Check out the offerings below and head over to our online calendar to see when the next festival is taking place. Bring your friends and family, these events are free and open to all ages.
President’s Day Festival (February)
Celebrate President’s Day with the National Portrait Gallery! Packed with activities for all ages, the festival includes art projects, musical performances, spotlight talks, and workshops. While you are at the museum, check out the Portrait Gallery’s permanent exhibition, ‘America’s Presidents’ and visit the museum’s iconic collection of presidential portraits.
Women’s History Month Festival (March)
Join us for a celebration of Women’s History Month and pay homage to some of the remarkable women in the Portrait Gallery’s collection with a series of programs, discussions with guest panelists, art activities, workshops, and other festivities.
Girl Scout Festivals
NOTE: This festival is currently on hiatus
The National Portrait Gallery offers an exciting interactive program that allows Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes an opportunity for an educational and culturally enriching museum experience while earning points toward Girl Scout Legacy badges and Journey completions. Programs are approximately two hours in length and include:
- An interactive tour of the National Portrait Gallery, showcasing women who have made a significant contribution to American history and culture, including the portrait of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA
- A hands-on activity in the Kogod Courtyard
Hispanic Heritage Month Festival (September)
Join the National Portrait Gallery in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Learn about highlighted Latinx sitters from the Portrait Gallery’s collection in this bilingual celebration for all ages. The festival offers story times, live entertainment, arts and crafts, gallery tours, and much more.
Hispanic Heritage Month represents an opportunity to honor and highlight Latino achievements and contributions to U.S. history in various fields, such as arts and culture, economics, politics, athletics, and science.
Día de los Muertos (November)
Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the National Portrait Gallery! This yearly event brings artists and performers from around the United States and Latin America to the Portrait Gallery for live music, folk dancing, art, culture, and tradition. This bilingual event is free and open to all ages.