Written by Colleen Boyle, Program Advisor for the Institute on Business and Government Affairs
During the summer months over 40,000 interns descend upon the District of Columbia. The majority of these students are faced with the daunting task of setting strict summer budgets. Fortunately, Washington provides a variety of fun and free events for all to enjoy. DC interns keep the city humming by day, and these activities welcome young professionals after business hours.
Special Summer Events for June
1) Alexandria Food and Wine Festival– June 22, 12:00-7:00pm, King Street
Conveniently located just three blocks from the King Street metro stop, the Alexandria Food and Wine Festival is an annual event that showcases delicious local food and wine. Admission is free, but taste tickets are $15. Those who purchase taste tickets will have the chance to sample food and wine from a variety of local vendors and wineries.
2) Source Festival 2013– June 7- June 30, Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street NW
This three week long annual performing arts festival is organized by CulturalDC and showcases new work from across the nation. All performances take place at the Source Theatre, located in the heart of Washington DC’s U Street Corridor. This year’s festival will debut 24 original works including three full-length plays and 18 10-minute plays. Tickets range from $15-$20.
Ongoing Summer Events:
1) Millennium Stage – Every night at 6:00pm, Kennedy Center
As part of the Kennedy Center’s “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative, visitors can enjoy local, national, and international artists as they showcase their talents. Most of the performances take place in the Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center, but some special events are hosted on the South Plaza Stage overlooking the Potomac River. Be sure to arrive early and grab good seats. Outside the Foggy Bottom metro stop is a bus that will take you directly to the Kennedy Center.
2) Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies– Thursdays at 8:45pm, Capitol Riverfront-Navy Yard
Every Thursday evening, Capitol Riverfront hosts a family-friendly outdoor movie, along with trivia and field games. This summer’s movie schedule is themed: “DC versus Marvel Comics”. The lineup features popular action-packed films such as “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises”.
In addition to these fantastic summer activities, interns can always take advantage of free admission to the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo at Woodley Park, and tours of various government agencies. Having fun in DC doesn’t have to break the bank!