WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS


Howard County American Indian Pow-Wow

Jul 21-22, West Friendship: An opportunity for the public to interact with American Indians.
Native American Dancing/Singing, Craft Demonstrations/Story Telling, Native American food items. Fun for the whole family!

Patton Oswalt

Jul 21, DC: Award-winning comedian, actor, and writer Patton Oswalt makes his Kennedy Center debut. Oswalt continues to find success in all areas of entertainment from his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows , including Parks and Recreation!

Ain't Too Proud - Life and Times of the Temptations

Now-Jul 22, DC: Don't miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time." With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many more.

District of Comedy Special

Jul 19-22, DC: The Kennedy Center presents its third annual summer comedy festival, bringing together acclaimed stars and rising acts for an all-laughs takeover of the nation's center for the performing arts.With stand-up stars, sketch comedy, podcasts, improv, music, and more, our 2018 festival lineup serves up hilarity in all of its shapes and sizes. Map your perfect comedy spree over three days of sidesplitting performances, including several free Millennium Stage events!

2018 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

Jul 21-22, Anacostia: The TWO-DAY festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts and the amazingly beautiful lotuses and water lilies in full bloom! Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a one-of-a-kind experience within Anacostia Park. Celebrate the Centennial of Anacostia Park at one of D.C.’s hidden gems during the Year of the Anacostia.

Jazz in the Garden

Friday evenings through August 24: The National Gallery of Art's 2018 Jazz in the Garden lineup features acclaimed musicians presenting a wide variety of jazz styles—swing, funk, hip-hop, Latin, go-go, ska, Dixieland, blues, and more. The Gallery invites visitors to find a seat among the monumental works of art in the Sculpture Garden and enjoy one of the city's favorite summertime activities. To date, more than 1,735,000 visitors have started their weekend off with the long-standing concert series.

Camp Newseum Nights

Jul 27, DC: Plan ahead! Calling all campers! Gather around the bonfire and revisit all your favorite camp memories at the Newseum on July 27. Spend the night playing all of your favorite games, singing along to live music, and crafting with your fellow campers. Don’t forget the delicious snacks from Wolfgang Puck! Spots will fill up fast, so grab your whole bunk and join us at Camp Newseum Nights this summer!

Damned If You Do

Now-Jul 29, DC: How different could your life be because of one seemingly innocuous choice? Before you decide, let The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre—the world’s most audacious improv troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, and Bobby Moynihan—play out your potential futures in front of your eyes… just to be sure it won’t make your life a complete and total disaster.

Artscape

Jul 20-22, Baltimore: America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople, visual art exhibits on and off-site and much more!

Eastport Oyster Boys

Jul 20, Annapolis: Community come together! Help honor the victims of the Capital Gazette Shooting. This is the first Free Live Concert in response to the tragedy last month.  Be part of the outpouring of strength, unity and hope for a safer Anne Arundel County and America. Let’s lift our community with music, just as these journalists did with words.

Ellicott City Marketplace

Jul 21, Ellicott City: Support Main St merchants who lost their businesses in the May 27, 2018 flood! The EC MarketPlace at Mt Ida every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm during the summer. This outdoor market hosts some of your favorite shops in partnership with our weekly farmers market (formerly held at the Wine Bin). Locally grown fruits and veggies, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, homemade bread & pastries, pickles, plants and more. Live music too!

20th Anniversary Celebration African American Civil War Museum and Monument

Now-Jul 21, DC: Come and enjoy several days of activities and programs that will memorialize the role of the Museum in preserving the history and legacy of the United States Colored Troops!

Chris Gethard

Jul 20, DC: The host and star of Funny or Die's The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV and the host of the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People returns to the Kennedy Center for an evening of his signature comedy.


WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS

Capital Fringe

Now-Jul 29, DC: At Capital Fringe our focus is on expanding audiences appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art. Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together, thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of the DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.


No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Now-Jan 2019, DC: Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of artistic ingenuity, driving innovation through its principles of radical self-expression, decommodification, communal participation, and reverence for the handmade. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man remains one of the most influential phenomenons in contemporary American art and culture. No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. 


Yards Friday Night Concert Series

Now-Aug 24, DC: Every Friday night this summer, come to Yards Park to relax and enjoy the river view, fantastic bands, food and beverage, and a large variety of great restaurants within a 5-minute walk from the park. Family-friendly lyrics and grassy open space make this an enjoyable event for adults and kids alike.


MLB FanFest

Jul 13-17, DC: Head to the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world! For five days, baseball and softball fans have the opportunity to meet MLB Legends, get free autographs, receive daily giveaways and more.


MLB All Star Week

Jul 13-17, DC: Ball games for kids and adults, entertainment, food, fun. Something different every day. Celebrate the AllStar Week in DC!


