Dog Days of Summer Fun in DC

The dog days of summer are here
The dog days of summer are here

The last month of summer is here, and while the kids are getting ready to go back to school, there’s still some time for family outings.  If you’re wondering what to do during the dog days of summer in Washington, DC, here are a few ideas.

If you’re a football fan, you can drive over to Ashburn, Virginia, to watch the Washington Redskins train.  The training camp runs through August 19 and is free to watch.  You may even get the chance to meet your favorite players and get their autographs after practice.  August 7th is fan appreciation day at noon, and the team is sure to have a few surprises for anyone who comes to see them practice that day.

August 7th is also the Friendship Firehouse Festival at the firehouse museum in Old Town Alexandria.  The festival features live music, free giveaways, crafts, hands-on activities for the kids, and much more.

August 7-8 and August 14-15 is the Arts on N Street Festival at the Washington Convention Center.  This free art festival features work by local artists, organizations, and businesses.  While there’s plenty of art for the adults to check out, there are also many activities for the kids.

Starting August 13th and running through August 30th is the Comcast Film Festival.  This outdoor film festival is held at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland.  Films begin at 8:10 each evening, but you can arrive as early as 6:30.  Some food and snacks will be available for purchase.

Love good food?  If so, you’ll enjoy Restaurant Week.  Starting on August 16th and ending August 22nd, you’ll find more than 100 of the top restaurants in DC participating in this event.  Each restaurant will offer a three-course lunch for $20 and a three-course dinner for $35.  It’s a great opportunity to try a new place to eat or a new entrée.

The Alexandria Cambodian Community Day Festival is August 22nd from noon to 6:00 p.m.  Visitors to this event will get to explore the Cambodian culture via food, arts, crafts, and much more.

Finally, the Maryland Renaissance Festival kicks off on August 28th and runs through October 24th.  Visit this 16th century English village to see live performances, play games, eat great food, and much more.  It’s located in nearby Crownsville, Maryland.

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