This tour takes visitors through the political core of Washington, D.C. -- from the original L'Enfant city plan to the tumultuous construction of the Capitol and grounds, the rise of the magnificent Beaux Arts Library of Congress and imposing Supreme Court, and into the present day. Prolific designers like Thomas Jefferson, Robert Mills, Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham will feature prominently. Controversy, chaos and red tape abound in this walking tour from DC Design Tours, a treat for architecture and history enthusiasts.
Monday, Dec 24, 2018 / 1:00pmMonday, Feb 18, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Mar 4, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Mar 18, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Apr 1, 2019 / 1:00pmMonday, Apr 15, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, Apr 29, 2019 / 11:00amMonday, May 13, 2019 / 11:00am
Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts nationally touring comedians and showcases the hottest local comedians. Talent from HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central are known to drop in on any given night. Bask in the cool atmosphere, enjoy friendly and attentive staff, and listen to famous comedy in a range of styles. It's the perfect idea for D.C. date night, meeting new people, or just a fun night on the town.
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:00pm)Friday, Dec 28, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:00pm)Friday, Jan 4, 2019 / 8:00pm Friday, Jan 4, 2019 / 9:15pmSaturday, Jan 5, 2019 / 8:00pm Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 / 9:15pm
Celebrate the holidays at D.C.'s Folger Theatre with a repast of English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like "Greensleeves" by Vaughan Williams. The Folger's 1619 manuscript A Christmas Messe -- recounting a tussle between King Beef and King Brawn -- offers lively accompaniment to a main course of beloved Yuletide music. It'll be a wonderful Christmas feast for the ears, with strings, harp, organist Webb Wiggins and an ensemble of voices.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 7:30pm Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pm Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 2:00pm
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, Dec 20, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 10:00am-6:00pm (Last Entry at 5:00pm)Monday, Dec 24, 2018 / 10:00am-3:00pm (Last Entry at 2:00pm)Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)Friday, Dec 28, 2018 / 9:00am-7:00pm (Last Entry at 6:00pm)
Established 50 years before Washington, D.C. itself, Georgetown originated as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River. Despite its modest beginnings, Georgetown eventually came to play host to some of the most expensive and desirable property in the District. Home to palatial mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately churches, and a world-class university, join DC Design Tours to explore the highlights of D.C.'s most exclusive neighborhood, with a focus on architecture and urban planning.
Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 10:00amSunday, Feb 17, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Mar 3, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Mar 10, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Mar 17, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Mar 24, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Mar 31, 2019 / 10:00amSunday, Apr 7, 2019 / 10:00am
It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity in Dashing Through the Snow. You'll swear this family-friendly Jones/Hope/Wooten Christmas comedy at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 6:00pm
If there's one thing you'll immediately learn about the hardworking citizens of Washington, D.C., it's that they love a good happy hour! Urban Adventures helps you sip your way through the Capitol's vibing craft cocktail scene, where you'll sample sweet libations at hidden gems and even learn how to make your own drinks. Get a history lesson too on how prohibition shaped D.C., and discover the speakeasies that still thrive here today.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 7:30pm
Explore Washington's most iconic landmarks through an architectural lens on a two hour walking tour of the National Mall. Take in the towering Washington Monument, sobering Vietnam Wall and awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial while learning fro your expert guide about the designers and politicians that helped shape this monumental core of the nation's capital. Hear stories of the history, heroes and hopes of the United States on a stroll through the heart of D.C. You'll also see the White House, the WWII Memorial, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial on this informative walk.
Tuesday, Dec 25, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Feb 15, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Mar 1, 2019 / 5:00pmFriday, Mar 15, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar 29, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Apr 12, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Apr 26, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, May 10, 2019 / 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, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 4, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 11, 2019 / 8:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 8:00pm
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, Dec 20, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 3:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Dec 30, 2018 / 3:00pm
Join the StageCoach Bandits monthly for Third Friday Improv at StageCoach Theatre Company in Ashburn! Just like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the Bandits perform short-form improv using suggestions from the audience. Shows are completely interactive. No show or game is ever the same twice!
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm. Drinks are available for purchase. )
Celebrate Our Spiritual Mystery at the National Gallery of Art, and witness what renowned artists throughout the ages thought about Madonna, the Saints, the Adoration of the Magi and the Crucifixion of Jesus. Professional guides will take you through the museum's highlights, historical showstoppers and fan favorites over the course of two hours, with stops along the way to discuss each piece's symbols, stories and background.
