One of Washington D.C.'s most famous historical events, the assassination of President Lincoln comes to life on the city streets. This History on Foot walking tour is led by an actor in costume, sharing little-known facts and moment-by-moment commentary about the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. Starting outside of Ford's Theatre, you'll hear all about the moments leading up to Lincoln's shooting as he and his wife watched the night's performance. You'll then visit a number of historical sites, ending up at the White House. As you walk, a guide portraying the detective who was on duty the night of the crime will give details about the assassination conspiracy, how the crime was carried out, and the simultaneous efforts to save Lincoln's life and find the person who pulled the trigger.
Thanks to a recent $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a hot spot for live music, dining and drinking. The club offers great entertainment from top national blues and jazz artists, plus the best talent from the mid-Atlantic region, in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics. Enjoy a great dinner served up with a heaping side of blues and jazz -- Executive Chef William Pack Jr. has created a Creole/Cajun-inspired menu with a bevy of mouthwatering choices, including delicious desserts.
Wednesday August 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (The STRANGER - A Tribute To Billy Joel)Thursday August 24, 2017 / 8:00pm (Shanice)Thursday September 21, 2017 / 8:00pm (Michael Henderson & Cherrelle)Wednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pm (B.J. Jansen & Common Ground Feat: Delfeayo Marsalis and Duane Eubanks)
From real-life spy gadgets to the stories behind the coolest secret agents in movies, the International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States dedicated solely to the world of espionage. Upon arrival, you'll be given a secret identity, which you'll use to test your spy skills throughout the experience. Then, you'll explore a series of themed rooms, where you'll hear historic tales, examine artifacts and participate in activities. Get ready for exhibits like Spies Among Us, which focuses on WWII-era German and Russian spy rings, and Exquisitely Evil, a tribute to the villains of cinema's most famous spy -- James Bond. Exquisitely Evil features more than 100 film artifacts from both old and new Bond movies, plus interactive exhibits that allow you to take over the controls of a villain's lair, brave the depths of a virtual shark tank, play spy vs. spy with other visitors, disarm a missile before time runs out and more.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Friday August 18, 2017 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Saturday August 19, 2017 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Sunday August 20, 2017 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)
"You do what you think is right and let the law catch up." So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who changed the face of American jurisprudence. He argued and won the Brown v. Board of Education decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the "separate but equal" mandate in Maryland law schools. Learn more about the civil rights legend when bio-play Thurgood comes to the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab stage at the Olney Theatre Center. This uplifting, humorous and thought-provoking one-man portrait of an American hero follows Marshall's trajectory from a child in Baltimore to one of the most influential African-American men in modern history.
Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 7:45pmThursday August 17, 2017 / 7:45pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 7:45pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 1:45pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:45pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 1:45pm
He played the straight man to Will Ferrell in Elf as the Gimbel's Department Store manager, and he's been in numerous other films (Couples Retreat, Ice Age) and TV shows since. Now versatile actor/comedian Faizon Love steps off the screen and onto the stage at Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre to deliver some hilarious stand-up comedy. The Afro-Cuban gentle giant started in stand-up at the tender age of 15 after a high school English teacher recognized his talent for eliciting laughs. Enjoy the humor as Faizon speaks his mind.
Avoid sweaty clubs and get your groove on in the open air at Silent Dance Society's Rooftop Silent Disco. Take in the sunset and city views from the Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood while you hit the dance floor. With a bar, chaise chairs and cabanas with plush seating, a covered lounge and a sparkling pool, the Rooftop is far from any old rooftop; it might just be D.C.'s best-kept secret. Choose from among three live DJs playing electro dance beats, throwback tunes and Top 40 on your wireless headphones. Your selection lights up your headphones in a corresponding color, so you can synch up with others moving to the same music and keep your quiet riot going strong into the night.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish follows the enchanting story of a teller of tall tales and his son, who wants to know who his father really is. After a lifetime of spinning yarns about his epic adventures, Edward Bloom has entered his final chapter, compelling his grown son to embark on an adventure of his own -- to unravel his real dad from the myths he's created. With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, Big Fish overflows with heart and humor. Catch the musical's D.C. premiere at Keegan Theatre.
