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60+ Things to Do This June in Washington, DC

Summer pops off with exciting events, including Awesome Con, Capital Pride, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and more

Make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital this June. 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.

Dave’s Dream – Opens May 27
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
 

Design Zone – May 28 – 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 will 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

 

Adams Morgan Drag Queen Storytime 2022 – May 29
Join Adams Morgan Partnership BID, The LINE and DC Public Library at Unity Park for storytime with a drag queen. The goal is to inspire a love of reading while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others. This event is free and open to children of all ages.
11 a.m. | More details
Unity Park, Intersection of Columbia Rd., Champlain St. & Euclid St., NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

The National Memorial Day Choral Festival – May 29
Held at the Kennedy Center, the free National Memorial Day Choral Festival is a powerful concert experience that features a 300-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. Tickets are free but must be requested online.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

National Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert – May 29
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

 

American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams – May 29 – 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 will feature 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

 

National Memorial Day Parade – May 30
Marching bands, youth groups, floats, performers and, of course, veterans, are ushered down Constitution Avenue during DC’s annual Memorial Day celebration, being held in-person for the first time since 2019. The televised parade 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

 

Drumfolk – Through June 26
Step Afrika! and Arena Stage join forces for this electrifying production inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 and the Negro Act of 1740 in South Carolina. Through its signature percussive dance, Step Afrika! tells the story of brave, enslaved Africans who refused to let the beat stop and in turn, inspired African American culture all the way up to the present day. Drumfolk marks the first of a three-part, multi-year collaboration between Step Afrika! and Arena Stage and prominently features local musical star Christylez Bacon, making it one of the can't-miss shows of the summer in DC.
2 p.m. & 8 p.m. |  Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The Washington Ballet at CityCenterDC – June 2-4
The Plaza at CityCenterDC becomes The Washington Ballet’s stage for a three-day stretch. Admission is free to see DC’s iconic group perform classic pas de deux and works by emerging choreographers under CityCenterDC’s signature pink lanterns. Each performance will last one hour and seating is first-come, first-served.
6:30 p.m. | Free Admission
The Plaza at CityCenterDC, 825 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20268

 

Imagine: Reflections on Peace – June 2 – 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 will 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

 

Chelsea Handler – June 3
One of America’s most talented comedians returns to DC for one night only. Through an illustrious career across the stage, the screen and behind the camera, Chelsea Handler has endeared herself to millions with her incisive wit and observations. One of the city’s most historic venues, Warner Theatre, hosts the powerful personality.
7 p.m. | Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Kraftwerk 3-D – June 3
Rarely do you have the chance to see true pioneers perform. Kraftwerk, a German group intact since the early 1970s, have revolutionized popular music several times over. Their initial repetitious, machine-like, Krautrock grooves gave way to technological experimentation, with songs like “Autobahn,” “Trans-Europe Express” and “Computer World” inspiring entire musical movements on their own, from post-punk to electro-pop to modern techno. The group’s live performances are another experience altogether; this 3-D show at The Anthem promises to be a highlight of the concert season in DC.
8:30 p.m. | Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Awesome Con

Awesome Con - June 3-5
DC’s Convention Center turns into a massive celebration of geek culture during Awesome Con. More than 70,000 fans will be able to see their favorite stars from comics, films, TV, toys and games throughout Awesome Con, a three-day festival that is Washington, DC’s own Comic Con. Expect plenty of costumed attendees and an array of activities to enjoy during one of the city’s most vibrant annual events.
Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001
 

CAPITAL PRIDE

Capital Pride - June 3-12
The DC community comes together for the annual Capital Pride, a citywide celebration of LGBTQ rights and the continuing fight for them. This year, Capital Pride returns to in-person celebrations, including its official opening party, a block party, the popular Pride Parade and the Pride Festival and Concert. Make sure to read our piece on the events for more details.

