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50+ Things to Do This February in Washington, DC

Enjoy an array of events including new plays, museum exhibits, concerts and celebrations in honor of Black History Month.

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

Go ice skating in DC
DC’s year-round temps are pretty moderate, but during the winter – when cold Canadian winds whistle down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers – Washingtonians bundle up for a day (or a night) on the ice. Public ice skating rinks can be found in multiple neighborhoods in DC proper, so check out the best places to hit the ice in the nation's capital.

 

Black Like Me – Through April 15
An incredible collection of Black artists is featured in this exhibit at DC’s intimate Zenith Gallery, including Wesley Clark, Julee Dickerson Thompson, Buzz Duncan, Francine Haskins, Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Hubert Jackson and many more. The Gallery will host a reception that will give you a chance to meet artists on Feb. 15 from 4-8 p.m.
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  More Info
Zenith Gallery, 111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

The Lifespan of a Fact – Through Feb. 25
DC’s Keegan Theatre presents a brand new play about one Jim Fingal, a Harvard graduate who works as a fact checker for a failing New York-based magazine, and one Jim D’Agata, an essay writer who has penned a piece that could save said magazine. When fact checking Jim is assigned to review writer Jim’s essay about the suicide of a teenage boy, the two come into conflict in a gripping, dramatic and comedic battle over fact vs. fiction.
Tickets
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

 

A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt – Ongoing
From 1906-1909, Charles Lang Freer acquired a wide range of Egyptian art works, including the renowned Washington Codex—one of the oldest Bibles in the world—a digital copy of which will be on view in the Freer Gallery of Art as part of this special exhibit. Visitors can also expect to see New Kingdom Egyptian glass vessels, a Byzantine jewelry set, amulets and hundreds of beads, many of which will be on display 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

 

This Is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s – Through June 11, 2023
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 new 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

 

Looking Up: Studies for Ceilings, 1550-1800 – Through July 9, 2023
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

 

United Ukrainian Ballet: Giselle – Feb. 1-5
A remarkable company of Ukrainian dancers come together for a riveting interpretation of Giselle, one of the great romantic ballets ever written, created specifically for the United Ukrainian Ballet by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. Experience wondrous feats of dance performed by world-class artists united by the tragedy of war and hope for the future.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Sunset Boulevard – Feb. 1-8
Tony Award-winning actor Stephanie J. Block takes on the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved masterpiece based on a classic 1950 film noir. The cast also includes Tony Award nominee Derek Klena as Joe Gillis, Auli‘i Cravalho as Betty Schaefer and Grammy Award winner Nathan Gunn as Max Von Mayerling.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Lunar New Year Celebration: U-hee Nori by U-hee Company – Feb. 2
In honor of the Year of the Rabbit, visit the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a free performance by U-hee Company, which is comprised of six young Korean artists who re-interpret their native country’s traditional music for a modern audience. The company will showcase U-hee Nori, which consists of several mini-plays that dive into Korean culture and invoke audience interaction.
6 p.m. |  Free Admission |  More Info
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Prologue Theatre: The Cake – Feb. 2-26
Atlas Performing Arts Center and Prologue Theatre present the story of Della, who lives a quiet life in a Southern town, baking cakes and leaves the big decisions to her husband, Tim. However, when the girl she helped raise returns to North Carolina to be wed, and her fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life is thrown for a loop and she is forced to think for herself.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Bars and Measures – Feb. 2-26
Inspired by true events, this new production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center will allow you to experience the story of two brothers bonded by music but separated by bars. Bars and Measures explores faith, family and melody as the characters work through conflict after secrets and betrayal are revealed during a trial.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

Native Gardens – Feb. 2-26
Rifts along class, racial, gender and generational lines come to the forefront in this drama set to be staged at DC’s Gala Hispanic Theatre this February. Native Gardens (or Jardín Salvaje in Spanish) concerns two families in Northwest DC: one a young Latino couple and the other, two older conservatives. Conflict arises over a garden along the border of their properties, leading to a clash of wills and ideologies.
Tickets
GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

 

