RAW Washington, DC Presents: VERSE
May
25
7:00 pm19:00

RAW Washington, DC Presents: VERSE

  • Howard Theatre

What can you expect when attending a RAW Showcase? You'll experience an independent film screening (usually a short, webisode or music video), a pop-up gallery featuring several independent visual artists and photographers, fashion shows from up-and-coming local designers, live musical performances, vendor booths featuring local artisans and accessories designers, and live performance art. You'll get a little taste of everything. Combine all this creativity with drinks, fun, and good company!

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier (working title) will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence.

Dates: May 25-27, 2017

Hubble Cantata: A Live Virtual Reality Performance
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

Hubble Cantata: A Live Virtual Reality Performance

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The hour-long, space-inspired cantata pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration. It features opera star Nathan Gunn, a 20-piece instrumental ensemble, a 100-person choir from The Washington Chorus, and a cutting-edge virtual reality film (Fistful of Stars).

Yoga & Jazz
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

Yoga & Jazz

  • Montpelier Arts Center

Breathe in… breathe out! Breathing connects yoga, jazz, and life to achieve the perfect balance between hard and soft, the firm and flexible, and the give and take. Get some relaxation and find your center this evening at a yoga class with live jazz music. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. 

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere
May
26
7:30 pm19:30

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier (working title) will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence.

Dates: May 25-27, 2017

The Art of Yoga
May
27
11:00 am11:00

The Art of Yoga

  • Montpelier Arts Center

Enjoy an hour-long yoga class in the beautiful galleries of Montpelier Arts Center. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Following the class, explore the art exhibitions in the galleries and discover the gorgeous grounds of Montpelier. 

Ages 18 & up; FREE

Kennedy Center Open House: Celebrating JFK at 100
May
27
12:00 pm12:00

Kennedy Center Open House: Celebrating JFK at 100

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

In celebration of John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday, the Kennedy Center opens its doors wider than ever with a free, transcultural festival showcasing street arts culture, Hip Hop, and skateboard culture, as well as classical and contemporary arts.

Date: May 27, 2017 from 12pm-10pm

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
May
27
1:30 pm13:30

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+

Hours: 1:30pm and 4pm on May 20, 21, 27, 28, 2017

National Memorial Day Choral Festival
May
27
2:00 pm14:00

National Memorial Day Choral Festival

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Come sing in honor of America’s heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts over Memorial Day Weekend under the artistic direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. Not merely a festival for Washington, the National Memorial Day Choral Festival is an event for the entire country – a major event which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday.

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere
May
27
7:30 pm19:30

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier (working title) will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence.

Dates: May 25-27, 2017

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
May
28
1:30 pm13:30

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+

Hours: 1:30pm and 4pm on May 20, 21, 27, 28, 2017

National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert
May
28
8:00 pm20:00

National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

As part of the JFK Centennial Week celebration, the National Symphony Orchestra delivers its traditional Memorial Day Concert, an uplifting performance honoring the military service of all men and women in uniform as well as their families at home.

Alesso
May
28
9:00 pm21:00

Alesso

  • Echostage

Alessandro Lindblad, commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ, record producer and musician. 

JFK Centennial Celebration
May
29
7:30 pm19:30

JFK Centennial Celebration

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

One hundred years after the birth of our namesake, be part of a special evening of readings and musical performances featuring some of America's finest artists, as well as glimpses of rare video footage. Program details to be annnounced. 

Real Friends
May
30
6:15 pm18:15

Real Friends

  • Baltimore Soundstage

With Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and nothing, nowhere

Harlem Gospel Choir Sings Adele
May
31
8:00 pm20:00

Harlem Gospel Choir Sings Adele

  • Howard Theatre

The Harlem Gospel Choir's songs of gospel and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul and lift your spirit to angelic heights, with sounds that are unfettered, joyous, and inspirational. With every performance, the Choir shares the renaissance of Harlem's culture with the audience. Every performance will take your breath away!

Culture Keepers Youth Conference
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Culture Keepers Youth Conference

  • The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Culture Keepers is an after school program for high school students. Students enrolled in the Culture Keepers program are researchers and teachers of African American history, art, and culture. Each year, Culture Keepers engage in innovative projects that interpret Prince George’s African American history, art, and culture through dynamic visual and performing arts events, such as mural projects, cultural exchanges, and community forums. This youth-led conference will allow the community to engage in dialogue with the Culture Keepers to discuss this year's theme, Chocolate Cities, through workshops, roundtables, and live art.

