Things to do the week of Feb. 26-29, 2024
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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Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper
Known for his abstract paintings on canvas (some of which can be seen at the Phillips Collection in DC), Mark Rothko also crafted more than 1,000 paintings on paper over the course of his illustrious, decades-long career. The National Gallery of Art will showcase more than 100 of these tableaus, many of which will be on view to the public for the first time, making for a unique opportunity to see new work from one of the most important artists of the 20th century.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Free Admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Shaun the Sheep: Flock This Way
The popular British animated series, Shaun the Sheep, partnered with the National Children’s Museum on an interactive exhibit that builds problem-solving and motor skills while also exploring literacy and technology. Kids can mix up Shaun’s pal Bitzer’s face to create new expressions, create stop motion animation with items from the scrap heap, hop in a truck and rescue a member of the flock in the top of a tree and much, much more.
Tickets & Admission
National Children’s Museum, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Ice skate in DC
Lace up some skates and triple axel 'round the District at popular ice skating rinks at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, Washington Harbour in Georgetown, Canal Park in Capitol Riverfront and The Wharf. All will have opened by the end of November. Make sure to read our detailed breakdown of each spot.
Visit the reopened Renwick Gallery
Located near the White House, the Renwick Gallery presents the finest in craft and decorative art. After being closed temporarily, the breathtaking gallery reopens to the public this Tuesday. You can revisit the museum's cutting edge installations and exhibits free of charge.
Opens 10 a.m. | Free Admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006
ARTECHOUSE: Beyond the Light
In collaboration with NASA, ARTECHOUSE's latest installation delivers an artistic expression of space exploration, technology and innovation. The cinematic experience explores the history of our universe through light and immersive audio, based on groundbreaking discoveries. Purchase tickets through the link below for a 10% discount.
Tickets (10% discount)
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
Book a winter excursion with DC Design Tours
Make it a design date. Get out and enjoy a guided walk around the city while learning about fascinating architecture with DC Design Tours. Excursion options include treks through Dupont Circle, Georgetown, U Street, Adams Morgan, the National Mall and more. Book a private winter tour and receive $50 off with coupon code "DCDESIGNDATE”.
The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s new production follows the Sensational Sea Mink-ettes as the group prepares for its homecoming half-time dance show. Their fellow students, the administration, the alumni and their families all have high expectations, and as the moment draws near, the Sea Mink-ettes have a fair share of drama to sort out. Vivian J.O. Barnes’ hilarious new play about the value of teamwork receives its world premiere.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Discover Leigh’s groundbreaking work in ceramic, bronze, video and installation, with references to the African diaspora. The first comprehensive survey of the artist comes to DC thanks to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Leigh’s pieces focus on Black femme subjectivity, ideas of race and beauty and the role of community in culture, touching on a wide swath of traditions, histories and forms along the way.
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20560
Jennifer Bartlett: In and Out of the Garden
One of the most ambitious projects of Jennifer Bartlett’s career is the centerpiece of the latest exhibit at The Phillips Collection. During a 1979-80 winter stay at a friend’s rented house in Nice, France, Bartlett embarked on what would turn into a years-long quest to depict a small, rundown garden on the property from literally hundreds of perspectives. Known for her rigorous combination of mathematical elements, abstract expressionism and minimalism, Bartlett’s artistic interpretations of the garden evolved from freehand drawings to paintings on steel plates, canvas and glass, many of which are featured in the exhibition.
Hours & Admission
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Where We Belong
Debuted virtually to DC audiences in 2021, this one-woman piece comes home after a successful national tour. In association with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Folger Theatre hosts Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet’s riveting tale. Set in 2015, Where We Belong follows Sayet on a voyage to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare. She finds a country that will not acknowledge its own role in colonialism just as the Brexit vote is set to occur. Madeline’s story echoes the journey taken by her ancestors in the 1700s following treatise betrayals in the U.S. and in turn, presents what it means to live and belong in a world increasingly globalized.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington DC 20003
The Lehman Trilogy
Three actors portray various generations of the Lehman family in the 2022 Tony Award winner for Best Play. What begins as three immigrants attempting to live their American dream turns into a disaster for future generations, which eventually leads to the biggest financial crisis in U.S. history. Edward Gero, Mark Nelson and René Thornton, Jr. give unforgettable performances across 160 years of family history.
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Love, Love, Love
Head to London circa 1967 in this exciting play at Studio Theatre. Instead of Austin Powers, you’ll meet Ken and Sandra – two free spirits who honestly could have run into Austin at a party. Love, Love, Love then follows the couple over the next four decades, cataloguing their journey from free love all the way to retirement. By the time 2011 rolls around, their adult daughter has accused them of throwing away the world they inherited.
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Vinny DePonto, Drama Desk Award nominee and mentalist, is the big brain behind this new theatrical event at Arena Stage. It will become difficult to separate illusion and reality during DePonto’s show, as the brilliant performer escapes into the beauty of imagination and showcases the wonder of human memory.
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Capital Pride 2024 Reveal Party
Party with pride for a sneak peek into the city's annual celebration of love, diversity and community. Be among the first to learn the theme, hear from Capital Pride Alliance and get updates on WorldPride 2025 and other major events. Plus, enjoy food, drinks and nostalgic fanfare.
7-10:30 p.m. | Tickets
Penn Social, 801 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Vibes & Vinyl Party and Jam Session
In tandem with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, the Kennedy Center hosts a one-of-a-kind event that serves as a special tribute the art of DJ-ing. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! founder DJ Beverly Bond will be joined by DJ Miss H.E.R., DJ Aktive and DJ OP Miller. Each will spin their signature sets with vinyl integrated into the proceedings. The DJs will also host an all-vinyl jam session with surprise musical guests.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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Do you know where you’ll be dining pre- or post-event? From pop-up restaurants to Michelin-starred hot spots to laid-back food halls, our DC food guide is perfect for helping you plan a more memorable experience.