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50+ Things to Do This July in Washington, DC

Summer is in full swing with a month of can’t-miss events and activities, including Fourth of July fireworks, MLB® All-Star Week™, free family-friendly festivals and so much more.

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Events Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Museum Exhibits

 Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Theater Things to Do This Month in Washington, DC - Music

Events

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Through July 1, July 4-8
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a free international cultural festival spotlighting various nations and communities every year. Held on the National Mall, the festival features immersive exhibits, live music, cooking demos and plenty more. So what’s going on in 2018? Attendees can experience human towers by way of Catalan, Armenian craftsmanship and cuisine, as well as other unique experiences originating on the African continent.

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Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on the National Mall - Free summer concert in Washington, DC

Jazz in the Garden – Through Aug. 24
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden through Aug. 24. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5 - 8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC

Independence Day – July 4
The District celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall, visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Find out where revelers can experience the fun and spirit of Independence Day in the most American of settings.

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Sunny day at Washington Nationals baseball game - Things to do in Washington, DC's Capitol Riverfront neighborhood

Washington Nationals vs. Boston Red Sox – July 4
The Nationals’ 11:05 a.m. Independence Day game is now a tradition in the District. This year, the four-time division champions will take on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox, one of the best teams in the American League. Expect an early crowd as the city enjoys the national pastime whilst celebrating a national holiday.
11:05 a.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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National Independence Day Parade - Fourth of July Family Friendly Activities in Washington, DC

National Independence Day Parade – July 4
Line up along Constitution Avenue to observe DC’s annual National Independence Day Parade. Expect to see fife and drum corps, military servicemen and women, elaborate floats and VIPs galore. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. and is held between 7th and 17th streets. This epic display of pageantry comes only once per year, so check it out without paying a cent.
11:45 a.m. |  Free admission
Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th Streets NW, Washington, DC

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Children viewing United States founding documents at the National Archives Building and Museum - Free history and heritage museum experience in Washington, DC

July 4th Celebration at the National Archives – July 4
Original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all on display at the National Archives. See these essential and historic documents and meet the Founding Fathers who helped establish the birth of a nation with programming featuring costumed actors in Revolutionary-era attire.
8 a.m. |  Free admission
National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20408

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A Capitol Fourth Independence Day Concert on the National Mall - Free Fourth of July Events in Washington, DC

‘A Capitol Fourth’ – July 4
Find a spot on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for A Capitol Fourth, which begins at 8 p.m. The concert commonly features a star-studded lineup of musicians and a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture by the National Symphony Orchestra. The grand finale features jaw-dropping fireworks over the National Mall.
8 p.m. |  Free admission
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol Street SE & First Street SE, Washington, DC 20004

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Best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Washington, DC - Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument

CityBar presents The 4th with a View – July 4
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall’s CityBar hosts this yearly fireworks viewing party. Observe the spectacle from the penthouse level while enjoying an all-American buffet, a premium open bar, music to dance to and stunning visuals of the National Mall. All ages are welcome. Note that fireworks generally start around 9 p.m.
3 - 10 p.m. |  Tickets
CityBar at Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, 400 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Band Performing at the Capital Fringe Festival at the Logan Fringe Art Space - Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

Capital Fringe Festival – July 7-29
During the edgy Capital Fringe Festival, you can catch out-there performances from local creatives, including improv dramas, punk rock shows and colorful dance shows. Events take place at local churches, Arena Stage and creative spaces like Blind Whino, Pearl Street Warehouse and the Logan Fringe Arts Space, among others. Get your tickets and stay updated via the festival’s website.
Citywide

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Smithsonian Sleepover at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