Sunday August 20, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday August 31, 2017 / 7:30pm
Founded in 1965, Blues Alley is the nation's oldest operating jazz supper club, having showcased such internationally renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson and Eva Cassidy. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown in an 18th century red brick carriage house, Blues Alley offers a unique and intimate ambiance, reminiscent of the jazz clubs of the 1920s and '30s. Go for just the music and drinks, or make it an evening and choose from authentic Creole cuisine, steak and seafood dishes.
Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 10:00pm (Michelle Walker)Monday August 28, 2017 / 10:00pm (Ben Patterson Big Band)Tuesday August 29, 2017 / 10:00pm (Bernard Mavritte)Wednesday August 30, 2017 / 10:00pm (Andaiye & Devine Nature)Tuesday September 5, 2017 / 10:00pm (Scott "Bugs" Allen )Wednesday September 6, 2017 / 10:00pm (Kurt Rosenwinkel)Monday September 11, 2017 / 10:00pm (Jarrod Lawson)Tuesday September 12, 2017 / 10:00pm (Swing Shift)
The Washington Redskins kick off their 85th season in the National Football League with preseason action against the Green Bay Packers and the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField in Landover. Despite a winning record in 2016, the Skins failed to make it to the playoffs, but third-year coach Jay Gruden has Pro Bowlers QB Kirk Cousins, LB Ryan Kerrigan and TE Jordan Reed set to return and make some noise in the NFC East. Come out and cheer on the team, and get an early look at their first two draft picks, defensemen Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson, both out of Alabama.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 7:30pm (vs. Green Bay Packers)Sunday August 27, 2017 / 4:30pm (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
Comedian Tone Bell is one of the nation's hottest rising stars. He spent two seasons playing RJ on NBC's Whitney, and has also been seen on Comedy Central's Key and Peele, E!'s Chelsea Lately, the Spike TV special Eddie Murphy: One Night Only and E!'s Love You, Mean It. He made his late-night stand-up debut on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, where he showcased hilarious true stories from his life. Originally from Atlanta, Bell started his comedy career in Dallas, and now you can see him live in Washington DC at Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 9:00pm
You may not have heard about the hottest trend in nightlife, mostly since it involves keeping the sounds to yourself. Join in the most unique and memorable dance party in town at Cambria Hotels & Suites, where you can enjoy spectacular city views while you mingle. While three live DJs each spin a different mix, from electronic dance beats and throwback tunes to Top 40 and more, you can switch between them at will via your free-to-rent wireless headphones. Your selection lights up your headphones in a corresponding color, so you can synch up with others moving to the same music and keep your quiet riot going strong into the night.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pm-11:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pm-11:00pm
Stories of the world come alive at the Newseum, where you can go behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. See some of the final photographs of the only journalist who died covering the 9/11 attacks, witness the epic struggle of the civil rights movement in the '60s, marvel at a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and hear never-before-told stories from the journalists and photographers who stood on the front lines of history. This high-tech museum features seven levels of galleries and exhibits, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services where you can explore electronic news, unique artifacts, photojournalism, news history and world news. And, since there's so much to see, your ticket is good for two consecutive days. Take your time and see half the first day, then return the next day to catch what you missed.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday August 18, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday August 19, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday August 20, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday August 21, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Tuesday August 22, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday August 23, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday August 24, 2017 / Saturday May 20,2017 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm),9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
With jokes aimed at both ends of the political spectrum -- and pretty much all of the middle, too -- musical-comedy group The Capitol Steps has been eliciting laughs at democracy's expense since 1981. If you've ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Donald Trump sing a rock song and Vladimir Putin dance shirtless, this is the show for you. The Steps' stage show features numerous song parodies and skits, and the cast even includes some former Congressional staffers, whose firsthand experience helps make the jokes zing that much more. This legendary troupe's recorded more than 30 albums, and their radio specials are featured on NPR stations nationwide four times a year, but there's nothing like experiencing their cutting-edge comedy live at DC's Ronald Reagan Building.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 7:30pm
When Stephen Sondheim first brought A Little Night Music to the stage in 1973, the musical's elegance and charm led to four Tony Award wins. Now its Sweden-set tale of a tangled web of affairs comes to Arlington in a new production at Signature Theatre. Centered around the charismatic actress Desirée Armfeldt, A Little Night Music follows one terribly complicated weekend in the country, where lovers, ex-lovers, wives and husbands all come together, and seemingly endless possibilities for new romances and second chances bring plenty of surprises. Witty and filled with deeply touching moments of regret and desire, A Little Night Music also features one of Sondheim's most popular songs, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."
Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 7:30pm (Preview)Thursday August 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Preview)Sunday August 20, 2017 / 7:00pm (Preview)Wednesday August 23, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 2:00pm
Set sail for an afternoon of swashbuckling fun as you and your little mateys search for adventure and booty. This family cruise takes place aboard the Boomerang Pirate Ship, which holds the city's treasure. But the keys to the chest have been stolen by rascally scallywags, and your job is to recover them. You'll search the waterways of the Potomac, armed with water cannons and pirate bravado while having fun playing games, dancing and getting your face painted. Little buccaneers and their parents will love this creative cruise idea, complete with on-board snacks and drinks for purchase, and will be sent home with treasure and souvenirs after enjoying an afternoon on the water seeing the sights in a whole new way.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 12:30pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 12:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 12:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 12:30pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 12:30pmSunday September 3, 2017 / 12:30pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 12:30pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 12:30pm
Two thoroughly modern operas that reach into the storied past for inspiration, The Juniper Tree and Bastianello come to The Barns in an all-new production courtesy of Wolf Trap Opera. Bastianello, a 2008 one-act comedy-drama by John Musto, is based on an Italian folktale and follows a newly-married groom on a search for a more foolish family than his own after they embarrass him at his disastrous wedding. Philip Glass and Robert Moran wrote the score for The Juniper Tree, a grim Grimm fairy tale that somehow serves up a happy ending out of a story about a Wicked Stepmother who murders her stepson and cooks him up in a stew. The New York Times called it "charming and chilling, a children's opera for thinking children (also known as 'adults.')" The talented company performs this double bill in English with projected text.
Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 7:30pm
The Fillmore Silver Spring will be transformed into an all out dance party as DJ Mathias and his talented friends will be spinning a 2000s to Now celebration that plays all your favorite songs from yesterday and today. Mathias is a DJ based out of D.C., who has established himself in the industry through hard work and dedication to the craft. A fan of almost every genre of music, his party nights are legendary in the area, and now's your chance to join the fun and throw it back on the dance floor.
Cruise from historic old town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums, to Georgetown and back on this relaxing midday 2 1/2-hour sail on the Potomac. Soak up the sights on this narrated tour, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Along the way, enjoy a three-course lunch with salad, entree and dessert served at your table. Or, set out for a champagne brunch cruise on Sunday, and you'll find a buffet filled with a variety of breakfast and lunch treats.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / NoonSaturday August 19, 2017 / 12:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Sunday August 27, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Sunday September 3, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Sunday September 10, 2017 / 12:00pm (Sunday Champagne Brunch)Tuesday September 12, 2017 / NoonThursday September 14, 2017 / Noon
Two of the capitol's most incredible illusionists battle for the title of Washington D.C.'s Favorite Magician in Catch Me: A Magic Duel. Witness professional magic masters Brian Curry and Mark Phillips as they go head-to-head in a contest where the audience will select which styles of magic are performed. The crowd also gets to judge the performance and decide who will go home with the coveted Golden Wand Award. Staged at the historic Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC, this fun, awe-inspiring event is not a children's magic show and is intended for those age 15 or older.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 5:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pm
A lot can be said in one act. This showcase of the latest and greatest short works from a variety of talented playwrights from across the U.S. is an annual Silver Spring Stage event. During each weekend of the 2017 One Act Festival, you'll be able to see several different comedies and dramas that you'll vote for in the end, providing plenty of entertainment variety. The one acts range from a story about JFK and Jackie to a suicidal poinsettia eater. Please see the full event description for the scheduled lineup.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:00pm
A Grand Night for Singing showcases the unforgettable work of iconic songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the creative minds behind Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and many more. It's a musical journey through young romance, marriage, parenthood and the power of enduring love, all set to more than 30 songs from the duo's songbook, including favorites like "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "Some Enchanted Evening." For this show, NextStop Theatre has been transformed into a space that feels like an intimate modern jazz club inside a musical theatre lover's attic. You're encouraged to socialize within the eclectic space as the show is performed around you. The talented cast is headed by Helen Hayes Award-winner Matthew Hirsh and soprano Karen Vincent.
Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday August 17, 2017 / 8:00pm
Enjoy a cruise on the luxurious vessel Odyssey, with unparalleled views of the nation's greatest landmarks from the Potomac River, as you delight in a delicious brunch, lunch or four-course dinner (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) in the spacious glass atrium dining room. Later, dance to a wide array of music provided by a live band in the decorated interior room with its enticing dance floors. This sophisticated getaway excursion offers something for everyone, whether you're looking forward to fresh and creative food prepared by a master chef, listening to music and dancing or simply relaxing with a special someone while watching the beautiful view.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)Saturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)Saturday September 9, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Sunday September 17, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Friday September 29, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding starts at 6:00pm)
Cruise from historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, past the stunning national monuments and museums of DC, to Georgetown and back to Alexandria on Nina's Dandy Dinner Cruise. Soak in the sights, including Washington's famous cherry blossom trees -- a gift from Japan in 1912 -- and the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials while enjoying a three-course meal by candlelight, served tableside, followed by dancing on the ship's elegant marble dance floor or under the stars on the upper deck. Live music welcomes you aboard and accompanies the dining experience.
Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)Thursday August 17, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)Friday August 18, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Saturday August 19, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)Sunday August 20, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)Tuesday August 22, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)Wednesday August 23, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)Thursday August 24, 2017 / 6:30pm (Boarding begins at 6:00pm)
One of the founding members of Major League Soccer as well as one of its most successful teams, D.C. United is back on the pitch at RFK Stadium for another season of explosive soccer action. Under head coach Ben Olsen, D.C.'s deep roster boasts a potent mix of returning veterans and exciting young talent. After finding their groove late last season, the Black-and-Red will be looking to make some real waves in 2017 as they take on the MLS' best. Come cheer them on to victory!
Wednesday August 23, 2017 / 7:30pm (vs. Atlanta United FC)Saturday August 26, 2017 / 7:00pm (New England Revolution)
Get ready to sing your praises to the gods of rock and witness history in the making as Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and special guest The Edgar Winter Band take the stage of Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow. Together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, pioneering rock band Deep Purple made up what came to be known as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal" in the early to mid-'70s, with chart-topping hits on both sides of the pond like "Smoke on the Water," "Highway Star," "Space Truckin'" and "Hush." Their latest album, Infinite, features 10 all-new tracks inspired by the raw, boundary-pushing spirit of the '70s. A larger-than-life performer and master showman, Cooper combines hot, heavy metal melodies ("School's Out," "I'm Eighteen") with true theatricality. His energetic stage shows often incorporate horror-movie imagery, stage blood and more in a feast of the macabre. See these legendary rockers perform a mix of old favorites and new hits at this epic concert.
Creative Cauldron is a-bubblin' and a-brewin' with the latest edition of its Summer Cabaret Series. This year's adventurous lineup as is as diverse as it is distinguished, featuring the very brightest stars of D.C. theater-dom performing the music of (among many, many others) Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, plus their own original music and show tune favorites. A few of the many talented performers slated to appear at the intimate and acoustically pleasing ArtSpace Falls Church include Iyona Blake, Katie McManus, Jamie Eaker, Dani Stoller, Kathy Halenda, Sandy Bainum, Jim Van Slyke and Stephen Gregory Smith. Please see the full description for a schedule with performer lineups.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Jim Van Slyke presents "Sedaka is back!")Saturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pm (Jim Van Slyke presents "Sedaka is back!")Friday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pm ("Life: As I Sing it" with Clifton Walker III)Saturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pm ("Life: As I Sing it" with Clifton Walker III)Saturday September 16, 2017 / 8:00pm (Will Mark Stevenson presents "Keeping It PG (almost)")Sunday September 17, 2017 / 8:00pm (Will Mark Stevenson presents "Keeping It PG (almost)")
DC By Foot presents a walking tour featuring the Ghosts of Georgetown. Among the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of one of Washington, D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt the nation's capital ... if you dare. You'll hear a historian's take on all of the curses, eerie coincidences and hauntings that make up the darker side of days gone by in this pre-Revolutionary town.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday August 22, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 8:00pmTuesday August 29, 2017 / 8:00pm
See the world-famous monuments of Washington, D.C. from an entirely new perspective on this narrated sightseeing cruise. During this 90-minute outing, you'll travel along the Potomac River, seeing one famous monument and landmark after another. Have your cameras ready because there'll be stunning views of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge and more. Plus, your roundtrip ticket lets you disembark to shop, sightsee or dine, then return to your original departure point on a later cruise.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 12:30pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 12:30pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 12:30pmMonday August 21, 2017 / 12:30pmTuesday August 22, 2017 / 12:30pmWednesday August 23, 2017 / 12:30pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 12:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 12:30pm
