Summer

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

16 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

The District celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. Along with viewing the dynamic fireworks show on the National Mall , visitors can celebrate America’s birthday in dozens of venues and in a multitude of ways. Here is a list of entertaining places where revelers can experience the fun and...

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Lincoln Memorial - Things to Do Independence Day Weekend in Washington, DC
Outdoor Activities & Adventures in Washington, DC

Walk your way through DC and beyond With its ample sidewalks, abundant public parks and miles of panoramic trails, Washington, DC is an extremely exercise-friendly destination. Want to take advantage of all your fitness options? We suggest you start by exploring Rock Creek Park . The 2,000-acre...

Top 10 Running Spots & Trails 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. Pound the pavement on these scenic...

@i.cami - Early morning runners on the National Mall - Outdoor activities in Washington, DC
8 Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Game

The Washington Nationals , champions of the National League East in 2016, return to action with their Opening Day game against the Miami Marlins on April 3. Throughout the spring and summer, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner will look to propel the Nats toward their first World Series...

Washington Nationals - Things to Do This Spring and Summer in Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, multiple-day celebration of international cultures. The 2017 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 6-9) marks the 50th anniversary of the event, so special programming honoring this milestone is on tap. The...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
13 Ways to Enjoy an Outdoor Movie In & Around Washington, DC

Summertime and movies go hand-in-hand. Yes, the biggest blockbusters are in theaters, but step your movie-going experience up a notch and relax outdoors while taking in a classic film or one you’ve never seen before. These events, many of which feature beautiful scenery and are free to attend, have...

NoMa Summer Screen - Outdoor Summer Movies In Washington, DC
15 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

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

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Summer in DC

There are plenty of exciting summertime recreation options in the District that won't dent your wallet. Read on to make the most out of your summer vacation in Washington, DC. And if you're looking for even more discounted fun this summer, get up to 40% off on popular paid attractions with the Go...

Family on National Mall near Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Summer Vacation in Washington, DC
Guide to the DC Jazz Festival

This year, the DC Jazz Festival will take place from June 9-18. Check out all the reasons why you should attend the festival and head over to dcjazzfest.org for the lineup, schedule and tickets. Founded in 2005, the DC Jazz Festival brings together heritage, history, culture and music. As a city,...

Band Performing at the DC Jazz Festival - Summer Events and Festivals in Washington, DC
13 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

Washington, DC never lacks for can’t-miss events in the summer season. In fact, there are so many things to do that it can be tough to figure out exactly what to do. No worries – we’ve picked out some of the season’s biggest festivals, and make sure to check out our comprehensive events calendar ...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival in Washington, DC