Things to Do in June!

So many things! With longer days and heating temps, there is so much going in DC. Check out some fun things to do around town this month!

Around the World in 80 Paper Models

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.

Wright on the Walls

 Image courtesy of the National Building Museum

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.

XYZT: Abstract Landscapes

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.

Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend

Dates: June 3-4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission, Various locations

Take the first weekend in June to enjoy free admission at five awesome DC museums. The Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk weekend, held for the 34th time this year, includes Anderson HouseDumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryThe Phillips Collection and the Woodrow Wilson House. You will have access to new exhibits, fascinating stories and live music at all of the museums, an incredible free opportunity that comes only once a year.

Latin America: Architecture, Design & Culture - Breakfast Panel

DATE AND TIME: Tue, June 6, 2017, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

LOCATION: Union Market, 1309 5th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

Check out a fascinating dialogue on how contemporary Latin American design is shaping our own cultural fabric in food, leisure and creative gathering places.

Moderated by:

Christina De Leon, Associate Curator of Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


  • Gabriela Anker, Co-Founder, Architect | Leppanen + Anker Arquitectos
  • Salo Levinas, Founding Principal, Architect | Shinberg.Levinas Architects
  • Nestor Santa-Cruz, IIDA, LEED® AP, Principal, Design Director | Gensler
  • Norma Morales Perez, Senior Vice President of Brand + Culture | EDENS, Developer of El Mercado Latino in partnership with Chef Jose Garces

From Argentina to Ecuador, Mexico to Chile, Peru to Venezuela and so many more countries beyond, the threads that sew all Latin cultures together are simple but soulful. These threads are the love of family, pride in values, profound faith, credence in hard work, and deep roots in celebration through food.

Through these strong foundational values, the cultural creativity of design, architecture and the arts in Latin America has evolved to be contemporary, avant-garde and unlike any other in the world today. We will discuss the societal elements that are weaving this rich foreign fabric and how it influences our own cultural fabric in United States.

Urban Balcony Transformations by Cultivate the City

$20 – $60

DATE AND TIME: Sat, June 10, 2017, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

LOCATION:  H St Farms/ Rooftop of W.S. Jenks and Son, 910 Bladensburg Road Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

Come learn how to transform your balcony into an urban oasis. This class will demonstrate how to plan and plant a decorative and/or edible garden on your balcony. Our unique vertical gardening systems can maximize even the smallest space, offering you fresh greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers..... you name it!

Is your balcony in the shade or sun? We can help you choose the plants best for your conditions. We will also show you how to secure planters so they don't take flight. And, we will offer a number of ways to use your existing balcony architecture to help your chosen plants grow! (Think beans trailing along your balcony railings. Or, a "saddle bag" that holds herbs on the inside of your balcony for cooking and flowers on the outside for future centerpieces or just to brighten up your building's facade.)

Private lunchtime Architectural Tour of Paul Cret’s Folger Shakespeare Library

$10 – $25

DATE AND TIME: Wed, June 21, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

LOCATION: Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC. 20003

Join the ICAA for an exclusive inside lunchtime tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library on Wednesday, June 21.

The building was completed in 1930 by architect Paul Philippe Cret utilizing his own brand of Classicism and Art Deco. The interiors are a mélange of Tudor recreations and strict classicism and hold many literary treasures. Architect Alexander Trowbridge was a consulting architect and helped Cret with many of the details including decorative reliefs with scenes from Shakespeare’s works.

$15 members/10 L’enfants / $25 non-members

Learning to Travel Sketch: Walk and Draw by Lindsey May


DATE AND TIME: Sun, June 25, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have something to write with and write on, you can always document your experience through the timeless skill of sketching. Not only does sketching slow you down and make you more aware of your environment in the moment, it can provide a wonderful, personal snapshot of your experience that you can look back upon in the future.

This class 2.5 hour class will meet for 30 minutes at the Lemon Bowl for an introduction to sketching; then we will hit the streets! The class will walk to nearby landmarks and practice sketching architectural features in en plein air -- okay, that is just a fancy way to say 'in the outside open-ness of real fresh air!' At each landmark, the class will do a guided sketch exercise and then have time for individual sketching.

This class is taught by Lindsey May. Lindsey is an architect in DC and teaches architecture at the University of Maryland. Her travel sketching experience stems from her professional and academic travels to: China, India, Nepal, Colombia, Abu Dhabi (UAE), and England.

Ticket includes everything you will need for a successful travel sketching afternoon:

  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Sketching Tutorial
  • Hands on assistance in the field

In the event of inclement weather, we will focus on indoor public spaces in the neighborhood as opposed to outdoor features.

There are many more exciting events around town, from Capital Pride DC to the Smithsonian Folk Like Festival, take a look at additional fun things to do in June in DC here!