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50+ Things to Do This March in Washington, DC

Fill your spring calendar with can’t-miss events, theater performances, outstanding concerts and fascinating museum exhibits in the District.

We've compiled a list of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performance, concerts and more that are happening this month.

Don't forget to check out the latest updates, cancellations, postponed events and other closures before planning your things to do this month. Also, please call the business/organization ahead before planning your trip. 

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Events Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Museum Exhibits

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Events

Ilana Glazer from Broad City
Ilana Glazer – March 4
Creator and star of one of the best sitcoms of the past decade, Ilana Glazer is a multifaceted writer and performer with a lot to say, most of it absolutely hilarious and insightful. After the indelible Broad City concluded its run on Comedy Central last year, Glazer is blazing a new career path that is sure to keep her fans guessing … and cackling. Check her out at the Warner Theatre.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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 Ms. Lauryn Hill with Alice Smith at The Kennedy Center DC
BGR!Fest 2020 – March 5-8
The Kennedy Center will host this four-day celebration that showcases the incredible talents of black women and coincides with the weekend of International Women’s Day (March 8). BGR!Fest (the “BGR” stands for “Black Girls Rock”) offers performances and talks that will elevate the genius of black women artists and thinkers. Ms. Lauryn Hill is the headliner (Alice Smith will open for her), and you can also expect to see Maimouna Youssef, Victory Boyd, Naturi Naughton, Tarana J. Burke and many more. There’s also a secret show loaded with surprises that you will not want to miss. Purchase your tickets ASAP as this will be a major early-March attraction.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Washington, DC Travel & Adventure Show – March 7-8
Looking to get inspired for your next adventure? Get excited for the only travel show in the DC area, which features thousands of experts doling out info on top destinations and must-know travel tips. You’ll be immersed in cultures from around the world and can hear from other globetrotters to help you live out your wildest travel dreams. This year, keynote speakers include Peter Greenberg, an Emmy Award-winning reporter and CBS News travel editor, and bestselling author and novelist Paul Theroux.​
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m./Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP MOVING TO WASHINGTON DC IN 2020 in the new Entertainment & Sports Arena (ESA
2020 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Championship – March 7-10
The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) brings its annual men's basketball championship tournament to the nation's capital. The conference features near-to-DC universities, including James Madison, William & Mary and Delaware, so expect local alumni to be in full throat at Entertainment and Sports Arena, the city's newest, 4,200-seat sports venue. The winner of the tournament (last year's was Northeastern) is granted an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, so competition will be fierce.​
Tickets
Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Street SE, Washington, DC 20032

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DC Defenders
DC Defenders at Audi Field – March 8, 15 & 28
The XFL has returned, this time bringing with it a team that represents DC. The Defenders play their home games at the beautiful Audi Field, which provides one of the best stadium experiences in the area. Head coach Pep Hamilton has led the team to a 2-0 record (as of this writing) with back-to-back dominant performances at home. The Defenders will continue their quest for a postseason appearance in their inaugural season. March home games include matchups against the St. Louis BattleHawks (March 8, 3 p.m.), the Dallas Renegades (March 15, 4 p.m.) and the Tampa Bay Vipers (March 28, 2 p.m.).​
Tickets
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Jaimie Branch, the Brooklyn–based trumpeter/composer, playing the Trumpet
Direct Current – March 8-21
A two-week festival of contemporary American art, music, film, dance and activism converges at the Kennedy Center with fascinating presentations that will be new to Washington audiences. The programming, which focuses on female creatives this year, will tap creative luminaries such as Ava DuVernay, Camila Meza and Patti Smith. Expect film screenings, new theater productions and live music.
Learn more
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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Nick Cannon of Wild 'n' Out Live Tour poster
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild’N Out Live – March 13
Mixing stand up comedy and live music, Wild’N Out has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Hosted by the incomparable Nick Cannon, this live show will feature all the cool stuff you expect from the show: head-to-head battles, hilarious improv and even audience participation. Expect popular cast members to join Cannon on stage – as well as plenty of surprises.​
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004​​

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Tidal Basin paddle boats with the cherry blossoms - Where to photograph the cherry blossoms during the National Cherry Blossom Festival this spring in Washington, DC
National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 - April 12
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events: the Pink Tie Party (March 20), the Opening Ceremony (March 21), the Blossom Kite Festival (March 28), the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 4) and Petalpalooza (April 11).