Smithsonian Sleepovers – July 6, 14, 28
Two Smithsonian museums will provide kids with an unforgettable adventure this July. The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and the National Museum of Natural History host Smithsonian Sleepovers. Spots will be in high demand, as kids can explore the entire world of flight at the Udvar-Hazy Center or have an interactive adventure at the Museum of Natural History. Ages 8-12 are permitted, and there must be at least one adult present for every three children in any group that registers. No siblings younger than 8 are allowed, and no adults are allowed without children.
Udvar-Hazy Center – Details & Tickets
Natural History Museum – Details & Tickets

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March on Washington Film Festival - Cultural Film Festival in Washington, DC

March on Washington Film Festival – July 12-21
From July 12-21, this groundbreaking film festival will showcase the important figures and events of the Civil Rights Era in an effort to inspire modern activism. Across 10 days, you will be able to catch screenings of films that illuminate the struggle and courage of Civil Rights activists, as well as special events that incorporate music and discussions. Tickets are available for each event individually.
Tickets
Various locations in DC

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MLB All-Star Game in Washington, DC - All-Star Week Events, Home Run Derby and More

2018 MLB All-Star Week – July 13-17
Calling all baseball fans: Make your plans to visit DC for the first MLB All-Star Game in the nation’s capital since 1969. Experience the full week of festivities, including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game™ (July 15), the T-Mobile Home Run Derby® (July 16) and 89th MLB All-Star Game® presented by Mastercard (July 17). The 2018 All-Star FanFest® (July 13-17) will be hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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MLB All-Star Week Events in Washington, DC - Midsummer Classic 2018

PLAY BALL PARK – July 13-17
MLB All-Star Week includes this family-friendly activation that will be a great home base throughout the festivities. Located at The Yards on the Capitol Riverfront (Parcel A, Lot 854 Square at the intersection of First and M Streets SE, specifically), PLAY BALL PARK will be a 56,000-square-foot area featuring numerous interactive elements for the entire family, including both baseball and softball activities.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Yards, 1300 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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MLB All-Star Game in Washington, DC - All-Star Week Events, Home Run Derby, FanFest and More

GEICO All-Star FanFest® - July 13-17
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center hosts this five-day festival. Fans will be able to test out their playing skills in new, cutting-edge attractions, meet some of the game’s biggest stars and receive free autographs from MLB® Legends. Over the course of the FanFest, legends that will make appearances include Rollie Fingers, Ferguson Jenkins, Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, Dave Winfield and Johnny Bench.
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on July 17) |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Wayne Rooney and DC United teammates - Major League Soccer at Audi Field in Washington, DC

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – July 14
The inaugural match at D.C. United’s new state-of-the-art facility, Audi Field, will take place this month. The opening of this highly anticipated stadium will generate great attention, as new fan experiences and concessions accompany United’s battle against the Vancouver Whitecaps, one of the best teams in MLS. You can guarantee a seat at this historic event by becoming a full season or flex member.
8 p.m. |  Ticket information
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Washington Kastles tennis match at Kastles Stadium - Professional tennis in Washington, DC

Washington Kastles Tennis – July 16, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28
The Washington Kastles begin another summer season this month, looking to claim yet another World Team Tennis championship title, which would make seven total. The team regularly rolls out a roster of stars each year and 2018 is no different. You’ll see the legendary Venus Williams, veterans Bob and Mike Bryan and standout newcomers such as Naomi Osaka and Frances Tiafoe. Home matches take place at Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center.
Tickets
Kastles Stadium, 600 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

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Aaron Judge at MLB All-Star Week Home Run Derby - MLB All-Star Game Events in Washington, DC

T-Mobile Home Run Derby® – July 16
The game’s top sluggers compete to see who can launch the most home runs into the stands at Nationals Park in this single-elimination tournament that is an annual highlight of MLB All-Star Week. Although the lineup has yet to be announced, expect to see players from numerous MLB teams capable of sending balls into the upper deck and concourse. Fans go crazy for this spectacle, so get your tickets as soon as possible.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Washington Nationals Baseball Game at Nationals Park - Activities in Washington, DC

