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60+ Things to Do This May in Washington, DC

Enjoy spring and summer in the nation’s capital, from holidays like Mother’s Day and Memorial Day to new plays, museum exhibits, concerts and celebrations.

Make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital this May. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend as well as our accessibility guides to monuments and museums on the National Mall.

ExPats Theatre: The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield – April 28 – May 21
Intended for adults only, ExPats Theatre’s latest production at Atlas Performing Arts Center concerns psychologist Kate, sent to Bosnia to document war crimes who then goes to a NATO rehab center in Germany and meets Dorra, traumatized and pregnant after a violent sexual assault during Bosnia’s war during the 1990s. Initially, Dorra refuses to speak to Kate, but one evening alters their entire relationship and triggers a powerful examination of gender-based violence and xenophobia.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions – April 28 – Feb. 25, 2024
On the 125th anniversary of the Spanish-American-Cuban-Philippine War, the National Portrait Gallery will open the first exhibition to examine this pivotal period through the lens of portraiture and visual culture. In 1898, the U.S. became an empire, conquering overseas territories and dramatically altering (or destroying) cultures in the process. Portraits of U.S. expansionists sit beside portraits of gallant rebels who fought U.S. imperialism, allowing for multifaceted viewpoints. More than 90 artworks from collections in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, Spain and the United States constitute the fascinating exhibit that revisits the consequences of the Spanish-American War (1898), the Congressional Joint Resolution to annex Hawai‘i (July 1898) and the Philippine-American War (1899–1913).
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Connecting Stories at the National Museum of Asian Art – Opens April 29
In honor of its centennial, the National Museum of Asian Art displays a small selection of objects, images, maps and interactives to showcase stories and connections reflected in the museum’s collections. Through a digital touchscreen and an animated projection, discover symbols, patterns and designs seen across the collections and learn about how their meanings change in different contexts.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  More Information
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Centennial Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival – May 1-14
The National Museum of Asian Art’s centennial culminates with a two-week festival focused on Asian art of the past, present and future. The museum and its surroundings on the National Mall will be activated by keynote speakers, culinary adventures, community projects, interactive experiences and performances. Check out the list of events and plan your cultural excursion.
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Passport DC – May 1-31
A month of programming across the city focuses on highlighting DC’s international culture. the Around the World Embassy Tour (May 6) and the European Union Open House (May 13) are annual highlights. Most events and tours can be enjoyed entirely free of charge.
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Capital Harvest on the Plaza – May 3 – Oct. 25
From salsa to strings, and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment for the downtown DC community. Head to Wilson Plaza between 12 and 1 p.m. and take in free lunchtime performances showcasing the area's most talented entertainers. Enjoy a variety of musical genres, including Brazilian Jazz, bluegrass, reggae, rock, country and pop. 
12-1 p.m. |  Free Admission |  More Information
Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Tudor Nights: Commemorating American Independence – May 4
See artifacts from the Tudor Place’s collection that document how the Peter family maintained their connection to the legacy of the Washingtons and the Revolutionary War. Discover how these objects reflect the commemorative culture of the struggle embraced by Americans. Afterwards, stick around for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Dower House.
6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


Cirque de la Symphonie – May 4-6
The high-flying display is ideal for family audiences. Expect to see jugglers, aerialists, strongmen, contortionists and many more, bringing the music of the National Symphony Orchestra to wondrous life. The Kennedy Center is offering a special deal via the family four pack, which means you can buy three tickets and get a fourth one free.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The Sleeping Beauty – May 4-7
The Washington Ballet takes over the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center with a beloved fairy tale. Travel through time to an amazing kingdom from long ago, meet iconic characters, gaze at imaginative sets and costumes and be dazzled by world-class ballet.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Soul II Soul Tour

Soul II Soul Tour

The Soul II Soul Tour – May 5 -7 
Three icons of modern soul music will perform at an iconic DC venue thanks to the Soul II Soul Tour. Kem, Ledisi and Musiq Soulchild have all left distinct imprints on R&B, releasing chart-topping and critically acclaimed albums for decades. You can see all three in one evening at DAR Constitution Hall, making for a great date idea or night out with the crew.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006


