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40+ Things to Do This August in Washington, DC

Discover a calendar packed with end-of-summer events and festivals this August, including Summer Restaurant Week, new theater and museum exhibits, Labor Day weekend festivities and so much more.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation's capital and plan your visit today.

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Events

Fans in stands at Citi Open tennis tournament - Summer sporting events in Washington, DC

Citi Open – Through Aug. 4
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host to this DC summer sporting tradition. International tennis stars will battle in front of thousands of fans during the tournament, which concludes with one competitor raising the trophy on Aug. 4. As always, the lineup features talent from all over the world, including Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s field and Sloane Stephens and Bianca Andreescu in the women’s field. Make sure to check the tournament’s website for event, ticket and lineup updates. DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Save 20% off tickets for sessions 6 (begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 1), 7 (begins at 2 p.m. on Aug. 2) and 8 (begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2) with code DESTINATIONDC.
Tickets
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 4850 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Friends at Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden - Free Outdoor Summer Concert in Washington, DC

Jazz in the Garden – Through Aug. 23
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden through Aug. 23. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5-8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Cocktails from Levels Unlocked Pop-Up Bar - eSports gaming bar in Washington, DC's Shaw neighborhood

Levels Unlocked PUB – Through Sept. 29
Events DC and Drink Company are here to provide you with the esports pop-up bar you never knew you needed. Open each day of the week, Levels Unlocked will feature esports decor and programming throughout its run, as well as a beverage menu that nods to a range of video game favorites, including Overwatch, NBA 2K and the Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. franchises.
Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. |  Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
1839 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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People at Truckeroo in The Bullpen - Things to do this September in Washington, DC

TruckerooAug. 2 & 23
Truckeroo brings local food trucks to The Bullpen near Yards Park in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to dole out everything from Korean barbeque to lobster rolls to pizza to smoothies. More than a dozen wheeled food sellers show up, and there are picnic tables and shade to keep things cool. There will also be games, cold beverages and live music.
411 p.m. | Free admission
The Bullpen, 1201 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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All American Beer Festival at Navy Yard - Things to do this August in Washington, DC

All American Beer Festival at Navy Yard – Aug. 3
Toast to American beers with unlimited tastings at this annual suds-soaked festival at the Fairgrounds near Nationals Park. Put on your stars and stripes and get ready for an action-packed day filled with live music, food trucks, raffles and games – oh, and beer, as more than 30 breweries will be represented, including DC Brau, Flying Dog and Goose Island.
12-10 p.m. | Tickets
The Fairgrounds, 1299 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Heal and Release event this August - Free summer events in Washington, DC

Heal & Release DC – Aug. 4
Pack for a picnic and bring your dancing shoes, too. Heal & Release DC provides an awesome outdoor atmosphere at Marvin Gaye Park, blending yoga, the visual arts, shopping, dance and music into a day of bliss in the District. Expect plenty of family-friendly activities that the kids can enjoy, as well as a cast of holistic advisors and local vendors. Admission is free to this summertime celebration.
12-8 p.m. |  Free admission |  Register
Marvin Gaye Park, Washington, DC 20019

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Fall Events and Festivals in Washington, DC - DC VegFest at Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront

DC VegFest – Aug. 11
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this day-long, free-to-enter event at Nationals Park will educate on why eating plant-based food is the way to go. You can enter and sample food from more than 100 vendors free of charge while learning how to be more health-conscious. Other perks include live music, cooking demonstrations, speeches from authors and health experts and an activity area for kids. Don’t veg out – go to VegFest, the largest vegan gathering on the east coast.
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Outdoor patio dining in Washington, DC - Fig and Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC

Summer Restaurant Week – Aug. 12-18
Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week, and make sure to read our full neighborhood breakdown. Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to the DC Restaurant Week website to book a table and keep up with participating restaurants, along with can’t-miss dishes and deals.