The 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard – July 17
MLB All-Star Week closes out with the grandest spectacle of all: the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The brightest stars from the American League™ and the National League™ take the field at Nationals Park. The entire world will be watching as one league looks to claim victory and bragging rights for the next year.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Brew at the Zoo - Events at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC

Brew at the Zoo – July 19
Sampling beers from more than 70 craft breweries while also contributing to animal conservation sounds too good to be true, but that’s not the case in DC. The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) hosts Brew at the Zoo, held at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo each year. Besides the suds, attendees can enjoy live music, lawn games, animal encounters and tasty eats from participating food trucks. Guests must be 21 or over to attend.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Lotus and Water Lily Festival at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens - Summer Events in Washington, DC

Lotus and Water Lily Festival – July 21-22
The Lotus and Water Lily Festival is an annual free, family-oriented celebration that honors the blooming of lotus and water lilies at the gorgeous Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. To go along with the picturesque plants, you and yours can also participate in gardening workshops, take in Asian and African dancing performances and enjoy hands-on activities like face painting and lotus tea tasting.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  |  Free  
Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1900 Anacostia Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020

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@newseum - Newseum Nights - Washington, DC

Camp Newseum Nights – July 27
Reminisce over summer nights at the campsite with this Newseum Nights event. Once the counselors have gone to bed, you can enjoy an open bar. There’s also a dining hall with camp-themed snacks like fried mac n’ cheese balls, Old Bay tater tots and Sloppy Joe sliders. In addition, the event features live music, camp games, a karaoke talent show, a post-card designing station, a Crafts Cabin and gallery talks.
8 - 10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Citi Open summer tennis tournament - Pro sports tournament in Washington, DC

Citi Open – July 28 – Aug. 5
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center plays host to this DC summer sporting tradition, now in its 50th year. International tennis stars will battle in front of thousands of fans during the week-long tournament. As always, the lineup features talent from all over the world, including Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson and John Isner in the men’s field and Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka in the women’s field. Make sure to check the tournament’s website for event, ticket and lineup updates.
Tickets
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 4850 Colorado Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011

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Summer outdoor movie series in Georgetown Waterfront Park - Waterfront things to do in Washington, DC

Outdoor Films
Numerous DC neighborhoods host film screenings that are perfect for spending a night under the summer sky, including Capitol Riverfront, Chinatown and NoMa. Venues get in on the fun, too, including Dumbarton House and Union Market. If you want to venture into Maryland or Virginia, there are plenty of options there as well.

Museum Exhibits

Visitors at the National Museum of the United States Navy - Off-the-beaten path museums in Washington, DC

‘Playball’ – Through April 30, 2019
With MLB All-Star Week happening from July 13-17, dive even deeper into the national pastime with this exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, located at the Navy Yard, a short walk from Nationals Park. Playball features a thorough exploration of baseball’s relation to the U.S. Navy and how it became a game that united the contingent. You’ll see baseball trophies, uniforms and equipment, as well as items from Major League players who served in the Navy.
Visitor Information
National Museum of the U.S. Navy, 736 Sicard Street SE, Washington, DC 20374

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‘Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age’ - Free art museum exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

‘Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age’ – July 1 – Nov. 25
The Dutch had a close relationship with the water during the Golden Age, using the sea to generate their riches, to travel and, when frozen over or in the summer months, for recreation. Therefore, it’s no surprise that some of the era’s greatest artists focused on water in their work. In this exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, you’ll see nearly 50 paintings, prints, drawings, ship models and books that reflect this fascination with the marine environment from artists such as Jan van Goyen, Hendrick Avercamp and Willem van de Velde the Elder.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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@livprinz - Ball pit at National Building Museum's 'Fun House' - Best things to do this summer in Washington, DC

‘Fun House’ – July 4 – Sept. 3
Each year, the National Building Museum opens an exciting new installation on July 4 as part of its Summer Block Party series. This year, reputable design firm Snarkitecture will display its first comprehensive exhibit at the museum, Fun House. The installation will feature a series of interactive rooms that reimagine the built environment, including both well-known Snarkitecture objects and new concepts. Fun House will be open through Labor Day.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History

