CityCenterDC Welcomes Summer with an Array of Local Art

May 25, 2022

From Ballet in the Plaza to Transforming Palmer Alley to a Coneflower Canopy, Summer is in Sight at CityCenterDC


Washington, DC (May 16, 2022) – CityCenterDC welcomes the warm weather by filling the plaza with a multitude of art and activities this summer. Dazzling local art experiences, performances from The Washington Ballet, a myriad of interactive experiences, and local returning favorites such as Lily’s Flower Truck, BubbleWorks, and the Farmers Market await patrons and passers-by.


“Bringing public art to CityCenterDC is such an important piece of what we do,” said Timothy R. Lowery, Director at Hines and the General Manager of CityCenterDC. “We are thrilled to have cultivated a space where art forms collide and special memories can be made.”


This summer, Palmer Alley will be transformed by the arrival of Coneflower Canopy, a stunning art piece created by local artist Phaan Howng and curated by Latela Curatorial for CityCenterDC. The coneflower is not only colorful but is native to the Washington, DC area. For local artist Howng, the Coneflower Canopy represents the need to prioritize the health of our earth to preserve our fragile ecosystem and the endangered and beautiful coneflowers. Both breathtaking and thought-provoking, Coneflower Canopy will debut on June 13th and can be found at CityCenterDC until after Labor Day. Howng’s art was recently featured at the exhibits ‘The Succession of Nature’ at the Baltimore Museum of Art and in ‘The Long Conversation’ at the Smithsonian Arts and Industry Museum. In addition to her lush and vibrant oversized coneflowers, activities amongst the art installation will sprout up throughout the summer months.


Turning to another art form, as part of The Washington Ballet’s Dance for All program–a series of free performances that pop up throughout the city–dancers will perform a show-stopping pas de deux and short, upbeat contemporary dance in the Plaza on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Free to the public, the dances will be created by up-and-coming choreographers and performed by the world-class artists of The Washington Ballet. Performances begin at 6:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Admission is free and seating is first-come, first-served.


“The Washington Ballet loves performing at CityCenterDC! The Plaza is a wonderful setting for our dancers, in that it’s colorful, welcoming, and bustling–exactly the kinds of positive, energetic vibes that bring out the best in our artists,” said Julie Kent, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet.


Moving from ballet to musical performances, the American Pops Orchestra (APO) will take the stage at CityCenterDC on June 16th from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. to perform Broadway hits with a modern twist. The APO, well known for reimagining American pop music through non-traditional orchestra settings, brings musicians and the community together at CityCenterDC this June.


This summer, the beloved bubble show from the one and only BubbleWorks returns to Washington, DC, exclusively at CityCenterDC. The immersive show in The Plaza at CityCenterDC will run from June 4th-July 7th. Expect to be immersed in a fantasy world of bubbles and lively music at the top of every hour Sunday-Thursday from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Beginning in May, the Farmers Market is back in The Park at CityCenterDC each Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., through November. From fresh produce to delicious offerings from local favorites Call Your Mother, DMV Empanadas, VegHeaven, and Timber Pizza Company, the market has a flavor for everyone. For floral lovers, stop by Sunnyside Flowers for a weekday bouquet at the Farmers Market. For fitness lovers, Toned Up Tuesdays return to CityCenterDC in The Plaza through the month of May with CorePower Yoga. These 45-minute outdoor classes are free and open to the public each Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.


Throughout the summer, visitors can create their own floral bouquets at Lily’s Flower Truck every Friday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Plaza. A portion of the proceeds from Lily’s Flower Truck is donated to local animal shelters to help our furry friends.


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About CityCenterDC:

CITYCENTERDC ( is a unique, pedestrian-friendly, 10-acre mixed-use development, located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. Developed by Hines and Qatari Diar, the project is home to more than 221,000 square feet of retail space, 520,000 square feet of prime office space, 458 rental apartment units and 216 condominium units, a 360 room hotel, a 1,550-space parking garage, a public park, a central plaza and pedestrian-oriented streets and alleyways.


About Hines:

Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 255 cities in 27 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $83.6 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to more than 367 properties totaling 138.3 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,486 properties, totaling over 492 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 171 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit for more information. ¹Includes both the global Hines organization as well as RIA AUM as of June 30, 2021.

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