It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime! Even though some things will still look a bit different this year, we can't wait to welcome back many of the normal summertime activities with open (vaccinated) arms.
Museums have already started to reopen and there's even more to look forward to this month. There's pride celebrations, a ton of outdoor and drive-in movies, theatre under the stars, live music (thank GOD!), waterfront yoga, bourbon tastings, craft beer, and more! We've compiled a mix of more than 20 virtual and in-person activities to kick-off your summer!
GARDEN TRIVIA. Jeopardy fans rejoice! Historic Dumbarton House hosts trivia outside on the estate grounds. Topics will include plants and animals, movies, geography, politics and DC history. Light refreshments will be available. BYOB/BYOC (bring your own blanket or lawn chair) to socially distance. Tickets required, June 1
RAINBOW PRIDE DC WALKS. Join Washington Walks to explore the historic and cultural sites associated with LGBTQ figures and events while walking through the Dupont Circle and Strivers Section Historic Districts. Saturdays in June
WILL ON THE HILL. Now in its 19th year, Shakespeare Theatre's "Will on the Hill" welcomes members of Congress and the media take to the stage to try their hand at Shakespeare, mixing in plenty of humor and references to current politics along the way. This year's script follows a definitely-not-mad scientist who crashes a Congressional hearing held to determine once and for all what’s so great about the works of the Bard. In this silly scenario harkening back to old sci-fi classics, a hapless handful of politicians are transported directly into the world of Shakespeare’s plays when a time machine backfires. Virtual, tickets required. June 7
GRAFFITI EVOLUTION. Head to the MLK Jr Library downtown to see "AeroSouls," a free exhibit exploring the connection between the days of illegal graffiti in DC and today's murals. curated by DC street art master Corey Stowers. June 10 - July 22
PRESIDENT'S OWN. Every third Wednesday of the month from June to August, head to the Capitol Riverfront and catch the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band playing in Yards Park while you picnic and take in the views of the Anacostia River. Starts June 16.
SUMMER ON THE LAWN. The Building Museum's signature summer event is back but it with a little bit of a twist. This year, it will be held outside on an actual lawn, featuring an art installation created by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, best known for her LOVE mural in Blagden Alley. The celebration will include the fourth annual DowntownDC Summer Flicks – CAN I KICK IT? movie series on Tuesday evenings from May 25th to July 27th.
THE YARDS GARDEN PARTY. Get decked out in your garden party finest for a curated al fresco, floral fête at Yards Park. Choose picnic menus from participating Yards restaurants: Agua 301, Bammy’s, District Winery, Hatoba, La Famosa, Maxwell Park, Osteria Morini, and Ice Cream Jubilee. Reservations required. June 4 and during the day on June 5 and June 6
CAN I KICK IT? SUMMER MOVIES.The DowntownDC BID and Shaolin Jazz are bringing this year’s "Can I Kick I" outdoor movie experience to the recently reopened National Building Museum West Lawn. The theme for this year's lineup is The Future and weekly screenings will travel through time and space with titles that include: Ready Player One, Alien, and I, Robot. Each film will be scored with an original music soundtrack of hip-hop, soul, and more mixed by weekly guest DJs, including Shaolin Jazz’s own DJ 2-Tone Jones (who is AMAZING!!!) Free, registration required. Starts June 1 to July 27
YAAAAAS. Washington Blade and Dupont Underground have collaborated on new exhibit celebrating the drag community, specifically focusing on the drag culture in the DC area throughout recent years. "DC's Royals: A Celebration of Drag" showcases photographs gathered from the archives of the Washington Blade and video footage from interviews with Drag Queen Shi-Queeta-Lee and Drag King Pretty RikE. The photographs and interviews offer a glimpse into the past and explore the future of what drag is becoming as a culture and as an art form. Tickets required. June 4 - 27
FAMILY DAY AT NMWA. National Museum of Women in the Arts will be closing in August for a two-year renovation, so get in as many visits now while you can. They usually open their doors for one free Community Day a month, but they're offering two opportunities in June. Check out the AMAZING Sonya Clark exhibit (ends June 27) and seminal works other female artists, including Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherman, Judy Chicago and many more. June 6 and 20
