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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC
Catch these DC events, plays and museum exhibits you must experience before it's too late!
Many events, plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can!
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Smithsonian Food History Weekend – Oct. 26-28
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History hosts the third edition of this event that encapsulates the history of food in the U.S., and how it affects culture and community. There’s a fascinating event each day, beginning with a gala on Thursday, with roundtable discussions and a dine out occurring the following day. Saturday features an extravagant festival and an after-hours event featuring numerous breweries.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560
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‘The Lover’ and ‘The Collection’ – Ends Oct. 29
Two plays from legendary playwright Harold Pinter will be performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre. The Lover concerns a couple planning infidelity, while The Collection finds a husband confronting a rival. Pinter’s work will make you ponder the differences between reality and what we choose to believe in our everyday lives.
Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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Washington International Horse Show – Oct. 24-29
Some of the world’s best horses and equestrians will call Capital One Arena home for six days this month. The Washington International Horse Show is one of the District’s biggest sporting events, as it attracts more than 500 competitors, including current stars and Olympic veterans. These stars and their horses will show off their skills at the leading metropolitan indoor horse show in the States. There’s plenty at stake, including $130,000 in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.
Tickets | Schedule
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – Oct. 26-29
The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is a collaboration between comedian Tig Notaro and Brightest Young Things that gives laughing fits to audiences all over the District, year after year. Opening night features Notaro and friends at the Lincoln Theatre, while other outstanding comedic acts fill up the weekend, including the cast of Superior Donuts at DC Improv and You’re the Expert Live at the National Geographic Museum.
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PUB Dread – Ends Oct. 31
From the same group that brought you the Game of Thrones pop-up bar and Miracle on Seventh Street comes PUB Dread, a spooky way to savor drinks this Halloween season. Different themed rooms, including a haunted forest, a crypt, a parlor filled with creepy dolls and a “Spacebar,” will make up this lavish holiday creation from Derek Brown and crew. Drinks will use fall ingredients like apple cider and pumpkin, as well as candy and even Twizzler soda. Prepare for a unique bar-going experience this October.
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
1839-1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
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'Spirit of Autumn' – Ends Nov. 5
ARTECHOUSE unveils its newest interactive exhibit this weekend. Spirit of Autumn engages all the senses and every member of the family. The experience begins with you coloring in a leaf on a piece of paper, which then becomes a digital object on a 270-degree wall projection. You can then move through other galleries, all activated by your footsteps to create an autumnal and dreamlike experience. All ages are welcome at the exhibit from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., while admission is limited to ages 21 and over from 6 - 10 p.m.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 6 - 10 p.m. | Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
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‘Fantasy in Japan Blue’ – Ends Nov. 12
Reiko Sudo is a world leader in textile design and her incredible work will be on display in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of States for six weeks this fall. The exhibit displays fabric made from natural material, which is then hung on 115 open fans. Each fan is colored to correspond to 46 shades of Japanese indigo, which is the same amount of years that John F. Kennedy lived. Admission to the Hall of States is free.
Building opens at 10 a.m. | Free admission
Hall of States at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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‘Antony and Cleopatra’ – Ends Nov. 19
Folger Theatre will present this epic Shakespeare production in-the-round this fall. Mark Antony is at the height of his powers, but unable to decide between his torrid love affair with Cleopatra in Egypt and his duty to the Roman Empire. Filled with politics, romance and war, Antony and Cleopatra promises to be one of the most intense plays of the season.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
For more events, festivals and things to do in Washington, DC, check out our events calendar.