Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

Now-Mar 2, Baltimore: Sheridan Libraries presents a celebration of Frederick Douglass. This exhibit features first editions of some of his many publications, drawn from Sheridan Libraries' collections, in celebration of his 200th birthday.


Feb 22-25, Westminster: Presented by the Theatre Program at Carroll Community College, A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

A Disappearing Act

Feb 22-25, Baltimore: Theatre Project Baltimore presents an immersive, interactive, magic-filled comedy. The great magician, Philip Winterbottom, cordially requests your presence for his final act. Sadly, he's dead. So, he won't be there. But, he's left his son and assistant very clear instructions for his memorial. Join Philip's family and friends for one final disappearing act. Come take part in a memorial tribute you won’t soon forget (funeral attire optional). Audiences from across four countries have praised Single Shoe Productions’ work as ”stunning”, “poignant”, “brilliant”, “beautiful”, “touching” and “highly entertaining”. Don’t miss your chance to see this innovative and highly original production.

April Ryan - White House Correspondent's View in Black and White

Feb 22, St. Mary's: Ryan is White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, and a CNN Political Analyst. She has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of the award-winning books, “The Presidency in Black and White,” and her latest book, “At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.” The Elizabeth Barber Walker Lecture Series honors the College’s first Black graduate, Liz Walker.

Dance Major's Performance Project

Feb 22-24, Towson: The Dance Department at Towson University offers an excellent opportunity to experience talented dancers perfecting their craft. This performance is a thrilling and creative celebration of student choreography and performance that includes a variety of movement styles and music. Dance majors evolve their works to the next level with guidance from faculty mentors and peers.

Ted Koppel

Feb 22, Frederick: The Weinberg Center for the Arts presents legendary anchor of ABC News' "Nightline." Koppel’s most recent book “Lights Out,” a 2015 NYT bestseller, examines the threat of and potential ways for America to prepare for a cyber-catastrophe.


Feb 23-25, Annapolis: Mystery, intrigue, dark desert nights, and magic all come together in Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s powerful retelling of this classic tale from the Arabian Nights. Set to the colorful music of Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Borodin’s Prince Igor, you will find adventure with Aladdin and his Genie from the Lamp of Wonders as they seek to overthrow the dark and sinister plot of the Wizard Jamal.

American Craft Show

Feb 23-25, Baltimore: Join us for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade at the Baltimore Convention Center. Come shop craft like you’ve never seen before from more than 650 of the country’s top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists. Plus, meet the country’s top emerging artists! Stop by our Hip Pop Emerging Artists’ booths on the show floor to see their contemporary pieces ranging from sophisticated elegance to cutting-edge.

Idan Raichel

Feb 22, Bethesda: After 15 years as leader of The Idan Raichel Project, international music icon Idan Raichel is focusing on the basic essence of his songs with a solo piano concert. Raichel presents his melodies, lyrics, and the stories behind them in their pure, stripped-down form, as they were originally written at home or in the studio. The Strathmore presents this intimate and inspiring show allows Raichel to demonstrate his gifts as a singer-songwriter and endearing solo stage presence.

Romance By the Rails

Feb 22, Ellicott City: A romantic evening of letters and writings from the hearts of historic figures connected to Ellicott City including a U.S. President, a Civil War General, America’s most famous literary icon and others.

Sweeny Todd

Feb 23, Baltimore: Baltimore Concert Opera presents powerful opera singers present the music of Stephen Sondheim's horror story of a barber with a mysterious past and the best meat pies in London!

Rite of Spring

Feb 23-24, Bethesda & Baltimore: Stravinsky pushed the boundaries of classical instruments to evoke earthy and bestial sounds in his awe-inspiring The Rite of Spring. Join Marin Alsop and the BSO for a performance of the composer’s galvanizing masterpiece. Join us after the concert for a conductor-led Q&A session.

House of Stronzo

Feb 23, Baltimore:  House of Stronzo chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his “kids” – the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home – before he dies. The 60-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Matt White, moderated by AVAM’s Founder & Director Rebecca Hoffberger.


Feb 23-24, College Park: In this interactive evening of contemporary dance focused on loving, longing and loss at UMD, audience members are given a choice: experience the pure movement in silence, or don headphones and layer on a rich soundscape. With cross-cultural conversation and community action at its heart, Dearest Home showcases movement, in its most vulnerable and intimate state, through a series of solo and duet performances. Grounded in classical arts and heavily influenced by hip-hop culture, choreographer/company leader/ MacArthur Genius award-winner Kyle Abraham’s mission is to create evocative, interdisciplinary performances.

The Merry Widow

Feb 23-Mar 4, Rockville: The Victorian Lyric Opera Company presents Franz Lehar’s sparkling operetta.


Feb 23-24, Towson: Towson University presents the 10th Annual Women and Minorities in Media Festival. WAMMFest is an eclectic mix of the best  of our international call for short works. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn, and then you’ll laugh so much that you’re crying all while experiencing stories told by the voice of the empowered.  Every short work is by or of interest to women and/or minorities, but is for everyone. Checkout out their website for the exciting schedule!

Slavery and Catholic America in the 19th Century

Feb 24, Clinton: "Catholicism was deeply entwined with slavery in the colonial Chesapeake and evolved with the changing nature of American society in the 19th century.” -  Professor Adam Rothman, Georgetown University. Head to the Surratt House and listen as Professor Rothman traces the history of the Maryland Jesuit slave community, whose legacy is still felt today.

Top 30 Bullriding Finals
Feb 24-Mar 3, Westminster: Top bull riders compete for final standings, Little Wrangler Rodeo for youth, food, drink, excitement!

Annapolis Restaurant Week
Feb 25-Mar 3, Annapolis: Check out this annual event where for a set, uniform price, you can indulge in a two-course breakfast, two-course lunch or three-course dinner. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to treat yourself or your friends to delicious meals at reasonable prices! Reservations are recommended as this is a popular week to dine out.

Andy Borowitz
Feb 24, DC: The Lincoln Center presents Andy Borowitz, a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. In 2001, he created The Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor.

Wizards vs. Hornets
Feb 23, DC: The hometown Wizards will take on the Charlotte Hornets in the heart of Chinatown at Capital One Arena, rocking special jerseys in honor of Chinese New Year. The celebration will feature talent all over the court, as the Wizards look to John Wall and Bradley Beal to lead them to yet another victory as they square off against Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker and the Hornets.

Savion Glover's All FuNK'D Up Concert
Feb 23-24, DC: This thrilling new show at The National Theatre highlights tap dance superstar Savion Glover’s mesmerizing interplay of percussive genius as he and his six-piece band and a company of dancers illuminate original grooves and compositions as only a master could. ALL FunKD’ UP marks the newest innovative expression from Tony®-winning choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover.


Feb 23-24, DC: The Kennedy Center hosts the highly original contemporary dance ensemble DIAVOLO uses "architecture in motion" to explore the relationship between the human body and its environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim leads a team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers who create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

DC Rollergirls Home Opener

Feb 24, DC: The DC Rollergirls will host a season-opening doubleheader at the DC Armory featuring the league’s top skaters. The DC All-Stars – which ended last season ranked #61 in the sport’s international rankings – will take on skaters from the #41-ranked Charlottesville Derby Dames. In the second half of the season-opener, DCRG’s National Maulers will face off against Charlottesville’s B-level team.

The Method Man and Redman

Feb 24, DC: The Howard Theatre presents Reginald "Reggie" Noble, better known by his stage name Redman, an American MC, rapper, DJ, record producer and actor. He is also well known for his collaborations with Method Man, including their starring roles in films and sitcoms. He was also a member of the Def Squad in the late 1990s. For the past two decades Redman has brought you some classic albums and some of the most energetic stage performances the world over. A General & Veteran in the game, he looks & feels better than ever before.

The Late Shift: Uncovering the Waterfront

Feb 23, Alexandria: Alexandria’s past comes to life with help from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327). Artists and innovators team up for a night of unearthed secrets, music, and trivia celebrating our region’s rich history. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Historic Alexandria.

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Jazz Friday

Feb 16, Baltimore: Marie Louise Bistro hosts a weekly jazz series on Friday night. Every week different musicians perform for the guests and create a very unique and elegant atmosphere accompanying the amazing food provided by the bistro. This is the perfect setting for a romantic evening or an easy night with friends!

I Hate Hamlet

Now-Mar 4, Baltimore: The Spotlighters Theatre presents a new take on Hamlet! A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. Come support local theatre.

HoCo Open 2018

Now-Feb 23, Ellicott City: HoCo Open is a non-juried annual exhibit celebrating artists who live, work, or study in Howard County. Eligible artists (aged 18 years and older) are invited to bring one piece of ready-to-hang original artwork completed in the past two years to the Arts Council. This is a popular exhibit which showcases local aspiring artists.

Monster Jam

Feb 16-18, Baltimore: Get in on the action! Crowd favorites like  El Toro Loco driven by Kayla Blood, Grave Digger driven by Tyler Menninga, Max-D driven by Colton Eichelberger,and  Megalodon driven by Trent Montgomery will be at the Royal Farms Arena for your weekend entertainment.

