Festival Season in Washington

It’s that time of year again…the sun is at its peak and the fields are full of music revellers. You don’t have to go far to enjoy some music in the great outdoors, as Washington is full of fun concerts, festivals and exciting events taking place in the open air throughout the summer.

Here are just a few great ones to look out for:

Brew at the Zoo

If you love animals and you love craft beer, then Brew at the Zoo is the event for you! Held on July 23rd in the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, this evening event is for adults only. You’ll be able to sample beers from around 60 different craft breweries, while listening to and watching the animals outside of regular zoo ours. The Friends of the National Zoo are the team behind this one-day event, which is held at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo every year, and they put on a marvellous show with games, animal demonstrations, live music, fantastic food and much more to accompany your tasty ales.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival

For those who are film buffs, the capital’s annual outdoor film festival is a unique, retro experience which is fun for the whole family. Escape the busy streets of DC and head to Hungerford Drive in Rockville, Maryland, for this drive thru cinema film festival which is now in its 19th year. You can view the films from your car, or come prepared with a chair and blanket to brave the outdoors as you take in a movie on the 65 inch screen.  Aside from this, you’ll find live music, food and other family entertainment at the venue before the movie begins. The festival runs for 3 nights from August 21st-23rd, and the gates open at 5pm each night. Admission for this fun event is free.

Labor Day Capitol Concert

Labor Day marks the end of summer, but it’s not the end of the outdoor fun in DC. On the Sunday before Labor Day (September 6th), the National Symphony Orchestra hold their annual performance on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This concert is free to attend, though it’s advised you arrive early to get a decent spot of grass to enjoy the last outdoor concert of the season, in which renditions of American classics will be performed.

These are just some of the great outdoor events which are still to come before the summer in DC comes to an end. If you’re looking for something more suitable for all the family which looks spectacular in the evening too, why not try the Gray Line DC After Dark tour? View the city in its glorious color on a warm summer evening, where you can take in all the beautiful lights from the US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and everything in between.  DC After Dark is now discounted for a limited time only, so take advantage of our special offer.