Silver Screen Monday Matinees
Jun
5
1:00 pm13:00

Silver Screen Monday Matinees

  • Old Greenbelt Theatre

The 1950 classic “Father of the Bride” starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor. Presented in amazing digital quality. FREE.

Don Henley
Jun
8
7:30 pm19:30

Don Henley

  • The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Don Henley, both as solo artist and as a member of the Eagles, has received many accolades, including eight Grammy Awards, numerous gold and platinum records and performed sold-out concert tours worldwide. A respected, popular and critically celebrated musical artist, Henley is a founding member, vocalist and songwriter of the Eagles, one of the most influential bands in America.

YahZarah: A Tribute to Purple Rain
Jun
8
8:00 pm20:00

YahZarah: A Tribute to Purple Rain

  • The Publick Playhouse

Grammy-nominated vocalist YahZarah stars in this performance that recalls the iconic, provocative, and revolutionary music of one of the music industry’s most popular and successful stars. This performance consistently sells out throughout the mid-Atlantic, so don’t wait to buy your tickets

Rene Georges Jazz
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Rene Georges Jazz

  • Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

This special jazz concert is sponsored by BRAVA (Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association).

Capital Pride Festival 2017
Jun
11
12:00 pm12:00

Capital Pride Festival 2017

  • Capital Pride Festival

Join us on the historic Pennsylvania Avenue for the 42nd Annual Pride Festival in the Nation’s Capital! Come for a day full of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration. The festival is open to everyone, and there is no fee for entry; however donations are very much encouraged and appreciated! The Festival is family-friendly. Due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, we recommend that pets stay at home. The Pride Festival includes three stages of national and local talent and will host 300 exhibitors including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services to our community.

Deftones & Rise Against
Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Deftones & Rise Against

  • The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Get ready for one of the biggest tours of 2017! Deftones and Rise Against will join forces this summer for a huge North American co-headlining tour, with Thrice set to open.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

  • Plateau at National Harbor

June 16: 6-10pm; June 17: 12-6pm. 

No other event in the Country beats the best. Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day. The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza starts with a Friday Night Whole Hog Session from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This session will offer a dinner plate of BBQ with all the fixings as well as unlimited sampling of bourbon and beer. Saturday sessions run from noon to 6 p.m. An exclusive VIP Bacon Session will be held Noon until 6 p.m. and then General Admission will follow from 2 p.m. through 6 p.m. A souvenir glass is included with every ticket purchase and offers guests unlimited tastings of 60 of the best craft beers and 75-80 top-notch bourbons. In addition, delicious samples of barbeque from the South’s best Pit Masters will be available throughout the day. The event will offer live music, arts, crafts, memorabilia exhibits and a cigar tent outside for the enthusiast. 

Terry Fator
Jun
16
8:00 pm20:00

Terry Fator

  • MGM National Harbor

Comedian and ventriloquist Terry Fator captures the hearts and funny bones of America with a unique blend of singing, comedy, and unparalleled celebrity impressions.  This former America’s Got Talent winner and Vegas superstar brings to life puppet characters including Rusty the Robot, Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice, lounge singer Monte Carlo, and Wrex the Crash Test Dummy. With comedic banter and amazing vocal impressions of many musical superstars, Terry Fator’s one-of-a-kind show is not to be missed.

Juneteenth
Jun
17
12:00 pm12:00

Juneteenth

  • Walker Mill Regional Park

Bring your family, blanket and lawn chair for a joyous day of live entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitions, historical interpretation, art, and food vendors. Event held rain or shine. FREE.

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Jun
17
12:00 pm12:00

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

  • Plateau at National Harbor

June 16: 6-10pm; June 17: 12-6pm

No other event in the Country beats the best. Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day. The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza starts with a Friday Night Whole Hog Session from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This session will offer a dinner plate of BBQ with all the fixings as well as unlimited sampling of bourbon and beer. Saturday sessions run from noon to 6 p.m. An exclusive VIP Bacon Session will be held Noon until 6 p.m. and then General Admission will follow from 2 p.m. through 6 p.m. A souvenir glass is included with every ticket purchase and offers guests unlimited tastings of 60 of the best craft beers and 75-80 top-notch bourbons. In addition, delicious samples of barbeque from the South’s best Pit Masters will be available throughout the day. The event will offer live music, arts, crafts, memorabilia exhibits and a cigar tent outside for the enthusiast. 

