The 30th annual festival celebrating the dance and music of the African Diaspora! Featuring Baba Chuck Davis as Griot, outstanding African dance companies from the DC metropolitan area, a master class series, free outdoor activities and our signature African Marketplace, this festival is guaranteed to inspire, invigorate, educate and entertain.
Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind day fair, parade and music festival in Washington DC's U Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 6th, 2017.
Funk Parade celebrates DC's vibrant music and arts, the U Street neighborhood, and the Spirit of Funk that brings us all together. In 2014, over 25,000 Washingtonians participated in the first-ever DC Funk Parade. In 2016, more than 70,000 from all corners of the District came together for the second Funk Parade.
Broccoli City announce the 5th annual Broccoli City Festival at the historic Gateway DC, featuring two stages with performances from some of today’s most in-demand and up-and-coming artists. Performers include Rae Sremmurd, Solange, 21 Savage, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, Kevin Abstract, Rapsody, Smino, Chaz French, Nick Grant, Rejjie Snow and Sir the Baptist.
To celebrate the festival’s 5th year anniversary, Broccoli City Group is launching Broccoli City Week, a week long incubator for all who strive to create a better world. Broccoli City week will host a variety of events leading up to the festival, everything from city runs, to community action events, to an all night art escape, culminating with the all-day Broccoli City Festival. The Broccoli City Week highlight will showcase the first Broccoli City Conference, a 2-day interactive conference co-hosted by GOOGLE DC and African American History and Culture Smithsonian Museum, focusing on the brands mission to build thriving, resilient communities by improving and highlighting Environmental Justice, Economic Sustainability, Culture, Food Access, and Education in underserved communities.
The National Cannabis Festival (NCF) is a celebration of cannabis legalization with a full day of musical performances, vendor fair, education pavilion and advocacy village featuring musical guests Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde, Backyard Band and more. Bring a picnic blanket and spend the day listening to great music. Shop for lifestyle products among our local and national vendors. Spend an hour learning grow techniques or participate in our CannaTank entrepreneur contest. Enjoy food, drinks and meeting the east coast cannabis community. Join us as we welcome thousands to celebrate progress on legalization and call for an end to federal cannabis prohibition. NCF is a 21+ event.
Enjoy more than seven celebratory hours of free music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment, delicious foods at multiple outdoor venues, and a beautiful fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront at the finale event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Join us at the District Wharf for a full day of live music, a beer garden, food trucks, all ages hands-on activities, and more. Beginning at 6PM, pre-fireworks entertainment will be held at Southwest Waterfront Park.
In celebration of the annual blooming of cherry blossoms, Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premier event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, brings the sights, sounds, scents and tastes of Tokyo to Washington, DC.
Featuring music and live entertainment, Events DC Cherry Blast! puts the spotlight on Japanese culture, highlighting the country’s delectable cuisine, captivating arts and exciting night life.
Events DC Cherry Blast! is the perfect way to kick off the finale weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees.
Audience members are invited to dance and experience the physicality of this famously riot-inducing ballet. Curated DJ sets blending electronica and classical styles complete a night of shock, awe and musical rebellion.
Igor Stravinsky stunned the world when his Rite of Spring Paris premiered in 1913, accompanied by Nijinsky’s iconoclastic choreography. The savage power and brilliance of the music feels revolutionary again in the Rite of Spring Dance Party, where you can bust your best moves to the Glorification of the Chosen One and dance to exhaustion in the Danse Sacrale. The 77-member Experiential Orchestra — comprised of some of New York and D.C.’s top musicians and conducted by James Blackly — will provide the Stravinsky, and the audience will provide their own impromptu choreography. The evening includes DJ sets and a specially commissioned dance performance.
The 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts present “District of Dance: A D.C. Rhythm & Blues Celebration” inspired by the rhythm & blues history of Washington, D.C. from the 50s, 60s and early 70s. Join us for this FREE community event as we celebrate with live performances, hand dance lessons and panel discussions.
The nation’s capital is a hub for Arts and Culture in the northeast region of the United States. Black History Film Festival (BHFF) complements and aligns with DC’s cultural mission and strategic direction. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs, DC native Actor Lamman Rucker, and Urban Film Review.
The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2017 brings the best of DC arts and artists to the stage and H Street with performances, experiences and happenings in theatre, dance, music, vocal, choral, opera, visual arts, video, film, writing, sculpture, photography, circus, spoken word, public art, community art, and art space activation. Discover how art, culture and connection happen on H Street.
Join us on inauguration night for a cabaret of resistance performance by dancers, musicians, theater artists, comedians, clowns and more. Come to witness raw, creative responses to the election. Come for catharsis. Come for a drink. Let’s laugh, cry and rage together!
The Fringe Arts Bar opens at 6pm - RESIST: A Counter-Cabaret begins at 8pm.
ARTISTS! We are putting the lineup together now! Sign up here for a 5-7 minute slot. Submissions accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
‘Land of the free, home of the brave,’ the United States of America will be the home of Miss World 2016! The Miss World Organization (MWO) is proud to announce Washington, DC as the launch site of the 2016 Miss World competition. For the first time in history, over 130 countries are expected to arrive in the nation’s capital to start their journey to becoming Miss World. Over 110 contestants from all over the world will join together for this once in a lifetime experience.
