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Things to Do This Week in Washington, DC

Things to do the week of July 15-18, 2024

We've gathered up some things to do across the nation's capital, including museum exhibits, concerts, only-in-DC events and much more. Don't miss our things to do this weekend and things to do this month as well.

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 Monday

Capital Fringe Festival
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there productions from DC’s vibrant creative community. The annual celebration of theatre and freedom of expression features entirely original productions that delve into a spectrum of human experiences. Explore the angst of a presidential election's eve, the joy of budding relationships and the contemplation of mortality. Journey through a church transformed into a dance club in the cosmos and uncover the history of Black firefighters in DC. From flamenco to modern dance and beyond, the festival promises an exhilarating exploration of creativity and diversity. Check out the festival’s website for this year's themes, programming and a full schedule.

 

ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Plus, discover Gachapons hidden throughout the exhibit to win prizes from local businesses or snag a book from the 'Isekai Library'. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

People enjoying an outdoor mini golf course with colorful obstacles and decorations themed around Pixar films, including a large number 95 from Cars. The area is lively with participants of various ages.

Pixar Putt

Pixar Putt at The Wharf
Go to infinity and beyond this summer with whimsical, Pixar-themed mini-golf. The outdoor pop-up is open daily at The Wharf for a limited time and includes 18 interactive putt-putt holes inspired by some of Pixar’s most beloved films, from Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. to Turning Red and Inside Out. Book your tee time for a daytime outing or an 18+ after-hours activity. 
Tickets 
580 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Tuesday

A group photo of four men from a band, sitting and standing against a plain white background. They are casually dressed in t-shirts, jeans, and caps.

DIIV
If your record collection is riddled with albums from The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and any number of Krautrock jammers, DIIV is a must-see. Their debut album, Oshin, was released to great acclaim in 2012. The group and its frontman Zachary Cole Smith have since overcome turmoil to continue a fascinating career that continues to dazzle indie rock fans.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction
The National Gallery of Art dives deep on the overlap between fashion, design, arts and crafts. Through 160 works including oil paintings, weaving, basketry, knotting and knitting, you can see how textiles have influenced modern artists and movements. The exhibit also showcases moments when social and political issues activated textile production and artmaking with heightened focus and urgency.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

A poster for 'The Colored Museum' featuring bold red text on a yellow background, with a stylized black comb partially visible behind the title.

The Colored Museum
Acclaimed director Psalmayene 24 and designer Natsu Onoda Power, two members of the Studio Theatre Cabinet, collaborated to bring this hilarious excursion through 11 “exhibits” of toxic narratives about Black American experiences. George Wolfe’s satirical play from 1986 viciously targets stereotypes of Black culture, provocative and aspirational in equal measure.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

Wednesday

A landscape painting depicting a lush green hillside with a small stream. A person in a hat sits on the grass near the stream with a dog.

Blossom Time, Willard Metcalf, 1910

Shifting Boundaries: Perspectives on American Landscapes
Discover powerful new details and context around some of the greatest works of art in American history. The National Museum of Asian Art approaches the fascinating New England landscape portraiture of legendary artists such as Willard Metcalf, Dwight Tryon, Winslow Homer and Abbott Thayer. By empowering a variety of voices, the exhibit reveals how the landscapes depicted have shifted in the century since these works were first showcased.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

A composite image showing a detailed golden peacock illustration on the left and a portrait of a bearded man on the right, divided diagonally.

Ruffled Feathers: Creating Whistler’s Peacock Room
One of the most famous rooms in the nation’s capital receives a full in-depth investigation thanks to a new exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. The Peacock Room is the museum’s calling card, and this display will be located right next door. The creation of James McNeill Whistler was originally meant for the London home of British businessman Frederick Leyland. Its origin story and tangled history is detailed through paintings, works on paper, decorative art and additional ephemera.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

An illustration divided into two halves. The left half shows a red rose with white leaves and a red droplet against a black background. The right half shows two silhouetted profiles of women with ornate decorations against a light teal background.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Summer Reps 2024
The Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy offers a Master of Fine Arts program that trains actors to work with classical language and embody mythic storytelling. After completing the intensive coursework, the class of 2024 performs two plays in repertory as the culmination of their training. This year marks the first time that the Academy will bring these repertory productions to the mainstage of the Company’s Klein Theatre. Tickets are just $20.
Tickets
Klein Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Thursday

A black and white photo of a couple. The man is wearing a suit and hat, smoking a cigar, and holding a book. The woman stands next to him, wearing a dress and looking directly at the camera.

Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan (Bert Collins and Pauline Terry), 1950

Gordon Parks: Camera Portraits from the Corcoran Collection
The National Gallery of Art honors one of the best set of eyes in American history with a 25-portrait exhibition. Gordon Parks revolutionized photography in post-World War II America, situating his subjects in their environment while also paying close attention to their expression, character and dress. You can see images of Muhammad Ali and Leonard Bernstein alongside shots of a Harlem gang leader and a Detroit couple in this moving tribute that features some of Parks’ most beloved photographs.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024
Discover how recent global turmoil has impacted and inspired women artists. Works by 28 artists are featured in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024, offering pieces that explore a range of geographies, cultural viewpoints and perspectives. The exhibit immerses visitors in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ renewed spaces. It is the seventh and largest installment of the museum’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

Where We Meet
The Howard University Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection have merged their collections for a special exhibit. Both storied DC institutions have been acquiring art for decades; many of the earliest acquisitions of each are displayed. Works of seminal artists are showcased in a presentation that highlights how the Phillips and Howard have celebrated and provided access to important art throughout the years.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

A theater poster for a performance by Julia Masli. The poster features Julia Masli in profile with an elaborate headpiece against a dark blue background. The text 'ha ha ha ha ha ha ha' and 'Julia Masli' are written in orange.

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Billed as an “award-winning clown,” Julia Masli is from Estonia and based in London. Her newest show, which was nominated for Edinburgh’s top prize for Best Comedy Show and named the no. 1 comedy show of the year by The Guardian before a sold-out, four-week engagement at London’s Soho Theatre, comes to DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

 

Places to Stay

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