Jul
1
to Feb 11

Parallax Gap

Parallax Gap transforms the Renwick Gallery’s Bettie Rubenstein Grand Salon into a visual puzzle. This immersive, site-specific installation explores examples of interplay between craft and architecture through a ceiling-suspended structure running the length of the Renwick’s iconic gallery. The installation embraces both Eastern and Western concepts of perspective through trompe l’oeil effects and multiple vanishing points to create a sense of soaring architectural volume. July 1, 2017- February 11, 2018.

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Aug
8
to Mar 31

Women in Art, 1850-1910

European art in the later nineteenth century was defined as much by new interpretations of subject matter as by experimentation with artistic styles and techniques. This is especially true of the way artists depicted women and children. By the last quarter of the century, the Academic nude female and the Realist peasant woman were types of the past. Their place was taken by the fashionably dressed, urban female who was represented as stylish, graceful, and beautiful. This “new woman,” as she was called, lived a life of leisure: she strolled on the beach, performed an operatic scene, rested with her child, or simply adopted a pose to make a striking impression. Similarly, artists no longer depicted children as small adults, but as playful, sometimes rebellious youngsters. Through March 2018.

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Oct
7
to Jan 7

Renior and Friends

  • The Phillips Collection (map)
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Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party will focus on The Phillips Collection’s celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-1881) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the diverse circle of friends who inspired it. The first exhibition to focus on this singular masterwork in more than 20 years, it is comprised of over 40 carefully chosen works—paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors, and photographs from public and private collections around the world—that reveal the story of Luncheon of the Boating Party and the artists and patrons who were instrumental in its creator’s success.

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Oct
13
to Jan 21

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today

  • National Mueseum of Womens in the Arts (map)
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Featuring work by twenty-one artists born between 1891 and 1981, Magnetic Fields places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time. Evocative prints, unconventional sculptures, and monumental paintings reveal the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction.

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Oct
18
to Jun 1

What Absence Is Made of

What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.

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Oct
22
to Jan 21

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

This landmark exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery of depictions of domestic life. The exhibition brings together some 65 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age, including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen. Juxtaposing paintings related by theme, composition, and technique, the exhibition explores how these artists inspired, rivaled, surpassed, and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement.

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Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade

This Northern Virginia community has held an annual parade every year since 1957. The event features high school and music school bands, decorated floats, classic cars, police, fire, and rescue units, animals, and more. While the largest crowds gather north of Market Street, the best viewing area is near Loudoun Street.

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Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

National Opera Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

  • The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (map)
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When is it ever cool to “boo” the orchestra? On Halloween, of course! But watch out, because at this frightfully fun concert, ghoulishly attired musicians might “BOO” you from behind their instruments in return. Don your best costume, come one hour early to the Atrium for trick-or-treating plus a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” and then take your seat in the Concert Hall for a program of goosebump-inducing favorites!

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Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Trick-or-treat at Mount Vernon! The estate will again open its gates for Halloween fun and spook-tacular activities. Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft in this unforgettable evening. Watch wool carding and spinning, historic chocolate-making, and fishnet making demonstrations in the historic area. In order to burn off all the extra excitement, try 18th-century dancing in the upper garden before greeting Martha Washington. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begin at 5PM and prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes! Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine.

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Oct
26
to Oct 28

Smithsonian Food History Weekend

  • National Museum of American History (map)
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Over the course of three days, our third annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend will explore how food has been both a bridge and a barrier to cultural connection in America. From farmers to home cooks to top chefs, how does food migrate with people? Where does our food really come from? And how have people negotiated their differences and celebrated their commonalties over food throughout American history? From cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, and Smithsonian collections; to powerful evenings, a black-tie gala, local restaurants, and beer history; there’s something for everyone.

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Oct
24
to Oct 29

The Washington International Horse Show

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is one of the most prestigious and exciting equestrian sporting events in North America. Celebrating its 59th year in 2017, this championship event brings top horses and riders throughout the country and the world to the nation's capital each October for six days of championship competition and community and social events. The Washington International Horse Show, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1958, is a historic world-class equestrian event that engages, entertains, and educates the Washington, DC community while supporting charitable and military causes. October 24th –October 29th, 2017.

