Best Date Ideas for Art Lovers in Washington, D.C.

April 7, 2014 9:00 AM

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Virginia may be for lovers, but Washington D.C. is for art lovers. Theater, ballet, museums, orchestras, choirs and so much more fill the city with art of all kinds. Art lovers of various likes and dislikes can find something any day of the week to do for a date. These date ideas are suitable for all art lovers.

National Portrait Gallery
8th & F St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-8300

Staples and classics are considered staples and classics for a reason. The National Portrait Gallery is a staple in D.C. for tourists and locals looking to stroll through a museum. It is also a great place to go on a date. It allows you to have an actual conversation and get to know each other without too much pressure. There will be no awkward eye contact or silences because you’ll be looking at the art and silently reflecting on the beauty. But when you do want to talk, you have multiple conversation pieces all around you.

Murals DC

Odds are if you have been anywhere in D.C., you have come across a large colorful mural. Like most, if not all, metropolitan cities, graffiti is everywhere. Instead of chastising graffiti artists, organizations and councilmen decided to make the art form even more public. Murals DC, a project from multiple organizations in the area, teaches and develops young aspiring graffiti artists, and in doing so, promotes local artists, art in general and beautifying the city. A great way to see the city and art on a date would be to take a bike tour to the locations of these commissioned works.

Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-7282

The Arts Club of Washington may not be a household name in D.C., but it still produces some events that you should be adding to your calendar if you are an arts lover. Located at the Monroe House, President James Monroe’s house, the Arts Club of Washington brings arts lovers together to share in their love of multiple styles of art. Being a member is a plus, but if you aren’t, there are still plenty of events for you to take part of. You can watch a string quartet or marvel at a multi-media art piece. Whatever you choose, you will indulge your art craving on your date.

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Art Soiree
The Ritz-Carlton
3100 South St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007

For the last few years, Tatiana Pastukhova and Sandro Kereselidze have brought new life into the already crowded art scene of Washington, D.C. Their Art Soiree events are rarely ordinary. From visual art mixed with live instruments and DJing, to an exhibit of political cartoons, the duo curate interesting exhibits and art performances from emerging artists. Their rooftop series, which combines art and music, garnered praise for its creativity. An Art Soiree event is perfect for art lovers looking for something different to do on a date.

Capitol Hill Art Workshop
545 7th St., S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-6839

There are scenes in movies that go on to represent the entire film. When Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore made pottery, it became the iconic scene from “Ghost.” You and your sweetheart can remake that scene at one of the many art classes at Capitol Hill Art Workshop. CHAW offers a wide variety of art classes for art lovers to make into date night including dance, photography, ceramics, theater and visual arts classes. Pick an art form and make artsy memories on your art-filled date.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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