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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors.


Fri • March 6, 2015


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"Dream On" art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Dream On!” art exhibit (March 6-29, 2015) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Local area artists express their dreams through their art. Opening reception: Friday, March 6, 7-9pm. Details at:

Categories: Arts, Free

"Country House, City House" Exhibition

Octagon Museum

This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Menokin Foundation, explores the fascinating work being done at the Menokin site to turn a preservation disaster into an incredible architectural, preservation, and interpretive opportunity.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

"Dream On" Opening Reception

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“DREAM ON!” art exhibit (March 6-29, 2015) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Local area artists express their dreams through their art. Opening reception: Friday, March 6, 7-9pm. Details at:

Categories: Arts, Free

Black: Recent Paintings by Brian Cirmo

Rice Gallery

Brian Cirmo exhibits narrative figure paintings of American images that tell American stories. He has spent the past decade traveling throughout the country visiting museums, large cities, small towns, national parks, Civil War battlefields, assassination sites, graveyards and national monuments.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Cutting Edge: an exhibit of digital art by Susan Breen and fine wood-working by George Thomas

Arts in the Village Gallery

In March, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Cutting Edge, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing Susan Breen’s digital art and Arts and Crafts-style furniture by George Thomas.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Diana C. Suttenfield: The Subject is Light

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Artist, Diane Suttenfield, celebrates the land and architecture of the place she has called home since 1962, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with luminous paintings and intricate drawings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Free Live Music

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

If you're looking for a fun, but inexpsensive night out check out some live music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. We feature local and national (and sometimes even international!) musicians Wednesday through Saturday, every week. For the past 16 years the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet + has been playing every Thursday at St. Elmo's. These seasoned regulars play Dixieland/New Orleans-style jazz and kick off their set around 7:30 p.m. All other days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) music begins at 8 p.m. and goes to about 10 p.m. With a range in musical styles, there's surely something on our calendar for anyone who enjoys music. Besides jazz, we also feature folk, rock, blues, pop, experimental, country, bluegrass, and more! As always, the live music we offer is free (but tips are encouraged for the artists). "Come on out to St. Elmo's and enjoy a relaxing evening with coffee, great food, music, and friends. A night out at St. Elmo's gives you the opportunity to support local business and local/national musicians, and it is a less expensive alternative to a night at the bar." - Charity Meals from the Arlington Coffee Shop Examiner.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking by Mark Will-Weber

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Join us today as we “launch” our new exhibit, Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, with a special program: Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt:The Complete History of Presidential Drinking. Journalist and author Mark Will-Weber will take us through our country’s memorable moments—from George Washington at Mount Vernon to the days of Prohibition, and discuss the role that alcohol played in all of them, while also offering us a unique and entertaining look into the liquor cabinets and the beer refrigerators of the White House. A book signing will follow the program.

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, Free

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

Richard Dana: Reverberation

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the December 10th opening reception and artist talk forRichard Dana: Reverberation, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist at The Heurich Gallery. 

Reverberation, Richard Dana’s latest body of work, comprises a new series of large-scale digital pigment prints on view for the first time in this exhibition. These vibrant abstract works are the result of Dana’s distinct process that exploits chance, experimentation, and analog and digital technologies. Dana begins by creating black and white drawings or collages which he then scans into his computer. The digital images are submitted to a series of manipulations – they are bent, stretched, warped, imploded, exploded, massaged, and colored – until any trace of the artist’s hand disappears. Each intervention builds upon the previous one, resulting in a mesmerizing body of images that vibrate with rhythm and color. 

About Richard Dana

Richard L. Dana is a self-taught artist based in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Dana received an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 and a Master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies in 1977. ln 1984, after years of creating art in his spare time, Dana left his position as an economist and Soviet Affairs expert in order to pursue a career in art. Dana has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: December 10th, 5:30 - 7 pm.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Special Event -- Vietnam History Day

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Museum  Marine Corps  Vietnam History

Categories: Free, History, Exhibits

Special Event -- Vietnam History Day

National Museum of the Marine Corps

Museum  Marine Corps  Vietnam History

UMD Wind Ensemble

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall

Presented by the UMD School of Music.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

UMD Wind Ensemble: Band Classics

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall

This concert of crowd-pleasing band classics features Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Hindemith's Symphony in B-flat, and selections from Gordon Jacob's William Byrd Suite.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

“Reconstructing the Landscape”: Paintings by Claudia Cappelle

The Art League Gallery

Claudia Cappelle’s “Reconstructing the Landscape” presents large-scale abstract paintings in acrylic and water-soluble crayons.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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