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Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC
Catch these DC events, plays and museum exhibits you must experience before it's too late!
Many events, plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist. Catch ‘em while you can!
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Maryland Renaissance Festival – Ends Oct. 22
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, MD (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Fill the weekend by checking out Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 22.
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
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‘Native Gardens’ – Ends Oct. 22
Neighbors clash in this cultural comedy that comes to Arena Stage, one of DC’s most reputable playhouses. When Tania and Pablo move next door to DC couple Virginia and Frank, an epic battle ensues, filled with racial and political tension. Prepare for laughs as well as searing commentary on how cultures clash and come together.
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‘Death of a Salesman’ – Ends Oct. 22
Arthur Miller’s classic is staged at the historic Ford’s Theatre. Get to know Willy Loman, whose pursuit of the American Dream is coming to an end. Across 24 hours, Willy looks back on fatherhood, his marriage and his career, filled with regret over a life that he feels failed to meet his own expectations. He looks to his sons to fill the void. Don’t miss this Pulitzer Prize-winning play while it’s in the District.
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Mariinsky Ballet: ‘La Bayadère’ – Oct. 17-22
The Mariinsky Ballet, a legendary Russian ballet company, returns to the Kennedy Center to perform La Bayadère, one of their most famous renditions. The piece touches on forbidden love, betrayal and the afterlife through its gorgeous choreography, stunning sets and costumes and unforgettable characters. The “Shades” scene is its most famous, when maidens dressed in white seemingly float across the stage in perfect alignment. The last time this production came to DC, it dazzled sold-out crowds, so get your tickets quickly.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566
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‘The Lover’ and ‘The Collection’ – Ends Oct. 29
Two plays from legendary playwright Harold Pinter will be performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre. The Lover concerns a couple planning infidelity, while The Collection finds a husband confronting a rival. Pinter’s work will make you ponder the differences between reality and what we choose to believe in our everyday lives.
Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
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PUB Dread – Ends Oct. 31
From the same group that brought you the Game of Thrones pop-up bar and Miracle on Seventh Street comes PUB Dread, a spooky way to savor drinks this Halloween season. Different themed rooms, including a haunted forest, a crypt, a parlor filled with creepy dolls and a “Spacebar,” will make up this lavish holiday creation from Derek Brown and crew. Drinks will use fall ingredients like apple cider and pumpkin, as well as candy and even Twizzler soda. Prepare for a unique bar-going experience this October.
Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
1839-1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
For more events, festivals and things to do in Washington, DC, check out our events calendar.