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Jan 6, 2019 / 2:00pmSaturday, Feb 23, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar 10, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Apr 21, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, May 5, 2019 / 2:00pmSunday, Jun 9, 2019 / 2:00pm
The tragedy of Georgetown's darker side encompasses the oldest neighborhood in D.C. with local legends and true crime events from its past. This is a tour about scandals, murder and tragedy. It is not a ghost tour, though we have a few spooky tales to share. In this evening walking tour, you will stroll the historic streets of Georgetown and hear long ago tales of tragedy, romance and lore. With its architecture, pedigree and ambiance, Georgetown is a lovely place to visit. However, the houses, churches and cemeteries of this tiny neighborhood are still haunted by their past. Come find out why! This tour is for adults only due to mature content.
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 4, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 11, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 18, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Jan 25, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Feb 1, 2019 / 7:00pmFriday, Feb 8, 2019 / 7:00pm
Some say that D.C. is America's Paris -- with similar urban layouts, the Capitol's streets were actually designed by French-born American architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant. Experience this architecture, along with grandiose mansions and embassies, on a walking tour of Embassy Row and Dupont Circle. On this two-hour adventure, you'll gaze at some of the most pristine properties in D.C. ranging in styles from Neoclassical to Beaux-Arts. At the same time, you'll learn how the events that took place inside these places contributed to the nation's development. Discussed sites include the Spanish Steps, the Woodrow Wilson House, the Sheridan Circle, Brewmaster's Castle and plenty more.
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 1:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Feb 16, 2019 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar 2, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar 9, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar 16, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar 23, 2019 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar 30, 2019 / 11:00am
Anacostia Playhouse presents Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. It's a wonderful tale of two people from vastly different worlds and their journey toward finding a connection neither thought was possible. Exploring race and religion with wit and insight, this much-loved play, which won a Pulitzer Prize, has incredible continued relevance for today's world.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 3:00pm
At Washington Improv Theater's unscripted show, Seasonal Disorder, you never know what wacky gifts the talented performers will unwrap. It's a medley of shows that features a little bit of everything, from spontaneous musicals to improvised telenovelas. Bring your family, friends or your whole office to Source to meet WIT's improvisors and enjoy what the Washington Post has called "some of the most exciting live entertainment in Washington."
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 9:30pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:30pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 10:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 7:30pm
The Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, 200 voices strong, returns with its beloved annual holiday event -- an evening of classic Christmas music, breathtaking candlelight processions and stirring sing-alongs, accompanied by brass, organ and percussion. The Chorus has performed at inaugurations, papal visits, the White House, and even with the Rolling Stones. See the Chorus, along with new Artistic Director Christopher Bell, when they bring A Candlelight Christmas to the Music Center at Strathmore.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pm
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 7:45pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:45pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:45pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:45pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 3:00pmMonday, Dec 24, 2018 / 3:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 3:00pm
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, including the Berlin Wall Gallery, which features eight 12-foot-high sections of the actual wall and a three-story East German guard tower. There are also 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, Dec 20, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 10:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Monday, Dec 24, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)Friday, Dec 28, 2018 / 9:00am-5:00pm (Last Entry at 4:00pm)
When the Blue Wave deposits her in DC, Representative Sydney Milsap begins rocking the boat immediately -- unafraid to stand up to special interests or even her own party. Kate's a whip-smart lobbyist and veteran of the choppy political waters. But when the cynical Kate decides to help Sydney unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is Kings, a "sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny" (Vogue) exploration of money's corrosive effect on politics. Written by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess and directed by Marti Lyons, this of-the-moment comedy comes to Studio Theatre's Stage 4.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 2:30pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Dec 30, 2018 / 2:30pmTuesday, Jan 1, 2019 / 7:30pm
She’s back! After sold out runs in 2014 and 2017, Creative Cauldron couldn’t resist one more visit from everyone’s favorite precocious little Parisian. “In an old house in Paris, covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.” And with that familiar phrase, author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans sets in motion the adventures of the brave and resourceful Madeline! In this musical adaptation, Madeline’s schoolmates and tutor are all sick in bed on Christmas Eve, unable to go home for Christmas to be with their families. So it’s Madeline to the rescue! With the help of a magical rug merchant, she takes her friends on a Christmas journey they will never forget.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pm
Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The Liar, The Metromaniacs) gives his “tranlaptation” treatment to Carl Sternheim’s epic trilogy, Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Classes – an evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting and other signs of near-apocalypse. David Ives has said publicly that “German comedy” is largely an oxymoron – except for Sternheim (1878-1942). Returning for one final collaboration with Artistic Director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary – at once ludicrous, larger-than-life and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 2:00pm
Zainab Johnson's comedy is based on her unique point of view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of 13 siblings in a Muslim family. After getting a degree in math and taking a job as a teacher, she quickly learned that she had a different calling. The comedian and actress has been seen on HBO's All Def Comedy and has made appearances on Arsenio, BET's Woke AF, MTV's Acting Out and AXSTV's Gotham Comedy Live! She was one of the breakout comedians on the eighth season of NBC's Last Comic Standing, and now you can catch her antics live on the stage of Washington, DC's Drafthouse Comedy Theater.
