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Shaw Main Street

Founded in 2002, Shaw Main Street is creating a sustainable, self-sufficient business district where neighborhood residents and visitors can find everything they need to live, work, shop, play and pray. The organization works to restore the historic environment of Shaw's commercial corridors along 7th and 9th streets in northwest DC. Today, Shaw Main Street is competing for funding to restore a blacksmith shop built in 1881. The public can help Shaw win this completion by casting votes at The competition is part of the "Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Campaign," presented by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Funding from the preservation competition would help Shaw Main Street restore the blacksmith building to its original historic appearance.


DowntownDC Fall Festival

Join the DowntownDC Business Improvement District and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for a day of fall festivities this October 31. Bring your coworkers, family, friends and kids to celebrate the fall season and holiday with a special Halloween DJ set, pumpkin decorating activity with BLICK Art, a mysterious Children's Story Hour with DC Public Library, lively face painting, candy giveaways and the return of the ghoulish DowntownDC stilt walkers. Halloween costumes are encouraged and photo ops will be available. This event will be held on Woodrow Wilson Plaza from noon to 2 pm.


SPOOKtacular at CHAW

The Annual Spooktacular event will feature live music, a preview of Dracula, an ART-tastic Happy Hour, Skeleton Key Auction, and much more! Join the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) as it celebrates the season of Halloween on October 28 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Come back on October 30, when We Happy Few presents Bram Stoker's Dracula as CHAW's next installment of the Classics in Action series. Experience this storytelling feat as it drags you through the memorandum, newspaper clippings, and diary pages of a frantic vampire hunt. Faithful to Stoker's text with immersive staging and chilling (and silly) performances, the audience sees the heart of Dracula's conflict - the intersection of predator and prey.


Day of the Dead Celebration

Meet at the Mexican Cultural Institute (MCI) for the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead! This celebration will feature a contemporary art installation by Rosalía Torres-Weiner, a Mexican American artist. Torres-Weiner's work highlights the expression of Day of the Dead festivities among the Mexican diaspora. The Institute's 2017 traditional altar is dedicated to the hundreds of victims of the tragic earthquakes that devastated Mexico last month. The intent is to bring the dead closer to the world of the living, calling forth their souls to join in celebrating their lives.

The opening celebration is Saturday, October 28 from 12 pm to 4 pm. It is free and open to the public. Live music presentations are at 12:15 pm and 1:15 pm, and the New Orchestra of Washington will play a Day of the Dead concert featuring the Aeolus String Quartet.



Friday, October 27

Concert - Sachal Ensemble
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Exhibit - Investigating Where We Live
National Building Museum

Event - Meet at the Underground
Dupont Underground

Event - Newseum Nights Loves the '60s

Exhibit - Edvard Munch: Color in Context
National Gallery of Art

Saturday, October 28

Event - Soul Strolls
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Exhibit - Black Artists of Today: Reinventing Tomorrow!
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Sculpture Space

Tour - Explore Buddhist Art

Theater - The Price
Arena Stage

Event - Smithsonian Food History Weekend: After Hours
Smithsonian American History Museum

Sunday, October 29

Exhibit - Hill Center Galleries
Hill Center

Tour - LeDroit Park
Adventures for Creative Tourists

Touchstone Gallery

Event - Open Studio: Furr-tastic Felines 

Monday, October 30

Concert - Roderick Giles & Grace
Blues Alley

Event - Alan Alda: If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?
Edlavitch DCJCC

Exhibit - Museum Highlights 
National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Re-Use 
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Tuesday, October 31

Event - Tudor Tots
Tudor Place

Exhibit - Inside the Dinner Party Studio
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Theater - The Pajama Game
Arena Stage

Exhibit - Gateways / Portales
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Exhibit - Painting Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Wednesday, November 1 

Film - Crossing the Empty Quarter
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Concert - Bernhoft
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Event - Vintage Game Night: Prohibition Edition
President Woodrow Wilson House

Lecture - Conversations on Law Enforcement: An Evening with William J. Bratton  
National Law Enforcement Museum

Event - Annual Safety and Cultural Heritage Summit: Preserving Our Heritage and Protecting Our Health
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday, November 2

Concert - Jonathan Butler
Blues Alley

Concert - Nicole Saphos
Hill Center

Exhibit - Artistic Soldiers
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum  

Exhibit - Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017
National Building Museum

Newsletter for October 27 to November 2, 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



November 3

Korean Film Festival
Freer | Sackler

November 4

KidSpy Overnight
International Spy Museum

November 4

Slovak Christmas Market
Embassy of the Slovak Republic

November 4

Holiday Workshop: Casseroles and Comfort Food
Hill Center


Sing into Spring Competition Registration
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is seeking vocal soloists and/or group vocalists from the Washington, DC area to perform in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturdat, April 14, 2018.

To be considered for the Sing into Spring competition submit an online application and $ 15 entry fee(payable by credit card only).



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 of 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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