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60+ Things to Do This July in Washington, DC

Summer rolls on with exciting events, including Independence Day, the Capital Fringe Festival, Citi Open and more.

Make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital this July. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend, as well as other summer events and festivals.

Potted Potter – Through July 17
Ever wondered what all seven Harry Potter books condensed into a 70-minute play would look like? Head to Sidney Harman Hall this summer to find out. The comedic duo simply known as “Dan and Jeff” have brought out laughs from Potter fans (and even those not familiar with the series) around the world with this sharp, quick-witted hoot of a performance. The two even play a real-life game of Quidditch on the stage without the aid of CGI! Buckle up.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! FEST – June 30 & July 1
The Kennedy Center event makes its highly anticipated return, this time in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra. Multi-Grammy Award-winning R&B icon India.Arie will headline this year’s celebration, a full-spirited recognition of Black Girl Magic. Beverly Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and this corresponding festival to provide a platform for Black women-centered content and creativity.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – June 30 – July 4
The free Smithsonian Folklife Festival salutes different international cultures every year on the National Mall with craft exhibits, live music, cooking demos and an expansive marketplace full of pottery, books, textiles, toys, sculptures, clothing and more. The 2022 edition will focus on the United Arab Emirates and feature Earth Optimism programming. 
 

BGR!FEST presents BLACK MEN ROCK! – July 1
With BLACK GIRLS ROCK! FEST kicking off on July 30 at the Kennedy Center, this special show at 9:30 Club makes for perfect accompaniment. BLACK MEN ROCK! will feature the musical stylings of an array of artists, including Jay Electronica, Raheem DeVaughn, Bazaar Royale and Greg Banks.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

The Playhouse – July 1 – Aug. 28
The National Building Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with the University of South Carolina, are partnering this summer to present The Playhouse. Visitors can step back in time with the Bard for the latest iteration of the Museum’s Summer Block Party. An exciting Festival stage will occupy the Museum’s immense—and air conditioned—Great Hall. By day, the installation will provide a venue for unique experiences related to theater—from behind-the-scenes tours to sword-fighting demonstrations and other hands-on activities. At night, The Playhouse transforms into a stage for Shakespeare’s most famous, fairy-filled comedy for Folger Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection – July 1 – March 26, 2023
The Smithsonian American Art Museum showcases drawings, paintings and sculptures from 43 self-taught 20th century artists and dives into how, despite numerous obstacles including racism, sexism and ableism, these creatives were able to make their mark on the art world. Featured artists include James Castle, Thornton Dial Sr., William Edmondson, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Sister Gertrude Morgan, the Philadelphia Wireman, Nellie Mae Rowe, Judith Scott and Bill Traylor.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Family Ties: Daguerreotype Portraits – July 1 – June 11, 2023
The first commercially viable form of photography, the daguerreotype was introduced in 1839 and quickly became a popular way to document family relationships. In turn, family portraits became more and more popular as technical innovations and affordability increased. In this exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, you will be able to view striking images that depict a wide range of familial relationships of the era.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Powerful Partnerships: Civil War-Era Couples – July 1 – May 18, 2025
The National Portrait Gallery illuminates the stories and faces of five Civil War-era couples in this powerful exhibit that showcases a nation in a time of turmoil. Photography from the legendary Mathew Brady Studio, Powerful Partnerships will introduce you to the adventures of Nathaniel and Mary Banks, John and Jessie Frémont, Ulysses and Julia Grant, George and Ellen McClellan and Charles and Lavinia Stratton (better known to the public as Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb).
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900 – Opens July 1
The first phase of the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries begins with this presentation of more than 180 objects that highlight the figures who helped shape America’s early development. Portraits of Indigenous Americans, abolitionists, writers, performers and scientists are among this fascinating collection. Out of Many will also showcase a newly installed Civil War gallery and another dedicated to the nation’s Reconstruction period.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

