World-Class Events Near The George Washington University Inn
Top Performances in DC this Summer
Washington DC is a hub of cultural activity all summer season. From the Kennedy Center, a cornerstone of the city’s thriving theater community, to venues like Wolf Trap and the Warner Theater, navigating your way through the year’s performance calendar is no easy task. Check out our list of some of the season’s best performances in DC to help you find your way into the seats of your next favorite show.
Kennedy Center Events:
- Sister Act -(Now-Nov 10) Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it "ridiculously fun," and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look--a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
- Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center -(Nov 6-10). The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is one of DC’s most highly respected ballet companies and is hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most courageous projects in ballet."
- Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty—New Adventures (Nov 12-17) Perrault's timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was turned into a legendary ballet in 1890. Bourne takes this date as the starting point for his re-imagining, setting the Christening of Aurora, the stories heroine, at the height of the fin-de-siècle period when fairies and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move to the more rigid Edwardian era, a mythical golden age of long summer afternoons, croquet on the lawn, and new dance crazes. Years later, awakening from her century long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story!
- The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker : (Nov 27- Dec 1)The Joffrey Ballet brings back its beloved version of Tchaikovsky's family classic, just in time for the holidays. Says the Chicago Sun-Times: "Joffrey's vast Nutcracker is the stuff of dreams!"
- Elf The Musical: (Dec 17- Jan 2) One of Hollywood's most beloved holiday hits is born again--on stage! Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity. This modern Christmas classic will make everyone embrace their inner Elf.
- National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah :(Dec 19- Dec 22) Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO and acclaimed guest artists. Conductor Rossen Milanov leads four soloists and The Choral Arts Society in the Goossens orchestration.
- The Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas: (Dec 15- Dec 22) Join in the holiday excitement with traditional Carols!
- Weekend Opera at Wolf Trap - Take in some of DC’s best known productions every weekend with unforgettable performances from the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Plus, go inside the music before every performance at the Opera Preshow Talks.
- National Symphony Orchestra -Take in some of the world’s best known symphony conductors and critically acclaimed soloists in Concert Hall. Their dynamic talent and passion will sweep you off your feet and transport you to a new world!
- KZ Jazz Club - KC Jazz Club lights up the Kennedy Center roof-level Terrace Gallery with performances by today's hottest new talents and seasoned jazz veterans. The club's trendy and comfortable cabaret setting features lamp-lit tables for four and drinks and light-menu fare available for purchase. No smoking. No minimum. Just up close and personal with your favorite jazz artists—the way jazz was meant to be.
- Washington National Opera : Enjoy some of the world’s most famous talent on the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center! WNO's American Opera Initiative moves into its second exciting season with the premieres of three new 20-minute operas in a concert performance accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, and followed by a Q&A session with the artists and creative team.
If you’re looking for more musical performances around the Washington DC area, check out the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for its daily free concerts. You can also view the full list of current and upcoming theater performances at the Kennedy Center for the 2013 – 2014 Season .
The George Washington University Inn offers you convenient access to a wide array of year-round DC area events. From local Foggy Bottom events, to Georgetown happenings and Washington, DC festivals and performances, we offer you ideal accommodations and an up-to-the-minute calendar. Upcoming events near The George Washington University Inn include:
- Washington Craft Show : Nov 1- Nov 3
- Capital Fringe : Nov 1-Nov 17
- FotoWeek DC 2013 : Nov 1- Nov 10
- The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show : Nov 2- Nov 3
- Alexandria Film Festival : Nov 7- Nov 10
- Veterans Day Remembrance : Nov 11 at all Memorials
- Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary : Nov 19
- Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger : Nov 28 8:30am
- The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker : Nov 27-Dec 1
- Christmas at Mount Vernon : Nov 21- Jan 6
- Holiday Model Train Exhibits : Nov 22
- National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting : Nov 29
- Downtown DC Holiday Market : Nov 29-Dec 23 Noon-8pm Daily
- Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend : Dec 6- Dec 7
- Pearl Harbor Day : Dec 7 Visit the Navy Memorial
- Elf the Musical - Dec 17-Jan 2
- National Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah Dec 19- Dec 22
- National Cathedral Christmas Concerts : Throughout the Month of December