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2018 EVENTS IN AND AROUND WASHINGTON. MOST EVENTS BELOW ARE IN THE EVENINGS. IDEAL TO ADD TO AN AFTERNOON TOUR AND EARLY EVENING OFFICER’S CLUB DINNER. CONTACT US TO WORK YOUR FAVORITE EVENT INTO A TOUR.

MAY

  • Wednesdays, 7:00pm.  US Army Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer.  The Army’s premier parade showcase.
  • Fridays, 8:45 pm. US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – The Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington
  • Fri 18th – Sun 20th, 6pm-9pm. Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon. Join Mount Vernon for its most popular event of the year! Sample wines from Virginia’s finest wineries while enjoying spectacular views at the estate.
  • Sat 19th 10:00am and 2:00pm, Fort Ward tours in honor of Armed Forces Day. Soldier-led tours of the fort will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., 90 minutes each. Program is weather dependent.
  • Sun 20th, 2:00 pm. US Marine Band – Chamber Music Series at Sousa Band Hall
  • Wed 23rd, 7:30pm-9:00pm Exploring the Covert Capital at the Lyceum in Alexandria
  • Sun 27th, 8:00 pm. US Marine Band – Summer Blast Off at Wolf Trap
  • Thu 31st, 7:30-9:00pm. Lecture: Right Hand Man? at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria. Lecture about the collaboration between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton and the nature of their relationship, what caused Hamilton to resign from Washington’s staff during the War and Washington’s response.

JUNE

  • Wednesdays, 7:00pm.  US Army Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer.  The Army’s premier parade showcase.
  • Mondays, 8:00 pm.  US Navy Band Concerts on the Capitol (West Lawn)
  • Tuesdays, 8:00 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series (West Lawn of the Capitol)
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 pm.  US Navy Band Concerts on the Avenue.  US Navy Memorial.  Featuring a variety of musical genres and the US Navy Drill Team.
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 pm.  US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – Sunset Parade at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Fridays, 8:45 pm. US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – The Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington
  • Fridays, 7:30 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series at the USAF Memorial.
  • Saturdays, 7:00 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series at the Plaza Stage National Harbor
  • Sat 2nd, 16th, and 30th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Specialty Tour: Hamilton BFF & Frenemies. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tour the halls where Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, & Burr partied and made history. Consider the ideas debated in the rooms where it happened…for some, but not for all.
  • Sat. 9th and 23rd 10:00-11:00am. Specialty Tour: Enslaved Labor at the Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
  • 2nd, 9:00am-5:00pm. Martha Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon. Commemorate Martha Washington’s birthday at Mount Vernon with a citizenship ceremony for new U.S. citizens.
  • Sun 10th, 11:00am-12:00pm. Apothecary Geek Tour in Old Town, Alexandria. This one-hour tour spends more time in the historic retail shop and laboratory of the old apothecary, and is led by an expert Apothecary Museum guide.
  • Sun 17th, 1:00pm-4:45pm. Free Father’s Day Tours at the Apothecary Museum. Old Town, Alexandria.
  • Sat 23rd, 7:30 pm. US Marine Band – Summer Orchestra Series at NOVA
  • Thurs 26th, 6:00-8:00pm War of 1812 Concert Series: The Ship’s Company Chanteymen. Free. At the Carlyle House in Alexandria
  • Sat 28th, 1:30-3:00pm. Alexandria Archaeology’s Family Dig Days at the Grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahans Drive. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.
  • Sun. 29th, 1:00-5:00pm. Civil War Sunday at Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327. www.alexandriaarchaeology.org
  • Open Through 30th – Beyond the Battlefield Exhibition at Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco Street: As part of Alexandria’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, Lee-Fendall House seeks to promote the story of its role during the Civil War with a new exhibit on Civil War medical care. www.leefendallhouse.org
  • 29th-30th, 6:00pm-9:45pm. Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon. Start your Independence Day celebration with a bang! Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks choreographed to patriotic music and celebrate our nation’s founding!

JULY

  • Wednesdays, (except 4th and 11th) 7:00pm.  US Army Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer.  The Army’s premier parade showcase.Mondays, 8:00 pm.  US Navy Band Concerts on the Capitol (West Lawn)
  • Tuesdays, 8:00 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series (West Lawn of the Capitol)
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 pm.  US Navy Band Concerts on the Avenue.  US Navy Memorial.  Featuring a variety of musical genres and the US Navy Drill Team.
  • Tuesdays, 7:00 pm.  US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – Sunset Parade at Lincoln Memorial
  • Fridays, 8:45 pm. US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – The Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington
  • Fridays, 7:30 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series at the USAF Memorial.
  • Saturdays, 7:00 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series at the Plaza Stage National Harbor
  • Sat. 7th and 21st 10:00-11:00am. Specialty Tour: Enslaved Labor at the Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
  • 4th, 9:00am-5:00pm. An American Celebration at Mount Vernon. Salute the first commander in chief during Mount Vernon’s annual Independence Day event! Watch dazzling made-for-daytime fireworks shoot off over the Potomac River and listen to the roar of cannon fire while viewing special military re-enactments throughout the day.
  • 5th – 8th.  The 155th Gettysburg Anniversary National Civil War Battle Reenactment.
  • Sat 14th and 28th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Specialty Tour: Hamilton BFF & Frenemies. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tour the halls where Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, & Burr partied and made history. Consider the ideas debated in the rooms where it happened…for some, but not for all.
  • 21st, 4:00 pm. The Civil War through an Artist’s Eyes at the Surratt House, Maryland.
  • 21st, 7:30 pm. US Marine Band – Summer Orchestra Series at NOVA

