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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Spend time with Off the Mall Walking Tours to uncover the unique qualities that defined Washington DC's punk culture, learn about the scene's key figures, and explore its continued influence on the city's music scene!

⭐️Discover what made the DC punk culture distinct from others

⭐️Explore the other major contributors to the Washington DC punk scene

⭐️Enjoy a leisurely stroll from Gallery Place to MLK Jr. Memorial Library

⭐️Walk a new side of DC on this 1.5-hour District of Punk tour


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Offered multiple days a month

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome
  • Physical limitations: Must be able to be on their feet for at least 2 hours. Not recommended for people with back problems.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Individuals with disabilities: Wheelchair accessible 
  • Languages: English
  • Pets: Service animals are allowed

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 1.5 hours. Tour/experience may go slightly longer based on participant engagement throughout the tour/experience.
  • What’s included: Admission to the tour
  • Who will be present: You will have a guide with you at all times as well as up to 20 total participants. This experience will be cancelled if the minimum participant requirement is not met.
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket/reservation.
  • Photo/ video: Photos are encouraged!

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This experience is weather dependent
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive at the meeting spot a few minutes in advance
  • Parking: There is street and private parking near all meeting points
  • What to wear: Clothing appropriate for the weather, good walking shoes
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: No changing rooms, but there will be bathroom breaks during the tour.

Full description

In the 1980s, the Reagan Administration was reinstating the Selective Service, hippies were turning in yuppies, and the punk scene rose as a reaction to what they saw as a conformist, soulless government. While punk is often associated with London, New York, and LA, there was a substantial scene in DC that had anchors in downtown and elsewhere. The original 9:30 Club and other spaces were the venues where bands like Minor Threat and Bad Brains got started before going on to world renown. On this tour you'll discover what made the DC punk culture distinct from others, the major contributors to the scene, and its lasting impact on the local music scene today.

Tour begins outside of the F and 7th Street Exit of Gallery Place Metro Station (red, green and yellow lines) and ends at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW DC. Last Friday of the month at 6pm.

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Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
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