Black Girls Rock Film Fest – July 2
Brought to you by the award-winning BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® brand, the Black Girls Rock Film Fest will showcase Black women filmmakers and Black women-centered content. The two-day event celebrates the innovation, vision and voices of Black women storytellers. Expect to see short and long-form narratives, documentaries, episodic content and live talkbacks with filmmakers and cast members.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James McNeill Whistler – July 3 – Oct. 10
Across two decades, artist James McNeill Whistler and Joanna Hiffernan maintained a close personal and professional relationship. Hiffernan is featured in some of Whistler’s most famous works, including his Symphony in White series, but little has been shared about the “woman in white” and her role in the artist’s life. This new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art will shed light on one of the most mysterious figures of late-19th century art.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

The Renaissance in the North: New Prints and Perspectives – July 3 – Nov. 7
The region of northern Europe today known as Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands underwent a massive transformation socially, politically and artistically from the 1450s through the early 1600s. The period now referred to as the Northern Renaissance is the subject of this new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Rare prints by Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius and other influential artists are shown next to engravings, etchings and woodcuts by other talented but lesser known artists of the time.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

July 4th Fireworks over the Potomac River with the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Arlington Bridge in the background

July 4th Fireworks
Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of Independence Day in Washington, DC and fortunately, the city and the surrounding area offer a plethora of scenic viewing options. July 4th is a great time to be in DC for plenty of other reasons as well. Plan a trip now.
 

Hotter Than July: Stevie Wonder – July 5-17
Signature Theatre hosts its first cabaret show in two years, an extravaganza inspired by Stevie Wonder’s classic 1980 album, Hotter Than July. The house will be figuratively burnt down with renditions of songs like “Master Blaster (Jammin’),” “All I Do,” “Summer Soft,” “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Higher Ground” and many more.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
 

The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!) – July 5-24
Keegan Theatre stages this family-friendly play perfectly timed for summer. The stirring tale concerns Dr. Wonderful and her dog, Newton, who want to know why the moon changes shape in the sky every night. The only way to find out is a journey into space! Along the way, the detective duo will gather clues to solve the lunar mystery through science, curiosity and teamwork. The play is presented by Keegan’s brand for young people and families, Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA.
Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
 

FUTURES Forward: Closing Celebration – July 6
On July 6, Smithsonian will open the doors to the FUTURES exhibit at the Arts + Industries Building one last time for an epic bash worthy of the next millennia. The free event will run throughout the day and will feature art, dancing, science, performances, collaborative experiences and plenty of surprises. Highlights include daytime hands-on activities and giveaways for families, curated happy hour shows from local favorites and a late-night dance party with DJ mOma. Wear your day-glo outfit and celebrate the future in style. Registration is required.
10 a.m. – 11 p.m. |  Free Admission |  Register
Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560
 

The Band’s Visit – July 6-17
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Band’s Visit is one of the highlights of the Kennedy Center’s summer slate. Based on an acclaimed film released in 2008, the band alluded to in the title arrives in a desert town, lost but dazzled by the scenery. Their beautiful music transforms the city in unexpected ways and their experiences alter their own deeply held perceptions.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women July 8 – Jan. 29, 2023
Installed in two parts, this new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery will feature likenesses of women who have made an impact through the arts, activism, literature and politics. The masterful work of photographer Brian Lanker showcases figures such as Maya Angelou, Septima Poinsette Clark, Lena Horne, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price, Wilma Rudolph and Alice Walker. Icons featured in the second phase of installation will include Althea Gibson, Odetta, Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

To Kill a Mockingbird – Through July 10
Richard Thomas stars as Atticus Finch in this captivating stage telling of Harper Lee’s classic novel. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation was named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times and had one of the most successful Broadway runs in history. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900 – July 10 – Oct. 31
Just 11 days after the National Gallery of Art’s East Building reopens, the museum will debut the first major exhibition to consider both how and why modern artists have used the technique of doubling in their work. Themes ranging from the psychological to the perceptual to self-identity will be at the heart of The Double, which will feature the work of Matisse, Duchamp, Gorky, Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol and many more.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

Capital Fringe Festival – July 11-24 
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there performances from local creatives, including improv dramas, punk rock shows and colorful dance shows. Events take place at libraries, museums, galleries and other locations throughout the District. Make sure to check out the festival's website as it gets closer for programming information.
 

