Dec
15
to Nov 12

Portraits of the World: Switzerland

  • National Portrait Gallery (map)
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"Portraits of the World: Switzerland" is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an international artist affiliated with the lending country. The featured work for 2017-18 is Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi by the great Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, on loan from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. Hodler's experimentation with the abstract elements of color, line and expression created a vibrant new mode of Swiss art at the dawn of the twentieth century. December 15th - November 12, 2018.

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Jan
4
to Oct 28

Jackson Pollock's Mural

  • National Gallery of Art, East Building (map)
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A special installation in the Gallery’s East Building features Mural (1943) by Jackson Pollock, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, the early painting is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the seminal artist’s career and style. On display until October 28, 2018.

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Jan
18
to Dec 31

Americans

American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations. Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

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Feb
7
to Oct 14

Orchids at the US Botanical Garden

Come immerse yourself in our annual orchid show, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent, and many other aspects. Visit the USBG Conservatory to explore thousands of amazing orchid blooms arranged in captivating displays, and appreciate many unique, rarely seen orchids from the USBG's and Smithsonian Gardens' extensive plant collections. January 31st - October 15th, 2018.

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Jul
2
to Jan 13

Fabergé Rediscovered

  • Hillwood Estate and Gardens (map)
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Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at Hillwood will unveil new discoveries relating to its own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works.

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Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Garden Tour

Like the historic 1816 mansion, Tudor Place’s grounds evolved over time. Join us for a guided tour of the property’s 5½-acre landscape. Hear the stories of the people who created and cared for the gardens for over two hundred years in this quiet retreat in bustling Georgetown.

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Jul
31
to Aug 26

The Color Purple

The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as "a direct hit to the heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new "ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold" (The New York Times), directed by Tony® winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

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Jul
28
to Aug 5

Citi Bank Tennis Open Tournament

  • Rock Creek Park Tennis Center (map)
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Citi's presence in Washington, D.C. spans over a century, and Citi continues to help those in the nation's capital on their journey from ambition to achievement with its sponsorship of the Citi Open. The tournament's owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), is a non-profit organization that has been improving the lives of underserved youth in the Washington D.C. area for more than 50 years by using tennis as an entry point to share life lessons with young people. Citi is proud to partner with the WTEF to enable growth and progress in the Washington D.C. community and help set young people on the path towards reaching their full potential.

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Jul
27
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Garden Tour

Like the historic 1816 mansion, Tudor Place's grounds evolved over time. Join us for a guided tour of the property's 5½-acre landscape. Hear the stories of the people who created and cared for the gardens for over two hundred years in this quiet retreat in bustling Georgetown.

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Jul
23
to Jul 28

Loudoun County Fair

  • Loudoun County Fairgrounds (map)
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The Loudoun County Fair is a chance for cityfolk to get a taste of the country, with lawnmower races, a petting zoo, goat showmanship, a kiss-a-pig contest, a real-deal rodeo, milking demonstrations, a poultry parade, an egg toss contest, sack races, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, and more

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Jul
19
to Jul 22

Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations

Don't miss this electrifying new musical about "the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more.

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Jul
11
to Aug 1

Jane Austen Film Festival

  • Dumbarton House & Gardens (map)
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Join The Dumbarton House for the 7th annual Jane Austen Film Festival. Tickets are $6 per film or $20 for all four films. Become a museum member and get in for free, plus have early entry! Every Wednesday from July 11 to August 1st, 2018.

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Jul
10
8:00 PM20:00

Georgetown Sunset Cinema

Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront Park to view films with the panoramic backdrop of the sunset, Potomac River and Key Bridge. Films start at sunset--around 8:30/8:45 p.m. Arrive early to picnic and to get the best seating!

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Jul
7
to Jul 29

Capital Fringe Festival

At Capital Fringe our focus is on expanding audiences appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art. Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC's independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.

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Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Phillips After 5: Mateship

July 4th commemorates 100 years of Mateship between the United States and Australia! The date marks the anniversary of the first time our troops fought side by side in an offensive action, at the Battle of Hamel on France's Western Front. Come find your mate at Phillips after 5 and learn about US and Australia facts. Sample Aussie Little Creatures beer and enjoy the electrifying jazz + neo Afro-Soul-blues-reggae-funk-rock-folk sounds of Akua Allrich and her band.