‘Special Olympics at 50’ – Opens July 10
The National Museum of American History celebrates the golden anniversary of the International Special Olympics with this new exhibit. Four standout athletes who participated in the games will be highlighted. You’ll also hear tales of the discrimination faced by these athletes, as well as the story of how Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s camp evolved into the international competition.
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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‘Sense of Humor’ exhibit at the National Gallery of Art - Free museum in Washington, DC

‘Sense of Humor’ – July 15 – Jan. 6, 2019
The National Gallery of Art’s Sense of Humor exhibit pulls from the gallery’s collection to showcase how works of art can make us laugh. Renaissance caricatures, English satires and 20th century comics will all be on view, indicating how print became the primary vehicle for humor in art. You’ll see works from Alexander Calder, Jacques Callot, the Guerilla Girls and many more.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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National Museum of Women in the Arts Great Hall - Museums in Downtown Washington, DC

‘Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career’ – July 20 – Nov. 25
Discover the incredible book collection assembled by one Krystyna Wasserman, curator emerita of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Some of these artists’ books are made from unconventional materials, including linen, wood and stone, and include a range of fascinating subjects. Wasserman’s curatorial process will be evident, as will her immense passion for creativity. Bound to Amaze will include both visitor favorites and items displayed for the very first time at the museum.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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‘Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s’ exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Free museum exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s’ – July 27 – Jan. 6, 2019
The tyranny of overbearing employers of the early 20th century will be on full display in this new exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Let’s Get It Right will feature 16 posters, including creations from Mather and Co. and the Parker-Holladay Co. and a World War I notice, that use images and sayings to “inspire” employees, but instead clearly attempt to lessen disagreement, influence attitudes and force workers into longer hours for lower wages.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

Theater

‘Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story’ - Theater and performing arts in Washington, DC

‘Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me?: A Love Story’ – July 7-14
This new one-act opera will run for a week at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? combines a love story with a murder mystery, as a man confesses to knowing the fate of a young starlet. A score that uses both jazz and contemporary sounds moves the story towards its epic conclusion. The production is helmed by UrbanArias.
Tickets
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

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Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - Comedy Event in Washington, DC

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Performs ‘Damned If You Do’ – July 10-29
Whip-smart improv company Upright Citizens Brigade blends the facts with the funny in a show dedicated to the road not taken. The company that launched Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Moynihan wants you to consider if you had actually tried rock climbing or told mom you hate her meatloaf or let your uncle know that his toupee looks awful. Prepare for hearty laughs at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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‘Bring It! Live’ – July 11-12
The popular Lifetime series, Bring It!, takes its act to the prestigious Warner Theatre for two nights this July. Miss D and her Dancing Dolls will perform new dance routines onstage, provide behind-the-scenes info via a Q&A session and showcase a new competition story line. Audience participation will also be highly encouraged.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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'Dave' at Arena Stage - Theater and performing arts in Washington, DC

‘Dave’ – July 13 – Aug. 19
From the Tony Award-winning team behind Legally Blonde comes a world-premiere musical based on another comedy film. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, a lookalike is thrust into the Oval Office and must regain the trust of the people and First Lady. Dodging scandal and an identity reveal throughout, Dave promises plenty of laughs and unforgettable songs along the way.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Bill Maher at DAR Constitution Hall - Events this July in Washington, DC

Bill Maher – July 14
One of the leading comedic and political voices in the country, Bill Maher will bring his witty sarcasm and in-depth commentary to DAR Constitution Hall this July. Maher has been a household name since the 1990s, when he hosted Politically Incorrect on Comedy Central (later on ABC). Soon after, he moved over to HBO to host Real Time with Bill Maher, which has remained on air since 2003. Maher made his bones doing stand-up comedy, so expect to see a master at work on July 14.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theaters and Performing Arts Centers in Washington, DC

