DC Local Jason Reynolds

From the National Gallery of Art:

“The National Gallery of Art’s 2023 John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration, “Poetry is a country,” will bring celebrated poets from across the nation together to premiere original poetry inspired by works in our collection. These free, annual events will take place on Saturday, September 23, and will open with a keynote address by Ada Limón, the 24th US Poet Laureate, who was reappointed for a historic two-year second term earlier this year. Read More

The East Building will come alive during National Gallery Nights programs on September 14, October 12, and November 9. National Gallery of Art, Washington

From the National Gallery of Art:

“National Gallery Nights, our popular after-hours program, returns to the East Building from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays, September 14, October 12, and November 9.

This season, visitors will find their favorite National Gallery Nights activities—music, live performances, artmaking, and pop-up talks—centering the themes of a block party, Halloween, and the exhibition The Land Carries our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans. Light fare; gelato; and beverages such as beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase throughout the East Building, in the Terrace Café and Espresso & Gelato Bar, and on the 4th Street Plaza. As with all National Gallery programs, the events are free. Read More


From a press release:

“The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to announce an immersive celebration of youth and learning: Kids World debuts at Franklin Park for three fun-filled days: Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30. This action-packed weekend will be free and open to all and will feature a variety of creative pop-ups, hands-on activities, playful installations, and more to entertain and educate young visitors and their families. Attendees can expect to dive into the worlds of literacy, health and fitness, creativity, science and nature, and entrepreneurship. Read More

photo by Tim Brown

From a press release:

“Join the National Park Service for the 2023 Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Experience the annual blooming of lotus and water lily flowers, enjoy music and dance performances, arts and crafts, ranger-led tours, and more! The festival will begin Saturday, July 15 and runs through Saturday, July 22 with extended, nighttime hours on Thursday, Friday and both Saturdays! Read More

1601 14th Street, NW photo courtesy Le Diplomate

From an email:

“We wanted to make sure that Le Diplomate’s annual extravaganza in celebration of Bastille Day is on your radar this year. On Friday, July 14, the District’s favorite French brasserie promises to deliver a day imbued with unmatched joie de vivre, blending entertainment and gastronomy to celebrate France’s national holiday. Read More


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