Flower Mart – May 5-6
Calling all garden enthusiasts! Enjoy one of spring’s most impressive showcases of colorful perenni-als, cutting-edge landscape exhibits and extraordinary floral arrangements produced by interna-tional floral designers at the Washington National Cathedral, as well as embassies throughout the District. The Flower Mart, an official Passport DC event, lets you take part in family-friendly activi-ties including garden tours and an antique carousel.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.| Free Admission 
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016


Exclusion – May 5 – June 25
The newest drama at Arena Stage weaves the tale of an award-winning historian, who’s buoyed by the optioning of her best-selling book about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first significant law to restrict immigration into the U.S. However, excitement turns to disappointment as she de-fends her book’s authenticity and navigates the blurry line between the truth and what sells.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


C&O Canal Boat Tours – Begin May 5
A beloved DC tradition returns. One-hour guided historical tours of the first mile of the C&O Canal allow you to learn the history, technology and culture woven into the waterway. You’ll also hear spellbinding stories of people who lived, worked and played along the Canal over the past two centuries. Visit the tour portal for more information.


Running of the Chihuahuas – May 6
The Wharf celebrates Cinco de Mayo with this too-cute-to-be-true chihuahua race, now in its 11th year. Watch the little pups run their way to glory at one of the most exciting places in DC. You’ll also be able to enjoy a beer garden and music throughout the afternoon. Check out The Wharf’s calendar for other upcoming events.
2-5 p.m. |  Free admission 
The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024 


Around the World Embassy Tour – May 6
You can visit an array of embassies, including Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Thailand, Ukraine, Uganda, Costa Rica, Morocco and many, many more during this annual event that is free to all. Programming and activities will be available for visitors on-site, from karate demonstrations to dance performances and sari-wrapping lessons.
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |  Free Admission 


Here There Are Blueberries – May 7-28
A mysterious album of never before seen Nazi-era photographs arrives at the desk of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archivist Rebecca Erbelding. As Rebecca and her team of historians begin to unravel the shocking story behind the images, the album soon makes headlines around the world. In Germany, a businessman sees the album online, recognizes his own grandfather in the photos and begins a journey of discovery that will lead him to a reckoning of his family’s past and his country’s history.
Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


D.C. United

D.C. United

D.C. United Home Games: May 6, 17 & 27
Led by head coach Wayne Rooney in his first full season at the helm, D.C. United will bring all kinds of excitement to Audi Field this May, with three home games on the schedule. Cincinnati is first up on May 6, with the L.A. Galaxy next up on May 13 and arch-rivals Toronto FC coming to town on Memorial Day weekend.
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


The Sisters of Mercy – May 10
Formed in Leeds in 1980, The Sisters of Mercy have been underground forebears ever since. Even though the band has released just three LPs, all between 1985 and 1990, the group is considered pioneers of goth rock, helping to bring the sound and look to mainstream audiences. Now just a touring outfit, expect the Sisters of Mercy to rock the house at The Fillmore Silver Spring, located just outside DC.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910


National Gallery Nights: Homegrown – May 11
Join the National Gallery of Art in its East Building to celebrate the people and culture of the District during this free event. Dance to go-go music courtesy of Rare Essence, educate yourself on artwork with DC connections during pop-up talks, create your own piece with an artmaking activity inspired by the Washington Color School and much more.
6-9 p.m. |  Register
National Gallery of Art East Building, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


Feist – May 12
Equipped with an incredible voice and an uncanny knack for songwriting, Feist’s career is now into a third decade of success. While you may know her best from the 2007 hit “1234,” Feist has been making incredible records both on her own and with Broken Social Scene since the early 2000s. Prepare to hear a stunning oeuvre from the Canadian performer.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival – May 12-13
In honor of Mary Lou Williams, an influential pianist, educator, composer and humanitarian who collaborated with jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis before passing away in 1981, the Kennedy Center hosts this adored festival for the 26th time. The celebration will feature two nights of performances, including appearances by some of the finest women working in jazz today, including Somi, Doreen Kitchens, Camille Thurman and the Dee Dee Bridgewater Big Band.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets 
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566 


Monty Python’s Spamalot – May 12-21
One could say that Monty Python founded modern comedy as we know it, but of course, the lads would likely laugh at the notion and then write a skit about it. Spamalot is essentially the stage version of the troupe’s classic 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In fact, the play proudly proclaims itself a rip off of the motion picture. The lyrics were written by legendary member Eric Idle and if you have seen the movie, you’ll recognize the songs, the costumes and the belly laugh it all inspires.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566 


