Over 10 things to do in the DC area now that it’s officially summer – NBC4 Washington | Wender Mind Kids

Over 10 things to do in the DC area now that it's officially summer - NBC4 Washington

We embrace the late nights in mid-June Fishing on Friday evening, Twilight pool parties, after dark comedy shows, watching stars and this show by a one-man band Tash Sultana.

And the nights are really getting later: on Tuesday, the summer solstice has just passed, and all weekend long, twilight doesn’t end until around 9:09 p.m

Smithsonian Solstice Saturday is our pick for late night fun on Saturdays.

Galleries at the African Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Arts and Industries Building, Freer Gallery of Art, Natural History Museum, and Smithsonian Castle will remain open until midnight.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Hirshhorn Museum are open until 8:00 p.m. Passes are no longer required for the NMAAHC after 5:30 p.m.

There will also be a Glow Yoga (8.45pm) and a dance party with DJ Ayes Cold in the main garden.

Or look at the stars with optical and radio telescopes Hofstra University Astronomy Festival. It goes until 11pm

There’s still a weekend to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! Check out the Arlington Pride Block Party (Saturday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rosslyn Gateway Park), Baltimore Pride (Saturday, parade starts at 1 p.m. on Charles Street), or Montgomery County’s Pride in the Plaza Festival (Saturday, March 12). until 8 p.m., Veteranenplatz).

Events and activities this weekend in the Washington, DC area

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 22nd to 27th and June 30th to July 4th
National Mall

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival – a sprawling celebration of arts, culture, language, food and ideas – returns to the National Mall starting Thursday after going virtual for the past two years.

The program includes jewelry, origami and fragrance workshops, falconry demonstrations, honey tasting, nightly concerts, performances, cooking demonstrations and lecture events. Chat burgers with DC chef Spike Mendelsohn, get an oyster shelling and ecology lesson, or delve into natural remedies in the woods.

If you can’t make it to the Folklife Festival this weekend, you still have a chance. The second weekend is scheduled from Thursday 30 June to Monday 4 July.

The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

A national BBQ competition, live music, free food samples, cooking demonstrations, kid’s rides and craft drinks: throw it all on the grill for the 30th year of this massive food festival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Tickets start at $20, more info here.

A graffiti art exhibit featuring works by world-renowned artist Banksy opens Thursday in downtown DC News4’s Tommy McFly got a first look.

The Art of Banksy: Unauthorized Private Collection
Open from June 23rd to August 21st
709 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001

Experience what is said to be the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled at this privately owned gallery. The globally acclaimed collection includes some of the artist’s most iconic pieces such as “Girl and Balloon”, “Flower Thrower” and “Rude Copper”. Tickets for the event should be purchased in advance as places are both in high demand and limited.


Dog Days of Summer: Yappy Hour
Friday, June 24, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m
The Sandlot Tysons (8350 Broad Street, Tysons, Virginia)

Head to Boro Sandlot this Friday for an unparalleled happy hour of drinks, DJs and most importantly, dogs! Guests are welcome to bring their dogs along for some furry fun at the treat-filled Bone Bar, picture perfect selfie backgrounds, and puppy playtime with The Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.

Free choice
Celebration of the summer solstice
Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m
Bluemont Park (N. Manchester and Wilson Blvd, Arlington)

Start the summer by getting outside and volunteering with EcoAction Arlington. There are drinks, light snacks and two charity projects: collecting rubbish and working in the pollinator garden.

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
Friday, June 24, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m
The Anthem (901 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC)

Get ready to discover delicious combinations of craft beer and culinary delights from across the nation at the SAVOR Experience. Beer lovers or not, everyone is welcome to experience an unforgettable night of flavor at The Anthem.


Pollinator Festival
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Kingman and Heritage Islands Park (575 Oklahoma Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC)

Mark Pollinator Conservation Week with educational activities. The organizers are also giving away pollinator seeds for your summer garden.

Free choice
A travel festival
Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
Grounds of the Washington National Cathedral

Celebrate the talents, stories and achievements of refugees at the One Journey Festival. The festival includes refugee and migrant performers, storytellers and artists. One Journey describes its range of programs as a “cross-section of the cultures and creative talents of the refugee countries of origin”. Activities include music, dance, art, food, technology displays, VR experiences, and even an hour-long yoga class.

Mosaic Skateland Opening & PRIDE Celebration
Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m
Mosaic, District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia

Calling all “4 wheel enthusiasts” and newbie skaters alike to the grand opening of Mosaic Skateland. The opening of the roller rink will double as a celebration of Pride Month and will feature multiple groups of live entertainment. Tickets range from $14 to $17, and guests are welcome to bring their own skates.

Free choice
Live Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050
Saturday, June 25, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m
Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC 20560)

Learn how to live longer, better and healthier at the Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050. This wellness exploration will both raise questions and suggest answers about positive lifestyles for years to come. Admission is free, but registration is required and can be found here. This event will also be broadcast live by NBC Comcast Universal.

DC Black Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, 2-8:30 p.m
Sandlot Anacostia (633 Howard Road Southeast, Washington, DC)

Black-owned food and wine vendors will gather at the Sandlot in Anacostia on Saturday for an afternoon of food, music and fellowship. You can find information and tickets here.

Free choice
Friend Heights Makers Market & Street Festival
Saturday, 3-7 p.m
Wisconsin Avenue NW, between Jenifer Street and Garrison Street

Shopping, giveaways, dance classes and more in the Upper Northwest.

Dog Days in Summer: Camp Bark
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
The Sandlot Tysons (8350 Broad Street, Tysons, VA 22102)

The Boro Sandlot welcomes dog lovers back to the park for Camp Bark, a novice training session led by area trainers. After the session, attendees can enjoy coffee and other fun treats, including some for the pups.

Free choice
Smithsonian Solstice Saturday
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. to midnight
National Mall

Nightly museum hours and fun activities are free at the National Mall. You can also stop by Hofstra University Astronomy Festival.


DMV Talent Extravaganza
Sunday, 3 p.m
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts (15200 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, Maryland)

Singers and rappers show their skills. Tickets cost $30.

Free choice
Growing pride in the garden
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
The Garden ALX (5380 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite C, Alexandria, Virginia)

Fifteen LGBTQIA+ makers will sell locally made goods and there will be food trucks, live music and crafts for children. You can register for free.