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Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
in America

The Franciscan Monastery is the U.S. home of the Holy Land Franciscans, who have cared for the people and sacred shrines of the Holy Land for 800 years. In Washington, the friars raise awareness of and funds for the ministry in the Holy Land, encourage vocations, welcome pilgrims to the monastery, gardens and replicas of Holy Land shrines. Schedule a guided tour to see the Monastery, Catacombs, gardens and Lower Church, which houses a replica of the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem.

This Sunday, December 3, you can usher in the holiday season at the Monastery during its Christmas Open House. More than 150 Nativities from countries all over the world are on display through January 7, 2018.


Words As Muse

Artist Maureen Squires came across Annie Dillard's book A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and Dillard's observations of nature, spirituality and writing resonated with Squires. The work in Squires' new series of calligraphy paintings, Words As Muse, celebrates the concepts and wordplay of Annie Dillard. As a calligrapher with a painter's background, Squires blends the art of painting pictures with that of writing letters. Attend the exhibit's opening reception at Touchstone Gallery this Friday, December 1, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.


An Odyssey: Brian Dailey's
Digital Work

Local artist Brian Dailey is known for his immersive digital work. He lit up Times Square in February 2013 with his installation Jikai, featuring a moth fluttering around a lightbulb. See Dailey's Odyssey as Atlas Obscura and Dupont Underground present the opening of this new exhibit during a reception this Friday, December 1. Guests may participate with a question-and-answer session and enjoy a performance by frontman Terence Nicholson and bassist Ezra Greer. The exhibit is in Dupont Underground through January 15, 2018.



The annual Winternational is an exciting celebration showcasing the cultural and culinary traditions of Washington's diplomatic community. This festival has the atmosphere of a bustling global marketplace with each embassy promoting their country through vibrant displays of visual art, food, handcrafts as well as travel and tourism exhibits. Free and open to the public, guests have the opportunity to travel the world and do some holiday shopping. The event will be held Wednesday, December 6, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.


Friday, December 1

Concert - Eileen Ivers
The Barns at Wolf Trap 

Event - Gifts from the heART Opening Reception
Zenith Gallery

Lecture - Marriage in Early Political Modern Thought
Folger Shakespeare Library

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Event - Tenley WinterFest
Tenleytown Main Street

Saturday, December 2

Exhibit - Firsthand Experience: Responsive Poetry 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Kimono Trunk Show

Theater - The Pajama Game
Arena Stage

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

Event - French Christmas Market
Alliance Française de Washington DC

Sunday, December 3

Exhibit - Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Event - Annual Downtown DC Holiday Market
Downtown DC BID

Film - On the Beach at Night Alone

Event - Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Changing Landscapes: Janelle Lynch and Pedro David 
Art Museum of the Americas | OAS

Monday, December 4

Exhibit - Tomb of Christ
National Geographic Museum

Exhibit - Investigating Where We Live
National Building Museum 

Exhibit - Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge
Hirshhorn Museum

Exhibit - Art from the Garden: Ceramics & Sculptures by Marc Peter Keane
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Tuesday, December 5

Concert - Land of the Poet
Korean Culture Center

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

Film - Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Edlavitch DCJCC

Exhibit - Before the 45th Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art 
Mexican Cultural Institute

Wednesday, December 6 

Event - DAR Christmas Open House
DAR Museum

Event - Vintage Game Night 
President Woodrow Wilson House

Event - Hipster Hanukkah Holiday Market
Edlavitch DCJCC

Exhibit - In the Tower: Anne Truitt 
National Gallery of Art

Exhibit - The Box Project: Uncommon Threads
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Thursday, December 7

Exhibit - Tudor Lights
Tuduor Place

Concert - Luce Unplugged: Dreamcast
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibit - Photographs by Dominique Muñoz 
National Building Museum

Event - December 7th: Then, Now and Always
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Exhibit - ZooLights
Smithsonian National Zoo

Newsletter for December 1 to December 7, 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

 Sing Into Spring Competition Registration
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is seeking vocal soloists and/or group vocalists to perform at the Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14, 2018. To be considered for the Sing into Spring competition, submit an online application and a $15 entry free (payable by credit card only).


 Digital Shopping Mall
Check out our online Digital Shopping Mall, which highlights gift ideas from our affiliates. Become an affiliate with Cultural Tourism DC and raise visibility of art, culture, heritage and tourism in the DC area.


December 8

Reception: Sounds from the Sea by Martha Jarvis Jackson
Honfleur Gallery

December 9-10

Russian Winter Festival
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden

December 15

The Underground After Hours
Dupont Underground

December 16

Rhode Island Avenue Holiday Market
Rhode Island Avenue Main Street



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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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