Outdoor Movies All Summer Long in the DC Metro

Looking for some great outdoor movie venues in the DC Metro area?  Here are just a few of them.


The Crystal Screen Film Festival is an annual event that has a theme to it.  This year’s theme is Star Trek.  Starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the series will screen one movie a week for eleven weeks.  The run will go through the six original series movies, the four Next Generation movies, and conclude with the most recent Star Trek reboot directed by J.J. Abrams.


The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival runs until September 3rd, 2010.  It takes place at Gateway Park every Friday at 8:00 p.m.  Their theme for 2010 is “I love the 90s” and includes films like Clueless, Office Space, and The Wedding Singer.


Finally, the NOMA Summer Screen festival is held at 9:00 p.m. on L street NE between 2nd and 3rd.  Their 2010 theme is “The Future is Now,” and they will be screening movies like Logan’s Run, Groundhog Day, and Donnie Darko.

Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating the 4th of July in DC

There are many different ways to celebrate the Fourth of July but few are as amazing and breathtaking as celebrating this holiday in our nation’s capitol.  Watching fireworks explode in multitudes of color around the many different landmarks in Washington DC is a sight like no other.  Imagine bursts of color behind the Washington Memorial, the Capitol Building’s dome, or reflected in the Reflecting Pool.


The Fourth of July is an all-day event in the city.  It starts with a parade that makes its way up Constitution Avenue.  This parade includes marching bands, floats, and more.  Of course, if you want a good view, you’ll need to get there early.  Another great event is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  It features music, dancing, great food, and handmade crafts.  This year, the festival’s three themes are Mexico Profundo: A Deeper Mexico, Asian Pacific American Connections, and Smithsonian Inside Out.


The National Archives host a number of different events, including a “birthday” party for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Following this, you can visit the White House Visitor Center for some games and other activities.  If you want something a little more relaxing, the U.S. Navy Band will host a concert at the Washington Monument Grounds starting at 6:00 p.m.  A Capitol Fourth Concert, a Fourth of July tradition hosted by the National Symphony Orchestra, will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol.  It begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends just in time for the fireworks.


The fireworks show, which is what everyone wants to hang around for, starts around 9:15 p.m. or so.  The fireworks are fired off from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and explode over the Washington Monument, creating a spectacular sight like no other!

Time to Go Outdoors. Think Sunshine & Fresh Air!

Washington DC on a Beautiful Sunny Day
Washington DC on a Beautiful Sunny Day

Enjoy the Outdoors

Whether you live near Washington DC or the surrounding metro areas, there are many spring-time activities to choose from!

Experience the serenity of the monuments at sunrise.  Start with the sun behind you at the Grant Memorial (just in front of the U.S. Capitol), and jog the 2 miles down to the Lincoln Memorial, passing the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial along the way.

Make a power play and start a game of Frisbee on the National Mall, or a game of volleyball at one of the pits at Potomac Park.

Grab your coat, scarf and hiking boots to trek your way down the C&O Canal Towpath, which traces the Potomac from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD. 

Head to Gravelly Point, a park area off the George Washington Memorial Parkway and Mt. Vernon biking/hiking trail, to watch the planes take off from Reagan National Airport.

Let DC’s green space surprise you with a visit the National Arboretum. While you’re there, take in the beautiful spring colors and see the pillars from the original U.S. Capitol that was burned during the War of 1812. 

Browse through the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden to take in art and fresh air at the same time. The garden features seating for visitors and a fountain that turns into an ice rink in the winter – so stay for awhile to cool down or warm up. 

Rarely travel without Fido? Bring him to Lincoln Park on pet-friendly Capitol Hill to make nice with the neighborhood’s four-legged friends. 

Spend just $5 per vehicle, or $3 a person if you go on bike via the C&O Canal Trail, to explore nature in Great Falls Park. These 800 acres of beautiful parkland with green space, cascading rapids and waterfalls are located just beyond the Beltway.

Discover a hidden treasure in Montrose Park, located between Dumbarton Oaks Park and Rock Creek Park (R St. NW, between 28th and 32nd Sts.), and make sure to stroll along Lovers’ Lane – a beautiful 18th-century cobblestone path.

From: Washington.org

Get into the spirit of Spring with flowers indoors!