Fall of 2022 marked the return of the beloved National Gallery Nights, where Washingtonians and other art enthusiasts could visit the gallery after hours. The tradition will be continuing this spring, but NGA will also be piloting a new event in 2023: First Saturdays. As of February, on the first Saturday of every month, the East Building now hosts a wide array of activities such as art-making, films for children and teens, gallery talks, and a variety of special pop-up events. Each will have a loose theme, and while the morning activities are more oriented toward kids, afternoon activities are geared toward everyone. On May 6, the gallery will have kids’ films, drop-in art-making, gallery talks, and two presentations of 32 Sounds, an immersive documentary exploring the phenomenon of sound. Organizers hope the event will be a chance for residents of all ages to embrace their creative side, while also taking advantage of all that the museum has to offer. “We’d love to make the East Building the place to be on the first Saturday of each month,” Grace Murray, head of public programs, tells City Paper. “Whether you’re looking for engaging activities for your child, a space to gather with friends, or an outlet to create art on your own.” The National Gallery of Art’s First Saturday runs every first Saturday of the Month from 10:20 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NGA. nga.gov. Free.