How to Spend Your Summer in DC

DC comes to life in the warmer months. Summertime in the district is filled with free and fun things to do everywhere. From festivals to hiking and exploring the historical roots of the city, there is something within reach for everyone in the Nation’s capital during this anticipated season.


Free Festivals:

One of the most exciting festivals of the summer, By the People, is a free, citywide arts festival that celebrates creativity and the arts. From June 15-23, you can join in on this 9-day art extravaganza in all four quadrants of Washington, DC. Expect to see extensive music and dance performances, interactive and collaborative displays, art installations and late-night museum openings from the National Mall to the neighborhoods.


Come together with the diverse DC community for Capital Pride, a citywide celebration of LGBTQ rights. This year’s theme is “shhhOUT,” and signature events include a rooftop pool party, a block party, the popular Pride Parade and the Pride Festival and Concert. See the full rundown of these can’t-miss events, and get down with diversity May 31– June 9.


Get Outside:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, about an hour drive away from Sonnet, is regarded as one of the best walking parks in the United States. With beautiful views and historical roots, the variety of trails in this park showcase its significant history, the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Potomac and Shenandoah river valleys. This national park overlaps between West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. Remember to stay on trail, and leave no trace!

Explore DC with a Pass:

Discover every corner of the nation’s capital with the Washington DC Explorer Pass, the Washington DC Sightseeing Pass or the Build Your Own Washington DC Attraction Pass.


The Explorer Pass gives you access to over 20 of DC’s top attractions, including Madame Tussauds, Washington Nationals Ballpark Tour, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and more. Choose between 3-5 attraction passes, and you’re set for the Summer. It’s a fantastic tool to use to get around the city and see all of the best destinations with ease.


The Sightseeing Pass is a pass that allows cash-free entry to over 15 attractions. This pass will help you save money on admission fees and offers hassle-free entry into the city’s most popular locations. Each pass includes a 24-hour Big Bus ticket and a choice of one, two or four attractions. Attractions include the riveting Newseum, Madame Tussauds, National Geographic Museum, a variety of bike tours, walking tours and cruises, a meal at Buca di Beppo and more. Passes are valid for 30 days to offer flexibility for visitors to enjoy the city at their pace.

The build your own DC pass allows for ultimate customization. You buy passes to two or more attractions and instantly save 20%. You can choose from 28 available museums, activities, tours and more.


Take your pick of fun things to do in and around DC this summer. There’s something for everyone. And when you reside at Sonnet, you’ll have easy access to it all. We’re located at the intersection of 14th and U, where the best of Washington, DC, converge. Schedule a tour and explore our community today.

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