Washington DC's Gay Men's Chorus is an extravaganza of festive treats and traditional favorites! Including festive treats and traditional favorites presented in a brand new way. Ring in the season with glitter and glamour. Songs include “Sleigh Ride,” “Recycle the Fruitcake,” “Merry Christmas, I Win” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
Start a new and unique holiday family tradition at the circus! In the darkest winter days, one young man discovers that he has the power to bring light and inspire joy in even the most surprising places. This holiday show is an uplifting, delightful spectacle that will amaze the whole family. Featuring acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and other dazzling performances - the spirit is sure to be contagious! Start a new and unique holiday tradition by coming to the circus! Appropriate for all ages.
Celebrate the holidays with clapping, stomping and all around fun for all ages and a special dance party with DJ Frosty the Snowman! Please join us in the Atlas lobby 30 minutes before your showtime to create your own musical instrument and make music with Step Afrika! during the performance.
A free, outdoor arts and crafts festival sponsored by diverse community businesses to celebrate the local arts community and the holiday season. Fine arts and handmade gift items from over 25 local, DC-area based artisans will be available to view and purchase, and local DC musicians will provide free entertainment throughout the day. There's also stuff for the kids to do!
The SWEA Washington DC Christmas Bazaar is a popular event and kick starts the season on the first Saturday of December between the hours of 11a.m.-5p.m.
Talented artisans and vendors offer everything from gifts, crafts, textiles, books and homemade bread to Kosta Boda and Orrefors glassware, and our Swedish delicacies, such as “princesstårta” and “glögg”, is certain to get you in the spirit of the season. The event ends with the traditional caroling by our Swedish St Lucia Procession.
This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Revived by Folger Consort from its 2007 production, which the Washington Post called “a lovely seasonal surprise,” this engaging medieval mystery play and its festive English music of the period beautifully weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.
Vincent E. Thomas looks through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s transcendent music and finds a reflection of the world today. Taking inspiration from 1971’s inimitable What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye’s insights into life, love and social justice are given fresh perspectives with new choreography by Vincent E. Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah.
This evening-length work features Modern, Jazz and West African dance. What’s Going On seeks to provoke thoughtfulness and spark conversations to ignite change in each community it touches.
For the third consecutive year, Grammy, Stellar, Dove, BET and NAACP Image Award-winning Gospel mega-star Fred Hammond returns to the road with the Festival of Praise 2016 Tour, the star-studded national event he founded several years ago. Multi-Grammy Winner and Multi-Award Winning Gospel icon Fred Hammond brings soul-stirring music and top artists for third-year. Featuring another revolving All-Star lineup including: Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker,Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle, Casey J, Comedian Earthquake Hosts.
Edwin Aparicio, curator of GALA’s Fuego Flamenco Festival since its inception, will lead his spirited troupe of dancers, singers, and guitarists in this autobiographical piece. Aparicio will explore his personal salvation through flamenco, transmitting a riveting story of survival and achievement from his childhood in war-torn El Salvador, to his migration to the US, to his discovery of dance. He is the recipient of the Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, bestowed by the King of Spain.
This new piece by Francisco Hidalgo delves into the beats of silence, the dance of three bodies merging to join the musical notes and the broken voices that resonate in space and reveal their innermost selves.
Francisco Hidalgo is an acclaimed choreographer and dancer who has won several prizes, including Special Mention at the National Competition of Flamenco Dance in Barcelona and Second Prize at the 50th Internatioal Cante Festival de las Minas. He has toured extensively throughout Spain and the world, including as principal dancer with Miguel Poveda; appearing at Lincoln Center in New York in Pedro Almodóvar’s Los Abrazos Rotos; and in Japan in Flamenco Miligana.
With support from the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, SPAIN arts & culture, and Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas.
Words Beats & Life Creative Core Program, a nonprofit based in Columbia Heights, DC, whose mission has been to teach, convene, and present Hip Hop since its founding in 2002. The 3rd annual “WBL Creative Economy Fair” is an event for ambitious young professionals in the DMV area looking for jobs and internships in the creative industries of D.C. The event will feature more than 25 companies, organizations and government agencies that work in the creative industries.
This event is part of the 9th annual convening of Remixing the Art of Social Change (The Teach-In) Hosted by Words Beats & Life, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Youth Speaks in association with Kuumba Lynx and the Hip-Hop Education Center.
You will be on the edge of your seat, viscerally engaged with dance and movement from some of DC's world-class dance companies and artists. The VelocityDC Dance Festival returns for its eighth year, featuring returning artists alongside an array of Velocity newcomers. All this starting at only $18 per show!
VelocityDC is a special partnership between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Washington Performing Arts. Designed to showcase and promote the exceptional artistic quality of the DC region's dance community, VelocityDC positions Washington as a top arts and dance destination nationwide.
NEW FESTIVAL FORMAT FOR 2016: The partner organizations have been working diligently to enhance the VelocityDC experience and have decided to shift to a two-day structure: one program and two evening performances, preceded both evenings by RAMP! and site-specific events.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, your entire family is invited to this fun-filled day of free performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities inspired by Latino culture.
Events for youth of all ages will take place throughout the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center (in the Atrium & Foyers, Terrace Gallery, and Nations and States Galleries), including music and dance performances from local Latino artists, open dance classes, instrument demonstrations, a photo station, coloring, musical instrument making, face painting, interactive games, murals exploring fruits in Latino countries, and a mural celebrating the diverse D.C. community.
Children and families are encouraged to attend in their native/traditional dress, and the day will feature an opportunity for kids to showcase their costumes.
This KC Family Day is part of Con Los Brazos Abiertos--Embracing Mexico, a series of programs connected to the Kennedy Center's yearlong JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.