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour

  • FedEx Field

The 2017 tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of U2's chart-topping album, The Joshua Tree, and will include a performance of the album in its entirety with support from the Lumineers as part of its show at FedEx Field.

Be Steadwell @ The Listening Room
Jun
23
8:00 pm20:00

Be Steadwell @ The Listening Room

  • Brentwood Arts Exchange

Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, a cappella, and folk, Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. Be’s work has caught the attention of many throughout the East Coast and the DMW where she has been awarded an Artist fellowship from DC commission in the Arts and has been an artist in residence at The Strathmore Performing Arts Center. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be’s self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.

Jill Scott
Jun
24
8:00 pm20:00

Jill Scott

  • The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and R&B diva Jill Scott takes the stage at the Theater at MGM National Harbor on June 24th and June 25th!

A Tribute to Soul Divas
Jun
24
8:00 pm20:00

A Tribute to Soul Divas

  • The Publick Playhouse

Relive the hit songs and powerhouse vocals of music’s greatest divas: Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Stephanie Mills, and Chaka Khan. You won’t want to miss this evening of powerhouse performances.

Jill Scott
Jun
25
8:00 pm20:00

Jill Scott

  • The Theater at MGM National Harbor

Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and R&B diva Jill Scott takes the stage at the Theater at MGM National Harbor on June 24th and June 25th!

10th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival
Sep
23
12:00 pm12:00

10th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival

  • Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC)

The festival will return to last year’s 3 block site in downtown Hyattsville.  The celebration will include over 100 artists and artisans, and will feature food vendors, Maryland craft brewers, and live performing arts.  Partners anticipate over 5,000 visitors to this free, all-ages event. Beer tasting passes will be available in advance online, and to purchase at the gate (ages 21+). Structured, metered parking and limited free municipal-parking will be available for visitors in designated lots.  Directions, parking information, and more details will also be available online.


Capelton
May
23
9:00 pm21:00

Capelton

  • Howard Theatre

A wise man once said that a prophet is never honored in his own country. And so it has been with Capleton. While the veteran DJ's words and works long ago earned him the title of "The Prophet", the respect and honor that should rightfully be his have been a long time coming. Anytime you try to uplift righteousness and upliftment of the people them, then you ah go get a fight, says the hottest entertainer in the worldwide reggae fraternity. 

Tape Face
May
23
8:00 pm20:00

Tape Face

  • Sixth & I

Sam Wills, is a New Zealand prop comic, busker, and mime residing in London. He performs under the name The Boy With Tape On His Face and, more recently, as Tape Face. 

Kiefer Sutherland
May
23
7:30 pm19:30

Kiefer Sutherland

  • Birchmere

Not Enough Whiskey Tour. Canadian actor, producer, director, and singer-songwriter Kiefer Sutherland may have won an Emmy, Golden Globe, two Actor Screen Awards, and two Satellite Awards, but it's his country music that has him saying "this is what I want to do with my life." 

Platinum Live: Live Blues featuring Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
May
23
11:00 am11:00

Platinum Live: Live Blues featuring Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark

  • Publick Playhouse

Anthony Clark is a world class musician who has performed his trademark mix of contemporary blues with a funk edge up and down the east coast. He has recorded with some of the best local and national blues acts, and his CD “RAW” has been featured on many college and internet radio stations. Don’t miss this memorable blues concert that has been specially tailored for a senior audience.
For seniors 60 and better
Tickets: $10/person

Robert Cray Band
May
22
7:30 pm19:30

Robert Cray Band

  • Birchmere

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums.

Rick Ross
May
21
9:00 pm21:00

Rick Ross

  • Echostage

With the levying stature of a goliath and the regal standing of a King, Rick Ross has lived up to his prophecy of being the “Biggest Boss.” 

Boss 2: Red Carpet Movie Premiere
May
21
6:00 pm18:00

Boss 2: Red Carpet Movie Premiere

  • Howard Theatre

Hakeem Ismil is back with a vengeance in his quest to eliminate his childhood sweetheart, Sweets and all government witnesses against him.  Hakeem taught Sweets everything she knows about the streets and now she has become him.  When the poison of the streets pours into law enforcement and City Hall, no one is safe and no one is to be trusted.  There can be only one boss.  Who will survive?