Office of VSA and Accessibility Presents Exhibition: ‘Electrify!’ – July 14-30
The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program hosts a competition that gives 15 artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, a chance to display their work in venues all over the U.S. The Kennedy Center’s Hall of Nations will showcase these pieces from July 14-30. Starting at 10 a.m. each day, you can view the work free of charge and embrace the wonder and achievement of these artists that do not enjoy the same advantages as others.
10 a.m. |  Free admission
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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@somosojos - The Opera House at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Performing Arts and Theater in Washington, DC

The Kennedy Center District of Comedy Festival – July 19-21
Stand-up stars, sketch comedy, podcasts and improv will all be part of this comedic celebration hosted by the Kennedy Center from July 19-21. A range of talent will invade the venue, including The Second City (who will host training sessions for inspiring comedians), Patton Oswalt, Hari Kondabalu, Amanda Seales and Chris Gethard.
Tickets & Information
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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RIOT! A Celebration of Women in Comedy - District of Comedy Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

RIOT! A Celebration of Women in Comedy – July 20
Leading names in comedy will meet up at the Kennedy Center for a night filled to the brim with humor. Bridget Everett, Sasheer Zamata, Melissa Villaseñor, Amanda Seales and Phoebe Robinson will all be on-hand for RIOT!, which will emphasize the female perspective in comedy and culture. Expect some hilarious tunes as well. The event is part of the District of Comedy Festival.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Chris Gethard performance in July - District of Comedy Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

Chris Gethard – July 20
Chris Gethard is everywhere, including the Kennedy Center on July 20. The dynamic comedian hosts The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and the Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People podcast. He recently played Todd on Broad City, starred in Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice and his own successful one-man show, Career Suicide. Don’t miss his Friday night set at the Terrace Theater, a performance that is part of the Center’s District of Comedy Festival.
9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Patton Oswalt at the Warner Theatre - Things to Do in Washington, DC

Patton Oswalt – July 21
Hailing from Northern Virginia, Patton Oswalt has become one of the most renowned stand-up comedians in the world. Throughout his TV specials and appearances as well as his on-stage work, Oswalt blends a sophisticated knowledge of popular culture with social commentary for an act that is hard to match. He’ll make his first appearance at the Kennedy Center with two sets as part of the District of Comedy Festival.
7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 'Hamilton' at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

RAISE A GLASS: A Special ‘Hamilton’ Event – July 25
See one of the greatest plays in American history, meet and mingle with its cast and support an outstanding cause all in the same night with this Kennedy Center event. RAISE A GLASS includes a ticket to the July 25 performance of Hamilton, a post-show VIP experience in the Grand Foyer featuring cast members, dessert, an open bar and dancing thanks to a special guest DJ. All proceeds will go towards the Kennedy Center’s arts and education programs.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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DC Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant - Comedy Clubs in Washington, DC

John Witherspoon – July 26-29
John Witherspoon has been cracking up audiences since emerging in television and film in the late 1970s. Best known for his hilarious role as the dad in the Friday films, Witherspoon also packs the laughs in during his stand-up performances, the perfect showcase for his wild and whacky musings. He’ll be at the DC Improv for a four night-run in late July.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

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Mike Daisey - The Trump Card - Woolly Mammoth Theatre

‘The Story of the Gun’ – July 31 – Aug. 5
Mike Daisey returns to Woolly Mammoth Theatre with a new one-man show that takes on one of America’s most controversial topics: guns. Daisey will detail the relationship that U.S. citizens have had with guns and the gun’s place in our culture through searing wit and astute observations. Partisan politics will be absent as Daisey drills down to the truth on guns.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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‘The Color Purple’ at the Kennedy Center - Tony Award-winning theater in Washington, DC