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 9:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 9:00pm
No Christmas celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741. The perennial favorite features such timeless highlights as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Messiah will once again infuse audiences with its beauty in a performance by the acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and world-class soloists, led by conductor Stan Engebretson. Come celebrate the season during this performance of Handel’s beloved classic at Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 3:00pm
Broad Way is a new variety show featuring stand-up, music and sketches. This show provides some of the best entertainment offered in the DMV, and it's all created by a diverse group of women, POC and LGBTQ! If you weren't at Caroline's on Broadway in NYC to catch Franqi French with DL Hughley, perhaps you caught one of her several appearances on TV One's Roland Martin Show. A nationally appreciated talent, Franqi's coast-to-coast appearances include The DC Improv as well as The World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, Stand Up NY & DC Drafthouse. An award winning comic, Franqi has shared the stage with Todd Glass, Donnell Rawlings, Fortune Feimster, Judy Gold and more!
Kindness begets kindness -- plus several hours of free elf labor -- in The Elves and The Shoemaker, a fresh musical adaptation of Grimm's fairy tale. A poor-but-kindly cobbler is in a tight fix. After giving away his last pair of shoes to a deserving soul, he has only enough leather to make a single pair more. Exhausted, he heads for bed, but not before setting out his materials for the next day's work. That very night, mysterious elfin visitors creep into his shop on a special mission to help. This charming production from Keegan Theatre puts a humorous spin on the popular classic and keeps the spirit of the holidays alive.
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 11:00amThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 11:00amFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 11:00amSunday, Dec 30, 2018 / 11:00am
Starring talented young pre-professional ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You'll be transported to a magical place filled with Christmas spirits, dancing children, toy soldiers that come alive, a glowing Christmas tree, magical creatures, the Land of Sweets and exquisite dancing. Whether a longstanding family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:30pmMonday, Dec 24, 2018 / 1:00pm
Junie B. Jones is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson in the holiday play Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, the show is preceded by a snack lunch featuring your choice of a slice of oven-baked cheese pizza or an all-beef hot dog.
In this witty and touching comedy, Ella, a psychotherapist and single mother of an autistic child, gets a visit from a new, desperate patient: God. Despite His immense power, He fears He’s accrued too much and is now powerless to save the world from itself. Perhaps a global do-over is in order. Meanwhile, Ella is experiencing her own challenges, including her belief in a higher power. How can these two help each other? With a clash of biblical quotes framed by a modern-day wit, Oh, God forces us to confront our own faith, hubris, and the power of humility.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 3:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 8:00pm
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice, writing and performing the soundtrack to a generation. Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 7:30pmTuesday, Dec 25, 2018 / 7:30pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 7:30pm
Winner of 19 major accolades, including multiple Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, Stephen Daldry’s production of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls continues to astound audiences more than 25 years later with its eerie prescience. Staged by Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) in 1992 at the National Theatre, this reinterpretation of Priestley’s expressionistic thriller has been hailed as one of “the defining productions” of modern British theatre, “a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency” by London's Daily Telegraph. A festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As the inspector continues to ask one penetrating question after the next, this close-knit family begins to unravel -- and long-buried secrets surrounding the girl's death are slowly unearthed. Existing simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day, Daldry’s spectacular production is both a plea for a more just society and a warning of what’s to come if we fail to attain it. Don't miss this edge-of-your-seat thriller, courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pm
Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as Elf The Musical. Fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, who as a little boy mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, where he's raised as an elf. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy sets off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show, coming to the stage of the Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, will no doubt do the same for you and yours.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 8:00pm Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 8:00pm Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 8:00pm Friday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:00pm
Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills Alexandria's Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall with holiday classics just for them. They'll take you on a merry tour of holiday sing-alongs and Christmas favorites that will have your family singing all the way home. Expect a visit from Santa, Frosty and Rudolph at this one-hour concert that's perfect for children ages 5 and older.
