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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

Image credit: HYBYCOZO, Deep Thought, 2018. Photo by Ron Blunt

30 March
21 January

Titanic: The Untold Story

The National Geographic Museum’s newest exhibition, "Titanic: The Untold Story" tells the true story behind the discovery of one the world's most famous shipwrecks. In addition to this story, the exhibition shares the stories of passengers on board the ship told among rare artifacts that have not been reunited since that fateful night in 1912, as well as movie sets, props and costumes from the 1997 blockbuster movie "Titanic."

30 May
01 January

Fall at The National Arboretum

The changing of seasons in DC is an Instagrammer's dream. The contrast of the sandstone Corinthian Columns and the vibrant leaves at The National Arboretum, make fall one of the most beautiful times to visit the living tree and plant museum.

01 October
30 November

New Nature by Marpi

New Nature by Marpi, the latest interactive art exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, explores our organic world through an immersive audio-visual experience, incorporating computer learning (A.I.), responsive technology, and music. Driven by your sensory movements, the multi-user artworks create real-time generative patterns, forming a virtual terrarium of insects, plants, creatures, landscapes, planets, and more, all in different shapes and sizes.

12 October
13 January

Taste of DC

Bringing together friends and families since 1989, Taste of DC is a weekend full of delicious bites, beverages and captivating entertainment for the locals and visitors alike this fall.

26 October
27 October


From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

30 October
25 November

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a “rich visual and vocal treat” (TheaterMania) and “infectiously jolly” (Washington Post).

15 November
30 December

ZooLights at the National Zoo

Indulge your wild side with an after-hours visit to the National Zoo during ZooLights, which illuminates the zoo with more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LEDs, animated light installations, live music and more.

Image © Jim Jenkins/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

23 November
01 January

Downtown Holiday Market

Celebrating its thirteenth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.

23 November
23 December


The Heurich House Museum's famed Castle Garden will host the Christkindlmarkt from Nov. 30 – Dec. 7 in the heart of Dupont Circle. Tickets grant you access to the arts and crafts-laden market featuring goods from more than 40 vendors and the historic mansion, which will be decorated to the nines.

30 November
02 December

Experience the Magic of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The Willamette National Forest in Oregon will provide the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Once the festive season kicks in at the beginning of December, the tree can be found on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Follow the tree’s Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

01 December
01 January