Best Summer Ever: 100+ Things to Do in the DC Area

It's the season of rooftop happy hours, beach weekends, outdoor fests and trying not to let Popsicles drip on our work attire. Dive into our guide on making this the #BestSummerEver.

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County fairs are a summertime essential pretty much everywhere, and the DMV is no exception. See our guide to 15 regional fairs here. The fun kicks off with the Fauquier County Fair (July 11-14) -- with goat yoga! -- and goes straight on through to the start of fall with the St. Mary's County Fair (Sept. 20-23) and the D.C. "State" Fair (Sept. 23). Celebrate with tons of food, unusual contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long.
Beach towel starting to look worn out from all the relaxing you've been doing? If you're feeling ready to hit the Metro/road/sidewalk, check out our calendar of the most enticing events, festivals and exhibitions in and around the D.C. area this season.
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From picking your own perfect strawberries to swinging by crab, wine and beer fests across the D.C. area, there are plenty of ways to get a taste (or a lot of tastes) of summer.
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Looking for things to do in D.C. without a big budget hit? We've got you covered. We've rounded up a list of fun free & cheap things to do, ranging from iconic monuments to beautiful nature to outdoor markets.
No, Waikiki isn't on the list -- we're looking at the best beaches within an easy drive of the DMV. While we've got to give nods to summertime staples such as Rehoboth and Ocean City, we've also got some more off-the-beaten path ideas. Get ready to vacuum the sand out of your car.
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Grab your lawn chairs and your favorite takeout. More than 15 local spots are offering free outdoor movies. Hunker down in city spots such as Adams Morgan or gaze out onto the waterfront at National Harbor. Upcoming films include "The Big Lebowski" (June 26), "Top Gun" (June 28), "Dirty Dancing" (July 1) and "The Goonies" (July 19).
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Craving live music? Us, too. Good thing there are tons of shows to look forward to this summer. Coming up soon: Neko Case and Ray Lamontagne (June 20) at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Reba McEntire (July 1) at Wolf Trap, and Ms. Lauryn Hill (July 8) at Jiffy Lube Live.
Summer's swelter has arrived! Whether you're looking for the best local water parks or want to get out in nature, check out our picks on the top 10 places to cool off within 100 miles of D.C., from tubing near Harpers Ferry to stand-up paddleboarding to slithering down natural slides in Virginia.
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You don't have to go far to get some sun and go for a swim with family and friends. There are tons of lakes, reservoirs and watering holes less than 2 hours away from D.C. Here's where to go when you want to swim in a natural body of water... but you can't bear to brave the Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic.
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