Summer in DC are is like no other city.!
Sure, it's hot and humid but there's no slowing down all the things you can do inside and outside. From tons of free museums and exhibits, outdoor movies and live music, fireworks bursting in patriotic flair against the backdrop of famous monuments and memorials, to say nothing of all the waterfront activities, you'll have an epic time with lots to do, no matter what you're into.
Our curated content and guides take you off-the-beaten-path and into DC's neighborhoods to discover new and awesome ways to explore and take advantage of the long days of summer.
June is our favorite month, and not just because it's our birthday (though that doesn't hurt!).
Summer in DC kicks off with sun-filled days and endless things to do. From making a splash at the waterfronts, free festivals, outdoor concerts and movies, a cultural scene that can't be beat, and gallery exhibits galore, DC is full of amazing and unexpected fun. What to look forward to: Sunset military parades, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, pride celebrations, an immersive King Tut exhibit, the Black Food Festival, a sunrise dance party, and that's just for starters!
This month is going to be epic!
Where to watch movies under the stars across the city
May 27: Updated to include new screenings!
As temperatures continue to warm up, alfresco movie screenings are starting to pop up in neighborhoods across DC. They're a favorite with locals and a great way to experience a different side of the District. We're not focused on politics all the time, you know!
Whether you're looking for date night options, recent blockbusters or family favorites, there's an outdoor film series at a drive-in or at a park that's sure to fit the bill. Even better, most screenings are free! So mark your calendar for these upcoming outdoor flicks, and get your popcorn, blankets, favorite snacks, and bug spray (trust us on this) ready before showtime!
Hidden Gem: The Famous Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall Actually Isn't the First One Dedicated to Him in DC
There are six public statues dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States in the District. The Lincoln Memorial, built more than half a century after his death, is what many Americans see when they think of the great president. May 30, 2022, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of his memorial.
While it’s definitely the biggest, it’s actually not the original statue that was built in his honor in DC.
The best ice cream in the area, minus the brain freeze
**This article has been updated**
During these dog days of summer (basically any day ending in -y in DC), there’s nothing like a sweet and delicious frozen treat to cool you down. With so many spots for summertime scoops, we've compiled a handy list of 10 local places to sample some of the best frozen confections in the city!
Jazz in the Garden is one of the most popular music concerts, but it's far from the only outdoor music event in DC this summer.
From salsa to rock and everything in between, we've curated a bunch of outdoor music alternatives where you can get your groove on. And they're all FREE!
So grab your dancing shoes and dance the night away under the stars 💃🏾
Curious? There's more!
Summer is all about eating and drinking outside. We've already covered some of the best ways to elevate your picnic grub, so now we're looking at the perfect boozy canned accompaniments because, seriously, hauling a bottle of wine and all of the paraphernalia gets to be a hassle on a picnic, or camping trip or a day at the beach. Corkscrews and stemware aren’t always convenient. And hauling glassware?! Fuggedaboutit.
Besides, what says "it's summertime and the living is easy" more than grab-and-go canned wine and cocktails?
We've scouted some of the best canned wines and cocktails -- made and sold in the DMV, of course -- for your next day drinking hang on the patio, the beach or wherever.
Cheers to that!
May is one of our favorite months in DC. It's the pre-summer sweet spot when there's no humidity, the nights are cool and the great outdoors beckons you to spend time exploring off-the-beaten-path spots and hidden gems. Plus, there's no mosquitoes!
This month brings the return of outdoor movies, Funk Parade celebrations, embassy open houses are back after two years, nature walks, live music festivals and concerts, a one-of-a-kind garden art party at Hirshhorn and so much more.
We've curated 50+ activities for you to enjoy; there'll never have a dull moment! Ready, set, choose your spring adventure!
Who says cherry blossoms get to steal the spring flower spotlight? There are plenty of stunning floral displays that will be blooming in D.C. this upcoming season! While the cherry blossoms grab all the attention, there's an abundance of spring flowers that often get overlooked—most of which can be found in grand displays across our very own city!
Hopefully, after getting your fill of the cherry blossoms, you’ll be inspired to learn more about the other plant life blooming around our nation’s capital. Daffodils, tulips, redbuds, and more are just waiting to be discovered.
Spring is arguably the most beautiful (though certainly the most fleeting) time of year in DC even if the weather can be a bit finicky. Rain or shine, there are plenty of ways to make the most of this precious time before the days get meltingly hot.
From the long-awaited Yayoi Kusama exhibition to city-wide cherry blossom celebrations, open-air concerts and interactive art and plays, we've curated some off the most awesome -- and unexpected -- things to do in DC this spring.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it