The Music Center at Strathmore is a cultural and entertainment hub in North Bethesda, Maryland. This concert hall hosts shows for a variety of events. It first opened in 2005 and it is not just a music venue but also provides education in music. With a wide range of musical concerts from jazz to rock, there is something for every music lover.
The Kennedy Center is a lively space that hosts performing arts and events. The center offers three main theaters including, Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, and Opera House, which hosts different genres of performing arts: such as plays, operas, ballets, concerts, and films. Among the center's highlights include the Shakespeare Festival produced by the Shakespeare Theatre. The center is also home to one of the few open-air rooftop terraces, open for visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Free tours introduce visitors to the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, the main theaters, and gifts from many countries honoring the 35th president. It is a must-see for any visitor.
Nestled in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Phillips Collection is a century-old modern and contemporary art museum. Founded by the avid art collector, Duncan Phillips, the establishment is also America’s first museum of modern art. This former home of Duncan Phillips now houses several thousands of art works. Interestingly, the galleries here are frequently rearranged to make way for the works of newer artists and to facilitate newer experiences for the visitors. In addition to the famous exhibitions held here, the museum also offers award-winning educational programs for people of all ages. An impassioned ode to the power of art, this museum is a must visit for all modern-art lovers.
The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a famous socialite and founder of General Foods. Consisting of numerous rooms, this mansion dates back to the 1920s and houses an outstanding collection of art, jewelry and other decorative artifacts that belonged to her. View rare Faberge eggs, historic portraits, exquisite tapestries and priceless ceramics, among others, at this stunning museum. Visitors can also enjoy a leisurely stroll through the landscaped estate, which notably features a French parterre garden, a rose garden, and even a cemetery that inters many of Post's pet dogs.
Thrumming with the dreamy sounds of jazzy tunes, Blues Alley is one of the best-known venues in Washington for jazz and blues performances. The club is tucked away in lower Georgetown, near the C&O Canal. A number of national acts have serenaded patrons at this beloved establishment, and the atmosphere is sleek and sophisticated. The place bills itself as a "Jazz Supper Club," and the food is almost as good as the music, much of it being inspired by Creole cuisine. Munch on savory bites such as Salmon Cakes and Stuffed Mushroom Caps as you sway to the music that envelops the lively space.
Escape a few miles north outside of the hectic district and beltway and relax at the stylish, trendy, and quaint Bethesda Row. Choose from a wide variety of over 30 international restaurants including Irish, Thai, American, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and American for a nice outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy desserts at specialty shops such as Dolcezza Gelato or Sweetgreen. There are plenty of new boutiques and stores to please all types of shoppers. Bethesda Row also holds many events such as Movie Nights and art fairs.
Old Ox Brewery is the passion and dream of father and son duo, Graham and Chris Burns. They have turned this into a family affair. Set in an industrial park, it is spread across 12,440 square feet (1155.71 square meters) and also has a tasting room. You can sample their brews in their tasting room and buy kegs and growlers to take home. During weekends, you will find food trucks in the premises which will take care of your hunger pangs. They even many televisions in the tasting room where you can catch a game.
One of the more recent additions to Ashburn's brew scene, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., is quite aptly located on Red Rum Drive. The brewery focuses on craft and root beers. Founded by Matt Hagerman and Favio Garcia, the brewery is currently responsible for five different brews - each with its unique flavor and personality. Apart from weekly tours (Saturdays), Lost Rhino offers a nice tasting area that along with house-brewed libations, serves an interesting range of pub food - huge Bavarian pretzels, pulled chicken nachos, jalapeno-stuffed crab wrapped in bacon and lots more. Apart from an impressive beer program, they also offer local wines, craft-brewed sodas and lots more.
Herndon ArtSpace is a cultural space for social gatherings, dance performances and many other social events. The center was built to promote various art forms in the city. The 3D theater at the space is one of the many reasons why people visit here. Apart from that visitors can have a look at their art exhibits, attend musical concerts and the space is also used for private events. Admission to the center is free, however tickets are required for their concerts and theatrical shows.