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DC hopes to host 2026 World Cup events after being snubbed as host city

DC hopes to host 2026 World Cup events after being snubbed as host city

After Washington D.C. was snubbed from being one of the 11 U.S. cities to host a 2026 FIFA World Cup game, Mayor Muriel Bowser is hoping that the city can still participate in some shape or form.

Appearing on “Good Day DC” on Friday, Bowser said they are working with FIFA to try and have some fan events happen on the National Mall.

In April, D.C. announced they had joined forces with Baltimore to place a bid as one of the hosting cities for FIFA World Cup 2026 events.

But as the names of the 16 North American cities were being announced Thursday, people at an event hosted by Events DC organizers were disappointed, The Athletic reported.

FIFA said the U.S. cities that will host are Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Two Canadian cities, Toronto and Vancouver, and three Mexico cities, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey, will also host games.

This will mark the second time the U.S. has hosted the World Cup. The first time occurred in 1994.

Mexico has hosted the event twice before, once in 1970 and 1986.

Canada has never hosted a men’s World Cup match.

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National Gallery of Art Bringing Back Night Events This Spring

National Gallery of Art Bringing Back Night Events This Spring

A night at the museum!

The National Gallery of Art is bringing back its special evening program this spring. But, for the first time, the events will be held at the museum’s West Building.

The National Gallery will be opening its doors to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 14, May 12 and June 9. The events will feature music, performances, pop-up experiences and art-making activities, according to a press release. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

The events are free, but registration is required. You can get tickets for the April 14 event here. Registration for May and June will open one month in advance: April 15 and May 13, respectively.

Each night’s event will have a different theme: Flowers After Hours for April 14, Prom for May 12 and French Connections for June 9. Attendees will also be able to enjoy a nighttime visit to the museum’s new exhibition Atlantic Histories, which opens on April 10.

Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are not required but they’ll let visitors know if there are any updates to the policy, NGA said.

The events mark the gallery’s first in-person programming since 2020. Previously, NGA Nights used to be held on the East Wing, but that building is closed until June for renovations.