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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
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 dance clubs (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
7 DC Record Shops That Will Satisfy Your Vinyl Fix

The intimacy of purchasing and listening to music has been dulled over the last decade, as the modern consumer browses streaming services, YouTube and the iTunes store in a frivolous search for something catchy. For those of us who still prefer the dropping of a needle, then hearing an artist’s...

Inside Som Records on 14th St in Washington DC
13 Theaters & Performance Spaces to See a Show in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a theater town. With theaters big (think the Kennedy Center, Warner Theatre and National Theatre) and intimate (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company), a range of performances and cultural experiences are offered up for every taste in the nation's capital.

Warner Theatre 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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

During the spring and summer these outdoor concerts in the nation's capital provide great atmosphere for enjoying a night out, and are often free to attend. Make sure to check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
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
10 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival

One of America’s greatest art forms receives an annual summer showcase in DC. Many of the concerts are free, so no need to worry about costs piling up! For 10 more reasons why you should attend this wonderful celebration, read on. Also, make sure to visit dcjazzfest.org for full lineups, a schedule...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival in Washington, DC
Meet Me at 9:30: A History of DC's 9:30 Club

The 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 – the original club opened at 930 F Street NW in 1980 and moved to its current digs at 815 V Street NW...

9:30 Club Washington DC - Credit Lisa A. Walker
Things to Do This Holiday Weekend in Washington, DC

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities The nation’s capital knows how to kick off summer . Memorial Day weekend is packed with fun in the District, with a parade, a motorcycle rally, a concert, Major League Baseball, a choral festival, live music and much, much more all on the docket for the long weekend...

Tidal Basin Jefferson Memorial Paddle Boats - Washington, DC