Tour de Theaters Bike Ride

Saturday, September 22

9:30AM to 2:00PM


What’s the best way to explore the ever-evolving world of DC theater? By bicycle!

Back by popular demand, the TOUR De DC AND VIRGINIA THEATERS is going on its second ride to celebrate Theatre Week! This is a free, community bike ride lead by Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr that will visit some of the great theaters (and bicycle paths) from DC to Virginia. So strap on your bike helmet and explore the breadth and diversity of the DC theater community.

This will be a relaxed-pace, 16 mile ride with a 9:30am (check-in), going until approximately 2pm. We will begin at Arena Stage. This is a NO DROP RIDE. Please arrive at the ride start location at 9:30am with a helmet and bicycle lock, the ride will depart at 9:45am. Snacks will be provided at stops along the route, and riders will have an opportunity to purchase a beverage or snack at Busboys and Poets during our one hour “rest stop” in Shirlington, Virginia—please note that you will need to lock up your bicycle in Shirlington, so please bring your own lock.

You have the option to stay in Shirlington and see the 2:00pm matinee performance of Passion at Signature (you must purchase your tickets directly from Signature). Participants who see the musical will be given directions to bicycle back on their own, without the tour leader.

All riders will check-in and sign a waiver. Please note that if you are using a bicycle-share, there will not be opportunities to dock it along the ride—you will need to rent it for the entire ride period.

Participants under 18 years old will need a parent/guardian signature at the time of Check-in.


  • an exclusive backstage tour of Arena Stage
  • a chance to visit one of our region’s most innovative theaters, Synetic Theater
  • a stop at the acclaimed Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre
  • a break at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, VA
  • A relaxed pace ride along the beautiful (and flat) Mount Vernon Bike Trail, led by Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr

Past Events

Theatre Week Kickoff Party 2018

Saturday, September 8

Noon - 4pm

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC

FREE food, drinks, & entertainment!


Join theatre makers from across the DMV for an afternoon of performances, demonstrations, conversations and giveaways at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Come talk to a designer or director, learn about your favorite company’s upcoming offerings, and maybe even discover a theatre you didn’t know anything about! Backstage tours, giveaways, meet-and-greets with representatives from companies large and small, and performances are all on the menu at this rousing celebration of the 2018-2019 theatre season. Local restaurants and beverage companies are there to share food and drinks with you too -- and it’s all free and open to theater lovers and newcomers alike.

Participating theatres include: 4615 Theatre Company, Ally Theatre Company, Brave Spirits Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Flying V, Ford's Theatre, Imagination Stage, The In Series, The Lab for Global Performance and Politics, Monumental Theatre Company, Mosaic Theater Company, National Theatre, Nu Sass Productions, Olney Theatre Center, Rorschach Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theater, The Theatre Lab, The Welders and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Food and drinks provided by: Anxo Cidery, DC Brau, Carmine's, Shake Shack, Honest Tea, and Dan Searing-Author of The Punch Bowl and Spirits Specialist.

Historic Theatre Walking Tour with NPR’s Bob Mondello

Monday, September 17

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Meet at National Theatre - 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC


Join Cultural Tourism DC and NPR senior arts critic Bob Mondello for an evening outing among the landmarks of downtown Washington. We’ll gather at National Theatre for introductions, then meander through the city’s core, talking along the way about playhouses where local and national theatre history has been made. Count on surprising and maybe even scandalous stories from one of DC’s most beloved cultural commentators. The other stop on the tour is Ford’s Theatre (naturally).

ShowTunes & Cocktails: Special Theatre Week Edition

Monday, September 17


Beacon Bar & Grill - 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Especially for Theatre Week, we’re taking our monthly ShowTunes & Cocktails evening and turning things up to 11 with a very special guest headliner. 2018 Helen Hayes Award recipient Felicia Curry will join us at the Beacon Bar & Grill as we gather ‘round the baby grand to belt out showtunes and cabaret favorites with the incomparable Glenn Pearson at the keyboard.