Washington DC hosts exciting events, concerts and much more through the entire month of February. Join DC this February for these unforgettable experiences:
50 Years of Broadway at the Kennedy Center – Feb. 11-12
The Kennedy Center has hosted numerous Broadway smashes across its 50 years, including pre-Broadway engagements and thrilling revivals. Across two nights, DC’s legendary cultural center will celebrate some of the greatest moments in Broadway history with a collection of stage stars you are unlikely to see in one place again, including Stephanie J. Block, Alfie Boe, Sierra Boggess, Gavin Creel, Christopher Jackson, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Andrea McArdle, Andrew Rannells and many more. Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart will host this once-in-a-lifetime event.
National Geographic Museum Reopening – Feb. 16
After being closed for nearly two years, the National Geographic Museum will reopen this February. Free registration will be offered through the end of the month, with pre-registration for tickets available on the museum’s website. Two new exhibitions will welcome you back: Once Upon a Climb: Stories of Everest and The Greatest Wildlife Photographs.
John Mayer – Feb. 23
Now synonymous with guitar wizardry, John Mayer will bring his immense talent and a long list of hits to the Capital One Arena as part of his Sob Rock tour this February. Fans should be clamouring for a DC stop from the acclaimed singer/songwriter, as he hasn’t performed in the District since 2017. Expect a mix of favourites and new tunes from the adventurous musician.
The National Children’s Museum presents this interactive experience, which translates to “ABC Exhibition”. Hosted in partnership with the Qatar Foundation, the exhibition introduces young audiences to the Arabic alphabet and language. Kids can explore the 28 letters that make up the Arabic alphabet, listen to the sound of each and practice writing or tracing the language. Special programming is also offered.
Experience Great Falls Park on admission-free days
Home to the popular Billy Goat Trail, Great Falls Park is the perfect place to explore nature and is only a 30-minute drive from DC. The 800 acres of scenic parkland consists of hiking trails, cascading rapids and spectacular waterfalls. While regular admission to Great Falls Park is typical $20 per vehicle and $10 per individual on foot or a bike, the park is free-to-enter on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the first day of National Park Week, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day (check the Great Falls website for more information).
Aquatint: From Its Origins to Goya – Through Feb. 21
More than 100 exceptional examples of the aquatint technique recently acquired by the National Gallery of Art constitute the first American exhibition to highlight the medium’s development across Europe. The artistic range of aquatint led to striking images, including tombs, volcanoes, moonlit vistas and caricatures, from French, British, Italian, German, Dutch and Spanish printmakers in the 18th century.
Savour Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free for All
Each year, Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts its special Free for All series, in which performances of one of The Bard’s classic plays are made available to the public, free of charge. Free tickets can be retrieved via online lottery or in-person the day of the show – visit their website for more details.
Satisfy your bookworm at an event hosted by Politics & Prose
Attend an author’s reading and book signing at either Politics & Prose Bookstore location (the newest is at the exciting Wharf development), free of charge. This literary institution is DC’s favorite place for discourse, to peruse political tomes and hobnob with locals. The calendar is packed with free events and a variety of voices from all walks of life. Grab some coffee and prepare to be inspired.