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80+ Things to Do This June in Washington, DC

There’s no shortage of exciting events to help you stay cool in DC this June, including Capital Pride, the DC/DOX Film Festival, the Giant BBQ Battle and many more.

Make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital this June. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend as well as our accessibility guides to monuments and museums on the National Mall


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Capital Pride RIOT Opening Party

Capital Pride – May 31 – June 9
Each year, local nonprofit Capital Pride hosts an array of exciting events and 2024 will be no different. There will be plenty of ways to show the community love. Last year’s attractions included a Pridemobile Parade and a Taste of Pride brunch in addition to the yearly concert and festival. Make sure to read our piece covering Capital Pride events for more details.

The festivities don't stop here: DC is packed with special Pride activations and events all month long. Explore Hamilton Hotel's retro pop-up bar or the Fairmont's Pride Garden, and check out DC restaurants' thoughtful, colorful creations like Colada Shop's Pride pastelitos and drink pouches or Pizzeria Paradiso's Pride pizzas and palmers. Be sure to check out our events calendar for more ways to celebrate. 

The countdown to World Pride 2025 in Washington, DC starts now!
More info | Book Your Stay



Reclaiming My Time – May 31, 2024 – May 2025  
The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open the first exhibition space to exclusively feature Black designers. Named after a phrase uttered by Congresswoman Maxine Waters on the steps of the Capitol, Reclaiming My Time explores the intersection of rest and resistance through 15 objects from the museum’s collection, including seating, lighting, photography and graphic design.  
More info | Free Admission 
National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women – May 31 – Jan. 5, 2025
Encounter an alternative history of American art through 33 pieces that showcase the mastery and subversion of essential materials including cotton, wool, polyester and silk. The Renwick Gallery exhibit offers pieces as diverse as the collection of women artists who made them, also unveiling insights into their creative processes through sketches, photos, mail art and more.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006


Celebrate Pride Month at the National Gallery of Art
Discover LGBTQ+ artists and artworks, from Andy Warhol to Zanele Muholi, throughout the National Gallery of Art’s extensive collection. The museum also hosts an array of programming throughout June dedicated to Pride Month, including a film series, a sculpture garden talk, a gallery talk and much more.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Fiesta Asia dancers festival

Fiesta Asia! – June 1
Embrace Asian Heritage Month with a day jam-packed with culture, from the performing arts to culinary delights. The annual Fiesta Asia! takes over Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets NW with exciting performances, interactive displays, flea markets and food stalls.
More info | Free Admission
Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd & 6th Streets NW


Daybreaker PEACE TOUR – June 1
Elliott LaRue and the Daybreaker Team host an outdoor yoga class at 8 a.m. on the REACH Upper Lawn followed by a dance party at 9 a.m. Both events will emphasize self-expression and unity with others. Participants are encouraged to dress in white to symbolize peace and giveaways will be provided. The Kennedy Center is one of 13 stops of the Peace Tour around the U.S. Note that Daybreaker plans to record the proceedings on video.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Bonnie Raitt – June 1
Get ready for rock and roll royalty at Warner Theatre. Bonnie Raitt will definitely give you something to talk about after this show at one of the most historic venues in DC. The legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist, who’s won 13 Grammy Awards (with the most recent coming in 2022) is considered one of the most accomplished musicians in American history. The night will be filled with classic songs and the relentless charm that Raitt brings to the stage every time.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout – June 1
Meant to bring social impact issues to the center stage and encourage participants to explore joy and love as forms of growth and resistance, The Gathering is billed as "a sonic melodic quest” with the American Composers Orchestra and NEWorks Voices of Inspiration. The one-night-only event is sure to leave you reflective and rejuvenated.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Armed Forces Cycling Classic – June 1-2
Now in its 26th year, the Armed Forces Cycling Classic includes two days of closed course biking open to enthusiasts of all abilities. Cyclists can keep it low-key with amateur, non-competitive events like the Challenge Ride and Kids Race or choose to challenge themselves at the Women’s and Men’s Pro/AM Races (including the famous Clarendon Cup). Everyone who completes more than one lap gets a medal.
More info
Register for the Challenge Ride


The Elephant in the Room

Keegan Theatre

The Elephant in the Room – June 1-23
Priyanka Shetty’s witty, dark comedy focuses on an Indian metalhead and software-engineer-turned-actor who must navigate life as an immigrant arriving in Trump’s America. When Priyanka makes the bold move to defy her family by quitting her IT job and moving to the U.S. to pursue acting, things don’t quite turn out how she imagined. Watch a real-life story unfold as she transitions from her deeply embedded roots in India to find context and common ground in America in this one-woman show.
Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20036