Beethoven & American Masters – May 12 – June 3
Ludwig van Beethoven’s music was groundbreaking, original and provocative, and can be recognized and appreciated by any audience. To preserve the master’s legacy, Kennedy Center Music Director Gianandrea Noseda continues the National Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed festival with four glorious programs of symphonies paired with works by trailblazing American composers George Walker and William Grant Still.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Shout, Sister, Shout! – Through May 13
Ford’s Theatre welcomes a new musical based on Gayle F. Wald’s inspiring book. Immerse yourself in the music scene of the 1930s and ‘40s as you follow the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a musical legend who paved the way for Black rock, R&B and gospel singers and guitarists with her ambition and courage. Tharpe was also a pioneer in that she unabashedly joined protests for racial and sexual equality. Don’t miss a riveting production of this under-told story. Use code "SSSDDC" for a 20% discount. Offer excludes Dress Circle seating, and has a limit of four (4) tickets per order.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


European Union Open House – May 13
Europhiles can have a field day during this annual free event, with lets you take your own shortcut to Europe without any jet lag. All 28 European Union member states, including Italy, Spain, Ireland and many more, participate in this citywide open house experience. Take advantage of this chance to observe cultural heritage and traditions from the Old Continent at no cost. 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission 


Boz Scaggs – May 13
Expertly mixing rock, blues and R&B into a silky smooth sheen, Boz Scaggs became a household name as a solo artist in the 1970s, releasing classic songs such as “It’s Over,” “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown”. Even after taking a step back from the spotlight in the 1980s, Scaggs’ signature style still resonates decades later, with his influence still felt across pop, rock and the blues. You will have one chance to catch this legend at The National Theatre this May.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


La bohème – May 13-27
Giacomo Puccini’s loving and poetic ode to Paris comes to the Kennedy Center thanks to the Washington National Opera. Expect grand sets, from Café Momus to the Left Bank, as well as unforgettable music, an acclaimed international cast and a riveting tale of young bohemian artists as they deal with the highs and lows of art in the city of love.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Celebrate Mother’s Day in DC – May 14
While mothers should be celebrated every day, Mother’s Day only comes once per year. We’re here to help you honor the occasion and plan out an unforgettable holiday experience in the nation’s capital, so be sure to check out our rundown of Mother’s Day must-dos.


Beetlejuice – May 16-28
Based on the beloved Tim Burton film, the National Theatre production of Beetlejuice takes the zaniness (and the vulgarity) to an all-new level (the show is recommended for ages 13 and over). The hilarious excursion into the dead and demented follows Lydia Deetz, an outcast obsessed with death. In a twist of fortune, she has a ghostly couple living in her house, as well as a psychotic demon who has the perfect plan to scare off Lydia’s cruel parents.
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Sweeney Todd – May 16 – July 9
The demon barber of Fleet Street comes to Campbell Avenue in Arlington, Va. in one of Stephen Sondheim’s legendary masterpieces. Adapted by Tim Burton into an Oscar-nominated film in 2007, Sweeney Todd is a violent musical, a bloody combination of style, humor, period-accurate style and loads of fun.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206


Arena Stage

Arena Stage

Voices of Now Festival – May 17-20
Arena Stage plays host to this free four-day festival that serves to spread creativity among the city’s middle school and high school students. Voices of Now will showcase new plays written by nine area ensembles and each play will address a community issue, making for autobiographical theater. This outstanding, community-building festival gives a loudspeaker to the voices of tomorrow right now.
Free Admission |  Reserve
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Doug Loves Movies – May 17
Comedian Doug Benson, known for the hilarious Super High Me and his antics on Comedy Central’s The High Court, hosts a podcast where he talks to special surprise guests about his first love: movies! The legendary DC Improv is the perfect venue for Doug’s blazed-out humor.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036


Caroline Polachek – May 19
As co-founder of Chairlift, Caroline Polachek was generating buzz as a musician before she even graduated from the University of Colorado. After emerging as a solo artist with 2019’s striking and experimental PANG, the singer/songwriter upped her game with this year’s Desire, I Want to Turn Into You, which is likely to end up on many end-of-year best-of lists. The Anthem hosts the avant-pop artist for one night only.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – May 19-21
Mount Vernon’s annual spring soiree includes tours of the property’s mansion and cellar and live jazz on a beautiful lawn overlooking the Potomac River. You can also enjoy unlimited samples of more than a dozen Virginia wines and grab concessions from the Mount Vernon Inn.
6-9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 


