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60+ Things to Do This April in Washington, DC

Discover a packed calendar of can’t-miss events in April, including National Cherry Blossom Festival and springtime celebrations, new theater productions and so much more.

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation's capital and plan your visit today.

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Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC - The Best Things to Do This Spring in DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Through April 14
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration fills the first two weeks of April with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events to be enjoyed in April: Petalpalooza (April 6) at The Wharf and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 13).

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The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) in Shaw - Things to do in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar) – Through April 21
For the third consecutive year, the Cherry Blossom PUB returns to DC to spice up spring in Shaw. The 2019 edition features a room designed like a bowl of ramen, with sculptures of noodles and chopsticks and actual ramen from Ramen by UZU served. There’s also a garden room inspired by the Palace of Versailles’ Fontaine de L’Encelade. The drink menu offers the Honeydew, Honey See (sake, vermouth, fermented sake syrup, cucumber, honeydew, absinthe) as well as the Once and Floral (gin, peach, lemon, orange flower water, egg white, matcha).
5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday
1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Free Expression Awards at the Newseum - Events this April in Washington, DC

Free Expression Awards – April 4
Newseum is the ultimate champion of free speech, so it is fitting that the museum holds this ceremony in honor of those who champion free expression. The event will be hosted by Katie Couric and will honor Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, founder of the ‘me too’ movement Tarana Burke, the co-hosts of Queer Eye and many others.
6:30-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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\Visitors with Zilia Sánchez, Lunar (Moon), 1985. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 1/2 × 73 1/2 × 14 in., Collection of Ignacio J. López Beguiristain and Laura M. Guerra, San Juan. Photo: Rhiannon Newman

Phillips After 5 – April 4
The Phillips Collection celebrates its Soy Isla exhibit with this special after-hours event. You will be able to sample rum from local Thrasher Distillery, create Zilia Sánchez-inspired art, sample island snacks in Tryst Café and groove to sounds from Puerto Rico and Cuba during a performance by Grupo Quimbo. The night will also feature Spanish-speaking exhibition tours.
5-8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Chefs cooking for ChefsFeed Indie Week - Culinary events in Washington, DC

ChefsFeed Indie Week – April 4-5, 7
ChefsFeed brings a weekend’s worth of events to the nation’s capital, starting with a sold-out event at Tim Ma’s American Son restaurant in the Eaton Hotel. On Friday, however, you can enjoy 12 courses from 12 different chefs in addition to wine pairings at the same location. Sunday presents the grand finale: 12 courses from all 24 chefs present throughout the weekend, with wine included. Dive into cuisine from all over the country in the culinary capital.
Tickets
American Son, 1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Crowd at Washington Auto Show - Winter event in Washington, DC

Washington Auto Show – April 5-14
Things are heating up for one of the nation’s largest auto shows, which will take place in spring for the first time ever, compared to its usual January run. Car lovers can expect the 2019 edition to dazzle with more than 600 new makes and models from 35-plus manufacturers. Attendees will be able to take part in three different indoor ride and drive experiences, and also take a car out for a test drive on the streets of D.C. Throughout the show, there will be artists painting cars live on-site, VIP tours led by automotive writers, appearances from local sports stars and mascots, and much more. Grab your tickets quickly – the Auto Show draws large crowds every year.
Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@dougvansant - National Cherry Blossom Festival Petalpalooza fireworks at the Wharf - Spring festival and fireworks in Washington, DC

Petalpalooza at The Wharf – April 6
Get ready for more than eight straight hours of free tunes, all-ages activities, a beer garden, interactive art installations and games, all capped off by fireworks at The Wharf during Petalpalooza (formerly known as the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival). Folks can explore DC's hottest new development and grab a great seat for the fireworks show. Entertainment begins at 12 p.m. and is capped off with fireworks at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
12-9:30 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 1100 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Walking along the Tidal Basin during the National Cherry Blossom Festival - Spring cherry blossom events in Washington, DC

