#BESTDMVSUMMER: Want to make this your best summer ever? You got it. We're dishing up 99 days of fun activities, local events, recipe ideas and more, so you can make the most of your summer in and around D.C. Read on for the first week's worth of ideas -- there's more than 90 days glorious days to go until Labor Day. (And share your pics and ideas with #bestDMVsummer on Instagram and Twitter!)
: Want to make this your best summer ever? You got it. We're dishing up 99 days of fun activities, local events, recipe ideas and more, so you can make the most of your summer in and around D.C. Read on for this week's ideas -- there's more than 90 glorious days to go until Labor Day.
JULY 25: Try Harper’s Ferry where River & Trail Outfitters offers a variety of expeditions including, rafting, tubing, canoeing or kayaking. If you’re looking for a more toned-down water adventure, we’ve got the
top 10 places to cool off to help you find that perfect adventure.
JULY 24: We’re in the thick of summer, and it’s only going to get hotter! Popsicles and summer go hand in hand, so make room in the fridge and beat the heat with these sweet-sticky treats. If you need some icy inspiration, we’ve rounded up a
collection of popsicles perfect for the young and young at heart.
JULY 23: Raise your glass to save the wild life! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is hosting its annual
“Brew at the Zoo” where 70 craft breweries will be bubbling delicious beers in support of Friends of the National Zoo. 3 Stars Brewing Company, Adroit Theory, DC Brau, Denizens Brewing Co. and plenty more will be featured and you’ll even get the chance to meet and greet some animals.
JULY 22: No movie can combine thrilling and ridiculous quite like the Sharknado film franchise. “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” showcases the District as a tornado unleashes sharks from Washington, D.C. down to Orlando, Florida. Will another shark be cut open with a chainsaw in midair? Possibly above the White House? Watch this goofy horror flick on Wednesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy to find out how D.C. and sharks can come together.
JULY 21: Trying yoga for the first time can be daunting, so try a free, outdoor class this summer. We’ve rounded up the
top outdoor yoga programs in the District with free classes through the end of August. All you need is a mat and a bottle of water. Classes are offered weekends and weeknights throughout the city, so you can pick the perfect place and time to find inner peace. Namaste!
JULY 20: Enjoy the sunset while sipping on a cocktail at a chic D.C. rooftop bar. Want to try a whiskey saloon? How about a miniature golf course while you relax with friends? We’ve got the
top six rooftops to help you find the perfect vibe for your rooftop fix.
JULY 19: Happy National Ice Cream Day! Celebrate this summer staple with all the delicious scoops you can eat. Head out to one the
best ice cream spots in the DMV or cool down with these sweet homemade recipes. (Now you may scream.)
JULY 18: Load up the car, crank up the summer jams and head for the shore. Whether you want to hit the boardwalk or try parasailing, there are many fun beaches within an
easy drive of D.C. Treat your inner-beach bunny to a weekend of waves and sand.
JULY 17: Disneyland is celebrating its 60th anniversary! Since opening day, more than 750 million people have visited the park that Walt Disney built. Channel some of that magic from your couch with a classic Disney movie marathon.
JULY 16: Tweet or Instagram a photo of your wonderful #RescueDog enjoying summer! Make sure you use the hashtag #RescueDog with your great photos.
Upton Hill Regional Park is overflowing in summer fun with a collection of pools, water slides, batting cages and trails. Complete with an outdoor waterpark and huge mini-golf course, the urban park straddles the boundary line of Arlington and Fairfax counties. Tip: Go midweek to avoid the big weekend crowds.
JULY 14: Head for the water and try a paddle sport. Stand-up paddling is a combination of canoeing, kayaking and surfing. To see scenic views of the monuments from the Potomac River, rent paddleboards and kayaks from
Key Bridge Boathouse (3500 Water St. NW, beneath the Key Bridge) and Thompson Boat Center (2900 Virginia Ave. NW; near the Watergate). Or head to National Harbor for a paddleboard yoga class.
JULY 13 -- Eat up! From strawberries to cherries and melons, summer is a prime time to enjoy nature’s bounty. Savor the season’s juicy fruits with these
JULY 4: Wear your red, white and blue; bite into a hot dog; see some fireworks and partake in all the traditions that surround Independence Day. Check out our
Fireworks Finder to see where fireworks and other festivities are happening around D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Headed to a potluck or hosting a barbecue? Impress your crowd with some creative July 4 recipes here.
JULY 3: Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown have been flying through time in their DeLorean for 30 years -- on this day in 1985, "Back to the Future" first hit theaters. This year also marks the "future" year featured in the sequel... although we're still waiting for flying cars to clear up the Beltway. You can commemorate this day by popping in the DVD at home and wearing your orange puffer vest, or you can wait till August when
several outdoor movie spots are showing the classic film, including Screen on the Green and National Harbor.
