening February 2018
  • International Spy Museum: Relocating to L’Enfant Plaza winter 2018

Public Art Installations 

  • Renwick Gallery and Golden Triangle BID: No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Outdoor Extension – Mar. 30-Dec. 30, 2018 (multiple locations)
  • Art Parks in NoMa neighborhood - spring 2018
  • Sculpture gardens at the National Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn Museum
  • Murals
    • African-American icons for Ben’s Chili Bowl by Aneikan Udofo – U Street
    • George Washington by MADSTEEZ – NoMa
    • “Let.Go.” by Rose Jaffe – Blagden Alley
    • “Relax. Your heart is stronger than what you think!” by Yoko Ono – Union Market

Must-See 2018 Theater & Performing Arts Performances

  • Women’s Voices Theater Festival, Jan. 15-Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hamlet – Shakespeare Theatre Company, Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2018
  • Hamilton ­– The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, June 12-Sept. 16, 2018
  • Snow Child – Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, April 13-May 20, 2018
  • The Color Purple – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, July 31-Aug. 26, 2018

Music Venues

  • Capital One Arena renamed (20,000 capacity - previously Verizon Center)
  • The city’s newest music venues recently opened in the Wharf neighborhood: 
    • The Anthem (6,000 capacity)
    • Pearl Street Warehouse (300 capacity)
    • Union Stage (450 capacity)

Art Trends

  • Contemporary African-American Art
    • Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, starting Feb. 12, 2018
    • Jacob Lawrence: Migration Series – Phillips Collection, Ongoing
    • Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War – SAAM, Oct. 13, 2017-Mar. 11, 2018
    • Marc Bradford: Pickett’s Charge – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Nov. 8, 2017-Nov. 12, 2018
  • Female Artists
    • Anne Truitt: In the Tower – National Gallery of Art, Nov. 19, 2017-Apr. 1, 2018
    • Barbara Kruger: Belief+Doubt – Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ongoing
    • Kate and Laura Mulleavy: Rodarte – Women in the Arts Museum, Coming Fall 2018
    • Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings – National Gallery of Art, Mar. 4, 2018-May 28, 2019

Popular Annual Cultural Events and Festivals

  • Chinese New Year – February 16, 2018
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20-April 15, 2018
  • Passport DC – May 1-31, 2018
  • DC Jazz Festival – Summer TBD
  • Capital Pride – June 7-10, 2018
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival – June 27-July 1 and July 4-8, 2018