07 Aug 2017


Living On The Hill: Arts and Entertainment

Whether you are new to the Hill or simply trying to remember what resources are available to you, we are here to help! Please enjoy and share our Living on the Hill guides, intended to help you find everything you need while visiting or living on Capitol Hill. We love to be a resource to our neighbors, so please send us a note through social media or to info@thehillishome.com if you have suggestions for additional guides.

In addition to the parks and the libraries and the monuments, Capitol Hill and Ward 6 are home to a world-class array of performance venues and art galleries; professional dance and acting companies; fresh experimental theater; excellent amateur groups; chorales, choruses and orchestras; and many other groups oriented toward the performing arts and self-expression.

Photo by Claudia Rauch

Theatre Companies

Arena Stage

1101 6th St SW


Arena Stage is one of the original resident theaters in the nation, as well as the largest theater dedicated to American plays and playwrights. This theater premieres new plays and keeps the classics alive.

Mosaic Theater Company

1333 H St NE


This new company has made a name for themselves with their provocative and socially relevant art. The annual intercultural festival and Voices From a Changing Middle East bring ideas to the forefront in a dynamic way.

St. Mark’s Players

118 3rd St SE


St. Mark’s Players, a non-profit participatory company, has become a staple of the Capitol Hill theater community since their first performances in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The company performs three plays each season.

Taffety Punk Theatre Company


Artists with a love of the Bard and punk rock music are the brains behind this company. They are known for their approach to classic plays, accessible ticket prices, and their black box space of CHAW. The yearly Riot Grrrl production featuring a women-only cast is always a hit.


Capital City Symphony

1333 H St NE

202-399-7993 ext.120

100 volunteer musicians led by Victoria Gau perform symphonic classics as well as more modern music at affordable concerts available to the public. This is a great program for amateur and professional musicians alike.

Capitol Hill Chorale


The Capitol Hill Chorale, under the direction of Maestro Frederick Binkholder, is made up of 90 singers. Three concerts are performed each season at local churches featuring a variety of music.

Congressional Chorus & American Youth Chorus

733 8th St NW


The Congressional Chorus and Youth Chorus have performed at the White House and at various other events on Capitol Hill, including the popular adult chorus cabaret each winter. Open auditions are available to adults and children who are interested.

DC Youth Orchestra Program

1700 East Capitol Street NE


This program provides affordable and quality music performance and instruction opportunities for DC youth. It is located at Eastern High School, but has partnered with the DC Public Schools in an effort to expand the program.

Opera Lafayette

10 4th St NE


The Opera Lafayette is an American period-instrument ensemble founded by Conductor and Artistic Director Ryan Brown. This group focuses on the French repertoire and rediscovering masterpieces.

Rock & Roll Hotel

1353 H St NE


For over 10 years, this three-level music venue and bar has been an important part of the H Street neighborhood. This former funeral home turned club brings in a variety of music each week. Keep your eye on The Set List for shows at the Rock & Roll Hotel.


Dance Place

3225 8th St NE


Dance Place offers a weekend dance performing series year-round featuring a variety of styles as the company strives to enrich the local dance community.

Joy of Motion

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE


Joy of Motion offers dance classes and workshops for all ages and abilities while standing by their “dance is for everyone” philosophy. This organization has won two Mayor’s Art Awards for its contributions to the arts, and continues to encourage students to stretch themselves to their fullest potential.

Momentum Dance Theatre

534 8th St SE


The professional dance company of Capitol Hill strives to bring the dance theater experience to the community through performance, outreach, and audience engagement. The studio is home to the Jazz Hip Hop Academy for children and teens, and various classes for adults.

St. Mark’s Dance Studio

301 A St SE


This studio has been teaching the community to dance for over 40 years. Dance classes for pre-schoolers to adults, as well as adult exercise classes, are available.

Step Afrika!

1333 H St NE

202-399-7993 ext.112

This professional dance company is dedicated to bringing the tradition of stepping to audiences all over the world. Though the company is touring most of the time, each holiday season is spent at the Atlas presenting a holiday step show for the whole family.

Performance Venues

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE


This venue in the Atlas District of the booming H Street neighborhood is home to a variety of programs such as the Capital City Symphony, Joy of Motion, The Mosaic Theater, and many more. The center also offers community programs for the training and education of the arts.

Capital Fringe

1358 Florida Ave NE


Since moving to a new Northeast location, Capital Fringe offers a variety of programs throughout the year as well as the highly anticipated Capital Fringe Festival every summer.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

545 7th St SE


CHAW strives to build community and creativity through the arts with many after-school classes, summer camps, and adult classes. The building is home to a dance studio, various 2-D and 3-D art studios, private music rooms, and more.

The Corner Store

900 South Carolina Ave SE


Musicians, filmmakers, artists, poets, and actors are all featured at this intimate venue. Fitness events, activities for children, and music jams are also held at The Corner Store on occasion.

Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse

201 F St NE


This coffeehouse serves as a venue for local indie, folk rock, and acoustic musicians, as well as ballroom dance lessons and open-mic nights for music and poetry.

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 East Capitol St SE


This library houses the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials and other Renaissance works, as well as a variety of programs for the whole family to enjoy. The Elizabethan theater hosts world-class productions for a wide audience.

Gallery O On H

1354 H St NE

Galley O On H has it all. They feature jazz and burlesque performances, signature parties and fundraisers, the Art Car display at the H Street Festival, a regional art competition, and even more events throughout the year.

Hill Center

921 Pennsylvania Ave SE


The Hill Center features 11 program rooms to offer instruction and presentations involving music, cooking, art, creative writing, and yoga in partnership with over 50 other organizations. Regular visual art exhibits and a yearly pottery exhibit and sale are also featured at the Hill Center.

Library of Congress

1 1st St SE


The historic Library of Congress, apart from preserving American culture within its walls, also offers movies, concerts, exhibitions, book talks, and poetry readings.

Miracle Theater

535 8th St NE

This movie theater, recently restored by the National Community Church, shows current movies as well as local film festivals such as DC Shorts.

Visual Arts

Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL)

545 7th St SE

CHAL supports local artists through exhibitions, gallery talks, classes, lectures, workshops, and other events and activities. Public appreciation of art is promoted by CHAL through exhibitions in banks, offices, and restaurants.

DCCCAH I Street Gallery

200 I St SE

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is focused on supporting arts throughout the city, but the physical location on I Street is a wonderful exhibition space for DC artists.

The Fridge

516 ½ 8th St SE

The Fridge is a gallery known for the exhibitions of local and international street artists. The gallery features workshops, music performances, poetry readings, and spoken word performances in their cozy location in an alley off of Barracks Row.

Gallery NK

321 K St NE

This gallery, nestled in an alley between I and K Streets NE, features local and international artists. The staff is available to help clients find the perfect piece for their space!

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