JULY 2: The National Mall isn't only for tourists. Though most of us live right here, when was the last time you toured the spots that millions travel to see? Now that the
D.C. Circulator has added their new National Mall route, it's easier than ever to visit all the museums and monuments. As the holiday approaches, head out to see our region's patriotic sites.
JULY 1: July is here, and that means summer is getting
serious. Make the most of your hot summer days -- mix up homemade slurpees or DIY smoothies at home and kick back in your backyard or around the pool. Check out easy recipes here.
JUNE 29: Fire up your summer soundtrack! We've asked everyone from our news director to our summer interns to compile their own Summer 2015 playlists for an upbeat audio adventure. Maybe you're looking for a soulful country vibe to match your jean shorts. Maybe you want a throwback list so you can jam to all your past summer faves.
Whatever you're looking for, we've got it right here.
JUNE 28: Who was the 26th president of the United States? (It's OK if you don't know). What you need to know here is that
Theodore Roosevelt Island is one of D.C.'s hidden gems. It lies right on Potomac River and is just a short walk away from the city. Take the footbridge from near the Key Bridge on the Virginia side to explore nearly 100 acres of wooded swamplands and hike your way to the memorial, a 17-foot statue commemorating Roosevelt's love of the outdoors. Get directions here.
JUNE 27: Happy National Sunglasses Day! Whether you like to wear them at night or (more appropriately) on a megawatt sunny day -- it's time to strut, style and profile in your summer shades! While sunglasses are forever in fashion, they also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. So being stylish turns out to be good for your health! Tag your Instagram/Twitter sunglasses photos with
JUNE 26: It's time to get out your pixie dust and think up a happy thought. The nostalgic classic "Hook" is playing this weekend on Farragut Square. Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Maggie Smith, Dante Basco and the late Bob Hoskins and Robin Williams bring this re-imagining of the Peter Pan story to the outdoor screen. The D.C. area is offering plenty of other outdoor movies this summer, too --
see our complete guide here.
JUNE 25: Treat your kids or a date to for a night of classic fun at a themed minigolf park. At
Woody's Golf Range (11801 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, Virginia), you’ll get a jungle adventure with animatronic dinosaurs and smoke machines. Monster Mini Golf (9116 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland) has neon lights, monsters from small to tall and wicked weekday deals. Golf at Bohrer Park (506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Maryland) for 18 holes with scenic streams, ponds and waterfalls woven in between. Or check out Watkins Regional Park (301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland) for a rustic feel and a carousel and miniature train for extra fun.
STARTING JUNE 24: Travel all the way to Peru without ever leaving the National Mall. The
Smithsonian Folklife Festival picks one or more countries to showcase for two weeks every summer. You’ll find live music, crafts, dancing workshops, culinary classes and artisan treats. This outdoor event is free with a packed schedule every day. June 24-28; July 1-5.
JUNE 23: From Georgetown to Annapolis, this area boasts some of the best waterfront bars for slowing down, sipping something cool and enjoying the sunset. Try one of these local spots before temperatures drop -- see our picks for
best waterfront bars.
JUNE 22: We're in the peak of baseball season -- so it's time to grab your cap and some peanuts and see the Nats or the Orioles hit it out of the park. Check out our guide to
this summer's home games, promotions and highlights up to Labor Day.
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND: Let's face it: Dads are pretty awesome! So show your pops some love with a shower of delicious treats worthy of an amazing patriarch. Check out our
Pinterest board for fatherly recipes, gifts and DIY ideas here. Or, celebrate a day or two early by taking Dad to this year's Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Festival (June 19-20). Indulge in unlimited beer and bourbon selections, and more pork than you could imagine, as well as hours of music, games and bacon (mmm, bacon) at National Harbor. Happy Father's Day!
JUNE 20: Saddle up! Escape D.C.'s summer haze and connect with nature.
Shenandoah National Park offers guided horseback rides, as well as pony rides for kids. Whether you're an experienced equestrian or a first-time rider, this park has a horse and a place for anyone willing to make the trip.
JUNE 18-21: Road trip!
Firefly Music Festival, now in its fourth year, has quickly gained a reputation on the East Coast as a must-do summer fest. This year's headliners include Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, Foster the People and the Killers, but scores of others will also perform. Camp out in Dover, Delaware for the ultimate festival weekend.
JUNE 17-21: Need a break from this summer’s blockbuster action flicks. Festival-goers and film lovers, get excited for this year’s
AFI DOCS documentary film festival (June 17-21). With more than 80 films from 25 countries to choose from, the fest will let you kick back and learn more about pretty much whatever you'd like.
JUNE 16: Congratulate yourself for getting through the start of the week with a quick draft at a local beer garden. At
Garden District (1801 14th St. NW), you'll find a selection of barbecue to compliment your brew. Westover Beer Garden (5863 Washington Blvd., Arlington) offers live music and a butcher shop if you want to pick up something to grill for dinner once you're home. Denizens Brewing Co. (1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring) not only has great beer and barbecue, but also offers tours of the brewery on Saturdays. At Biergarten Haus (1355 H St. NE), enjoy Trivia Tuesdays and happy hour on Mondays and Fridays. Dacha Beer Garden (1600 7th St. NW) is dog- and kid-friendly if you want to bring the whole family to enjoy the outdoors.