Friends at Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden - Free Outdoor Summer Concert in Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art

Jazz in the Garden – May 19 – Aug. 4
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden starting May 19. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Due to high demand, the museum is instituting a lottery system; visit the Gallery’s website for more information.
6-8:30 p.m. |  Free Admission | More Information
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565 


Fiesta Asia Street Fair – May 20
Embrace Asian Heritage Month and Passport DC with a day jam-packed with culture, from the performing arts to culinary delights. The annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair takes over Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th streets NW with exciting performances, interactive displays, flea markets and food stalls. This year, more than 1,000 performers, artisans, entrepreneurs, food vendors and organizations will participate, representing more than 20 cultures.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Adams Morgan PorchFest – May 20
Thanks to the overwhelming support that the fall edition of PorchFest has received, the Adams Morgan Partnership BID will now host a spring edition as well. More than 70 local bands will perform across 17 porches, patios and stoops that will become stages for the day. Expect to hear wide range of genres, including classic rock, funk, go-go, rap, reggae, bluegrass, classical and pop. Patrons can pick up a music map and wristband at the event headquarters located in the plaza at the corner of Columbia and Adams Mill Roads NW. Event wristbands are free and provide attendees with dozens of discounts at various Adams Morgan businesses.

2–6 p.m. |  Free Admission |  More Information


Financial Times Weekend Festival

Financial Times Weekend Festival

Financial Times Weekend Festival – May 20
Experience the Financial Times weekend paper come to life at the FTWeekend Festival: U.S. edition. Hear from Hillary Rodham Clinton, Salman Rushdie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Barbara Sturm, Daniel Boulud and your favorite FT writers and more, across five stages at the REACH at the Kennedy Center and online. From debates and performances to wine and whiskey tastings, this is a Saturday event not to miss! Register now and save $20 using the promo code DCFestival.
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The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The Walkmen – May 23-26
One of the most influential and successful groups to emerge from the NYC art rock scene of the early 2000s features five DC natives. The Walkmen released six critically acclaimed albums before disbanding 10 years ago. Now reunited, the group will play a series of rousing shows at DC’s legendary 9:30 Club, a fitting place to hold their homecoming.
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Blink-182 – May 23
Multi-platinum trio blink-182 have announced their biggest tour yet, a global outing with Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker reuniting for the first time in nearly 10 years. Produced by Live Nation, the worldwide trek stops in DC right before summer starts, making for a great opportunity to sing along to “What’s My Age, Again?,” “Adam’s Song,” “All the Small Things” and the rest of the group’s incredible catalogue.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


The National – May 23
The Anthem hosts The National, a group perfectly suited to the grandeur of the 6,000-seat venue located at The Wharf. Since crashing the indie rock party in the early 2000s, this collection of sad rockers from Cincinnati literally cannot miss when it comes to crafting dark, melodious odes to lost loves, city streets at night and a range of other somber scenes. The group is on tour in celebration of the release of their ninth LP, First Two Pages of Frankenstein.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Stargazing at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum – May 24
In a free program, the National Air and Space Museum allows you to join Museum staff on the sidewalk outside of the National Mall building to gaze at the wonders of the night sky. Staffers will point out specific planets and stars, the Moon and other aerial wonders through telescopes set up along Independence Avenue.
8:30-10:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Scottish Ballet: The Crucible – May 24-28
Scotland’s national dance company returns to the Kennedy Center with the East Coast premiere of The Crucible. Arthur Miller’s haunting and unforgettable play about the Salem witch trials, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, is interpreted through bold ballet performances informed by classical technique. 
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The Flaming Lips – May 25
The forebears of modern psychedelic rock will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, during this show at The Anthem. Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips’ live shows are always bombastic, colorful, festive and mind-bending, so expect an epic night as the group plays one of its greatest LPs in its entirety.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


The Avett Brothers – May 25-27
What started out as a little-known North Carolina trio riffing on bluegrass and folk music has blossomed into one of the most successful pop groups of the past decade. The Avett Brothers have grown from a folk group with a cult following to a national sensation, using their multifaceted songwriting talents to create beautiful ballads and steady rockers that won’t leave your head for days. You’ll have three chances to catch them at Wolf Trap.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182