Capital Brutalism – Opens June 1
The National Building Museum goes deep into what’s up with all those brutalist buildings around DC. Capital Brutalism explores the history, current state and future of seven polarizing buildings and the WMATA Metro system in the District. Check out archival documents, drawings, construction photographs, architectural models and contemporary images that provide context and shed light on the stories of these buildings and what inspired their design.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian Martin E. Red Bear

Martin E. Red Bear / National Museum of the American Indian

Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains – June 1 – Jan. 20, 2026
The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates narrative art among Native nations of the Great Plains with an exciting new exhibition. You'll see historical works alongside contemporary commissions, from battle records to ledger books to pop culture takes.  
More info | Free Admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


See HAIR or Where the Mountain Meets the Sea at Signature Theatre – through July 7
Get an up-close musical experience at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. This summer’s lineup includes the legendary rock musical HAIR (April 16 - July 7) and the new folk musical Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (May 21 - July 7). Since its founding in 1989, Signature has won 90 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the DC region's professional theater, so whichever you choose, it is bound to be a memorable experience.
More info
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206

Golden yellow cocktail with an olive and lemon rind against a stone backdrop.

Silver Lyan

RAMMYs Highlight Week for 2024 Cocktail Program of the Year Finalists – June 3-9
Cocktail Program of the Year Finalists for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) 2024 RAMMY Awards have exciting events and promotions planned for the first week of June. The region’s top cocktail programs will showcase their outstanding in-house offerings, a list that includes Amazonia, Bar Spero, Jane Jane, Silver Lyan and Mercy Me.


Rose: You Are Who You Eat – June 5-23
Woolly Mammoth Theatre welcomes you to an entirely different type of feast. The tale of John Jarboe begins with his aunt sharing that he had a twin sister in the womb … whom he ate. As you can imagine, John is a bit taken aback by this, which inspires this musical ode to the consumed twin named – you guessed it – Rose. Expect lots of song, storytelling and hilarious wordplay.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



Two ballet dancers in pastel-colored tutus perform an elegant dance move in an outdoor urban setting, with a Dior store in the background and a modern plaza featuring trees and a water fountain.

The Washington Ballet / CityCenter

The Washington Ballet Performs at the Plaza at City Center – June 6-8
Experience the renowned Washington Ballet al fresco for one weekend only at CityCenter DC. Programming will include excerpts from ballet classics, plus exciting contemporary works sure to dazzle ballet enthusiasts and passersby alike. Seating is first come, first served. 
6:30p.m. | Free Admission
The Plaza at CityCenter, 1098 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005


The Broccoli Ball – June 7
As a precursor to the Broccoli City Festival (July 27-28), The Howard Theatre hosts The Broccoli Ball. Curated by Icon Duante Balenciaga and powered by Baller Alert, the show celebrates Capital Pride with an evening full of Black music past and present along with cash prizes. All ages are welcome.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Summer Concert Series: Flo Rida – June 7
The Washington Nationals kick off their Summer Concert Series with one of the most popular acts in hip-hop. Flo Rida, a four-time Grammy nominee who’s been certified 42 times platinum, will take the stage at Nationals Park 30 minutes after the team concludes its 6:45 p.m. game against the rival Atlanta Braves. The postgame concert is free with your game ticket.
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003


Washington Mystics vs. Indiana Fever – June 7
Tickets for this game have been in high-demand since it was announced. Superstar rookie Caitlyn Clark and the Indiana Fever will come to DC and take on the Mystics. The game was moved to Capital One Arena to accommodate the capacity crowd that is expected to be on-hand. Watch as the Mystics try to contain Clark and take down the Fever in the midst of what should be a fun and raucous atmosphere.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence – June 7 – July 14
Inspired by the incredible Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence (you can see all 60 panels at The Phillips Collection in DC), Step Afrika! uses its innovative style of percussive dance to tell the riveting and heroic story of millions of Black migrants who relocated from the rural South to the industrial North in the early 20th century. The award-winning dance company utilizes the imagery, colors and motifs of the paintings to create a performance filled with stunning movements and drama.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Capital Pride Block Party

Pride Block Party – June 8
Expect entertainment, food and beverages from local vendors, food trucks and restaurants along 17th Street and plenty of good vibes ahead of the Pride Parade later in the day. There’s also two beverage gardens for those ages 21 and over to refresh and watch performers on the Block Party Stage.
More info | Free Admission | Book Your Stay
17th Street NW, Washington, DC


Pride Parade

Capital Pride Parade – June 8
Celebrate with the LGBTQ+ community and its allies at the beloved tradition that honors LGBTQ+ history and acknowledges the evolution of the LGBTQ+ neighborhoods in DC. The event also respects the origins and importance of taking to the streets in the fight for equality. Be prepared to experience one of the largest Pride Parades to ever take place in the nation’s capital. Entry is free and open to the public.
More info | Free Admission | Book Your Stay


