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A Capital Fourth Concert

A Capital Fourth Concert honors the nation's 243rd birthday with an all-star salute, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open Thursday, July 4 at 3 pm. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis. Performers will include John Stamos, Vanessa Williams, Carole King, Sesame Street, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more. Independence Day culminates with a fireworks display. Fireworks will be launched from West Potomac Park and be visible from locations throughout DC and Northern Virginia.


It's WalkingTown DC recruitment time. We spend months putting together WalkingTown DC, Cultural Tourism DC's celebration of the District of Columbia, this year from September 14 through 22. The staff coordinates the combined efforts of volunteer tour guides and volunteer support staff that help keep people safe as they walk streets, neighborhoods, and historic sites of the city. If you are an expert about a DC subject, have a special interest, or an unbounded passion for your neighborhood that you want others to know about, consider sharing your special knowledge by providing a free tour. Want to talk about it? Email and we'll follow up with you.

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum is a private non-profit museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage, featuring the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display. The International Spy Museum is located in the heart of L'Enfant Plaza. Explore the Museum's new exhibit Berlin, City of Spies, an immersive recreation contrasting West and East Berlin during the Cold War.

Friday, June 28

Event - Fact or Fiction Fridays
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre  

Concert - RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
Filene Center at Wolf Trap 

Exhibit - American Myth and Memory: David Levinthal Photographs
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Saturday, June 29

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Organic Works by Nancy Frankel & Anne Marchand
Zenith Gallery, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Exhibit - Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Sunday, June 30

Exhibit - Roots of Peace
Art Museum of the Americas

Exhibit - Ursula von Rydingsvad: The Contour of Feeling
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Concert - Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket 
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Monday, July 1

Exhibit - A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Winner's Circle
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Exhibit - It's Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family
U.S. Botanic Garden

Exhibit - Lives Cut Short
Embassy of Austria

Tuesday, July 2

Exhibit - Secret Door Tour: Be a Super Sleuth!
The Mansion on O Street

Event - Downtown DC Summer Flicks: Avengers Infinity War
Downtown DC

Concert - Earth, Wind & Fire
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Exhibit - Portraits of the World: Korea
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, July 3

Exhibit - Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Intersection
Embassy of Philippines

Exhibit - Celebrating New American Gardens
U.S. Botanic Garden

Concert -  Jackson Browne
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Thursday, July 4

Exhibit - Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibit - Deep Time
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit - CODAworx Awards
Octagon Museum

Tour - Open House 
Old Korean Legation Museum


Newsletter for June 28 to July 4, 2019. 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

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors cultural traditions. Produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage on the National Mall, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Experience the power of music at the National Mall on Saturday, June 29, 12–10 pm, and Sunday, June 30, from 10:30 am–6:30 pm. Enjoy evening concerts, instrument workshops and more. 

Comedy at Dupont Underground: Calise Hawkins

Hear stand-up comedian and writer Calise Hawkins perform at the Dupont Underground on Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Hawkins has done her standup on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Gotham Live (Fox) and Nick Mom's Night Out (Nickelodeon), among others. Hawkins has opened for such comedians as Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan and has written for MTV's Totally Clueless, Girl Code, and Charlemagne's Uncommon Sense. Get tickets for this event here.

Michael Sherrill Retrospective

This exhibit at the Renwick Gallery offers a retrospective on the fascinating career of artist Michael Sherrill in an exhibit that features more than 75 objects from his work. The display showcases Sherrill's evolution from teapots and clay vessels to his stunning, nature-inspired sculptures that utilize clay, glass and metal. A studio artist focused on ceramic sculpture, his recent work reveals his sensitivity to botanical wonders. See this exhibit on display through January 5, 2020. 

July 6
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

July 6
Cub Corner
College Park Aviation Museum

July 7
Yoga on the LAWN
National Building Museum

July 16
Korean Fever Returns
Korean Cultural Center


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