21st Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk – April 6
Lace up your sneakers for this stroll, which commemorates Japanese Americans and their experience during the Second World War and encourages the continued defense of civil liberties for all Americans. The walk begins and ends at the intersection of Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues NW, the site of the National Japanese American Memorial. This year's theme is "Fractured: The Faces of Family Separation."
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. |  Free admission
Louisiana & New Jersey Avenues & D Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Cherry Blossom Night with D.C. United – April 9
For the first time, a pro sports game in DC will be included as a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s events. When D.C. United takes on the Montreal Impact on the second Tuesday in April, you can expect all kinds of cherry blossom-themed merchandise, food and beverages and on-field entertainment. A special ticket offer includes a collectible pin badge branded by both D.C. United and the Festival.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Cooking Up History food demonstration at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History with Carla Hall - Free Smithsonian events in Washington, DC

Cooking Up History: Ethiopian Culinary Cultures in Washington, DC – April 12
Cooking Up History is the National Museum of American History’s free monthly deep dive into the culinary arts at its demonstration kitchen on the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza. Each event showcases a guest chef and the museum’s resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Young. In 2019, the museum is incorporating its refresh of the FOOD: Transforming the American Table exhibit into its Cooking Up History series, highlighting objects, stories and new materials that will be featured in the display. In April, learn about Ethiopian cuisine in the District from Sileshi Alifom of DAS Ethiopian Restaurant. The cooking demonstration will be accompanied by a special Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
1 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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Newseum Nights: In Bloom – April 12
The Newseum shows off its cherry blossom spirit with one of their signature after-hours events. Enjoy an open beer and wine bar, sample sake, savor signature Asian dishes from Wolfgang Puck, see a traditional Japanese drum performance, receive a personalized haiku, explore Newseum’s latest exhibit, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, savor giveaways from ThinkFoodGroup and Nando’s and so much more.<
8:30-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Evening Reception at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Meetings and Conventions in Washington, DC

Space Oddity: Ground Control to Major Party – April 12
The National Air and Space Museum, Brightest Young Things and Yuri’s Night team up for this after-hours extravaganza. In honor of Yuri Gagarin’s landmark voyage into space on April 12, 1961, the launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981 AND the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and the release of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” the museum will offer a DJ set, a Planetarium laser light show, a live taping of the AirSpace podcast, space-inspired activities, space-related TED-style talks, food and drink. The event is for ages 21 and over.
8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Competitors at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge - April events in Washington, DC

Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge 2019 – April 12-14
For the first time, DC will host this competition that features 800 of the best CrossFit athletes in the world. DC Armory and its 70,000-square-foot space will serve as the venue for the Challenge, which will provide divisions for all skill levels. Spectator tickets are available for those who wish to take in the competition and peruse the vendor village.
Tickets
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade - Spring Events in Washington, DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC – April 13
The culmination of the National Cherry Blossom Festival yields arguably its most popular event: the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Catch everything from giant helium balloons to elaborate floats to live musical performances. Hunker down in the grandstand, or walk along the parade route – which runs for 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue NW – for free.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. |  Free admission
Parade route: Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th Streets NW, Washington, DC

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Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival - National Cherry Blossom Festival Events - Washington, DC

Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival – April 13
The largest one-day Japanese cultural festival in the United States, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is an event for all ages. Check out more than 80 cultural groups, art vendors, food booths and more than 30 total hours of programming. The event is held on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW.
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. |  Tickets
Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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DC Wine Fest - Wine festival this April in Washington, DC

DC Wine Fest – April 13
Wine lovers, rejoice. DC Wine Fest is back for a fourth year. Long View Gallery hosts this celebration of wine in the Downtown neighborhood. You will have the opportunity to sample some of the best varietals from around the world while also enjoying live music, taking in art and eating great food. Numerous ticket packages are available.
12-10 p.m. |  Tickets
Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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2016 Emancipation Day Parade in Washington, DC

DC Emancipation Day 2019 – April 13
Celebrate DC’s Emancipation Day, which honors the Emancipation Act of 1862 that ended slavery in the nation’s capital. The day will include a free parade led by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and announced by Poet Taylor of WPGC 95.5. FM, a free concert in Freedom Plaza (special guests to be announced) and a fireworks display on Pennsylvania Avenue to cap off the night.
2-8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Parade route: 10th Street NW & Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 14th Street NW & Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Concert: Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC 20004

