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Here's what you need to experience the local side of the District, from hot restaurants to the best vintage shops and Instagram spots.

10 Things to See & Do in Shaw

African-American history runs deep in Shaw , a rowhouse-, restaurant- and retail-filled neighborhood northeast of the White House. Duke Ellington was born here, and he and other stars of “Black Broadway” played at nearby theaters that are still standing. These days, the zone is just as well known...

Crowd Outside Historic Howard Theatre in Shaw - Events in Washington, DC
Color Me DC: 14 Ways to Embrace Color in Washington, DC This Spring

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom . However, you can find nearly the entire color spectrum when you peruse DC's museums, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods. Lucky for you, we've picked out the best ways to discover all...

@beautifulpaper - 'LOVE' mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Colorful things to do in Washington, DC
14 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

The word “locavore” (defined as, “one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible”) was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a few years back; it’s also a concept that rules at many Washington, DC restaurants. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-try spots that source what’s on...

Convivial - Shaw Neighborhood Restaurant - Washington, DC
30+ Concerts to Check Out This Fall in Washington, DC

Alright, so, summer is over (or almost, anyway). We’re disappointed. You’re disappointed. But have no fear! Many of Washington, DC’s music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages this fall . Among these venues: The Anthem, a 6,000-seat masterpiece that is...

Musical Performance at the 9:30 Club Concert Venue - Concerts in Washington, DC
#MyDCcool Fan Photos of the Month

We’ve asked our Instagram , Twitter and Facebook fans to tag their DC pics #MyDCcool , and the results have been incredible! Check out these gorgeous shots from the last month, including countless cherry blossom pics, images form one of the most highly anticipated exhibits of the year and...

@brittmichele15 - Cherry blossom peak bloom sunrise over the Tidal Basin - Cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC
Made in DC: 20 Local Businesses That Deserve Your Attention

The best keepsake from a great vacation is a product or experience that truly embodies the city that you visited. With that mind, we’re featuring DC businesses that reflect the city’s entrepreneurial streak while producing a notable product. Each of these vendors are members of Made in DC , a local...

District Doughnut - Made in DC - Shop Local in Washington, DC
Emoji DC – A Free iOS & Android App

Updates Coming Soon in May 2017: Just in time for summer, step up your texting game with fun summer-themed stickers. Not only can you see the sights in Washington, DC, but now you can also share them with your friends! Download Emoji DC for free for your smartphone from the App Store on your iPhone...

Download Emoji DC for free for your smartphone from the App Store on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android
Derek Brown on the Cocktail Scene in Washington, DC

When it comes to craft cocktails, there’s a whole lot shakin’ in the nation’s capital. All the rage at the moment are the growing number of speakeasies, bars and lounges devoted exclusively to serving expertly measured and mixed drinks. Add to that, many distinct distilleries have popped up in the...

Columbia Room - Derek Brown Cocktail Bar in Washington, DC - Best American Cocktail Bar
Awesome Hotel Packages & Deals for Cherry Blossom Season in Washington, DC

Springtime is a great time to visit Washington, DC, as the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the blooming of the cherry blossoms trees attract travelers from all over the world. Hotels all over the city, and even ones just outside of it, are offering awesome packages throughout the season. Read...

Couple at Bar Dupont in Dupont Circle, Washington DC
DC On the Water: 12 Waterfront Activities & Things to Do in Washington, DC

The District’s two rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia, shine brightly once the warm weather of spring and summer settles on the city. Fortunately for visitors, there are plenty of ways to explore Washington, DC’s waterfronts, with family-friendly outdoor recreation that include being both on the...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC