Arts & Culture

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

Free Things to Do: Fall in Washington, DC

Autumn in Washington, DC is full of free things to do, from festivals and scenic foliage to celebrating Halloween and observing Veterans Day. The city features plenty of experiences perfect for the season. Discover all of the ways you can have a memorable autumn adventure in the District without...

Free Things to Do This Fall in Washington, DC - Couple at the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin
Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . What and where is the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery? Painting a picture of the many influential people throughout America’s history, the National Portrait Gallery is...

@richasharma284 - National Portrait Gallery - Museums in Washington, DC
3 Days of African American History & Heritage in Washington, DC

Disclaimer: Please note that due to COVID-19, some attractions detailed below may be closed or have limited hours. Please visit our dedicated page for more information.

MLK Memorial at Night - National Mall - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . What is the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and where is it? The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is located on Independence Avenue SW on the...

@travelmemories74 - Visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Free Museum 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 of things to do in the nation's capital. Don't forget to check out the latest updates,...

@chasingkaiphoto - Child jumping in front of the U.S. Capitol building surrounded by fall foliage - Fall in Washington, DC
4 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2020 edition takes place from June 24-28 and July 1-5, and the festival will focus on Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
Color Me DC: 15 Ways to Embrace Spring Colors in Washington, DC

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom . However, you can find nearly the entire color spectrum when you peruse DC's museums, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods. Lucky for you, we've picked out the best ways to discover all...

@beautifulpaper - 'LOVE' mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Colorful things to do in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC

What are the Freer and Sackler Galleries and how do I get there? The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art , both located on the National Mall and part of the Smithsonian Institution museums . The Sackler Gallery is...

Family at the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries on the National Mall - Free museums in Washington, DC
Visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

Safety & Reopening National Museum of Women in the Arts has reopened with new safety standards. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase timed tickets in advance. Face masks and social distancing are required, and frequent hand-washing is encouraged. Elevator capacity is restricted to one...

@beingmakeda - Art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Museum in Washington, DC
A DC Music Playlist to Satisfy Your Soul

Social distancing needs a soundtrack. While you’re not able to attend a concert at one of DC’s many outstanding venues, there are still plenty of ways to engage with the music scene that the city harbors. Below, we’ve laid out ways to enjoy playlists and performances populated by local and national...

Postal Service Stamp of Marvin Gaye