All Star Film Fest

Jul 13-17, DC: The Smithsonian Museum of American History is teaming up to celebrate All Star Week! The bases are loaded with baseball history just in time for the All-Star game. Watch your favorite baseball films on the big screenSee rarely displayed objects from players who changed the game, and hear from baseball history makers at Giving and the GameReimagine ballpark favorites at Cooking Up History: Exploring the Northeast


March on Washington Film Fest

Now-Jul 21, DC: The Festival increases awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspires renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories.


Special Olympics at 50

Ongoing, DC: Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first International Special Olympics Games through a display that highlights the lives of four accomplished athletes who participated in the games over the years. Learn about the climate of stigma and discrimination faced in the 1960s by people with intellectual disabilities, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver first began the camp that would grow into the Special Olympics.


Electrify!

Jul 14-30, DC: Electrify! is the 16th exhibition presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program. This national art competition and exhibition gives fifteen artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, the opportunity to display their work in venues across the country where each artist’s individual talent, mode of expression, and view of the world is showcased and valued.


Smithsonian Sleepover

Jul 14, DC: Imagine rolling out your sleeping bag beneath a 50-foot whale, at the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, or in the shadow of the space shuttle Discovery. That’s exactly what kids and their grown-up companions can do when they attend a Smithsonian Sleepover. The American History Museum, Natural History Museum, or the Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center are all yours during a night of fun that features tours, games, crafts, and more. Which adventure will you choose?


Dave

Jul 13-Aug 19, DC: From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Dave tells the story of high school teacher who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief.


You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Now-Aug 12, Bethesda: Don’t miss your chance to see the comic strip characters of the lovable “Peanuts” gang comic brought to life in at Imagination Stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart!


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Now-Aug 12, DC: Synetic Theater presents a brand new adaptation of one of the most important cultural texts of the twentieth century, an environmental and spectacular adventure where verbal and nonverbal communication embrace each other in this innovative and heartfelt story of community, perseverance, and magic.


The Pirates of Penzance/HMS Pinafore

Now-Aug 19, Olney: They're back! Chicago's most innovative theatre company, The Hypocrites, returns with an encore engagement of their critically-acclaimed, immersive and family-friendly version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. To complete the repertory, they will also be introducing Olney Theatre audiences to their zany take on H.M.S. Pinafore. Enjoy either show from the promenade, where you sit onstage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Now-Jul 29, Ellicott City: On the eve of a royal wedding,  a quartet of lovers and a motley group of amateur actors visit a fairy-filled forest. When the worlds of mortals and fairies cross paths, mischief and mayhem follow – along with maybe the funniest scene Shakespeare ever wrote. Bring a picnic, and share an enchanting night of romantic comedy under the stars in the PFI Historic Park, Ellicott City, our festival-style summer theatre home.


Ocean City Tuna Tournament

Jul 13-15, OC: Enjoy Ocean City's original tuna tournament! Fish for big cash prizes for largest tuna, most pound caught and other entries. Enjoy a week of fun and competition. And you don't need to fish to join in on the fun. Come on down to the docks and watch the excitement as the fish come in and get weighed. We feature live entertainment, delicious food, cold drinks, tight lines and good times


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

Jul 12-14, Baltimore: Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert. Relive the magic of Harry Potter soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.


Broadway Favorites: A Summer Cabaret

Various Dates in July, Baltimore: You'll be singing in the streets as Everyman Theatre brings dazzling musical entertainment and the sweet-sounding summer sparkle that only the best of Broadway can provide!


Casey Cares 5k Run/Walk

Jul 14, Baltimore: Want a chance to be on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards? Register for the Casey Cares/Orioles 9th Annual 5K Run/Walk and not only will you get to finish on the field, but you also will support a great cause in Casey Cares! Proceeds from the race will support programs for families with critically ill children. 


MD German Festival

Jul 14-15, Timonium: Baltimore’s best kept secret is its German heritage! Come find out what it's all about. Dance to music provided by local German bands. Enjoy traditional folk dancing and choral singing. Lift your bier mug and join in the singing of “Ein Prosit” as you toast to der Gem├╝tlichkeit! There are imported and local crafts and collectibles, as well as pony rides, puppet shows and face painting. Enjoy authentic German cooking and for dessert enjoy delicious German pastries.


Charm City Roller Girls

Jul 14-15, Laurel: Seriously, it's just so much derby! Last year the Charm City Roller Girls put Baltimore on the tournament map. This year we’re doubling down! Presenting the 2018 BMore Classic- TWO DAY Tournament! The BMore Classic is now an annual event designed to showcase and elevate the game for Roller Derby League's B-teams. This tournament will include Charm’s own Female Trouble along with NINE visiting teams from across the nation!


Fun House by Snarkitecture

Now-Sep 3, DC:  Snarkitecture is a New York- based collaborative practice operating between art and architecture, best known for their playful approach to material and the reinterpretation of everyday objects and environments. Fun House is the latest in the Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall. Fun House is Snarkitecture’s first comprehensive museum exhibition, examining the prolific activities of the studio throughout the entirety of the Great Hall.