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Austrian Cultural Forum

The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington (ACFDC) promotes Austrian culture and art in the Washington, DC metro area. By organizing a variety of cultural events (concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, theatre performances, lectures and panel discussions) throughout the year, it encourages cultural exchange between Austrian and American artists and audiences. The ACFDC is also the Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. About 40 events per year take place in the atrium hall of the Embassy of Austria. Click here for a list of events.


Cozy Christmas at Gateway DC

Visit a winter wonderland-themed event on Wednesday, December 19 at the R.I.S.E. (Relate, Innovate, Stimulate and Elevate) Demonstration Center on the St. Elizabeth Campus. Cozy Christmas at Gateway DC offers kids and parents a festive and spirited environment of fun activities and gifts from Santa himself. Light refreshments including hot cider, cocoa, and holiday treats will be provided. Come see Santa and his Elves! The event hours are 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Folger Consort: A Christmas Messe

Celebrate the holidays with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams. The Folger's 1619 manuscript A Christmas Messe —recounting a tussle between King Beef and King Brawn—offers lively accompaniment to a main course of Yuletide music. This music event features strings, harp, organist Webb Wiggins, and an ensemble of voices. This ticketed concert at Folger Theatre continues thorough Sunday, December 23.

DowntownDC Holiday Market

Journey to Downtown DC for the ultimate holiday shopping experience at this year's DowntownDC Holiday Market, which runs through Sunday, December 23. Featuring over 150 vendors with unique, handmade items perfect for gifting, it's the best way to celebrate the season for locals and visitors alike. While shopping, enjoy free, live music performances daily, along with great snacks and festive treats.

Mark My Words

Trained in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting, Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt reimagines the genre to feature contemporary female protagonists and political subject matter. Her content tackles global issues of oppression and the role of art as social commentary. This exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts explores Butt's art through her range of techniques, including drawing, stitching, staining, etching, and gluing. This exhibit is on display though April 14, 2019.


Friday, December 14

Exhibit - Charline Von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Hirshhorn Museum

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit - Rodarte
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tour - Explore Buddhist Art

Saturday, December 15

Event - Talk and Pop-Up Exhbition: A Christmas Messe
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Exhibit - Season's Greenings: All Aboard!
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event - Wreath Workshop: Historic Greenery
Tudor Place

Event - Spider Press Card Workshop
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Event - Family Program: Discover Your Capitol
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Sunday, December 16

Exhibit - American Civics 
The Mansion at O Street

Exhibit - 1968: Civil Rights at 50

Event - 1968: Shaping the District's Future
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language
The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum

Monday, December 17

Exhibit - Folding the Future: Theoretical Origami Devices 
Japan Information & Culture Center, JICC

Event - Open House  
The L. Ron Hubbard House

Exhibit - Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection 
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography 

Tuesday, December 18
Exhibit - Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibit - Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land I Have Travelled) 
Embassy of Australia

Concert - Tony Craddock Jr. & Cold Front
U.S. Botanic Garden

Exhibit - The 2018 Awards Show
District Architecture Center

Wednesday, December 19

Exhibit - One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 

Exhibit - Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse
Hirshhorn Museum

Event - The Windsock Arms 
College Park Aviation Museum

Film - J-Film: Let's Go, JETS! From Small Town Girls To U.S. Champions?!
 Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Tour - Stories in the Old Senate Chamber
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursday, December 20

Event - Cuisine Stories of an Empire with Yunus Emre Akkor
Yunus Emre Institute

Exhibit - The Pilot District Project 
National Building Museum

Tour - Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Exhibit - Churchill's Shakespeare  
Folger Theatre

Exhibit - Asian Identity
Korean Cultural Center

Newsletter for December 14 to December 20, 2018. 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



December 21

The Playa's Ball
Dupont Underground

December 22

Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest
Events DC

January 5

Family Afternoon: Capturing Light with House Lanterns
National Building Museum

January 9

Synagogue's Final Move!
Capital Jewish Museum



Winter Holiday Mall

Looking for presents for someone special? Click here for creative holiday gift ideas from some of our friends and associates.

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