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40+ Things to Do This October in Washington, DC

Check out an exciting month of events in the nation’s capital this fall.

With DC’s reopening under way, you can make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital. September is packed with a great mix of events as many of the city’s businesses and attractions safely welcome visitors again. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend.

Georgetown French Market – Oct. 1-3
For the 18th year, Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood turns into its own version of Paris. The Georgetown French Market features more than 25 locally owned merchants, restaurants, galleries and salons participating in an open-air shopping frenzy from Friday through Sunday. Expect discounted items and rare finds. Check the official website for updates on scheduling and participating vendors.
Oct. 1 & 2: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Oct. 3: 12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road, Washington, DC


My Lord, What a Night – Oct. 1-24
This drama based on the real-life friendship between Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein will light up the stage at Ford’s Theatre this October. Based on true events, My Lord, What a Night details the impetus of a kinship between a legendary contralto and perhaps the most famous physicist to ever live. After a performance in Princeton, New Jersey, Anderson is denied lodging because she is Black. Einstein invites her to his home, and the narrative imagines conversations that led to Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski – Oct. 6-17
Academy Award nominee David Strathairn delivers a staggering solo performance in this production coming to Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Michael R. Klein Theatre at the Lansburgh. Strathairn plays Jan Karski, a witness to the Holocaust and a World War II hero. Karski risked life and limb to travel to the Oval Office from war-torn Poland to tell his story, only to be disbelieved. The one-man show of courage and persistence will leave you stunned.
Michael R. Klein Theatre at the Lansburgh, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour – Oct. 8-10
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is at its scenic best when fall rolls around, so it’s fitting that the historic estate hosts this special celebration of wine followed by a sunset tour of the property. Bring along a blanket and chill out on the east lawn, which overlooks the Potomac River. Virginia wines will be available for sampling. Fruit and cheese boxes to accompany your wine are available for purchase in advance. Please make sure to review Mount Vernon’s safety measures before attending.
6-9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121


Celia and Fidel – Oct. 8 – Nov. 21
Celia Sánchez was the most trusted advisor of one Fidel Castro, always by his side as he mulled how to improve his Cuban homeland. Celia and Fidel is set in 1980, as 10,000 Cuban citizens seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy. Castro must decide, through an intense conversation with the revolutionary Celia, whether he wants to be mighty or merciful. Magical realism is woven into this captivating tale that ruminates on the battle between power and morality.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano – Oct. 8 – May 8, 2022
Discover Venice’s rich history as a glassmaking capital and its influence on early 20th century art with this retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The first comprehensive look at the American Grand Tour to Venice in the late 19th century features works by seminal artists such as John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler and many, more all of which convey how glassmakers in Murano inspired new ventures and styles in American painting.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


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Run for the Badge – Oct. 9
The National Law Enforcement Museum invites you to Run for the Badge, a timed 5K race on a closed course that will start and finish at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum campus. The contest begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. You're welcome to register as an individual or as a team for this race that honors the service of America's law enforcement.
National Law Enforcement Museum, 444 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Wunder Garten's 7th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration – Through Oct. 10
Weekends can feature German food, music, décor, contests and lots and lots of beer at Wunder Garten. Oktoberfest brews and German-style beers will be available through Oct. 10. Local favorite Cafe Berlin holds down Friday nights with German cuisine and the popular Bavarian Olympics also return (think stein-holding contests and drinking games). On Sundays, Dogtoberfest can be enjoyed from 12-3 p.m., allowing you to bring along your pup in his or her favorite themed costume.
More info
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


Hispanic Heritage Month programming from Smithsonian – Through Oct. 13
Join several Smithsonian museums for educational and inspirational virtual programming throughout the coming weeks. The National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian host family-friendly online events that focus on Hispanic art, icons and stories.


Virtual Happy Hour: Alma Woodsey Thomas and Her Circles – Oct. 13
Thomas’ stunning art circles are the subject of this virtual get-together hosted by NMWA. Make a specialty cocktail in Alma’s honor and expect artworks and stories from the Washington Color School and the aforementioned Little Paris Group, frequent collaborators of Thomas. Fanna Gebreyesus, curatorial associate at Glenstone Museum, will serve as guest speaker. The program is free and registration is required.
5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Register


Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium – Oct. 13-17
Join 100Reporters, an investigative news organization, for a virtual edition of the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival (DX), the first and only festival dedicated to investigative storytelling on film in the U.S. This event celebrates the finest new films inspired by the investigative instinct and advocates for the rights of reporters and filmmakers to pursue investigations that are in the public interest. In addition to screenings, DX offers a professional symposium and programming for journalists and visual storytellers.
Virtual Passes and Tickets

Halloween Treasure Hunt – Oct. 13-31
Visiting the wondrous Mansion on O & O Street Museum is quite the experience, especially when you journey through the historic venue on a scavenger hunt. View the Mansion in its finest Halloween attire as you search through its many themed rooms and secret doors for seasonal and Halloween-themed prizes. You can also bring along your own shopping bag and purchase goodies from the mansion.

