Beach towel starting to look worn out from all the relaxing you’ve been doing? Doesn’t sound like a bad summer at all.
But if you’re feeling ready to hit the Metro/road/sidewalk, check out our calendar of the most enticing events, festivals and exhibitions in and around the D.C. area this season.
Take a road trip to the Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. “This popular 3-day festival delivers the heart and soul of Louisiana to visitors of Town Point Park in true Cajun and Creole style,” planners say. Find their jampacked schedule of live music here.
June 28-July 1
June 23 & Aug. 18
Experience the Capital Fringe Music Festival under the Baldacchino Tent at Old City Farm & Guild in the District. The outdoor music festival — an offshoot of the Capital Fringe Festival (which is coming up later in the summer) — will feature bands ranging from Shark Week to 178 Product, planners say. See the lineup here.
June 27-July 1; July 4-8
Visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which this year focuses on Armenian and Catalan cultures. Discover food, crafts, dance and music on the National Mall. See the complete schedule here.
June 29, Aug. 10 & Sept. 14
Forage from some of D.C.’s most popular food trucks during Truckeroo at the Bullpen adjacent to Nats Park. You still have three chances to catch the monthly(ish) food truck fest, coming up June 29, Aug. 10 and Sept. 28. Find particiapting food trucks here.
Opening June 29
Go back to 1968. The National Portrait Gallery’s “One Year: 1968, an American Odyssey” opens June 29 for an 11-month exhibition, featuring 30 objects — including photographs, paintings and magazines — that that tell the story of a year that changed the course of history.
Celebrate Independence Day with a jaw-dropping fireworks show and A Capitol Fourth concert on the National Mall, or opt for a smaller event with a hometown feel, such as those in Rockville or Herndon.
Take yourself out to the ballgame. Get tickets to a game at Nats Park — you might want to aim for a day that includes a freebie such as a bobblehead giveaway (Bryce Harper, July 6; Anthony Rendon, Aug. 3), a Hawaiian shirt (Aug. 17) or a “Game of Thrones” figurine (Aug. 18). See the complete promotions schedule here.
July 11-Sept. 23, various dates
Go to a county fair… and eat everything fried. The goodness begins with the Fauquier County Fair (July 11-14) and continues all summer, wrapping up with the St. Mary’s County Fair (Sept. 20-23) and the D.C. “State” Fair (Sept. 23). Get all the dates and details here.
Love baseball? Live in the D.C. area? The All-Star FanFest brings together Nats players, All-Star legends and theme days including Kids’ Day at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Take a brew tour. D.C. Brew Tours’ Original Brew Tour is a great way to sample the area’s beer scene. Your ticket includes up to 18 beer styles and VIP access at four stops, as well as a light lunch with a beer pairing.
Visit Brew at the Zoo. The Smithsonian National Zoo’s annual beer fest will feature tastes from more than 70 craft breweries, plus live entertainment and the chance to meet and greet some animals.
The West Coast may have Coachella, but there are plenty of great music festivals just a short trip away from D.C., including the Vans Warped Tour at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
Try D.C.’s finest cuisine during Restaurant Week, when you can stretch your dollar while still living it up. Dozens of local restaurants will offer specially priced menus during this yummy week. You’re going to want to make reservations… probably a few times. Find participating spots here once they’re announced.
Weekends from Aug. 25 through Oct. 21, plus Labor Day
Go back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival to see jousting events, shop arts and crafts vendors and eat a giant turkey leg. Always a giant turkey leg.
Labor Day Observance (Tentative)
Although details haven’t yet been announced, the National Symphony Orchestra usually performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Details should be posted here once released.
Bid farewell to summer. Enjoy the sounds and the last of the summer days Sept. 5 at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk in Delaware.
Celebrate H Street with food, music, vendors and plenty of neighborhood fun. This year’s H Street Festival will take place just before the official start of fall.
All Summer (and through June 2019)
Take a peek into Oprah’s life and history. “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” is now open at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. See our preview here.
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