Shen Yun – July 15-17
China was once known as the Middle Kingdom, and Shen Yun will bring this ancient world to life through dance, an orchestra and incredible backdrops. All these elements come together to reveal 5,000 years of awe-inspiring Chinese stories and history. Discover new dimensions, powerful heritage and historical wisdom in this jaw-dropping performance.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

American Prophet – July 15 – Aug. 28
Acclaimed playwright Charles Randolph-Wright returns to Arena Stage with a powerful musical inspired by the speeches and writings of Frederick Douglass. Featuring new melodies and an original script written by Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright, American Prophet tells Douglass’ inspiring story and celebrates his enduring legacy and revolutionary spirit, both of which are needed today.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

Shakespeare in Love – Through July 16
DC’s Keegan Theatre hosts the regional premiere of this adaptation of Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s classic screenplay (which was turned into an acclaimed film that won seven Oscars). A young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block with a deadline fast approaching. Then he meets Viola, a super-fan who will go to any lengths to appear in one of The Bard’s plays. Mistaken identities, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics are scattered throughout this unforgettable love story.
Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
 

Afro-Atlantic Histories – Through July 17
The National Gallery of Art invites you on a voyage through time in this new exhibit that aims to shed light on the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Take an in-depth look at the cultural formations and historical experiences of Black and African people since the 17th century. The exhibit offers more than 130 pieces of art, including photos, sculptures, paintings and other media by artists from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC

 

Red Velvet – Through July 17
Shakespeare Theatre Company stages a riveting tale of a Black actor who finds himself playing Othello on London’s grandest stage. Set in 1833, Ira Aldridge takes to London’s Theatre Royal as one of the Bard’s most famous characters as a bill promoting the abolition of slavery sends shockwaves through Parliament. Experience Aldridge’s triumph in the face of social injustice and racism.
Tickets
Michael R. Klein Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

In His Hands – Through July 17
Daniel, a video game wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new relationship, voices from Christian’s past threaten to overpower the connection the two share. Mosaic Theater Company and Atlas Performing Arts Center present this fascinating queer rom-com that asks provocative questions about faith and desire, with a gentle and lyrical voice.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Chris Brown & Lil Baby – July 19
Two of hip-hop’s biggest stars make up this monster twin bill that touches down at DC’s largest music venue. Capital One Arena will be vibing when Chris Brown and Lil Baby bring their incredible stage show to town as part of their One of Them Ones tour. Brown’s new album, Breezy, has received strong reviews while Lil Baby is fresh off the success of last year’s The Voice of the Heroes, so expect a packed crowd.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Blue Man Group – July 19-31
Don’t miss your chance to witness the phenomenon experienced by more than 35 million people. The Blue Man Group comes to the Kennedy Center with their signature drumming, quirky comedy and colorful creativity. The all-new, family-friendly show will feature original music, custom-made instruments and surprise interaction with the audience.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Smart Funny & Black – July 22
Created by comedian/actress/producer Amanda Seales from HBO’s Insecure, Smart Funny & Black brings your favorite funny folks to the “Hall of Flava” to compete in a head-to-head battle of wits that tests their knowledge of Black history, culture and experiences. This wonderful piece of edutainment will be followed by a show from Seales the following evening.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Ben Schwartz and Friends – July 23
Whenever Ben Schwartz shows up, laughs are sure to ensue. You may know him from any number of TV or film roles, whether it’s causing havoc as Jean-Ralphio in NBC’s iconic Parks and Recreation or running amok on Netflix’s Space Force. Schwartz’s talents stretch to the stage as well, so don’t miss a chance to see his acclaimed live show at DC’s Warner Theatre this July.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

An Evening with Amanda Seales – July 23
Comedian, creative visionary, podcaster, TV host and owner of a Master’s in African American studies from Columbia University, Amanda Seales is a Renaissance woman who serves as a powerful voice for Black women and artists. Her one-woman show takes place at the illustrious Kennedy Center, part of an entire weekend dedicated to Seales.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

New Kids on the Block – July 23
Prepare for a nostalgia trip of epic proportions. New Kids on the Block wants to help you re-live the late 1980s and early 1990s all over again. On their Mixtape Tour, they’re bringing along Salt-N-Pepa, En Vogue and Rick Astley, making for one hell of a pop music extravaganza. Capital One Arena will be up for grabs as this cavalcade of chart-toppers perform their beloved songs.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop – July 23 – Oct. 9
The Phillips Collection's new exhibit reexamines the history and legacy of the Dupont Center, an artist’s museum founded in DC in 1969. Through the collaboration of curator Walter Hopps and artist Lou Stovall, the Dupont Center advanced an innovative model for the museum as a place for exhibition, art-making and community-building. Admire work produced by artists at the workshop and collected by Stovall between 1969 and 1973, as well as Stovall’s community posters that document the District in a time of protest and upheaval.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
 

Beach House – July 24
Hailing from Baltimore, Md., Beach House has become one of the most successful indie rock acts of the last 20 years. The duo’s atmospheric, shoegaze-inspired songs are led by Victoria Legrand’s beautiful, sensuous voice and the guitar and keyboard magic of Alex Scally. Their dream pop has continually evolved from the DIY-leanings of their self-titled debut to the breakthrough of 2010’s Teen Dream to a string of critically acclaimed albums since. The Anthem is the ideal setting for Beach House’s gorgeous and ethereal live show.
8 p.m. | Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

Barlow and Bear’s The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Live in Concert – July 26
The National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center present the world premiere of Grammy®-winning singer-songwriters Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear’s musical inspired by Netflix’s steamiest series. Barlow and Bear became a viral sensation after developing the unofficial musical in real time on TikTok, which culminated in an LP that won the 2021 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, making the duo the youngest winners in the category’s history. Songs from the album will be performed live with an orchestra for the first time. Barlow and Bear have some very special guests planned as well.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Shawn Mendes – July 27
Canada’s favorite heartthrob brings his pop stylings to the Capital One Arena for one night only. Mendes has already achieved a life’s worth of success, as he is the first artist to have four number one singles on the Adult Pop Songs chart before he turned 20. Adored by multiple generations, Mendes will play to a lively crowd inside one of DC’s most popular venues.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

Portraits of Resilience – Through July 29
[email protected] hosts a free exhibit that aims to raise awareness of the plights faced by global refugees. Portraits of Resilience uses images of torture survivors from countries such as Bangladesh, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Pakistan and combines them with a photograph of significance selected by the subject. In the process, British photographer Jonathan Banks allows these individuals to tell their own stories of resilience.
Open Thursdays & Fridays, 1-6 p.m. |  Free Admission
[email protected], 1801 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
 

Old Crow Medicine Show – July 29
The singers of “Wagon Wheel” once busked on street corners, only to eventually be discovered in Boone, NC in front of a pharmacy. Now, Old Crow Medicine Show play prestigious venues all over the country, including The Anthem in DC. Prepare for down-home feels and plenty of singalong opportunities when the group takes the stage for a Friday night show.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

Otakon – July 29-31
The annual cosplay event is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and just might be the dedicated event space’s liveliest function (emphasis on FUN) all year long. The family-friendly convention is run by and dedicated to fans of Asian media, entertainment and pop culture, including anime, manga, music, movies and video games. The festivities range from cosplay contests, skits and live music to panel discussions with comic book (super)heroes, for-sale artworks and more.
 

SAAM Arcade

In-Person SAAM Arcade – July 30
The popular SAAM Arcade returns to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard for a day packed with new games from independent developers as well as classic arcade and console games from MAGFest. Color, Line and Form will be the theme of the day as the event celebrates how these art elements are essential to video games. There will also be a special scavenger hunt and for those who cannot attend in-person, an online game jam.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission |  Registration Required
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004
 

