Washington DC comes alive in the fall with cultural events and exhibitions all across the city. Fill your calendar over the next couple months with everything from public art installations to food festivals in the heart of the nation’s capital.
Autumn is arguably the most vibrant season in Washington DC. Along with crisp temperatures and colorful foliage, the city’s buzzing with cultural events all around town. This fall, you’ll find everything from untold stories about the Titanic, to how Oprah built her empire, followed by some of the best seasonal food and drink DC has to explore.
Ready to plan a culture-packed weekend in the nation’s capital? Here are four ways to make the most of it:
- One of the most talked about exhibits this year is “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Through January 2019, you’ll have a complete sensory immersion into the world of Burning Man, the annual cultural festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, which usually attracts more than 75,000 people.All in the honor of creativity, these mind-bending, large-scale installations are constructed into a man-made city that’s then burned down when the festival is complete. The awe-inspiring installations will be on display including many never-seen-before works from Burning Man artists. Obviously, it’s hard to keep all this creativity within four walls, so keep an eye out for stunning sculptures and installations scattered throughout the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Oprah Winfrey’s impact on American culture is undeniable and her story is worthy of museum halls around the world. Lucky for us, the National Museum of African American History & Culture is the chosen place to tell her story, in their latest special exhibition, Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture. Through June 2019, the exhibition charts her effect on both American and global culture as a world-famous talk show, actress, film producer, philanthropist and media mogul. In addition to epic television clips (remember the car giveaway?), the exhibition features original artifacts from both Harpo Studios where the show was filmed, and items from her personal collection.
- Calling all foodies! Emporiyum Food Market weekend on November 9 – 11 is the place to be to nosh on artisan goods from across the country, including some District favorites like Buttercream Bakery, Maketto and Lost Sock Roasters. You can also find thoughtful holiday gifts for your fellow food-enthusiast friends and enjoy music from a local DJ. Held at Dock5 at Union Market, Emporiyum is one of the premier food events in town and tickets sell out fast.
- Forget what you think you know about the Titanic (sorry Leo and Kate) and make your way to the National Geographic Museum for the real story. From now until January 2019 Titanic: The Untold Story showcases the link between a top secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the sunken ship by oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large, Robert Ballard. Prepared in collaboration with the National Archives and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Titanic features items from the luxurious ocean liner, original images, and never-before-seen ship memorabilia.
Wrap your visit to the exhibition and stay in DC with a convenient bundle with the Discover the Titanic package at one of 11 participating DC-area Kimpton Hotels, which includes two discounted tickets to the museum.