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Dinosaur fossil at Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History - Free Smithsonian Museum exhibit in Washington, DC

Learn about upcoming summer happenings, openings, exhibitions and festivals including DC JazzFest and the reopening of Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote
Library of Congress/Opening June 4

Part of its year-long commitment to “change makers,” the library presents a 120-item exhibition dedicated to the women’s suffrage movement, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. Displays draw heavily on the papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, the National Women’s Party and debut the Rosa Parks archives.

15th Anniversary of the DC Jazz Festival
Citywide/June 7-16

The 15th edition of this concert series brings marquee acts such as Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman Quartet and Patti Austin to venues across the District, including The Wharf.

National Fossil Hall Reopens
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/June 8
After a five-year closure, the Smithsonian reopens its spectacular collection of dinosaurs, including the nation’s T-Rex, with an emphasis on presentation and current scientific research.

Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’
Newseum/Opens June 14

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, this presentation showcases the role of political satire in shaping political engagement by spotlighting the popular Comedy Central series.

Women of Progress
National Portrait Gallery/June 14, 2019-May 31, 2020

A presentation of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from the 1840s and 1850s of early feminist icons including author Harriet Beacher Stowe and activist Margaret Fuller.

By the People Festival
Citywide/June 15-23
The second edition of Halcyon’s inclusive arts and innovation festival brings visual art, performing art, and dialogue to all four quadrants of Washington, DC, all free and open to the public.

AFI Docs
June 19-23/Citywide

The nation’s documentary film festival welcomes documentarians presenting topical new films and remastered classics. AFI Docs underlines DC’s role as capital of nonfiction filmmaking.

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle
Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th & 14th streets NW/June 22-23
The slow-smoked tradition draws passionate and professional grillers in Penn Quarter.

The Warmth of Other Suns
Phillips Collection/June 22-Sept. 22

Based on The Restless Earth, shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017, the exhibition presents historical and contemporary works by approximately 100 artists—from the United States and Mexico as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of the global refugee crisis.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
National Mall/June 29-30

The animating theme of the 51st annual museum of living culture is the social power of music spotlighting artistic traditions in Benin and Brazil and more.


A Capitol Fourth
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol/July 4
The nationally televised concert will feature Broadway greats, pop stars, TV personalities and sports champions alongside the National Symphony Orchestra.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon
National Gallery of Art/July 14, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

A survey of some 50 works, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission and moon landing, considers the moon as the subject of photography from its origins to close-ups taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Brew at the Zoo
National Zoological Park/July 18
Friends of the National Zoo welcome 60 American microbreweries to their Rock Creek Park campus for tastings.

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum/July 16-20

The largest museum in the world devoted to aviation and space travel will mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and moon walk with educational activities, special programs and events including Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit returning to display.

Citi Open Tennis Classic
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center/July 27-Aug. 4
One of DC’s longest-standing sports traditions since 1969 returns to the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Some of the biggest names in professional tennis including returning champ Alexander Zverev will take the court.

Dear Evan Hansen
Kennedy Center/Aug. 6-Sept. 8

The empathetic Millennial musical returns to the city where it was workshopped as a Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center/Aug. 31
The Library of Congress presents the 19th edition of its cavalcade of authors across genres: fiction, history, graphic novels, cookbooks, science fiction, children’s books, bios and more.


Labor Day Concert
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol/TBD
The outdoor concert from the National Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Kennedy Center’s 20-2019-2020 performing arts season.