End of Summer Activities in DC

Though it certainly does not feel like it, summer is quickly winding down. Before the season of apple cider and crisp, golden leaves starts, here are some ways to enjoy the last days of summer in the Washington, DC area:

DC State Fair
August 28, at NoMa Junction at Storey Park
One of the coolest free events on the East Coast, with a program to reflect the local diversity of Washington DC and free admission, this fair is a must! There will be events designed to showcase the best of DC, as well as unique fair attractions, such as baking and hula hooping competitions. The main stage will host performances from local artists, as well as unique contests and performances. And what is a fair without food? The vendors this year include local favorites such as Ben's Chili Bowl, as well as vendors that illustrate the local international cuisine and classic fair favorites.

Movies on the Potomac
every Thursday & Sunday through September, National Harbor
The National Harbor is offering Date Night movies every Thursday at 7pm and Family Movies every Sunday at 6pm through the end of September. The movies will be shown right on the water! The line-up includes Hook (8/21), Tomorrowland (9/4), Men in Black (9/8) and Meet the Parents (9/22). All screenings are free and concessions will be available.

A Concert at Wolf Trap
select dates, Wolf Trap National Park
One of Virginia's best loved performing arts venues, Wolf Trap offers events throughout the year, but is best enjoyed in the summer. Its Filene Center has 7,000 covered seats as well as a sprawling meadow where you can enjoy a picnic under the stars while watching world-class performances. Upcoming shows include Goo Goo Dolls (8/23), Aretha Franklin (8/26), Disney in Concert (9/2) and Don Henley (9/7-8). For full schedule and ticket information, click here.

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
daily through Labor Day, Tidal Basin
Renting a paddle boat offers a unique way to see the monuments and waterfront, and is a popular activity among locals and tourists alike. Be sure to slap on some sunscreen and check here for rental information and hours of operation.

Capital Dragon Boat Regatta
August 27, Southwest Waterfront
One of the more distinctive events of the summer, this regatta is an intense series of races between boats of 20 rowers with an onboard drummer adding to the frenzy and anticipation. The boats are vibrantly decorated, creating a visually stunning display. Admission is free, concessions will be available, and there will be a beer garden for those over 21. You can even gather 20 friends to create your own team and participate in the regatta.