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7 Things to Do in Washington DC in August 2018

August 10, 2018 by Mary McKinny
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Going to Washington, DC can be kind of loaded, politically, but the city is so full of history and culture that there’s plenty to do even if you avoid the White House. With so many monuments and walking tours, it can get a little overwhelming. So what else should you keep on your itinerary? We have a few suggestions.

Check out what’s playing in Washington DC. 

Giggle, chuckle & guffaw
Tickets to the Second City’s “Generation Gap” start at only $39, which is pretty amazing for a show from the world’s premier comedy and improv school. Millennials are the target here, with the satirical show spanning careers, dating, and technological miscommunication. This equal-opportunity show is designed to make everyone laugh. Drafthouse Comedy and Underground Comedy also keep a solid lineup, with comedians from “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Chelsea Lately” regularly filling out the bill.

Dinner and a movie at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Why choose between one or the other (or one after the other)? This full-service restaurant and movie theater combines two of our favorite pastimes into one, showing box-office hits with tableside service and a full bar. Because the only thing better than watching a movie is watching a movie with a beer in one hand and a burger in the other.

Magic to do
Your initial reaction to the words “magic show” might not be favorable, but that just means you’ve not seen a good one. Seeing slight of hand live puts a whole new spin on the practice, and suddenly card tricks seem a lot more impressive. Add in snarky commentary, like “first rate snarkists” Mark Phillips and Brian Curry do in “Catch Me: The Magic Duel,” and you’ve got an invitation for unexpected hilarity and awesome audience involvement.

A night at the museum
If you think visiting a museum (and DC has lots of them!) is just standing in line followed by standing around looking at old things, then you’ve not experience the Museum Hack tour. This VIP tour dispenses insiders-only info, along with gallery activities and even wine (plus more treats when the guards aren’t looking). It’s nothing like the museum tours you went on as a kid.

Must-see musicals
You know what always has air conditioning? Theaters. Keegan Theatre is currently presenting Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County” (yes, based on the Meryl Streep/Clint Eastwood movie), while Signature Theatre is heading to 1860s Italy for Passion,” a love triangle between an army captain and two women.

Get Arctic
Through 2019 at the National Museum of History, the narwhal is having a moment. The should-be-mythical-but-isn’t creature gets a whole exhibition to itself, illuminating the tusked crustacean’s history and future (hint: its habitat is more than a little threatened). What better way to escape the summer heat than to pretend you’re in the Arctic for the afternoon?

Step back in time
Touring Ford’s Theatre lets you imagine what it was like to be there on April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth forced his way into the presidential box and assassinated Abraham Lincoln. The self-guided museum takes you through the Civil War era and contains artifacts related to the infamous event, including the weapon that Booth used to change history. Ford’s Theatre also presents live theater regularly, with Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday” taking the stage beginning in September.