Sarah Silverman – Feb. 3
One of her generation’s most brilliant comedic minds, Sarah Silverman has spent her career making people laugh wherever she goes, whether it’s hosting her popular podcast, guest starring on a range of sitcoms, delivering an unforgettable stand-up set, hosting the Emmys, doing voice work on Bob’s Burgers, etc. The Kennedy Center welcomes the dynamic performer for one night only.
8 p.m. | Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Washington, DC Travel & Adventure Show – Feb. 4-5
Looking to get inspired for your next adventure? Get excited for the biggest travel show in the DC area, which features thousands of experts doling out info on top destinations and must-know travel tips across two days. You’ll be immersed in cultures from around the world and can hear from other globetrotters to help you live out your wildest travel dreams. Featured speakers include Andrew McCarthy, Peter Greenberg and Samantha Brown.
Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Beauty and the Beat – Feb. 4-5
Witness the musical magic between an unlikely pair of instrumentalists as two National Symphony Orchestra members bring their expertise to the stage. The violin and percussion will intertwine to prove that no matter how different the sounds are, they can be put together to create beautiful melodies.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Seven Methods for Killing Kylie Jenner – Feb. 4 – March 3
The news of Kylie Jenner’s title as a ‘self-made’ billionaire sparks a Twitter rant that unravels into a thought-provoking story. Award-winning playwright Jasmine Lee-Jones explores the appropriation of Black culture and queerness by celebrities and how Internet culture can spill over into real life.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream – Feb. 5
The Washington Performing Arts and Choral Arts Society of Washington choirs come together for an annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Experience a powerful performance, come together in the spirit of community and honor Dr. King’s lasting impact through music.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Feb. 7-12
The preeminent modern dance company returns to the Kennedy Center with a program that celebrates the company’s illustrious history and aims to bring audiences together in joy. The production will feature Ailey’s most famous composition, Revelations, as well as numerous other works by modern masters. Get ready to be united by the power of dance.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Intersections: Linling Lu – Feb. 9 – April 30
In Soundwaves, Linling Lu engages with the Phillips Music performance of Philip Glass’s Etude no. 16 played on piano by Timo Andres. The exciting new entry into The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series will see Lu visualizing sound into spatial configurations. She takes the repetitive notes and chords from Glass’s music and translates them into a physical space: the seven notes played on the piano by the left hand are represented by seven paintings on the left side of the gallery, and the five notes played by the right hand are represented by five paintings on the right side of the gallery. In witnessing this incredible installation, you’ll feel waves of nostalgia, calm, joy and solitude.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

Jerry Seinfeld – Feb. 10-11
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 30 years, you’ve heard the name “Seinfeld”. Rising to prominence thanks to unique and unforgettable stand-up performances and appearances on The Tonight Show, Jerry Seinfeld the comedian became Jerry Seinfeld the megastar when his sitcom, Seinfeld, became a sensation in the early 1990s. Ever since, the iconic personality has remained in the spotlight thanks to his searing observational wit. These two shows at The Anthem are likely to sell out.
Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The High Ground – Feb. 10 – April 2
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre serves as the backdrop for a riveting new play at Arena Stage. The High Ground focuses on a Black soldier who stands his ground atop Tulsa’s Standpipe Hill, witnessing the Earth-shattering destruction below. Both enemies and friends try to remove him, but the soldier stands strong, leading to a powerful story of resistance and recovery from trauma.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women (Part II) – Feb. 10 – 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

 

Gregory Porter – Feb. 14-15
Paying witness to the incredible voice of Gregory Porter, the two-time winner of the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day date. The renowned crooner visits the Warner Theatre on consecutive nights over the holiday weekend. Porter usually mixes traditional jazz classics with his own compositions.
Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Bush – Feb. 15
One of the '90s biggest post-grunge acts comes to The Anthem. Bush, led by lead singer Gavin Rossdale, will play songs from 2022's The Art of Survival as well as chart-topping classics like ‘Glycerine’ and ‘Comedown’.
Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Carrie Underwood – Feb. 15
The American Idol star and People’s Choice Country Artist of 2022 brings the glitz and glam to Capital One Arena with her Denim & Rhinestones tour. Experience an unforgettable performance from the ‘Before He Cheats’ singer with hits off her new album as well as fan-favorite ballads.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Feb. 16-18
Duane Trucks, great nephew of founding member and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks, was a child prodigy of the slide guitar and eventually formed The Derek Trucks Band by age 15. After a string of albums with his group and a stint with The Allman Brothers, Trucks linked up with Susan Tedeschi, a fellow rocker who had gained national prominence opening for acts such as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stone and … The Allman Brothers Band. The Tedeschi Trucks Band was born, with the duo forming one of the most acclaimed blues-rock bands in America. The historic Warner Theatre hosts the group for three nights in mid-February and early March (March 2-4).
Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

American Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet – Feb. 15-19
Known as “America’s National Ballet Company®” thanks to an act of Congress in 2006, the American Ballet Theatre’s annual performance at the Kennedy Center always offers outstanding performances and diverse casts. This year, the company takes on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of forbidden love. Choreographed by the legendary Kenneth MacMillan, this version of the classic story had its company premiere at the Kennedy Center in 1985.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Wild Seeds of the Soufside – Feb. 18 – May 13
In a new free exhibit at [email protected], photographer Dee Dwyer takes you on a visual journey into the heart of Southeast DC, also known as “Soufside”. Inspired by the book Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, Dwyer connects the local Soufside community with the book’s main characters, Anyanwu and Doro. Dwyer’s photographs are evocative, sensuous and work to demystify an area that has been misconceived. As “Chocolate City” experiences more gentrification, Black natives are being displaced; as gentrification moves into Southeast, Dwyer’s photographs seek to preserve the soul of the community she calls home.
Hours & Info |  Free Admission
[email protected], 1801 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020

 

Rinpa ScreensFeb. 18 – Jan. 28, 2024
Explore a selection of screens painted in the Rinpa style, a movement known for stylized forms in bright colors from the 17th to the 19th century. A separate display of ceramics showcases the aesthetic exchange facilitated by trade between Japan and China and interrogates what makes a work of art “Japanese”.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

Impractical Jokers – Feb. 19
Everyone’s favorite TV jokesters are set to bring belly laughs from a stage near you. Join the troublesome but wholesome trio of Brian ‘Q’ Quinn, James ‘Murr’ Murray and Sal Vulcano for live stand-up and never-before-seen videos at Capital One Arena during this special Sunday afternoon show. 
5 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Ride the Cyclone – Through Feb. 19
Six teen chamber choir singers are tragically killed in a freak roller coaster accident. Stuck in the afterlife, a mechanical fortuneteller gives them a chance to sing their way back to earth. Ride the Cyclone is a quirky and edgy musical that blends humor, tragedy and enchantment. Arena Stage hosts cutting-edge production.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

2023 Capital Orchestra Festival – Feb. 20
Orchestras from Iowa, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and Washington state will perform quintessential works from composers such as Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Saint-Saens at the Kennedy Center as part of the Capital Orchestra Festival. The concert is entirely free to attend, but tickets are required.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Selling Kabul – Feb. 21 – April 2
Signature Theatre hosts the DC-area premiere of a play from an exciting new voice in Sylvia Khoury. Selling Kabul is set in 2013, when a sister shelters her translator brother from the Taliban as he awaits the arrival of an American visa. On the day before his son’s birth, the situation worsens, leading to a gut-wrenching and pulse-pounding story with ties to recent headlines.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

 

Balanchine! – Feb. 22-26
As co-founder of the New York City Ballet and its longtime artistic director, George Balanchine is considered by many to be “the father of American Ballet” as modern audiences know it. The Washington Ballet will honor the great figure with performances of selections from his beloved repertoire across five nights of performances.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

K. Michelle – Feb. 23
The Love & Hip-Hop star brings her R&B sound to The Howard Theatre’s illustrious stage. Don’t miss out on a soulful performance by the BET Award nominee, who has now added six studio albums and Billboard hits to her name.
Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Into the Woods – Feb. 23 – March 19
Following a sold-out engagement at New York City Center and a well-received step-up to Broadway, the Tony Award-winning Into the Woods is coming to the illustrious Kennedy Center. Directed by Lear deBessonet (Hercules) and featuring members of the Broadway cast, the theatrical event will bring you the riveting musical masterpiece like never before.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

King Lear – Feb. 23 – March 26 
One of the most beloved masterworks of the stage touches down at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Klein Theatre. Patrick Page gives a stunning turn as the title character in this tale of a king who discovers sad truths about the human condition, leading him to madness. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to catch one of the Bard’s finest performed in all its grandeur.
Tickets
Klein Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings – Feb. 25 – April 28
The first major exhibition in the United States dedicated to Anyang, the capital of China’s Shang dynasty (occupied ca. 1250 BCE–ca. 1050 BCE), comes to the National Museum of Asian Art. The source of China’s earliest surviving written records and the birthplace of Chinese archaeology, Anyang’s vitality will be showcased through an array of artifacts, including jade ornaments, ceremonial weapons, ritual bronze vessels, bells, chariot fittings and much more.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

English – Through Feb. 26
Set in Iran in 2009, English focuses on four adult students studying for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which must be passed for their respective green card, medical school admission or family reunification. Through a series of mistranslations and awkward word games, the play is a comedy of errors while also examining the ways in which learning a new language can change your voice and outlook. The play was a hit in its 2021 New York premiere and marks the DC debut of playwright Sanaz Toossi.
Tickets
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

