Theater & Performing Arts

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13 Holiday-Themed Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

As the calendar turns to December, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights populate houses and storefronts and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC
40+ Things to Do This December in Washington, DC

Events Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23 This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located at 8th and F Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery . Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music...

CityCenterDC Christmas Tree - Washington, DC
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
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...

13 Theaters to See a Show in Washington, DC

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
Molly Smith on How to Get Great Theater Tickets on the Day of the Show

Arena Stage , the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, is an ideal venue to see compelling theater. Visitors can purchase tickets to see great American theater even on the day they visit. Molly Smith, who leads the Tony Award-winning theater complex,...

Arena Stage Moby Dick performance
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
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
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
14 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Christkindlmarkt Heurich House Museum ’s famed Castle Garden will host the Christkindlmarkt this weekend of December. $10 admission ($2 for kids) gets you access to the arts and crafts-laden market that will feature an array of goods from more than 40 vendors. You’ll also be able to go...

Georgetown GLOW - Can't Miss Holiday Displays in Washington, DC