The 2018 Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. Over the last seven years, this internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition at the Atlas, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party. Why celebrate the holidays sitting still when you can step with Step Afrika!
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pm Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:30pm Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:30pm Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 4:00pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 11:30amFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 7:30pm
1904. Many former slaves and descendants venturing north find themselves at Aunt Ester's door in Pittsburgh's Hill District. A renowned cleanser of souls claiming to be 285 years old, Ester provides solace, advice and healing. Citizen Barlow, racked with guilt over letting another man take the rap for one of his crimes, desperately wants to be pure again. And Aunt Ester may be his only hope. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences comes Gem of the Ocean -- a mystical story of freedom, justice and redemption at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 7:30pm
City Winery strives to deliver the best culinary and cultural experience to D.C. denizens who are passionate about wine, food and music. Combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food and wine classes, and beyond, City Winery has created a compelling mix for its sophisticated clientele of foodies, and active cultural patrons -- bringing the wine country experience to the middle of a large city.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (Lynne Fiddmont)Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:30pm (Chely Wright In The Wine Garden)Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (An Evening with Los Lobos)Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (An Evening with Los Lobos)Friday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:30pm (Proper Utensils Band ft. Jas. Funk In The Wine Garden)Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band)
BlackRock Center for the Arts, the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County, MD, provides the community with the highest level of quality performances, free gallery exhibitions and arts education classes in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. Reaching more than 20,000 people per year, BlackRock presents performances featuring top regional, national and international touring talent from the worlds of pop, jazz, roots, rock, blues, folk, world, and classical music, as well as contemporary circus, dance and theater for audiences of all ages.
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Dave Keller)Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Striking 12)Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Striking 12)Friday, Jan 11, 2019 / 8:00pm (Johnny Rawls)Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 / 8:00pm (Potomac Fever & The Rock Creek Singers of The Gay Man’s Chorus)Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 / 7:30pm (Beth Wood)Friday, Jan 25, 2019 / 10:00am (Angelina Ballerina)Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / 1:00pm (Angelina Ballerina)
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, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 7:00pmTuesday, Dec 25, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 5, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 12, 2019 / 7:00pmSaturday, Jan 19, 2019 / 7:00pm
Shi-Queeta Lee and her Divas of Illusion serve you fierce impersonations of singing legends like Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Jill Scott, Cardi B., Lauren Hill, Sza, Marvin Gaye and the list goes on. As they slay the stage at D.C.'s Chateau Inc., you can enjoy a bunch buffet featuring chicken stir fry, waffles, meatballs, vegetarian pasta, vegan options and more. Plus, your first mimosa or Bloody Mary is free.
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 11:00am - 3:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 11:00am - 3:00pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 11:00am - 3:00pmSunday, Dec 30, 2018 / 11:00am - 3:00pm
Not only does H Street have rich, cultural history, but it's also blossomed into one of the most diverse culinary scenes of the Capitol. Grab a little mix of everything, from Italian to Middle Eastern and American, on this Washington, D.C. food tour. A local guide will give you the inside scoop on the cuisines, the Corridor's sites, the juicy gossip of H Street and beyond. The fun begins at Union Station's Main Lobby.
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in A Christmas Carol. Annapolis Shakespeare Company captures the magic and joy of Charles Dickens' Yuletide classic with its signature flair, presenting this must-see holiday tradition on their Main Stage.
