Opens Jan 18, DC: The new exhibition highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists.

Ultimate Megafort

Jan 18, DC: Winter is here, and it is time to fortify. Ultimate Megafort is here and it’s time to join your friends or form new alliances for an exciting after-hours event celebrating forts, fun, food, and battle! Design and construct a cardboard fort then engage your opponents in a foam ball battle, hear quick talks, take a virtual expedition, enjoy medieval-themed food and more!

American Opera Initiative Festival

Jan 20, DC: The Kennedy Center presents three world premiere short (20 minute) operas, staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team. A great opportunity to get introduced to opera!

Inspirations: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Jan 19-20, DC: In a world premiere Kennedy Center collaboration, the D.C.-based dance company and choreographer Robert J. Priore bring to life the creative force of iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

A Night of Entertainment featuring The Passing Zone

Jan 20, Baltimore: Jon Wee and Owen Morse make up the comedic duo of the Passing Zone. You may recognize them from their appearance on America’s Got Talent, where they finished in the top 10. Their breathtaking death-defying stunts will leave you on the edge of your seat. It is unlike any show out there…one that truly needs to be seen to be believed. Great fun for the entire family.

Love is a Blue Tick Hound

Now-Jan 21, Baltimore: Love Is A Blue Tick Hound is a collection of four 20-minute, one-act plays, three of which have received New York premieres and all of which have won multiple festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, presented through the Women's Voices Theatre Project.

First Date

Now-Jan 21, Baltimore: Spotlighters Theatre presents exceptional, diverse, creative and bold productions, and their newest is no exception. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Jan 19-21, Baltimore & Bethesda: Revered pianist Gabriela Montero returns: “[She] has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power… and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity." 

Women's Voices Theatre Festival

Various dates/places: The Festival returns with the continued mission of highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women, and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the nation’s capital. Led by the area's premiere theaters, including Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Festival will advance this mission with unprecedented collaboration across the D.C. artistic community, with an expected 30 professional theaters producing plays by some of the nation’s most talented and innovative playwrights.

Kathleen Madigan: Boxed Wine and Big Food

Jan 19, DC: Over Kathleen Madigan's 25 year career she has performed on nearly every late night show ever made, including Leno, Letterman, Conan and Ferguson. 

Washington DC Travel and Adventure Show

Jan 20-21, DC: Head to the convention center to plan your next big trip! Discover over 200+ destinations from around the globe, plan your trip face-to-face with thousands of travel experts and meet travel celebrities, attend educational seminars, enjoy live cooking demonstrations and more, including virtual reality experiences and Segway rides!


Now-Mar 4, DC: The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Michael Urie who stars as Hamlet under the illustrious direction of Michael Kahn. Together, they’ll give life to the greatest character of Western literature as he confronts the line between madness and inspiration.

Jefferson's Garden

Jan 19-Feb 8, DC: Ford's Theatre presents playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, as he explores the contradictions between our founding fathers’ ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Susannah, an enslaved woman, is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty. On their travels, Christian and Susannah cross paths with Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Sally Hemings. These encounters force them to confront the compromises America makes after the promise of equality. Journey from Revolutionary battlefields to Paris to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

4,380 Nights

Now-Feb 18, Arlington: Signature Theatre kicks off the Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative with a complex and intriguing look at an American worldview created in the wake of September 11. For the last 12 years, or 4,380 days, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting exposĂ© into the most dangerous prison of all—fear. DC playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity and what it means to be American.

The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart

Jan 18-Feb 10, Gaithersburg: Adapted from true events! On the eve of WWII, the German consul to Hollywood tries to stop production on Charlie Chaplin's first talkie, The Great Dictator. Winner of the numerous awards, this is a comedy about art, business, politics, and what it means to be American.


Jan 19-20, Hagerstown: You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Presented by The Maryland Theatre and Authentic Community Theatre.

Lone Star Championship Rodeo

Jan 19-20, Salisbury: The Lone Star Championship Rodeo returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, with a full rodeo lineup! The 21st annual event features eight rodeo events, including bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, cowgirls' breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping, cowgirls' barrel racing and bull riding.

Tractor Toy Show

Jan 20, Westminster: Since 1987, exhibitors have displayed antique and collectible toys, tractors, trains, dolls, pressed steel, diecast, cast iron pedal cars, tin toys, games, models, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Carroll County 4-H Fair Board. Don't miss the auction at 5pm!

Marlow Guitar Series

Jan 20, Bethesda: Internationally celebrated guitarist, Ana Vidovic, returns to the Marlow Guitar Series performing works by Bach, Scarlatti and Piazzolla. Enjoy beautiful concerts by the finest guitarists in the world, performing classical, jazz and bossa nova.

Madrigal Mystery Tour

Jan 20, Rockville: Six Degree Singers present selections from a variety of madrigals of the Renaissance, Poulenc's Sept Chansons, and adaptations of songs by the Beatles. Come dressed in renaissance or hippie costume for a free chance to win a scrumptious treat!

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

Jan 19-20, DC: In his first-ever collaboration with a full orchestra, the 11-time Grammy® winner and 2017 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame joins the NSO to perform some of his greatest R&B and pop hits as a prolific singer, songwriter, and producer.

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