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Your Guide to DC Theatre Week 2019

August 26, 2019 by TodayTix
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Whether you’re staying near home, making a day trip to a neighboring city, or coming in from out of town, our handy guides will have your packing your days with eats, culture, and sightseeing galore. Make a day of your Theatre Week outing and visit nearby restaurants, bars, and sites in these five neighborhoods in the greater DC area.

H St. NE

What to See

“Fabulation” at Atlas Theatre Center
Experience the folly of outrunning where we come from and the challenge of returning home Aug. 21-Sept. 22 at Mosaic Theatre Company for just $12. 

Where to Go

Gallery O on H
Head to this indoor-outdoor gallery for art, music, and culture. 

Where to Eat

Le Grenier
If you’re looking for a bit more of a romantic ambience, reserve a table at Le Grenier, a French bistro for an evening of rich wine and delicious escargot. 

Fare Well
Indulge your inner vegan at this retro-chic diner and bakery serving breakfast at all hours of the day and night. 

This casual restaurant with authentic Ethiopian cuisine is the place to be for a light dinner before a night at the theater.

Where to Drink

For a cozy, rustic bar, head to Barrel where you’ll find southern food and Barrel originals including creative bourbon, whiskey, and scotch cocktails. 

Copycat Co.
Enjoy Chinese street food with your martinis and fizzes at this quaint bar on H Street. 

Dupont Circle/ Columbia Heights

What to See

“Fairview” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
See 2019’s Pulitzer Prize winner “Fairview” as it makes its DC debut at the acclaimed Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company September 9-October 6  for just $15.

“Doubt” at Studio Theatre
John Patrick Shanley’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner about faith, ambiguity, and the price of moral conviction will be at Studio Theatre Sept. 4-Oct. 6 for just $35.

“Fences” at Ford’s Theatre
Catch August Wilson’s classic American drama at Ford’s Theatre Sept. 27-Oct. 27 for just $17.

“West by God” at Keegan Theatre
See Brandon McCoy’s response to marginalization of rural Americans at Keegan Theatre Sept. 27-Oct. 20 for just $15. 

“Love Sick” at Theater J
Theater J presents a passionate new musical by a roster of international artists that can’t be missed. See it Sept. 4-29 for just $35. 

“La Vida Es Sueno” at GALA Hispanic
See GALA Hispanic Theatre’s iteration of one of the essential works of Spanish Golden Age theater Sept. 12-Oct. 13. 

Where to Go

Phillips Collection
Looking to see some art while visiting DC? Look no further than the Phillips Collection to see America’s first museum of modern art. 

Woodrow Wilson’s House
Haven’t had enough history yet? Head over to President Woodrow Wilson’s home to learn about this 1920s politician. 

National Geographic Museum
Whether or not you’re an avid reader of the magazine, this museum is worth a visit if only to see exhibits about a variety of different scientific expeditions. 

Where to Eat

Sushi Taro
Enjoy lunch or dinner at Sushi Taro for sushi, bento-box specials, sake, and sho-chu.

The Pembroke
Visit this classic French restaurant for delicious farm-to-table cuisine while you people-watch through floor-to-ceiling window. 

Where to Drink

Nero Wine Bar
Drink and lounge at this beautiful bar with murals, hanging lights, and grand chandeliers.

The Big Hunt
Visit this three-story pub for low-key drinks, food, and more beer than you can imagine. 

Capitol Hill

What to See

“1 Henry IV” at Folger Shakespeare Library
Follow Prince Hal from the taverns to the battlefield in Shakespeare’s epic coming-of-age play at Folger Shakespeare Library Sept. 3-Oct. 13 for just $18.

Where to Go

U.S. Capitol Building
Head on a historical tour around Capitol Hill and be in the room where it happens at the Capitol and Supreme Court.

Library of Congress
Looking for a good book? Prepare to be overwhelmed at the Library of Congress where you’ll find anything and everything you’re looking for. Be careful though, time tends to go quickly when you’re reading and you don’t want to miss your evening show!

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Air and Space Museum
These two famous museums are not to be missed. Take in stunning relics of history and life-size planes with your family. There’s something for everyone.

U.S. Botanic Garden
Up for a leisurely walk? Go to the U.S. Botanic Garden to see extraordinary plants up close. 

Where to Eat

Belga Cafe
Enjoy authentic Belgian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this charming cafe on 8th Street.