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2019 Pokemon World Championships at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Esports events in Washington, DC

2019 Pokémon World Championships – Aug. 16-18
The best Pokémon players in the world will take over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during this weekend-long tournament. Contestants from all over the globe will showcase their skills to determine the world champion in Pokémon TCG, the video game and Pokkén Tournament. Spectators are more than welcome to observe the epic battles and can also participate in side events.
Register
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

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Around the World Cultural Food Festival in Downtown DC - Things to do this August in Washington, DC

Around the World Cultural Food Festival – Aug. 17
Savor delicious dishes from dozens of countries at this outdoor cultural festival. From dancing displays and music performances to food tastings and hands-on arts and crafts, expect a feast for all of your senses at this family-friendly event. While it is free to attend, the festival strongly urges guests to purchase VIP passes to get special access to food lines and tastings.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Tickets
Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Topgolf CRUSH at Nationals Park - Things to do this summer in Washington, DC

Topgolf CRUSH at Nationals Park – Aug. 22-25
Grab your golf clubs and get ready for a unique sports experience. Topgolf, in partnership with Coca-Cola and Black Clover, is taking over Nationals Park for four days and nights this August. The field will be lit with glowing targets and private bays will be available for groups. Expect Topgolf’s signature Toptracer technology to be in full effect. You can also enjoy snacks and beer in this friendly and competitive environment. Four ticket options are available.
Sessions available from 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. | Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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DCBX #9 - Bachata Latin Dance Festival in Washington, DC

DCBX 11 – Aug. 22-26
Ranked the number one Latin dance festival in the U.S. the last four years, DCBX takes over the nation’s capital for five days. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the corresponding Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues.
Tickets
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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17th Street Festival in Dupont Circle - Summer Neighborhood Festival in Washington, DC

17th Street Festival – Aug. 24
17th Street in Dupont Circle has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long free festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including more than 50 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kid’s zone, where the little ones can enjoy a large slide, soccer, face painting and games.
12-7 p.m. |  Free admission
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks), Washington, DC

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Dear Summer BBQ event at Union Market - Things to do this summer in DC

Dear Summer BBQ – Aug. 24
Union Market's Dock 5 hosts the Dear Summer BBQ, an exciting summer-centric event that comes to the District for the first time just before the season expires. Founded by alumni of Virginia State University and Delaware State University, the BBQ aims to bring together young professionals, influencers, entertainers and entrepreneurs to connect and enjoy positive vibes. Expect music, dancing, food and bars indoors and out (must be over 21 to attend).
4-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Market Dock 5, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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The Ubiquitous Women’s Expo – Aug. 24-25
The Ubiquitous Women’s Expo, dedicated to beauty, wellness and health, returns to DC for its sixth edition. The two-day event will feature entertainment, beauty workshops, product demonstrations, panel discussions and a range of health and wellness exhibitors, all dedicated to improving the minds, bodies and souls of women. Guest speakers include Pastor Keith Battle and Dr. Celeste Owens.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Sunday: 12-6 p.m. |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Performance stage at Maryland Renaissance Festival - Things to do near Washington, DC

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Aug. 24 – Oct. 20
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, Md., roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC. Bring along the entire family and celebrate olde times with Renaissance-themed artisans, dazzling performances (including dances and musicians) and plenty of plate-filling food, like turkey legs. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 20.
Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

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Family boating on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center - The best activities and things to do in Washington, DC

Labor Day Weekend – Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
Washington, DC is a great place to celebrate Labor Day and the preceding weekend, the last hurrah of the summer. From DC’s free museums filled with history to numerous outdoor activities to the Labor Day Capitol Concert, there’s no shortage of ways to revel in the holiday. Check out these must-try activities to make the weekend a memorable one.