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Pink Tie Party during the National Cherry Blossom Festival
Pink Tie Party – March 20
Show off your duds and support the blossoms at this exclusive pink tie fundraiser, where a ticket will give you access to one sophisticated celebration. Mixologists go toe-to-toe with their own heady cherry blossom concoctions, while chefs from popular eateries get into the spirit by rustling up spring-themed eats. There's also dancing and a silent auction that you will not want to miss. The event is for ages 21 and over.​
7-11 p.m. | Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Opening Ceremony at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC
National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – March 21
Diehard blossom-goers make a point to be official about their visit by reserving tickets to this free event. Experience the festival on stage, through traditional and contemporary performances at the Warner Theatre, including the dance team WHITE OUT TOKYO, the singer Naotaro Moriyama and the alternative music ensemble of Anna Sato and Toshiyuki Sasaki.​
5-6:30 p.m. | Free admission |  Reserve
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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A taiko drumming performance during the Cherry Blossom Festival
Smithsonian American Art Museum Cherry Blossom Celebration – March 21
Join one of DC’s most popular museums in celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The free event will take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum inside its gorgeous Kogod Courtyard. Expect a taiko drumming performance, Japanese dancing, face painting, cherry blossom-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt for spring-themed art and much more.
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street & 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Woman with children surrounding her in kimonos playing the drum
Japanese Fashion Family DayMarch 21
Watch Japanese fashion come to life at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Learn about kimonos, happi coats, accessories and the creations of leading Japanese designers while marveling at traditional dance performances. Attendees can experience a kimono dressing demonstration as well as create their own kimono designs and cherry blossom pendants.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. |  Free admission
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

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 Future is Festival
BYT Presents: Future is Festival – March 26-29
The newest festival experience from Brightest Young Things launches in late March and includes events at Lincoln Theatre and The REACH. Future is Festival will showcase the talents of podcasters, filmmakers, comedians, musicians and innovators, including Nora from The Lily, Jonathan Coulton, Ophira Eisenberg, Rhea Butcher, Alex Elle and many more. To cap it off, there’s a Lizzo daytime dance party at Eaton Workshop that you do not want to miss.
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Cherry Blossom Kite Festival in DC Image with Little Girl Playing with Kite
Blossom Kite Festival – March 28
Head to the Washington Monument grounds for this annual kite-flying festival adored by local and visiting families. The perfect spring activity allows you to watch expert kite fliers from all over the world participate in the Hot Tricks Showdown, a stunt competition. Make sure you bring your camera and a kite and take advantage of this free DC tradition.
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Grounds of the Washington Monument near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

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Runners participating in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Washington, DC
United Airlines Rock 'N' Roll Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K – March 29
Choose from three different race formats and run and rock through DC during this annual extravaganza. The two days prior to race day feature a health and fitness expo at DC Armory, where participants can pick up their race packets and try out new running apparel and technology. Then, on the big day, conquer the marathon, half-marathon or 5K. Each sport scenic routes that allow you to marvel at DC’s monuments.
Register

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Museum Exhibits

Women participate in the Holi ceremony, the festival of love and colors, which was once considered inappropriate for widows, at the Gopinath Temple in India.
'Women: A Century of Change' – Ongoing
Drawing from National Geographic’s epic photo collection, this exhibit highlights iconic women from around the world and across centuries. You will see the evolution of the depiction of women since National Geographic was founded in 1888 as well as stunning photography and behind-the-scenes stories from Lynsay Addario, Jodi Cobb and Ami Vitale. Images of women in power are also displayed, including portraits of Dr. Jane Goodall, Emma González, Nancy Pelosi and many more.
Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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'Riffs & Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition' at the Phillips Collection | Things to Do in Washington, DC in February
‘Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition’ – Through May 24

The Phillips Collection examines the relationship between the work of 20th and 21st century African American artists and the European modernists of the early 20th century. The exhibit will feature pieces by Romare Bearden, Renee Cox, Norman Lewis, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Carrie Mae Weems and many others. Experience the complex influence of European modernist art on the work of black artists, a cross-cultural dialogue that makes for fascinating study.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Orchids at the Botanic Garden
'Discover the World of Orchids'– Through May 3