Champions of Magic

Feb 16-18, Baltimore: Direct from a hit season in London’s West End, the Hippodrome hosts the world-class illusionists for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 20 million online views between them, and sold out shows on their 2014, 2015 and 2016 tours, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world, and on TV in the UK appearing on ITV’s ‘Next Great Magician’ and ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’.

Tudor Place: Tour for a Buck

Throughout February: Practice frugality our founding father would approve of: Pay just $1 per person for any regular tour in February, the month of George Washington's birth. Visit D.C.'s only historic house museum with family ties to Martha and George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. See it all for one "Washington dollar!" 

Bicentennial Birthday Weekend

Feb 17-18, DC: The National Park Service invites you to a grand commemorative weekend to honor 200 years of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, "The Lion of Anacostia," and to kick off a yearlong celebration of his life, at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Lincoln Douglas(s) Debates

Feb 22, DC: Listen in on an unusual and lively performance featuring Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss) and political opponent Stephen A. Douglas (portrayed by Tim Connors) as they look back to their famous debates over slavery and equality in the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois. Following the first debate, we will present the “Unknown Lincoln-Douglass,” an “imagining” of a debate between Lincoln (as portrayed by George Buss) and Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace).

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Now-Feb 22, DC: The West End Theatre presents this rare opportunity to see all five Academy Award nominees in the category of Best Documentary Short Program. They include: Edith and Eddie; Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Heroin(e); Knife Skills; and Traffic Stop.

Oscar Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts

Now-Feb 21, Greenbelt: Want to see more of the lesser-known Oscar nominated productions? Head to the charming Greenbelt Theatre to see them all!

Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

Feb 16-18, Rockville: Calling all Jazz fans! Head to Rockville this weekend for an all-you-can-listen-to festival of music!


Feb 17-25, National Harbor: Need we say more than Cher?

DC Chinese New Year's Parade

Feb 18, DC: Come celebrate the Year of the Dog near the Chinatown Metro Station! Our dynamic community-based parade will include traditional lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, firecrackers, live music and marching bands, beauty pageant winners, VIPs, and other community talents!

Washington's Birthday Weekend

Feb 17-19, Alexandria: Celebrate George Washington on the most exciting weekend of the year! Free entrance on Monday, February 19! Wish the General a happy birthday while enjoying hoecakes made over the open fire. #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby, observe wreath layings at the Tomb, and watch dancing demonstrations on the bowling green. Across the estate, listen to members of the Washington family recount stories about the General and visit with George and Martha Washington in the Interpretive Center.

DC Independent Film Festival

Feb 14-19, DC: As the oldest independent film festival in Washington, the DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) has a storied history of presenting extraordinary films. We have showcased cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable. This year is no exception. View films from a wide variety of genres. This is an exciting opportunity in our area not to be missed!

Kennedy Center Family Day: Lunar New Year Celebration

Feb 17, DC: The Kennedy Center welcomes you and your entire family to this free Lunar New Year party. Kids will love watching footage of and writing letters to Bao Bao. There will also be dress-up photo booth, where you can turn into a panda or don a Chinese costume, as well as live performances of folk dancing, shadow puppetry and acrobatics. You will also be able to learn paper umbrella coloring, paper cutting, block printing and Sichuan embroidery and watch masters of calligraphy, sugar painting and bamboo weaving at work.

Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic

Feb 17-19, DC: More than 900 teams will participate in this national tournament that brings together the best junior volleyball teams in the country. Across three days, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will showcase qualifier-style competition in one of the most exciting indoor sports.

Disney on Ice: Frozen

Now Feb 19, DC: Discover the full story of Disney's Frozen like never before! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to songs like Let It Go. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for.


Around the World in 80 Paper Models

Ongoing, DC: The National Building Museum presents a fascinating collection of architectural paper models representing buildings, cultures, and countries from Austria to Wales. The collection includes examples of hand-drawn castles, intricate cathedrals with water-colored gardens, and micro-models smaller than a postcard. Some are viewed flat; others are copied and constructed in 3-D. The collection’s models represent all 50 states and multiple countries, as well as many imaginary buildings such as farms, forts, villages, skyscrapers, and castles.

Painting Shakespeare

Last weekend! The Folger Shakespeare Library invites you to discover the paintings collection at the Folger before it's gone—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.