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Jul
4
to Sep 5

Fun House Exhibit

  • National Building Museum (map)
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Fun House, designed by Snarkitecture, is the latest in the Museum's imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall. Fun House is Snarkitecture's first comprehensive museum exhibition, examining the prolific activities of the studio throughout the entirety of the Great Hall. Curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, the heart of the exhibition is presented within a Snarkitecture-designed house-a freestanding structure that recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home. Fun House includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects, like Dig (2011) and Drift (2012), as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio's peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Second City;s Generation Gap Comedy Show

Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City's twelve-week summer run of Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages.

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Dinner with a View at POV

Once you're ready to see and be seen, ascend to POV, W Washington's DC iconic rooftop lounge. Ensure you are dressed to impress, as your fashion statement is just as meaningful as your political one. Break through the red tape of DC with views of the White House normally reserved for those elected to office. Inspired by three contextual insights local to D.C., social, physical and historical, the design of POV reflects these insights through its design details. Designed to transition from casual daytime brunches overlooking the monuments of D.C., to a hub of nightlife and cocktail culture at night, POV features various seating zones ranging from communal tables to VIP banquettes. The space creates an intersection where the various parties of D.C. can mingle and enjoy the W Washington DC's unique programming centered on its passion points of Music, Fashion, Design and Cocktail Culture

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Brew at the Zoo

Drink beer. Save wildlife! Join Friends of the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.'s best beer festival on July 19. Enjoy great times and great brews with unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 breweries, exotic animal encounters, live music and entertainment, and fare from popular food trucks-it's a unique after-hours Zoo experience. Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's mission to save species

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Jul
2
to Jul 31

Largest Matisse Exhibit

  • Baltimore Museum of Art (map)
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The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 works of art-including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Hiking at Sky Meadows State Park

With a large picnic area and many interconnecting trails, including the newer James Ball, Corporal Morgan, and Hadows trails, Sky Meadows Park has become a popular destination for families and more experienced hikers alike. The lower trials pass through rolling fields and cross babbling brooks, with the upper trails above Bleak House providing spectacular views of the Piedmont. The 7.1 mile circuit hike we describe here takes you through the lower trails and pastures along several creeks, then heads uphill on the South Ridge to the North Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail (AT). The meadows in this section of the circuit are similar to the high meadows found on Cold Mountain in the southwestern part of Virginia. Finally descend back towards the parking area and pass the Piedmont Overlook, the best vista of the circuit.

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Jul
2
to Sep 12

Hamilton

Winner of 11 Tony Awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Price for Drama, Hamilton is one of Broadway's biggest hits. From the mind of 2015 MacArthur Genius grant recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow's landmark bestselling biography comes a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever change America, Alexander Hamilton. Tony Award-winner Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. June 12th-September 16, 2018.

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Jul
2
to Jul 31

Ferris Wheel at National Harbor

As you soar 180 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, you will marvel at the incomparable views. Sights visible include the National Cathedral, Washington Monument, Masonic Temple, City of Alexandria, Prince George's County, and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

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Jul
2
to Jul 31

History Has Its Eyes on You: George Washington & Alexander Hamilton

Beginning Saturday, May 26, the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center will display four new Washington-Hamilton objects in the space that will highlight the vital partnership and friendship between these two founding fathers in its new temporary exhibit, "History has its eyes on you": George Washington & Alexander Hamilton. The exhibit features an engraving of Hamilton standing beside General Washington of the British surrender at Yorktown. Hamilton appears just behind George Washington, who is flanked by French and American officers. As Washington's aide, Hamilton drafted much of Washington's correspondence during the Revolutionary War. A letter from Washington, in Hamilton's handwriting, will be on view in "History has its eyes on you": George Washington & Alexander Hamilton exhibit. A condolence letter to Martha Washington from Hamilton following Washington's death will also be on view in addition to a letter from Martha to Eliza Hamilton.

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