Too many gems in this city so here’s another roundup just for you!
1. National Postal Museum
A Smithsonian GEM! Located right by Union Station in NoMa, you can learn about how letters travel, the history of the U.S. mail delivery system and even create your own personalized stamp. Like every Smithsonian institution, it is free and rich with content. Plan your visit here and don’t forget to grab your stamps at the Post Office on your way out! Price: Free
2. So far concerts
Now listen, between the intense crowds and flashing strobe lights, concerts have never been my thing BUT SoFar Concerts bring a level of musical intimacy and suspense that is unlike anything I’ve seen before. When you book your ticket for the date and time near you, you won’t find out the address until the day before. It might be at a local venue or in the living room of a DC rowhome – either way, you’re in for a fun night amongst friends and 3 different acts of talent. Originally started in London, they have spanned all over the globe and in DC, there’s pretty much one in every single neighborhood. Go book your tickets here! Price: $20-30
3. John F. Kennedy Center FOR THE performing ARts
Wanna catch a show? Check out what’s playing here and make an experience out of it by perusing through the new immersive exhibit that opened in September 2022. Get there about 30 minutes before your show so you can walk around the exhibit, learn more about JFK’s support of the arts and get a glass of wine or snack before curtains up. Price: Ranging from $50-$100 depending on seats (Exhibition is free!)
4. KARAOKE NIGHT at WOK & ROLL
Oh karaoke nights ♡ I grew up with karaoke parties in our home where all the aunties and uncles came together to hover over a thick binder of songs, pick a partner and sing vibrantly into the mic. Trading that binder for a digital selection, I was lucky to have this experience with my friends for my birthday. Located in the center of Chinatown, you can sing your heart out at Wok & Roll with food, drinks and a great selection of best hits. Price: Depending on room size and length of time, see here for price list. Either way, make sure you book ahead!
5. National Gallery Nights
NGA NIGHTS ARE BACK, DC! Held at the National Gallery of Art from 6:00-9:00pm on the Second Thursday of the month, this is such a special treat to dress up, explore the gallery and enjoy the live music. They release the tickets one week before the event so tell Siri to remind you! Go snag these tickets here! Price: Free
Here’s a bonus one if you’re still here
☆ Open mic Nights
Ever the sucker for an open mic night! I dabble in spoken word poetry from time to time and I’ve loved every opportunity to be on the stage, sharing my stories. If you’re a poet, a singer or a storyteller, give it a whirl and share your craft with us! From Busboys & Poets to BloomBars, you can find more on EventBrite by searching open mics. Price: $5 – $10
got a recommendation for me? let me know your fav spots in the district down below!