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.
The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival is all about celebration. A celebration of spring in DC, the amazing talent held by our friends and neighbors, and the natural beauty in our Nation's Capital that we can too easily forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As a fundraising event for the Living Classrooms Foundation, it is also a celebration of the fundamentally important role that community plays in lifting up those among us who are in greatest need.
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.
Join The In Series at a café-teatro where Diana Sáez & Friends explore Latin-America’s nueva canción or trova,and its musical ancestry. Featuring songs spanning 5 Latin-American countries from the 1920s to the 1970s, this café-teatro will explore the intertwining of love and protest in songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.
Cuban Silvio Rodriguez, Chilean Victor Jara, many others, share poetic lyrics, indigenous rhythms, and a rich heritage with their romantic-pop songwriter predecessors: enjoy the ride! Abel Lopez and Diana Sáez direct this café-teatro with Cuban artists Pavel Urquiza, Rigel Perc, and Puerto Rican pianist Suzzette Ortiz.
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.
New York’s Washington Heights is a vibrant community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggle can be which traditions you take with you and which you leave behind. With its gripping tale of hopes and dreams, this groundbreaking musical is the next chapter in the multicultural American story. Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (USA); Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Luis Salgado is a Puerto Rican performer, director, choreographer, and producer who has appeared on Broadway, film, television, and stages around the world. Currently he is appearing on Broadway in On Your Feet, In the Heights, and has appeared in A Chorus Line, The Mambo Kings, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, among others. He has directed, choreographed and developed such new shows as Song of Solomon, Zapata the Musical, Shafrika The White Girl, and DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story, which he also choreographed at GALA in 2013.
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.
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.
One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC runs for 10 blocks along iconic Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wow-ed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade.
Coming of age may not be easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in 1930’s Brooklyn and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls. Eugene’s witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through young adulthood both poignant and joyful.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.
WIFV is co-hosting the sixteenth edition of the Stonehenge Auditions with Team Jabberwocky in Washington, DC.
Stonehenge Auditions is a day-long marathon of actors delivering film and video monologues in front of a camera and 50+ producers, casting directors, and agents looking to build their roster of performers. Just like speed-dating is supposed to let you know if you want to go on a second date, this "speed-casting" format lets you see 120 actors and learn whether you want to call them in for your own audition.
Team J has been holding the Stonehenge Auditions since 2005, resulting in over 1,200 actors being cast in over 300 projects. It has helped independent filmmakers, casting directors, and commercial production companies. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. THERE ARE NO WALK-INS.
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.
Congressional Chorus presents its annual cabaret-- the hottest ticket in town! Our Cabaret Performances have SOLD OUT in ADVANCE for the past 10 years! Join us on a wild musical ride across America's highways and byways in a high-energy production that celebrates the diversity of popular music from various locales around the nation, from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to the Chicago blues of the "Windy City," from the protest music & psychedelic rock of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco to the great Broadway houses of New York, and from the "Streets of Laredo" on the Texas/Mexico border to the streets of John Waters' Baltimore!
$50 General Admission Seating is available at CongressionalChorus.org. Reserved tables of six available from $362 to $562 by emailing Admin@CongressionalChorus.org or calling 202-656-1047. This is a two hour show with a 15 minute intermission. Performances are: Thursday, Mar 16 - Saturday, March 19, show is at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 19 at 4:00 pm.
An epic musical! Based on E.L. Doctorow’s celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect—and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed.
With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy and a who’s who of 20th-century historical characters, “Ragtime” confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Peter Flynn (“1776,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) directs an all-star D.C. cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.
Now celebrating its 28th Season and on its second cycle of Bach’s 215 cantatas, the free Noontime Cantata Series is a beloved Washington, DC tradition. Described by Washingtonian as a “hidden gem,” each fifty-minute concert includes one of Bach’s Cantatas and a solo performance on the recently restored Æolian-Skinner organ in a beautiful setting of the historic Church of the Epiphany. Each performance features full chorus and orchestra, soloists and an informal yet informed introduction by the conductor.
For our two-day capital tour, Freakonomics partners with WAMU to explore Politics & Power and “Wannabes.” Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is a new live event and podcast from host Stephen J. Dubner, author of the Freakonomics books and creator of Freakonomics Radio. It debuted in November and immediately went to the top of the iTunes chart.
Audience contestants are invited on stage to tell us something we don’t know. Three celebrity panelists — a mix of leaders in science, politics, sports, and comedy — grill the contestants and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, new panelists, and new contestants. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to filter out the bull. Think of the most crackling dinner-party conversation you’ve ever heard.
IDB Staff Ben Roseth's Quartet presents Ísaro. Jazz is porous music. It absorbs influences from other styles, incorporating them as part of its essence. This is brought to life by the recent recording "Ísaro", which is enriched by Colombian, Brazilian and Israeli rhythms, building on the foundation of jazz masters such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. The Quartet (saxophone, piano, bass and drums), led by Ben Roseth (IFD/ICS), presents this fusion with joy, subtlety and passion, offering listeners a journey through geographies and emotions.
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.
Known for her best-selling recording of At Last , Jaimee Paul and her band join PASO in a special tribute to the women icons of jazz and blues, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Billy Holiday, and other greats of the American Songbook. Jaimee Paul has thrilled audiences with her strong soulful vocals, swinging musical sensibilities, and big personality. With PASO's 40 musicians in the historic theater where many of the legendary vocalists of the 1930's and 1940's performed, this show promises an evening of jazzy tunes reminiscent of the big band era.
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.