The Official Start to Summer

Written by Jennifer Fantin, Recruitment and Admissions Assistant

Summer has officially arrived in Washington, DC and with it comes high temperatures, humidity, and sporadic thunderstorms. But the warmest season of the year also brings a variety of new and exciting activities to enjoy. This is a great time of year to spend in the district, so don’t stay cooped up inside; get out and take advantage of what the city has to offer.

  • NationalMallJazz in the Garden– This free concert series runs throughout the summer and takes place every Friday in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The event is held from 5:00-8:30pm and each week offers a new and entertaining musical performance.
  • Converts at the Navy Memorial– The circular outdoor plaza of the Navy Memorial, located in the heart of Washington, DC, hosts free weekly concerts from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The site features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, surrounded by fountains and sculpted panels to honor the achievements of the United States Navy. The US Navy Band performs on the plaza at 8:00 pm every Tuesday, and the show is definitely something worth seeing.
  • Concerts at the Capitol Riverfront– A close walk from the Navy Yard metro stop and Nationals Stadium, the Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront is another great place to take advantage of DC’s music scene this summer. Each Friday the venue will play host to a different act with genres varying from reggae to R&B. The concerts take place from 6:30-8:30pm.
  • DC Jazz Festival– The DC Jazz Festival kicks off this week and runs from June 5 through June 16. It is the largest musical festival in Washington, DC and puts on more than 125 acts at various venues throughout the city.
  • Safeway BBQ Battle– Each year BBQ experts, in both cooking and consumption, flock to the nation’s capital to take part in Safeway’s BBQ Battle. The event benefits both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Greater Washington. This year on June 22 and 23 tens of thousands will enjoy the flavors of this wonderful epic DC feast as it makes it marks its 21st anniversary.
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival– This event takes place for two weeks over the summer every year and transforms the National Mall into a living exposition of distinct cultures. The festival is free to the public and features both daytime and evening programming that represents various nations of the world. This year participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the music, food, and art from June 26 through June 30 and July 3 through July 7.

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