Cappies Gala
May
21
5:30 pm17:30

Cappies Gala

  • Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

The Cappies is a nationwide program with smaller local divisions which high school students critique high school performances. The season culminates with the Cappies Gala which will be held at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on May 21.

Venteux Quintet
May
21
3:00 pm15:00

Venteux Quintet

  • Montpelier Arts Center

Venteux Quintet includes exemplary musicians based in Maryland. Flutist Ann Luther has extensive experience in a variety of performance and educational settings, establishing herself as a gifted educator and sensitive performer. Heidi Dewally performed extensively with the Milwaukee Ballet and Symphony Orchestra before moving to Maryland to teach oboe to students ages 10 to 80. Clarinetist Donna Noyes enjoys a successful teaching and performing career using her expertise in attaining high-performance awards to educate her students on how to do the same. Monica Schwartz owns and operates Orchard Music, a private bassoon studio instructing students, who are regularly selected for Maryland All-State, youth orchestras, and substantial to full college scholarships. Rich Roberts is an active free-lance performer and conductor whose post-doctoral studies with Dr. Harlan Parker of the Peabody Institute focus on the exploration of exemplary music for wind-band and chamber groups. 

H.M.S. Pinafore
May
21
2:00 pm14:00

H.M.S. Pinafore

  • Laurel Mill Playhouse

Gilbert and Sullivan are the undisputed masters of comic operetta and the proud parents of the modern musical. That their works are more in demand today than when they were created over a century ago is ample proof of their lasting brilliance. H. M. S. PINAFORE answers the burning question of who, among equals, is the most equal, but only when the men of the mismatched couples discover they were switched in their cradles as infants.

Weekends, April 28-May 21, 2017. Fri/Sat: 8pm. Sun: 2pm

Titus
May
21
1:30 pm13:30

Titus

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

For young Titus, the truth is boring… and sometimes painful. Surrounded by adults to whom he cannot relate, Titus weaves fanciful stories to deal with a seemingly hopeless situation. Should he give up or fight? This award-winning one-man show examines loneliness and loss, and how we find the courage to truly connect. Age 12+
 Dates: May 20-21, 2017  at 1:30pm and 4pm

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
May
21
1:30 pm13:30

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Don't miss a one-man show from Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken-word artists. International assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors, and more come to life when a boy tries to make sense of his father's disappearance. Age 8+

Hours: 1:30pm and 4pm on May 20, 21, 27, 28, 2017

Wavez Silent Party DC
May
20
10:00 pm22:00

Wavez Silent Party DC

  • Howard Theatre

The party concept is where you are in control of the music straight from your wireless headphones. Each guest will receive a 3-Channel wireless headphone as soon as they come in. (No additional charge). There will be a DJ on each channel playing a different type of music. Pick a channel that fits the Wave you’re on.

Channel 1 lit mix of your favorite Hip-Hop artists of today

Channel 2 features R&B from the 90s to today

Channel 3 features a mix of the best Soca, Afrobeat, and Dancehall

Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band

  • Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center

The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalist whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70's, 80's and 90's, Earth, Wind and Fire. Selling out venues globally, the Grammy-award winning band continues to record and perform for an endearing fan base.....still growing for over four decades. 

National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks

  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Conductor Ton Koopman makes his NSO subscription concert debut on a program of Baroque favorites including J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Orchestral Suite No. 3 as well as Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and Concerto a due cori No. 3.

Dates: May 18-20, 2017, various hours

H.M.S. Pinafore
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

H.M.S. Pinafore

  • Laurel Mill Playhouse

Gilbert and Sullivan are the undisputed masters of comic operetta and the proud parents of the modern musical. That their works are more in demand today than when they were created over a century ago is ample proof of their lasting brilliance. H. M. S. PINAFORE answers the burning question of who, among equals, is the most equal, but only when the men of the mismatched couples discover they were switched in their cradles as infants.

Weekends, April 28-May 21, 2017. Fri/Sat: 8pm. Sun: 2pm

The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band

  • Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center

The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalist whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70's, 80's and 90's, Earth, Wind and Fire.