Art and Soul
Head over to Art and Soul for delicious Southern cuisine, indoor and outdoor seating, and even special menus for dogs!

Where to Drink

Looking for creative elixirs for you and your beloved pets? Visit Wisdom during “yappy hour” for cocktails and comedy. 

Harold Black
Head to Harold Black for drinks and a light meal at a perfectly rustic bar to replenish after a long day on the town. 

West Annapolis

What to See

“Hamlet” at Annapolis Shakespeare
To go, or not to go? The answer is “go.” Don’t miss Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s “tour de force” adaptation of this timeless drama Sept. 27-Oct. 27. 

Where to Go

Maryland State House
Visit the oldest U.S. state capitol with continuous legislative use for an outing of history and historic politics. 

William Paca House and Garden
See this 18th-century mansion and home to signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor, William Paca. 

Where to Eat

Sailor Oyster Bar
Enjoy fresh oysters, sandwiches, and cocktails at this cozy oyster bar. 

Light House Bistro
For tasty bistro food including artisan cheese, burgers, and a perfect mix of sweet, salty, and sour cuisine. 

Where to Drink

Waterman’s Tavern
Open all day, this pub is the best place to catch wings, burgers, and drinks. 

The Brass Tap
Looking to chill out after the show? Catch the game, enjoy live music, and have a drink at The Brass Tap. 

Arlington Heights/ Herndon Heights

What to See

“Assassins” at Signature Theatre
To kick off the 30th-anniversary season, Signature Theatre produces their 30th Sondheim musical, “Assassins,” Aug. 11-Sept. 29. Get tix for $30.

“The Tempest” at Synetic Theatre
See this splashy remount of a Synetic’s hit production of the Bard’s show, featuring spirits, monsters, witches, drunken fools, and lithe lovers Sept. 25-Oct. 20.

“Beehive the 60s Musical” at NextStop Theatre
Don’t miss this tribute to the powerful musical women of the 1960s at NextStop Theatre Aug. 22 to Sept. 22. 

Where to Go

National Mall
It might not be a shopping mall, but the National Mall is home to so many historic sites like the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. Before your show, make sure to take a stroll around this important attraction. 

Arlington National Cemetery
Visit this cemetery to learn about and honor military personnel from the Civil War to present day. 

Where to Eat

For a classic Mediterranean meal, check out Mejana. With vegan and vegetarian cuisine, you will not be sorry you visited this restaurant. 

Enjoy a modern European experience with unlimited Tapas or a full mean at this stable of Arlington Heights. 

Where to Drink

Zin GastroPub
After a packed day, head to Zin Gastropub for live entertainment, wine, appetizers, and beer.

Abi Azteca
Burritos, enchiladas and more will sevangreet you when you visit this Salvadoran grill. 


What to See

“School Girls” at Round House Theatre
Catch this hilarious, critically acclaimed play Sept. 18-Oct. 13 for just $35 at the Round House Theatre

“Cabaret” and “The Royale” at Olney Theatre Center
See Tony and Academy award winning musical Cabaret or acclaimed play “The Royale” at Olney Theatre Center for just $35. 

Where to Go

National Museum of Health and Medicine
Founded by the U.S. Army Surgeon General in 1862, this museum is a must-see for any visitor. Learn about rare specimens and the medical research that saved lives from the Civil War to World War II. 

Rock Creek
Looking for a little exercise? Head over to this family-friends park for hiking, biking, or just taking in the beautiful DC landscape. 

Great Shoals Winery Tasting Room
Looking for a little happy hour? Visit this winery for a unique tasting experience perfect for a midday break between hiking and a good show. 

Where to Eat

Buena Vida
Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with this stylish Mexican Style restaurant, or sign on for the Bottomless Latin Experience and experiment with all the flavors Buena Vida has to offer. 

Match Box
For wood-fired pizza, mini burgers, or salad, head over to Match Box for an incredible bistro experience. Experience what it’s like to be a member of the Silver Spring neighborhood by bonding with the best tool there is- food!

Where to Drink

Blossom Cocktail Lounge
As lovely as it’s namesake, Blossom Cocktail Lounge is the lace to be for any post-show cool down. Savor fresh mixed drinks and creative shots as you unwind after your long day of site-seeing, eating, and theatre. 

Seoul Food DC
For Asian fusion, Japanese, and Korean cuisine, visit Seoul Food where you’ll find colorful, delicious kimchi and dumplings as well as a fun diner feel.