District of Cuba

Cuban Culture in Washington D.C.

Guide to exploring Cuban culture in the District of Columbia through social events, classes, restaurants, art exhibitions, lectures and more. 


The District of Columbia is a magnet for Cuban cultural activity thanks to its many residents -- some Cuban but many who aren't -- who have a deep appreciation for the great contributions Cubans have made to our fair city and world culture.  Welcome to the District of Cuba.

Harold López-Nussa Trio

AMP by Strathmore | October 27, 2017 | 8 pm

The acclaimed pianist is joined by Gaston Joya, one of Cuba’s brightest musical stars. Joya made his name playing with legendary pianist Chucho Valdés and has toured with Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Omara Portuondo. Ruy López-Nussa rounds out the trio on drums.  Come early for a free, pre-show dance lesson with the DC Casineros.  ($25 - $35)


9:30 Club | November 1, 2017 |  Doors 7 pm

One of our favorite bands returns to the District of Cuba for the third time in two years -- testament to their fervent fan base and compelling performances.  They are out in support of their new release and second album, "Ash."  ($25)


Colorismo: Cuba, Race, and Culture in the Wave of Tourism

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law | November 9, 2017 | 5 pm - 6:30 pm

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School Latino/a Law Student Association and Black Law Student Association hosts a panel discussion that will explore how the new wave of tourism to Cuba is impacting Afro-Cuban identity, culture, and economy on the island.  Invited speakers include Rafael Cox-Alomar, Tanya K. Hernandez, and Antonio Lopez.  Free and registration requested.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita

AMP by Strathmore | March 18, 2018 | 8pm

The indefatigable and always touring Sosa returns to the District of Cuba, foregoing Blues Alley this round for concert at AMP by Strathmore.  Springing forth from an impromptu jam session in 2012, the concert will revisit the collaboration between Cuban-born 7-time Grammy nominated pianist Omar Sosa and Sengalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita -- with a steady assist from  by percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.  ($30 - $40)

Ballet Nacional de Cuba

The Kennedy Center | May 29, 2018 | 7:30 pm

The legendary Cuban National Ballet company returns to the District of Cuba for the first time since 2011. This one will sell out as D.C.'s dance audiences are keen for a rare glimpse at the company's renowned dancers, an extraordinary troupe who are highly sought after by the world's elite ballet companies. ($29 - $129)