In With the New: What District Families are Looking Forward to This Year

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The DMV is chock full of museums to explore, restaurants, performing arts centers, sporting arenas, history and international culture…and there’s even more to come. As you’re making your 2018 resolutions, check out some of the new things that are heading to our part of the world in the new year. It’s never too early (or late) to start planning!

Audi Field
Audi Field is located along the Anacostia River in the historic Buzzard Point neighborhood and will seat 20,000 people. Aside from soccer games, it will also host a variety of other sporting and cultural events, community activities, and concerts. The state-of-the-art urban facility will feature 31 luxury suites, a bike valet, and 500,000 total square feet of mixed-use retail and residential space on site, making it at 365-day destination for fans and D.C. residents alike. Go D.C. United!

32-60 R St., SW

The Wiz
Ease on down the road to downtown’s historic Ford’s Theater with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, “The Wiz” features soul, gospel, R&B and pop. Rediscover the power of courage, heart, brains and friendship.

When: Mar. 9-May 12
Ford’s Theater
511 10th St.

USA Science & Engineering Festival
Got a budding scientist? Join 350K+ attendees to celebrate science at the Science & Engineering Expo and engage in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM. Hear stories of inspiration and courage, participate in unbelievable experiments and rock out to science during amazing stage shows. The 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo will take place April 7-8, 2018! Explore 3,000 hands-on exhibits from the world’s leading scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations and STEM organizations. Great for children, teens, and families who want to inspire their curious minds.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl., NW

Photo: Folger Shakespeare Library via

Shakespeare’s Birthday
Join your friends at the Folger Shakespeare Theater in wishing Will a Happy Birthday! Celebrate this beloved annual tradition with a day full of festivities. From Shakespearean performances to stage combat demonstrations to Elizabethan crafts, there’s something for everyone—including birthday cake!

When: Apr. 22
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St., SE

Milk Bar at The Wharf and Logan Circle
The yumminess that is Milk Bar is multiplying in D.C.! The creator of crack pie and cereal milk is opening two more Milk Bars at The Wharf and Logan Circle so they can accompany its sister location at CityCenterDC. The Logan Circle location will be Milk Bar’s largest shop to date. It will feature a courtyard for sit-down dining and a classroom that will accommodate up to 25 guests. The Wharf location will be smaller but still offer the goods when you need the sugar rush! Both locations are slated to open at the beginning of the year.

Logan Circle, 1525 15th St., NW.
The Wharf, 49 District Sq., SW.

Hirshhorn Lobby Update
After more than four decades, the iconic Hirschorn Museum (yep, that circular shaped museum with a smashed car out front), is going to get a mini-makeover with the addition of a Dolcezza Coffee and Gelato bar in the lobby’s east end. There will also be new furnishings, welcome desks, and a new light sculpture added to the lobby, making lingering around after the museum’s weekly story time second nature.

Independence Ave. at 7th Ave.

Photo: Hamilton: An American Musical

Forget about Santa Clause, Hamilton is coming to town! The award winning, eye-popping Broadway musical is heading to the Kennedy Center and it will fulfill your every expectation! Its creative story, stunning performances, smart choreography and incredible lyrics are a must for theater and history buffs alike. The musical follows the tale of Alexander Hamilton with their inventive hip-hop, jazz, and R&B music style. Running from June 12 – September 16, single tickets will go on sale to Kennedy Center Members in February and to the general public in March.

When: Jun. 12-Sep. 16
Kennedy Center
2700 F St., NW

Let it Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles
If you haven’t already introduced your kids to The Beatles, this spring is the perfect time to do it! Relive the iconic group’s glorious past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favorites including “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Twist and Shout,” “Get Back,” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. Or, envision a reunion that sadly never did, and never will, take place…when for one night, the fab four come together again performing such hits as “Back in the USSR,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Hey Jude,” and more.

When: Apr. 14
Warner Theater
1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

What are you looking forward to in 2018? Tell us in the comments below. 

—Guiomar Ochoa

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