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@insta_kenya - Dock at National Harbor in Maryland - Things to Do Near Washington, DC

Sakura Sunday – April 14
Celebrate all things blossoms across the Potomac River at bustling National Harbor during Sakura Sunday. This celebration of the Japanese-American friendship features an array of free activities, as well as a sake-rosé-beer garden hybrid and a Japanese-inspired market. Feel free to set up a picnic and enjoy the live music and entertainment during this once-per-year event.
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. |  Free admission
National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745

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Shakespeare’s Birthday celebration at Folger Shakespeare Library - Free family-friendly spring event in Washington, DC

Shakespeare’s Birthday – April 14
The Folger Theatre celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday with this annual event that is free to all. The birthday of the Bard will be honored with birthday cake, musical and theatrical performances, “sword fighting” demonstrations, discussions from Folger curators and scholars, tours of the Folger reading rooms and even food trucks. Bring the whole family out to wish a happy born day to William.
12 p.m. |  Free admission
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Anacostia River Festival - Washington, DC

Anacostia River Festival – April 14
The Anacostia River Festival celebrates connecting people to parks. Activities include hands-on art projects, a bike parade, kayaking and canoeing, lawn games, live music and performances and much more. Held in Anacostia Park, this free event encourages residents and tourists alike to explore the communities and parks east of the river.
1-5 p.m. |  Free admission
Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive & Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020

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DC Beer Festival - Events and Festivals this April - Things to do in Washington, DC

2019 DC Beer Festival – April 20
The annual DC Beer Festival takes place on the field at Nationals Park, making for one of the District’s best outdoor parties of the year. Dozens of craft breweries will be spouting their seasonal suds, as local food trucks divvy out their tastiest eats. Prepare to compete in plenty of lawn games, with the whole shebang soundtracked by deejays. General admission and VIP tickets are available.
12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Evening Party at Howard Theatre - Meetings and Conventions in Washington, DC

EAT.DRINK.SHAW. – April 24
The Shaw neighborhood hosts a celebration of its finest food and drink at the historic Howard Theatre in late April. More than 20 restaurants and bars will be on-hand to serve unlimited bites, cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks. EAT.DRINK.SHAW. will also feature live entertainment and complimentary valet parking. Grab tickets quickly, as the neighborhood will be buzzing for this one.
7-9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Smithsonian Craft Show – April 24-28
Crafters across the country descend on the National Building Museum each year for this show that shares its profits with the Smithsonian Institution. A four-day craft arts extravaganza, attendees can expect to see a full spectrum of works from 120 juried craft artists, including basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. The show kicks off with a preview night benefit on April 24.
Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Redskins Draft Night at The Anthem – Things to do this spring in Washington, DC

Redskins Draft Night at The Anthem – April 25
Inside The Wharf’s state-of-the-art concert venue, The Anthem, you can watch as the Washington Redskins make their first round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft without paying a cent. Players and alumni will also be on-hand for live commentary. The free tickets are limited to four per person, but that’s plenty of pals to bring along to celebrate the past, present and future of the local football team.
6:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Filmfest DC - Film festival this April in Washington, DC

Filmfest DC – April 25 – May 5
Beginning April 25, DC’s international film festival will touch theaters all over the city, showcasing 80 independent and foreign films from 45 countries. Its varied lineup will feature quite the genre exercise: comedies, dramas, thrillers, shorts and documentaries will all be on display. Screenings will take place at Landmark E Street Cinema, AMC Mazza Gallerie and the Embassy of France. Check the festival’s website for further updates.
Citywide

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Broccoli City Festival in Washington, DC - Spring arts, music and culture festival