The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Hadestown – Oct. 13-31
Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hadestown combines the tales of Orpheus and Eurydice and King Hades and his wife, Persephone, into an epic musical love story. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have created a masterpiece that must be seen at the Kennedy Center to be believed.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with DC Public Library – Through Oct. 15
The DC Public Library is offering a variety of events and resources in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The theme this year is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. Reflect on past, current and future contributions to Hispanic culture with story time, film viewings, performances and readings. 

All Things Go Fall Classic – Oct. 16
This beloved DC-area music festival returns Oct. 16 and features performances from a diverse array of artists, including the likes of Haim, St. Vincent, Cautious Clay and many more. The festival will be hosted at Merriweather Post Pavilion this year and will feature two stages, an epic lineup of delicious local eats and art installations.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044


Intersections: Sanford Biggers – Oct. 16 – Jan. 9, 2022
Innovative artist Sanford Biggers, who uses video, film, installation, sculpture, drawing, music and more to create stunning merged works, brings his talents to The Phillips Collection for this two-part project in the museum’s Intersections series. Biggers will use items from the Collection, including Gee’s Bend quilts from an insulated Black community in Alabama and sculptural works, to create both a site-specific floor installation and a hybrid figure in marble.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC


David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History – Oct. 16 – Jan. 9, 2022
Along with fellow Howard University graduate Alma Thomas, David Driskell showed that the art of Black people is essential to the story of American art. In this new exhibition at The Phillips Collection, which marks the first comprehensive look at Driskell’s collages, paintings, drawings and prints, you can observe more than 50 works and marvel at the legacy of this titanic figure who also worked as a curator, teacher and writer. Driskell’s connection to American history and the African diaspora make for timeless pieces that will strongly resonate in 2021.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC


Teenage Dick – Through Oct. 17
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse and Huntington Theatre Company have teamed up to bring you this exciting production that was initially planned for June 2020. Teenage Dick is a darkly humorous, modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III set in high school. Richard is picked on because of his cerebral palsy and is now set to exact his revenge once he’s been named senior class president. However, along the way, Richard must ask himself: is it better to be feared or loved? Please note that in order to attend a performance at Woolly Mammoth, you’ll need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Brews and Views – Oct. 21
The National Museum of Women in the Arts and Celeste Beatty, founder of the Harlem Brewing Company, have teamed up for this virtual happy hour that will highlight topics in beer-making, the restaurant industry, art, politics and culture. Dr. J Jackson-Beckham, principal at Crafted for All and executive director at Craft X EDU, will join Beatty to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the beer industry. Beforehand, bartenders from Chocolate City’s Best will show how to make cocktails and mocktails and offer a beer pairing. The event is free to attend virtually and registration is required.
5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Free |  Register

The Washington Ballet’s Season Opening Performance – Oct. 21-22
The National Building Museum hosts the Washington Ballet’s (TWB) first performance of the season inside its illustrious walls. You can enjoy artists from the ballet in classical and celebrated roles as well as original works from TWB. This return to the stage for the company will feature an hour’s worth of performances. The Oct. 21 performance will be followed by a special event.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and Meshell Ndegeocello – Oct. 21-23
Visionary choreographer Ronald K. Brown teams up with vocalist, composer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to bring this cutting edge production to Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. This performance will feature three works, including a co-commission with the Kennedy Center, a rendition of a masterful 1999 piece for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a new work by Brown.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

New Glass Now – Oct. 22 – March 6, 2022
The Renwick Gallery showcases the creativity and dexterity of architects, artists and designers who work in one of the world’s most challenging materials: glass. New Glass Now will consist of objects, videos, installations and performances from 50 different artists in 23 countries, allowing visitors to marvel at the tremendous skill of contemporary glass-making.
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006


1874 Cup – Oct. 23
Rugby history will be made at FedExField on Oct. 23 when the New Zealand All-Blacks, one of the most successful sports teams on the planet, takes on the U.S. Men's National Rugby Team, The Eagles. The match marks the first time that the All-Blacks have played in DC since 2016. Why is it called the 1874 Cup? That year saw the first organized rugby match in U.S. history, when teams from McGill and Harvard University squared off. Tickets are going fast for this unique sporting event, so make sure to grab yours and get ready for some world-class rugby.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Greater Landover, MD 20785


