Sunday Stroll Guided Tour

Join us for a guided tour of Congressional Cemetery! Over 65,000 people are interred at Congressional Cemetery, ranging from 1807 all the way until the present day. Their story is our story and many of them lived noteworthy and extraordinary lives. Come and learn from one of our expert docents who will share the stories [...]

$5

Death Doula Days

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

No one likes to talk about dying, right? We do! Bring your curiosity, your courage, and a sense of humor as we sit around the table at the gatehouse (almost) every Saturday in 2023 to explore our worries and wonderment about mortality. Join our new death doula in residence for a weekly series of conversations and workshops about the end of life. Guests will include those who sit with the dying, care for our bodies, and help those we will leave behind. We will work on projects like organizing our digital lives, documenting our wishes, and telling our life stories. We will play games, do projects, hear musicians, meet artists, and hear from scholars who explore the end of life in their work. Our goal is to explore a 'death positive' way to think about our mortality. You never know who you’ll meet around the table, but each person who enters the room is a gift to the event. Cake and tea provided. Donations to our host, Historic Congressional Cemetery, are warmly encouraged. By facing our fear of death we aim to best enjoy every breath.

Cemetery Speaker Series: Alain LeRoy Locke

Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place of Alain LeRoy Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar. A philosopher, writer, and educator, Locke's work helped define the contours of the Harlem Renaissance, helping spread African American intellectual thought across the United States in the early 20th century. In particular, Locke's The New Negro: An Interpretation (1925) [...]

$5

Plot Twist: Yoga in the Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Join the teachers of St. Mark's Yoga Center for Plot Twist: Yoga at the Cemetery. This Vinyasa yoga class will be accessible to yogis of all levels! We will move through postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice is a moving meditation that helps create strength, freedom and fluidity in the body [...]

Lincoln Assassination Tour

Back by popular demand! This is your chance to experience our one of a kind Lincoln Assassination Tour if you missed the Cemetery Speaker Series earlier this year. You may purchase tickets here! On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head while watching a play at Ford's Theatre. The assassin, John [...]

$5

Plot Twist: Yoga in the Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

Join the teachers of St. Mark's Yoga Center for Plot Twist: Yoga at the Cemetery. This Vinyasa yoga class will be accessible to yogis of all levels! We will move through postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice is a moving meditation that helps create strength, freedom and fluidity in the body [...]

Only at Congressional Guided Tour

Join us for a guided tour of Congressional Cemetery! Over 65,000 people are interred at Congressional Cemetery, ranging from 1807 all the way until the present day. Their story is our story and many of them lived noteworthy and extraordinary lives. Come and learn from one of our expert docents who will share the stories [...]

$5

Book Signing Event: Presidential Grave Hunter

Please join Congressional Cemetery for a book signing event for author Kurt Deion's new book, Presidential Grave Hunter: One Kid's Quest to Visit the Tomb of Every President and Vice President. The author will be present to sign books and meet and greet attendees. Books will also be for sale at the event. A complimentary tour of [...]

Free

Elbridge Gerry Fourth of July Celebration

Please join The District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for a Fourth of July Celebration and Brunch honoring the 247th Anniversary of America's Independence. Held at the grave of Elbridge Gerry, the only Signer of the Declaration of Independence buried in Washington, DC, this FREE event features a light continental [...]

July Cinematery: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Historic Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, Southeast, Washington, DC, United States

What’s this? It’s Christmas and Halloween in July as the Summer of Surreal continues with one of Burton’s most iconic cinematic contributions. With the talented Henry Selick in the director’s chair and frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman behind the film’s award-winning original music, Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece broke new ground, bringing dark German Expressionism inspired holiday [...]