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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.

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.


Sat • December 20, 2014


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"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

"Growing Dilemma" by Megan Van Wagoner

Montpelier Arts Center

Van Wagoner’s sculptural works in metals, glass, clay, and other materials reflect the changing value placed on land, agricultural practices, and food in our culture.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Rescue Me" Art Exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Rescue Me” art exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present animal-themed art. October 27-January 25. Reception November 14, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Charity Events, Free


Torpedo Factory Art Center

Small works of art at Target Gallery reflect the zeitgeist of today in an all-media exhibition with work that is no larger than five inches in any direction.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Annual Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

Juried by a regional professional, this annual exhibition is organized by the Patuxent Art League and showcases work from artists 18 & older who live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia; it includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, and more. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is open to the public 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, with special exhibition viewing hours on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Free, docent-led tours are available Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm, Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Bill Sherman

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Explore the Past: Contain Your Excitement

DAR Museum

Free Family Program: What did people do before shopping bags and cardboard boxes? People in early America kept their special belongings in all kinds of containers. Try your hand at making a basket or clay pot. Decorate a cloth bag or paper wrapping. Keep these for your own special things, give away as gifts, or use to put gifts in. This <free> <family> <history> program is made possible by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Categories: Arts, History, 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

Gallery B December Exhibit- Crossroads: Four Artists

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its December exhibition, Crossroads: Four Artists, featuring artists Jeffery Cooper, Rebecca Hirsh, Sally Levie and Philippe Mougne.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Santa Comes to the Farm

Star Gazing Farm

Come and meet Santa Claus at Star Gazing Farm Animal Sanctuary in Boyds, Maryland, on Saturday, December 20 from 10 am-4 pm.  He will be waiting to hear all about your last minute wishes!  While you are here, you can meet the friendly farm animals and learn about how we care for them. 

Santa Comes to the FArm

Star Gazing Farm

Come and meet Santa Claus at Star Gazing Farm Animal Sanctuary in Boyds, Maryland, on Saturday, December 20 from 10 am-4 pm.  He will be waiting to hear all about your last minute wishes!  While you are here, you can meet the friendly farm animals and learn about how we care for them. 

Silvery Winter – 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, Silvery Winter, a showcase of artwork inspired by frosty winter mornings and moonlight across crystalline landscapes. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Warm Hearts - Songs for a Winter Afternoon

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

The UUCA Music Ministry Recital Series presents a holiday concert.

Whitney Staiger: “Friend Me”

The Art League Gallery

Jeweler Whitney Staiger melds together her friends’ public avatars with an aspect of their private selves on her handmade brass cameos in “Friend Me,” her first solo exhibit.

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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