Summer

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

Free Things to Do: Summer in Washington, DC

As you plan your family trip to DC, we’re here to remind you of all the free things to do this summer in the District. From July 4th fireworks and holiday concerts to special events like the Memorial Day parade, summer in Washington, DC makes for an unforgettable time, and it doesn’t have to hurt...

Free Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC - July Fourth Fireworks, Parades, Free Festivals and More
11 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals & Events in Washington, DC

Washington, DC never lacks for can't-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival in Washington, DC
3 Days of Summer Fun in Washington, DC

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel , where Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his "I Have a Dream" speech. It’s a short walk from the Willard to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial , the newest landmark on the National Mall . Once you're down there, visi...

H Street NE Neighborhood - Atlas Performing Arts Center & H Street Country Club - Washington, DC
10 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 elaborated...

Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC - Capital Pride Parade
11 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for the nation's capital, he included wide avenues, public squares and grand buildings. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. It's time to pound the pavement on these...

Best running trails and places to jog in Washington, DC - Man running in front of Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall
5 Reasons to Check Out the 2019 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 2019 edition takes place from June 29-30 and the festival will focus on the social power of music. Read on to learn what activities and offerings...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
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
Your Guide to the DC Jazz Festival

This year, the DC Jazz Festival will take place from June 7-16. Check out all the reasons why you should attend the festival and head over to dcjazzfest.org for the lineup, schedule and tickets. The DC JazzFest presented by Events DC has been a pillar in the DC community for 15 years, attracting...

Performance at DC Jazz Festival - Summer Music Festival 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 Sept. 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and you'll find the following...

National Book Festival - Washington, DC
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 more than 20 ways to make the trip a memorable one, from waterfront activities and interactive museum exhibits for the whole family...

Family boating on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center - The best activities and things to do in Washington, DC