January 31 to February 6, 2019 January 31 to February 6, 2019


Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle Park

Join Dupont Festival and the national groundhog Potomac Phil on Sunday, February 2, at the Dupont Circle fountain to find out whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Potomac Phil will make an appearance and offer weather and political predictions. In addition, participants in Groundhog Day may enjoy live accordion music, polka dancers, a puppet show, and more. Potomac Phil will emerge at approximately 8:30 am. This is the 8th year that Phil has made his prediction.


Cultural Tourism DC promotes opportunity. We take great pride in providing programs that help people learn about international destinations and expectations they can have if they visit. During Passport DC, embassies highlight arts, crafts, dance and distribute tastes of their indigenous foods. Locally, we disseminate information to help you spend your leisure time at events that entertain and inform you. We promote the activities of our Affiliates and invite all cultural organizations in the region to post their events on our calendar. But sometimes, it is nice to just stay home and spend time with friends. It is all right to enjoy chicken wings served with a special sauce to be the cuisine du jour. It's fine to have a craving for a pizza. Hmmm. It must be Super Bowl weekend. Enjoy an American icon of culture.

Embassy of Costa Rica

The Embassy of Costa Rica is located in northwest Washington, DC, between the Kalorama and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. Costa Rica and the U.S. have maintained diplomatic relations since 1851. Today, Ambassador Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro leads those efforts, as well as the programs that engage DC area residents and visitors. For the past two years, the embassy has participated in Passport DC's Around the World Embassy Tour, where visitors may learn about Costa Rica's culture, history and environmental tourism industry.

Friday, January 31

Theater - The Merry Wives
of Windsor

Folger Theatre

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

Film - Gholam

Film - Turkish Movie Night: Love Likes Coincidences 
Yunus Emre Institute

Saturday, February 1

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit - Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits
National Museum of Women in
the Arts

Exhibit - In Mid-Sentence
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event - Shake Up Your Saturday: The United States of Shakespeare
Folger Theatre

Sunday, February 2

Event - Swing Dancing with Gottaswing
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Event - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Event - Bluegrass Jam
The Mansion on O Street

Monday, February 3

Exhibit - DMV Color
National Museum of Women in the Arts

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

Exhibit - Moving the Mail
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tuesday, February 4

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

Event - The Writer's Center: Toeing the Line Break
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Event - Turkish Travel Essentials
Yunus Emre Institute

Event - Brexit and More: A Discussion with Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall
Tenleytown Main Street BID

Wednesday, February 5

Event - Protecting People in Parks: 100 Years of Partnership
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

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

Event - Juried Exhibition Opening Reception with the Artists
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Event - Meet the Artist Reception
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Thursday, February 6

Event - Cub Corner
College Park Aviation Museum

Exhibit - Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece

Tour - Monuments and Memorials
Washington Photo Safari

Tour - Votes for Women
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center



Newsletter for January 31 to February 6, 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

Spy Fest

Do you have the know-how to beat a lie-detector or to break a coded message? You're invited to find out how you measure up at the International Spy Museum's annual Spy Fest on Friday, January 31 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Attend mini-missions and tradecraft demonstrations by experts and explore the Japanese martial arts associated with espionage. Try spy skill challenges and get an insider's look at the shadow world of spying. Tickets are available here

Art Reception with MK Bailey

MK Bailey is a Washington, DC, based artist whose work explores such themes as femininity, kinship, and death through colorful paintings. On Friday, January 31 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, join the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for a reception honoring Bailey, its Gallery Resident Artist. Learn about her creative process and her current work FEVER DREAM, a life-size, evolving collage. The artist is documenting the evolution of the piece with a series of paintings over the course of her residency.

Marsha and the Positrons

On Saturday, February 1, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden Court, hear local music band Marsha and the Positrons. This kindie rock band (kids + indie rock) shares songs about science and how the world works! Sing along and dance to songs that inspire curiosity. Then take a break to check out the leaves, flowers, seeds and exotic fruits of plants displayed throughout the historic Conservatory.

Chinese New Year Family Celebration

Enjoy Lunar New Year designing crafts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Saturday, February 1, from 11 am to 3 pm. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Chinese Embassy and experience a variety of art demonstrations. Artists from the city of Shenzhen will demonstrate ink finger-printing, calligraphy, and shadow puppets. Learn about Chinese good luck envelopes and printing. Enjoy acrobatic yo-yo performances, an interactive magic show and dance showcases! This event is free, open to the public and  family friendly.

February 7
Art Reception: Three Korean Artists'
Thoughts on Life 

Korean Cultural Center


February 7 
Art and French Wine Pairing Event
Alliance Française


February 7 - 9
 Art Garfunkel

The Barns at Wolf Trap

February 14
History Lover's Tour
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

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