Corcoran Grad’s Guide to Summer Series: DC for Free!

Summer in DC has officially arrived! The temperature and humidity are up and residents are ready to hunker down in the AC waiting for cooler air. But even if the climate is more like a jungle than a city, there’s still a lot to explore in and around the District this summer. So embrace the heat and enjoy the summer break!

Summer is a great time for friends and family to visit the city. But face it, entertaining guests in DC can get expensive! So to offset some of those group dinners on 14th Street and rooftop bar last calls, here are some of our picks for the best activities around town FOR FREE!

  • Corcoran Summer Saturdays: This almost seems too easy and you might think you spend way too much time here already; but your friends and family really want to see where you go to school! Through August 31, admission to the Corcoran Gallery of Art is free and includes some great exhibitions, programs, and performances!
  • Outdoor Films: Nothing says summer like a patch of green and a comfy blanket. Take your picnic to the park and check out one of DC’s many locations for free movie screenings throughout the summer. From Pixar to Jane Austen and comic book heroes to 80s throwbacks, there’s something for everyone’s film tastes! (And rumor has it  Union Market in NE will host a drive-in movie series starting in July!) Check out this site for a list of all locations:
  • Concerts: If movies aren’t really your thing or you’d prefer a more musical environment, check out some of the free concert series around the District. Bring your picnic and blanket and head to the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden or the new Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront every Friday. Get there early for the best patches of grass!
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Every summer the Smithsonian takes over the National Mall to celebrate cultures from around the globe at the annual Folklife Festival. This year they’ll be bringing Hungarian Heritage to Washington, DC with performances, workshops, food, and demonstrations. In addition, the festival will examine endangered cultural languages and African American style and diversity.

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