Now-Mar 4, Olney: Olney Theatre presents this off-Broadway hit. Ray leaves his job as a classically trained French chef to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant, who never appreciated Ray's culinary accomplishments. Food, which normally unites people, painfully divides Ray from his father, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this production. This life-affirming and perceptive drama from one of the country's most important playwrights distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships. Performed in English and Korean with English supertitles. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

Now-Mar 11, Baltimore: Homewood Museum presents this national traveling panel exhibition, which tells the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, the statesman whose face is on the ten-dollar bill, but whose life is a mystery to most Americans.

Jon Stickley Trio

Feb 8, Bethesda: You’ll be swept away by this trio’s sheer energy and originality. In an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar dances with Lyndsay Pruett’s sultry violin while drummer Patrick Amitage lays down deep grooves. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop, this dynamic group crafts innovative originals and presents some captivating covers. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Jon Stickley Trio will keep you on your toes, swinging from bluegrass to ska in the span of one set.

International Autoshow

Feb 8-11, Baltimore: Head to the Convention Center to check out the latest vehicles, including exotic and luxury brands; take a test drive, and even get your kids on a test track!

National Harbor Restaurant Week

Now-Feb 10: Brighten up your February by sampling delicious prix fixe menus from some fabulous National Harbor restaurants!

Peabody Chamber Opera: Out of Darkness Two Remain

Feb 9-11, Baltimore: The Wall Street Journal calls Jake Heggie "arguably the world's most popular 21st century opera and art song composer." His opera, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based in part on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors, was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and received its world premiere in May 2016.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Feb 9-24, Bowie: When the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop assemble for a backer’s audition for a new musical on a suburban estate, things turn deadly with plenty of confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel in John Bishop’s comedic thriller. This ingenious and wildly comic romp spoofs the great murder mystery movies of the 1940s, leaving the audience to wonder, whodunit?

Broadway in Annapolis: The Secret Garden

Feb 9-10, Annapolis: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts presents this classic, based on one of the best loved books of all time, this show is filled with beautiful music, wonderful characters and a story that you’ll carry with you long after the last notes have sounded.  This multiple Tony Award-winner, with script and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, is a perfect show for families! 


Feb 9-17, College Park: The Clarice presents this classic myth, reimagined. When Eurydice tragically perishes on her wedding day, her groom Orpheus will do anything to bring her back to life. He strikes a deal with the gods of the Underworld, but will he be able to fulfill its terms? The story is told through Eurydice’s eyes, offering a fresh perspective on her journey.

40th Evening of Irish Music and Poetry

Feb 9, Columbia: The featured guest for the evening is Mike McCormack, an award-winning novelist and short story writer who lives in Galway, hails from County Mayo, Ireland.  In 1996, McCormack won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his first collection of short stories, Getting It in the Head.  His novel Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award in 2006; in 2010, John Waters of The Irish Times described it as the greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended. McCormack's reading will be followed by traditional Irish music by Narrowbacks featuring Jesse and Terence Winch, with step dancers from the Culkin School.

Red Velvet

Now-Feb 25, Baltimore: Based on the life of the theatre trailblazer, Ira Aldridge, the award-winning Red Velvet is making its Baltimore debut after wildly popular productions in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and London. In this critically acclaimed biographical play, the Shakespearean actor from New York is remembered for his achievements on the bittersweet road to international superstardom more than 150 years ago.  Red Velvet takes you backstage to witness the drama as Aldridge prepares for his history-making performance of Othello in London in 1833.  How with the cast and the public react?

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Feb 9-Mar 31, Rockville: Adventure Theatre presents this classic production based on the book by Judith Viorst. Entertaining for all ages!

Baltimore Birding Weekend

Feb 10-11, Baltimore: Audubon has added a Winter birding weekend! Come celebrate Birds in Baltimore: More than Migration, with guided walks to search for birds in the city.

Brian Ganz plays Chopin's Hidden Gems

Feb 10, Bethesda: Strathmore presents pianist Brian Ganz as he continues his journey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin with an exploration of the composer's hidden gems and time-honored masterpieces!

Lexington Market Events

Feb 8-10, Baltimore: Did you know Lexington Market has events nearly every weekend? This weekend, it's a cooking demo, a local charter school choir and a group of talented young men playing in a band. Don't miss this local culture!

Mardi Gras on Main

Feb 10, Ellicott City: Join our shops & restaurants as we go cajun in historic Ellicott City. Find hidden mardi gras masks during our Scavenger Hunt to earn beads and win prizes with special sales, snacks and libations along the way. Our restaurants will be offering New Orleans inspired food & drink all day.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Now-Feb 11, DC: Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves.

Something Rotten!

Now-Feb 10, DC: With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, this is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! Head to the National Theatre to check it out!