GZA – Feb. 26
One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan and on the shortlist of greatest lyricists of all-time, GZA (also known as “The Genius”) will perform his legendary debut album, Liquid Swords, in its entirety during this special DC show. The historic Howard Theatre is the perfect place for GZA to throw down some of the greatest rhymes ever recorded.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Philip Guston Now – Feb. 26 – 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

 

SZA – Feb. 27
Few artists have emerged with such force as SZA, who became a household name thanks to the dizzying heights of her 2017 LP, Ctrl. Last year’s SOS, one of the most anticipated releases of recent memory, did not disappoint, ending up on many best-of-the-year lists. Now, the brilliantly talented singer, songwriter and performer takes her show on the road, stopping in DC for one night only in late-February.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy – Jan. 20-March 3
C. S. Lewis's beloved tale, The Horse and His Boy, comes to the Museum of the Bible's World Stage Theater. You don't want to miss the special production from the Logos Theatre that will include epic puppetry, beautiful sets and costumes and an inspiring story that will appeal to all ages.
Tickets
Museum of the Bible, 400 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Intangible Forms – Through March 5, 2023
The new laser-powered experience at ARTECHOUSE aims to inspire you to find interconnectedness. Enter a meditative soundscape inspired by Shinto Shrines, offering the opportunity to pause and exist outside of normal space and time. Powered by choreographed kinetic lasers, strobes, haze and moving lights, you will travel through multiple rooms of installations and an entrancing environment created by hypnotic and modular rhythms. Use the 'Tickets' link below for a special 10% discount!
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South – Through March 26, 2023
The National Gallery of Art invites visitors to enjoy more than 40 paintings, assemblages, sculptures and drawings from essential Black artists, including Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Mary T. Smith, Purvis Young, James “Son Ford” Thomas and many more. Incredible quilts made from scraps of fabric and old clothing crafted by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are also on display as part of an in-depth look at the significance of cultural and spiritual traditions on some of the finest contemporary art.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

 

A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur – Through May 14, 2023
Immersive paintings transport you to the Indian court of Udaipur circa 1700 via this stunning exhibit at the National Museum of Asian Art. Paintings on a range of materials – including paper and cloth – bring your imagination to far-off lands to see palaces, lakes and mountains. See how artists of the time period depicted emotions, celebrated the natural world and built communities in the rapidly changing environment of South Asia.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness – Through May 14
The National Children’s Museum welcomes kids to explore the complex emotions of love and forgiveness through words, movement, artmaking, performance and play at XOXO, found in the museum’s Visiting Exhibit Hall. Hands-on activities help develop an understanding and appreciation of the power of love, kindness and forgiveness.
Hours & Tickets
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection

One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection – Through June 14, 2023
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 the 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

 

Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces – Through Nov. 30, 2023
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

 

Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World – Through Dec. 31, 2023
The U.S. Botanic Garden invites you to learn about the importance of agriculture in a special exhibit. Learn about the wild relatives of plants we eat, interactively explore the science of agriculture through microscopes, educate yourself to the practices of farming through the centuries and hear from several local chefs about their own food cultures. You can also see how plants impact recipes, observe home gardening techniques and test your knowledge of popular foods through world maps made from grains and legumes.
U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Kinship – Through Jan. 7, 2024
The National Portrait Gallery uses more than 40 artworks by eight contemporary artists, including Jessica Todd Harper, Thomas Holton, Njideka Anukyili Crosby and Sedrick Huckaby, to showcase the importance of “kinship” and the relationships that bond us. Through multiple mediums, the pieces explore intergenerational dynamics, gender roles, responses to life and death and so much more.
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

A Window Suddenly Opens: Contemporary Photography in China – Through Jan. 7, 2024
The Hirshhorn’s first survey of photography by leading multigenerational Chinese artists from the 1990s through the 2000s will feature 186 artworks, 141 of which are a landmark promised gift to the museum from Chinese art collector Larry Warsh. The exhibition’s title (drawn from a 1997 publication) celebrates the shift of photography from a realistic art to a conceptual one. Featured artists include Cang Xin, Cao Fei, Chen Shaoxiong, Cui Xiuwen, Gu Dexin, Hai Bo and Hong Hao.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560

 

All American: The Power of Sports – Through Jan. 7, 2024
The National Archives' new 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

 

Entertainment Nation – Ongoing
Through the National Museum of American History’s extraordinary collection of theater, music, sports, movie and television objects, Entertainment Nation features an ever-changing selection of artifacts and interactive experiences. The exhibition explores how culture and entertainment have helped spur important national conversations about race, class, gender, identity and much more. You can view objects tied to luminaries such as Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Roberto Clemente, Frank Sinatra, Kristi Yamaguchi, Prince and Bette Davis.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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