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50+ Things to Do This September in Washington, DC

Check out an exciting month of events in the nation’s capital as summer turns to fall.

With DC’s reopening under way, you can make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital. September is packed with a great mix of events as many of the city’s businesses and attractions safely welcome visitors again. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend as well as our What’s Open page.

Eagles at Capital One Arena – Sept. 1
One of America’s greatest rock bands will perform its masterpiece on back-to-back nights (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1) at Capital One Arena. The Eagles, consisting of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey and Vince Gill, will be accompanied by an orchestra and choir as they play the 26x Platinum Hotel California in its entirety, as well as an additional set of their greatest hits.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


DC JazzFest – Sept. 1-5
Washington, DC’s star-studded jazz history reigns on with DC JazzFest, an annual showcase of national and local musicians. This can't-miss event is the District's premier jazz festival, serving up a diverse selection of national and international masterclass jazz artists, many of which will perform at The Wharf. Like much of DC, many concerts during the festival are free, and that's just one of the many reasons why you should attend this wonderful celebration.


CiNoMatic: Outdoor Movies Under the Stars – Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
NoMa’s weekly outdoor movie series, formerly known as NoMa Summer Screen, runs through Oct. 27, with five chances to catch a screening in September. Take Wednesday nights to enjoy an array of favorites, including Mamma Mia (Sept. 1), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Sept. 15) and Fast Five (Sept. 22). Movies begin at sunset in Alethia Tanner Park. Admission is free and food and beverages from local purveyors will be available for purchase.
More info |  Free admission
Alethia Tanner Park, 227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002


Visit the National Children’s Museum – Opens Sept. 2
After an extended hiatus, the highly anticipated National Children’s Museum will reopen on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown DC. Kids will be amazed by the museum’s array of interactive exhibitions, which will showcase engineering, technology and science, inspiring the little ones to learn and play like never before. Advanced tickets are required for all visitors, including members, as there will be limited visitor capacity. You can also read up on the museum’s COVID-19 policies.
Morning sessions: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |  Afternoon sessions: 1:30-4:30 p.m. |  Tickets
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Sunset Cinema at The Wharf: Office Space – Sept. 2
Nothing beats watching the sunset on the water, right? Think again. View the classic workplace comedy Office Space on the Transit Pier's big screen during Sunset Cinema at The Wharf, in partnership with Pacifico Beer. All guests must reserve a free ticket, which can include seats for up to six, and can enjoy bites from Wharf restaurants and drinks from Cantina Bambina.
8 p.m. (Seating available at 7:30 p.m.) |  Reserve
Transit Pier, 970 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024


Field Day: A Three Day Festival for Emerging Voices – Sept. 2-4
The Kennedy Center, 44:21 and Shout Mouse Press will celebrate emerging storytellers throughout this free three-day event at The REACH. The schedule includes a short film festival with works by young filmmakers, readings by teen authors from the DMV, a writing workshop, an open mic night, live music and art and books by local creators available for purchase. Make sure to read up on the Kennedy Center’s vaccination and mask policy before you go.
More info
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Union Market Drive-In Movie Washington, DC

The Drive-In at Union Market: Crazy Rich Asians – Sept. 3
This year’s edition of the Drive-In at Union Market has two more showings this season, with the next set for Sept. 3. Admission is $20 per car and the lot allows up to 125 cars, but visitors on foot can also enjoy the show from Neal Park, free of charge. Level up your theater concessions with the variety of flavors offered at the Market.
7:30-10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE Washington, DC 20002


DC Festival of Magic – Sept. 3-5
Get ready to work your magic one last time this summer with a dazzling display of illusions. Set in downtown DC at the Capital Hilton, the three-day-long festival features multiple magicians, including master Brian Curry. Families with young children will want to mark Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. for the Mr. Barry Family Show.
The Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Boat on the Potomac River

Enjoy Labor Day weekend in Washington, DC
We’re taking the work out of making your Labor Day weekend plans. Close out your summer in Washington, DC with the best activities, events and things to do. Read up on a number of ways to make the weekend a memorable one, including safe, in-person activities. Check out the latest info regarding the District as you consider your options.


Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets – Sept. 3-6
The 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals are welcoming fans to Nationals Park again with safety protocols in place. Fortunately, the team will be in DC for a for a five-game weekend series against the New York Mets from Sept. 3-6 (the teams will play a doubleheader on Sept. 4, with fireworks at 6 p.m.). Make sure to check the Nationals' website for ticket details and availability. And if you can't make it to the game, note that all Nats games can be viewed on MASN locally or heard on 106.7 The Fan on your FM dial.
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SW, Washington, DC 20003


Toni Stone – Sept. 3 – Oct. 3
This spellbinding story from award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond is set to hit a home run at Arena Stage. Toni Stone is the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues and the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league in the 1950s. Stone dominates the competition and makes her own rules in the male-dominated sports world. This inspiring story will showcase the courage, determination and confidence of its alluring main character.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


The Towers of the WTC: 51 Years of Photographs by Camilo José Vergara – Sept. 4 - March 6, 2022
Dedicated to “those who perished, those who responded and those who are rebuilding after September 11, 2001,” this new exhibit at the National Building Museum will feature stunning photographs by Camilo José Vergara, chronicling the five-decade story of the World Trade Center, including its construction, tragic demise and the rebuilding of the site and surrounding area. The visual retrospective will serve not just as a reflection on the Twin Towers, but the evolution and transformation of New York City itself.
Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  More info
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Renewal 2121 – Through Sept. 6
After the COVID-19 pandemic and rising concerns over climate change, this installation at ARTECHOUSE transports you 100 years into the future. You’ll be immersed in an industrial city where nature is combating the onslaught of an overreaching metropolis, a stark warning if mankind continues at its current pace. Hope is found through cherry blossoms peeking through neon lights, showing the way for those ready to take action. Renewal 2121 is an original ARTECHOUSE production and was inspired by DC’s illustrious cherry blossom season. Use the 'Tickets' link below for a special 10% discount.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Inside Out: 2021 Summer Block Party – Through Sept. 6
This year’s edition of the National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party features a roundup of smaller projects and programs both inside and outside the museum, making for safer environs. You can enjoy a wooden maze filled with books, a hand-made cathedral truss, interactive lawn art, outdoor movies (via DowntownDC Summer Flicks) and more. Most programming is free.
More info
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Jazz in the Gardens: A Salute to Duke Ellington – Sept. 8
Spend an evening outdoors at the Hillwood Estate as the Marshall Keys Quintet plays classic Duke Ellington songs. The Duke, a DC native, was front-and-center during the roaring 1920s, which are catalogued in detail through an exhibit in the estate’s museum. Hear modern takes on Ellington standards and words from the man himself through recordings from his personal archive.
5:30-8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008


Kesha – Sept. 8
In support of her latest release, High Road, Kesha comes to DC’s The Anthem. Return to enjoying live music in the nation’s capital with a visit to one of the city’s coolest state-of-the-art venues as it hosts one of the biggest pop stars around. Please note that proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test from the past 72 hours will be required for entry.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


The Picnic Theatre Company and Dumbarton House Present: All About Eve – Sept. 8-10
Outdoor theater comes to the gorgeous Dumbarton House in Georgetown this September. Journey back to the golden age of Broadway with this performance of All About Eve, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1950. Ruthless ambition, jealousy and sterling drama are all at the center of this scintillating tale of Eve, who will do anything to achieve stardom on the world’s biggest stage. Bring a picnic for 5 p.m. before the show begins at 6.
Picnic: 5 p.m. |  Show: 6 p.m. |  Tickets
Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


D.C. Walls – Sept. 8-18
Returning for its sixth year, this international mural festival, formerly known as POW! WOW!, will convene local, national and international artists under its new name. The 10-day outdoor festival launched originally in 2016 and is the local chapter of the worldwide POW! WOW! collective, based in Hawai’i.
More Info


