Still Plenty to Do in Washington, DC During a Government Shutdown Many Attractions, Cultural Events and Museums Not Affected


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Still Plenty to Do in Washington, DC During Government Shutdown
Many Attractions, Cultural Events and Museums Not Affected

Washington, DC (October 1, 2013)—Fear not, Washington, DC residents and tourists. There are plenty of arts and culture options that are not affected by a government shutdown. Cultural Tourism DC, its members, and affiliate organizations provide interesting and educational programming throughout the year.

"While some organizations may have to curtail their programming during a federal government shutdown, many organizations remain open. It may give visitors a chance to try something new, different, and probably in a neighborhood other than the National Mall," said Steve Shulman, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC.

This week, Cultural Tourism DC's WalkingTown DC will provide more than 40 free tours of the District's neighborhoods and most of these one-to-two-hour tours start near a Metro station, so they are convenient for visitors to the District.

Shulman continued, "Let's hope that things are back to normal by the weekend but, if not, there are some wonderful music programs available to visitors through our Art4All DC festival. I'm very excited about Adams Morgan PorchFest, our collaboration with the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, on Saturday afternoon, October 5 when great small band, acoustic music will fill the streets of that neighborhood. A family-friendly event, it will give visitors a chance to visit a unique neighborhood, linger on the sidewalk to enjoy its architecture, take in its public art, do a bit of shopping, and grab a bite to eat at one of its many restaurants."

Adams Morgan PorchFest, October 5, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Adams Morgan Neighborhood, NW. Celebrating local talent by turning the front porches of Adams Morgan homes into performance spaces where local musicians will play for the community. Presented by Adams Morgan Partnership BID and Cultural Tourism DC.

WalkingTown DC, September 30–October 6, Various times and locations. This popular Cultural Tourism DC event, now part of Art4All DC, features a week of free walking tours guided by area experts, celebrating arts and humanities throughout the district. Tours take place on weekends and weekdays, with lunchtime "bite-size" tours lasting one hour or less, and evening "happy hour" tours. Full-length tours take place throughout the day on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

All of the signature events and many of the other offerings are free, but admission prices and reservation requirements vary. Visit for a full list of Art 4 All DC events as well as other arts and culture options.

*Museums and Attractions Remaining Open Despite A Government Shutdown

African American Civil War Memorial

Art Museum of the Americas

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Bike and Roll


Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Congressional Cemetery

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design

DAR Museum

Dumbarton House Museum

Folger Shakespeare Library

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

IDB Cultural Center

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Kreeger Museum

Madame Tussauds Washington, DC

National Museum of Women in the Arts


The Phillips Collection

International Spy Museum

The Crime Museum

National Geographic Museum

National Building Museum

President Lincoln's Cottage

The Textile Museum

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

United States Navy Memorial Foundation and Naval Heritage Center

*This list in not comprehensive


Founded in 1996, Cultural Tourism DC, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, affirms the importance of culture and heritage to local neighborhoods and the city's economic prosperity by developing, delivering, and celebrating authentic cultural experiences for area residents and visitors. Annual signature programs presented by Cultural Tourism DC include: Art4All DC, WalkingTown DC, the DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails, Embassy Chef Challenge, and Passport DC.

Washington, DC
September 30, 2013


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