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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.

Where to Eat, Drink & Shop at DC's Union Market

It’s a Sunday afternoon at NoMa’s Union Market , and a couple is slurping bivalves at Rappahannock Oyster Bar while, nearby, a tween struggles to eat a taco while walking. Just across the way, there’s a line forming for either the beer, the bratwursts or both at Red Apron Butchery . Welcome to...

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in 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 amazing music venues will welcome dozens of great artists from numerous genres to their stages. There are plenty of great concerts to see at these venues, and all...

@bandoftomorrow - Concert at the historic 9:30 Club - Concert venues in Washington, DC -
Stars of the Show: Award-Winning Restaurants in Washington, DC

As you may have heard, DC’s dining scene has arrived. in addition to the city's Michelin Guide , there are numerous award-winning restaurants that require your attention. Accolades include Bib Gourmand or star-status in the aforementioned guide, James Beard Awards , RAMMY Awards (honors handed out...

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace on 14th Street NW - Award-Winning Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Washington, DC
5 Pokémon Go Tips to Become the Very Best in Washington, DC

Since launching, the mobile game Pokémon Go has become a viral sensation, and that couldn’t be more true anywhere than in the nation’s capital. As one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, DC is primed for the free-to-download, augmented reality game in which users stroll the streets...

Pokémon Go - Washington, DC
20+ Fall Events & Festivals You Don't Want to Miss in Washington, DC

Washington, DC’s outdoor fun and festivals do not conclude when summer turns to fall. The city’s calendar stays packed with day and weekend-long events that showcase food, music and culture, many of which are free. Explore some of the season’s highlights and plan your trip today.

Band performing during Adams Morgan Day on 18th Street - Free summer festival in Washington, DC
Where to Get the Best Views of the Washington, DC Skyline

While the nation’s capital has no shortage of great rooftop bars and restaurants , it also includes some especially iconic cityscapes with marble landmarks and sweeping National Mall vistas. Here's where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the DC skyline at these high-above-the-city hot spots.

Terrace Overlooking Potomac River from John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Where to Get the Best Skyline Views 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 beautiful photos from the month of October, including gorgeous shots of fall foliage, some of the best dishes from around the city and exciting photos from...

@ambarella - View of fall foliage from the Glenstone Museum - Free museum near Washington, DC
Cool Reasons to Check Out the By The People Festival This Summer

The By The People festival attracts some of the modern art world’s top talents, who will display works spanning various forms of media, from a floating installation on DC’s waterways to interactive works at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. The free festival also includes...

By The People Festival in Washington, DC - Free summer festival in DC
7 Record Shops In & Around DC That Will Satisfy Your Vinyl Fix

The intimacy of purchasing and listening to music has been dulled over the last decade, as the modern consumer browses streaming services, YouTube and the iTunes store in a frivolous search for something catchy. For those of us who still prefer the dropping of a needle, then hearing an artist’s...

Som Record Store on 14th Street - Where to browse records and vinyl in Washington, DC
19 Things to See & Do at The Wharf in Washington, DC

Home to the nation’s longest continually operating open-air fish market, The Wharf has transformed into one of DC’s most exciting waterfront destination. The sustainable entertainment, dining and retail connects the rest of the District to Southwest & The Wharf and features an accessible...

Recreation Pier at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront - Dining, Shopping and Entertainment Destination in Washington, DC