Robert Houle: Red is Beautiful – May 25 – June 2, 2024
The National Museum of the American Indian presents the first major retrospective dedicated to Robert Houle (Saulteaux Anishinaabe, Sandy Bay First Nation, b. 1947), an Indigenous artist known for masterfully blending Western and ancient traditions in his contemporary works. Visitors can marvel at more than 50 years of Houle’s creativity, including paintings pierced by porcupine quills and historic scenes reimagined from an Indigenous perspective.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Sharing Honors and Burdens: Renwick Invitational 2023 – May 26 – March 31, 2024
The latest exhibit at the Renwick Gallery will focus on fresh and nuanced visions from six Native American or Alaska Native artists. Across more than 50 pieces, you will notice traditions of creating that honor family, community and clan, including projects that require broad community participation. The annual Invitational allows the Gallery to highlight innovative new voices in the world of craft and design art.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006


Curious George: Let's Get Curious! – May 27 – Sept. 4
The National Children's Museum hosts an exhibit dedicated to one of the most popular characters for younger audiences, Curious George, throughout the summer. Kids ages three to seven can explore math, science and engineering concepts in interactive experiences inspired by the classic stories and hit television series. The exhibit, which will be located in the Visiting Exhibit Hall, launches with an all-day event on May 27.
Hours & Admission
National Children's Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Brick City – Opens May 27
The new exhibit from National Building Museum will celebrate iconic architecture from cities around the world through carefully recreated constructions made from LEGO® bricks by the U.K.-based artist Warren Elsmore. Visitors can take a tour and discover new destinations across all seven continents, including lively streetscapes from Cartagena, Columbia, Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and intricate temples from India to Mexico.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


The National Memorial Day Choral Festival – May 28
Held at the Kennedy Center, the free National Memorial Day Choral Festival is a powerful concert experience that features a 200-voice choir accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Orchestra. The musicians and singers come together in perfect harmony, performing patriotic classics in honor of those who have fallen while defending the U.S.
3 p.m. |  Free Admission |  Register
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


National Memorial Day Concert – May 28
PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert salutes the sacrifice made by the men and women in uniform, as well as their families. The free annual concert is held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol the day before Memorial Day from 8-9:30 p.m. Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna will host the proceedings, which will feature numerous other celebrity performers. The show will be live-streamed online and broadcast nationally on PBS.
8-9:30 p.m. |  Free admission 
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004 


National Memorial Day Parade – May 29
DC’s most popular Memorial Day event features marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and veterans parading down Constitution Avenue. The televised event is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and honors those who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military. Arrive well before the 2 p.m. start time for the best viewing options.
2 p.m. |  Free admission 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Incendiary – May 29 – June 25
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents playwright Dave Harris’ idiosyncratic dive into the storytelling techniques of video games and comic books. Incendiary is the story of Tanya, a Black mother determined to get her son, Eric, off Death Row … on his birthday. As the clock ticks down, the production weaves comedy, action and heroism into an intense (and satirical) meditation on the impact and complexity of generational trauma.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


This Is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s – Through June 11
Britain experienced profound changes in the 1970s and 1980s, racked by deindustrialization, urban uprisings, the policies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Photography became a central form of creative expression during this period. The exhibit at the National Gallery of Art brings together the work of a generation of essential photographers including Vanley Burke, Pogus Caesar, Anna Fox, Paul Graham, Sunil Gupta, Chris Killip, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and Martin Parr.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


virtual world of cherry blossoms and discover the ephemeral beauty of butterflies

PIXELBLOOM: Timeless Butterflies - Through June 11
ARTECHOUSE invites you to step into a virtual world of cherry blossoms and discover the ephemeral beauty of butterflies and the thrilling exuberance of nature. A kaleidoscope of butterflies is awoken from their winter slumber and pixels burst into full bloom, all in celebration of the coming of spring. Leveraging custom technologies, ARTECHOUSE Studio reimagines the potential of nature, both digital and organic in design, expanding on the world of PIXELBLOOM to create a one-of-a-kind family-friendly journey. Use our special ticket link for 10% off!
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ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024


