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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.

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

House and Home

  • Through Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, which challenge our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 


Sat • December 10, 2016


WETA Ticket

WETA Special


America Reads

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, "America Reads," will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

Annual Holiday Card Workshop

National Postal Museum

Kick off the holiday season by creating heartfelt handmade cards at the National Postal Museum’s annual Holiday Card Workshop! 

Author Lecture Series: Abductions in the American Revolution

DAR Library

Part of the fall 2016 Author Lecture Series

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Daraja Ensemble Recital #2

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Daraja has the distinct honor to share the stage with faculty member Rita Sloan for Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Dennis Crayon: That Which Was Once Whole

The Art League Gallery

Painter Dennis Crayon uses scraps of old photos as starting points for his paintings and expands outward, using his imagination to fill in the story and objects outside the bounds of the snapshot.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation

National Museum of the American Indian

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I in 1810 and the establishment of a society based on law, literacy, and diplomacy; through the undermining of Hawai`i's independence and its annexation by the United States; to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free


DC Armory

EDFEST 2016 is a free city wide public school fair where families can learn more about D.C. public school options and programs.  

Eighth Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Rice Gallery

This biennial exhibition highlights works by McDaniel Art and Art History faculty members, including paintings by Steven Pearson, photography by Walter Calahan, paintings and sculpture by Kateryna Mychajlyshyn, ceramics by Ken Hankins, jewelry by Linda Van Hart, intermedia and digital art by Chloe Irla, among others. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

National Museum of the American Indian

A rare American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects, Horace Poolaw’s work celebrates his subjects’ place in American life and preserves an insider’s perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with—the Native America of the Southern Plains during the mid-20th century.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, 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

Get Fit 4 Hunger Food Drive

Kentland Community Center

Come help fight hunger this season!

Categories: Free, Charity Events, Holiday

Luce Artist Talk: Annette Isham and Zac Willis

Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Local artists discuss their method and process while relating their own work to artworks on view in the Luce Foundation Center. This month we welcome Annette Isham and Zac Willis, multimedia installation artists who use sound and texture to explore themes of competition, failure, and interaction.

Categories: Arts, Lecture, Free

Material as Medium

Target Gallery

From a pelt made of keys to a concrete tube lined with shag carpet, the new exhibition in Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center turns an eye toward the future of textile art.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Opening Reception of We Are Not Alone

Flashpoint Gallery

Annette Isham and Zac Willis present an installation that investigates the belief of extraterrestrial existence. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment

National Museum of the United States Navy

Naval Museum to Host Environmental Stewardship Exhibit
Traveling Exhibit Offers Interactive Experiences for Visitors

The Spirit of the Season, Small Works Show – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery

In December, Arts in the Village Gallery presents an All Artists exhibit, Spirit of the Season, Small Works Show, featuring 10x10 inch original and reproduction two dimensional work including paintings, mixed media and photography, as well as ceramics, jewelry and other three dimensional items displayed in black frames and shadow boxes.

Categories: Arts, Free, Holiday

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past

National Museum of the United States Navy

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past Exhibition Celebrates Naval History
Exhibit Opens on the United States Navy’s Birthday on October 13

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Voices XXI: Christmas Concert

Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia

Start your holiday celebration by joining Voices 21 with a festive Christmas program featuring favorite carols of the season. Other highlights include music destined to become holiday favorites.

Westminster Symphony Orchestra

WMC Alumni Hall

Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music, directs the orchestra, which is comprised of McDaniel students, as well as students from Carroll Community College and community musicians. 

Submit an Event

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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