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Oct
22
8:30 AM08:30

Marine Corps Marathon

The mission of the Marine Corps Marathon is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps. Annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and the world, the MCM has been recognized as "Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic," "Best for Families" and "Best for Beginners." Runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries participate in the MCM and an annual calendar of events including the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg, VA in May and the MCM Event Series conducted aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps, the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, instead celebrating the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers.

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Oct
19
to Oct 22

Middleburg Film Festival

The Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting, only 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from Washington, D.C. A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films screen in intimate theatre environments, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and other special guests. The films include festival favorites, world premieres, first-class foreign films, and Academy Award contenders.

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

On the Home Front: Tudor Place and Peter Family during World War 1

  • Georgetown Neighborhood Library (map)
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Join Tudor Place Curator, Grant Quertermous at the Georgetown Library for a lecture looking at how the house, the family, and their servants were impacted by U.S. entry into World War I. Using documents, photographs, and objects from the Tudor Place archive and museum collection, Mr. Quertermous will examine Armistead Peter 3rd’s WWI-era military service as a Naval Radio operator here in Washington as well as his parent’s support of the war effort through the purchase of Liberty Bonds, canvasing for the United War Work Campaign, and a generous Christmas gift they presented to the troops in 1917. The lecture will also examine the ways the Tudor Place household staff made up for shortages related to rationing—such as the baking of “war bread”—bread that was made with 1/3 the normal amount of wheat flour with either rye, hops, or rice used in place of the absent flour.

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Oct
15
to Oct 16

De Maeyer-Kende Duo

  • Dumbarton Oaks Music Room (map)
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Praised for interpretive sensitivity and precision, Belgian duo Jolente De Maeyer (violin) and Nikolaas Kende (piano) make their Washington, DC, debut with sonatas by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. The two prizewinning artists joined forces in 2002, and continue to triumph at home and abroad.

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Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Rock Creek Conservancy Gala

  • Hillwood Estate: Museum & Gardens (map)
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Nestled up against Rock Creek Park, the Rock Creek Conservancy will be featuring delicious food, creative cocktails, and exciting auction items. All event proceeds support the Conservancy’s mission to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect

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Oct
14
to Oct 15

IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures

  • Freer|Sackler, National Mall, and Haupt Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Smithsonian Institution for a festival of Asian art, food, and cultures to celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler. The IlluminAsia festival will transform the museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live music by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, and creations by local and international artists. Inside, visitors can experience the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities. IlluminAsia kicks off on Saturday, October 14, with a night market featuring food and art and a stunning animated projection on the Freer Gallery façade. On Sunday, October 15, the food market will continue alongside cultural programming for all ages throughout the museums and outdoor gardens.

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Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

The 39th Annual Ambassador Ball

The annual National MS Society Ambassadors Ball, a premiere event in the Washington, D.C., fall social season for the past 38 years, has raised more than $20 million to support the National MS Society. The 39th Ambassadors Ball welcomes Congressional Members, Ambassadors, business and philanthropic leaders and their spouses to honor the Diplomatic Corps for their charitable activities and humanitarian endeavors.

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Oct
11
10:00 AM10:00

Fall For The Book

Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held each October.

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Oct
10
to Oct 19

Antony and Cleopatra

  • Folger Shakespeare Theatre (map)
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Julius Caesar is no more and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. Torn between his military duty to the Roman Empire and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war and romance. Shakespeare’s epic encompasses politics and power, love and jealousy, alliance and misalliance.The intimate setting of the Folger Theatre will be transformed to present this production in-the-round, offering greater intimacy to all of the action in Rome and in Egypt.