U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team vs. Colombia – June 8
This international friendly match at FedExField in Landover, Md. marks the first time the U.S. Men’s National Team has played in the DMV since 2012. Both teams will be ramping up for the 2024 Copa America, so it’s bound to be an exciting matchup between two rivals.
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Greater Landover, MD 20785


Patti LaBelle + Gladys Knight – June 8
Get two powerhouse vocal performers in one evening with Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. The “Godmother” and “Empress” of soul (and also decades-long friends) will perform classics  like “Lady Marmalade,” “You Are My Friend,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Every Beat of My Heart.”
8 p.m. | Tickets
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182


Capital Pride Festival

Pride Festival & Concert – June 9
America's Mainstreet, Pennsylvania Avenue, becomes Capital Pride central during the epic festival that lets DC's LGBTQ+ community truly shine. You can enjoy entertainment across three stages, food, beverages and a chance to meet with more than 300 exhibitors, including local and national advocacy groups. Entry is free and open to the public.
More info | Free Admission | Book Your Stay
Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC


Joe Jackson – June 10
Riding the crest of the new wave in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Joe Jackson released some of the most challenging pop music of the era. Not afraid to jump the rock and roll ship altogether and try his hand at jazz, lounge and classical music, Jackson has remained as versatile as any musician in the business across a 40-plus-year career. He’ll begin this performance at the Lincoln Theatre with a solo set of songs from his catalog followed by a performance with Max Champion and a nine-piece band.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Fresh Talk: Influence and Collecting – June 12
As part of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Fresh Talk series, the museum will host a panel of leading curators and collectors to discuss how art moves through the modern market, including acquisition, donation and display. Attendees can learn how women and nonbinary people in these roles can influence the representation of women artists all over the world. A Catalyst Cocktail Hour will follow the panel.
4-6 p.m. |  Tickets
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


Aventura – June 12
The iconic King of Bachata, Romeo Santos, reunites with his acclaimed group Aventura for a special tour across the U.S. that fortunately makes a stop at Capital One Arena. The landmark tour will mark the final time that Santos and the group join forces on stage, offering fans a unique opportunity to relive the hits that defined an era of Latin music.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


DC/DOX Film Festival – June 13-16
The new annual DC/DOX Film Festival will take place at theater venues across the District. Make sure to use the discount code DOX2DC for a 15% discount on tickets. Expect four days of visionary documentaries and conversations with the talent behind dozens of innovative and acclaimed works of non-fiction storytelling. Locations include Edlavitch Community Center, Eaton Cinema, MLK Memorial Library, the National Portrait Gallery’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, the National Archives and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Promotional graphic for MLP Washington D.C., June 13-16, featuring two pickleball players in action against a backdrop of the Washington Monument and a colorful sky, with the text "MLP by Margaritaville."


Major League Pickleball by Margaritaville – June 13-16
Get ready for four days of pickleball frenzy this June with the MLP's first-ever stop in the DC area. This exciting new addition to the DMV professional sports scene will feature 30+ matches between the world's top pickleball players (including the DC Pickleball Team), as well as festival-style food and drink, music and an amateur tournament
Washington Tennis and Education East Capitol Campus, 200 Stoddert Place SE, Washington, DC 20019

Collecting Memories – June 13 – Dec. 2025
The Library of Congress opens its new David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery with a brand-new exhibit filled to the brim with fascinating artifacts across its 120 items. Collecting Memories includes Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a map from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, lyrics from The Sound of Music and much more in its examination of how cultures preserve the past.
Hours | Free Admission
Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540


Natural History Museum

Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum – June 14
The National Museum of Natural History will provide kids with an unforgettable adventure this June with this Smithsonian Sleepover. They’ll be able to explore the Fossil Hall, learn about Earth’s past, discover aquatic wonders, visit pollinators, learn how to eat like a T-Rex, participate in games and challenges and much more. Ages 8-14 are permitted, and there must be at least one adult chaperone for every five children in any group that registers. No adults without children. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
7 p.m. – 9 a.m. |  Tickets
National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20560


Argentina vs. Guatemala National Soccer Teams – June 14
Following the USA vs. Colombia match, the defending Copa America and FIFA World Cup champions Argentina will take on Guatemala in an international friendly match at FedExField in Landover, Maryland – a rare chance to see fútbol legend Lionel Messi work his magic!
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD 20785


