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June 2015
Free

Super Natural

June 5 - September 13
National Museum of Women in the Arts,
1250 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20005
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Friday, June 5, 2015 – Monday, September 13, 2015, 10am – 5pm Rather than merely document beauty, artists in Super Natural engage with nature as a space for exploration and invention. Historical painters and naturalists focused on the singularity or strangeness of plant and animal specimens, sometimes adding narrative details and imagined settings. Super Natural juxtaposes their works with photographs, books and videos by contemporary artists who share their artistic foremothers uninhibited view of flora and fauna. Performance artists incorporate…

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July 2015
Free

The BEACH

July 4 - September 7
National Building Museum,
401 F. Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
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July 4 – September 7, 2015, 10am – 5pm The National Building Museum presents a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors, an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the Museum’s Great Hall, the BEACH, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. The BEACH is contained within an enclosure and built out of construction…

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September 2015

Library of Congress 15th Anniversary National Book Festival

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
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The 15th Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the Washington Convention Center. To mark this anniversary, as well as the 200th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the festival has as its theme Jefferson’s quote, “I Cannot Live Without Books.” The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book…

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Conservation Science Day

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Zoo,
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
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How can a commercial airliner help track elephant movements in Asia? How is global warming impacting salamander species in the Shenandoah Valley? How can scientists rebuild a healthy black-footed ferret population from just few remaining individuals? Join us at the National Zoo to find out the answers to these questions and many more. This free public education event features: Presentations from animal care staff Smithsonian scientists’ talks Animal demonstrations Fun, educational activities for kids Learn about the amazing work of…

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Adams Morgans Day

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An annual neighborhood festival with live music and international food from around the world, Adams Morgan Day has something for everyone! Enjoy sidewalk cafes, colorful vendors, cultural demonstrations and dances. The expanded Kid’s Fair has games, interactive science exhibits, clowns, and the Chinese Lion Dancers. 18th St. NW, between Florida Ave. and Columbia Rd., Washington, DC.

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Free

The Big Build

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Building Museum,
401 F. Street NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
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A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Construction Be a builder for the day at the Big Build festival! Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side-by-side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. At 2014’s Big Build, visitors: Climbed…

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October 2015

Autumn Conservation Festival

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Zoo,
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
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Join us for an unforgettable day at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chat with our world-famous scientists one on one and learn about their fascinating research that spans the globe. Scientists will also be on hand to help you explore the tools and technology they use to understand animals and their environments. The festival offers scenic views of the beautiful SCBI campus, where you may glimpse bison, endangered cranes, and maned…

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Spooky SPY Family Night

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The International Spy Museum,
800 F. Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20004
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Ditch your Halloween costume and change your whole identity! Has your brother been spying on you? Is grandma really a secret agent? Does dad really have lethal ninja skills? Now’s your chance to find out as your family of spies gains exclusive after hours access to the Museum. Test your family’s spy skills as you run top secret missions, go deep undercover and transform your appearance with the help of professional make-up artists, challenge yourself in Code Cracker competitions, explore…

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Boo at the Zoo

October 23 - October 25
National Zoo,
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
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Boo at the Zoo is Washington DC’s favorite Halloween treat. With nearly 40 not-so-spooky treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails, this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. With traditional chocolates, as well as good for you snacks, souvenirs, and other items, Boo treat bags will be brimming with goodies at the end of the evening. Don’t forget your costume!

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