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National Book Festival - Washington, DC

2019 National Book Festival – Aug. 31
On the last day in August, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host this annual celebration of books of all kinds, from children’s stories to epic novels, curated by the Library of Congress. Authors will speak and answer questions about their work throughout the day, with the main stage featuring marquee names like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chef José Andrés and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The festival is free to attend!
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. |  Free admission
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

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Flower Bomb Fest arts, music and culture event this August in Washington, DC

Flower Bomb Fest – Aug. 31
Artist and DC native Chris Pyrate teams up with Pabst Blue Ribbon Sound Society for an event aimed at bringing local artists, DJs, rappers, producers and more together at Southwest’s Culture House DC (located inside Blind Whino). This one-day event, which gets its name from DC rapper Wale’s 2011 song, Lotus Flower Bomb, is a celebration of DC’s music and art scene. On display inside and outside the color-splashed church-turned-cultural center is an exhibit honoring the sixth anniversary of the Blind Whino space. Pyrate’s own work is set to be part of the installation, alongside pieces from Trapbob, another local, award-winning artist.
Time TBD |  RSVP Required
Culture House DC, 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Museum Exhibits

'Lawn' summer museum exhibit in DC - The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party exhibit

‘LAWN’ – Through Sept. 2
The National Building Museum's Summer Block Party installation is always a highlight of the season, and this year’s edition is no different. Lawn recreates summertime experiences in the museum’s Great Hall, offering a green expanse and interactive hammocks with built-in speakers that play summertime stories from celebrities, a scaffolding tower that provides amazing views of the museum and communal areas for lounging. Programming includes movie nights, yoga and even meditation.
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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'The Warmth of Other Suns' major museum exhibit at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

‘The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement’ – Through Sept. 22
Based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017, this exhibition at The Phillips Collection presents historical and contemporary pieces by approximately 100 global artists whose work poses urgent questions about the global refugee crisis. Through videos, paintings, images and installations, visitors will encounter migration and refugee experiences from throughout history and all over the world.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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@washingtondcua - Tour guide with group in Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Free museum in Washington, DC

‘Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts from the National Collection’ – Ongoing
The National Museum of American History gives visitors a rare opportunity with this exhibit that displays a selection of the museum’s collection of 19th century silk quilts, which were made to be seen and not slept on. In observing these textiles, visitors will also gain insights into American industry, fads, art and marketing.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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@abroadwife - Child standing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum - Free Smithsonian museum near Washington, DC

Smithsonian Sleepovers – Aug. 2, 9, 17 & 23
Three Smithsonian museums will provide kids with an unforgettable adventure this August. The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Natural History host Smithsonian Sleepovers. Spots will be in high demand, as kids can explore the entire world of flight at the Udvar-Hazy Center, see stunning art at the National Portrait Gallery and experience the new Fossil Hall at the Museum of Natural History. Ages 8-12 are permitted, and there must be at least one adult present for every three children in any group that registers. No siblings younger than 8 are allowed, and no adults are allowed without children.
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Museum at the Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters - Museums in Washington, DC

World’s Fair at the DAR Museum – Aug. 3
Go back in time to 1900 during this special event at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum. See what inventions wowed fair attendees of the time, celebrate international cultures at booths of local embassies and let the kids enjoy games and interactive fun. Admission is free to this one-of-a-kind event inside one of the city’s historic landmarks.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
DAR Museum, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Visitors at the SAAM Arcade event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC

SAAM Arcade – Aug. 3-4
Play video games. Inside of a state-of-the-art museum. For free. Sounds awesome to us! SAAM Arcade will feature 13 games in the Indie Developer Showcase, where you can sample new titles and talk to the developers. The event will also offer vintage consoles like Sega Genesis, N64 and Playstation and custom arcade cabinets that allow you to play games from all over the world as well as arcade classics like Galaga, Mortal Kombat 2 and Joust. There’s also a 1980s-style living room where you can play new games on old consoles and a board game library to further emphasize the nostalgia. In keeping with the theme of breaking barriers, Tanya DePass, the founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, will deliver a keynote talk on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street NW and 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@acraftymitch - Free art exhibit at the National Gallery of Art East Building on the National Mall in Washington, DC