Broccoli City Festival – April 26-27
Celebrate environmental awareness, a healthy lifestyle and the fact that it’s a weekend in spring with Broccoli City Festival. Friday night is preview night, offering trap karaoke and performances by Trippie Red and Tobe Nwigwe, among others. On Saturday, the star-studded lineup features Childish Gambino, Lil’ Wayne, 6lack, Wizkid and many more. In addition, there will be a food village and a vendor market. You can also get tickets to Broccoli Con (April 25-26), which will offer mentor sessions, interactive workshops and guest speakers, all in working towards more sustainable communities and businesses.
12 p.m. |  Tickets
RFK Stadium Lot 8, 2400 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Awesome Con - Events at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC

Awesome Con – April 26-28
Stars of screens big and small, popular comic book creators and thousands upon thousands of their fans will descend upon the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for Awesome Con, a weekend-long, comic book and sci-fi blowout of epic proportions. Prepare for an atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else in DC this spring (think cosplay, or lots and lots of costume-clad fans). Special guests include Cary Elwes, Weird Al Yankovic, Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia and many, many more.
Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Georgetown French Market - Events and Festivals in Washington, DC

The Georgetown French Market – April 26-28
For the 16th year, Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood turns into its own version of Paris. The Georgetown French Market features more than 35 locally owned merchants, restaurants, galleries and salons participating in an open-air shopping frenzy. Expect discounted items and rare finds. Check the official website for updates on scheduling and participating vendors.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.| Sunday: 12-5 p.m. |  Free admission
Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

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@hannah.zakaria - Exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian - Free Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC

Living Earth Festival 2019 – April 26-28
The National Museum of the American Indian hosts this free festival that carries a theme of “Farm to Table: Sustaining Our Future Through Indigenous Knowledge”. Throughout the weekend, Native innovators will showcase how their communities practice sustainability. Friday’s opening event will feature a panel discussion and film screening, while Saturday and Sunday offer demonstrations in a range of topics, including saving salmon and chocolate-making. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, storytelling and dance performances. “Conversation with the Chefs” featuring Mitsitam Cafe chef Freddie Bitsoie and founder and CEO of the Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Schedule |  Free admission
National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Tudor Place Historic House &amp; Gardens - Washington, DC

Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic – April 28
Tudor Place invites you to enjoy a picnic on its historic grounds before or after perusing a wide range of plants for sale. This is the only time that the estate allows picnicking on its gorgeous property, so take advantage of the free opportunity! Plants for sale include perennials, tropical and house plants and herbs.
12 - 4 p.m. |  Register
Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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Museum Exhibits

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912 – Free museum exhibit at  the Freer and Sackler galleries on the National Mall in DC

‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912’ – Through June 23
The Freer|Sackler galleries present the first-ever, in-depth exhibition on the women of the Qing dynasty, which lasted roughly 260 years. Empresses will elaborate on how Qing women were vital to the success of the dynasty and were in no way passive – the empresses rode horses, performed royal duties, traveled and exerted influence in the arts, religion and politics. The exhibit will feature numerous relics, including paintings, royal portraits, Buddhist sutras, costumes, jewelry and furniture, many of which came from the imperial complex used by the empresses known as the Forbidden City.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Freer|Sackler Galleries, 1050 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

‘Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling’ – Through July 28
German artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, who spent years in refugee camps at the end of World War II, composes monumental sculptures that incorporate cedar, leather, linen and other materials, crafted through labor-intensive (and at times dangerous) processes. The Contour of Feeling marks the grandest exhibition of von Rydingsvard’s work in the U.S. and her first solo exhibition in DC at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The abstract pieces evoke biographical, religious and cultural connotations, but all the while maintain a sense of mystery that only von Rydingsvard can provide.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence - Women&#039;s suffrage exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in DC

‘Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence’ – Through Jan. 5, 2020
The National Portrait Gallery honors the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with this highly anticipated exhibit. You’ll learn about the radical women that fought slavery, the women activists of the late 1800s, the “New Woman” of the 20th century and the relentless suffragists of the 1910s through a series of portraits, cultural artifacts and biographies. The exhibit will also examine the struggles that minority women still face today, 100 years after the 19th Amendment passed. Find even more ways to celebrate the achievements of women in DC.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Free admission
National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

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@johanna.hsu - Couple in Smithsonian American Art Museum&#039;s Renwick Gallery - Free art museum in Washington, DC

