Arts & Culture

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

10 Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Washington, DC

Chinese New Year, also known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival,” begins on Jan. 25, 2020. The nation's capital is rich with Chinese culture, so it’s no wonder that the city features numerous ways to celebrate the holiday. We’ve detailed events and activities in Washington, DC that can help...

Chinese New Year Parade in DC's Chinatown neighborhood - Ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in Washington, DC
15 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
20+ Cool Museums in Washington, DC That Aren’t On the National Mall

Washington, DC is known for being home to world-class museums . In addition to the fabulous slate of free museums along the National Mall , the District is home to a vast collection of high quality museums to investigate everything from crime and news to art, history and more.

@eviienne - Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party at The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle - Art Museum 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
Molly Smith on Arena Stage, How to Get Last-Minute Tickets & the Southwest Neighborhood

Arena Stage , the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest & The Wharf neighborhood , is an ideal venue to see compelling theater. Visitors can purchase tickets to see great American theater even on the day they visit. Molly Smith, who leads the Tony Award-winning theater complex...

Arena Stage Moby Dick performance
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
Visiting the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

What is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial and where is it? The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial , designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is located at the base of Capitol Hill at 540 Independence Avenue SW. The four-acre urban park features a variety of pieces that symbolize Eisenhower’s...

@fiddlefun2 - Image courtesy of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission; Memorial design by Gehry Partners, LLP; Sculpture by Sergey Eylanbekov; Tapestry by Tomas Osinski
5 Jazz Venues In Washington, DC That Are The Bee’s Knees

The online etymology dictionary credits jazz sax player Lester Young with coining the use of “cool” as an adjective to describe jazz, which helped give rise to the now oft-used descriptor. Young used to flash his sax chops in Washington, DC—sometimes at Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge. Unlike that jazz...

Howard Theatre - Live Music Venues and Concert Halls 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
8 Can’t-Miss Music Festivals In & Around Washington, DC

Whether you’re looking for an outdoor summer music festival or spectacular fall festivities, the nation’s capital has the right event for you. There’s the DC Jazz Festival, which showcases one of America’s greatest art forms in venues across the District, Broccoli City Festival, a springtime event...

DC Jazz Festival