Extended Hours for ‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’ – Aug. 3-18
The National Gallery of Art is offering extended hours for this fascinating exhibit from Aug. 3-18. You can see it until 6 p.m. now – during the two-week stretch, the exhibit will remain open until 8 p.m. Representations of animals—real and imaginary, religious and secular—span the full breadth and splendor of Japanese art. This first exhibition dedicated to the subject features 315 works across 16 centuries inside a whopping 18,000 feet of display space. Artists represented include Murakami Takashi, Nara Yoshimoto, Kusama Yayoi and many more. Aug. 18 marks the final day of the exhibition.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Wang Bing, "15 Hours," 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

‘Fast Fashion/Slow Art’ – Aug. 8 – Dec. 15
The modern garment industry is scrutinized in this new exhibit from the Textile Museum. Both established and emerging artists and filmmakers will tackle the subject with a heavy focus on the excessive consumerism and waste that fuels the industry. Fast Fashion/Slow Art features 11 films and video installations. The exhibit will be presented at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.
Tuesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m. |  Free admission
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Outside Washington, DC's new International Spy Museum in L'Enfant Plaza - The best museums and attractions in Washington, DC

‘Mission Impossible: Party Protocol’ – Aug. 9
Brightest Young Things and the International Spy Museum host the first after hours party at the museum’s new location. Prepare your secret identity and get ready to enjoy an all-access look at one of the city’s most popular attractions. Your ticket includes an open bar and much, much more, including music, a pop-up casino, disguise makeovers, a bomb defusal workshop, a scavenger hunt and TED-style lightning talks.
8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
International Spy Museum, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024

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My Iran: Six Women Photographers exhibit at the Sackler Gallery - Free museum exhibit on the National Mall in DC

‘My Iran: Six Women Photographers’– Aug. 10 – Feb. 9, 2020
See life through the camera lens of six different Iranian woman photographers in this highly anticipated Sackler Gallery exhibition. Each artist captures distinct moments to examine and study, from protests in 1970s Tehran and post-revolutionary life to family photo albums and life abroad for displaced persons.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

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@fight4olddc - National Building Museum in Washington, DC - Museum Off the National Mall

‘Investigating Where We Live’ – Opens Aug. 10
The National Building Museum asked local teens what makes a great public space and why all citizens should have access to green spaces for this annual exhibit. Investigating Where We Live showcases the artwork, photography and design and written skills of teens in response to the aforementioned questions, in turn creating an exhibition entirely crafted by teens.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

‘My Computing Devices’ – Opens Aug. 28
The National Museum of American History tells the story of how computing devices have become central to American life and asks visitors to ponder their own relationship with these devices. Mechanical and electronic objects will be displayed, from inventions that had little use to toys (both educational and recreational) to scientific tools. There will also be a selfie station where visitors can capture their own computing experience.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Theater

'Ann' at Arena Stage from July 11 to Aug. 11

‘Ann’ – Through Aug. 11
Jayne Atkinson portrays the incomparable Ann Richards in this new production at Arena Stage. Penned by Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor, Ann is a hilarious and captivating tribute to the celebrated Texas Governor. Richards’ activism, feminism and complexity will be on full display in the no-holds-barred comedy.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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‘Disney’s Aladdin’ at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on July 18 – Sept. 7

‘Disney’s Aladdin’ – Through Sept. 7
The hit Broadway musical, adapted from the classic Disney film, calls the Kennedy Center home through Sept. 7. One lamp and three wishes launches an outstanding production filled with beloved songs, gut-busting comedy, gorgeous set design and magical carpet rides. Bring the entire family to this majestic show that will draw quite a bit of fanfare in the nation’s capital (this is code for: get your tickets ASAP).
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Legally Blonde theater production at Keegan Theatre - Summer performing arts in Washington, DC

