It’s not the humidity, it’s the tourists. Summer may seem like a good time to clear out of DC, but it’s also the season with the most to do.
July 15: Look & Listen: Kiya Tabassian, setar, with Massumeh Farhad - Watch Kiya Tabassian perform and discuss music for the setar, an ancient Iranian stringed instrument, alongside works of art from the twelfth to the sixteenth century showing Persian music in a...
July 15: Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Madeleine Albright - Award-winning journalist, political insider and Capitol Hill resident Bill Press sits down (virtually) for a one-on-one, thought-provoking conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine...
July 18: Burke Farmers Market - The Burke Farmers Market will begin its season on Saturday, May 16 with restrictions in place to accommodate current social distancing recommendations to stop the spread of COVID-19. Market shoppers...
July 18: The Waltz: Music, Sex, and Politics in Three-Quarter Time - Smithsonian Associates - Blossoming in Vienna and spreading like a mania through Europe, the waltz proclaimed a new freedom of sexual expression and individual liberties in the early 19th century. Classical music and opera...
July 19: Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music - Smithsonian Associates - Whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss, Puccini, or Bach, opuses of almost every famous composer have added emotional depth to hundreds of films ever since talkies...
July 19: Perfect Octave: The Special Je Ne Sai Quoi of French Piano Music - Join us for a live performance streamed to your home via YouTube! What makes a piece of music French? Join Perfect Octave’s curator Andrew Welch for an hour-long piano recital exploring French sounds...
July 22: Master Class with Denyce Graves - Master Class with Denyce Graves 2020 Filene Artist in Residence Each season’s Filene Artist in Residence holds a public master class, offering Wolf Trap Opera’s singers guidance on style,...
July 22: On Art and Human Rights: Artist Talk with Alfredo Jaar - Be the first to see Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s "Between the Heavens and Me" as the artist debuts his 13-minute film, a somber and elegiac meditation on the Covid-19 pandemic in New York. Following...
July 26: A Berkshires Summer Sampler - Smithsonian Associates - The scenic and historic Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts are alive with music, art, and theatre. Journalist Richard Selden leads a 5-day tour that offers a splendid sampling of cultural...
July 28: Will Rogers: Oklahoma's Favorite Son - Smithsonian Associates - Will Rogers’ plainspoken humor and clear-eyed social commentary struck a chord with audiences around the world during the early decades of the 20th century and made him the voice...
July 29: On Art and Collaboration: Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi - Artists Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi join Hirshhorn senior curator Evelyn Hankins for a discussion on their respective cross-disciplinary practices as well as their longstanding collaboration...
July 31: Jazzy Nights in Washington: A Stroll Through the 1920s Shaw Neighborhood - Smithsonian Associates - Spend a summer evening with local historian Garrett Peck as you virtually step into the heyday of Washington’s “Black Broadway,” when jazz filled the clubs and theaters of U Street...
August 1: Colorful Characters: Waterfall - Beat the heat at the Hirshhorn! Join us in the galleries on a family-friendly tour to find our coolest artworks and make your own refreshing water-inspired art to take home. What’s...
First Sunday Arts Fest
August 5: On Art and Community: Artist Talk with Aliza Nisenbaum - Mexican-born artist Aliza Nisenbaum joins Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson for a discussion about her vibrant, community-based portraits, which have taken on new meaning during this time of...
August 7: Duchamp in Focus: Conservation - Join conservators Stephanie Lussier and Scott Homolka for a walk-through of Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection to discuss Duchamp’s materials and art making process, and...
August 10: Pounding those 88s: Keyboards and Rock 'n' Roll - Smithsonian Associates - From Little Richard to the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen, many of the greatest songs in rock are filled with keyboard elements that make them so memorable. Former classic-band keyboardist Dave Price...
Take a dip at Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane
Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park
Is Kent Island the best beach destination that you’ve never heard of?
Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park
Beach Barbecue at Freestone Point, Leesylvania State Park
Leesylvania State Park Barbecue Parking
Lake Accotink Park Vacation!
Lake Accotink Park
3 hours at Raven Rocks Trailhead on the Virginia State Line
Raven Rocks Trailhead
DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks
Kid-friendly hikes near Washington, DC
10 Badass Mountain Biking Trails near Washington, DC
Hike the Potomac: 30 Best Places to Explore Along the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail
Stroll Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy
Discover art & history in Occoquan
Occoquan Historic District
Wander Mawavi (Prince William Forest Park), the largest National Park in the DMV
Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center
Visit the Holy Land, in Brookland
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Explore Burke Lake
Burke Lake Park
Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights
Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park
The Maryland Renaissance Festival at Revel Grove
Maryland Renaissance Festival (MDRF)