The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You! Your Guide to Free Outdoor Music Concerts This Summer
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 💃🏾
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!
Don't Forget Your Shades: Your Ultimate Guide to Awesome Things to Do in DC This Summer
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!
Ahhh, September (shout out to Earth, Wind & Fire), that magical month when you can still sip rose on a sun drenched patio yet still sense the shift to the first leaves starting to change color. It’s time to soak up the last days of summer and make the most of these final days.
We've pulled together lots of fun local activities and events to help you discover new and different things to do and see a different side of DC.
Don't waste the sun--let’s do this!
There’s still time left to check the boxes on your summer to-do list, even as we bid frosé farewell and welcome pumpkin spice season. The long Labor Day weekend offers ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy the waning days of summer.
Check out our full guide to Labor Day Weekend in the DMV from lazy weekend ideas to events. Fear not if you can’t fit it all into the long weekend: Fall doesn’t officially start until September 22, after all.
So You Didn't Score Jazz in the Garden Tickets; Enjoy Music with a View at 10 Alternative Outdoor Spots
Smithsonian National Gallery of Art's "Jazz in the Garden" is back this year but with just four shows and tickets are proving hard to get. But this doesn't mean you'll miss out on live music in a great outdoors venue this summer.
Outdoor concerts are an intrinsic soundtrack of the city: enjoying salsa grooves with a picnic in a public park, or stumbling across a cover band performing along the waterfront on the way to dinner, and being pulled in to listen to a few songs.
We've scouted 10 open-air spots (most are free!) where you can get your groove on and listen to music with a view.
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it