Concerts in the Sculpture Garden: Flor de Toloache – Sept. 9
The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden free concert series continues with the Latin Grammy award-winning trio known as Flor de Toloache. The all-women group got its start in New York City subway stations before staking their claim as enlightened torchbearers for Mariachi music. Their return to live performance will feature an awesome fusion of genres, languages, original songs and classics of the genre. Make sure to grab a pass online.
6 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial – Sept. 10
The power of the human heart shines through in this Tony Award-winning play that will be performed free-of-charge on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for one night only thanks to Ford’s Theatre. The tale concerns the Canadian small town of Gander, which welcomes 7,000 airline passengers after dozens of planes were diverted there on September 11, 2001. The town offered food, shelter and friendship, and this musical packages all of those good vibes into moving songs that will invigorate your faith in humanity. Tickets are not required for the 100-minute play.
6 p.m. |  Free admission
Lincoln Memorial, 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington, DC 20002


Adams Morgan Day – Sept. 12
The longest-running neighborhood festival in the District hosts in-person activities for the first time since 2019. Celebrate one of DC’s liveliest, most diverse neighborhoods with this day-long extravaganza that is led by volunteers and showcases the businesses, artists and organizations that make up Adams Morgan. Visit the event’s official website for more info, including scheduling.
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Free admission
18th Street NW, between Columbia Road NW and Florida Avenue NW


Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century – Through Sept. 12
This year marks the centennial of The Phillips Collection, which is considered America’s first museum of modern art. The museum honors the occasion with this breathtaking exhibit that highlights more than 200 works from the museum’s 6,000-piece collection, taking you on a 200-year journey through the artistic themes of setting, history and identity via videos, paintings, prints, sculptures and more. Beginning Sept. 8, you can check out the museum’s new generative digital piece online before it’s on view inside the museum on Sept. 17.
Hours & Tickets
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


NMWA xChange: Alma Woodsey Thomas and the Little Paris Group  – Sept. 14
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) hosts this monthly virtual talk show that features special guests, including artists, curators and educators. September’s edition will focus on Alma Thomas and her landmark collaborations with The Little Paris Group. Admission is free, but registration is required. Make sure to check out other ways to celebrate Thomas this fall in DC.
12-12:45 p.m. |  Register


The Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert – Sept. 14
Influenced by An American Pageant for the Arts, a 1962 event overseen by Leonard Bernstein, this epic anniversary extravaganza will feature Renée Fleming, Ben Folds, The Punch Brothers, Keb’ Mo’, Christian McBride and Rachael Price, among others. The National Symphony Orchestra will serve as the musical backdrop for performances of American classics that highlight our multicultural past and future. Make sure to read up on the Kennedy Center’s vaccination and mask policy before you go.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The Amen Corner – Sept. 14-26
From the brilliant mind of the late James Baldwin comes this acclaimed play directed by Whitney White, which will reside at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall for a short two-week engagement. The Amen Corner concerns Pastor Margaret, who runs a small storefront church in Harlem in the 1950s. Margaret cries out against the vices of her sons and congregation, but faces her own personal struggle when memories of her troubled past return. Filled with uproarious gospel songs, the acclaimed production serves as an outstanding re-entry to in-person theater enjoyment.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Hispanic Heritage Month programming from Smithsonian – Sept. 15 – Oct. 13
Join several Smithsonian museums for educational and inspirational virtual programming throughout the coming weeks. The National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian will host family-friendly online events that will focus on Hispanic art, icons and stories.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with DC Public Library – Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
The DC Public Library is offering a variety of events and resources in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme this year is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. Reflect on past, current and future contributions to Hispanic culture with story time, film viewings, performances and readings. You can also enjoy a special edition of #StayatHomeDCTrivia on Sept. 21.