Don’t Tell Seth! An Evening with the Seth Meyers Writers – June 14-15
Visit the Kennedy Center for a variety show featuring members of the writing staff for Late Night with Seth Meyers, many of which are accomplished performers. Freed from the shackles of network censors, the crew is about to let loose with stand-up, sketches, improv, pre-taped videos and audience interaction. John Lutz and Peter Grosz host.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Tom Papa – June 15
Take in observational comedy of the highest order when you check out Tom Papa live at Warner Theatre. Papa serves up a well-honed act that moves from exasperation to amusement without missing a beat. With more than 25 years of experience and numerous stand-up specials to his name, expect a standout performance. Papa plans to tape the show for a new special.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Pasión y Fuego: The Music of Spain – June 15
Bask in the beauty of Pasión y Fuego, a multi-hyphenate evening showcasing work by Spain's most prominent composers. The Pan American Symphony Orchestra will be joined by an enchanting flamenco interpretation by Maria Juncal and the vocals of Allegra Da Vita, a mezzo-soprano from the Washington National Opera's Cafritz Young Artist Program.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


The Hangar Amelia Island 2023_Photo Credit CarCoterie

The Capital CarCoterie car show at CityCenterDC – June 15
Curators of the world-class automotive exhibitions, CarCoterie, host some of the world’s most exciting rare and classic cars in the heart of DC just in time for Father’s Day. A carefully curated display of 25 automobiles that range from vintage to hyper will be showcased throughout CityCenterDC. Attendees will have the opportunity to view these unique automobiles and interact with fellow car enthusiasts.
The Park at CityCenter DC, 1098 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005


The Matchbox Magic Flute – Through June 16
Shakespeare Theatre Company presents a “matchbox” approach to Mozart’s legendary opera, The Magic Flute. Mary Zimmerman conceived this fresh adaptation that features a cast of 10 and an orchestra of just five players. Audiences will be swept off their feet by the adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina as they encounter dragons, trials by fire and water, underground corridors and much more.
Klein Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


PORTRAITS by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC – June 16
Catch the world premiere of the latest show from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. The nine-movement performance explores the vibrant spectrum of sexual, gender, racial, ethnic and cultural identities through visual art, music and dance. Each piece has its own unique artist, composer and choreographer.
5 p.m. | Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Metamorphoses – Through June 16
Nominated for a Tony Award when it first launched in 2002, Metamorphoses sets the mythic and modern together to create an unforgettable night of theater. Audiences are treated to the stories of Aphrodite, Midas, Cupid and others in whimsical fashion, showcasing universal truths, both funny and serious. Visionary theater director Psalmayene 24 helms Mary Zimmerman’s masterful script for Folger Theatre.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003


Comedy Bang! Bang! – June 17
Launched in 2009 as a radio show, Comedy Bang! Bang! has become one of the most successful podcasts ever. Hosted by Scott Aukerman, the show dynamically combines improvisation, skits, music and conversation with an ever-rotating cast of some of the best comedians in the world. The show’s latest tour touches down at Warner Theatre for one night only.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Clipper Round the World Yacht Race History

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Arrival & Activation – June 17, 21-23
For the first time, the nation’s capital will serve as a host port and team partner for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, in which eleven teams must circumnavigate the globe under extreme conditions. Having begun their journeys last September in Portsmouth, UK, the fleet is expected to arrive in DC on June 17. Before the teams traverse the Atlantic Ocean to their next stop, there will be an exciting activation at The Wharf from June 21-23. Check out the Events DC website for more details.
More info | Book Your Stay


Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – June 20
DC’s own Ted Leo & The Pharmacists have an epic punk rock history filled to the brim with classic songs and albums. This Thursday night show will see Leo and his cohorts launch into a set that includes the entirety of Shake the Sheets, which was released to great acclaim 20 years ago this year. These hometown legends will not disappoint.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


The Soul Rebels with Ghostface Killah & GZA – June 20
Two iconic rappers conquer Howard Theatre with the backing one of the most powerful brass bands in the world. The Soul Rebels, who have collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube to Metallica and Marilyn Manson, bring their awesome eight-piece ensemble to DC with Ghostface Killah and GZA in tow. The two members of Wu-Tang Clan have tag-teamed many a track over the years, so you’re in for a night of breathtaking hip-hop synergy and sound.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


The Hold Steady – June 21-22
As part of its annual Constructive Summer live multi-night weekends, The Hold Steady visit 9:30 Club for three straight nights of musical debauchery (June 20 sold out already). Thousands of shows and nine LPs into their existence, the group remains one of the best live bands around, with lead singer Craig Finn responsible for some of the most memorable one-liners in recent rock history.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Folger Shakespeare Library new exhibition gallery

Folger Shakespeare Library’s New Galleries, Café and Shop – Opens June 21
After a multi-year renovation, there’s a myriad of new ways to explore the world's largest Shakespeare collection: investigate the First Folios, try your hand at setting type, unwind in the scenic gardens, get some reading done in the Great Hall or sip a tea at Quill & Crumb Café. Additionally, the Elizabethan Theatre will reopen its doors for shows and poetry readings, and the learning lab will present opportunities for families to connect with Shakespeare in interactive new formats.
More Info
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003


Two musicians perform outdoors by a waterfront. The female artist on the left plays an acoustic guitar while singing into a microphone. The male artist on the right plays a keyboard and smiles, with a background of pedestrians and a scenic river view.

