September 18 to September 24 September 18 to September 24


Art All Night

This year, Art All Night is expanded to two weeks and is running now through September 26! The annual festival takes place in neighborhoods across the city, celebrating the arts in all their forms and showcasing the many diverse talents of the city's creative community. During the week, events, workshops and performances will be dedicated to themes including health and wellness, cooking, fashion and retail. The festival also includes activities geared toward kids. Many of the events will stream from different places throughout the city, to highlight how DC's business and art communities intersect.

Zoom — that's the sound of our virtual WalkingTown DC(WTDC) tours taking off. Going virtual enabled the participating, volunteer tour guides to retain their unique presentations, add new tours to their repertoires, and support their stories with illustrations, photographs, maps, and even live video feeds aboard a moving bicycle. This first-time endeavor is an exciting take on WTDC, with three times as many people able to join us online than was possible with our traditional tours. The program continues through Sunday. Get a different sense of DC. From Capitol Hill to Tenleytown, two of the highest points in the District, and from Southeast to Southwest by the waterfront, there is lots to see and learn. Register for a tour here.


Friday, September 18
Film -- Le Chocolat de H
Japan Information and Culture Center

Concert -- Opera UNTRAPPED: The Emperor of Atlantis
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 

Event -- Meditation and Mindfulness
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Saturday, September 19
Exhibit -- Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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

Tour -- Monastery and Garden
Franciscan Monastery

Sunday, September 20
Exhibit -- Through Our Eyes
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Tour -- Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood
Washington Photo Safari

Event -- Free Community Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts

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

Monday, September 21
Event -- America's Buried History Landmines in the Civil War

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Event -- 2020 Folger Gala
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit -- True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870
National Gallery of Art

Tuesday, September 22
Event -- Landmark Lecture: Enslaved at the Georgetown Hotel

Tudor Place

Tour -- Ford's Theatre and Civil War Washington
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit -- Murals That Matter: Activism Through Public Art
National Building Museum

Wednesday, September 23
Event -- Virtual Introduction to Cooking Series
Hill Center

Exhibit -- Women Sculptors Bringing Balance with Humor
Zenith Gallery

Concert -- Phil Wiggins: Blues and More from Maryland
Library of Congress

Film -- Rampant
Korean Cultural Center

Thursday, September 24

Event -- Monuments and Memorials
Washington Photo Safari

Concert -- Ben Williams
DC JazzFest

Event -- Dance Film & First Public Screening of Exit Wounds
Chamber Dance Project

Exhibit -- Picture Books of the Past: Reading an Old Master Painting
Museum of the Bible


Newsletter for September 18 to September 24, 2020. 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


The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is a non-profit community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation's capital. Founded in 1894, it serves audiences through its collections, public programs, and exhibitions. This November, the DC History Conference presents Echoes, a virtual conference that explores the frequencies between our present era and consequential events at Washington, DC. Until then, please register for free timed passes to see HSWDC's Hall of History and THE BIG PICTURE exhibit galleries. 


Cinematery: She's The Man

Get your tickets for the Historic Congressional Cemetery showing of the 2006 film She's The Man, on Friday, September 18 at 6:30 pm. The film centers on teenager Viola Hastings, who enters her brother's boarding school, Illyria Prep, in his place while he is in London. The film is based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Tickets include a picnic dinner, provided by Street Guys Hospitality. Adult tickets include a meal and two alcoholic drinks. Tickets for children and a designated driver are available at a discounted rate.

Curator's Corner: The Berlin Tunnel

On Friday, September 18 at noon, join the International Spy Museum for a look at one of their largest artifacts, a piece of the Berlin Tunnel. Hear Steve Vogel, author of Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation, tell the story behind the tunnel's secret construction and how spy George Blake impacted its usefulness. Museum Curator of Special Exhibits Dr. Alexis Albion will share the facts and details with Vogel. 

The History of the Bible

Visitors to this exhibit at the Museum of the Bible will witness the Bible's journey through time, technology and culture. Located on the museum's fourth floor, visitors can see more than 600 artifacts and 50 media programs, including coins and manuscripts, Torah scrolls and William Tyndale's New Testament. Explore the accessibility of the Bible in a showcase of Bible translations. Tickets to the museum are available here.

Smithsonian Museums Reopening

The Smithsonian is reopening four of its DC museums on Friday, September 18. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery,  American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery will open with reduced hours. Visitors aged six and older are required to wear face coverings at the facilities, and all visitors must maintain six feet or more between groups. The museums are open Wednesday through Sunday and most require visitors to reserve timed-entry passes.

September 27
No Kidding: Baby Goat Yoga
Historic Congressional Cemetery


October 1
A Spy Story: Beating the Odds

International Spy Museum


October 4
Free Community Day

National Museum Women in the Arts


October 7
An Evening of New York Songs and Stories with Suzanne Vega
Wolf Trap Performing Arts


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