The U.S. Botanic Garden will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary throughout 2020, with this special orchid exhibit leading the way. Visitors will be immersed in plant exploration and the diversity of orchids found throughout the world. A natural Manila hemp rope sculpture installation by artist Susan Beallor-Snyder is featured among the gorgeous tropical plants of the Garden Court. Thousands of orchid blooms make for a sea of flowers in the Conservatory, showcasing the Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens’ incredible plant collection.​
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Free admission
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

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'John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal' at National Portrait Gallery | Things to Do in Washington, DC in February
‘John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal’ – Through May 31
Like Bob Dylan switching from acoustic to electric, John Singer Sargent stunned the art world when, at the peak of his success as a portraitist, he switched from oil painting to charcoal. In the decades to follow, Sargent drew some of the most influential men and women of early 20th century Anglo-American culture. The National Portrait Gallery displays the first exhibition of Sargent’s portrait drawings in more than 50 years.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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 120 Years of Panels and Pages’ at the Library of Congress
'Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages' – Through Sept. 12
Trace the early beginnings of comic books all the way to today’s big-screen superheroes with this exhibit at the Library of Congress. From the Yellow Kid in an 1895 edition of the New York World newspaper to the comic book boom of the mid-20th century to comic art and characters permeating every art form and the culture at-large, this 120-year retrospective covers the artists, images and developments that have made comic books essential.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

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Degas at the Opéra exhibit at the National Gallery of Art with Free Admission
‘Degas at the Opéra’ – March 1 - July 5
Edgar Degas was a sincere lover of music and the ballet, and his divine skills as an artist allowed him to become the painter of dancers. This exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, presented in honor of the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opéra, will display roughly 100 of Degas’ most beloved works that distinctly and vividly portray the sophisticated cultural scene of the 19th century. Pieces range from paintings and pastels to prints and sculpture.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Gold pen used to sign joint resolution for 19th Amendment, 1919
‘Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage' – Opens March 6
In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Museum of American History features this exhibit that will highlight the incredible achievements of women in winning suffrage, as well as the legislation’s impact. The centerpiece is a six-foot-tall portrait of Susan B. Anthony, but visitors can also view a range of items donated by the National American Women’s Suffrage Association and contemporary artifacts such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s gavel.
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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International Women's Day
International Women’s Day at NMWA – March 8
The National Museum of Women in the Arts will offer free admission for International Women’s Day to go along with a variety of special programs. You’ll be treated to docent-led conversations, live music, hands-on activities, a women authors book swap, story time and displays from a range of vendors, including Georgetown Cupcake and Salt & Sundry.
12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Linda Nochlin looking at a painting
‘Linda Nochlin: The Maverick She’ – March 8 - July 31
On view in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Library and Research Center, this exhibit will showcase the tremendous impact of scholar, historian and critic Linda Nochlin. In a career spanning decades, Nochlin emphasized the importance of appreciating female thinkers, artists and activists. The Maverick She will feature a selection of Nochlin’s papers and other artifacts that showcase her contributions to art and culture.
Hours and Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
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Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women Artists of Latin America – March 14
For its seventh annual Art+Feminism edit-a-thon and to commemorate the women’s suffrage centennial, the National Museum of Women in the Arts invites you to improve and create Wikipedia entries for Latin American women artists. All are welcome – just bring a laptop and your desire to combat gender bias. Last year, this initiative impacted or built 21,000 Wikipedia pages in total.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. |  Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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 Art, Nature, and Culture Exhibit at The Smithsonian American Art Musueum
‘Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture' – March 20 - Aug. 16
Considered the most important naturalist of the 19th century, Alexander von Humboldt visited the U.S. for six weeks in 1804 and in the process, re-shaped American perceptions of nature. This exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will highlight the spectacular influence that Humboldt’s paintings, books and letters have had on American culture, from literature to politics to exploration to science.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street & 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Paintings by Tomioka Tessai
‘Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection' – March 28 - Aug. 2
Japanese painter Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924) crafted his own idiosyncratic style, masterfully combining hints of ancient Chinese and Japanese art into something completely new. His work reminded many critics of European postimpressionism, showcasing a modernity not seen before in Asian art. Tessai cultivated a friendship with museum founder and art collector Charles Lang Freer during the latter’s visit to Kyoto in 1907, which exposed Tessai’s work to new audiences. Over the years, Tessai has only grown more influential, and the Gallery will proudly display some of his most significant pieces.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC

