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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC
Catch these can't-miss DC events, plays, museum exhibits and more before it's too late!
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. Consider this your last chance to catch ‘em while you can!
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National Cherry Blossom Festival – Ends April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Don't miss out on signature events, blossom-themed food and drink specials and so much more.
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‘JQA’ – Ends April 14
As a congressman, diplomat and one-term president, John Quincy Adams was arrogant – but also known for his passion, eloquence and integrity. This Aaron Posner play imagines “JQA” in confrontation with a range of iconic figures in American history, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and JQA’s own father, John Adams. This challenging and provocative work takes a truly unique look at America’s history, government and people.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
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‘Ambreen Butt – Mark My Words’ – Closes April 14
Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt is known for her distinctive interpretation of traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting. Butt focuses on female protagonists and politics in her work, tackling global issues and posing art as social commentary. The patterns, symbols and techniques of Butt’s work will be on full display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Recently, the artist began incorporating words into her pieces more often, as evidenced by the Say My Name series dedicated to forgotten casualties of American conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The exhibit will feature new works from this series on display for the first time.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005
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Washington Auto Show – Ends April 14
Things are heating up for one of the nation’s largest auto shows, which will take place in spring for the first time ever, compared to its usual January run. Car lovers can expect the 2019 edition to dazzle with more than 600 new makes and models from 35-plus manufacturers. Attendees will be able to take part in three different indoor ride and drive experiences, and also take a car out for a test drive on the streets of D.C. Throughout the show, there will be artists painting cars live on-site, VIP tours led by automotive writers, appearances from local sports stars and mascots, and much more. Grab your tickets quickly – the Auto Show draws large crowds every year.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
‘The Peculiar Patriot’ – Ends April 20
Liza Jessie Peterson performs this one-woman show that will highlight the corruption and inequality found within America’s criminal justice system, which has imprisoned 2.3 million people, leaving an indelible impact on friends, families and communities. Peterson’s character, Betsy LaQuanda Ross, visits penitentiaries regularly to cheer up her loved ones. In addition to neighborhood gossip, Betsy shares illuminating information on the injustice at-hand. Peterson has spent decades working with prison populations, and her show will trace the roots of the booming incarceration industry all the way back to plantations.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Closes April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha).
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday
1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
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