Summer

See how Washington, DC does summer vacation and plan the best trip ever.

10 Great Running Trails & Jogging Routes in Washington, DC

When Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the city plans for the nation's capital, he included wide avenues, public squares and grand buildings. The District is also mostly flat and home to many trees, rivers, creeks and canals, making the city a runner’s dream. It's time to pound the pavement on these...

Best running trails and places to jog in Washington, DC - Man running in front of Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall
4 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2020 edition takes place from June 24-28 and July 1-5, and the festival will focus on Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
14 Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

The Capital Pride Alliance serves DC’s LGBTQ+ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride , which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. We’ve...

People celebrating during the Capital Pride Parade near Dupont Circle - Capital Pride events you don't want to miss this summer in Washington, DC
7 Summer Food & Drink Trends to Try Right Now in Washington, DC

DC is the place to be if you crave unique foodie experiences. From Union Market to weekend farmers’ markets to mouthwatering dishes served by celebrity chefs , check out the food crazes that color the city's dining scene.

Dog with ice cream sundae from Ice Cream Jubilee - What to eat this summer in Washington, DC
10 Can't-Miss Summer Festivals & Events in Washington, DC

Washington, DC never lacks for can't-miss events and warm-weather festivals. In fact, there are so many amazing choices that it can be tough to figure out which to attend. No worries – we’ve got you covered with some of the season’s biggest festivals perfect for having the best summer ever. Off we...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall - Family Friendly Summer Festival in Washington, DC
6 Ways to Enjoy a DC Date Night

The nation’s capital is home to world-class museums and countless businesses who help make memories for visitors and locals. During the COVID-19 pandemic , we’re committed to the safety of both. As the nation continues to wrestle with this crisis and people are encouraged to stay home, we’ve put...

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How to Celebrate Independence Day in Washington, DC

Each year, Washington, DC celebrates the Fourth of July with a bang. While 2020 presents a different set of circumstances due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of DC-flavored ways to celebrate Independence Day. Although there will be no Independence Day parade in DC this year, a fireworks display...

The best boating and on the water experiences in and around Washington, DC - Fourth of July fireworks over the Potomac River and National Mall
5 Reasons You Should Attend the National Book Festival in Washington, DC

Every year, the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival , a free celebration of all things books, from authors to readings to hardcovers. Join fellow lovers of the written word this Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and you'll find the following...

National Book Festival - Washington, DC
Cool Reasons to Check Out the By The People Festival This Summer

The By The People festival attracts some of the modern art world’s top talents, who will display works spanning various forms of media, from a floating installation on DC’s waterways to interactive works at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. The free festival also includes...

By The People Festival in Washington, DC - Free summer festival in DC
Where to Eat & Drink at Nationals Park

There’s more to Nationals Park than cheering on the talented ballplayers and hoping to catch a fly ball, although these are great reasons to catch a game . Compared to other parks, this one puts food high up on the priority list: easy-to-read digital menu boards illuminate crave-worthy items at...

Family eating at Washington Nationals game - Where to eat and drink at Nationals Park