 

The FRIENDS Experience – Through June 5
The wildly popular FRIENDS Experience, originally created for the show’s 25th anniversary, allows fans to celebrate their favorite characters and revisit some of the series’ most iconic moments. You will be immersed in 12 nostalgia-packed rooms and activations, including Monica’s kitchen and the iconic FRIENDS fountain. The interactive space lets you peek around Rachel and Monica’s purple door, relax in Chandler and Joey’s recliner or help Ross with the infamous sofa pivot. The space will feature a re-created Central Perk with the legendary orange couch.
Tickets
1025 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004, Suite 200

 

There’s Always the Hudson – May 9 – June 5
T and Lola have a mission. After meeting in a support group for sexual abuse survivors years ago, the two made a pact to take out revenge on those who have wronged them. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents this riveting production written by Paola Lázaro, a tale of two damaged souls ready to confront their trauma and deliver some well-deserved justice. Note that There’s Always the Hudson contains discussions and depictions of sexual abuse and assault, profanity and drug use.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Sigur Ros – June 6
Hailing from Iceland, Sigur Ros creates soundscapes and musical reveries that resemble floating off into space, staring into the Grand Canyon or floating softly down river. Although they’re considered a “post-rock” group, Sigur Ros is more like a mood unto itself, incorporating classical elements and singer Jonsi’s falsetto vocals to create songs unlike any other. The Anthem will give their all-encompassing sound plenty of space to stretch out.
8 p.m. | Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

The Hay-Adams Author Series: Candice Millard – June 7
One of DC’s most beloved and historic hotels welcomes back this series that will feature a lunch and literary discussion with New York Times bestselling author, Candice Millard. The illustrious writer will share insights and excerpts from her exhilarating new book, River of the Gods, followed by a book signing opportunity. Politics & Prose will be on hand to ensure guests can purchase a copy, as the book will have just hit shelves days before the event.
12 p.m. | Tickets
The Hay-Adams, 800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

Solas Nua: Maz and Bricks – June 9-26
Irish playwright Eva O’Connor and Solas Nua bring the timely Maz and Bricks to DC for the first time at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The story focuses on two youngsters who meet over the course of a day in Dublin, Ireland’s capital. As the day unfolds, the two become unlikely friends, changing each other in ways they never thought possible. Maz and Bricks dives into the issue of reproductive rights in Ireland, among many other urgent topics.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

National Park Family

Attend a Washington Nationals game – June 10-19 & 27-29
You can purchase tickets to a Nats game for up to 20% off select games when you use the code "VISITDC". This incredible deal lasts through the rest of the season. While at the game, make sure to pay a visit the Nationals Team store to load up on official MLB apparel. Upcoming schedule highlights include a celebration of Sally Ride and women in STEM (June 12), Pups in the Park (June 13) and a weekend dedicated to honoring Nats legend Ryan Zimmerman (June 17-19).
Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

 

Capital Pride Block Party – June 11
The Pride Block Party returns for 2022. Expect entertainment, plenty of food and beverages (including local vendors, food trucks and restaurants along 17th Street) and good vibes all around ahead of the parade later in the day. There will also be a beer garden for those ages 21 and over to refresh and watch performers on the Block Party Stage. 
12-10 p.m. 
Between P & Q intersecting with 17th St. NW, Washington, DC
 

Capital Pride Parade – June 11
Join the LGBTQ+ community for the return of the historic Capital Pride Parade, proudly presented by Marriott International. In 2022, a modified route through Logan Circle and Dupont Circle neighborhoods will honor DC's LGBTQ+ history and community and reflect the importance of taking to the streets in the fight for equality. Visit Capital Pride's website for ticket information.
3-7:30 p.m.
Logan & Dupont Circle Neighborhoods, Washington, DC, 20005
 

Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies – Opens June 11
ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience will allow 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. The exhibit makes for an ideal activity during Juneteenth weekend.
Monday – Thursday: 1-9 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Couple walking with child during Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Summer Events in Washington, DC

Couple walking with child during Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Summer Events in Washington, DC

Capital Pride Festival – June 12
America's Mainstreet, the historic Pennsylvania Avenue, becomes Capital Pride Central during this epic festival that lets DC's LGBTQ+ community truly shine. You can enjoy entertainment across three stages, food, beverages and a chance to meet with more than 300 exhibitors, including local and national advocacy groups. The Pride Festival is free and open to the public.
12-10 p.m.
America’s Mainstreet, Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
 

DNCE

Pride Concert – June 12
Cap off the weekend with this concert headlined by DNCE, which features lead singer Joe Jonas, drummer Jack Lawless and guitarist JinJoo Lee. The most recent winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Willow Pill, will also be present, as will season 13 winner, Symone. Entertainment will be spread across three stages and will offer international headliners and local and regional LGBTQ+ talent. The concert, which will take place at 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, is free to attend, but tickets are available to concert pit and VIP concert experiences.
America’s Mainstreet, 3rd & Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC
 