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Lynda Benglis Art Piece called Phool
‘Lynda Benglis' – March 22 - Jan. 24, 2021
Innovative American artist Lynda Benglis is known for her bold and physical works that take on gender and media. The National Gallery of Art will showcase 33 of Benglis’ works made between 1966 and 2003 in this in-depth exhibit, including sculptures, paintings, drawings and videos. Benglis has influenced multiple generations of artists, making this show a must-see for art connoisseurs.​
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m./Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Theater

'Celia and Fidel' at Arena Stage | Things to Do in Washington, DC in February
‘Celia and Fidel’ – Through April 12
Celia Sánchez was the most trusted advisor of one Fidel Castro, always by his side as he mulled how to improve his Cuban homeland. Celia and Fidel is set in 1980, as 10,000 Cuban citizens seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy. Castro must decide, through an intense conversation with the revolutionary Celia, whether he wants to be mighty or merciful. Magical realism is woven into this captivating tale that ruminates on the battle between power and morality.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Washington National Opera's Don Giovanni | Things to Do in Washington, DC in February
Washington National Opera: ‘Don Giovanni’ – Through March 22
Time’s up for Don Giovanni! Mozart’s classic tragicomedy comes to the Kennedy Center thanks to the Washington National Opera. Giovanni is a manipulative and malicious womanizer, a man whose past is filled with malevolence and sexism. However, when the women of his past unite, he’s set to meet the hellish fate he so richly deserves. This timeless (and wholly relevant to 2020) tale will captivate theatergoers just as it did when Mozart wrote it.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Samson and Delilah Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center
Washington National Opera: ‘Samson and Delilah' - March 1-21
A legendary tale of love and deceit comes to the Kennedy Center from March 1-21 thanks to the Washington National Opera. Samson possesses superhuman strength and aims to free enslaved Hebrews from the Philistines. However, the irresistible Delilah is the Philistines’ most powerful weapon, and her seductive powers threaten to reveal the source of Samson’s power. Filled with unforgettable songs, costumes, set designs and glorious vocal performances, this production will be a highlight of the season.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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American musical Bandstand at The National Theatre DC
‘Bandstand’ – March 3-8
From Andy Blankenbuehler, winner of three Tony Awards and the choreographer of Hamilton, Bandstand is an inspiring story of soldiers who return home from World War II hoping to rebuild their lives. When NBC announces a national competition to find musical superstars, Private First Class and singer/songwriter Donny Novitski recruits a group of fellow veterans. Infectious music and vibrant dancing soon follows, creating a spectacle you’re unlikely to see at any other theater this March.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Pass Over
'Pass Over' – March 4 - April 12
A modern story that blends elements of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, Pass Over promises to be one of the most thought-provoking productions in DC this spring. Kitch and Moses spend their days on the street corner, talking and joking through what they’ll see and who they’ll meet once their time on the block is over and they’ve reached the promised land. Vividly illuminating the forces that keep Kitch and Moses where they are, this play written by Antoinette Nwandu pulls no punches in its frank depiction of urban life.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Einstein and his wife, Mileva Maric play at ExPats theatre in DC
ExPats Theatre: ‘Einstein’s Wife’ – March 5-22
You’re familiar with Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity. But did you know that Einstein’s first wife, the physicist and mathematician Mileva Maric, was a substantial contributor to the man’s scientific success? The Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts this ExPats Theatre production that dives deep into Maric and Einstein’s tumultuous relationship that was torn apart by motherhood and a culture not ready to honor the professional accomplishments of women.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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123 Andrés
‘123 Andrés’ – March 7-8