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.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Chemical Exile by Rorschach Theatre – Through July 31
A scientist boards a plane from Amsterdam to DC. Returning to a world she thought she knew, she discovers nothing, and nowhere, is what she expects. Rorschach Theatre's Chemical Exile takes participants to eight locations across the DC area as a complex story unfolds about families, forgotten histories and the uncharted frontiers of the mind. The immersive experience is a part of the Theatre's Psychogeographies series, which takes participants to unexpected locations around their city while a season-long fictional narrative plays out over layers of history and magic realism. Guests receive a box in the mail monthly that includes a new Chapter in the story, each box containing hand-crafted objects - letters, drawings, souvenirs, photos or even snacks - and a map to a location in their city. The season ends with a live in-person event that culminates the story.
More Info
 

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies
ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience allows you to walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power and belonging. Inspired by aṣẹ, a Yoruba concept that relates to our power to produce change, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies celebrates the Black experience through the perspectives of artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker. Use the "Tickets" link below for a special discount!
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

CITI OPEN

Citi Open – July 30 – Aug. 7 
The District’s signature professional tennis tournament returns to Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 30 through Aug. 7. Top-tier talent from all over the world will compete for a prestigious trophy, leading to action that you do not want to miss.
 

The Second City’s The Revolution Will Be Improvised – Through July 31
Everyone’s favorite comedy troupe has emerged from their “comedy bunker”. The Second City is back in action with this brand new show that takes on every viewpoint and common thread currently swirling around the zeitgeist. Prepare to laugh heartily as the group churns through sketches and contemplates the nature of comedy itself. Please note that the show is recommended for mature audiences.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

The Hot Wing King – Through July 31
Set in the heat of the summer in Memphis, The Hot Wing King follows Dwayne and his fry crew, The New Wing Order, as he aims to receive the honor of the play’s title. However, all of a sudden, Dwayne’s boyfriend, Cordell, faces a future about to go up in flames. Additionally, his nephew needs a place to stay and one of the cooks is messing with the seasoning. This masterpiece won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, so don’t miss its run at DC’s Studio Theatre.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

Imagine: Reflections on Peace – Through Aug. 1
The U.S. Institute of Peace’s new multimedia exhibit, created in partnership with The VII Foundation, explores the challenges of peacebuilding through an in-depth look at societies that suffered — and survived — violent conflict. Through historical photos, texts, video profiles and interactive displays, Imagine brings visitors face-to-face with the realities of war and ask them to contemplate why peace is so difficult to achieve while being so easy to imagine.
Tickets
U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037

 

Intersections: Marta Pérez García – Through Aug. 28
The latest showcase in The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series highlights 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 also features works from the Phillips’ permanent collection.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Make Good The Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and its Legacies – Through Aug. 31
Step into the National Museum of African American History and Culture's new 4,300-square-foot exhibition that explores the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. Make Good The Promises features 175 objects, 200 photographs, 15 audio, video and interactive programs, as well as a companion book. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the United States after slavery and the end of the Civil War. It connects that era to efforts in 2021 to make good on the promises of the Constitution.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free timed passes
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue – Through Sept. 5
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue, an exhibition exploring the 50th anniversary of the watershed moment through portraiture of the era. The exhibition displays 25 objects in various mediums to explore the relationship between portraiture, investigative journalism, activism and politics. Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue is curated by the Portrait Gallery’s acting senior historian Kate Clarke Lemay.
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain – Through Sept. 18
Admire a breathtaking sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna in a new exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. The larger-than-life-size sculpture depicts Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a storm sent by an angry god. For the first time, the sculpture is examined in the context of its original environment. The exhibition tells the life story of this sculptural masterpiece—spanning 1,500 years and three continents—and unveils the newly restored Krishna.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition – Through Sept. 26
Immerse yourself in the history and restoration of Paris’ renowned cathedral in this augmented reality exhibit at the National Building Museum. Produced by French start-up Histovery in collaboration with the Public Institution charged with restoring Notre-Dame de Paris, the exhibit allows visitors to explore the cathedral’s incredible saga, from Middle Age builders to the coronation of Napoleon to current efforts to restore the building to its glory after a devastating fire in 2019.
Friday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Design Zone – Through Sept. 5
The National Children’s Museum invites you to Design Zone, where the entire family can see how video game developers, music producers, rollercoaster designers and other creatives use STEM concepts to solve design challenges. Three thematic zones covering art, music and engineering ask visitors to use problem-solving skills to build 3-D towers, create a hit song, modify a roller coaster and more.
Wednesday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Tickets
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams – Through Oct. 2
For decades, photographer Robert Adams has made provocative and compelling photographs that have influenced generations. The new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art features 175 of Adams’ works divided into three sections: The Gift, Our Response and Tenancy. Visitors can marvel at the artist’s stirring depictions of strip malls, suburban sprawl, highways, homes, stores, rivers, prairies, the ocean and other scenes from the American landscape.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