‘The Color Purple’ – July 31 – Aug. 26
The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival touches down at the Kennedy Center in late July. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker that was later turned into an Academy Award-winning film by Steven Spielberg, this musical uses jazz, blues, ragtime and gospel to tell the story of a young woman’s struggle towards love and triumph in the American South.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Music

Sam Smith at Capital One Arena - Summer arena concert in Washington, DC

Sam Smith – July 3
Sam Smith has risen to worldwide superstardom in the last half-decade, and he’ll perform to much fanfare at Capital One Arena on the weekend before Independence Day. Fresh off the monumental success of The Thrill Of It All, which debuted at no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 last November, Smith has been playing to adoring crowds in North America. He’ll perform smash hits like “Too Good At Goodbyes” during what promises to be a riveting set.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Rare Essence – July 3
One of DC’s signature bands will perform at The Hamilton Live. The intimate venue will be perfect for Rare Essence and their inspiring take on go-go, the District’s de-facto, go-to sound. Expect non-stop rhythm, infectious sing-alongs and a party-like atmosphere. Rare Essence knows how to fire up and incorporate a crowd. You’ll be treated to a distinctly DC experience.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Pusha T at Echostage - Summer concert in Washington, DC

Pusha T – July 6
Pusha T is currently one of the hottest names in hip-hop. His highly acclaimed new album, DAYTONA, produced entirely by Kanye West, dropped just weeks ago. He’s also been immersed in a widely covered beef with Drake, increasing his profile all the more. Formerly of the duo Clipse (the other member was his brother), which released two legendary albums on its own, Pusha has built a 15-year career that shows no signs of slowing down. You won’t want to miss his Friday night performance at Echostage.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

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Os Mutantes – July 10
It’s time to party at The Black Cat when Os Mutantes comes to town on July 10. The Brazilian group was initially founded back in 1966, playing an experimental blend of psychedelic rock, bossa nova and tropicália. After disbanding in 1978, Mutantes reunited in 2006 and have been playing shows ever since. Their influential sound and all-night party vibes can be thoroughly enjoyed at Black Cat.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Shania Twain at Capital One Arena - Summer country concert in Washington, DC

Shania Twain – July 15
On her first tour in three years, country/pop star Shania Twain will visit Capital One Arena on July 15. Twain recently released her first album in 15 years, Now, the culmination of a comeback from Lyme disease and dysphonia. The album debuted at no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and Twain has taken to the road with new songs in addition to her unforgettable classics. Capital One will be rocking for this five-time GRAMMY Award-winner.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -

Deafheaven – July 21
Warning: this will get VERY loud. Deafheaven blends aggressive metal with elements of shoegaze and post-punk to create a sound you will not hear anywhere else. George Clarke’s vocals are essentially another instrument, mixing perfectly with the always-shifting musical narration of his comrades. Deafheaven can move from towering, breakneck riffs to ambient beauty at the drop of a hat. The band broke through with 2013’s Sunbather, and 2015’s New Bermuda was also a unanimous critical success. Their new album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, will drop on July 13. Bring some ear plugs (or don’t, if you’re a bad ass) and a well-rested neck to the historic 9:30 Club for this one.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@wwwchris - Concert at The Anthem on the Southwest Waterfront - Events at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Courtney Barnett – July 24
Courtney Barnett is a rock and roll treasure, with songs that address elevator operators, awkward encounters at swimming pools, trouble breathing and lots more, all with striking wit and wordplay, not to mention a fantastic backing band. Her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, addresses her status as a revered singer-songwriter and includes even more catchy takes on the indie rock template. The Anthem hosts her for one night only.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Shannon and the Clams – July 26
Mixing garage rock, doo-wop, R&B and psychedelia, Shannon and the Clams are an enthralling live act from Oakland, Ca. Shannon’s voice is a wonder to behold, capable of hitting just about every note as she plucks away on her bass guitar. The group is equally capable of tear-jerking, slow-dance-inspiring ballads and rockers that can blow the roof off. U Street Music Hall hosts this Thursday night party.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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