Fall Harvest Festival – Oct. 23-24
‘Tis the season at Mount Vernon, where fall truly shines across the estate’s beautiful grounds. Head to George Washington’s former abode for this Fall Harvest Festival. Among the activities: cooking and spinning demonstrations, visits with colonial surveyors, horseshoeing, textile dying and much more. A beer tasting event is also offered.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Smithsonian Craft Show – Oct. 23-31
This year's Smithsonian Craft Show is a free and virtual nine-day celebration of fine American crafts to benefit the Smithsonian Institution. This event will feature more than 100 artists in individual online shops, allowing consumers to search for treasures across wearable art, basketry, furniture, glass, jewelry and much, much more. Make sure to sign up for updates for the latest info regarding this virtual fair.
More info

N – Oct. 23 – Nov. 20
The Keegan Theatre hosts the regional premiere of this fascinating historical drama by Adrienne Pender. Based on a true story, N takes you back to 1921, when Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones became the first American play to feature a Black actor in the lead role on Broadway. That actor, Charles S. Gilpin, rose to stardom, along with O’Neill. Just five years later, the latter was a legend, while the former was lost to history. Gilpin wanted O’Neill to remove the n-word from the play; O’Neill refused, leading to Gilpin’s removal from the role. Don’t miss this thought-provoking look at the history of racism in American theater.
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Café Flamenco – Oct. 24
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Atlas Performing Arts Center with Café Flamenco. This popular, cabaret-style event features traditional flamenco dance and live music performed by dancers from Furia Flamenca Dance Company and guitarists Maestro Torcuato Zamora and Juan L. Romero. Make sure to review the Center's health and safety protocols before attending this vibrant event.
4 p.m. & 7 p.m. |  Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya – Oct. 24 – Feb. 21, 2022
More than 100 exceptional examples of the aquatint technique recently acquired by the National Gallery of Art constitute the first American exhibition to highlight the medium's development across Europe. The artistic range of aquatint led to striking images, including tombs, volcanoes,  moonlit vistas and caricatures, from French, British, Italian, German, Dutch and Spanish printmakers in the 18th century. 
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


H.E.R. – Oct. 25
The new queen of R&B comes to DC this October. H.E.R. (the stage name of one Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson) already has multiple Grammy Awards under her belt, and more may be coming on the tail of this year’s Back of My Mind. The incredibly talented singer, songwriter and musician will grace the stage at The Anthem. Please note that proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to enter the venue.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Beach Fossils & Wild Nothing – Oct. 27
Two well-traveled and critically acclaimed indie rock acts will perform on the same bill at DC’s legendary 9:30 Club in late October. Beach Fossils combine surf-rock riffs, new wave, 1960s pop and atmospherics, forming a sound all their own. Wild Nothing, founded by Jack Tatum, began as a solo project at Virginia Tech and has now blossomed into one of the most beloved rock acts in the country. Please note that proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to enter the venue.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

CiNoMatic: Outdoor Movies Under the Stars – Through Oct. 27
NoMa’s weekly outdoor movie series, formerly known as NoMa Summer Screen, runs through Oct. 27. Take Wednesday nights to enjoy an array of favorites. Movies begin at sunset in Alethia Tanner Park. Admission is free and food and beverages from local purveyors will be available for purchase.
More info |  Free admission
Alethia Tanner Park, 227 Harry Thomas Way NE, Washington, DC 20002


Día de los Muertos Virtual Family Celebration – Oct. 30
Honor the Day of the Dead virtually with Ballet Folklórico Mi Herencia Mexicana and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). The former will demonstrate Mexican folk dances, including El Toro Viejo from Sinaloa and the popular EL Son de La Negra from Jalisco. Attendees can also learn more about the history of these dance traditions during the program. Also be sure to check out SAAM’s Latinx Heritage Family Zone, where you can learn more about Día de los Muertos, make crafts, color and watch videos. These virtual offerings are free to enjoy. Make sure to register for the Oct. 30 event.
10-11 a.m. |  Free |  Register

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon – Oct. 30
Mount Vernon welcomes the entire family to enjoy Halloween fun. Festivities include candy-collecting in special Mount Vernon treat bags, Halloween-themed Punch & Judy shows, an 18th-century chocolate-making demonstration (as well as a sample treat), a straw bale selfie station, musical entertainment and much more.
3:30-6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

The 5th Annual Frames of Fear – Oct. 30-31
DC in Motion hosts this special Halloween showcase for local artists in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Animators, illustrators and motion designers were asked to create wicked windows and they truly went wild: expect to see possessed novels flying around bookstores, zombies searching for thrift fashions and other ghastly happenings. Looped animations projected onto storefronts and buildings will create a spooky spectacle in one of DC’s most ebullient neighborhoods.
More info

Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful – Oct. 30 – Jan. 23, 2022
The highly anticipated exhibit that serves as the inspiration for a months-long celebration of Thomas will provide a fresh perspective on the artist’s life and multifaceted career. Everything is Beautiful will trace her trek from Georgia to DC and beyond through artworks and archival assets, showcasing the artist’s wide-reaching influence, dynamic artistic practices, intriguing interest in puppetry and much, much more. Note that on Jan. 20, 2022, The Phillips Collection will host a staged reading of a one-act play on Thomas’ life by local playwright Caleen Jennings.
Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets & safety guidelines
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC


