Events calendar: Sunday, Dec. 31


Children’s programs

  • Keegan Theatre will present “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” a children’s musical based on an Irish folk tale (for ages 3 and older). 11 a.m. $15. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767.
  • “Weekend Tots: New Year’s Eve” will feature a festive counting-themed storytime, a countdown to noon, a sparkling craft and a toast to 2018 with juice (for ages 2 through 4). 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $5 to $8; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.


  • Cocktail historian Philip Greene and bartender Frank Jones will hold a seminar on creating Champagne cocktails and other drinks, in addition to cocktail tastings and a cocktail history lesson. 7 to 9 p.m. $55. Occidental Grill & Seafood, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


  • “Bach Through Modern,” a New Year’s Eve concert, will feature local musicians Rosa Lamoreaux, Ann Colgrove, Diane Heath, Elizabeth Lane, Anne Timpane, David Timpane and Barbara Wing performing a world premiere by Justus Parrotta as well as works by Bach, Milhaud and Albright. 6 p.m. $25 donation suggested; free for students. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.
  • Vintage#18 will perform hard-driving blues rhythms and soul grooves. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “New Year’s Eve at the Kennedy Center: Thee Phantom and The Illharmonic Orchestra” will feature hip-hop visionary Thee Phantom and his genre-busting ensemble as they combine the energy and passion of hip-hop with the beautiful, sweeping sounds of live orchestration. 8:30 p.m. $19 to $49. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “A Jazz New Year’s Eve” will feature singer Dee Dee Bridgewater performing works from her album “Memphis,” a collection of blues and soul songs that originated from the city in the 1960s. 7 and 9 p.m. $79 to $89. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown will host a New Year’s Eve performance by Dominick Petrellese and His Quintet, with complimentary party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. Lobby and Loggia, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, 2401 M St. NW. 202-429-2400.
  • A New Year’s Eve celebration will feature The Werks and LITZ. 9 p.m. $40 to $45. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
  • “Downtown Countdown” will feature an open bar, dinner buffets and performances by comedians, DJs, balloon drops, amenities and live entertainment by DJ Vice. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $109 to $159. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present Jean-Pierre Cottet and Guillaume Cottet’s 2017 documentary “Vermeer, Beyond Time,” which focuses on the artist’s family life, his artistic contemporaries, his conversion to Catholicism, and the wider world of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The National Geographic Museum will screen “Jerusalem 3-D,” which features aerial footage of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $7. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Special events

  • “Noon Yards Eve,” a family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival, will feature music, dancing, balloon artists, trackless trains, face painting, kids’ crafts and a balloon drop at noon. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • “Moving Mindfully Into the New Year,” an afternoon retreat, will feature guided meditations, individual reflections and shared rituals to remember and release 2017 and set intentions for the coming year. 1 to 4 p.m. $25 to $40. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The Silent Dance Society will present a New Year’s Eve Silent Disco Night using wireless headset technology with three different music channels and three different DJs. 9 p.m. $40 to $50. Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • A New Year’s Eve celebration at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will start with a performance of “Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains),” followed by music, dancing and an open bar. 9:30 p.m. $90 to $150. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939.
  • The Kennedy Center will host its 2018 New Year’s Eve Grand Foyer Party with music, dancing and celebration leading up to a midnight countdown and big balloon drop. The event will feature local bands Vintage#18 and Mark G. Meadows & The Movement. 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free with a ticket to a Dec. 31 paid evening performance at the Kennedy Center or your receipt from a Dec. 31 dinner at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • ArtJamz will host a New Year’s Eve party with music, neon splash painting, glitter, and a midnight neon Champagne toast. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. $70 to $110. ArtJamz Dupont Studio, 1728 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-709-8096.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the Houston Rockets. 3:30 p.m. $7 to $737. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.