Don't be late for this very important date -- a reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland set in Victorian Oxford. Combining theatrical magic with modern technology, including projections that interact with the actors, these fresh spins honor the original adventures that Alice travels through as she explores the fantastical world of Wonderland. As she grows and shrinks, argues with birds and swims in a sea of her own tears, Alice fights to hold on to her own identity. Through a series of dramatic vignettes mixed with political satire, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company showcases your favorite characters like the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat while urging you to ask yourself, "Who am I?" Make your way down the rabbithole to Annapolis for a breath of fresh air on this classic tale.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 3:00pm
Step aboard the Spirit ship for unparalleled cruising fun on the Potomac River. Dine on a delicious buffet meal, dance to Top 40, country and R&B hits from the DJ, and catch breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the historic sights of our nation's capital. Soak in the fresh air, sip on delicious cocktails and see the spectacular monuments of DC by day or illuminated by night on this special three-hour excursion. Keep an eye out for special holiday cruises as well.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)Saturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)Saturday September 9, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Saturday September 16, 2017 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:00pm)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding starts at 7:00pm)
Just try and stump the talented singer-piano duo on stage each night at Bobby McKey's. Whether it's Beyoncé or Beethoven, Jay Z or ZZ Top, Meatloaf or Mozart, these guys are sure to have it covered. DC's only dueling piano bar hosts these entertaining and interactive shows, where the wait staff has been known to jump on stage to perform choreographed dance routines and where you and your friends are encouraged to get in on the action as well. Plus, Bobby McKey's boasts a full bar with specialty drinks, beer on tap and plenty of snacks and sandwiches to order.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
As you cruise along the scenic Potomac River, you also cruise through time, from the historic origins of our country to the new and beautiful monuments of today. Alexandria City Marina's cruise to George and Martha Washington's home, Mount Vernon, provides a dazzling outing to enjoy the many facets of natural and man-made America. The narrated voyage touches on the National Harbor, complete with elegant boardwalk, 180-foot Capital Wheel Ferris wheel and handsome Gaylord National Harbor Hotel. Upon arrival at Mount Vernon, you will have four hours to freely explore the estate, with items of interest including George Washington's tomb, an interpretive Pioneer farm, a new museum, education center and more.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 10:30amSaturday August 19, 2017 / 10:30amSunday August 20, 2017 / 10:30amTuesday August 22, 2017 / 10:30amWednesday August 23, 2017 / 10:30amThursday August 24, 2017 / 10:30amFriday August 25, 2017 / 10:30amSaturday August 26, 2017 / 10:30am
Comedian and actor Ben Bailey has been much hailed for his success behind the wheel of the hit Discovery Channel series Cash Cab, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host. Before that, though, he was a bouncer at The Comedy Store, where he got his start on stage, and he's been on the road with his stand-up act ever since. His credits include The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show and his own Comedy Central special. Catch his latest set at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 10:00pm
Ever wondered what happens after "happily ever after"? Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods artfully explores the answer, skillfully interweaving several classic fairy tales into one epic story that goes beyond the happy endings to show what happens when a fairy-tale world gets real. This modern twist on the Brothers Grimm brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker, his Wife and, of course, the Witch. The beloved storybook characters take on unexpected complexity as they discover that wishes come with a price. Witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers force the heroes to face the music -- and their future in a world where everything doesn't always end happily. The young actors of Laurel Mill Playhouse, ranging in age from 8 to 18, bring to life this humorous and heartfelt chase through the woods in a junior version perfect for families.
With over 100 million registered users, Minecraft is a worldwide phenomenon. Crafters come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, and MineFaire brings fans of the game together at the Dulles Expo Center in the D.C. area. The family-oriented event offers you the chance to learn more about the game while improving your Minecraft skills with hands-on attractions, workshops and presentations, and participate in gaming areas. A packed lineup of YouTubers are scheduled to appear, and there'll also be live gaming, workshops, a costume contest and more.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am)Sunday August 20, 2017 / 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am)
Southern-themed Shaw's Tavern is beloved for its tasty chicken and old-timey ambiance, but now it's adding a side of big laughs to the menu with the arrival of General Shaw's Chicken Comedy Showcase. The jam-packed lineup features cutting-edge comics from across the D.C. area, and has been described as a boldly bizarre hybrid between Playboy and "network TV fun." That sounds like a hearty dose of the clean and the filthy as local jokesters regale you over tasty food and fresh cocktails.