The Rocky Horror Picture Show 45th Anniversary Spectacular – Oct. 31
Released in 1976, The Rocky Horror Picture Show immediately became a cult classic, prompting decades of midnight showings, costume parties and jam sessions to its unforgettable soundtrack. Events DC will host a special anniversary screening of the film at Entertainment and Sports Arena on Halloween night. Bruce Bostwick (the original “Brad Majors”) will provide a special on-screen greeting before the show begins. Make sure to come dressed in costume.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Drive SE, Washington, DC 20032

The New Woman Behind the Camera – Oct. 31 – Jan. 30, 2022
This fall, the National Gallery of Art displays breathtaking photographs from more than 120 women photographers around the world. These "new women" embraced the art form as a mode of personal and professional expression and in the process, rewrote the rules of modern photography. See unflinching and beautiful images from these trailblazers who embodied a creative and confident spirit and whose work showed unique new perspectives from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Weekly Farmers Market at The Park at City Center – Through Nov. 23
Head over to CityCenterDC and check out a wide variety of local vendors at this popular farmers market. Expect to see DC favorites like Timber Pizza Company, Fishscale, Call Your Mother Deli, DMV Empanadas and Tae-Gu Kimchi. Once you’ve enjoyed this gem downtown, check out additional farmers markets in DC.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Park at CityCenterDC, 1098 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


Life of a Neuron at ARTECHOUSE


Life of a Neuron – Through Nov. 28
This new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE will take you through the thinking cells of the brain, diving into one of the world's greatest mysteries. Artists and scientists collaborated on this fascinating experience that will showcase how the brain shapes our experiences. Thanks to the Society for Neuroscience, ARTECHOUSE allows you to see a neuron from pre-birth to death, allowing for an immersive journey to the center of the mind. Book a discounted trip through the museum at the link for 'Tickets' below.
Monday – Thursday: 12-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. |  Tickets
Safety guidelines
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Welcome Home: A Portrait of East Baltimore, 1975-1980 – Through Jan. 17, 2022
As part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, three women photographers – Elinor Cahn, Joan Clark Netherwood and Linda Rich – captured East Baltimore for a five-year stretch from 1975 to 1980. In this exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, you can view the stunning work of Cohn, Netherwood and Rich in all its glorious detail, as the trio captured celebrations, luncheons, homes, businesses and the everyday strife that members of the community faced. These images are being presented in an exhibition setting for the first time.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands – Through Jan. 17, 2022
For the first time, a museum focuses on the portraiture work of visionary Chinese American artist Hung Liu in this new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Portraits of Promised Lands is also the artist's first on the East Coast. The exhibit is in memoriam of Liu, who tragically passed away earlier this year. Her multilayered paintings, often sourced from photographs, are a feast for the eyes and mind.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Towers of the WTC: 51 Years of Photographs by Camilo José Vergara – Through March 6, 2022
Dedicated to “those who perished, those who responded and those who are rebuilding after September 11, 2001,” this new exhibit at the National Building Museum features stunning photographs by Camilo José Vergara, chronicling the five-decade story of the World Trade Center, including its construction, tragic demise and the rebuilding of the site and surrounding area. The visual retrospective will serve not just as a reflection on the Twin Towers, but the evolution and transformation of New York City itself.
Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  More info
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Laurie Anderson: The Weather – Through July 31, 2022
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 new exhibit at the Hirshhorn debuts more than 10 new artworks, interspersed with essential Anderson creations from throughout her career. The immersive audiovisual experience will be complimented by a series of live shows by Anderson from January through July of 2022.
Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission |  Safety guidelines
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


Make Good The Promises: Reclaiming Reconstruction and its Legacies – Through Aug. 31, 2022
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.
Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free timed passes |  Safety guidelines
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


View Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of Alma Thomas’ works – Ongoing
DC’s beloved Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), which shares a building with the National Portrait Gallery, features 30 of Alma Thomas’ works among its collection. Many are on view, showcasing Thomas’ distinctive style and wondrous interpretation of colors. SAAM also features a comic on Thomas’ life in its Drawn to Art series.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission |  More info
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F & 8th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Visit the reopened National Children’s Museum
After an extended hiatus, the highly anticipated National Children’s Museum has reopened on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown DC. Kids will be amazed by the museum’s array of interactive exhibitions, which will showcase engineering, technology and science, inspiring the little ones to learn and play like never before. Advanced tickets are required for all visitors, including members, as there will be limited visitor capacity. You can also read up on the museum’s COVID-19 policies.
Morning sessions: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |  Afternoon sessions: 1:30-4:30 p.m. |  Tickets
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


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