Summer

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

#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 jaw-dropping photos from the month of May, including shots of the new International Spy Museum, colorful snapshots from the annual Funk Parade and stunning...

@snapsbyeduardo - Potomac Riverboat water taxi on the Potomac River near the Kennedy Center and Georgetown
50+ Things to Do This July in Washington, DC

We’ve picked out the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, theater performances, concerts and more happening this month in Washington, DC. Check out the best things to do in the nation's capital and plan your visit today. Events Jazz in the Garden – Through Aug. 23 Kick back and groove to the...

Summertime in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall - The best attractions and landmarks in Washington, DC
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
Where to Enjoy an Outdoor Movie This Summer 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 flick or one you’ve never seen before. Many of these outdoor movie screenings in the District feature beautiful scenery...

Where to enjoy an outdoor movie this summer in Washington, DC - Summer movie during sunset at Union Market
13 Great Beer Gardens to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

DC’s booming food and drinks scene has helped to propel a buzzworthy beer community . Check out these open-air beer gardens in and around Washington, DC offering suds, snacks and convivial settings for downing a cold one alfresco.

Friends around fire at Wunder Garten in NoMa - The best beer gardens in and around Washington, DC
5 Reasons to See ‘The Warmth of Other Suns’ at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

In partnership with the New Museum in New York, The Phillips Collection has put together an in-depth display featuring more than 75 artists, each one wrestling with and posing questions about migration, both throughout history and in the current moment. The incredibly moving exhibit’s full title is...

'The Warmth of Other Suns' major museum exhibit at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC
8 Exciting Summer Activities in the Capital Region

Extend an epic DC getaway by exploring nearby Maryland and Virginia in the Capital Region. Not far from DC you’ll find beaches, wine country and more incredible shopping options. We've put together a few top ideas for your consideration to extend your stay and make your last family vacation this...

Historic Old Town Alexandria - Places to Eat, Shop and Drink in Virginia Near Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall While the National Air and Space Museum is highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11...

@kari_priceless - Children playing in the Yards Park splash fountain in Washington, DC's Capitol Riverfront neighborhood
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