National Dance Day Festival – Sept. 16-18
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center will be the venue for this free celebration of all things dance. Bring the entire family along for live performances, interactive dance routines and lessons and a diverse collection of DC organizations. Registration, which opens on Sept. 3, is required. The event is produced in partnership with the American Dance Movement and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Programming was done in collaboration with Dance Place and Kennedy Center Culture Caucus member Carol Foster. Make sure to read up on the Kennedy Center’s vaccination and mask policy before you go.
More info |  Free admission
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Ice Cream Jubilee Tasting Flights: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month – Sept. 17 – Oct. 3
Savor the flavors of Latin America with these mouthwatering tasting flights from Ice Cream Jubilee. Options include strawberry tres leches, toasted horchata, Mexican hot chocolate and mango habanero. Advanced tickets include a tasting flight, a take-home pint and a donation to La Clinica Del Pueblo, a non-profit health clinic that serves DC's local Spanish-speaking community.
More info

Wunder Garten's 7th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration – Sept. 17 – Oct. 10
Starting this Friday, weekends can feature German food, music, décor, contests and lots and lots of beer at Wunder Garten. Oktoberfest brews and German-style beers will be available throughout the celebration. Local favorite Cafe Berlin holds down Friday nights with German cuisine and the popular Bavarian Olympics also return (think stein-holding contests and drinking games). On Sundays, Dogtoberfest can be enjoyed from 12-3 p.m., allowing you to bring along your pup in his or her favorite themed costume.
More info
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


H Street Festival – Sept. 18
Another one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods pulls out all the stops for this annual festival. The H Street Festival will feature live music, dance performances, family-friendly activities, contests and plenty of food vendors across its many staging areas, with dozens of businesses participating.
12-7 p.m. |  Free admission
H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair – Sept. 18-19
You don’t need Doc Brown’s DeLorean to go back in time in the DC area this September. George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosts this annual colonial-style market and fair featuring everything you could possibly dream of at such an event. This includes 18th century music, a balloon launch, fire-eating, puppet and magic shows and chocolate-making. Artisans decked out in era-appropriate attire will also be on-hand demonstrating craft skills of the time and selling wares such as weavings, furniture and leather-workings.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121


Walkingtown DC – Sept. 18-26
Cultural Tourism DC showcases the incredible walkability of the nation’s capital during this free, week-long public tour program. In total, 50 guided walking tours will be held throughout the District, allowing you to further explore the city's neighborhoods, cultural attractions, creativity and so much more. Tours come in many variations, from after-work “happy hour” soirees to long weekend tours. Historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, among others, host these adventures that will take you to both well-known and hidden gems across DC.


92Q End of Summer Jam Featuring Future – Sept. 19
Make the drive out to Merriweather Post Pavilion for this all-day show featuring hip-hop and R&B superstars. Future headlines, but he’ll also be joined by City Girls, Moneybagg Yo and 42 Dugg. Local station 92Q presents this exciting concert as a celebration of the end of summer and the onset of fall. Make sure to review Merriweather’s safety policies before you go.
3-10 p.m. |  Tickets
Merriweather Post Pavilion 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD


Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle – Through Sept. 19
The Phillips Collection showcases Jacob Lawrence’s 30-panel series entitled, Struggle…From the History of the American People. Lawrence painted the stunning series between 1954 and 1956, and this exhibition marks the first time that the pieces have been reunited since 1958. The display also features two new panels discovered in 2020 and 2021, adding fascinating new context to this lesser known series that still showcases Lawrence’s legendary narrative artistry. You can also view Lawrence’s essential Migration Series at the museum.
Hours & Tickets
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Teenage Dick – Sept. 22 – Oct. 17
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse and Huntington Theatre Company have teamed up to bring you this exciting production that was initially planned for June 2020. Teenage Dick is a darkly humorous, modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III set in high school. Richard is picked on because of his cerebral palsy and is now set to exact his revenge once he’s been named senior class president. However, along the way, Richard must ask himself: is it better to be feared or loved? Please note that in order to attend a performance at Woolly Mammoth, you’ll need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Virtual Wilmerding Symposium & Community Celebration – Sept. 22-26
In honor of Alma Thomas’ legacy, the National Gallery of Art has dedicated its 2021 John Wilmerding Symposium of American Art and Community Celebration to the artist and her contributions. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will provide a virtual introduction to two days’ worth of conversations between artists, scholars and curators. Then, from Sept. 24-26, the Gallery will host an in-person, on-site community celebration with free art kits, a special horticultural display, a community gallery, Thomas-inspired, colorful gelato in the East Building Concourse and much, much more. Make sure to register in advance.
More info
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


