My Favorite Summer Activities in DC

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How was everyone’s weekend? I’ve gone to three different concerts this month–two of which were this past weekend–which is funny, because I’ve been to no more than 10 in my life! On Friday, I saw Zac Brown Band play at Nats Stadium, and on Saturday, my friends and I trekked out to Virginia to see Macklemore and Kesha at Jiffy Lube Live. Both were amazing, and thankfully the weather held up each night!

I can’t get over the fact that it’s almost August–although the start of August means that it’s my birthday (!) but since we still have plenty of summertime left, I wanted to share a few of my favorite DC activities to do during the warmer months…

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1) Visit the farmers market: I usually head to the one in Dupont since it’s closest to my apartment, and I LOVE the energy there every Sunday morning. You’ll see people of all ages, dogs, and try tons of yummy samples while browsing for/purchasing summer fruits, cheeses, fun dips, pastries…you name it! You have to make sure to get there early at least once and try a bagel from the Call Your Mother stand, at least to see what the hype is all about! (I’ll admit that while I prefer my New York bagels, theirs is still worth a try!).

2) Georgetown Flea: Sometimes I hope on the bus right after the farmers market and check out the Georgetown Flea, which takes place every Sunday during relatively warm months (I think it’s technically year-round, but check the weather before you go!). I’m mixed in terms of my review because I’ve found some absolute GEMS there (great furniture items like my cane loveseat were Flea scores), but most weeks I’ll go and just end up browsing or feel like everything in sight is plain junk! It’s definitely worth checking out frequently, though, because there’s always a new selection of items from a diverse array of vendors. And if all else fails, you can still have a blast walking around Georgetown and admiring all of the adorable shops (like Greenworks, pictured above) and houses there. I also used to love walking around the Georgetown campus from time to time when I lived more nearby.

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3) Go to a Nats game: You can find cheap tickets easily and the stadium is right off the Metro, so there’s no reason not to go! I’ll admit I’m not the most dedicated baseball watcher; I mainly go for the energy of just being there in person (and the snacks). You have to go at least once per summer to be a true DC resident!

4) See an outdoor movie: I’m bummed that I haven’t done this yet this season, so I need to make an effort to find something good soon. Last year, I went to several outdoor movies at various parks around the city, but the best was Legally Blonde 2 on a random weeknight. Bring friends and pack a dinner and drinks from home and you’re all set!

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5) Sangria and jazz: If you work downtown (or even if you don’t–I would trek into the city a ton for this even when I lived/worked farther away), Friday afternoon sangria and jazz at the Sculpture Garden is where it’s at. This place is packed, though, so get there early and bring a blanket to claim your spot. Each week, a different band performs and every 20- and 30-something in DC (or so it seems) comes down to watch. The sangria pitchers are perfect for splitting with a friend, and while there’s a limited variety of food, you’ll be close enough to tons of restaurants after that it’s easy to grab dinner once it’s a bit later. I haven’t done this yet this year, but it’s such a fun catch up/date activity.

A few other things on my list…go to your local public pool (free with a DC ID) or sneak into a friend’s apartment pool…go to an outdoor concert…go paddle boating around the Tidal Basin…host a dinner party (or even wine and cheese) on your building’s roof…finally spray paint that piece of furniture while the weather is nice!

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