Visit the Kennedy Center for some outstanding bilingual family entertainment this March. Andrés and Christina are Latin Grammy Award-winning teaching artists who know how to get families moving and learning during their vibrant performances. The duo will host a cultural exploration of Latin America through music, language and dance. The kids’ imaginations will also be turned loose throughout. Check out a musical instrument “petting zoo” one hour prior to each performance.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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RIOT! An International Women’s Day Comedy Event at The Kennedy Center DC
‘RIOT! An International Women’s Day Comedy Event’ – March 8
Celebrate International Women’s Day by laughing your butt off at some of the most talented female comedic performers in the world. The all-star lineup for this special event at the Kennedy Center includes Sasheer Zamata, Margaret Cho, Jen Kirkman, Dulcé Sloan and Catherine Cohen. Advice: buy a ticket as soon as you finish reading this, as last year’s show was a major hit with DC audiences.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Inherit the Windbag
'Mosaic Theater Company Presents: ‘Inherit The Windbag’ - March 11-29
Political punditry was redefined forever (for better or worse) by a series of televised debates between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley in the summer of 1968. Flash forward to the Dismal Beyond (which also goes by the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Ca.) and Vidal and Buckley are set to reprise their arguments. Before you know it, the two are battling for history itself, with a few friends like Aaron Burr and Ayn Rand passing through.​
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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 Karen Vincent, Bueka Uwemedimo, Joe Mallon and Maria Egler by Scott Suchman.
‘Guys & Dolls’ – March 13 - May 20
Journey back to 1950s New York, where gamblers, missionaries and showgirls all mingle. Guys and Dolls is a classic musical comedy that follows a high stakes game of love. Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson $1,000 to woo Sarah Brown. Nathan has also been engaged to cabaret singer Adelaide for 14 years … and she’s ready to tie the knot. Enjoy legendary songs like “Luck be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” during this romp at Ford’s Theatre.
Tickets
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Genderosity play put on by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC
‘Genderosity' – March 14-15
Celebrate the spectrum of gender identity with this new spectacle from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. Genderosity will go all-out with costumes, dancers and uplifting songs, including “Born This Way,” “Dancing Queen,” and “My Strongest Suit”. With a glam-rock vibe and the self-expression turned all the way up, you’ll see LGBTQ+ performers strut their stuff in one of the liveliest shows of the season.
Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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new contemporary opera, Blue, at The Kennedy Center in DC
Washington National Opera: ‘Blue’ - March 15-28
Inspired by Black literature like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, this modern opera is a timely and turbulent look at race, violence and law enforcement in today’s America. A Harlem couple celebrates the birth of their baby boy, but the mother worries for his future and his father wrestles with being a police officer. Years later, tragedy strikes, shattering the family and their community. Blue asks audiences to encounter and consider police violence and its impact through emotional songs and a powerful story.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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The Last Ship
'The Last Ship' - March 27 - April 5
Starring Sting and inspired by his 1991 album, The Soul Cages, this new musical production at National Theatre details a community brought to its demise thanks to the collapse of the shipbuilding industry. Gideon Fletcher comes back home after 17 years at sea only to find his neighborhood in tatters, with the shipyard set to close and his family in disarray. A half-built ship ominously towers over everyone as Jackie White (Sting) rallies the town to unite in the face of calamity.
Tickets
National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Pee-Wee Herman on a Bike making a silly face
‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ 35th Anniversary Tour with Paul Reubens – March 29
Yep, it has been 35 years since Pee-wee’s Big Adventure was released in theaters. Warner Theatre invites you to celebrate this milestone anniversary with a screening of the classic comedy/adventure tale directed by Tim Burton. Afterwards, star Paul Reubens will tell outlandish and amazing stories of the making of the film.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Music

