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.

Squeezing in the last of summer at the Prince William County Fair

Upcoming Events:

June 1: Introduction to Music Theory - Smithsonian Associates - If you’ve always wanted to learn the language and elements of musical notation and composition or are a singer or instrumentalist who has never mastered reading music, here’s the perfect...

June 2: Stories from the American Songbook - Smithsonian Associates - There are songs so familiar they seem part of us. In this series with writer and filmmaker Sara Lukinson, find out how some our favorites from the American songbook came to be and how they speak to...

June 5: The Orchestral Music of J.S. Bach - Smithsonian Associates - Musicologist and pianist Daniel Freeman pays tribute to iconic composer Johann Sebastian Bach and some of his greatest orchestral works in this day highlighted by music and video recordings.

June 9: How Disney Conquered the Entertainment Universe - Smithsonian Associates - The Mouse rules! Over the last nine decades, the Walt Disney Company has transformed every facet of the entertainment business. Author Brian Rose examines the secrets behind the development of this...

June 12: Shakespeare's History Plays: A Chronicle of Crowns - Smithsonian Associates - Historian Jennifer Paxton examines the history behind Shakespeare’s history plays and explores the fascinating ways in which he did—and did not—depart from what his contemporaries...

June 26: The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Washington, DC - Smithsonian Associates - Historian and scholar Michele L. Simms-Burton, a former professor of African-American studies at Howard University examines the creators and the works that came alive during one of the most creative...

July 20: Rescheduled: Tedeschi Trucks Band - Tedeschi Trucks Band's performances at Wolf Trap on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 + Wednesday, July 22, 2020 have been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 20, 2021 + Wednesday, July 21, 2021. All current tickets...

Seasonal Picks:

Find your lake retreat at Seneca Creek and Black Hill
Black Hill Regional Park

Golf at Hains Point
East Potomac Golf Course

The Huntley Meadows Boardwalk Trail is the best place to observe migrating waterfowl and other birds.

Go Birding on the Huntley Meadows Boardwalk
Huntley Meadows Park

A peacock struts in the Frying Pan Park barnyard.

Take your sweet time at Frying Pan Park
Frying Pan Farm Park - Parking Lot

The trail out to the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is 3/4 mile each way.

Explore DC’s last great swamp, Dyke Marsh Habitat
Dyke Marsh Trail

An open field of sunflowers extend almost to the sky at at McKee-Beshers WMA near Washington, DC

DC’s best sunflower fields during peak bloom
McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area

Take a dip at Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park

A girl shades her eyes as she looks out over the gardens in front of a plantation house at Oatlands Plantation in rural Virginia

Meander through the Oatlands Plantation and Gardens
Oatlands Plantation Lane

Hike the Gathland State Park trails
Gathland State Park

A girl sits on a log at Kent Island beach

Is Kent Island the best beach destination that you’ve never heard of?
Terrapin Nature Park

A boy enjoys the view of the Virginia Countryside from Ambassador Whitehouse Overlook in Sky Meadows State Park.

Hike Sky Meadows State Park
Sky Meadows State Park

Beach Barbecue at Freestone Point, Leesylvania State Park
Leesylvania State Park Barbecue Parking

The marina at Lake Accotink.

Lake Accotink Park Vacation!
Lake Accotink Park

3 hours at Raven Rocks Trailhead on the Virginia State Line
Raven Rocks Trailhead

A lily flower blooms in Green Spring Garden

DC gardens, nature centers, and easy walks

The Sierra Club bridge in Prince William Forest National Park

Best kid-friendly hikes in DC

mountain bike

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

Tour Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian’s best Air and Space Museum
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy

Smithsonian and Beyond! Best museums along the National Mall
600 Independence Ave SW

Tour Baltimore’s B-Side
1415 Key Hwy

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

Visit Eden Center, DC’s Little Saigon
Eden Center

Explore Burke Lake
Burke Lake Park

Get lost in Meadowlark Gardens
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens & Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights

Tour 1 West Mount Vernon Place
Walters Art Museum

Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park
Peirce Mill