Deaf Enlightenment and Arts Festival – Sept. 23-25
Celebrate Deaf culture through the arts with this free three-day community event at The REACH on the Kennedy Center’s campus. Visionaries of the Creative Arts and National Theatre of the Deaf have partnered with DC’s iconic venue to host programming featuring outdoor activities and performances by Deaf artists in music, ASL poetry/storytelling, the visual arts, dance, film and theatre. Make sure to read up on the Kennedy Center’s vaccination and mask policy before you go. Registration is required and opens on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m.
More info
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Art All Night – Sept. 24-25
An all-night arts festival? Sign us up. Yes, DC has that with Art All Night, which will spread out over multiple neighborhoods on Sept. 24 and 25. Art experiences don’t get much more lavish or expansive than this: Everything from painting to performing arts to music to sculpture will be showcased in both public and private spaces, indoors and outdoors as the event returns to an in-person format this year.
More info


2021 Feminist Art History Conference – Sept. 24-26
American University offers the seventh edition of this art and literary focused conference in a virtual format. On Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., Jonathan Frederick Walz, curator of The Phillips Collection’s upcoming exhibit dedicated to Alma Thomas, will host a session on the artist’s fascination with space, time and the performing arts. The next day, at 11:30 a.m., the University and the National Gallery of Art host the conference’s final session, a lively discussion that will focus on feminist issues in museum practice.


District Hunt – Sept. 24 – Oct. 11
Game Genius’ third annual citywide puzzle hunt focuses on climate and environment changemakers and action steps. There are two ways to play: a team contest (1-5 players) on opening weekend (Sept. 24-26) to complete the puzzle as quickly as possible or a self-directed hunt on your own time after opening weekend (Sept. 27 – Oct. 11). Teams are given a special fundraising page to share in the lead up to the competition. Read the FAQ and start planning how you will conquer the District Hunt.
Sign up


Laurie Anderson: The Weather – Sept. 24 – July 31, 2022
You're likely familiar with Laurie Anderson and her influence without even knowing it. One of the most groundbreaking artists of the 20th century has used a range of media, including live performance, video, music and writing, to address American identity and technology and the effect of both on human relationships. This new exhibit at the Hirshhorn will debut more than 10 new artworks, interspersed with essential Anderson creations from throughout her career. The immersive audiovisual experience will be complimented by a series of live shows by Anderson from January through July of 2022.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

Make Good The Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and its Legacies – Sept. 24 – Aug. 31, 2022
Step into the National Museum of African American History and Culture's new 4,300-square-foot exhibition that explores the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. Make Good The Promises features 175 objects, 200 photographs, 15 audio, video and interactive programs, as well as a companion book. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the United States after slavery and the end of the Civil War. It connects that era to efforts in 2021 to make good on the promises of the Constitution. Note that the museum also celebrates its fifth anniversary on Sept. 24.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free timed passes |  Safety guidelines
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


DC Bike Ride – Sept. 25
If you’re looking for fun activities in the District this fall, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride, happening on Saturday, Sept. 25. With a family-friendly course, DC Bike Ride became the biggest celebration of cycling in DC by offering a unique experience to its participants. If you need further convincing, here are even more reasons to participate and then make sure to register.

