Arts & Culture

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20+ Things to Do This August in Washington, DC

Events Art in the Garden at Tudor Place – Aug. 3 Tudor Place provides scenic and peaceful recluse from the city, situated in the heart of Georgetown literally, but figuratively, many miles away. The Art in the Garden series lets aspiring artists ages 16 and over use Tudor Place’s historic gardens...

Trillectro 2016 - Merriweather Post Pavilion
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Theater & Performing Arts

Washington, DC is a cultural hub with a thriving performing arts scene and live music. We want to expose some of the District’s creative side, without requiring you to pay Broadway prices. Make good on these free (or affordable) ways to enjoy the arts in DC.

The Washington Ballet performance
Kennedy Center’s Robert van Leer on Foggy Bottom

Robert van Leer, the Kennedy Center ’s Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, helps decide which plays, operas, dance troupes and jazz combos play at the performing arts center on the banks of the Potomac River. He’s only been in town since 2015, but since van Leer lives next door in...

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC
12 Must-Visit Nightlife Hot Spots on U Street

With an unparalleled music and nightlife scene, U Street draws locals and visitors looking to stay up late and have a good time. From underground danceclubs (there's more than one in this 'hood) to industrial-chic spaces where you can sip artfully crafted cocktails and everything in between, this...

930 Club - Washington, DC
Capitol Riverfront By Day & By Night

Capitol Riverfront was a vital commercial section of the District from the late 19th century until the end of World War II, as the Washington Navy Yard, the nation’s longest continually operating naval facility, served as a beacon for a thriving community. Billions of dollars in investment in the...

Couple at Yards Park Capitol Riverfront
African American History in Washington, DC

With its Southern connections, Washington, DC has always had a significant African American population. Before the Civil War, the city was home to a growing number of free blacks who worked as skilled craftsmen, hack drivers, businessmen and laborers, and slave auctions were outlawed altogether in...

Howard Theater Tim Cooper
Artists Converge on DC

The best way to find creative DC is to follow the artists, so we met up DC-based artists Kate Warren and Martin Swift. Warren is a portrait, style and social reportage photographer who covers society for The Washington Post‘s "The Scene" column. Swift is a conceptual figurative artist whose work...

Kate warren and Martin Swift
7 Ways to Fit in Like a Local

You don’t have to hire fake Secret Service agents to look like you belong in DC, even if your flight just landed yesterday. As sure as the Parisians tie their scarves just so, Washingtonians have certain habits, ways of speaking and quirks, and if you know a few of them in advance, you’ll feel...

taqueria nacional
Visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

Wander through three centuries of American art The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC is one of the largest and most expansive collections of American art in the world. The museum’s two locations, the main building in Penn Quarter and the Renwick Gallery in downtown , represent...

Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday 100 Years of America’s National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire In honor of the National Park Centennial , the National Museum of Natural History features this special exhibit dedicated to presenting the incredible experiences that national parks provide. The exhibit showcases more...

Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool at Sunrise - Washington, DC