Summer

See how Washington, DC does summer vacation and plan the best trip ever.

20+ Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC

It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. During happy hour or any hour, feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales that have set up shop up top for your warm-weather pleasure.

The best rooftop bars and restaurants in Washington, DC - Friends enjoying cocktails on the O-Ku rooftop
20+ Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC

We’re taking the work out of making your Labor Day weekend plans. Close out your summer in Washington, DC with the best activities, events and things to do. Here are 20 ways to make the trip a memorable one, from waterfront activities and interactive museum exhibits for the whole family to a free...

Family boating on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center - The best activities and things to do in Washington, DC
15 Reasons to Attend the DC Jazz Festival This Summer

The DC Jazz Festival presented by Events DC is a can't-miss event on the District's cultural calendar, inviting visitors of all ages to celebrate all things jazz. The 2019 edition is bigger and better than ever, as the DC Jazz Festival celebrates 15 monumental years showcasing one of America’s...

DC Jazz Festival - Summer music festival with free concerts in Washington, DC
The Best Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

There’s no better place to spend Memorial Day weekend than Washington, DC. Memorials are our specialty, and DC celebrates with unique and meaningful events and exhibits designed to recognize the selfless service of our active duty military and veterans. Experience the country’s largest Memorial Day...

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
4 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2020 edition takes place from June 24-28 and July 1-5, and the festival will focus on Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
14 Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

The Capital Pride Alliance serves DC’s LGBTQ+ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride , which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. We’ve...

People celebrating during the Capital Pride Parade near Dupont Circle - Capital Pride events you don't want to miss this summer in Washington, DC
15 Great Spots to Watch the Fourth of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Watching the fireworks is one of the highlights of DC’s Fourth of July celebrations , and there plenty of interesting sites from which to view them. You’ll find excellent vantage points from many rooftop bars, National Mall locations, across the river in Arlington and many other places throughout...

Best spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks in Washington, DC - Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
DC On the Water: 13 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...

Kayaking on the Capitol Riverfront - Family Friendly and Waterfront Activities in Washington, DC
5 Reasons You Should Attend the National Book Festival in Washington, DC

Every year, the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival , a free celebration of all things books, from authors to readings to hardcovers. Join fellow lovers of the written word this Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and you'll find the following...

National Book Festival - Washington, DC
20+ Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Many of the city’s best restaurants and most exciting bars offer outdoor seating, so whether you're a foodie or just looking for some sunshine, there are great options for you. Check out our list of the best DC patios below, and make sure to visit the Georgetown waterfront , the Capitol Riverfront...

Outdoor dining on patio at Lupo Verde on 14th Street - Best restaurant patios in Washington, DC