‘Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery’ – Ongoing
More than 80 objects celebrating craft will be showcased at the Renwick Gallery beginning March 29. Visitors can expect to see iconic pieces alongside new acquisitions, with works ranging from the 1930s to today. The display format, organized by curator Nora Atkinson, will focus on the interconnectivity of objects and how their stories intertwine, forgoing the standard practice of arranging them by chronology or material. One will be able to dive into the contemporary world of craft, an ever-evolving art, and establish their own through-lines from one work to the next.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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@jackie.bird - Women viewing art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attractions in Washington, DC

‘Power in My Hand: Women Poets, Women Artists, and Social Change’ – April 1 – Aug. 30
The National Museum of Women in the Arts frequently hosts exhibits in its Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, which is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Its newest display will showcase how women poets and artists communicate with and pay homage to each other. The exhibit will feature printed poems, artists’ books and pieces of art that show this relationship that encompasses words, images and politics.
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1-5 p.m. |  Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

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More Doctors Smoke Camels - Free museum exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC

‘More Doctors Smoke Camels’ – Opens April 5
One rarely sees advertisements for cigarettes these days, due to the well-known health issues that arise from using the product. However, from the 1920s to the 1960s, the medical community was used to sell cigarettes, presenting some truly jaw-dropping advertisements from the time period. The National Museum of American History will display many of these advertisements and illuminate how tobacco companies went about promoting their product as health problems became more and more obvious.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

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@teamgrayduck - Outside the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden - Free modern art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC

‘Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release’ – April 16 – Sept. 2
The largest U.S. museum survey of Enrico David’s work comes to the Hirshhorn Museum. The Italian artist works in a variety of media, including works on paper, paintings, installations and sculptures. Many of his pieces focus on the human form and its gradually shifting and evolving nature, evidenced by the title of the exhibit and his incredible sculpture of the same name. The Hirshhorn’s Second Level inner-circle serves as the perfect space to display David’s challenging works.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue SW & 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20560

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@austinkgraff - Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC

Sriking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths’ – April 17 – Oct. 20
This traveling exhibition comes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Striking Iron will feature more than 225 works of art spanning early archaeological evidence to today. Throughout, visitors will notice how African blacksmiths were able to turn a natural resource into life-altering objects that not only served as utilities, but also displayed incredible artistry, spirituality and technical skill.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560

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Loewy et Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire Rayonnement de Tycho - Phase Croissante, 1899

‘By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11’ – April 28 – Oct. 14
The National Gallery of Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with this exhibition of rarely seen lunar images that beautifully blend science and art. Across roughly 50 works, you’ll see photographs from unmanned missions leading up to Apollo 11, stenographs taken on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and lunar shots that date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Hours |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Theater

Native Son at the Atlas Performing Arts Center - Spring theater in Washington, DC

Mosaic Theater Company: ‘Native Son’ – Through April 28
Richard Wright’s classic novel comes to life on stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in this riveting adaptation. Bigger Thomas lives in poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, constantly fighting oppression and racism. After the 20-year old gets a job working at a rich white man’s home, a series of violent events unfold that seal Thomas’ fate. Mosaic Theater Company presents this fast-paced rendition of one of the most important novels of the 20th century.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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The Peculiar Patriot at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Spring performing arts in Washington, DC

‘The Peculiar Patriot’ – April 1-20
Liza Jessie Peterson performs this one-woman show that will highlight the corruption and inequality found within America’s criminal justice system, which has imprisoned 2.3 million people, leaving an indelible impact on friends, families and communities. Peterson’s character, Betsy LaQuanda Ross, visits penitentiaries regularly to cheer up her loved ones. In addition to neighborhood gossip, Betsy shares illuminating information on the injustice at-hand. Peterson has spent decades working with prison populations, and her show will trace the roots of the booming incarceration industry all the way back to plantations.
Tickets
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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@jim_malone - Balcony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater and performing arts in Washington, DC

