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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC
Catch these can't-miss DC events, plays, museum exhibits and more 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. Consider this your last chance to catch ‘em while you can!
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Catch an Outdoor Film – Through Sept. 21
Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand. Yes, the biggest blockbusters are in theaters, but step your movie-going experience up a notch and relax outdoors while taking in a classic flick or one you’ve never seen before. Many of these outdoor movie screenings in the District feature beautiful scenery and are free to attend. So catch a drive-in screening of The Lion King on Sept. 7 at Union Market, get spooked by The Sixth Sense on Sept. 14 during Congressional Cemetery's Cinematery, bring the kids to Kung Fu Panda 3 on Sept. 21 in Chinatown Park or find plenty of other great places to turn summer nights into summer memories.
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Walkingtown DC – Ends Sept. 23
Cultural Tourism DC showcases the incredible walkability of the nation’s capital during this week-long public tour program. More than 50 guided walking tours are held throughout the District, introducing attendees to the art, culture and history of the city. Tours come in many variations, from after-work “happy hour” soirees to long weekend tours. Historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, among others, host these excursions that will take you to both well-known and hidden gems across DC. Check out the details and schedules.
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‘Passion’ – Ends Sept. 23
This Tony Award-winning musical from Stephen Sondheim is set in 1860s Italy. An army captain is transferred to a remote military post where he begins a torrid love affair with his superior’s cousin, Fosca. Their infatuation threatens to ruin the soldier’s career while also untangling a powerful love triangle. This new staging of Passion at Signature Theatre will bring its vibrant songs to life like never before.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Va. 22206
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‘Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday’ – Ends Sept. 23
Leonard Bernstein was one of the most important creatives of the 20th century. The composer, conductor, writer and lecturer will be recognized by the National Portrait Gallery on what would have been his 100th birthday. The gallery will display a portrait of Bernstein in its “Celebrate” space, located in the first-floor north gallery. Visitors will be able to view the portrait through Sept. 23.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
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‘Macbeth’ – Ends Sept. 23
Shakespeare’s epic tragedy is staged anew at the Folger Theatre. However, the production will not be staged based on the original source material, but on William Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation, commonly used for renditions of Macbeth in the 1800s. In addition to this unique approach, the play will also feature two Helen Hayes Award-winners in the lead roles: Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris. See Macbeth in a whole new light this fall.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
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Theater J Presents ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ – Ends Sept. 30
The Kennedy Center welcomes this Theater J production that weaves the enthralling true tale of Lisa Jura, an aspiring Jewish pianist forced to flee her home during World War II. Lisa struggles with separation from her family, but her love of music and determination to succeed keeps her going. Jura’s daughter, Mona Golabek, will perform compositions by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin live during the show.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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‘Gloria’ – Ends Oct. 7
A day at the office becomes much more than that in this Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company production written by 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Two editorial assistants at a popular magazine are both vociferously looking for their big break – a book deal. When a seemingly normal day descends into chaos and violence, only one of them can write the tell-all. Content warning: Gloria features realistic depictions and discussions of violence.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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