The 10 Best Summer Dates in Washington, DC

The summer humidity in DC can be unbearable, but that doesn’t stop anyone from enjoying the city. Here are the 10 best summer dates to try in Washington, DC this summer.

  1. Jazz in the Garden

The National Gallery of Art hosts a concert every Friday from May 27-September 2 in their sculpture garden. The event is free and you can bring a picnic basket. Alcohol is not allowed but you can purchase sangria pitchers at the event. Get dates and performance information here.

  1. Visit a winery or brewery

I love wine. PJ loves beer. The DMV has plenty of wineries and breweries to satisfy both our needs. I personally recommend spending a Saturday afternoon at the Winery at Bull Run. In addition to tasting some amazing wines you can take a tour of the historic winery and enjoy some live music. If you’re a beer fan, head over to Right Proper Brewing Company in Brookland. They offer free tours of the Brewery on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM, 4PM, and 6PM.

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PJ and I watching the fireworks at the Pentagon

3. Celebrate the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is a favorite summer event all over the country. Cookouts, drinks, and fireworks, what’s not to love? Celebrating this holiday in the Nation’s capital is on another level. Tourist flock to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, there’s a parade, and a huge firework display over the Mall. However, locals do their best to avoid the downtown area on this holiday. The National Cathedral, the Pentagon, and the George Washington Masonic Memorial provide excellent views to watch the fireworks. As a bonus, you get to see the fireworks in the surrounding areas go off from these locations.

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4. Pool Parties

DC humidity is no joke! Pools are popular destinations in the summer but DC takes it a step further by hosting multiple pool parties in the summer. Twilight Tuesdays at the Penthouse Pool and Lounge and the pool parties at the Capitol Skyline Hotel are a great place to start

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5.Block parties

Get some friends in the neighborhood together, heat up the grill, play some music and enjoy.

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Fresh seafood at the Wharf

6. Eat as many crabs as you can!

Summer in the DMV means crab season. From crab boils to crab festivals, people in the area can’t get enough of the tasty crustacean. Whether you like crab cakes, crab legs, or whole crab this is the time to indulge. For the freshest catch head to the Wharf.

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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshorn

7. Visit a museum

I know it doesn’t look like it on the news, but DC is a major cultural hub. The city is full of museums and historic sites focusing on history, art, and science. The best part is many of them are FREE! Make sure you show some love to the smaller museums and museums off the mall.

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8.Outdoor movies

I love outdoor movie season! They are free, you can bring your own food and drink, and relax under the stars. Here is a list of all the outdoor films being shown in the area this summer.

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PJ at the Sundresses and Whiskey day party at Touche
  1. Day parties

It may come as a surprise to some that we love a good party in DC. Day parties in particular are very popular events during the summer. Many have a theme (think Puff Daddy’s white party) and offer drink specials. Ozio’s and Cities are known for their day parties but if you keep an eye out on Eventbrite you are bound to find others.

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  1. Find a beach

Just like in my spring to do list, I promote getting away from the city. Rooftop pools are nice, but sometimes all you want to do is relax on a beach. Ocean City, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach are great options for a weekend getaway.

What are your favorite things to do during the summer in DC or your city? Share below in the comments!

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  1. I’m in DC and we love to go to visit the various amazing ice cream spots all over the place in the DMV. Our latest stop was Nicecream in Arlington. Nitrogen ice cream… so good and reasonably priced!

  2. From there, zip the few short blocks to the Capital Crescent Trail, passing the sparkling new Washington Harbour fountain, waterfront park and Potomac River views.

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