art adventures in washington dc: be a tourist in your own city

I opened a fortune cookie the other week that told me “you live your life in art.”

Here are some of my favorite things to do in the city when I feel like going on an adventure, or looking for inspiration.


  • art museum happy hours: Because what’s more classy than meandering through modern art galleries with a pretty cocktail in your hand? The Phillips Collection holds a monthly Phillips after 5 happy hours that include live music, gallery talks, as well as light hors d’oeurves, and drinks for purchase. Another one of my favorites, the National Gallery of Art (NGA) also has started holding monthly after hours events, Evenings on the Edge, in the newly renovated east wing.


  • historic houses:  The Dumbarton House, right in my corner of Georgetown by the buffalo bridge, has a number of cool events and tours. Over the summer they hold weekly donation-based, Sunday Serenity yoga classes in the beautiful garden behind the house, as well as an outdoor Jane Austen film festival.


  • performing arts on a budget: The Kennedy center has free shows every day at 6 pm at their Millennium stage. In addition to this, a lot of their regular, for-purchase shows are available at a discounted rate for young adults through their MyTix program,  to make performing arts more accessible to young people. The Folger Shakespeare theatre, a beautiful, intimate space to watch plays, does Shakespearean as well as other classic and contemporary classic plays, such as last season’s production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. They also offer discounts for patrons under 30 if you call the box office to place your order.

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