It’s that time of year, Summertime! The warm weather, the endless activities, the delicious barbecues, the longer days, and the chances to spend more time outdoors than indoors. One of my favorite parts of the summer is activating public spaces. All summer long you will have opportunities to access public spaces in cities near you. Whether having a picnic, attending an outdoor movie, or going to a neighborhood festival, there are many activities for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. Check out a few ideas below of ways to enjoy public spaces in Washington, D.C this summer.
- Attend an outdoor movie screening. There are many options to choose from all summer long: Georgetown Sunset Cinema, NoMa Summer Screen, Union Market Drive-In, Downtown DC Summer Flicks, and more. Grab a blanket, a chair, and your favorite snacks and head over to a screening. Outdoor movies in Washington, DC, Outdoor Movie Guide 2019
- Have a picnic. Pack a picnic basket for a nice lunch for yourself or with your favorite people and head over to one of these places for a beautiful afternoon: Georgetown Waterfront Park, Hains Point, United States National Arboretum, National Mall, Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, or Meridian Hill Park
- Visit a public plaza or a pocket park. Look to see what events are happening at different plazas this summer: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, the Park at CityCenterDC, and Canal Park. Also check out these plazas in Maryland: Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring and Rockville Town Square in Rockville.
- Visit a farmer’s market. There are farmers markets all over D.C. throughout the week. Check out Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, Eastern Market, Capital Harvest on the Plaza, Capitol Riverfront, and more. Washington, DC Farmers Markets, DC Area Farmers Markets.
- Attend festivals and free concert series. You can find a variety of free festivals and concerts: DC Jazz Festival, Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series, Journey Festival, H Street Festival, Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, and Summer Concerts at Woodrow Wilson Plaza.
I hope you can enjoy some of the options I listed above on what’s happening in D.C. this summer or find out what’s happening in a neighborhood near you!
Jazmin Kimble is an Urban Planner and Urban Designer from Long Island, NY. She has a passion for empowering and planning adequate, equitable communities through the lens of Geodesign, Urban Design, Community Development, Architectural Design, Sustainability, Environmental Solutions, and Community Engagement. Jazmin believes the culture and the history of a community is what makes it unique. This approach allows her to design with communities from a holistic viewpoint.