Summer

Summer: See how DC does summer vacation.

Guide to the DC Jazz Festival

Founded in 2005, the DC Jazz Festival brings together heritage, history, culture and music. As a city, DC has a deep, wonderful history of jazz music. Jazz great Duke Ellington (also known as “The Duke”) was born here, a musician who graced many a stage across the city and country, celebrated today...

Trombone Player DC Jazz
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

An unforgettable evening awaits at one of the many festive outdoor concerts happening in and around DC this summer. The concerts provide great atmosphere for enjoying a summer night, and are often free to attend. Check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
11 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 2016 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 7-10) features two themes: Basque: Innovation By Culture and Sounds of California . Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
20 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC

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

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Route over the Arlington Memorial Bridge
14 Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC

Friday Final Weekend of 'Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions' A master craftsman, Martin Puryear has dabbled in sculpture, print and drawing, creating a stunning body of work across a 50-year career. Revel in more than 70 of Puryear’s pieces, along with a small-scale model for a major public...

ICEBERGS - National Building Museum - Washington, DC
Summer Festivals in Washington, DC

In summertime, DC loosens up its tie and turns into one big festival. From June to August, there are public parties featuring kid’s fun, music and loads of culture. A few of the best: For Culture Vultures The Smithsonian Folklife Festival salutes different international and American cultures every...

Half Street Fairgrounds
8 Ways to Experience the 2016 Summer Olympics in Washington, DC

Olympic Food & Drink Specials An Olympic-Sized Happy Hour at City Tap House – Aug. 5-19 You can still revel in Olympic glory without going to Rio at City Tap House in Penn Quarter , where happy hour begins two hours early until Aug. 19. Choose from a huge selection of craft beers and cheer on...

USA National Team Soccer Game Watch
Take the Cool With You This Summer

Countless Americans, Washington, DC locals and foreign travelers all comprise the National Mall Fan Club . Once you visit, you’ll understand why. This park is world-famous and you can feel it. When you’re here, it becomes your playground. The summer of ’16 is all about celebration since it’s the...

Guide to the Washington Nationals

This summer, get an exclusive discount on the hottest ticket in town! Check out nationals.com/vip and enter promo code " VISITDC " to get a special deal on Nationals tickets. History After a 33-year absence, Major League Baseball in Washington was revived with the arrival of the Nationals in 2005...

Washington Nationals Baseball Game at Sunset
Summer Hotel Deals in Washington, DC

When it comes to saving money on a hotel room, summertime is the best time to find great values in Washington, DC. It's also the time to be in DC for everything from less museums and unique events and festivals to a Fourth of July spectacular. Read below and book your trip to the nation’s capital...