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Freer | Sackler

The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which welcomed its first visitors in 1987. Both are connected by an underground passageway, and linked through the study, exhibition, and love of Asian art. In addition, the Freer Gallery contains a collection of 19th century American art punctuated by James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room. Currently closed for renovation, The Freer | Sackler will reopen reopen on October 14, at 5 PM. 


Art All Night

This Saturday, September 23, enjoy Washington, DC's free overnight arts festival, starting at 7:00 PM and running until 3:00 AM the following morning. The festival will take place in six DC Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses. Events will be hosted in locations throughout DC including the Heruich House Museum, the Korean Cultural Center, and the embassies of countries including Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.


WalkingTown DC 2017 

Cultural Tourism DC invites you to join in DC's best public tour program featuring more than 50 guided walking tours throughout the city. WalkingTown DC is a festival of 'bite-size' lunchtime tours, after-work 'happy hour' tours, and longer weekend tours of DC's neighborhoods. The program runs from Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, September 24. See and learn about the history, culture, environment, and art of Washington, DC. Licensed, professional tour guides, community and government leaders, and neighborhood historians lead the tours. The tours are free, but you must register. Volunteer opportunities with WalkingTown also are available. Let's have fun together!


Turkish Festival

Join a day out for the entire family in downtown DC on Sunday, September 24, between 11 AM - 7 PM. The Festival is on Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets NW, in front of Freedom Plaza and two blocks from the White House. The 2017 Turkish Festival Stage Program offers eight hours of live entertainment, highlighting Turkey's ties with the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and beyond. Aiming to entertain, inspire and educate, the stage program brings together local artists as well as those from other parts of the U.S. and Turkey.



Friday, September 22

Event - AVF Summit
University of the District of Columbia

Film - Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Hill Center

Theater - Death of a Salesman
Ford's Theatre

Tour - Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Theater - Native Gardens 
Arena Stage

Saturday, September 23

Event - Champagne in the Sculpture Garden
Kreeger Museum

Event - Two Worlds at the Octagon
Octagon Museum

Event - DC Peace Conference: Addressing Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
Hostelling International DC

Event - Museum Pop-up Shop
Dumbarton House

Event - DC History for All: Volunteer Fair
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Sunday, September 24

Event - ZooFiesta
National Zoo

Event - Craft Conversation with Judith Schaechter
Smithsonian American Art Museum - Renwick Gallery

Exhibit - Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tour - Museum Highlights 
Hirshhorn Museum

Monday, September 25

Exhibit - Valor in the Pacific: A Remembrance
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Exhibit - Unfolding the Universe
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

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

Exhibit - Painting Shakespeare 
Folger Shakespeare Library

Tuesday, September 26

Tour - First Amendment Highlights

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

Event - An Evening with Bernard-Henri Lévy

Event - An Evening with Peter Brannen
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 

Wednesday, September 27 

Exhibit - Black Magic: AfroPasts/ AfroFutures
Honfleur Gallery

Event - Digging for Lost History: The African American Troops of WWII
African American Civil War Memorial & Museum

Exhibit - Spectacular Gems and Jewelry
Hillwood Estate

Concert - Pavel Urkiza's Crossroads
Twins Jazz

Thursday, September 28

Exhibit - National Geographic: Exploration Starts Here
National Geographic Museum

Event - Reception: Human Landscapes
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Film - Cat (Kedi) and Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul

Event - Evening with Author Joan Nathan
Alliance Française de Washington, DC


Newsletter for September 22 to September 28, 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



September 29

Brewmaster Tours
Heurich House Museum

September 30

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day
National Portrait Gallery

October 1

Community Day 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

October 7

PorchFest DC
Adams Morgan 

October 7

Volunteer for PorchFest DC!
Volunteer and join the Cultural Tourism DC team on October 7 at Adams Morgan. Volunteers 
greet guests at a performance locations, introduce performers, and help at the PorchFest Information Hub. Click here to sign-up for an orientation.



Neighborhood Heritage Trails

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.

Autographed Posters by Dana Ellyn

Cultural Tourism DC is pleased to offer selected paintings from Dana Ellyn's Heritage Trail project as autographed prints. The posters are 11'' x 17'' on glossy poster paper and sell for $30 each. Order your posters today!

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