Passing Strange – Through June 18
A Tony Award-winning travelogue filled with uplifting music and meditations on acceptance, identity and love, Passing Strange can’t be missed at Signature Theatre this April. The story concerns a young man who discovers his musical calling and sets off for Europe, leaving behind his mother and suburban comfort in the process. In his rebellion filled with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, he yearns for something in life that he thinks can only be found in art. Expect to hear blues, punk, gospel, jazz and rock that will make your heart sing.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206


Looking Up: Studies for Ceilings, 1550-1800 – Through July 9
The National Gallery of Art presents dozens of examples of the evolution of ceiling decoration, including the baroque and neoclassical periods. Some works are vibrant early drawings and others are large-scale models that give a sense of the experience of the intended final composition. Studies of single motifs and individual figures reveal how these grand projects enticed viewers.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection – Through July 16
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 displays 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. The popular exhibit has been extended through the spring of 2023 and beginning Nov. 9, next-day online ticket distribution will be available. Visit Hirshhorn's website for more information.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


Going through Hell: The Divine Dante – Through July 16
In the more than 700 years since it was written, Dante's Divine Comedy has remained one of the most influential works of Western literature. The new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art will explore the influence of the seminal manuscript across roughly 20 works, all from the National Gallery’s collection. Beginning with the 16th century painted Allegorical Portrait of Dante, these range from rare early printed editions of the Divine Comedy to sculptures by Auguste Rodin created initially for his monumental project The Gates of Hell, to works on paper from the 15th to 20th century, from William Blake to Robert Rauschenberg.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Philip Guston Now – Through Aug. 27
The 50-year career of an iconic American artist serves as the subject of a highly anticipated exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. More than 150 paintings and drawings will be on display, telling Guston’s fascinating story as he moved through abstract expressionism, muralism and figuration. The artist’s own personal confessions and political beliefs, as showcased in his work, are also at the center of this major exhibition.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell – Through Sept. 10
Don’t miss a chance to experience the work of one of the most visionary artists of the 20th century. Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell is the first-ever exhibition dedicated to the artist’s work at a museum in the United States. The exhibit will feature more than 80 artworks from the collections of the National Museum of Asian Art and other U.S. institutions, as well as digital interactives that will allow visitors to engage with the artist’s spirit of exploration and positivity.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  More Information
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women (Part II) – Through Sept. 10
The second of the two-part installation at the National Portrait Gallery features 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 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


Nationals Baseball Park

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals Baseball – Through Oct. 1
The Washington Nationals, who have four National League East titles, five postseason appearances and a World Series championship since coming to DC in 2005, are one of the city's main attractions throughout the spring and summer. Head to Nationals Park to experience MLB action with an exciting schedule, plenty of home runs and, of course, Racing Presidents.
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Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003


Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces – Through Nov. 30
All the way back to the American Revolution, Native Americans have served in the U.S. armed forces, often in extraordinary numbers. The National Museum of the American explores the phenomenon of the Indigenous commitment to the U.S. military, from being drafted to the pursuit of employment or education to tribal traditions and treaty commitments.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20560

All American: The Power of Sports – Through Jan. 7, 2024 
The National Archives' 3,000-square-foot exhibit showcases more than 75 items including original records, artifacts and photographs that showcase how American sports unite, teach and inspire us. Highlights include original sports equipment and jerseys used by icons, early 20th-century tobacco baseball cards, rare trophies, photos, letters and much more. The exhibit is located in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery and is free to visit.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission 
National Archives Museum, 701 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408



Afrofuturism: A History of Black Futures – Ongoing
The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s latest exhibit will explore the concept of Afrofuturism, including its origins, ideas and creations. The voices of authors, artists, musicians and scholars will all be reflected in the interactive exhibit that examines Afrofuturism’s growing global influence and dynamic impact on pop culture. Expect multimedia displays and hundreds of images and videos in the 4,300-square-foot experience.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission |  Timed Passes
National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


The Art of Knowing in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Himalayas – Ongoing
The National Museum of the Asian Art’s additional exhibit opening in March will focus on art from the museum’s collection that addresses religious and practical knowledge across time, space and cultures. You’ll be able to see stone sculptures, gilt bronzes and painted manuscripts from India, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. The Art of Knowing illuminates the importance of visuals in translating the teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism across hundreds of years.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  More Information
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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