New York City Ballet: 2 Programs – April 2-7
The New York City Ballet comes to the Kennedy Center to take on a range of compositions across six days of performances. April 2, 3 and 7 will feature the company showcasing their breathtaking choreography via classic works from Reisen, Balanchine and Robbins. From April 4-6, you can see new works and productions from the company, including a performance featuring hip-hop tracks by Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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‘Junk’ – April 5 – May 5
Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s latest work will be staged at the illustrious Arena Stage. Junk is a spellbinding look at Wall Street and junk bond giants in the 1980s, with the conniving Robert Merkin at its center. Merkin hopes to take over a family-owned manufacturing company without the slightest hint of remorse. Akhtar dives into Merkin’s world and those who try to hold him accountable in this riveting production.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Mariinsky Ballet: ‘La Bayadère’ - Event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

Mariinsky Ballet: ‘Le Corsaire’ – April 9-14
The legendary Mariinsky Ballet completes its annual engagement at the Kennedy Center with a captivating adaptation of Marius Pepita’s story. Le Corsaire involves pirates, maidens, a stunning betrayal and an intense rescue at sea. Expect breathtaking choreography, jaw-dropping scenery and a strong sense of adventure from Mariinsky Ballet, which last performed this masterpiece over a decade ago to sold out crowds at the Kennedy Center.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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@endave - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom - Theater in Washington, DC

‘The Me I Want to Sing’ – April 13
Opera legends Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price perform together in this show that was a smash hit with audiences at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage back in 2017. The two women will sing opera, art songs and narrate through spoken word. The challenges faced by both African American women and ongoing race issues take center stage in this work that was originally commissioned by the Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.
1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Falun Dafa Association of D.C. presents: ‘Shen Yun’ - Kennedy Center performances this spring in DC

Falun Dafa Association of D.C. presents: ‘Shen Yun’ – April 17-21
China was once known as the Middle Kingdom, and Shen Yun will bring this ancient world to life through dance, an orchestra and incredible backdrops from April 17-21. All these elements come together to reveal 5,000 years of awe-inspiring Chinese stories and history. Discover new dimensions, powerful heritage and historical wisdom in this jaw-dropping performance.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Rorschach Theatre: ‘Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven’ - Spring theater in Washington, DC

Rorschach Theatre: ‘Annie Jump & the Library of Heaven’ – April 19 – May 19
Rorschach Theatre presents plays as “installations,” fully immersing the audience in the world of the production. Atlas Performing Arts Center will host one of these performances with Annie Jump & the Library of Heaven. The brilliant Annie encounters what terrifies her most: a popular girl. However, said popular girl might be a super computer designed to bring humans to the stars. In turn, Annie has some decisions to make. An easy decision: you bringing your family to this enlightening, uplifting and imaginative play.
Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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STOMP at National Theatre - Performing arts in Washington, DC this April

‘STOMP’ – April 23-28
One of modern theater’s greatest success stories is STOMP, the innovative, earth-shattering production that reimagines rhythm. An eight-member group will use matchboxes, poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lights and much, much more to create percussion. This updated rendition will also feature new props, including tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. See sound and movement like you never have before……or for the 100th time, as STOMP never gets old.
Tickets
The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Broadway Center Stage: The Who&#039;s Tommy - Broadway theater in Washington, DC

Broadway Center Stage: ‘The Who’s Tommy’ – April 24-29
With Casey Cott of Riverdale in the starring role, this stage adaptation of The Who’s classic rock opera, Tommy, promises to create plenty of buzz in the DC theater scene this spring. The semi-staged concert will feature actors carrying scripts for various scenes, but still promises plenty of excitement and unforgettable songs. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of a “deaf, dumb and blind” boy who becomes a pinball wizard – and triumphs over his troubles. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Jubilee production at Arena Stage - Spring theater performances in Washington, DC

‘Jubilee’ – April 26 – June 2
Arena Stage presents the world premiere of Tazewell Thompson’s acapella musical about the legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, an African American ensemble that shattered racial barriers abroad and at home. Powerful spirituals will be performed throughout, as the production features more than three dozen songs in total.
Tickets
Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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The Oresteia at Shakespeare Theatre Company - Theater in Washington, DC

