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  1. Virtual exhibits, outdoor activities & so much more. You can find amazing events all year long in Washington, DC. Explore everything that’s going on, from annual festivals and holiday celebrations to new museum exhibits, concerts and so much more. Jan.

  2. Make plans for unforgettable experiences in the nation's capital this January. The first month of 2022 is packed with a great mix of events. After you’ve read through this list, make sure to check out our things to do for the week and weekend and read why DC is the best city to visit in 2022.

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    A Christmas Carol Ford’s Theatre |Nov. 24 - Dec. 27, 2021 Experience Charles Dickens’ beloved Yuletide story of transformation and redemption, “A Christmas Carol,” at the historic Ford’s Theatre. Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show Atlas Performing Arts Center | Dec. 9-19, 2021 Energize the holidays and enjoy the 10th anniversary of “Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show,” a vibrant holiday celebration. The Nutcracker Warner Theatre | Nov. 27 - Dec. 26, 2021 Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, the celebrated classic comes to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from the Washington School of Ballet. Tootsie The National Theatre | Dec. 7-12, 2021 The comedy musical tells the story of Michael Dorsey. He’s a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Pretty Woman: The Musical The National Theatre | Dec. 28,...

    Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian | Early 2022 A new exhibit features works from internationally acclaimed artist Preston Singletary and tells the story of Raven, the creator of the world and giver of the stars, moon and sun. Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands National Portrait Gallery | Through May 30, 2022 For the first time, a museum focuses on the portraiture work of visionary Chinese American artist Hung Liu. The exhibition is also the artist’s first on the East Coast. Winter Restaurant Week Citywide | Jan. 17 - 23 2022 Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington hosts DC’s biannual celebration of its dining scene in January. Restaurant Week offers diners pre-fixe menus for lunch/brunch ($22) and dinner ($35 and $55). The Mountaintop Ford’s Theatre | Jan. 21 – Feb. 13, 2022 The events that take place the night before the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are reimagined on stage.

    Mystery & Faith: The Shroud of Turin Museum of the Bible | Feb. 26 – July 31, 2022 Believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Shroud of Turin inspires an innovative exhibition that surveys the object’s history and impact. Picasso Phillips Collection | Feb. 26 – Jun. 12, 2022 Picasso: Painting the Blue Period is a groundbreaking exhibition that provides new insight into the creative process of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) at the outset of his career. It is the first exhibition in Washington, DC, in 25 years to focus on the early works of the 20th century icon, just as he was beginning to define himself on the international stage. Black History Month Citywide | February 2022 During Black History Month, DC offers special events, performances and museum exhibits that honor African American history and culture across the city. While programming is still being developed, landmarks of interest may include the National Museum of African American History, African American...

    Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Citywide | March 2022 Celebrations around the anniversary marking at least 200 years since Harriet Tubman’s birth will take place in Washington, DC. Sites including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery and the International Spy Museum already have Harriet Tubman artifacts on display. Catch Me If You Can Arena Stage | March 4 – April 17, 2022 Catch the Tony-nominated musical comedy based on the popular Spielberg film. Riverdance: 25th Anniversary Show The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | March 15-27, 2022 The ground-breaking stage show that brought Irish and international dance to new heights comes to the Kennedy Center with a stirring reinvention for its 25th anniversary. Grace Ford’s Theatre | March 18 – May 14, 2022 Black music, business, culture and culinary traditions merge in a world premiere musical set to debut in one of DC’s most historic setting...

  4. Discover pure joy in Washington, DC this winter. A holiday trip to the nation’s capital means you can dine by the fire at a cozy restaurant, marvel at the National Christmas Tree, eat s'mores near the waterfront, shop at local holiday markets and enjoy warm drinks at a local restaurant.

