Arts & Culture

Get acquainted with the thriving arts and culture scene in Washington, DC.

3 Days of Summer Fun in Washington, DC

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel , where Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his "I Have a Dream" speech. It’s a short walk from the Willard to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial , the newest landmark on the National Mall . Once you're down there, visi...

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - Washington, DC
13 Holiday-Themed Theater Performances & Shows in Washington, DC

As the winter holidays near, Christmas music blares from stereos, holiday displays and lights illuminate the District and, most importantly, you need ways to let your seasonal spirit flourish. The nation’s capital has plenty of options, so get that ugly sweater ready for a month’s worth of revelry...

The Washington Ballet's Nutcracker - Holiday Performances in Washington, DC
14 Famous Painters That You Can Discover in Washington, DC

We probably don’t need to tell you that Washington, DC has a great lineup of art museums , including the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection and many more. However, it can be difficult to decide how to approach your journey through these galleries. We’ve laid out where you can find...

@_abbyderrick - Woman viewing Vincent Van Gogh's Roses at the National Gallery of Art - Master painters at Washington, DC art museums
Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC has so many free things to do for those who love to admire creativity, from art museums to cultural events and so much more. Explore the free activities and locations below and you will be amazed at the incredible arts and culture scene in the nation’s capital.

Free arts and culture experiences in Washington, DC - Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden free modern art museum on the National Mall
12 Ways to Engage with African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

From the city's roots as a vibrant community for African Americans to the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture , Washington, DC is rich with African American history. Check out the numerous ways to engage with the vast and complicated history and...

Mountain of Despair Entrance to Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - National Mall in Washington, DC
Guide to African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

With its Southern connections, Washington, DC has always had a significant African American population. Before the Civil War, the city was home to a growing number of free blacks who worked as skilled craftsmen, hack drivers, businessmen and laborers, and slave auctions were outlawed altogether in...

Jazz at The Hamilton Live - Music & Culture in Washington, DC
Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

Many events , plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can! • • • ‘Botticelli in the Fire’ – Ends June 24 The story of early...

@_dromomaniac - Summer evening on the National Mall - Public parks in Washington, DC
Visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Gallery of Art? The National Gallery of Art and its gorgeous Sculpture Garden (which features an ice rink in the winter time) are located on Constitution Avenue NW between 3rd and 9th Streets NW. Through its East and West Buildings, the museum preserves, collects and...

National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings at night - Museums in Washington, DC
3 Days of Spring Adventures in Washington, DC

Morning Start with a leisurely stroll around the National Mall 's Tidal Basin to see the world-famous cherry blossoms. With more than 3,000 blossoms in bloom, springtime in DC is truly a sight worth seeing. Be sure to include a stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which features more tha...

MLK Memorial across tidal basin cherry blossoms with a crowd of people
50+ Things to Do This June in Washington, DC

Events Friday Night Concert Series at Yards Park – Through Aug. 24 Take in river views, food, brews and tunes during Yards Park’s free Friday Night Concert Series on the Capitol Riverfront . There’s plenty of green space for you and yours to stretch out as you groove to music and savor summer time...

Capital Pride Parade - Summer Parades and Festivals in Washington, DC