This blog post was written by The Washington, D.C. Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A canvas of colorful leaves and marvelous weather make autumn a great time to host a meeting in the nation’s capital. From the vibrant foliage and waterfront views to fabulous shopping options, there's something for everyone to experience in Washington, D.C.
While you’re here for your meeting, you can also explore free and interactive museums all over the city and take in sights along the National Mall in its full fall splendor. D.C.’s outstanding dining scene, graced with award-winning chefs like José Andrés and Mike Isabella, can fuel your gathering and please its attendees. The District also features a wealth of local, national, and international culture, making for a truly diverse experience.
Here is a rundown of plays, museum exhibits, and activities available to you during your visit to Washington, D.C.:
The Book of Mormon at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
One of the most celebrated musicals of the last decade, The Book of Mormon is a Tony Award-winning tale of two Mormon missionaries in Africa. This hilarious play was penned by the kings of irreverence, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of South Park).
Mean Girls at The National Theatre
The classic film from 2004 gets a new musical adaptation, with its pre-Broadway run launching in D.C. Crafted by Tina Fey, with music written by her husband, Jeff Richmond, this production is sure to take the tale of Cady Heron and The Plastics to new heights.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects at Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Russian-born American artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have been an artistic duo for almost thirty years. The Hirshhorn Museum displays a range of their installations that date back to 1985, including monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures, and outdoor works.
Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe at the Newseum
Newseum brings back one of its most popular exhibits in honor of President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday. More than 70 images from the Kennedys’ personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, will be on display. Lowe’s photos created the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot,” showcasing the public and private life of one of America’s most famous families in intimate detail.
The Pajama Game at Arena Stage
A Golden Age musical filled with lively dance numbers touches down at the acclaimed Arena Stage. Follow the battle of the sexes that occurs inside the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Expect outstanding choreography and plenty of laughs.
Renoir and Friends at the Phillips Collection
This new exhibit focuses on Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s famous Luncheon of the Boating Party painting, as well as other selected works by Renoir and artists who influenced him.
Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at National Gallery of Art
A landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650 and 1675, including ten paintings by Vermeer.
Freer | Sackler Gallery
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are connected by underground concourse, each magnificently showcasing Asian art. On October 14, the two museums will reopen together after extensive renovations. Visitors will have an enhanced experience along with five new exhibits to enjoy.
This $2 billion mixed-use development begins its first opening phase on October 12. In November, visitors can enjoy The Anthem, a 6,000-seat music venue. There will also be new restaurants, waterfront piers and a water taxi service to and from Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria.