Summer in the District
Not to be hyperbolic, but Summer in Washington DC is amazing. I am sorry that some of my classmates won’t get to experience what the city has to offer during its hottest and stickiest months, but for us lucky few (and for newly accepted Kogodians), the opportunities to be enriched are endless.
And so, the DC Summer-I’m-only-here-two-years-Bucket list is born;
1. Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Every Friday starting in late May, the National Gallery of Art hosts live jazz in the sculpture garden from 5:30 to 8PM. Get there early, find a spot by the water, dip your feet in, and forget about your troubles OR remember your triumphs. Either way you’ll enjoy yourself.
2. Mini Golf at the National Building Museum. Right around the corner from Chinatown you can enjoy a nice round of mini golf in one of the most impressive buildings in the city. Five bucks has never been spent so good!
3. Outdoor Movies. Rosslyn (Arlington, VA), the National Mall, and Navy Yard all host outdoor movies for free. Each venue has a different theme each summer. Another great way to enjoy sweating through your clothes with friends or loved ones.
4. Afro-Bahia Festival. For an entire week, you will be transported to Brazil for caipirinha tastings,drum circles, samba performances,and a host of other awesome events around the U Street and Adams Morgan neighborhoods.
5. Nationals Park. As a baseball fan, I’m biased to spending an evening outside (a theme here?) watching my hometown team. But if watching the slowest paced game ever really drags you down, there are many nights that include post-game concerts. It’s a great stadium in a unique location in the city.
6. July. 4th. Fireworks.
7. Capitol Skyline Pool Party. Sundays from 12 to 6pm. Great view with loads of cool people and good music.
And these are just the musings of a local. I hope this list gives you some idea of the fun you can potentially have before, between, and after the semester.
Profit & Purpose!