‘Legally Blonde’ – Aug. 3 – Sept. 1
Based on the Amanda Brown novel that also spawned two successful films, this Keegan Theatre production will have you laughing out loud and cheering in the aisles this August. Legally Blonde focuses on Elle Woods, who is dumped by her boyfriend so he can attend Harvard Law School. Elle then sets about getting him back, charming her way into the school. However, she struggles with professors, fellow students and her ex….until some new friends show her the way.
Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ – Aug. 6 – Sept. 8
One of the most beloved musicals of the decade comes to the Kennedy Center for a month-long engagement. Based on a novel by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex) and featuring a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman) the story follows Evan Hansen, who is on the verge of a perfect life with the ideal girl, a comforting family and social acceptance in tow. However, he has some major secrets that could derail it all.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Assassins at Signature Theatre - Theater and performing arts near Washington, DC

‘Assassins’ – Aug. 11 – Sept. 29
Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. celebrates its 30th season by staging a Stephen Sondheim musical for the 30th time. The Tony Award-winning Assassins follows nine successful and nearly successful presidential assassins through history, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. The vaudevillian show is hilariously perverse, using riveting music and satirical lyrics to tell a dark and daring tale.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Signature Theatre - Performing Arts Center in Virginia

‘The British Invasion’ – Aug. 20-31
The Cabaret Series at Signature Theatre presents dynamic musical performances that riff on the past, with the British musical invasion as its main subject this time around. Prepare to be possessed by rock and roll energy through songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Who, Tom Jones and more. Have fun trying to control those dancing feet.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Atlas Theater and H Street Country Club on H Street NE - Things to do in Washington, DC

Mosaic Theater Company Presents: ‘Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine’ – Aug. 21 – Sept. 22
Written by Lynn Nottage, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, this satire concerns Undine, a successful African-American publicist who sees her life ruined when her husband steals her fortune. Without money and carrying a child, Undine returns to her childhood home in the projects and is forced to face her past and an uncertain future. Mosaic Theater Company presents this spellbinding tale at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Music

Bilal concert at City Winery - Things to do this August in Washington, DC

Bilal – Aug. 3
One of the most innovative artists in R&B will play two shows in one night at DC’s City Winery. After a successful debut album in 2001, Bilal nearly quit making music after complications arose in releasing his second LP. However, the soulful singer re-emerged with 2010’s Airtight’s Revenge and 2013’s A Love Surreal, as both received widespread critical acclaim. During these Saturday night shows, you’ll hear Bilal jump through jazz, neo-soul, funk and even psychedelic rock along the way.
7 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
City Winery, 1350 Okie Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Khalid summer concert at the Capital One Arena - Best summer concerts in Washington, DC

Khalid – Aug. 3
Khalid is officially leveling up with his first arena tour, Free Spirit, running through multiple summer festivals and arenas around the world. Fortunately for us, one of the tour’s last stops will be in the nation’s capital for this early August show. Expect to hear highlights from his catalogue, including “Talk,” “My Bad” and “Better”.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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21 Savage – Aug. 6
21 Savage resides in the upper echelon of hip-hop, a chart-topping savant who has managed to weave an array of styles into his work. Born in London, Savage eventually made his way to Atlanta, Ga. and after troubled teenage years, began rapping. His star burned bright immediately – within three years of entering the game, he’d already released numerous mixtapes and an acclaimed debut LP. Now, you’ll have a chance to observe his unique style at The Anthem as he tours his second album, I Am > I Was.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Shawn Mendes at DC's Capital One Arena - The best summer concerts in Washington, DC

Shawn Mendes – Aug. 13
Canada’s favorite heartthrob brings his pop stylings to the Capital One Arena for one night only this August, just five days after his 21st birthday. Mendes has already achieved a life’s worth of success, as he is the first artist to have four number one singles on the Adult Pop Songs chart before he turned 20. Adored by multiple generations, Mendes will play to a lively crowd inside one of DC’s most popular venues.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Common concert this summer in Washington, DC

