October 5 to October 11 October 5 to October 11


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National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art and its attached Sculpture Garden is a national art museum located on the National Mall. Educational and enrichment programs for visitors are central to the mission of the National Gallery of Art. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 by a resolution of the United States Congress.

On Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 pm, celebrate 40 years of the gallery's East Building with a disco birthday party! Hear music from DJ Kelton Higgins and enjoy a light-up disco floor, disco balls, and pop-up talks featuring works of art from the 1970s. Design birthday cards, play games from the disco era, and savor cake pops and empanadas. Register for this free event here.


Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show

Enhance your personal style during two days of fun shopping for your fall wardrobe. From Thursday, October 4, to Saturday, October 6, the National Building Museum hosts a curated show from the Smithsonian Institution. Limited edition clothing, jewelry and accessories are on display, representing more than 60 designers from all over the country. Find unique accessories that make ideal gifts for men, women, and children. The wearable art extravaganza begins with an opening night cocktail party on Thursday. Check in is at the National Building Museum admission desk.

Dead Man's Run

Join the annual Dead Man's Run 5K race on Saturday, October 6, at 6 pm. Historic Congressional Cemetery hosts the annual event, a bare bones race for dead serious runners. The race starts with a toll of the funeral bell, continues throughout the cemetery and onto the Anacostia Trail for a ghostly evening full of spooky music and fun! Gather in the beer tent after the race to reward your survival. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes for best individual and team costumes! Run alone or form a team to compete with friends; register here.

Rhode Island Avenue
Main Street Fall Fest

The Rhode Island Avenue Main Street Fall Fest showcases the beautiful tree-lined commercial district where Woodbridge, Brookland and Brentwood neighborhoods intersect, and attracts thousands of visitors for a day of shopping, food, and entertainment. Fall Fest brings together businesses, vendors, performers, and neighbors in a celebratory day full of fun for the whole family. The festival is this Saturday, October 6 and begins at 10:00 am and continues until 4 pm.

Jose Gurvich Artworks Exhibition

The Uruguayan Embassy presents the first solo show of artist Jose Gurvich in the embassy's art space. Gurvich grew up in Montevideo and is one of Uruguay's most well-known artists and a figure in the country's Constructivism Art movement. The exhibit features 160 works on paper and several oil paintings that show many facets of Gurvich's work. The embassy's exhibit hours are from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday. The show runs October 4 through November 2. 


Friday, October 5
Concert - Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band
Dupont Underground

Film - From the Arab World: The Mummy 

Event - Open Studio Fridays
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event - Photography Open House
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Event - Interface: A Cross-Genre Exploration
Korean Cultural Center

Event - Opening Reception: Pictures of Nothing
Touchstone Gallery

Saturday, October 6

Concert - Mary J. Blige with Jacob Banks
Events DC 

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

Event - College Park Day: Helicopters
College Park Aviation Museum

Theater - Turn Me Loose
Arena Stage

Event - Portrait Story Days: Frida Kahlo
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Tour - Investigation: Dectective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Sunday, October 7

Exhibit - Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tour - Museums on the Mall
DC by Foot 

Exhibit - Postmen of the Skies
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tour - Woodrow Wilson House
President Woodrow Wilson House

Monday, October 8

Event - Open House
The L. Ron Hubbard House

Exhibit - Traveling Full Circle  
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Exhibit - American Civics
The Mansion on O Street

Exhibit - Alec Dubro: Hearts in Atlantis
Hill Center

Tour - Embassy Row & Historic Dupont Circle
DC by Foot

Tuesday, October 9
Exhibit - 1968: Civil Rights at 50

Exhibit - Tuesday Talk: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Books
DAR Museum

Exhibit - No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man 
Smithsonian Renwick Gallery

Event - Eudora Welty Lecture: Richard Ford
Folger Theatre 

Exhibit - Your Community, Your Story
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Wednesday, October 10

Theater - Born Yesterday
Ford's Theatre

Event - Uranium Centrifuges 'R' Us 
International Spy Museum

Exhibit - Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography

Exhibit - Yoga In Luce
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Film - Brown Bag Lunch: I Was a Jet Set Stewardess 
College Park Aviation Museum

Thursday, October 11

Event - Wine & Design 
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit - Jackson Pollock's Mural
National Gallery of Art

Tour - Art Across Cultures

Exhibit - Next Generation Architects: 5th Annual Thesis Showcase

Exhibit - Bringing the War to Our Doorsteps
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Event - Cub Corner: Bats
College Park Aviation Museum

Newsletter for October 5 to October 11, 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

Adams Morgan PorchFest is a terrific opportunity to hear great music while meeting new people and patronizing local businesses. The event features porches/patios as performance space for local musicians. As a PorchFest volunteer, you will work with the home- and business owners to greet guests and bands at performance locations as well as offer tips to help everyone enjoy the afternoon. Volunteer today to be part of Adams Morgan PorchFest on October 6! Click here to register.


October 13

Capitol Hill Day
U.S. Botanic Garden

October 13

Neguinho da Beija-Flor
Embassy of Brazil

October 21

Dupont Circle House Tour
Dupont Circle Citizens Association

October 31-November 4

Superfine! DC Fair



Vintage DC Wines

Enjoy these Chilean wines with your family, friends, and co-workers. Artist Dana Ellyn created the beautiful labels, which represent selected DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails. Click to purchase a bottle or the collection.

Autographed Posters by Dana Ellyn

Cultural Tourism DC is pleased to offer selected paintings from Dana Ellyn's Heritage Trail project as autographed prints. The posters are 11'' x 17'' on glossy poster paper and sell for $30 each. Order your posters today!

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