DC Summer Calendar

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. June is the month of Folk Festivals, with the Glen Echo Park Folk Festival in early June and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the end. In July, Rehoboth’s Annual Sandcastle Contest is the quintessential beach event, and July is also the best time to enjoy the Water Lily Bloom at Kenilworth Gardens. August presents a number of fairs and farm tours throughout the region, commencing with the annual Sunflower Bloom at McKee-Beshers, before easing into the Fall Calendar with the can’t miss Renaissance Fair.

Sprayparks, Pools & Waterslides Near Washington, DC

A girl escapes the heat of DC's summer by swimming in a pool
Summer in DC is hot, but the DMV’s area pools, sprayparks and waterslides are great places to cool off.

The DC region is hot in the summer, but there are plenty of places to cool off, and all are open every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day — Labor Day.

Sprayparks include:

Best Pools & Waterslides in the DC Region:

Beaches Around Washington, DC

Kent Island, in the Chesapeake Bay, is just one of countless beaches less than an hour from Washington, DC

If you want to swim but need a little more room to spread out, get up early and head out to one of Washington, DC’s nearby beaches:

Leesylvania State Park ( 30 min)
Sandy Point Public Beach ( 50 min)
Terrapin Nature Park ( 50 min) ( 50 min)
Purse Nanjemoy Fossil Beach ( 50 min)
Calvert Cliffs Fossil Beach ( 1 hour)
Flag Ponds ( 1 hour 20 min)

Reserved Beaches:

Mayo Beach Mayo Beach ( 1 hr)
Kentmorr Marina Kentmorr / Dirty Daves ( 1 hour)

Amusement Parks Around Washington, DC

If you’re ready to plunk down some serious coin and pack in with the crowds, here are a few options:

Upcoming Events:

June 1: Dirt Diggers | Garden Volunteering – Tudor Place

June 1: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One — Under the artistic direction of maestro Charlie Young, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra has celebrated some of the greatest jazz music throughout its 33-year history as one of the crown...

June 12: Picnic Theater Company presents: The Candidate – Tudor Place

June 18: Diving Deeper Into Ancestral Spaces: A Conversation with Karl Haynes – Tudor Place

July 7: Civil War Washington Summer Institute for Teachers Grades K-12 – Tudor Place

August 30: 2023 NAFCM Assembly — Join NAFCM for our Assembly on Monday, October 2nd & Tuesday, October 3rd, at George Mason University's Arlington, Virginia campus!

Never-ending Summer: there’s so much to do in DC!

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