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
JUNE 15: If you've ever wanted to climb trees and zipline through the forest, let the
Adventure Park in Sandy Spring, Maryland welcome you to the jungle. Grab a harness, climb a tree and hook a line to zip through the trees. Feeling bold? Walk the tightropes at what's billed as the largest man-made climbing adventure in the world.
JUNE 14: This week is your chance to dive into soul and appreciate jazz throughout downtown D.C. More than 100 artists -- including Esperanza Spalding and Common -- are set to play during
the D.C. Jazz Festival (June 10-16). Venues include the Hamilton Live, the Gallery on H, The Yards Park and others. Every evening also has several restaurants and hotels offering free jazz, so check the schedule and find a renowned jazz artist near you.
JUNE 13: About 60,000 crabs are taking over Baltimore's Inner Harbor. However, no need to worry, these crabs are ready to be eaten.
The Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival is also offering an "all you can taste" beer experience featuring 50+ beers, wines and spirits. Celebrate your Maryland spirit and indulge in Maryland’s claim to fame. If you miss the festival June 13, you’ll have another chance on Aug. 22 at National Harbor.
JUNE 12: It’s time to practice your raptor cry.
"Jurassic World" premieres this week -- hit the theater for this mega blockbuster reboot. Or stay home for a (metaphorical) trip back to Litchfield Penitentiary, because season 3 of "Orange is the New Black" is hitting Netflix. You can catch up on any episodes you missed or dive straight into the binging its new season, so no one can spoil what happens with Alex and Piper.
JUNE 11: Look, national food days are important to us. Hence, National Corn on the Cob Day is not one to be ignored. Fill up today on this perfect summer side dish. Slather on melted honey butter and top it with parsley for a delicious classic.
Get tips and recipes here on our Pinterest board.
JUNE 10: Happy National Iced Tea Day! Celebrate with the summertime staple perfect for any hot day. Make your own or pick up a free Pineapple Berry Blue Iced Tea at participating Starbucks Teavana stores on June 10. Cheers!
Check out our Pinterest board for recipe inspiration here.
JUNE 9 (AND BEYOND): Nothing complements a hot summer night night like a hot summer concert. Blow off some steam with some of the great acts rolling through the DMV this month, including Wiz Khalifa and Lana Del Ray. Check out our
summer concert guide to see what you just can't miss.
JUNE 8: Is staying hydrated getting kinda boring? Try fruit-infused water. Take advantage of the plentiful summer fruit season and make a healthy (and tasty!) infused water drink. It's like summer in a glass!
Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration here.
JUNE 7: Shopping handcrafted items is usually fun -- but it can be a lot more fun with with a glass of Pinot in hand.
The Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival is bringing a homemade vibe to a classic wine fest this weekend (June 6-7), with works by 200+ artisans and wines from 25 Maryland wineries.
JUNE 6: Welcome, weekend! Hit the road for the
Taste of Three Cities Food Truck Festival in Baltimore, Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. Want to experience gourmet lobster rolls, crabs, ice cream and bulgogi and more all in one spot? This is your chance. You can also vote for your favorite food truck during the event. Brace your belly and prepare for a new palette experience.
JUNE 5: Summer is great for trying new things -- why not new music?
The Capital Jazz Fest kicks off June 5 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The three-day event features nearly 30 national jazz acts and performance groups on two stages. Stay out late Friday to attend the Late Night Soul Showcase after the main event to listen to the stylings of Liv Warfield and Brandon Williams & Friends at another nearby venue. Other weekend performers include Patti Austin (pictured) and Ruben Studdard.
JUNE 4: Always remember: Goonies never say die. But (gasp!) they are starting to show a little age. That's right: "The Goonies" celebrates its 30th anniversary June 7. Relive the '80s on a #ThrowbackThursday by popping up a bowl of popcorn and settling in to
catch this treasure-hunt classic.
JUNE 3: 'Tis the season of cookouts, which means it's time for the iconic hamburger to take center stage. Master the grill this summer with
our collection of tips and recipes to make your backyard barbecue sizzle.
JUNE 2: June is the perfect month to get your strawberry fix! But berry season is short, so make sure you head out early this month to a nearby patch, such as
Butler's Orchard (22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland). Once you have your sweet batch, whip up a recipe from our Strawberry Pinterest board.
JUNE 1: Let’s start summer off with a cannonball! Hit up a water park in the DMV. Want to test your courage at Six Flags America Hurricane Harbor? Or go for a more natural splash while hiking in White Oak Canyon? Check out our
Top 10 Ways to Cool Off, and start off summer right.