‘The Oresteia’ – April 30 – June 2
Veteran director Michael Kahn closes the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s season and his time as Artistic Director with Ellen McLoughlin’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ trilogy regarding the doomed house of Atreus. Queen Clytemnestra awaits the return of her husband, Agamemnon, while waiting to avenge the death of one child. In turn, she only dooms the others in this epic interpretation of an essential and timeless story.
Tickets
Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Love&#039;s Labor&#039;s Lost at Folger Theatre - Shakespeare performance in Washington, DC

‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’ – April 30 – June 9
Folger Theatre offers up this Shakespeare comedy with direction by Vivienne Benesch. A young king and his three pals decide to renounce women and take up scholarly pursuits full-time. However, the Princess of France and her companions soon arrive, making the pact much more difficult to keep. Expect lovers, clowns and plenty of tomfoolery in this play that shows how hard it can be to resist the charms of the opposite sex.
Tickets
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

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Music

Let’s Eat Grandma – April 1
With a name based on a grammatical joke meant to emphasize comma placement, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingsworth already make you sit up in your seat. Their debut album, I, Gemini, was released when both women were just 17 years old, sending shockwaves through British pop. Their experimental, electrified take on pop is even more dynamic on I’m All Ears, released last year to wide critical acclaim. Expect an infectious performance from the duo at 9:30 Club.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Muse at Capital One Arena - Concerts this spring in Washington, DC

Muse – April 2
British rockers Muse have been crafting rock epics for over a decade, combining elements of prog rock, electronica, metal and classical music. Equally influenced by the experimentation of Radiohead and the operatic sounds of Queen, Muse’s music is always stadium-ready, and their current Simulation Theory world tour provides an incredible live music experience.
7:30 p.m. | Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Blossom Bash at The Anthem - National Cherry Blossom Festival event in Washington, DC

Blossom Bash – April 5
The Anthem, a state-of-the-art venue at The Wharf, will host this musical celebration of the cherry blossom season. Pop megastar Meaghan Trainor takes the stage for the second year of this bash, while MAX and Jake Miller will open the show. Before or after the concert, make sure to check out all of the best things to see, eat and do at The Wharf.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Deafheaven and Baroness concert at The Fillmore Silver Spring near Washington, DC

Deafheaven & Baroness – April 10
Warning: this will get VERY loud. Deafheaven blends aggressive metal with elements of shoegaze and post-punk to create a sound you will not hear anywhere else. Baroness mixes together classic metal with prog rock, turning their songs and albums into musical journeys. Both bands can move from towering, breakneck riffs to ambient beauty at the drop of a hat. Bring some ear plugs (or don’t, if you’re a bad ass) and a well-rested neck to The Fillmore Silver Spring for this one.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Queen Latifah at the Kennedy Center - Spring concert in Washington, DC

Queen Latifah – April 14
The Kennedy Center’s Bridge Concert Series welcomes one of the entertainment industry’s greatest pioneers. Queen Latifah began as a powerful female voice in hip-hop. She has since added actress, label president, entrepreneur and author to her list of credentials. Latifah will bring her wealth of talent to the Center for the first time for this Sunday night performance.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Black Lips – April 16
Black Lips initially came to prominence via lo-fi but singalong-ready garage rock in the early 2000s. Since then, the Atlanta, Ga. band has continuously evolved their sound, building on their 1960s/punk-indebted tunes, even adding a female saxophonist to the group along the way. Black Cat is the perfect spot for this collection of outlaws to play their daring brand of rock and roll.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Spiritualized – April 16
Spiritualized is the musical project of one Jason Pierce. Their work has been adored by critics since 1992’s groundbreaking debut, Lazer Guided Melodies. Pierce’s compositions aim to take listeners to the sky and well beyond – hence the classification of the group as “space rock,” a term that barely existed before Spiritualized came along. Utilizing a cascade of guitars just like Pierce’s first band, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized will take you to another plane of existence at Lincoln Theatre this April.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Best music venues in Washington, DC

