How is it August already?! But no need to panic, there's still plenty of summer left and tons of amazing things to do as DC's reopening continues.
This month brings opera in the outfield, the return of a beloved indie music festival, a candlelight garden concert, yoga at an international embassy and a pop-up, interactive fashion fantasy. And that's just a sampler of what's ahead!
GOING, GOING . . . Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts and marvel at its amazing collection of art by women before its doors close for a two-year renovation with free admission for an eight-day stretch. August 1 - 8
HIRSHHORN NOW. Hirshhorn is the latest Smithsonian museum to announce its reopening on Aug 20; the sculpture garden is open daily. Limited capacity but no tickets required for entry. August 20
MORE RE-OPENINGS. In addition to Hirshhorn, visit a bunch of newly reopened Smithsonian museums-- engage with African art and history dating back centuries at the African Museum of African Art; check out special new features when you re-visit the Freer Gallery of Art; and visit the gateway to all the Smithsonian museums and final resting place of James Smithsonian at the Smithsonian Castle. Now
RISE TO THE TOP: The Washington Monument re-opened on July 14 after being closed for the past 6 months! Celebrate its re-opening, with some interesting facts about the historic structure and grab an entry ticket.
GET READY TO ROCK: The District’s indie rock aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief—this year’s Fort Reno concert series is going down. The beloved series, which attracts punk and indie rock bands from across the D.C. region, will be back after a few rocky years in August. Check their website for dates and lineup. Starts August 2
CHOW DOWN. The signature summer dining event returns for a one-week promotion with Restaurant Week diners able to enjoy three-course menus however they are comfortable at 200+ restaurants ranging from fast-casual eateries to fine dining destinations in neighborhoods throughout the region. Diners who have grown to love family-style RW-To-Go dinner meals and cocktail pairings will also find plenty to choose from. August 9 - 15
DC BINGO. Play a game of DC-inspired bingo with DC guidebook authors Andrea Seiger and JoAnn Hill at a local firehouse. Test your knowledge for prizes and bragging rights! 21+ only, tickets required. August 5
SUMMER FESTIVALS AT THE REACH. It's festival season and the REACH at Kennedy Center is getting in on the act with a series of Millennium Stage mini festivals. Each week, enjoy different themed entertainmenr featuring films, live performances, arts vendors, dance, and yoga lessons. National Theater for the Deaf, Smithsonian Asian American Center, Creative Nomads, SAMASAMA, D.C. Legendary Musicians, Step Afrika!, and more, are among the scheduled performers. Oh, did we mention it's all free?! Thursdays - Saturdays, now thru October 2
NIGHTS IN NOMA. Outdoor movies under the stars are returning to Alethia Tanner Park in NoMa in August. Visit their website for dates and lineup.
ROLL, SKATE. For those of you who joined the roller skating craze during the pandemic, you’re in luck. Mosaic Skateland is a new roller disco skating rink opened in Fairfax over the weekend with Saturday Night Fever vibes. It’s open through September 12 so wheel yourself over there some time this summer. Find out more here. Now
ARTFUL CONNECTIONS. “No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean” is a new exhibit on trans-Pacific immigration at the Art Museum of the Americas downtown. Connected to the creators’ own identities and experiences, the artwork examines the links between, for example, Japan and Brazil, China and Jamaica, and Indonesia and Surname through diaspora communities. Free, find out more here. Now
STEP UP. Step Afrika is kicking off their 2021-2022 season with STEP UP WITH STEP AFRIKA!, a brand-new, one-day, in-person experience, curated specifically for students in grades 4-12. It's an exciting day of stepping, performances, and fun. Registration required. August 7
INTO THE WILD. Experience a different side of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens with WELLderness, an outdoor wellness series. Try for the first time or continue your practice at yoga, photography, tai chi, forest bathing, painting, dog pack walks, and enjoy live music. Select dates in August
HIKYOGA WITH A VIEW. Get in a double workout with a hike and standing yoga routines (hikyoga, get it?) plus the beautiful views of Roosevelt Island. August 15
OPERA IN THE OUTFIELD. Opera in the Outfield is a DC summer tradition. Sit in the outfield for an unforgettable screening of Rossini’s Cinderella on the high-definition scoreboard at Nats Park. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with photo ops, prizes, performances by local artists, a screening of SLOPERA! A Bite-Sized Opera, arts and crafts, and more. Free. Aug 28
WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL. Experience the magic of the lanterns as they light up the water. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. Water Lantern Festival is a family friendly event. Tickets required. August 7 + 8
FRIDAYS AT THE FOUNTAIN. National Landing hosts an outdoor concert series featuring local bands and musicians with food available for purchase through the Peruvian Brothers at The Stand. Reserve your spot now and enjoy great live music under the stars with your family and friends. Fridays in August
WALK YOUR HOOD: Lace up your sneakers for the Riverfront's "Know Your Neighborhood" walking tour series. The hour-long tour will focus on a different subarea of the neighborhood and will end at a local spot for Happy Hour with a complimentary beverage. Get to know The Yards & Ballpark District on this month's tour. Free. August 19
SWEDISH SUNRISE. Celebrate the re-opening of the Swedish Embassy with sunrise pilates on the roof. These sessions will be available both in-person and online. August 12
GLOW WALK. Alleyways were once an integral part of D.C.’s cultural landscape, serving as sites for housing, stables, garages, and warehouses. This year’s Georgetown GLOW outdoor light experience features installations in three of the historic alleys that can be found in the neighborhood today. Join this walking tour that will visit not only the four illuminated Georgetown GLOW artworks, but also the sites and alleyways connected to the blue collar laborers, Black and White, who made the waterfront their home. $25, tickets required. August 14
YOU'VE GOT THE LOOK: Part pop-up museum, part Instagram playground, part fashion fantasy, “Inside the Wardrobe” is an interactive artistic representation of the power of dressing up featuring more than 20 interactive experiences focused on the fun and tactile nature of engaging with your closet. The Instagrammable fashion funhouse breaks down the components of fashion with spaces exploring everything from the power of patterns to the important origins of textiles. Wear your favorite outfit and sashay down a custom-built runway, or pick out a paper doll cutout to ‘wear’ for a selfie. Until August 29
THE BRITISH ARE COMING. Join a unique walking tour that will detail the conquest of the D.C by the British in 1814, and their burning of the Capitol, the Treasury Building, War & Navy Departments, and the White House, military actions in Alexandria and Baltimore, and the general course of “America’s Second War of Independence”. Tickets required. August 24
SO AWESOME. Awesome Con, DC's version of Comic Con celebrates so-called "geek culture" with stars from across comics, movies, television, toys, games, and more! Awesome Con is also home to: Future Con; created with the Smithsonian; Awesome Con Jr; an all-ages destination for the next generation of fans; Pride Alley, a celebration of queer creators and fans, curated by GeeksOUT. August 20 - 22
SAIL AWAY. Take a sunset cruise on the Potomac on the American Spirit, a 65-foot schooner, with DC Sail for a unique view of DC's landmarks. August 13 and 27
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY. Inspired by Marjorie Merriweather Post's lifelong love of dance, spend a beautiful summer evening at Hillwood gardens, enjoying a picnic on the expansive Lunar Lawn, followed by a dance performance by the Dance Institute of Washington that build on the themes and movement of outdoor sculptures in Kristine Mays: Rich Soil, the second ever installation of art in the gardens. August 18
CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS. Experience an intimate string quartet performance of film scores by John Williams and more in the beautiful gardens at Tudor Place bathed in candlelight. Tickets required. August 11 + 18
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