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Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

In summertime, DC loosens up its tie and turns into one big festival. From June to August, there are public parties featuring kid’s fun, music and loads of culture. A few of the best: For Culture Vultures The Smithsonian Folklife Festival salutes different international and American cultures every...

Half Street Fairgrounds
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
10 Distinctly DC Music Venues You Have to Experience

When it comes to DC’s music legends, the landscape is as diverse as the city itself: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ian MacKaye, Dave Grohl and Wale all share space atop the District’s musical Rushmore. Each artist has influenced the local landscape for years, but what’s the scene like...

Amazing Live Music Venues - Washington, DC
20 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall , visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Here is a list of 15 entertaining places where revelers can experience the...

Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC
13 Theaters to See a Show

Washington, DC is a theater town. With theaters big (think the Kennedy Center) and intimate (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), a range of performances are offered up for every taste.

Warner Theatre Washington DC
13 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Grand Opening of National Museum of African American History and Culture Pay witness to a historic moment in DC when the National Museum of African American History and Culture officially opens its doors on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. Both before and after this moment, events will honor the momentous...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - 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
Guide to African American History & Culture 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...

Jazz at The Hamilton Live - Music & Culture in Washington, DC
14 Gay & Lesbian Bars to Check Out in Washington, DC

The diversity of DC’s gay population is growing by the day, resulting in a dynamic, exciting community with plenty of bars to choose from when it’s time to drink, dance and play. Read up on some of our favorites below.

Couple at Bar Dupont in Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Meet Me at 9:30

9:30 Club is a beacon for live music in the nation’s capital, a place where both renowned and up-and-coming artists from nearly every musical genre come to play. The venue is legendary in DC, and 2016 marks 36 years since the original club opened at 930 F Street NW, and 20 years since the venue...

9:30 Club Washington DC - Credit Lisa A. Walker