The lazy days of summer are a perfect time to catch up on some reading, especially books based in DC. We've been working through our topsy-turvy stacks and here are our DC-based faves (so far!).
From murder to a political romance, a memoir about family and a little chocolate shop, diverse short stories about Black women and the history of jazz in DC, you'll find something interesting that will help you discover the city in a new way.
Be sure to support your local indie bookstore or visit @dcpubliclibrary to pick up a copy!
📚 Capitol Hill Books: @capitolhillbooks
📚 East City Bookshop: @eastcitybookshop
📚 Kramers: @kramerbooks
📚 Mahogany Books: @mahoganybooks
📚 Politics & Prose: @politicsprose
📚 Second Story Books: @secondstorybooksdc
📚 Sankofa: @sankofadc
📚 Solid State: @solidstatedc
What are your favorite DC-based books? Share in the comments!
Summer in DC are is like no other city.!
Sure, it's hot and humid but there's no slowing down all the things you can do inside and outside. From tons of free museums and exhibits, outdoor movies and live music, fireworks bursting in patriotic flair against the backdrop of famous monuments and memorials, to say nothing of all the waterfront activities, you'll have an epic time with lots to do, no matter what you're into.
Our curated content and guides take you off-the-beaten-path and into DC's neighborhoods to discover new and awesome ways to explore and take advantage of the long days of summer.
Spring is arguably the most beautiful (though certainly the most fleeting) time of year in DC even if the weather can be a bit finicky. Rain or shine, there are plenty of ways to make the most of this precious time before the days get meltingly hot.
From the long-awaited Yayoi Kusama exhibition to city-wide cherry blossom celebrations, open-air concerts and interactive art and plays, we've curated some off the most awesome -- and unexpected -- things to do in DC this spring.
It’s almost spring time and we cannot be more excited! Warmer weather means more fun outdoor events and happy hours on patios. Bring it, we are sooo ready!
It also means there's a ton of awesome events springing up to give you a fresh burst of vim and vigor. There are some insanely fun happenings this month, from celebrating women in honor of International Women’s Day to St. Patrick Day celebrations and of course, cherry blossom events galore!
Check out 40+ of our favorite things to do this month, and make sure you tag us with #CuriousCaravan if you hit up any of these awesome things to do!
Let’s ring in the Year of the Tiger!
Welcome the Lunar New Year with a month filled with exciting events from winter games competitions, other-worldy music, presidential happenings, Black History Month celebrations and historic places to visit, festivals and much more.
So get ready to uncage your inner tiger and roar into the month ahead!
Jump start 2022 with a month full of terrific things to do in DC!
From live theatre to art museums and films to food, and everything in between, January is packed with an awesome mix of popular and under-the-radar activities for you to discover new interests, local businesses and different parts of the city. There's the bi-annual Restaurant Week, the return of Winter Lanterns at the REACH, the dramatic reimagining of MLK's assassination, one-night only chef's dinner at the LINE and many more not-to-be-missed events.
Check out our guide to the biggest events coming to DC this January, below.
The Past Meets the Future at Second Oldest Smithsonian Museum
Before there was a Smithsonian African American History Museum, an Air and Space Museum, or even a National Zoo, the Arts and Industries Building was the place to be. It was built to be America's national museum for which it's earned the nickname the "Mother of Museums."
The museum is reopening after almost 20 years with FUTURES, a one-of-a-kind, forward-facing exhibit that asks us to imagine what the future could look like.
But as AIB looks ahead, we want to take a look back at how the museum got its start.
FUTURES Exhibit Sneak Peek: Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building Set to Re-Open With Robots, AI + Flying Cars
The Smithsonian Arts & Industries building - the lovely red-brick building next the Smithsonian Castle - has stood empty and quietly anonymous since 2004, but this weekend, the doors will be thrown open and everyone is invited! It will temporarily reopen—in honor of the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary—with “FUTURES, " an ambitious forward-focused exhibit with an epic opening weekend celebration from November 19 - 20.
AIB has championed innovation since it first opened in 1881. Known as the Palace of Invention, it showcased Edison's electric light bulb before Congress or the White House; displayed a pair of space rockets outside its entrance during construction of the National Air and Space Museum and displayed a moon rock months after the lunar landing.
The past meets "what's next?" as Its newest exhibit asks us to imagine what the future could look like. It doesn't prescribe answers (that would be impossible after all); instead the exhibit is about igniting our collective curiosity to dream bigger. “What we’re trying to do in this exhibition is come not from a place of authority, but of curiosity,” says AIB director Rachel Goslin. “Our goal isn’t to educate you about something—it’s to help you ask informed questions and explore many different possible answers.”
There's a lot of tech, so interactivity is a big focus, but so too are the concepts of inclusivity and accessibility and how they'll influence how we'll live, work and play. As FUTURES shows, the future is for everyone, not just the one-percenters.
Here's a sneek peek at some of the 150 objects in the FUTURES exhibit.
Doesn't it feel like the leaves are just starting to turn and we're already rushing head-first into the holiday season?!
This month kicks off an open-air night market, a three-day art festival, a theatre performance on bikes, the premiere of the Britney Spears musical and numerous events to enjoy the great outdoors before the chill drives us indoors. Also on tap, DMV Black Restaurant Week, a live magazine show, tweed bike ride, and the appearance of holiday markets and decor all across the city.
Read on for all the events (30+) you need to add to your November calendar!
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Question: What do Frank Sinatra, Bonnie Raitt, Jay-Z, and Liza Minelli all have in common?
No, it's not that they're incredibly talented, though that's a fact.
Answer: Each one of them has a bronze star on the Warner Theatre's Walk of Fame which commemorates people who have performed there. The Warner Walk lets you do some stargazing and take a bit of a nostalgia trip all at the same time.
Warner is one of the oldest theaters in DC but even native Washingtonians are surprised to learn about this hidden gem and bit of local pop culture. Even lesser known is that this is actually just one of two Walks of Fame in the city, but that's another story .for another blog post!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it