Friday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 2:00pmMonday, Dec 24, 2018 / 2:00pmMonday, Dec 24, 2018 / 6:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 2:00pm
Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush transports you to London, circa 1912, where you'll be treated to a holiday-themed variety show in the classic style of the famed British music hall. Mistress of Ceremonies Florrie Forde brings the mirth and mayhem via a sleighful of Christmas carols, comedy sketches, sing-alongs and more. The show features Washington DC favorite Sherri Edelen and her troupe of eccentric British performers. Now this seasonal extravaganza returns to MetroStage in Alexandria, where you can raise a pint and feast on traditional sausage rolls while enjoying the on-stage antics of Mr. Bertie Ramsbottom, Mr. Charles Archibald Potts and company. BroadwayWorld.com praised the show, calling it “delightfully funny … writer-director Catherine Flye is the visionary and voice behind this spectacular evening. Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush is a wonderful and nostalgic way to spend an evening having a wonderful time and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.”
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 7:00pm
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic is a D.C. tradition that has played to sold-out audiences for years.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 8:00pm
The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on The Nutcracker is back for another year of local holiday fun at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic DC of old, where snowflakes swirl through the air, King George III is cast as the menacing Rat King and none other than George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 7:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 1:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 7:00pm
Take a quirky tour of one of the most historic -- and underrated --buildings and museums in Washington, D.C. with Smithsonian American Art Adventures. You'll dive into American history through art while your guide regales you with amazing tales of the power players who shaped the country. At the same time, you'll be taking in one of the world's largest collections of art.
Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 5:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 5:00pm
With their amazing athletic, acrobatic and clowning skills, the team of insanely talented men and women known as the Harlem Globetrotters is sort of like the greatest circus troupe you've ever seen -- but with way more slam dunks. And Hi-Lite, Too Tall, Scooter, Hoops and the others know how to do more than just shoot hoops -- they'll wow you with ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling jams and four-pointers shot from 30 feet away, not to mention their clever comedy bits. The 'Trotters have been one of the best live shows around for more than 90 years and count Henry Kissinger, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope Francis as honorary members -- though you probably won't see that trio making any under-the-knee passes on this 2018 World Tour. But they are making a stop at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., to play their long-suffering foes ... and you're humming "Sweet Georgia Brown" right now, aren't you?
Wednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 7:00pm
See the majestic landmarks of Washington in a new light with the Monuments by Night tour. You'll get to skip the crowded sidewalks and cruise around town in an electric roadster. And you won't miss a thing -- this two-hour tour takes you past all the must-see locations in D.C. You'll check out the FDR, MLK and Lincoln memorials, and get the inside scoop on the White House, Capitol and Smithsonian buildings. You'll also get great tips on dining, drink and other awesome stops in the nation's capital.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Dec 23, 2018 / 8:00pmWednesday, Dec 26, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Dec 28, 2018 / 8:00pm
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, Dec 19, 2018 / 10:00pm (Lorree Slye-Montgomery "Tis the Season")Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 / 10:00pm (Cyrus Chestnut "Tis the Season" (Award Winning Pianist))Monday, Jan 7, 2019 / 10:00pm (Anita King (Vocals))Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 / 10:00pm (Jose Andre Trio (Piano Prodigy))Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 / 10:00pm (Emmet Cohen Trio (Piano))Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 / 10:00pm (M3 - Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young & Marcus Canty (Sax/Keys/Vocals))Monday, Jan 21, 2019 / 10:00pm (Dave Kline Band (Violin))Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 / 10:00pm (Electro Magnifique "First Born CD Release" Featuring Chuck Ferrell & Dave Marsh)
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.
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 10:00amWednesday, Dec 19, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 10:00amThursday, Dec 20, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 10:00amFriday, Dec 21, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 10:00amSaturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 2:00pm
With an exciting young roster and a season under his belt, Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing returns for his second season as the coach of the Hoyas. With a reloaded squad featuring high-flying guard Mac McClung and veteran big man Jesse Govan leading the way, the Hoyas are ready to make some noise in the Big East. With the pep band blasting and the students whooping it up, there's nothing more exciting than college basketball, and the Hoyas are one of the sport's most consistently fierce teams. So lock in your tickets now and cheer them on at CapitalOne Arena in Washington, D.C.
Saturday, Dec 22, 2018 / 1:00pm (vs. Little Rock Trojans)Saturday, Dec 29, 2018 / 1:00pm (vs. Howard Bison)Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 / 1:00pm (vs. St. John's Red Storm)Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 / 12:00pm (vs. Providence Friars)Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 / 8:30pm (vs. Marquette Golden Eagles)