AUGUST

  • Mondays, 8:00 pm.  US Navy Band Concerts on the Capitol (West Lawn)
  • Tuesdays, 8:00 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series (West Lawn of the Capitol)
  • Tuesdays, 7:30 pm.  US Navy Band Concerts on the Avenue.  US Navy Memorial.  Featuring a variety of musical genres and the US Navy Drill Team.
  • First two Tuesdays, 6:30 pm.  US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – Sunset Parade at Lincoln Memorial
  • Fridays, 8:45 pm. US Marine Band and Silent Drill Team – The Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington
  • Fridays, 7:30 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series at the USAF Memorial.
  • Saturdays, 7:00 pm.  USAF Band Summer Concert Series at the Plaza Stage National Harbor
  • Sat. 4th and 18th 10:00-11:00am. Specialty Tour: Enslaved Labor at the Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.
  • Sat 4th, 10:00 – 4:00 pm.  Grant Hall contains the courtroom where the Lincoln conspirators were tried in the Spring of 1865.  It is only open to the public four times per year.  A must for Lincoln Assassination buffs and a fine add to the Booth Escape Tour.
  • Wed 8th, 7:00.  US Army Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer.  The Army’s premier parade showcase.
  • Sat 11th and 25th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Specialty Tour: Hamilton BFF & Frenemies. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Tour the halls where Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, & Burr partied and made history. Consider the ideas debated in the rooms where it happened…for some, but not for all.
  • Sat 18th, 7:30 pm. US Marine Band – Summer Orchestra Series at NOVA

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

  • Sat 6th, 4:00 pm. Bourbon: Sweet, Spicy, and Decadent at Surrat Tavern, Maryland.(advance registration is required)
  • Sun 7th, Army 10-Miler
  • Fri 5th- Sun 7th, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Fall Wine Festival and Sunset Tour at Mount Vernon. Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River at the Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour!
  • Sundays at 2:00 pm. US Marine Band – Fall Chamber Series at Sousa Band Hall
  • 20th-21st, 9:00am-5:00pm. Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon. Celebrate the autumn season with 18th-century activities at the Pioneer Farm.
  • Sun 28th, Marine Corps Marathon and 10K

NOVEMBER

  • 3rd, 9:00am-4:00pm. Horses and Hounds at Mount Vernon. Hear the echo of hunting horns and the thunder of horses’ hooves as Mount Vernon pays tribute to the greatest horseman of his age, George Washington!
  • 11th, 9:00am-4:00pm. Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans at Mount Vernon. In honor of our nation’s veterans, Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel.
  • 28th – Dec 9th. Wed – Fri: 11 am-3 pm. Sat. & Sun.: 12-4 pm. An Old Fashioned Holiday – celebrate the Christmas of yesteryear amid period decorations. Surratt House, Maryland.

DECEMBER

  • Sat 1st, 4:00. US Marine Band – Holiday Sing-a-long at Wolf Trap

ONGOING

Through…

  • Fall 2018:  Nation to Nation.  Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations at the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • From Mar 15th through Sep 16th.   Anderson House.  Alexander Hamilton’s American Revolution.  This exhibition explores how Hamilton’s participation in the struggle for American independence helped to shape his vision for the new nation and its institutions.
  • Nov 11th, 2018.  Artist Soldiers:  An exhibit that examines artists who were recruited by the US Army and were considered the first true combat artists.  National Air and Space Museum.
  • Nov 29th, 2018.  My Fellow Soldiers.  Letters from World War I.  US Postal Museum
  • Jan 1st, 2019.  Echoes of the Great War:  American Experiences of World War I.  The Library of Congress

Fun Fact!: Two American presidents kept alligators in the White House. John Quincy Adams received his as a regift from the Marquis de Lafayette and kept the gator in the unfinished East Room and its nearby bathtub. He apparently enjoyed showing the intimidating animal off to White House visitors for the several months that it resided there. About 100 years later, Herbert Hoover’s son, Allan, brought two of the toothy beasts to the White House, where they terrified guests.

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