November brings a flurry of activity. Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful fall weather or are already looking for Christmasy things to do, there’s something for everyone to do this month. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, experience eating dinner in the dark, sip seasonal beers, hop aboard a feminist bus tour, get down at a special edition of Club Quarantine live and sooo much more!
Read on for all the unexpected events you need to add to your November calendar.
Fall is a great time to be in DC!
It brings with it ample opportunities for outdoor activities, from hikes and cidery visits to leaf peeping. Fall concerts return, and so does spooky season: a time for all things creepy, fun, and pumpkin-flavored. So, from a raucous, German-themed beer fest to a international culinary battle and a day-long music festival on the historic grounds of Walter Reed Hospital, here are some of the most fun things to do in DC this fall.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in a street festival, hear live music, sample local beer and wine or just enjoy Decorative Gourd Season, this fall is packed with an abundance of things to do. All you have to do is pick something!
This will be updated as new concerts are announced.
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 💃🏾
Where to watch movies under the stars across the city
This article will be updated as additional screenings are announced.
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!
Like dessert after a great meal, fireworks are the best part of any Fourth of July celebration. If you want to have a great time watching the bombastic light show, avoid the National Mall and instead check out our picks for some of the best off-the-beaten path spots to where you can watch the big explosive display.
The lazy days of summer are a perfect time to catch up on some reading, especially books based in DC. We've been working through our topsy-turvy stacks and here are our DC-based faves (so far!).
From murder to a political romance, a memoir about family and a little chocolate shop, diverse short stories about Black women and the history of jazz in DC, you'll find something interesting that will help you discover the city in a new way.
Be sure to support your local indie bookstore or visit @dcpubliclibrary to pick up a copy!
📚 Capitol Hill Books: @capitolhillbooks
📚 East City Bookshop: @eastcitybookshop
📚 Kramers: @kramerbooks
📚 Mahogany Books: @mahoganybooks
📚 Politics & Prose: @politicsprose
📚 Second Story Books: @secondstorybooksdc
📚 Sankofa: @sankofadc
📚 Solid State: @solidstatedc
What are your favorite DC-based books? Share in the comments!
Hot times in the city.
It's officially summer in DC and along with the humidity (ugh) comes plenty of indoor/outdoor activities to enjoy on these longer days of sunlight. This month brings day-long cultural festivals, Fourth of July celebrations, and the return of summer favorites after a two-year absence, including National Building Museum's always epic summer activation, Kenilworth's lotus and water lily festival, Capital Fringe, the Office Experience and so much more!
We've got details on all this and more in our Wanderlist of awesome things to do this month!
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!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it