Washington, D.C.

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Washington, D.C. - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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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

  • 2. Folger Theatre

    Capitol Hill | Theater

    The theater at the Folger Shakespeare Library, an intimate 250-seat re-creation of the inn-yard theaters of Shakespeare's time, hosts three...Read More

  • 3. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Foggy Bottom | Dance

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

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  • 4. Landmark's E Street Cinema

    Downtown | Film

    Specializing in independent, foreign, and documentary films, this theater is beloved by D.C. movie enthusiasts both for its selection and its...Read More

  • 5. National Archives Film Series


    Historical films, usually documentaries, are shown here regularly. Screenings range from Robert Flaherty's 1942 coverage of the plight of migrant...Read More

  • 6. National Gallery of Art Concert Series

    The Mall | Film

    On Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm from mid-May through the end of August, jazz groups from all over the country perform to packed crowds at the Pavilion...Read More

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  • 7. Shakespeare Theatre

    Downtown | Theater

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

  • 8. Smithsonian Institution Concert Series

    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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  • 9. Studio Theatre

    Dupont Circle | Theater

    This multifaceted theater company, one of the city's busiest, produces an eclectic season of contemporary European and offbeat American plays...Read More

  • 10. The Howard Theatre

    U Street | Music

    Opened in 1910, the Howard Theatre continues to be a draw in Washington, D.C. Initially a venue to highlight African American artists, the Howard...Read More

  • 11. 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

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