Your DC Metro Area Community Events Update!

Jessica Martin June 1, 2018

About a month ago on the ESG website, we introduced you to Potomac, MD, and a new feature  – community events.  This month we will feature Washington, DC, its events, and a little bit about the history of the beautiful city.  

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The history of DC is tethered to politics, war, and American history.  It was founded in 1790 by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the Nation’s capital.  It’s been invaded and burned down, and the subject of riots, civil unrest, and, eventually, growth – to where we are today. Taken from, “[a]fter more than 200 years as the nation’s capital, Washington has developed as a complex and layered city, with a distinctive character: both a town for locals, an international center of power and an amazing place to visit.”

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Expect plenty of events in DC this summer ranging from free events on the National Mall to a more expensive cruise on the Potomac at night.  Follow along below and find an event to look forward to!

The Capital Wheel 

The Capital Wheel and Carousel at the National Harbor on the DC waterfront have something to offer to both families and adults trying to fill their summer schedules.  The Capital Wheel is 180 feet high, can hold up to 338 passengers at a time, and at the top you have sights of the Washington Monument, National Cathedral, Alexandria, and Prince George’s County.  The Wheel is open  May 22 – August 31  every day from 10am – 11pm.  See it in the morning and at night, when 1.6 million fully programmable LED lights light up the structure!  Check out more on the Capital Wheel here. including ticket prices and more.

Renwick Gallery

Currently the Gallery is hosting No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man  that brings the art featured in the desert across the country to the east coast for the very first time.  The Renwick Gallery is completely free to the public and hosts exhibits year round.  For more information on the Renwick Gallery, click here


Through June 30th, they will be hosting “Naked Eyes” – an immersive, sensory art exhibit.  This exhibit takes you through a “light” story, and is not recommended for individuals with light or photo sensitivities.  Artechouse features exhibits that inspire, educate, and empower the creation of new, experiential and exploratory art form.  Artechouse wants to remind us that technology can be an art form. 

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History 

This museum gets more traffic than its counterpart in New York!  Every day there are events for families and adults alike and there is always something new to learn and see in this museum.  It’s free and open to the public.  Be sure to check out the tarantula feeding demonstrations, the butterfly pavilion, tours, family nights, and even instructional classes on coral reef restoration!  Have you ever wondered about the Narwhal?  Now might be your chance to find out more about this mythical creature. 

Georgetown Summer Sunset Cinema Series

On the Georgetown Waterfront Park every Tuesday this summer through August 7th, sit back and relax with a blanket and popcorn to enjoy a free movie.  Movies start at sunset (typically around 8:30PM) and are free!   This is an event for families and adults, but keep in mind that this year’s theme is “Movies that Rock,” featuring movies like Grease, Pitch Perfect, and Dirty Dancing.  Find out more on the Sunset Cinema website! 

Historic Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon’s calendar is full of events for the family.  If you don’t stop by the National Mall for the firework extravaganza, consider attending Mount Vernon’s for a slightly smaller crowd and top-of-the-line entertainment!  There are summer camps, immersion tours, and demonstrations throughout the summer.  Consider also hopping on a 45 minute sightseeing tour of Mount Vernon from the Potomac River on a cruise

Kennedy Center

While the hit Broadway musical Hamilton is in town (and many dates are sold out), consider attending one of the many other Centers and Theaters in the DC area – from Ford’s Theater to the Lincoln Theater.  Many of these Theaters have shows nightly, if not weekly, and you can find plays and/or musicals for every budget and interest.  For more about DC Theaters, check out this website

Capital One Arena

If you haven’t heard by now, the Washington Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Final!  They take240px-2018_Stanley_Cup_Finals_logo on the Vegas Golden Knights on June 2nd, June 4th, and June 10th (if necessary) at Capital One Arena.  Expect major road closures and delays during those times, as video boards will be set up outside the arena for fans who could not get tickets to the game. The team is also hosting a “street party” before the games with a live concert on the National Portrait Gallery steps featuring Sting and Shaggy on Saturday and Fall Out Boy on Monday.  Be safe and have fun!  Let’s go Caps!  For more information, the Capitals update their website daily with scores, events, and road closure information. 

This is a short list of places to go and things to see in the DC area this summer.  We haven’t even touched upon the many events happening on the National Mall weekly, the Friday night concert series at the Yards Park, 

The DC area is constantly growing and changing and neighborhoods are remodeling, renovating, and updating every day.  Inventory is still low and prices are still high in certain areas, but if you have any questions about living in the capital, you can trust us at the Eric Stewart Group to help you find your dream home in and around the DC Metro Area. 

Want to know more about how to get ready to sell your home?  Download our Market Ready Guide today for tips on how to prepare your home for market. 

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