What does it mean to be hip? More than 30 years ago, Thomas W. Jones II took the question on with breathtaking verve and style in his hit off-Broadway show The Wizard of Hip (or When in Doubt Slam Dunk). Now, his hilarious exploration of growing up from adolescence to adulthood and beyond makes a triumphant return at MetroStage in Alexandria. While his journey is fueled by a rousing band and the lovely Lady Doo Wops, Jones' remount finds his everyman hero, Afro Jo, a little older, grayer, but also a little wiser as he carries on in his fast-paced quest to find a place of comfort and peace in this tumultuous world.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 7:00pmWednesday August 23, 2017 / 8:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pm
It was a night that changed the history of a nation forever. Journey back in time with your guide to learn about the three-pronged attack designed to decapitate the U.S. government. Shrouded in mystery, intrigue and conspiracy, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has long fascinated Americans. Gather at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. for this family-friendly tour to meet the characters, walk the streets and see the buildings where this great drama played out.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday August 31, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 7, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 14, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday October 5, 2017 / 7:30pm
If a full day of walking the National Mall and visiting the D.C. monuments sounds exhausting, skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around in a slick electric roadster. You'll get to visit all the sites on your list while getting first-class treatment as your Urban Adventures tour guide shuttles you between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln memorials, while providing the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol Building and Smithsonian Museum. During your guided tour of just over two hours, you'll also get great tips on other things to see in D.C., plus suggestions for the best places to eat and drink in the capital.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 10:00amThursday August 17, 2017 / 2:00pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 10:00amFriday August 18, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday August 19, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 10:00amSunday August 20, 2017 / 2:00pm
For Alina, light is unbearable. To escape, she seals herself in a darkened room for months -- only to find an unexpected source of hope and humor. My Beautiful Darkened World is an original musical inspired by the most unlikely of subjects: the shingles virus. It's also inspired by a true story. Writer, dancer, performer and improviser Alice Lipowicz came down with the little-understood virus and turned her misery into an opportunity, writing the songs that became the inspirational and humorous musical. Teaming with pianist Paul Rosenberg and vocalists Taunya Ferguson and Carlic Hyunh, Lipowicz brings this original theatrical cabaret show to the Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 3:00pm
Get your pirate on as you party hearty aboard this fully decked-out replica ship with plenty of music to dance to, grog to partake of, and fine sunset sights to see on the Potomac, even without your trusty spyglass. This two-hour D.C. cruise provides excitement on two decks, with an action-packed dance floor and a fully stocked galley with the requisite rum and other spirits and snacks for sale. Then there are the views -- keep your eyes peeled as you sail past Georgetown's waterfront, boathouse and university, the Watergate, Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Pentagon, entrance to the Tidal Basin, Hains Point, the Lee Memorial, Key Bridge and the Memorial Bridge. Eye patches and gold teeth are optional.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:30pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 8:30pm
Did you know that behind the history, architecture and genteel ambiance of one of D.C.'s finest neighborhoods lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past? DC By Foot's Haunted Georgetown Walking Tour takes you on an evening stroll through the historic streets of Georgetown, where you'll learn true tales of crime, tragedy, romance and lore. Throughout your 90-minute tour, you'll hear a historian's take on all the curses, eerie coincidences and creepy occurrences that make up the darker side of days gone by. The houses, churches and cemeteries of this now-tony neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 1, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 8, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 15, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 9:00pm
The divas of today and yesteryear get a fitting tribute in American Icons 2. This Vegas-style show features female impersonators performing their best takes on Cher, Bette Davis, Reba McEntire, Joan Crawford and more. You'll see the tribute artists channel these stage and screen stars' signature styles from head to toe, paying attention to every accent and mannerism. Get your next-best-thing fix at this dinner (or lunch) theater revue at Hagerstown's Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 6:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 1:00pm
The hit musical Hamilton has made history on Broadway, and now it's time to take the Founding Father back to his Washington DC roots. On this Washington Walk, you'll get a glimpse of some of the essential spots depicted in the show, like the White House, while learning about "the Lancelot of the revolutionary set" Marquis Lafayette and the "Ten Duel Commandments." Fittingly enough, you'll finish your brisk musical and political journey at The Hamilton restaurant and bar, where you'll have the opportunity to quench your thirst with a Hamilton Mule and toast the orphan immigrant-turned-legendary historical figure.
