Skip to Content

Upcoming Events

Special Events

Lauren May Features at Busboys and Poets 5th & K (Dec. 17)

Wednesday, December 17 - 9:00 to 11:00pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC. 

For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians, and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all, come with an open mind and ear.
Wristbands are available for purchase online at midnight prior to the event, and on-site at the Global Exchange Store from 10:00 am until sold out. Limit 4 non-refundable wristbands per person.
Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in a forfeiture of seats.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase HIgh Open Mic at Bethesda Library (Dec. 19)

Friday, December 19 - 5:00 to 7:00pm - Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

Come join the BCC Slam Team and poet Jonathan B. Tucker for a workshop and open mic to raise your voice through poetry. Jonathan B. Tucker is a poet, educator, activist, DJ, and organizer currently blending his passions together as the Youth Programs Coordinator for Split This Rock, a national nonprofit organization devoted to poetry for social justice. The open mic at Bethesda Library is free and open to the public. The workshop at BCC is for students only. This event is FREE. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.  

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (Dec. 17)

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036.  Split This Rock, in collaboration with The Beltway Poetry Slam, hosts bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. Just come ready to write! Only $5! Please bring cash or check made out to "Split This Rock." Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.  For more information, email info@splitthisrock.org, call 202-787-5210, or check out the Facebook event page.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (Dec. 20)

Held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC.  Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.  Hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker (Coach, DC Youth Slam Team) and teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. More info at Busboys and Poets website. Featured poet for December: Safia Elhillo.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (Dec. 21)

Held monthly on the 3rd sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm - Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC. Cost: $5. Every month, Split This Rock partners with Busboys and Poets to bring you Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the event offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Sunday Kind of Love includes featured poets and an open mic segment. Purchase tickets online or at the door, if still available. Featured poets for December: Joshua Weiner and Sam Taylor.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space (Dec. 23)

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays - 4:30 to 6:30pm - Martin Luther King Library Room 221, 901 G St, NW, Washington, DC.  The library is accessible by the Gallery Pl/ Chinatown metro station.  Workshops are free and open to all teens.  For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at tucker@splitthisrock.org.   Teens should feel free to stop by and create in a group dynamic for a few hours.  It does not matter if you have a little or a lot of experience: just bring yourself and a pen.

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic 

Every last Friday from 5 to 8:00pm - Freestyle Youth Center, 651 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington DC. A youth open mic series open to all with free giveaways, free condoms, free HIV testing, and an open mic! Presented by RealTalkDC & Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. (Note: Adult language may be used.)