Common – Aug. 14
Winner of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Grammy, Common is one of the most talented artists in the world, a trend-setting cultural icon who hasn’t met a challenge he can’t overcome. He’ll bring his jaw-dropping catalogue of hip-hop classics to the Warner Theatre this August, a fittingly historic and larger-than-life venue for this monumental performer.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Purple Mountains – Aug. 14
David Berman has returned to music after a decade-long absence, releasing some of the most heartfelt and poetic music of his career as Purple Mountains. Berman became prominent in indie rock circles in the 1990s and 2000s as the leader of Silver Jews, an outfit that once included Stephen Malkmus of Pavement (the two were friends at the University of Virginia). The multitalented artist has now returned with one of his finest works yet, of which you’ll hear plenty during this show at Black Cat.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Jonas Brothers concert at the Capital One Arena - The best summer concerts in Washington, DC

Jonas Brothers – Aug. 15
Yes, this is the Jonas Brothers’ comeback tour, but they never really left. The teen sensations that dominated the late 2000s are now grown men, but that won’t stop thousands upon thousands of fans from flocking to their shows throughout the Happiness Begins Tour, named after their acclaimed new album, their first since 2009. Capital One Arena will be awash in Jonas fever for this Thursday night show in the nation’s capital.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Best music venues in Washington, DC

DC Music Rocks Festival – Aug. 17
DC Music Rocks wants to let you know that….well, that DC music rocks. The title applies to a syndicated FM radio show, a podcast and a website that features a database of DC artists. So, with all that in tow, the group will host a festival at the city’s most beloved venue, 9:30 Club. The lineup of local performers is extensive and includes Iza Flo, Sub-Radio and Los Empresarios. Tickets are only $15.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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The Raconteurs – Aug. 17
Hailing from Detroit and led by rock icon Jack White, you may be surprised to learn that The Raconteurs have released just three albums, with this year’s Help Us Stranger their first to hit shelves in more than a decade. White’s incredible playing syncs perfectly with the rest of the band to create rollicking tracks that are both gritty and poppy. The quartet will play one of their earth-shattering sets at The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Concert at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights - Concert, sports and events venue in Washington, DC

Hammer’s House PartyAug. 23
MC Hammer embarks on his first major tour since 1991, taking the most epic party of the year to the nation’s capital. Get ready to jam at Hammer’s House Party as it brings together some of the most recognizable nineties hit-makers in hip-hop and R&B. Take part in the fun, listening to music from En Vogue, Montell Jordan, Doug E. Fresh, and many more at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Entertainment & Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Drive SE, Washington, DC 20032

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Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – Aug. 23
DC’s own Ted Leo & The Pharmacists have an epic punk rock history filled to the brim with classic songs and albums. This Friday night show will see Leo and his cohorts launch into a set that incorporates the band’s entire catalogue, from their self-titled debut in 1999 to the fantastic The Hanged Man, released last year. These hometown legends will not disappoint.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Summer Sunset

The Beach Boys – Aug. 25
With more than 50 years’ worth of legacy in tow, The Beach Boys will play an afternoon show at the gorgeous Filene Center at Wolf Trap in late August. The group’s music is the perfect summer soundtrack, with songs that stretch across generations, from “Fun, Fun, Fun” to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to “Good Vibrations”. Sing along to a set of classics at one of the area’s most scenic venues, located roughly 20-30 minutes outside the District.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22812

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Sting concert at Wolf Trap in Virginia - Outdoor summer concert near Washington, DC

Sting – Aug. 26-28
Three straight nights of Sting? We’re on board. The legendary singer/songwriter began his career leading one of the most successful rock groups of all-time, The Police, before embarking on a solo journey that has included acclaimed albums, hit songs and even some acting thrown in for good measure. You will hear hit songs like “Every Breath You Take” and “Fields of Gold” during a set from one of the most charismatic figures in pop.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22812

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