Our Town – May 12 – June 11
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play will leave you feeling more connected to the world around you. Sidney Harman Hall becomes turn-of-the-century Grover’s Corners, where everyday life reveals universal truths about community, love, life and death. Our Town is both deeply allegorical and endlessly captivating, with an ensemble cast filled by celebrated local performers.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Picasso: Painting the Blue Period – Through June 12
The Phillips Collection's groundbreaking exhibition will provide new insight into the creative process of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) at the outset of his career. It is the first exhibition in Washington, DC, in 25 years to focus on the early works of the 20th century icon, just as he was beginning to define himself on the international stage.
Hours, Admission & Safety Protocols
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

The Upstairs Department – Through June 12
Signature Theatre Company takes you on a trip to the ethereal with this new piece from playwright Chelsea Marcantel. After a serious illness, a young man wakes up with the power to talk with the dead (or so he believes). Although his sister is a skeptic, the two set out to test his paranormal talent and find the siblings’ late father at the Lily Dale Spiritualist community, where they end up summoning much more than the afterlife.
Tickets
Signature Theatre Company, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

 

A Monster Calls – May 25 – June 12
The acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness comes to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in a new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. A Monster Calls concerns 13-year-old Conor, who has just moved to America from Britain with his mother and father. After his mother falls ill, Conor is confronted by a monster at his window, arriving to tell tales of its previous iteration and forcing the boy to face his deepest fears. Children and adults will both be captivated by this highly anticipated production.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Mandy Moore – June 14
Now more than 20 years into a career that features a platinum album, starring roles in major films and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her role in This Is Us, Mandy Moore is going back to her roots, one could say. See the pop superstar in concert at the 9:30 Club, where she will perform plenty of top-40 hits as well as selections from her latest album, In Real Life.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Reframing the Narrative – June 14-19
The Kennedy Center hosts a fascinating program timed perfectly with Juneteenth. The week-long celebration will offer dynamic performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Ballethnic Dance Company and Collage Dance Collective, along with other Black-identifying ballet dancers from across the United States. Don’t miss your chance to witness the incredible work of these pillar companies. Note that Program A will feature a new work by legendary jazz musician Donald Byrd commissioned by the Kennedy Center.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Jersey Boys – June 14-26
Winner of multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, Jersey Boys is the action-packed tale of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who rose from blue-collar backgrounds to become one of the greatest pop music groups ever. Featuring an unforgettable score and magnificent choreography, this show should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

Ancestors Know Who We Are – Begins June 15
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 will explore issues of race, gender, multiracial identity and multigenerational connection.
More Info

 

Red Velvet – June 16 – 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
 

Something in the Water

Something in the Water – June 17-19
Renaissance man Pharrell Williams brings his Something in the Water Festival to the nation's capital over Juneteenth weekend. The festival will celebrate art, culture and music across the weekend. The list of can't-miss artists is a long one, but we'll throw some standouts at you: Jon Batiste, Lil' Baby, Lil' Uzi Vert, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Denzel Curry, Dj Domo, Moneybagg Yo, Pusha T, Rae Sremmurd, Run The Jewels, Teyana Taylor, Thundercat, T.I., Tyler, The Creator, Usher and of course, Pharrell & Phriends. Local go-go musicians Backyard Band, Rare Essence and Sound of the City will also perform.
Tickets
Independence Avenue, Washington, DC
 

Guided By Voices – June 18
Led by frontman/mastermind Robert Pollard, Guided By Voices have left a colossal mark on indie rock, emerging from Dayton, Ohio with DIY, lo-fi gems that manage to sound beautiful and accessible without succumbing to rock music’s norms. 1994’s Bee Thousand influenced countless bedroom musicians, and Pollard has been steadily releasing his unique songs ever since (seriously, we challenge you to track all of his music down). Also known for blistering live shows, catch the group at 9:30 Club on a Saturday night.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

Shakespeare in Love – June 18 – 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

 

The Second City’s The Revolution Will Be Improvised – June 18 – July 31
Everyone’s favorite comedy troupe has emerged from their “comedy bunker” and is set to return to the Kennedy Center. 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

 

Presente! A Latino History of the United States – Opens June 18
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

 

A Juneteenth Celebration with Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra – June 19-20
Commemorate the Juneteenth holiday with a performance by an all-star, all-Black orchestra at Wolf Trap. Part B-Boy, part Beethoven, Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra will mix together the energy and passion of hip-hop with the sweeping sounds of a live orchestra across two nights of performances just outside of the District proper.
6 p.m. |  Tickets
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
 

To Kill a Mockingbird – June 21 – 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 has 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
 

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – June 22-27, 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.

