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
12 Inspiring Public Parks & Gardens in Washington, DC

Pierre L’Enfant, DC’s first urban planner, designed “The Federal City” to be beautified by public gardens, and so it is today. You’ll find scenic landscaping around the National Mall and natural beauty in Rock Creek Park, along with dozens of gardens and parks within the nation’s capital. Here is a...

U.S. Botanic Garden on the National Mall - Free museum in Washington, DC
Cool Cosplay, Art Displays and Other Reasons to Attend Otakon 2018 in Washington, DC

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is one of the country’s largest celebrations of Asian culture. While it pays homage to the past and the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees from the mayor of Tokyo, there’s a newer event taking the city by storm that celebrates Asian pop...

Otakon anime festival at the Washington Convention Center - The best things to do in 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
17 Fabulous Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC

Sunny days, loads of free things to do and a cultural scene that doesn’t go on summer vacation make Washington, DC a cool place to be in hotter months. Check out the National Mall, where free festivals and museums lure, catch exciting baseball action at Nationals Park or make a splash at the...

Visitors at the Lincoln Memorial - Free Things to Do in Washington, DC
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
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
Where to Eat & Drink at Nationals Park

There’s more to Nationals Park than cheering on the talented ballplayers and hoping to catch a fly ball, although these are great reasons to catch a game . Compared to other parks, this one puts food high up on the priority list: easy-to-read digital menu boards illuminate crave-worthy items at...

Family eating at Washington Nationals game - Where to eat and drink at Nationals Park
14 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, sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, across the river in Arlington and many...

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