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11 Ways to Engage with African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is rich with African American history - even more so since the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened last fall. In honor of Black History Month, we present the numerous ways to engage with the vast and complicated history and fascinating culture...

@h.i.o - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture - Washington, DC
U Street’s Unique History

The city is full of historic places, but U Street stands out for its unique position as a heart of culture, both past and present. The neighborhood began to build up toward the end of the 1800s, thanks to the construction of streetcars on its main thoroughfares. While it was primarily residential...

African American Civil War Memorial Statue
12 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Washington Auto Show One of the nation’s largest auto shows calls DC home, and the 2017 edition will be quite the spectacle. Car lovers will be dazzled by over 600 new makes and models from more than 35 manufacturers. Local sports stars and mascots will be on hand, to go along with a...

9:30 Club - Music Venues in Washington, DC
3 Days of Favorites in the Nation's Capital

Morning The National Mall , home to many of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution , is a great place to start your day. See the magnificent jewels, dinosaurs and mammals on display at the National Museum of Natural History ; the airplanes and interactive flight simulators at the National Air...

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture

Washington, DC’s history is entwined with its large population of African American residents, as evidenced by the more than 200 sites on the African American Heritage Trail in the city. Here are more than 20 important sites that celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in the...

Funk parade
Must-See Fall Arts & Culture Events in Washington, DC

With museum openings, theater season debuts and neighborhood festivals, this fall is one of the most action-packed times to experience the cultural side of the capital city. Check out the following rundown of openings, events, festivals, museum exhibits and performing arts. Historic Openings Grand...

All Things Go Fall Classic - Washington, DC
5 Jazz Venues In DC That Are The Bee’s Knees

The online etymology dictionary credits jazz sax player Lester Young with coining the use of “cool” as an adjective to describe jazz, which helped give rise to the now oft-used descriptor. Young used to flash his sax chops in Washington, DC—sometimes at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge. Unlike that jazz...

Howard Theatre
3 Days of Arts & Culture in Washington, DC

Morning Hop on Old Town Trolley or an Big Bus Tour double-decker bus to get the lay of the land. Make sure to stop to tour the Washington National Cathedral , including the Bishop’s Garden. Afternoon Start the afternoon off at the National Gallery of Art for two museums in one. The West Buildin...

National Gallery of Art
8 Independently Owned Bookstores That Will Charm You in Washington, DC

Regularly ranked as one of the most literate cities in the nation, DC finds its brain fuel from a variety of new and used bookstores. During your visit, pass on the ebook for a $20 Penguin Classic or a first edition. Browse the shelves of these neighborhood nooks to find that one book you’ve been...

Kramerbooks
Penn Quarter & Chinatown By Day & By Night

Venture into Penn Quarter & Chinatown and you’ll encounter a vibrant urban hub. Don’t be surprised when you step off the Metro and encounter a 60-foot high Chinese archway and bright neon lights. Visitors should expect plenty of foot traffic, elaborately dressed storefronts and energy-filled...

Chinatown Arch - Washington, DC