© Georgetown BID

Fête De La Musique – World Music Day – June 21
Faites la fête at Georgetown's first iteration of the free, live music festival that has been celebrated in France for over 40 years. Listeners can catch R&B, Americana, jazz, bluegrass, spoken word or rock across the fest's locations throughout Georgetown's commercial district and at the French Embassy. 
More info | Free Admission


Home Rule Music Festival – June 21-22 & July 20
Now in its second year, the Home Rule Music Festival celebrates the rich music and cultural scene of DC. Events take place across three days over two weekends, with performances at venues spread across the city. Opening Night takes place at Black Cat in DC on June 21 with a day of performances at The Parks at Walter Reed on June 22. Then, on July 20 in partnership with NoMa BID, the festival puts on a show at Alethia Tanner Park.
The Parks at Walter Reed, 1010 Butternut Street, NW, Washington, DC
Alethia Tanner Park, 227 Harry Thomas Way, NW, Washington, DC


Bruce Onobrakpeya: The Mask and the Cross – June 21 – Jan. 21, 2025
In 1966, acclaimed Nigerian sculptor and printmaker Bruce Onobrakpeya was petitioned by Catholic priests to interpret the Passion of the Christ, resulting in Fourteen Stations of the Cross, one of his most beloved works. The piece began a long fascination with Christian iconography in Onobrakpeya’s work. Many of his most striking pieces can be seen in this special presentation at the National Museum of African Art.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


This Morning, This Evening, So Soon: James Baldwin and the Voices of Queer ResistanceJune 21 – April 20, 2025
Guest curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als, the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibit focuses on one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. James Baldwin beautifully spoke out against injustice throughout his stirring career. He and other queer artists had to keep their sexuality hidden even while speaking up for civil rights. In addition to portraits of Baldwin, the exhibit also highlights many of his contemporaries including Lorraine Hansberry, Barbara Jordan, Bayard Rustin, Essex Hemphill and Marlon Riggs.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


The Church & The Afghan Whigs – June 22
Two bands that emerged in separate decades – but stood out from their contemporaries all the same – visit the Lincoln Theatre as part of a special double-bill tour. The Church has been crafting new-wave art-rock since their inception in 1980; the Australian group released their 26th album earlier this year. The Afghan Whigs railed against the plaid-shirt grunge sound upon emerging in the 1990s, as likely to riff on Marvin Gaye as Black Sabbath. Expect riveting sets from both of these legendary groups.
7:15 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


A group of children seated around a storyteller in an open-air courtyard with a modern architectural background.

The Hirshhorn

Smithsonian Solstice Saturday – June 22
Celebrate the official first Saturday of summer with the Smithsonian. Institutions like the Hirshhorn, the National Zoo, the National Museum of Asian Art and the National Museum of American History will curate special projects and programs, host exciting performances and grant the rare chance to explore the museums into the evening. Attendees can also take part in hands-on activities at the Astronomy Festival, which will simultaneously take place outside of the Hirshhorn. 
More Info | Free Admission


Out and About Festival feat. Brittany Howard – June 22
Celebrate nature, music and Pride at this year’s Out & About Festival, which highlights LGBTQ+ artists and allies who live out loud. The one-day festival, hosted in America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, will be headlined by Grammy-winning artist Brittany Howard, beloved by fans as the lead singer and guitarist for Alabama Shakes.
Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road Vienna, VA 22182


Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle – June 22-23
Rib roasters and sauce bosses show off their delicious wares during the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle. Dozens of pit masters, local restaurants and live music shut down Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW for a lively street party. Cooking demos and free tastings make for a delicious (and filling) experience. Tickets start at $20.
Pennsylvania Avenue (between 3rd & 7th Streets NW), Washington, DC


Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic – June 22-23
Let the National Symphony Orchestra whisk you away to the worlds of Peter Pan and Encanto with Disney in Concert. The one-weekend-only, live-to-film concert celebrates the centennial of Walt Disney Animation studios and is sure to have something for every Disney fan.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Jhené Aiko – June 23
Mark your calendar for when an R&B sensation with six Grammy nominations to her name rolls into the nation’s capital. Jhené Aiko embarks on her first headlining tour in five years. She’ll be supported by Coi Leray, Tink, Umi and Kiana Lede. One of their 26 stops is Capital One Arena, which is sure to be rocking for this star-studded crew.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Future Islands – June 23
Blending theatricality and synth-pop like few bands ever have, Future Islands are known for their breathtaking performances and epic songs that also manage to be danceable. Singer Samuel Herring is a show unto himself, contorting his vocals and body to create quite the spectacle on stage. Future Islands’ soaring and powerful catalogue will be well-suited to The Anthem.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Os Mutantes – June 25
It’s time to party at The Black Cat when Os Mutantes comes to town. The Brazilian group was initially founded back in 1966, playing an experimental blend of psychedelic rock, bossa nova and tropicália. After disbanding in 1978, Mutantes reunited in 2006 and have been playing shows ever since. Their influential sound and all-night party vibes can be thoroughly enjoyed at Black Cat.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


The Kite Runner – June 25-30
Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel has been brilliantly adapted by playwright Matthew Spangler for this special production at the Kennedy Center. Set in Afghanistan, The Kite Runner concerns two childhood friends torn apart by war, which erupts on the day of their highly anticipated kite-flying tournament. From there, the epic tale stretches across two decades and two continents, revealing the power of forgiveness and friendship.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Funny Girl – June 25 – July 14
The Kennedy Center hosts a sensational Broadway revival of Funny Girl, the story of Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreams of mega-stardom on the stage. Even though she’s told time and again she’ll never succeed, Fanny becomes an iconic Broadway star. Featuring classic songs like “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “People,” Funny Girl is a timeless love letter to the theater.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566


Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folklife Festival – June 26 – July 1
The free festival salutes different international cultures every year on the National Mall with craft exhibits, live music and cooking demos. The 2024 edition focuses on Indigenous Voices of the Americas and specifically celebrates the National Museum of the American Indian, which turns 20 this year.
More info | Free Admission


Ramblin’ – June 27-29
Acclaimed contemporary ballet company Chamber Dance Project, led by award-winning choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning, will present its new season at Shakespeare Theare Company's Harman Hall. Ramblin' also features music by The Red Clay Ramblers, a Tony Award-winning group that has mastered bluegrass and old-time string tunes. In total, 12 dancers and 10 musicians will take the stage to take on a stunning repertory.
Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Les Savy Fav – June 28
There’s wearing your heart on your sleeve and then there’s the music of Les Savy Fav. Unabashed and loud while also capable of deep sensitivity, the group is led by titan-of-the-stage Tim Harrington. The lead singer’s performances are legendary. Expect the post-punk group to be particularly fired up as they tour in celebration of the release of their first LP in 14 years.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Picturing the Presidents: Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection – June 28 – June 28, 2025
In honor of the upcoming presidential election, the National Portrait Gallery displays daguerreotype and ambrotype portraits of eight commanders-in-chief who held the office in the 19th century. The collection includes a rare ambrotype pin from Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential campaign credited with contributing to Lincoln’s 1860 victory. Visitors can also check out a modern daguerreotype that depicts the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Mike Birbiglia – June 28-30
A graduate of Georgetown University in DC, Mike Birbiglia has gone on to become one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking voices in stand-up comedy. Birbiglia has also proven himself as an improv performer, screenwriter, filmmaker and playwright, a Renaissance man who isn’t afraid to go deep in his material. In a return to his old stomping grounds in DC, Birbiglia will perform three straight nights at the illustrious Warner Theatre.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004


Washington Mystics vs. Las Vegas Aces – June 29
See DC’s exciting WNBA team in action at the 4,200-seat Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The Mystics will take on Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson and the two-time defending WNBA champions, the Las Vegas Aces.
2 p.m. | Tickets
Entertainment & Sports Arena, 801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW, Washington, DC 20001


Broadway in the Park – June 29
Visit Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. as the performing arts hub partners with Signature Theatre for the fourth edition of Broadway in the Park. Broadway stars Laura Benanti and Jordan Fisher join Signature performers for a night of renditions of classic songs from My Fair Lady, She Loves Me, Nine, Cabaret, Pippin, In The Heights, Mamma Mia, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182


Lavender Con – June 29-30
Local all-queer independent bookstore Little District Books celebrates LGBTQIA+ authors and stories with Lavender Con, held for the first time at the National Press Club. Authors confirmed to appear include Aaron H. Aceves, Ethan M. Aldrige, Terry Bartlet, Terry Benton-Walker, Diane Billas, Andre Bradley, Ciera Burch and many others. The event will also offer a Queer + Bookish Market featuring a variety of local vendors.
More Info |  Tickets
National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045


