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Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in Washington, DC

Check out women-powered festivals, live-streams, museum re-openings and so much more!

In Washington, DC, we celebrate the contributions of women all year long, including food and drink spots and women-inspired museums, exhibits and attractions. In honor of March's designation as Women's History Month, we’ve gathered up a list of events, festivals, exhibits and other programming that highlight the accomplishments, art and stories of women.

Find more content celebrating inspiring women in DC, including women-owned businesses and ways to honor influential Black women.

She Loves Me – March 1 – April 24
Set in a 1930s European perfumery, She Loves Me zooms in on two sales associates endlessly sparring, saving their kindness for an anonymous pen pal. Only the audience knows that the “dear friend” they’re corresponding with is actually … each other. Filled with joyful songs like “A Trip to the Library,” “Vanilla Ice Cream” and the title number, the Signature Theatre Company production promises to be a highlight of the spring theater season.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

 

Harriet Tubman Bicentennial
Numerous DC museums and attractions will celebrate American icon Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday with artifacts, displays and events. Many DC museums already feature Tubman prominently, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Portrait Gallery and even the International Spy Museum.

 

Dua Lipa – March 2
One of the biggest stars in the world will perform at DC’s Capital One Arena this March. Dua Lipa began her career in the public eye as a model, but quickly shifted her focus to creating some of the most infectious and danceable pop music of the last decade. Her most recent release, 2020’s Future Nostalgia, earned six Grammy nominations. Expect to hear cuts from the smash hit album and to experience a breathtaking stage show.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the National Museum of Women in the Arts – March 8
While the physical museum is closed for a major renovation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts takes its International Women’s Day celebration online. The day will be filled with of-the-moment and in-depth programming that addresses innovative art, emerging artists, music and much more. All of the events are free to enjoy virtually.
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Kim Gordon – March 15
The seeds of modern alternative rock were planted by Kim Gordon and her group, Sonic Youth, in grimy clubs in New York City in the early 1980s. Nearly four decades later, Gordon continues to produce visionary work, now as a solo artist. Her first-ever solo release, No Home Record, dropped to wide acclaim in 2019, and now Gordon hits the road to perform her unique and intimate songs.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Daphne’s Dive – Through March 20
Signature Theatre Company in Arlington, Va. has transformed into Daphne’s Dive. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, the play concerns a north Philly bar (run by the titular character) that becomes homebase for outsiders, including an eccentric activist, a businessman, a retired biker, an abandoned teenager, an offbeat artist and even Daphne’s sister. Across 20 years, you will observe this vivacious group drink, dance, rejoice and grieve together in a stirring tribute to family and hospitality.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

 

Yoga Play – March 26 – April 23
Keegan Theatre is home to the regional premiere of this razor sharp comedy about some seriously risky business. Jojomon, a behemoth of yoga apparel, is awash in scandal after its CEO is ousted scandalously. Joan has been brought in to stabilize the company, but she runs headlong into trouble and collapsing sales almost immediately. Her plan could either make or break Jojomon and her CFO, Raj. Playwright Dipika Guha crafted this dark comedy that takes on the notion of selling enlightenment.
Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
 

Intersections: Marta Pérez García – March 31 – Aug. 28
The latest showcase in The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series will highlight the work of Marta Pérez García. Her Restos-Traces series addresses the rarely discussed increase in domestic violence during stay-at-home orders through female torsos constructed with handmade paper as well as wire, nails, film negatives, hair and teeth. The intense exhibit will also feature works from the Phillips’ permanent collection.
Hours, Admission & Safety Protocols
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory – Through April 3
The Hirshhorn features this stunning narrative work through next April. Toyin Oljih Odutola's A Countervailing Theory features 40 large-scale monochromatic drawings in low-lit galleries. The series is presented as if each drawing was unearthed at an archaeological site in Nigeria. Panel by panel, these pastels reveal a myth conceived by Odutola, reminding one of a mammoth graphic novel. The installation spans the entirety of the Museum’s circular inner galleries on its second floor.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation – Through May 22
Set to be on display at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, this exhibit will feature more than 100 works by 21 contemporary women artists who use the concept of fragmentation frequently in their compositions. Expect to observe prints that fragment and reassemble shapes, colors, texts, perspectives, ideas and stereotypes. The exhibit was organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
More info
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

 

FUTURES – Through July 6
Smithsonian's historic Arts and Industries Building has opened its groundbreaking new experience. On view through July 6, 2022, FUTURES is the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future and temporarily reopens the Smithsonian’s oldest museum for the first time in nearly two decades. The part-exhibition, part-festival celebrates the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon. In March, FUTURES will celebrate Women's History Month with Women's Future Month programming as well as striking orange statues as part of the #IfThenSheCan exhibit.
Free admission |  Hours & protocols
Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Laurie Anderson: The Weather – Through July 31
You're likely familiar with Laurie Anderson and her influence without even knowing it. One of the most groundbreaking artists of the 20th century has used a range of media, including live performance, video, music and writing, to address American identity and technology and the effect of both on human relationships. This exhibit at the Hirshhorn debuts more than 10 new artworks, interspersed with essential Anderson creations from throughout her career. The immersive audiovisual experience will be complimented by programming, including a March 8 artist talk with Anderson and Rada Akbar.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

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