PLANT LIFE: The Nicholson Project's farmer-in-residence Geo Edwards shows how to turn plants into living sculptures to enhance your grow space. In the “Simple Living Sculptures” workshop, you'll learn how to repurpose common household items into planters for culinary herbs. June 12
THEATRE AT THE "BEACH." Solas Nua presents a live theatre production of In the Middle of the Fields outside underneath the stars at the beach. The P Street "beach" to be exact. Blankets and chairs will be available for seating options. Tickets required. Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30 PM thru June 12
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!, members of the Drag community, and more, are among the scheduled performers. Oh, did we mention it's all free?! Thursdays - Saturdays, now thru October 2
STRATHMORE PATIO. Live music returns at Strathmore on The Patio Stage, an intimate, open-air venue. The lineup features popular names like Wynton Marsalis, contemporary and chamber music; international sounds; and musicians from their Artists in Residence program. Various
BOOGIE NIGHTS. The Wharf is alive with the sound of live music on Wednesday nights with the free concerts on Transit Pier starting at 7 p.m. Bop to R&B, Americana, Motown, Jazz, Reggae, and pop covers or grab a drink and enjoy waterfront views. Starts June 2
STAND UP. LOL at DC Improv with the return of live shows, with shows by Drew Michael, Wil Sylvince, Emmy Blotnick and Nore Davis. Various
DRAG QUEEN ART BINGO. Celebrate Pride with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and DC drag diva KC B. Yoncé for a lively evening of drag bingo, American art, and more. Tickets available starting June 1. Space is limited. June 18
SIR MIX A lOT. Beat the heat with a cool summer cocktail. Get bev inspiration from author and cocktail historian Philip Greene as he demonstrates how to make classics like the Tom Collins, Mojito, Southside, Daiquiri, and Jack Rose, and mixes in the drink history and folklore. June 24
STRETCH IN THE SUNSHINE. Head to the Wharf for outdoor yoga classes from District Flow Yoga on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Bring your own mat to one of the piers for a one-hour vinyasa flow; stay afterwards on Thursdays for a free hard seltzer. Tickets required. Ongoing through September
ALL DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL. Check out more than 10 bands in one day at Rhizome's Seventh Stanine Festival, featuring locals Jon Camp, The Caribbean, Boat Burning and the Luke Stewart Trio. Ticket required. June 19
VICTURA PARK AT THE REACH. On the weekends, grab a bite to eat while enjoying the Millennium Stage mini-festivals or just hang out and take in the riverfront views at The Reach's outdoor pop-up wine garden. Food will be available form the new outdoor grill and a rotating cast of visiting chefs will introduce special menus and dishes hat may not be found elsewhere. Ongoing
INTERACTIVE THEATRE. Rorschach Theatre brings you a theatre experience like no other. Distance Frequencies is an interactive event that leads you on a curated journey to destinations in DC as you follow seven chapters of the story that culminates in a site-specific performance in an undisclosed location. The narrative follows a young artist as he encounters and unopened letter from 1935 that sends him on a voyage through DC history. Tickets required; you can choose the entire experience or the live performance only. Thru July
SOLSTICE DRAG BRUNCH. Celebrate the longest day of the year at Hotel Zena's first-ever drag brunch on the rooftop bar. Sip summer cocktails, lip-synch along with the fabulous entertainers, and admire the city views. June 20
LET'S GO OUT TO THE MOVIES. Drive-in and outdoor movies continue to be popular this summer with movie-going events popping up across the DMV like popcorn. Check out where you can watch a cinema classic or popular hit on the silver screen under the stars. Various
BOURBON AND BLUEGRASS. This year's annual celebration of American music and delicious cocktails will broadcast live from President Lincoln’s Cottage with Grammy Award winner Dom Flemons providing entertainment. Hollertown and Moose Jaw Bluegrass will also perform.All proceeds go towards preserving the Cottage. Several ticket options are available, including a VIP selection that includes cocktail crafting lessons, a VIP Virtual Porch and two cocktail kits. June 13
CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is the site of the Craft Beer Festival where you can sample the latest craft beer creations from breweries such as Aslin Beer Company, Anxo Cidery, Beale’s Brewery, Port City Brewing Company and more. In addition to the 32 craft beers available for tasting and purchase, there will be an 18th century beer-making demo, foods, live music and garden talks. Tickets required. June 19-20
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