Saturday August 19, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 2:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 2:00pm
Washington, D.C. has some of the richest history of any city in America -- home to museums and monuments, architectural marvels and quaint neighborhoods that trace their roots back through 200 years of urban development. Visit DC Tours offers guided walking tours of neighborhoods like Georgetown to discover the homes of historic and contemporary rich and famous; from the people who built the port city to the Kennedys.
Sunday August 20, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday September 3, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday September 10, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 2:00pmSunday September 24, 2017 / 2:00pm
On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and learning fascinating history on this two-hour walking tour. Cap it all off by grabbing a drink in the city's oldest commercial district.
Thursday August 17, 2017 / 3:00pmFriday August 18, 2017 / 3:00pmSaturday August 19, 2017 / 3:00pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 3:00pmMonday August 21, 2017 / 3:00pmTuesday August 22, 2017 / 3:00pmWednesday August 23, 2017 / 3:00pmThursday August 24, 2017 / 3:00pm
Explore the path that our American heroines took to give women the right to vote in the birthplace of democracy. On this guided walking tour of D.C., you'll walk in the footsteps of key figures in the women's suffrage movement as you stroll through the heart of the nation's capital to key spots, like the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. A knowledgeable guide from the National Women's History Museum accompanies you on the exciting path of women championing equality, from the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention in New York to the final passage of the 19th Amendment.
Friday August 18, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday August 19, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday August 26, 2017 / 10:00amFriday September 1, 2017 / 10:00amSaturday September 2, 2017 / 10:00amFriday September 29, 2017 / 10:30amFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:30am
Take a trip through time as Adventures for Creative Tourists delves into the history behind the fabled landmarks around Old Town Alexandria. The quaint town of Alexandria dates back to 1749, more than 50 years before Washington DC was incorporated. Get a fascinating and in-depth look at this pre-Revolutionary port town's storied past. You'll see the home where George Washington lived and the church where he worshiped. You can visit Carlyle House from PBS' Mercy Street, the cobblestone streets of Captain's Row, a tiny "spite" house and Gadsby's Tavern, a still-operating pub built in 1785.
Michael Jons is a kind of expert safe-cracker -- but instead of bank vaults, he manages to break inside something far more secure: the human brain. Any doubters need only attend his brilliant new show, Psychic Cabaret. During this lightning-paced performance, Jons astonishes the audience with his Sherlockian style of people-reading, his Svengali-like powers to persuade and, of course, his incredible ability to seemingly read the thoughts of total strangers. But the show's highlight is the dazzling variety of psychic readings that Jons does, instantly and memorably, for lucky spectators. Be there for what NewTimes declared "one of the best date nights of all time."
Sunday August 20, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday September 3, 2017 / 5:00pmSunday September 17, 2017 / 5:00pm
Strap in for an evening of belly-aching laughter as The Retrocessionists deliver a high-octane, completely spontaneous comedy show that's fast, furious and funny. From scenes and songs to crazy games -- it's all made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions. You never know what might happen next, but it's sure to leave you in stitches. Don't miss this free evening of off-the-cuff hilarity, plus snacks and drinks, at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.
Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown waterfront was originally a bustling tobacco port, a gritty place with busy wharves and rowdy taverns. Eventually, however, the tobacco trade dwindled and Georgetown's economy required a new driving force. This came in the forms of mills constructed along the waterfront. On this guided two-hour walking tour, you'll see what has become of them. First, though, stroll past the waterfront's quant little houses. Lock #3 of the C&O Canal comes next, followed by a panoramic view from the edge of the Potomac River. A tiny neighborhood once called Brickyard Hill now boasts a luxury hotel constructed around a former incinerator. Alley life is revealed with a trek into Cherry Hill. Then peek inside what was once Georgetown's public market. The tour concludes with a walk through Cady's Alley, Georgetown's enclave for swank home design and elegant furnishings.