Due to COVID-related financial pressures, Friends of the National Zoo and the zoo announced their separation after more than 60 years.
Upcoming online concerts will feature piano études, classical guitar duets and works by living composers. Open for in-person visits: the International Spy Museum and Zenith Gallery.
For kids: a virtual field trip to the National Zoo’s Coral Lab and a “Books and Baseball” session with a coach from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
The Phillips Collection will present an online wire workshop and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will host a virtual conversation on Chicanx graphic arts and activism.
With the inauguration on the minds of many, the White House Historical Association will present two free online programs about past inaugurations on Jan. 19, the day before.
Classes are being offered by the Washington School of Ballet, Hinckley Pottery and others. Also available: virtual visits to the Tudor Place garden, Asian temples and Coney Island.
Once January gets underway, you can take in online concerts, poetry readings and presentations on pandemic history, insect adaptations, interior design and Burman textiles.
The year is wrapping up with gifts of virtual music and dance performances. Outdoors, you can head north to view lights in Anne Arundel or head west to count birds in Loudoun.
Art is on view and on sale at Washington Printmakers Gallery and Glen Echo Park. Streaming this weekend: virtual Christmas concerts.
The National Building Museum, housed in the mammoth 1887 Pension Building at 401 F St. NW, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week with a number of free online programs.