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Stop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see 100 works of glass art.
Updated: Nov 18, 2021 at 5:31 p.m.
Before you leave the district for the Thanksgiving vacation, set aside time this weekend to experience DC’s vibrant arts scene and nightlife.
Attend the DowntownDC Holiday Market opening on Friday, see a performance by a world-renowned choreographer at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, and see a textile art exhibit featuring female creators at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Sunday.
DowntownDC 17th Annual Holiday Market opens
To support local businesses, food vendors and artists while staying in the holiday spirit, head to the 17th Downtown Holiday Market, which opens this Friday. This “one-stop-shop winter wonderland” is located at the intersection of 8th and F NW streets, across from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The market will feature six food vendors selling tasty treats like mini donuts and empanadas through December 23. Browse over 70 exhibitors, including small businesses owned by blacks and minorities, offering specialties of arts, clothing, crafts and jewelry. Be sure to attend the opening kickoff from noon to 2 p.m. and stick around for a live jazz music performance after the event.
F Street NW, 7th to 9th Street NW. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
Akram Khan Company at Kennedy Center
Catch a performance featuring the dance company of critically acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akhram Khan as he wraps up his world tour at the Kennedy Center this weekend. Khan’s work integrates contemporary dance with the classical Indian dance form Kathak to convey the fictional experience of a colonial soldier during WWI. The chaos of war Khan portrayed on his tour, titled XENOS, earned him the 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. in Dance, and the show was called a “triumph of energy, empathy and intelligence” by the Daily Telegraph.
Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 8 p.m. Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 99. Find more information here.
New glass now
End the weekend with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s all-glass exhibit, New Glass Now, which features a collection of glass artwork by artists from a wide range of skills, from novice to medium from the road passing by world-renowned glass artists. The Corning Museum of Art appealed to museums around the world in 2018, calling on them to send in pieces made in the past three years. The museum received over 4,000 pieces and turned to a curatorial committee to select the top 100 works.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, corner of G and 8th streets NW. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Find more information here.