Home Culture Culture Lists

Cultural Must-Sees in D.C. Worth Building a Romantic Winter Weekend Around

The nation’s capital is teeming with ways to reconnect with art, music — and each other.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

Ron Blunt

While the national monuments and the city’s history have beckoned visitors to Washington, D.C. for decades, the District’s cultural scene has been flourishing. Two years ago, visitors lined up as early as 3 a.m. to get into the new National Museum of African American History and Culture and tickets remain a hot commodity. Last year, lines stretched around the National Mall for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum. And this year, the unveiling of the Obama Portraits has already brought record volumes to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

So it’s safe to say that the city has now officially established itself as a cultural hub. To welcome out-of-towners visiting for a culture fix, DC’s hotels have been offering up tantalizing packages and amenities, and new neighborhoods have emerged as go-to hot spots (The Wharf, Navy Yard, and NoMa), making DC an excellent last-minute getaway to enjoy art, music, theater and much more with your other half. While every night has potential to be a perfect date night in the nation’s capital, these seven cultural pop-ups — each in town for only a limited time —  are worth building a romantic weekend trip around.

Titanic: The Untold Story

Emory Kristof

Titanic: The Untold Story at The National Geographic Museum

No, the Titanic: The Untold Story exhibition at the National Geographic Museum through January 1 is not about Jack and Rose’s epic romance. But it does delve into the secret truths of what happened on the actual doomed ship in 1912. (Did you know there was a link to a Cold War mission?) And 11 Kimpton hotels in the area  — including the Kimpton George Hotel  — are offering a package that includes two tickets to the exhibit.

Continue the nautical learnings with waterfront adventures in D.C.’s newest area, The Wharf, where the Holiday Boat Parade, with its fireworks finale, sets the Potomac River aglow on December 1. Post parade, grab a bite at Rappahannock Oyster Bar, opening November 9 in a historic oyster shed.

Rock out at Pearl Street Warehouse, with free shows on select evenings, or at the city’s proudest new venue, the 6,000-seat The Anthem, which opened last October with a sold-out Foo Fighters show. The upcoming lineup includes Young the Giant on November 16, Lindsey Stirling on December 14, and O.A.R. on December 15.

Finally, zip over to the Navy Yard and cozy up in front of the fire pit at the waterfront’s Osteria Morini to enjoy the chef’s seasonal menu of blazing bites.