Forensic Science on Trial – June 29 – June 2025
The National Museum of American History explores historic courtroom cases and how forensic science has come to be used in the pursuit of justice. Artifacts from more than 150 years of trials showcase at least 12 forensic science techniques; three items can claim to come from “the trial of the century.” 
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Orville Peck – June 30
Sporting an aesthetic and sound unlike any seen before in country music, Orville Peck will be a must-see attraction when his Stampede Tour comes to The Anthem at the end of June. Peck’s signature look – a fringe mask with a cowboy hat and any number of eye-catching outfits – goes perfectly with his cavernous and mysterious take on psychedelic country music.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


Bernardí Roig – Through July 7
During the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, one Spanish artist got to thinking about another, leading to 55 incredible drawings that are on display at The Phillips Collection in DC. While contemplating the difficulties of isolation, Bernardí Roig took to depicting the lost, severed head of Francisco José de Goya, one of the greatest Spanish artists to ever live whose body was discovered headless 60 years after his own death in exile. See these mind-bending creations at one of the coolest museums in the District.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Up Close with Paul Cézanne – Through July 14
The Phillips Collection unveils two recently conserved works by French painter Paul Cézanne in an exciting new exhibit. The major paintings, Mont Sainte-Victoire (1886-87) and Self-Portrait (1878-80), are part of the museum’s world-renowned collection by the legendary artist and will be displayed together for the first time in decades along with five other pieces by Cézanne. Learn about the conservation of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Self-Portrait and how it reveals details previously obscured by varnishes while providing insight into the artist’s process.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction – Through July 28
The National Gallery of Art dives deep on the overlap between fashion, design, arts and crafts. Through 160 works including oil paintings, weaving, basketry, knotting and knitting, you can see how textiles have influenced modern artists and movements. The exhibit also showcases moments when social and political issues activated textile production and artmaking with heightened focus and urgency.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC


New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024 – Through Aug. 11
Discover how recent global turmoil has impacted and inspired women artists. Works by 28 artists are featured in New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024, offering pieces that explore a range of geographies, cultural viewpoints and perspectives. The exhibit immerses visitors in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ renewed spaces. It is the seventh and largest installment of the museum’s Women to Watch exhibition series.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005


Where We Meet – Through Aug. 15
The Howard University Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection have merged their collections for a special exhibit. Both storied DC institutions have been acquiring art for decades; many of the earliest acquisitions of each are displayed. Works of seminal artists are showcased in a presentation that highlights how the Phillips and Howard have celebrated and provided access to important art throughout the years.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009


In the Library: Photography and the Book Arts from the 21st Editions Collection – Though Aug. 29
The work of photographers like Sally Mann, Josephine Sacabo, Masao Yamamoto, Adger Cowans and Arthur Tress are arrayed in exquisite form by master printers and paired with texts as diverse as William Shakespeare’s sonnets, the color theories of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and poetry by Keagan LeJeune. The National Gallery of Art’s latest library installation highlights 12 pieces in total, each culled from the last 25 years of 21st Editions publications.
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Gallery of Art East Building, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565


Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women – Through Sept. 2
Learn about the fascinating connection between Amish Women and quilting thanks to a new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Over time, the practice has transcended its utilitarian roots and become a form of artistic expression for Amish Women. Treat your eyes to a wondrous mix of colors and patterns as you marvel at the innovation of extraordinary quilts.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Mindbender Mansion – May 25 – Sept. 2
The National Children’s Museum’s Visiting Exhibit Hall is ready to puzzle the whole family this summer. Mindbender Mansion features a variety of brainteasers and interactive challenges that will test even the most experienced problem-solvers. In total, the display offers 11 individual puzzles and three group activities.
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism 
The National Portrait Gallery honors key scientists, politicians, activists, writers and artists who influenced attitudes toward the environment in the U.S. from the late-1800s to the present. Trace the environmentalist movement from turn-of-the-20th-century conservationism to mid-20th-century political actions and the backlash to them. It also addresses the current state of environmental justice, biodiversity and climate. Gaze at more than 25 portraits of figures like Rachel Carson, George Washington Carver, Maya Lin, Henry David Thoreau and Edward O. Wilson.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


ISEKAI: Blooming Parallel Worlds – Through Sept. 8
ARTECHOUSE welcomes visitors to its seventh annual installation dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the cherry blossoms in DC. The museum treats your eyes to an exhibit inspired by the Isekai genre of Anime, allowing for the exploration of alternate universes stacked with colors, adventures and immersive technologies. Plus, discover Gachapons hidden throughout the exhibit to win prizes from local businesses or snag a book from the 'Isekai Library'. Make sure to take advantage of tickets with a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% off)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024


Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice 
In the mid-1940s, William H. Johnson painted his Fighters for Freedom series to honor Black activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. Johnson celebrated these figures – some very famous, others unsung – while acknowledging the racism, violence and oppression each one fought against. The exhibit showcases many of these paintings, including Johnson’s portraits of Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Mahatma Gandhi and Marian Anderson, elevating stories that are still relevant to the struggle for social justice today.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20004


Reckoning with Remembrance: History, Injustice and the Murder of Emmett Till – Through Sept. 15
Fourteen-year-old Chicago native Emmett Till was brutally lynched in Mississippi in 1955; his mother insisted on an open-casket funeral in his hometown. The saga made national news and eventually led to the founding of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission in 2008, which erected nine historical markers to honor the youth. Since then, these markers have been stolen, riddled with bullets or chucked into a river. The National Museum of American History displays a desecrated marker as a reminder of the violent legacy of racism that continues to thrive in America today as part of a new exhibit.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


Sewn in America: Making, Meaning, Memory – Through Dec. 31
The DAR Museum presents a groundbreaking exhibit featuring sewn items from every textile section of its collections including clothing, household items, needlework and quilts. Sewn in America examines how the activity shaped gender roles, from the homestead to professions like dressmaking, tailoring and factory work. Pieces from the 18th century to today will be juxtaposed to show how women of diverse backgrounds have used needles to express emotions and battle injustice.
Hours |  Free Admission
DAR Museum, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006


Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Age by George Hurrell – Through Jan. 5, 2025
Hollywood’s premiere photographer during the onset of the studio system, George Hurrell set the template for how to capture the brightest stars of the cinematic universe. As MGM’s in-house portraitist and in his own studio, Hurrell used lighting expertise and the sharpest of eyes to create glamorous images of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and many, many more. The National Portrait Gallery displays many of these Golden Era photographs in the new exhibit.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris, 1900-1939 – Through Feb. 23, 2025
Be amazed by sixty defiant women who made the courageous decision to cross the Atlantic Ocean to pursue their artistic dreams immersed in the majesty of Paris and its dynamic cultural scene. Brilliant Exiles marks the first exhibition to focus on the impact of American women on Paris – and of Paris on American women – from 1900 to the outbreak of the second World War. You can gaze at portraits of icons such as Josephine Baker, Isadora Duncan, Zelda Fitzgerald, Loïs Mailou Jones, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anaïs Nin, Gertrude Stein, Ethel Waters and Anna May Wong.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania – Through March 17, 2025
The National Building Museum exhibits both realized and unrealized projects that the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania from the 1930s through the 1950s. The display examines how Wright’s vision of the future could have impacted urban, suburban and rural landscapes. Also, animated films created by Skyline Ink Animators + Illustrators provide a first-time virtual exploration of five unrealized projects.
Hours & Admission
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Grandma Moses, 'The Old Oaken Bucket', 1945.

Grandma Moses, 'The Old Oaken Bucket', 1945.

Revolutions: Art from the Hirshhorn Collection, 1860-1960 – Through April 20, 2025
This year, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden brings you one exciting event after another in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The museum's latest exhibit features works from more than 120 artists, so we suggest giving yourself plenty of time to soak up all the wonder. The revolutionary installation offers well-known masterpieces alongside contemporary creations from a wide range of artists including Francis Bacon, Jean Dubuffet, Lee Krasner, Wifredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560


Bond In Motion – Through April 2025
Across more than six decades of films, James Bond has become the on-screen embodiment of spies for millions. The International Spy Museum pays homage to the fictional character, along with his allies and adversaries, with a breathtaking display of iconic vehicles from the movies. In total, visitors can fix their eyes on 17 pieces, including cars, motorcycles, submarines and even more from the Q Branch Garage. 
Hours & Admission
International Spy Museum, 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024


Do Ho Suh: Public Figures – Through April 29, 2029
South Korean artist Do Ho Suh has created a special edition of his work Public Figures for installation at the very front of the National Museum of Asian Art, signifying the next phase of the museum. Suh was commissioned for the project thanks to his outstanding international reputation. He was one of the earliest contemporary artists featured at the museum and this new sculpture will be the first installed outside the Freer Gallery of Art in more than 30 years.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
National Museum of Asian Art, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560


Zen and the Open Road – Ongoing
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the National Museum of American History places the writer’s 1966 Honda Super Hawk motorcycle in a temporary display within the permanent America on the Move exhibit. Encounter Pirsig’s stories related to riding, writing and sailing and check out cool artifacts such as his typewriter, a manuscript of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and a recently attributed book on the 14th century bubonic plague.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free Admission
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560


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