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Oct
8
to Dec 3

Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures

Combining art, fashion, science, and conservation, this revelatory exhibition brings together—for the first time—some 14 of the paintings known as the fantasy figures by Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806). He is considered among the most characteristic and important French painters of his era, and the fantasy figure series—several rapidly executed, brightly colored paintings of lavishly costumed individuals—are some of his most beloved works. The subjects are depicted posed at leisure or employed in various pursuits, such as acting, reading, writing, playing instruments, or singing. Wearing extravagant attire, these figures are dressed in what was known in 18th-century France as à l'espagnole (Spanish style)—plumed hats, slashed sleeves, ribbons, rosettes, ruffs, capes, and accents of red and black.

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Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Destination Atlas Gala

The Destination Atlas Gala will be an exhilarating evening of dining, dancing, and performances celebrating the finest in artistic expression. This party is as unique as the Atlas itself. You’ll enjoy cuisine and drinks from fine H Street Corridor restaurants, breath-taking, world-class performances, and a sparkling night of wonder throughout the historic building. Be a part of this remarkable celebration and support the Atlas and its community!

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Oct
5
to Oct 9

Annapolis Sailboat Show

In October sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in beautiful historic Annapolis for the 2017 United States Sailboat Show. This is an internationally acclaimed sailboat show, recognized as the largest, most prestigious, and only remaining in-water sailboat show in the world.

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Oct
5
to Oct 7

Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show

  • National Building Museum (map)
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A curated show and sale of limited-edition wearable art, where you will discover stylish and fashion-forward clothing, jewelry and accessories. More than 60 acclaimed designers from all over the country are represented. Take this unique opportunity to enhance your fall wardrobe and to begin your holiday gift shopping. October 5th – October 7th.

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Oct
4
to Oct 8

Russian Masters

An evening of works that clearly reveal where classical ballet began and how these choreographers have shaped and influenced our art form over the last 150 years. October 4th - October 8th.

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Oct
3
10:00 AM10:00

Spirit of Autumn

SPIRIT OF AUTUMN is a large-scale seasonal interactive installation from ARTECHOUSE’s creative team, utilizing the state of the art projection system installed by SILA SVETA, interactive wall technology and graphic powered by A-BLOK, and interactive floor projections created by NOIRFLUX.Inspiring creativity, imagination, and play, this multi-sensory experience encourages children and adults alike to engage and collaboratively transform the exhibit space into a digital fall playground. It all starts with visitors coloring in a leaf of their own on a paper, then watching it transform into a digital object and seeing their creation come to life over 270 degree wall projection. Then, as they move about smaller side galleries, they give life to a riotous forest floor in Through the Leaves, and in Autumn Dance their motion and gestures fill the gallery floor with swirling gushes of fall colors. Visitors will also be able to experience the debut of ARTECHOUSE's augmented-reality app, with visual surprises as they examine different objects within the space

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Oct
1
to Oct 31

Hollin Farm Pumpkin Patch

Travel to this four-generation family farm in Northern Virginia for a classic pick-your-own experience. But don’t just stop at pumpkins, you can also pick squash, arugula, turnips, radishes and other greens in the fall. Dog owners will love that you can bring your dog on a leash to the orchards (just keep him out of the berries and vegetable gardens!). A tip for parents if you have kids who get antsy in lines—bring cash to pay for your pecks and avoid the long credit-card-only line.

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Oct
1
9:30 AM09:30

McLean Projects for the Arts

MPAartfest is an annual community-wide celebration of the visual arts presented by McLean Project for the Arts. During MPAartfest, McLean Central Park is transformed into a lively landscape of mini art galleries showcasing and offering for sale the work of acclaimed artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. McLean’s only juried arts festival will showcase 50 local and regional visual artists. Presented in cooperation with lead community sponsor McLean Community Center, this FREE event features contemporary art in a variety of media, Children’s Art Walk, hands-on art studio, STEAM experiences, food vendors, and live music throughout the day, making MPAartfest a must-attend community event for art lovers of all ages!

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Aug
30
3:00 PM15:00

Friends of Rose Park

Join the Friends of Rose Park for a weekly farmers market right in Georgetown. Cool off with Loopy Scoop Ice Cream & Pops, and leave with local vegetables and fruits to enjoy later. Every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm through October 25, 2017. 

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Aug
29
to Oct 1

Shear Madness

Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night. 

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