Foals – April 18
One of British rock’s most fascinating groups recently released their first album(s) in four years in the form of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Parts 1 & 2. Foals wowed audiences with a jaw-dropping performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2013 and have not looked back since. Their torrential live show and robust collection of new songs means they deserve two shows at 9:30 Club this April. While the first is sold out, you can still get tickets to this Thursday night performance.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Citizen Cope – April 17
After a six-year absence, Clarence Greenwood – who performs under the name Citizen Cope – recently released Heroin and Helicopters, marking his dramatic return to making a rootsy mix of blues, rock, soul and folk. Greenwood was born in Memphis but was raised in DC, making him a beloved local musician and one who will play classics like “Son’s Gonna Rise” and “Bullet And A Target” to a packed house at Lincoln Theatre on April 17.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC

Method Man & Redman – April 18
This boisterous hip-hop duo is responsible for a classic album and a cult classic film, equipped with hilarious rapport that has made them beloved by an entire generation of fans. Method Man got his start with the Wu-Tang Clan, but quickly became a solo superstar. Redman has been bringing his own ruckus since the early ‘90s, a Def Jam legend whose humorous rhymes pair perfectly with Method Man’s technical brilliance. The Howard Theatre will be jumpin’ for this one.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Exterior of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Theater in Washington, DC

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – April 18-20
The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a fresh and exciting interpretation of one of the most famous pieces of music in history, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The collective will also take on Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 2 and Brahms’s Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn across this three-night run at the Kennedy Center.
Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Kenny Chesney – April 19
Country music royalty comes to The Anthem this April. Kenny Chesney is responsible for some of the most popular country songs of the last 20 years, including “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem”. The singer packs venues all over the country on each of his tours, so purchase your tickets ASAP – the prior night’s show already sold out.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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CeCe Peniston – April 21
CeCe Peniston is one of the greatest dance club artists of all-time. The talented singer became a household name in 1992 with “Finally,” an all-time banger that can still pack a floor to this day. She continued to release songs to move your feet to throughout the 1990s and 2000s, working with some of the leading artists in the genre. CeCe can still put on a hell of a show to this day, so you will want to be on-hand for her performance at City Winery.
Tickets
City Winery, 1350 Okie Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Death band performance at Howard Theatre - Concerts in Washington, DC

Death – April 25
The story of Death is one of tragedy and long overdue triumph. The group was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1971 by three African American brothers: David (guitar), Bobby (bass, vocals) and Dannis (drums) Hackney. Their debut album, …For the Whole World to See, saw little fanfare upon its 1975 release. The band continued to record music, but when David slipped into addiction and eventually passed away, Death became nonexistent. It wasn’t until their music was unearthed in the 2000s and eventually re-released that audiences came to realize that Death pre-dated the punk movement by years with their aggressive and political take on rock. The historic Howard Theatre will host the reunited group (which now features friend Bobbie Duncan on guitar) in late April.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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Echostage - Live Music Venues in Washington, DC

Galantis – April 26
Known for head-turning performances at Coachella, Galantis has brought EDM to the masses with immaculately produced songs. The duo is composed of Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw, who had each experienced success in the genre before uniting. Now, you’ll have the opportunity to groove to what Galantis puts down at Echostage, DC’s primary home for the best in EDM.
9 p.m. |  Tickets
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

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Kali Uchis – April 28
Kali Uchis is a rising star in R&B, one who drew influence from Kelis, No Doubt and Digable Planets in her youth, only to create music that masterfully blends all three. After her 2012 mixtape, Drunken Babble, generated plenty of buzz, Uchis has since released the EP Por Vida and a widely acclaimed debut album, Isolation. The Colombian-American singer will bring her lovely take on pop to The Anthem this April, along with English singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, a 21-year old just beginning to pave a path in pop herself.
8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

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Girlpool – April 28
Cleo Tucker (they/them) and Harmony Tividad (she/her) form Girlpool, one of indie rock’s torch bearers as the 2020s approach. Their 2017 album, Powerplant, added drummer Miles Wintner to the mix, creating a fuller sound and an unforgettable record that received widespread acclaim, and this year’s What Chaos is Imaginary has also received glowing reviews. Cleo and Harmony make beautiful music together, with songs that cut straight to the point, whether the point is love or struggle. Black Cat will host this talented duo.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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