 

John Williams at 90: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial & Jurassic Park in Concert – June 22 & 24
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform two of legendary composer John Williams’ most acclaimed scores in their entirety. On June 22, enjoy Williams’ complete Academy Award®–winning score for E.T. as Steven Spielberg’s timeless classic is projected in HD on the big screen. Then, on June 24, witness the majesty of Jurassic Park in the same setting. Both performances are held in honor of Williams’ 90th birthday.
8 p.m. |  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Tickets |  Jurassic Park Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
 

In His Hands – June 22 – 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
 

The Hot Wing King – June 22 – 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

 

We Belong Here: Marking the 50th Anniversary of Title IX – Opens June 23
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 will also showcase 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

 

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience – June 24
Lovers of brews will not want to miss SAVOR, which features more than 100 craft breweries from all over the U.S. showing off two of their most acclaimed flavors at The Anthem. That adds up to more than 200 beers available for sampling, and there will be small plates that pair perfectly with each brew.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Machine Gun Kelly – June 24
One of the world’s biggest names in pop music comes to DC as part of his Mainstream Sellout Tour. Capital One Arena will host Machine Gun Kelly and a range of special guests, including Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, WILLOW and more. Kelly’s genre-bending music has raked in more than 15.5 billion streams online, with 10 million albums sold worldwide. The stadium will be rocking for this one.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Sarah Sherman – June 25
Also known as “Sarah Squirm,” Sarah Sherman is currently a featured player on Saturday Night Live and has drawn raves for her idiosyncratic live show, Helltrap Nightmare. The comedian has also opened for Eric Andre (and wrote for his TV show), staffed on the Adult Swim series Three Busy Debras and Netflix’s Magic for Humans and received acclaim for her recent short, Sarah Vaccine. The Kennedy Center hosts this mega-talent for one night only (two shows).
7 p.m. & 9 p.m. |  Tickets
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

 

Nick Kroll – June 25
Comedian, writer, actor and outstanding live performer Nick Kroll will film his first Netflix special during this show at the historic Warner Theatre. You may know Kroll from his role on FX’s The League or as the co-creator of the Netflix animated series, Big Mouth. He’s also behind The Oh, Hello Show, a hilarious collaboration with close friend John Mulaney. Good luck stemming off the belly laughs during this set.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

 

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle – June 25 & 26
Rib roasters and sauce bosses show off their delicious wares during the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle. Dozens of pit masters, local restaurants and live music shut down Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW for a lively street party in late June. Cooking demos and free tastings make for a delicious (and filling) experience.
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
 

Ancient Yemen: Incense, Art and Trade – Opens June 25
The National Museum of Asian Art welcomes visitors to a new exhibit that will focus on Yemen and its status as a hub for the trade of incense during the first and second century BCE. Fine alabaster statues and metalworks showcase the skills of Yemen’s artists of the time, who combined local concepts with Greek and Roman inspirations into new creations.
Wednesday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560
 

Potted Potter – June 29 – 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

 

FUTURES – Through July 6
Smithsonian's historic Arts and Industries Building has opened its groundbreaking new experience. On view through July 6, 2022, FUTURES is the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future and temporarily reopens the Smithsonian’s oldest museum for the first time in nearly two decades. The part-exhibition, part-festival celebrates the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon. In March, FUTURES will celebrate Women's History Month with Women's Future Month programming as well as striking orange statues as part of the #IfThenSheCan exhibit.
Free admission |  Hours & protocols
Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20560

 

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 will offer 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

 

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

 

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. 
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Intersections: Marta Pérez García – Through Aug. 28
The latest showcase in The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections series will highlight 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 will also feature 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 will present Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue, an exhibition exploring the 50th anniversary of the watershed moment through portraiture of the era. The exhibition will display 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 |  More Info
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 depict Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a storm sent by an angry god. For the first time, the sculpture will be 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 in an exhibition that integrates art, immersive video installations, and interactive design.
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 will allow 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

 

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 set to be on display in this upcoming 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

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