12 Things to Do in DC Before Summer Ends

WASHINGTON — It feels like summer just started, and yet, it’s almost over.

Looking to squeeze in a little more fun before Labor Day? Here are 12 ways to do just that.

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Check out Hive and attend a Backyard BBQ at the National Building Museum \n

Each summer, the National Building Museum commissions an architect to develop a creative and interactive themed installation to fill its Great Hall. This year, that installation is Hive \u2014 three larger-than-life chambers, all made from more than 2,700 stacked paper tubes. \u00a0\n

If you have yet to see what all the buzz is about, Hive will be open through Labor Day. And be sure to go hungry: Thursdays through Sundays, Hill Country will camp out on the museum\u2019s lawn, serving barbecue, beverages and live music to visitors. \n

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Get out to Wolf Trap \n

Nothing says \u201csummer nights\u201d quite like an evening at Wolf Trap. Pack a picnic (including your favorite bottle of vino), snag a spot on the lawn, and kick back and enjoy some of the best entertainment the D.C. area has to offer. \n

A few upcoming events on the calendar include \u201cLa La Land\u201d in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, David Sedaris, and The Beach Boys. Visit the website for information on shows and tickets. \n

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Chill out in National Harbor’s Summer Snow Globe\u00a0\n

Need a break from summer’s heat and humidity? Head over to National Harbor and seek refuge in the neighborhood’s new Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe. Beginning Aug. 18, visitors 21 and up can enter the 64-degree winterized space and cozy up to the bar for a cocktail, or hangout and listen to live music. Don’t be surprised if you see a few snowflakes falling from the ceiling.\n

Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe will be open to the public for 12 days only, Aug. 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31, and Sept. 1, 2, 3 and 4. Find more information on the globe’s website.\n

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Grab a glass of\u00a0ros\u00e9 … in a\u00a0ros\u00e9 garden\n

For many wine fans,\u00a0ros\u00e9 is a must when it comes to summer drinking. If you prefer to sip in a scenic environment, get down to the riverfront at Yards Park. There, under pink-and-white striped umbrellas, you’ll find Whaley’s Ros\u00e9 Garden. The outdoor bar serves 10 different types of\u00a0ros\u00e9s, plus snacks, including Maryland crab toast and oysters on the half shell.\n

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Catch an outdoor movie\u00a0\n

No matter where you live in the D.C. area, chances are, there’s an outdoor movie series near you. WTOP’s Jason Fraley has a full list of 2017 local summer outdoor screenings. Don’t forget to pack the popcorn\u00a0\u2014 we’ll see you there.\n

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Paddle the local waters\u00a0\n

Quite possibly one of the best ways to take in the city’s monuments (and its surrounding parks and wildlife) is by boat\u00a0\u2014 more specifically, by a kayak or canoe on the Potomac or Anacostia rivers. Both the\u00a0Key Bridge Boathouse\u00a0and the Ballpark Boathouse shorten their hours after Labor Day, so grab a paddle while you still can.\n

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Celebrate D.C.’s growing craft beer scene\u00a0\n

There’s no better time to cool off with a cold one than during the annual DC Beer Week, Aug. 20-27. With multiple events each day\u00a0\u2014 from tastings to educational seminars\u00a0\u2014 you’re sure to find one that suits your palate.\n

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Crack into local crabs\u00a0\n

Crab feasts are a long-standing summertime tradition in the D.C. area. If you have yet to crack into the seasonal seafood, get your fill at the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival Aug. 19 at National Harbor.\n

Can’t make it that day? Here are a few places to find crabs in the D.C. area, as well as closer to the Eastern Shore.\n

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Jazz in the Garden, plus other outdoor concerts\u00a0\n

Wind down the week with free live jazz in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 25. A handful of other free concert series run through the end of summer, including Fort Reno, Yards Park, National Harbor\u00a0and Strathmore.\n

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Grab a patio seat at a local restaurant\u00a0\u2014 and a deal\n

Sometimes, dinner just tastes better under the stars on a cool summer evening.\n

Aug. 14 through 20, grab a patio seat \u2014 and a deal \u2014 during D.C.’s Summer Restaurant Week. Hundreds of local restaurants are participating in the annual promotion. Find more information on the\u00a0Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s website.\n

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Leap over to see the lilies\u00a0\n

Summer is the perfect time to check out one of D.C.’s “hidden gems,” the\u00a0Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. By August, the crowds have thinned from July’s big Lotus and Water Lily Festival, but blooms are still aplenty at this national park.\n

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Fit in some outdoor fitness\u00a0\n

While the long days are still around, take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight with free morning and evening fitness classes offered throughout the area. Georgetown’s Sunset Fitness in the Park series runs through Aug. 30, or join in on free\u00a0yoga at Meridian Hill Park\u00a0Sundays in August from 5 to 6:30 p.m.\n

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