 

Once Upon a Roof: Vanished Korean Architecture – Through Oct. 30
Clay roof tiles, known as chimi, once adorned ancient wood frame buildings in Korea, buildings that are now long gone. However, many of the tiles have survived more than a thousand years, with three chimi unearthed from two Buddhist temples and a palace complex that dates back to the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla periods displayed in this exhibition at the National Museum of Asian Art. You will learn hidden stories of the ancient architecture of Korea, with many of the works on display outside of that country for the first time.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection – Through Nov. 27
The Hirshhorn has been collecting the prolific work of Yayoi Kusama since 1996. The museum’s 2017 survey of her work traveled to five North American art museums, introducing Kusama’s spellbinding visions to record audiences. Now, the Hirshhorn will display five of Kusama’s works from the museum’s permanent collection, including two of the artist’s transcendent Infinity Mirror Rooms. One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection is a tribute to the life and practice of the visionary artist. Free timed passes will be required.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
 

This Present Moment: Crafting A Better World – Through April 2, 2023
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Renwick with an expansive exhibit featuring more than 130 works never before displayed at the gallery. Featured craft artists include Tanya Aguiñiga, Nick Cave, David Chatt, Sonya Clark, Cristina Cordova, Cindy Drozda, Alicia Eggert, J. Paul Fennell and many more.
 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

Operación Jaque – Ongoing
The International Spy Museum’s latest pop-up exhibit examines one of the most daring and effective operations in intelligence history. Entirely planned and executed by Colombian forces, the operation included codebreaking, cover identities and the successful rescue of 15 hostages without any violence. The exhibit features a range of artifacts from the incredible mission.
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International Spy Museum, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024
 

We Belong Here: Marking the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – Ongoing
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the federal legislation that unintentionally helped bring equality to sports, the National Museum of American History offers a 30-foot display case featuring three athletes’ stories. We Belong Here also showcases a large mural, with digital content expanding the narrative. Major artifacts include Naomi Osaka’s tennis racquet from the 2020 U.S. Open Tennis Championship, the U.S. National Soccer team jersey worn by Samantha Mewis and a T-shirt sported by trans, non-binary skateboarder Leo Baker. In total, the exhibit looks at the long trajectory of struggle for equal opportunity in sports, a struggle that continues today.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Presente! A Latino History of the United States – Ongoing
Experience U.S. history from the perspectives of diverse Latinas and Latinos in a new exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Hear forgotten stories, dive deep into Latino culture and find out how Latinas and Latinos have shaped U.S. history and culture. Through a diversity of objects, images and stories, you will come to view Latinhood as an exchange between distinct communities under the Latino identity.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Dave’s Dream – Ongoing
Visit the National Museum of American History to check out this modified 1969 Ford LTD. Known as a “lowrider” and named after David Jaramillo of Chimayo, New Mexico, the car’s customizations were completed by Jaramillo’s family after his death. Dave’s Dream went on to win area competitions, highlighting the significance and cultural legacy of lowriding, with many of these vehicles utilizing artistic paint schemes, colorful upholstery and hydraulic lifts to create distinctive looks and animations. Pay homage to the art of lowriding and the Jaramillo family when you check out this jaw-dropping vehicle.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Ancestors Know Who We Are – Ongoing virtual exhibit
The National Museum of the American Indian presents this virtual exhibit that marks the museum’s first to feature Black-Indigenous women artists. Through photography, digital art, basketry, painting, artist interviews and supplemental essays, the exhibition explores issues of race, gender, multiracial identity and multigenerational connection.
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