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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Armed Forces Concert Series

    Capitol Hill | Music

    In a Washington tradition, bands from the four branches of the armed services perform from June through August on weekday evenings on the U...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Choral Arts Society of Washington


    From fall to late spring, this 200-voice choir, founded in 1965 by Norman Scribner, performs a musical array, ranging from classical to tango...Read More

  • 5. 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 centuries' greatest performers and composers, including...Read More

  • 6. D.C. Blues Society


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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Folger Shakespeare Library

    Capitol Hill | Music

    The library's internationally acclaimed resident chamber music ensemble, the Folger Consort, regularly presents Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque...Read More

  • 9. Folklore Society of Greater Washington


    At more than 200 events a year, the all-volunteer society presents folk and traditional musicians and dancers from all over the country. Venues...Read More

  • 10. Lincoln Theatre

    U Street | Music

    The Lincoln Theatre is a historical venue from 1922, back when Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Baily were joined by the likes of...Read More

  • 11. Lisner Auditorium

    Foggy Bottom | Dance

    A nearly 1,500-seat theater on the campus of George Washington University attracts students and outsiders alike to its pop, classical, and choral...Read More

  • 12. National Symphony Orchestra

    Foggy Bottom | Music

    Under the leadership of music director Gianandrea Noseda, the orchestra performs classic works by repertoire including classical and popular...Read More

  • 13. Phillips Collection

    Dupont Circle | Music

    Duncan Phillips's mansion is more than an art museum. On Sunday afternoon from October through May, chamber groups from around the world perform...Read More

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  • 14. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

    Chinatown | Music

    Known for its author readings and its comedy, with guests ranging from comedian Tina Fey to Nancy Pelosi, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue...Read More

  • 15. The In Series

    U Street | Music

    Cabaret, experimental chamber opera, and Spanish musical theater (also known as zarzuela) are among the hallmarks of this company founded in...Read More

  • 16. Warner Theatre

    Downtown | Dance

    One of Washington's grand theaters, the Warner hosts Broadway road shows, dance recitals, high-profile pop-music acts, and comedians in a majestic...Read More

  • 17. Washington National Cathedral

    Upper Northwest | Music

    Concerts and recitals by visiting musicians augment the choral and church groups that frequently perform in this breathtaking cathedral. Recitals...Read More

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  • 18. Washington Performing Arts

    Foggy Bottom | Music

    One of the city's oldest arts organizations stages high-quality classical music, jazz, gospel, world music, modern dance, and performance art...Read More

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