Franklin Park Fest – Sept. 25
The National Park Service, along with the District of Columbia and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, is nearing completion on the $18 million renovation of the nearly five-acre park. On Sept. 24, the park will officially reopen with a community block party set to take place on the following day. Improvements include a new outdoor restaurant and pavilion, a children’s play area and improvements to the landscaping, lighting, central plaza and the interactive historic fountain.
6 p.m. |  Free admission
Franklin Park, 1332 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


George Washington Patriot Run – Sept. 26
You will have a chance to run down the George Washington Memorial Parkway right up to George Washington’s mansion on Mount Vernon with this special September run, which will also be offered in a virtual format. Both a 5K and 10-Miler will be offered in-person with safety protocols in place. After the race, you can enjoy concessions, live music and beer (if you’re over the age of 21).
More info & registration
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121


Georgetown Glow Spring 2021 in Georgetown DC

Georgetown GLOW: Summer Edition – Through Sept. 26
After the 2020 edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Georgetown GLOW continues with a summer edition meant to dazzle you as you explore one of DC’s most historic neighborhoods. The region’s only free, curated, outdoor public light experience is open to all both day and night, and you can read up on the artists and installations on Georgetown GLOW’s official website.

Inside the Wardrobe – Through Sept. 26
The stars have aligned in bringing this 20,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit to DC’s center of fashion, Georgetown. You will journey through more than 20 experiences focused on the fun and creativity of getting dressed. Inside the Wardrobe merges an Instagram playground and a pop-up museum into a fashionista fantasyland. Design Foundry is behind this incredible addition to DC’s lineup.
Thursdays & Fridays, 5-9 p.m. |  Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
3270 M Street NW, Suite C100, Washington, DC 20007


Life of a Neuron – Sept. 27 – Nov. 28
This new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE will take you through the thinking cells of the brain, diving into one of the world's greatest mysteries. Artists and scientists collaborated on this fascinating experience that will showcase how the brain shapes our experiences. Thanks to the Society for Neuroscience, ARTECHOUSE allows you to see a neuron from pre-birth to death, allowing for an immersive journey to the center of the mind. Book a discounted trip through the museum at the link for 'Tickets' below.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


The REACH at the Kennedy Center

Outdoor Mini Festivals at the Kennedy Center – Weekends through Oct. 2
The Kennedy Center is holding three-day, outdoor mini festivals (Thursday – Saturday) curated by artists and organizations from around the DC area. Audiences can enjoy films, live performances, art vendors, dance and yoga lessons on the REACH plaza, with food and drinks available from Victura Park. Attendance is totally free of charge, but some events require registration.
More info
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Weekly Farmers Market at The Park at City Center – Through Nov. 23
Head over to CityCenterDC and check out a wide variety of local vendors at this popular farmers market. Expect to see DC favorites like Timber Pizza Company, Fishscale, Call Your Mother Deli, DMV Empanadas and Tae-Gu Kimchi. Once you’ve enjoyed this gem downtown, check out additional farmers markets in DC.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Park at CityCenterDC, 1098 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980 – Through Jan. 17, 2022
As part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, three women photographers – Elinor Cahn, Joan Clark Netherwood and Linda Rich – captured East Baltimore for a five-year stretch from 1975 to 1980. In this exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, you can view the stunning work of Cohn, Netherwood and Rich in all its glorious detail, as the trio captured celebrations, luncheons, homes, businesses and the everyday strife that members of the community faced. These images are being presented in an exhibition setting for the first time.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


View Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of Thomas’ works – Ongoing
DC’s beloved Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), which shares a building with the National Portrait Gallery, features 30 of Alma Thomas’ works among its collection. Many are on view, showcasing Thomas’ distinctive style and wondrous interpretation of colors. SAAM also features a comic on Thomas’ life in its Drawn to Art series and the museum will host a Teacher Workshop focused on the DC legend on Sept. 17.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  More info
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F & 8th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Experience The Capital Wheel
Soar 180 feet in the air on the area’s only observation wheel, which spins right on the National Harbor’s majestic waterfront. The Capital Wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondola cars that seat up to eight and circle every day and night of the year, providing stunning views of Alexandria, Va., DC’s monuments and the Potomac River. Sunset rides are particularly scenic. Use code VISITDC for a 10% discount on tickets through Dec. 31.
Monday – Thursday, 4-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday, 12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745


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