Things to do the week of Oct. 3-6, 2022
We've gathered up some things to do across the nation's capital, including museum exhibits, concerts, only-in-DC events and much more. Don't miss our things to do this weekend and things to do this month as well.
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Celebrate the theatre season in the Washington, DC region with a weeks-long promotion from TheatreWashington. Savor the opportunity to sample the diverse and vibrant work of dozens of theaters and companies on a variety of stages across the region. There are musicals, dramas, comedies, theatre for young audiences and much more. In addition to discounted tickets, Theatre Week also includes special events (most of which are free) designed to entertain, educate and inspire.
The Mars Volta
After a decade of silence, one of progressive rock’s greatest bands returns. Formed by guitarist/composer Omar Rodríguez-López and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala after the dissolution of their outstanding hardcore punk band, At the Drive-In, in 2001, The Mars Volta went on to create some of the most innovative rock music of the 2000s. Now the group triumphantly returns with a new album and a rollicking tour that includes a date at The Anthem.
8 p.m. | Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street NW, Washington, DC 20024
One Life: Maya Lin
Discover the life of Maya Lin in this biographical exhibition of the architect, sculptor and environmentalist. Delve into a range of photographs, sculptures and architectural models from her childhood to today, including an interactive multimedia element. Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, is the first Asian American to be featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s One Life series.
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Free Admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hamilton – Final Week
One of the most acclaimed productions in American history comes back to DC’s pre-eminent stage. The Tony Award-winning sensation about the Founding Father who came to the U.S. as an immigrant from the British-colonized West Indies to become George Washington’s trusted advisor takes the spotlight inside the Kennedy Center’s 2,362-seat Opera House. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical blends jazz, rap and hip-hop, and transforms the tale of America’s first Treasury Secretary with a diverse cast.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
With a distinct look, an eclectic sound and an unforgettable grin, Post Malone is the current chill king of hip-hop. The multiplatinum artist has become a poster boy (no pun intended) for rap that’s not afraid to stretch beyond genre constraints. Post will have plenty of new songs to accompany crowd favorites for what will be a packed house inside Capital One.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
DC’s Mayor Muriel E. Bowser backs HillFest, an annual week-long music conference that concludes with a day-long music festival held outdoors at locations all over the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Oct. 8. The conference consists of panels and in-depth conversations on a range of topics, including arts policy, jazz education, the recording industry, music, technology and much more. Attendees can also expect jazz jam sessions, food and merch vendors and a grand finale concert at Garfield Park on the 8th.
Sargent and Spain
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is among the most influential American painters considered to be the finest portrait artist by many critics of his era. The National Gallery of Art collects 120 of the painter’s works, including rarely exhibited watercolors, oils and drawings, that focus on his time in Spain. The artist’s fascination with the country – including the breathtaking island of Majorca – is beautifully communicated through pictures of everyday life, architectural studies, landscapes, marine scenes and much more. Sargent and Spain also features 28 never-before-published photographs taken by the artist himself.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical
Filled with timeless songs and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall, TINA is a powerhouse musical about the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Tina Turner’s story, which rattles with resilience and rhythm, is transformed into a compelling narrative punctuated by the songwriter’s unforgettable, chart-topping classics.
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Sprung from the mind of singer/songwriter Kevin Barnes, of Montreal is one of indie rock’s enduring treats, a project that has kept fans guessing for more than two decades. The group, which features an ever-rotating cast of members besides Barnes, is also prolific, with nary a year going by without one or two releases. Bank on hearing a wide-ranging set that will veer from upbeat, sunny pop to dirgy disco to funk spasms without ever breaking a sweat.
7 p.m. | Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Led by singer/songwriter Stephen Malkmus, Pavement continues to tour equipped with one of the great catalogues in rock music history, including hallmarks of the genre such as “Cut Your Hair,” “Summer Babe” and “Gold Sounds”. Beginning with 1992’s Slanted and Enchanted, the group cut a series of universally acclaimed albums in the decade before disbanding. The band is now on its second reunion, extending their career into a fourth decade. See them at DC’s historic Warner Theatre while you still can.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Halloween Hunt at Mansion on O
Visiting the wondrous Mansion on O & O Street Museum is quite the experience, especially when you journey through the historic venue on a scavenger hunt. View the Mansion in its finest Halloween attire as you search through its many themed rooms and secret doors for seasonal and Halloween-themed prizes. You can also bring along your own shopping bag and purchase goodies from the mansion.
The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
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