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WalkingTown DC

WalkingTown DC is Cultural Tourism DC's longest running program. It is a nine-day festival of lunchtime, happy hour, and weekend tours of DC's neighborhoods. The 2017 edition will run from Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, September 24 and will include more than 50 top quality tours.


See the Solar Eclipse

On August 21, from 1:17 pm to 4:01 pm, observers in the DC area will be able to see a partial solar eclipse for the first time in nearly a century. The peak viewing time is 2:42 pm, when the moon will obscure 81 percent of the sun. You can participate in eclipse-related programming at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum National Mall building and its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors may get a pair of solar safe glasses as well as use the safe solar telescopes to see the event. Telescopes also are available at the National Zoo and the National Archives, where the latter will feature its records about past solar eclipses. The National Museum of the U.S. Navy at the Navy Yard will give a presentation on solar science and Navy operations.


Grupo Gato

Enjoy a free music concert August 20 at the National Building Museum as Grupo Gato presents Cuban Rumba songs and drumming. The featured singer and bandleader, Ernesto "Gato" Gatell, is one of the most recognized and beloved Cuban singers alive today. The 9-piece band uses the Oricha Bata-drum and vocal traditions to create call-and-response interaction in the songs and the drumming. Grupo Gato is Yudisleidy Valdez, a master of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and the choreographer and featured soloist of the dances. The event does not require an RSVP


RFK Campus Block Party

Join Events DC on August 20 for a day of family-friendly fun with games, music, entertainment and the unveiling of a new mural on the Skate Park at RFK Stadium designed by Naturel. Professional and amateur skaters will be on site including DC's professional skateboarder, Darren Harper, local skaters the Shaw Boyz, and an all female skater group Skate Girls Tribe. DC Vault will show off its talent on a pole vault track and there will be an interactive art wall and more! RSVP so there will be enough giveaways for all.



Friday, August 18

Film - Viva La Causa!
Smithsonain Anacostia Community Museum

Exhibit - Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, DC
District Architecture Center

Exhibit - Foundations for a Nation: Architectual Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection 
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Saturday, August 19

Exhibit - Spectacular Gems and Jewelry
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Exhibit - Resist: A Juried Exhibit
Zenith Gallery

Event - Washington Power Play
International Spy Museum

Tour - Walks with History
Pickle Pea Productions

Sunday, August 20

Exhibit - Revival
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Amending America
National Archives

Tour - Docent's Choice
National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers
National Geographic Museum

Monday, August 21

Exhibit - From Sinbad to the Shabab Oman: A Seafaring Legacy
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Exhibit - American by Belief
President Lincoln's Cottage

Exhibit - PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard
National Postal Museum

Exhibit - Inhotim: At the Crossroads of Glocal Change
IDB Cultural Center

Tuesday, August 22

Exhibit - Gateways / Portales
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Exhibit - Congress and the World Wars
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tour - Museum Highlights
Hirshhorn Museum

Exhibit - Exploring the Early Americas
Library of Congress 

Wednesday, August 23 

Film - Spies on the Scree: Bon Voyage
International Spy Museum

Event - Nature Cubs Preschool Class: Moo-ving and Grr-ooving
Smithsonian National Zoo

Exhibit - Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks
National Postal Museum

Event - Hive Late Night
National Building Museum

Thursday, August 24

Film - In the Line of Fire
Hill Center

Film - Good-bye Lenin!
The Phillips Collection

Event - Luce Unplugged: Aaron Abernathy
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibit - Black Magic: Afro Pasts / AfroFutures
Honfleur Gallery


Newsletter for August 18 to August 24, 2017. Find more events on our calendar which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

August 26

Community Day and Costume Sale
Arena Stage

  September 2

Celebration of Textiles
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

September 2

National Book Festival
Library of Congress

September 8


Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails are the official walking trails of Washington, DC. Take a stroll through DC history on one our our self-guided walking trails. Each trail sign combines stories, historic photos, and maps. Explore, shop, exercise, and enjoy a bite to eat -- all at your own pace.



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