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    Play ball: An exhibition currently on display at the National Museum of American History looks at the relationship between baseball and Latinxplayers for more than 100 years. Titled “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” the exhibit features 63 artifacts—e.g., throwback baseball cards and a handmade ball from Cuba—to help tell the story of how Latinxplayers changed the game. Free. Latinx rhythms: NPR’s Alt.Latino will take over the Tiny Desk concerts for Hispanic Heritage Month to bring you “El Tiny.” The curated line-up includes J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Prince Royce, Such, Maye, and more. You can find the at-home concerts posted on NPR’s Music YouTube channelthroughout the month.

    Sing-along: Kids can jam out to the musical stylings of guitarist Mr. Lilo during a Facebook Live hosted by the DC Public Library. The singer-songwriter belts in both English and Spanish for a concert you can stream in your living room. Wednesday 9/15 at 4 PM; Free, watch on Facebook live here. History where it happened: Head to Mount Pleasant’s Lamont Park for an outdoor screeningof La Manplensa, a film about the neighborhood’s protests in reaction to the 1991 police shooting of Salvadoran resident Daniel Gomez. The documentary features interviews with activists, artists, and longtime residents who experienced the uprising firsthand and its impact on the local Salvadoran community. Sponsored by Mount Pleasant Library and Friends, the event will also include live musical performances and food from vegan Salvadoranpop-up No Pierdas Las Cultura. Wednesday 9/15; 6 PM to 9 PM; free.

    Climate champions:Young people are at the forefront of climate activism around the world—including in South America, where Native youth are vocal advocates fighting for environmental justice. Hear from three indigenous activistsworking to protect their communities’ natural resources during a virtual conversation organized by the American Indian Museum. The discussion will occur in Spanish with closed captioning provided in both English and Spanish. Thursday 9/16 from 4 PM to 5 PM; free; register here.

    Festival fun: NOVA BOSSA, a Brazilian-owned fashion and design retail store, is teaming up with the Embassy of Guatemala and Latin marketplaceLa Cosecha to host a one-day cultural festival that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Guatemala’s independence. Get a taste of Guatemala through a cooking demonstration and pop-up shops that will offer a selection of Guatemalan dishes and drinks. NOVA BOSSA will also be selling Guatemalan jewelry during the festival. Saturday 9/18 from 10 AM to 8 PM; Free,learn more here.

    Story time: The Beatley Central Library in Alexandria will be hosting bilingual storytimes for kids throughout the month. Sit out in the Reading Garden next Tuesday or join in on a virtual session on September 23 and October 6. Tuesday 9/21, Thursday 9/23, and Wednesday 10/6 from 11:30 AM to 12 PM; Free,find out more.

    Movie night: DCPL’s Parkland-Turner Library in Congress Heights hosts a monthly movie night for teenagers, and September’s screeningwill honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Watch Disney/Pixar’s Coco, an animated film that takes place in Mexico on Día de los Muertos. The movie explores the holiday’s customs and the country’s musical traditions through the story of Miguel, a self-taught guitarist who must find a way to return to the Land of the Living with the help of his ancestors. Wednesday 9/22 at 4 PM; Free.

    New perspectives: The Smithsonian Latino Center, American Indian Museum, and African American History Museum are bringing together a slate of scholars and curators for a virtual conference that highlights the stories of enslaved indigenous people in South America and Asia. Programming includes panel discussions, dance performances, and a conversation about passing Genízarotraditions across generations. Friday 9/24 to Monday 9/27 from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM; Free, stream here.

    Borders: Listen to George Mason University professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera talk about the current state of Mexico-US relationship in regards to immigration, security, energy, and the border. Tuesday 9/28 at 7:00 PM; Free, register here.

    Baking fun: Learn how to make tres leches cake at a virtual baking class hosted by Alexandria Library. From Politics to Pastry chef Amy Duvall will demonstrate in real time how to make the creamy dessert. Sunday 10/3 from 2 PM to 4 PM; Free, register here.

  5. Nov 30, 2021 · $1,000 can buy: One-month shared-kitchen membership for an entrepreneur. Urban Ed. The unemployment rate in DC’s Ward 8—where Urban Ed is based—is the highest in the city. Among this nonprofit’s programs is one that teaches adults the skills needed for a job in information technology. Last year, 90 percent of graduates found employment.

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