Newsletter for November 29 to December 5, 2019 Newsletter for November 29 to December 5, 2019


Monuments and Memorials Photo Safari

Washington Photo Safari offers tours of Washington with a double exposure to education. First, learn about your camera and travel photography techniques during a 45-minute orientation then visit some of the city's iconic monuments and memorials and put those lessons to use. Your guide will explain F-stops, ISO settings, and composition techniques for taking pictures of people and sites. There are half day and full day safaris of Monuments and Memorials available. This is a wonderful way to learn about basic camera use. Washington Photo Safari offers a variety of additional tours too.


Thank you for your support of Cultural Tourism DC's programs during 2019. Thousands of people joined in the fun of exploring an embassy during Passport DC or a neighborhood during WalkingTown DC. Hundreds more discovered the stashed away treats of neighborhoods that hosted PorchFests this year. Many others learned about the District's history by stopping and reading one of the more than 300 DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail signs on the city's streets or one of 100 African American Heritage Trail signs. Whether you physically participated or virtually participated through our website and emails, we appreciate that you took the time to learn. After all, helping you learn and celebrate the District is how we get job satisfaction. Thanks.

Tudor Place

Martha Custis Peter, granddaughter of Martha Washington, and Thomas Peter, son of Robert Peter, Georgetown's first mayor, purchased 8½ acres and built Tudor Place, one of America's first National Historic Landmarks. Since 1816, the house has overlooked Georgetown and the Potomac River and was home to six generations of the Custis-Peter family. Today, it helps tell the story of America by connecting people to the history, culture, and domestic life of the estate and the collections of the family that lived there. Obtain tickets for Tudor Lights 2019 on Thursday, December 5, and enjoy the decorations that capture the spirit of the Peter family's 1899 holiday celebration. Tour the mansion during special, evening Candlelight Tours.

Friday, November 29

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit - Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Saturday, November 30

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

Tour - Holding the High Ground: Fort Reno in War & Peace
National Park Service

Tour - Embassy Row
Washington Walks

Concert - Joni Mitchll's Blue, Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Sunday, December 1

Exhibit - Patrick Dougherty's O Say Can You See
U.S. Botanic Garden

Tour - Tenleytown: South by Southwest
Tenleytown Main Street

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

Exhibit - Animals, Collected
National Building Museum

Concert - Jeffrey Kahane, piano Chamber Music
The Barns at Wolf Trap


Monday, December 2

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, December 3

Event - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Concert - Project Natale: Holiday Music in the Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden

Exhibit - Women Photojournalists of Washington
IA&A Hillyer

Wednesday, December 4

Event - The Video Show at Washington Convention Center
Events DC

Exhibit - Storied Women of the Civil War Era
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Small Treasures Show
Zenith Gallery at 1429 Iris Street, NW

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

Thursday, December 5

Event - Winternational
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Event - French Identity Politics with Karina Piser
Alliance Française

Exhibit - Women Artists of the Dutch Golden Age
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Oman, A Vision of Modernity
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Newsletter for November 29 to December 5, 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

Tenley WinterFest

Celebrate the holiday season with Tenleytown Main Street! The 8th Annual Tenley WinterFest begins November 29 and runs through December 7! Enjoy a week of fun, seasonal events for all ages, including the Yeti Scavenger Hunt at local businesses, Winter Feast restaurant specials, live music performances, and a Winter Market on Saturday, December 7 at Janney Elementary School from noon to 4 pm where you may find the final yeti. 

Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage

The Korean Cultural Center presents Recollection: Reinterpreting Tradition and Heritage, a group exhibition of painting, photography, and sculpture works by five Korean artists. Artists Jaehyug Choi, Soomin Ham, Hyeon Suk Her, Doo Yeon Jung, and Yoohyun Kim use different mediums to study how a modern Korean society is rooted in its cultural history. An opening reception on Friday, December 6 at 6:00 pm is free and open to the public, but registration is required (click here). The exhibit remains on view through January 3, 2020.

Nativities of the World on Display

See the Holy Family through the eyes of many other cultures as you view over 150 nativities from countries all over the world at the Franciscan Monastery. This special collection is on loan to the Monastery from Roger and Marguerite Sullivan. The Sullivans obtain nativity scenes that reflect the culture of countries they visit. The creches show variety and artisanal skills, and will be on display through January 5, 2020.


Mexicalidad: diseño nuevas generaciones is a vibrant review of the work, thoughts, and creative process of a young generation of designers in Mexico, currently on exhibit at the Mexican Cultural Institute. The exhibit includes 164 pieces and projects that provide insight into the awareness that contemporary artists have of the social and environmental impact of their designs.

December 6
Club de Lecture: Chanson douce de Leila Slimani
Alliance Française

December 7 
Dupont Circle Holiday Pop-Up
Dupont Circle Main Street

December 10
Tuesday Talk: Carving Consent, Crafting Confinement
DAR Museum

December 12
Tribute to Tchaikovsky
Russian Chambre Art

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