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!
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!
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!
Jump start 2022 with a month full of terrific things to do in DC!
From live theatre to art museums and films to food, and everything in between, January is packed with an awesome mix of popular and under-the-radar activities for you to discover new interests, local businesses and different parts of the city. There's the bi-annual Restaurant Week, the return of Winter Lanterns at the REACH, the dramatic reimagining of MLK's assassination, one-night only chef's dinner at the LINE and many more not-to-be-missed events.
Check out our guide to the biggest events coming to DC this January, below.
A guide to holiday markets, where to see holiday lights + displays, and raise a glass at holiday-themed bars
With Thanksgiving officially over, let the holiday celebrations begin!
There are so many holiday markets, tree lightings and light displays, and holiday bars in DC that it can be hard to keep track of everything.
Luckily, we've done all the hard work for you and compiled a MEGA list of local markets to support area businesses and makers, spots for boozy holiday cocktails, and where to see holiday lights to make your season merry and bright.
For even more ways to get into the holiday spirit, stay tuned for our monthly Wanderlist of curated awesome things (holiday and non-holiday alike) that will be coming out in a few days.
Doesn't it feel like the leaves are just starting to turn and we're already rushing head-first into the holiday season?!
This month kicks off an open-air night market, a three-day art festival, a theatre performance on bikes, the premiere of the Britney Spears musical and numerous events to enjoy the great outdoors before the chill drives us indoors. Also on tap, DMV Black Restaurant Week, a live magazine show, tweed bike ride, and the appearance of holiday markets and decor all across the city.
Read on for all the events (30+) you need to add to your November calendar!
The season of apple cider donuts, haunted trails, cozy sweaters, and pumpkin spice is upon us! There’s nothing quite like the season of fall, and DC is full of things to see and do!
The weather is warm enough that you can spend all day sipping glasses of vino on a rooftop deck yet with enough chill to enough a mug of mulled wine. Spooky season also means activities like ghost tours, and Halloween costume shopping are back, which we can collectively agree is one of the best things about fall.
So, from vibrant foliage to festivals and free and interactive museums to explore, we've scouted a ton of awesome things (40+!) to do this month. Outdoor movies, Porchfest and Porchfest SE music crawls, salsa under the stars, Alma Thomas happy hour, hike and hops, and more!
Spring has finally sprung in DC, bringing with it the promise of mild temperatures and easing COVID restrictions as more places start to reopen, hurray! We're totally ignoring the reappearance of the cicadas because, ick.
Whether you prefer hanging out indoors or outside, we've curated more than 20 activities to fill up your calendar this month. We've got aqua picnics, outdoor movies, art walks, experimental theatre, sneaker-filled and immersive, gallery-wide art installations, plus the latest reopened (and soon to be!) attractions. It's going to be a busy month; let's go!
If you're interested in more local adventures, make sure to check out our DMV-focused content or contact us to custom-design your DC experience.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it