Kevin Barnes of, of Montreal, laying on bed
of Montreal – March 2
Sprung from the mind of singer/songwriter Kevin Barnes, of Montreal is one of indie rock’s enduring treats, a project that has kept fans guessing for more than two decades. The group, which features an ever-rotating cast of members besides Barnes, is also prolific, with nary a year going by without one or two releases. Bank on hearing a wide-ranging set that will veer from upbeat, sunny pop to dirgy disco to funk spasms without ever breaking a sweat.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Aventura Bachata Concert at Capital One Arena in March
Aventura – March 3 & 5
Aventura is one of the most successful Latin groups of all-time, commonly known as “the Kings of Bachata” for bringing that particular strand of groove to the masses. Their songs blend the sounds of the tropics and bachata into an exhilarating mix – one that makes for outstanding live shows. Coming off of 2019’s chart-topping greatest hits collection, Lo Mejor De Aventura, the group will play two nights worth of hot tracks at Capital One Arena.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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JONATHAN RICHMAN with TOMMY LARKINS and BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY with EMMETT KELLY Musical Act at The Lincoln Theatre
Jonathan Richman & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – March 7
Two of the most idiosyncratic talents in the history of independent rock music will share a bill at the illustrious Lincoln Theatre this March. Jonathan Richman has been unleashing his brand of quirky tunes since the 1970s, when he burst into the consciousness of rock fans as the frontman for The Modern Lovers, a group of proto-punk rompers from Boston. Bonnie “Prince” Billy (real name: Will Oldham) was also initially part of an ensemble called Palace Music, but by the late 1990s, he had launched a critically acclaimed solo career. Bonnie has continuously released records that challenge audiences, each grounded in his strange form of alt-country. These two titans of songwriting gracing the same stage is a rarity, so don’t miss this golden opportunity.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Destroyer, the musician, featured sitting down will be playing at Black Cat DC
Destroyer – March 9
Dan Bejar, who performs under the name Destroyer, has created his own pop music reality, where seminal artists like Bob Dylan and David Bowie can be heard drifting through, but soon retreat to make way for Bejar’s stunning idiosyncrasies. Listening to Destroyer is an experience, each album its own profound statement. The critically acclaimed Have We Met is yet another foray into Bejar’s fascinating world, a journey you can take via his concert at The Black Cat on March 9.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Black Cat, 181 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the band
Nathaniel Rateliff – March 14
The first phrase that likely comes to mind when you hear the name “Nathaniel Rateliff,” we unfortunately can’t print. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t scoop tickets to his solo show at The Anthem in mid-March. This year’s And It’s Still Alright showcases a new side of Rateliff, as he struggled through a divorce and the loss of a close friend during its recording. Expect a powerful and uplifting show at one of DC’s coolest venues.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Sturgill Simpson – March 15-16
With a drawl that resembles Waylon Jennings, an adventurous and outlaw spirit and a penchant for lyrics that are as sharp as a knife, Sturgill Simpson is turning the entire notion of country music on its head. Listen to 2014’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and you’ll hear an artist taking the art form back to its roots and away from Rascal Flatts-esque singalongs. By last year’s SOUND & FURY, Simpson had successfully incorporated rock, funk and electronic elements into his oeuvre, making for a record that has almost no genre at all. As you can imagine, Simpson throws together all aspects of his sound into his stunning live shows, and you’ll have two chances to catch him at The Anthem in DC.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Billie Eilish at Capital One Arena
Billie Eilish – March 18
The bad guy (girl) is coming to DC. Billie Eilish is coming off one hell of a night at the Grammy Awards, where she took home five trophies, including Album of the Year. The 18-year old has already had a career’s worth of successes, and she’s just getting started. As you may conclude, tickets will be in high demand for this concert at Capital One Arena.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Yasiin Bey of Mos Def
Yasiin Bey – March 21
Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, is one of the most influential hip-hop artists in the history of the genre. He’s emerging from a career hiatus to perform at the historic Howard Theatre, where he’ll showcase a catalogue filled with mind-expanding music, from his work with Black Star and The Roots to his solo ventures. Witness a legend perform inside one of the coolest venues in the city.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Musician Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore – March 26
After beginning her career as a teen pop star, Mandy Moore segued into an outstanding acting career, as she now stars on This Is Us, one of TV’s most popular shows. However, Moore had the itch to get back into the studio and on the road, which led to this year’s Silver Landings, her first new album in 11 years. Now, the uber-talented artist will touch down in DC for a show at the historic and intimate Warner Theatre.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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30 Club
Soccer Mommy – March 28
Two albums into her recording career, Sophie Allison, who performs as Soccer Mommy, has already developed a loyal following thanks to her infectious melodies and heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics. Allison’s songs are powerful, personal and versatile – one can listen deeply or simply enjoy her ability to craft catchy tunes that burrow into your head for days. The 9:30 Club hosts the burgeoning star for an early show late in the month.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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30 Club
Drive-By Truckers – March 28
Hailing from the American South, Drive-By Truckers have been the definitive Southern rock band since the late 1990s, churning out a steady stream of hard-rocking, gut-busting, soul-searching records. The live shows are loud and torrential, with songs capable of going in any direction. Their new album, The Unraveling, reaffirms the band’s unmistakable voice and sound. You’ll be able to catch them on the a Friday night at the legendary 9:30 Club.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Thundercat at The Fillmore Silver Spring
Thundercat – March 28
As idiosyncratic as any artist currently working, Thundercat is a bassist by trade, but a revolutionary in his approach to music. His songs incorporate jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, funk and everything in-between – on his most recent album, he welcomed two 1980s pop stars (Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins) into the fold. Thundercat is not afraid to go….just about anywhere. Prepare for a dizzying concert that only this California-bred musical wizard could bring you and be on the lookout for his new album, It Is What It Is, set to drop on April 3.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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