Washington, D.C.

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  • 1. Arena Stage

    Southwest | Theater

    The first regional theater company to win a Tony Award performs innovative American theater, reviving such classic plays as Oklahoma and also...Read More

  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    2. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Foggy Bottom | Dance

    On the bank of the Potomac River, the gem of the Washington, D.C., performing arts scene is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Suzanne...Read More

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  • 3. Shakespeare Theatre

    Downtown | Theater

    This acclaimed troupe crafts fantastically staged and acted performances of works by Shakespeare and other significant playwrights, offering...Read More

  • 4. Smithsonian Institution

    The Mall | Film

    Throughout the year the Smithsonian Associates sponsor programs that offer everything from a cappella groups to Cajun zydeco bands; all events...Read More

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  • 5. The Howard Theatre

    U Street | Music

    What was once was "the largest colored theatre in the world" is operating again in the heart of Washington's historic "Black Broadway." The...Read More

  • 6. Woolly Mammoth

    Downtown | Theater

    Unusual cutting-edge shows with solid acting have earned this company top reviews and 35 Helen Hayes Awards. The theater performs works for...Read More

  • 7. AMC Loews Uptown 1

    Upper Northwest | Film

    This is a true movie palace, with art-deco flourishes; a wonderful balcony; and—in two happy concessions to modernity—crystal clear Dolby sound...Read More

  • 8. Armed Forces Concert Series

    Capitol Hill | Music

    In a Washington tradition, bands from the four branches of the armed services perform June to August on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday...Read More

  • 9. Avalon Theatre

    Upper Northwest | Film

    This classic movie house from 1923 is DC's only nonprofit film center. The theater offers a wide array of studio films and independent and foreign...Read More

  • 10. Busboys and Poets

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  • 11. Capital Fringe Festival

    Downtown | Festivals

    Since its founding in 2005, the Capital Fringe Festival has grown each year, and currently offers no fewer than 125 productions over a three...Read More

  • 12. Carter Barron Amphitheatre

    Upper Northwest | Music

    This 3,750-seat outdoor theater in the middle of Washington's historic Rock Creek Park used to host a variety of pop, jazz, gospel, and rhythm...Read More

  • 13. Choral Arts Society of Washington

    Foggy Bottom | Music

    From fall to late spring, this 200-voice choir performs a musical array, ranging from classical to tango to Broadway, at the Kennedy Center...Read More

  • 14. Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress

    Capitol Hill | Music

    Since its first concert, in 1925, the Coolidge has hosted most of the 20th- and 21st-century's greatest performers and composers, including...Read More

  • 15. D.C. Blues Society

    Music

    This clearinghouse for information on upcoming shows, festivals, and jam sessions in the metropolitan area also publishes a regular newsletter...Read More

  • 16. D.C. Jewish Community Center

    Dupont Circle | Arts Centers

    The Washington Jewish Music Festival and the Washington Jewish Film Festival are hosted here, along with periodic musical performances by a...Read More

  • 17. DAR Constitution Hall

    White House area | Concerts

    Acts ranging from Steve Harvey to Josh Gorban to B.B. King perform at this 3,700-seat venue, one of Washington's grand old halls. It's is well...Read More

  • 18. District of Columbia Arts Center

    Adams Morgan | Theater

    Known by area artists as DCAC, this cross-genre space shows changing exhibits in its gallery and presents avant-garde performance art, improv...Read More

  • 19. Dumbarton Concerts

    Georgetown | Music

    A fixture in Georgetown since 1772 (in its current location since 1850), Dumbarton United Methodist Church sponsors a concert series that has...Read More

  • 20. Filmfest DC

    Logan Circle | Film

    Now entering its 29th year, this annual citywide festival of international cinema (officially known as the D.C. International Film Festival...Read More

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