Washington, DC Culture, Art & Music

Washington, DC is an alluring cultural destination where art, music, and theater light up vibrant neighborhoods and inspire your senses. Experience riveting entertainment, theater performances, shows, concerts, events and exhibitions at Washington, DC’s impressive art museums, performing arts venues, theaters and historic Jazz clubs. From the impressive art collection at the Phillips Collection in DuPont Circle to the nightlife and music emanating from U Street, Washington, DC sizzles with cultural attitude.

Explore Washington, DC’s Cultural Neighborhoods


DuPont Circle.

Centered around the white marble DuPont Memorial Fountain and an active urban park, DuPont Circle is a vibrant, cosmopolitan neighborhood with Washington, DC’s finest art museums and galleries, historic mansions, trendy boutiques, and ultra-hip restaurants. Stroll through DuPont Circle to The Phillips Collection, DC’s preeminent art museum with paintings by Renoir and Cezanne, trendy restaurants, funky bars, chic art galleries and events, and famous bookstores. Check out the DuPont Circle Museum Tour! [Top]


Sizzling with urban culture, Georgetown is one of Washington, DC’s hip, energetic shopping, dining and entertainment districts. This fun area is lined with unique boutiques, popular retailers, high-end design and antique shops, 100 restaurants, spas and salons, gourmet cafes, and historic attractions dating back to Colonial times. For the jet set, Georgetown offers an exciting nightlife scene of vibrant bars, hip hangouts, upscale lounges, and swanky jazz clubs. Enjoy street festivals, including October’s Taste of Georgetown and April’s French Market. www.georgetowndc.com. [Top]

U Street District.

Washington, DC’s hottest nightlife scene, U Street is home to exciting nightclubs, music bars and theaters. The historical stomping ground to jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk, the U Street neighborhood is home to DC’s largest jazz club and a collection of African American theaters. Swinging nightclubs along the U Street Corridor include Bohemian Caverns, Café Saint Ex, Duke's City Restaurant and Lounge, Lincoln Theater, Twins Jazz, U-Topia, and the Velvet Lounge. [Top]

Penn Quarter.

Surrounding the Verizon Center, Penn Quarter is a downtown Washington, DC’s revitalized historic neighborhood. Known as “Old Downtown” by District locals, this energetic arts and entertainment district offers lots of lively music venues, art galleries, theaters, nightclubs, bars restaurants, and fashionable shops to keep even the most cultured tourist on their toes! [Top]
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