Things to Do in July

Oh, hi July! You sure did come quickly! We hope you had a great 4th of July! Now that the 4th festivities have passed, take a look at events coming up this month.

 Photo by Rachel Sadon. Click the photo to see more from DCist.

Photo by Rachel Sadon. Click the photo to see more from DCist.


Opens Thursday, July 6th! See website for hours and more info.

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The National Building Museum and Studio Gang present Hive, the latest Summer Block Party installation in the Great Hall.

Soaring to the uppermost reaches of the Museum, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, a construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high and will be interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Reaching 60 feet tall, the installation’s tallest dome features an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns. There are events like Yoga & a Dance Party and Yoga in the Hive and a Hill Country pop-up so you can grab a bite during your visit. Check out the link above for more details!

Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, D.C.

DATE & TIME: Monday, July 10 2017 to Friday, September 8 2017, Multi-day event.

LOCATION: District Architecture Center

Travelers from around the world flock to the nation’s capital to experience extraordinary sites: stately buildings that house the government; commemorative structures that honor people and events; and grand institutions that celebrate the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Wish You Were Here! Vintage Postcards from Washington, D.C. takes visitors on a visual journey through the capital city as it was illustrated through postcards from the early-to-mid 20th century. Organized by AIA|DC, the exhibition features over 300 vintage postcards reproduced from collections held at the DC Public Library, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and National Building Museum. The exhibition highlights sightseeing, transportation, street scenes, museum and government buildings, commercial establishments, sacred spaces, and parks.

The exhibition is divided into six sections: Traveling to Washington; Commencing the Adventure; Navigating the City; Exploring Iconic Landmarks; Discovering Local Places; and Remembering the Journey.

Historic Carnegie Building Tour

DATE AND TIME: Sat, July 15, 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

LOCATION: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. 801 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Ever wonder about the history of the Carnegie Library on Mt. Vernon Square? Join us for a FREE guided tour of the building and learn about the more than 115 years of history of the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Entrusted by the U.S. Congress to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. in 1999, this 30 – 45 minute tour sheds light on a Washington landmark.

Questions? Please call (202) 249-3955 or email: for more information.

**Tours meet at the tall blue “open” flag on the K Street side of the building**

DACkids Sustainability Workshop

DATE & TIME: Saturday, July 15 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm

LOCATION: District Architecture Center

Price:  $15 for Children of DAC/AIA Members. $20 for Children of non-members. Registration required. Scholarships available.

Discover how sustainability grows beyond the limits of the built environment! How do architects and landscape architects design sites to support their green building designs? This children's workshop will explore concepts including site/building orientation, renewable energy, landscaping with native plants, drip irrigation, and storm water management.

American Sign Language will be available for ASL users.  ASL instruction will be provided so all students can interact.

Kids will learn about these concepts through hands-on activities including:

playing with water to look at traditional and drip irrigation and explore the difference between pervious and impervious surfaces

learning about native DC plants

building a simple building that is appropriately oriented on a site and add elements such as renewable energy sources (solar panels, wind power), rain barrels, drip irrigation systems, and green roofs.

Ages: 8 - 12

Organized By: Washington Architectural Foundation's DACkids Programs & STEMS LLC


Date & Time: Ongoing, see link for hours

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Drawing from a magnificent 4,500-piece collection recently donated to the Museum, the architectural paper models represent buildings, cultures, and countries from Austria to Wales. The collection includes examples of hand-drawn castles, intricate cathedrals with water-colored gardens, and micro-models smaller than a postcard. Some are viewed flat; others are copied and constructed in 3-D.


Image courtesy of the National Building Museum

Date & Time: June 10th through September 4, 2017, see website for hours

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Celebrating the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright on the Walls transforms a gallery into an interactive, large-scale “coloring book” inspired by the architect’s work. Opening in conjunction with the Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright Day, the exhibition runs through the Summer Block Party.

Wright on the Walls features original interpretations of built and unbuilt Wright designs created by local artists Scott Clowney and Vlad Zabavskiy. Focusing on five areas of Wright’s work—residential, commercial, houses of worship, automobile culture, and decorative details—the interactive space challenges visitors to add their own creative “color” to large-scale drawings printed on the walls, using shades and hues inspired by those used by Wright and his studio.


Date & Time: June 1 – Sept. 3,   Hours & Admission

Location: ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

The debut of DC’s only digital art space happens on June 1. Experience the immersive XYZT: Abstract Landscapes installation at ARTECHOUSE, situated in the Southwest Waterfront. The hands-on interactive experience allows guests to walk on floors that react to footsteps, manipulate light particles within a giant digital cube or blow into glass boxes and watch virtual letters dance around.