Summertime fun in Washington, DC

As summer begins to wind down in the nation’s capital, the number of activities is just beginning to pick up! From music, to comedy, to cultural events, there is something to be enjoyed by all. If you’ll be visiting Washington, DC in the coming months, and are looking for what to do, be sure to check out the events our Local Expert recommends below and use promo code DCLAUNCH when you request a free 2-day personalized travel itinerary!


ARTECHOUSE - Newly opened in June 2017, ARTECHOUSE immediately became a local favorite. The gallery is a one of a kind interacting experience that explores the emerging medium of art and technology. Make sure to take your camera with you, as this one of the most “Instagrammable” locations in Washington, DC right now!

When: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Where: 1238 Maryland Ave SW

Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn - The Hirshhorn museum is one of the best free Smithsonian Museums located along the National Mall. Art exhibits are rotated frequently and this summer the Ai Weiwei exhibition is a must see!

When: June 28 – January 1, 2018
Where: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW

Summer of Yoko Ono - Also located at the Hirshhorn Museum is a selection of pieces by the iconic Yoko Ono. This free exhibit includes a selection of Ono’s most iconic installations.

When: June 17 – September 17, 2017
Where: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW


The 2017 Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival - The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is an annual event featuring high profile comedians, and one of the most anticipated events in DC by Washingtonians. Without a doubt, any night you attend will be filled with nonstop laughter!

When: October 26-29, 2017
Where: Various Locations


Many neighborhoods in Washington, DC host celebrations each year to celebrate their diverse cultures. These festivals are a great way for residents and visitors to experience the best of what these communities have to offer. On festival days, the main street in each neighborhood will be closed to vehicles and lined with food vendors, artists and musicians! Two upcoming festivals are the H Street Festival and Takoma Park Festival. We promise you won’t want to miss these for 2017!

H Street Festival

When: September 16, 2017
Where: H Street NE

Takoma Park Festival

When: October 1, 2017
Where: 7000 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912


DC Outdoor Movies - Throughout the summer, at various outdoor locations around the city, films are being screened for free! Don't forget to bring a blanket, snack and a bottle of wine. It's a great way to relax and wind down on a warm summer night! For locations and a full schedule, follow this link.

When: Various nights through September
Where: Various Locations


On weekends, you can spend countless hours browsing the amazing local foods and crafts offered at DC’s markets. Not only are they a great way to explore the different neighborhoods around the city, but a great time to pick up a nice breakfast or lunch, or even a great gift!

Dupont Circle Farmers Market

When: Sundays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (January to March 2017)
Sundays, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm (April to December 2017)
Where: 1500 20th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Hillyer Place

Eastern Market Flea Market

When: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: 7th SE between C St & Pennsylvania Ave


Jazz in the Garden - This concert series offers a showcase of Washington area jazz musicians. Every Friday music listeners pack into the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art and enjoy live music starting at 5:00 pm.  Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and sit back and relax while you enjoy the music! Follow this link for the full concert schedule.

When: Fridays, May 19 - August 25, 2017 from 5:00-8:30 pm
Where: Constitution Ave NW & 7th Street

All Things Go Classic - The District's premier music festival returns this year with a lineup boasting well known musicians including Foster the People, Galantis, and Cashmere Cat. For concerts goers, this is the must attend music festival in the area! You can check out the full lineup and purchase tickets here. Single-day and 3-day passes are still available!

When: October 6-8, 2017
Where: 1309 5th St NE