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WalkingTown DC

Cultural Tourism DC showcases the walkability of the nation's capital during its annual WalkingTown DC, a free, nine day public tour program that begins on Saturday 14 and runs through September 22. In total, 79 guided walking and bike tours will be held throughout the District. Historians, licensed tour guides, community leaders and business owners, among others, host these adventures that will take visitors to well-known and hidden gems across DC. Check the tour schedule here.


As we kickoff the 2019 version of WalkingTown DC on Saturday, here are some statistics to consider. Walking tours offered: 73. Biking tours offered: 6. Unique tours offered: 52. Participant reservations net of cancellations as of this writing: 2,019. Volunteer tour guides: 47. Volunteer assistants: 107.  Paid full time equivalents: 3.5. Volunteer to paid staff ratio: 44 to 1. Clearly, Cultural Tourism DC and the tour participants are 100% grateful to all the volunteers without whom this perennial favorite could not take place. Volunteerism is like maple syrup. It's sweet and makes you want to celebrate! We are especially lucky that so many people are willing to give their time and talents for the education of DC residents and visitors.

DC by Foot

Begun in 2007, DC by Foot offers free walking and bus tours of the National Mall and Tidal Basin, as well as walking tours through Arlington National Cemetery. This full-service tour company can also customize private tours for students and groups. DC by Foot's licensed tour guides enjoy working with teachers to create interactive classrooms. Weekly tours include Embassy Row and the Historic Southwest Waterfront.

Friday, September 13

Exhibit - Sculptures by Sandra Franklin Ehlers & Patricia Urrutia
Embassy of Uruguay  

Exhibit - Animals in Japanese Outsider Art
The Japan Information & Culture Center

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Event - Shakespeare Behind the Scenes
Folger Shakespeare Library

Saturday, September 14

Tour - Embassy Row
Washington Walks

Event - Saturday Garden Tour
Franciscan Monastery

Exhibit - Delivering America: Airmail to Email
College Park Aviation Museum

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Event - DC at Night by Smartphone
Washington Photo Safari

Sunday, September 15

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Event - Sunday Strolls
Congressional Cemetery

Event - American Roots Concert Series: Steve Poltz
Hill Center

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum

Monday, September 16

Exhibit - Newly Connected
Korean Cultural Center

Event - Comedy, Magic and Martinis
The Mansion on O Street

Event - Graywolf's 45th Anniversary
Folger Shakespeare Library

Event - Turkish Coffee Happy Hour
Yunus Emre Institute

Tuesday, September 17

Exhibit - Zofie King, Jamilla Okubo + Lou Dawson
IA&A at Hillyer

Exhibit - 6 @ 35: Fabricating Culture
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue

Exhibit - More is More: Multiples
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Wednesday, September 18

Exhibit - In-Mid Sentence
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event - Presentation of Jean Maggi Foundation
Embassy of Argentina

Event - Artist's Opening Reception
Hill Center

Thursday, September 19

Event - Capital Arts Collective
Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Event - CultureBlast: Intersection of Fashion & Fine Art
IA&A at Hillyer

Event - Jesse Colin Young Intimate Concert
The Mansion on O Street

Exhibit - Wine and Design: Vintage Letter Writing Typewiters and Calligaphy
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Newsletter for September 13 to September 19, 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

Next Stop, DC

Visit Dupont Underground on Friday, September 13 for Next Stop, the latest community collaboration showcase. Network with motion graphics/animation in the DC area. Join and meet creative animators, illustrators, and motion designers. See the visions from over 30 DC-based artists brought to life via looped animations projected onto the station walls of the Dupont Underground. Ride through Dupont Underground to destinations all over the world and beyond!

Art All Night

On Saturday, September 14, several Washington, DC Main Street programs will host Art All Night from 7:00 pm to until 3:00 AM the following morning. Public and private spaces will transform into pop-up galleries and performance stages for an evening of art in all its forms. The festival will showcase visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, and poetry. Celebrate Art All Night with at in Dupont Circle, Shaw, Tenleytown, Congress Heights, H Street NE, Deanwood, North Capitol Street and Minnesota Avenue. 

100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal

The Mexican Cultural Institute newest exhibit, 100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal: Mexico - United States as Seen by Mexican Cartoonists, is on display now through October 30. The exhibit offers a sample of the thousands of cartoons published in 100 years in the widely known newspaper, El Universal. This exhibit provides a look at the history of the cartoon in Mexico and includes a brief representation of the artists who traced the history of Mexican national events with art and humor.

September 20
Free Folger Friday: Chimes at Midnight
Folger Theatre

October 2 
Gandhi Jayanti
Gandhi Memorial Center

October 5
College Park Day
College Park Aviation Museum

October 5
Adams Morgan PorchFest
Adams Morgan BID

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