Fall Celebrations in Washington, D.C.

capitol_fallLooking for something fun and happy to do in Washington, D.C., this fall?  There’s a lot going on, as always, but the fall is a great time to check out some of the different events and sights in the capitol.  Here are just a few things you can do.

You can see some amazing fall foliage in the area, so if you love the outdoors, now’s the time to go hiking, biking, or running.  Some of the best places to go include the U.S. National Arboretum, Shenandoah National Park, and the Rock Creek Park.  If you’re going to one of the parks like Shenandoah, which is out of the main metro area, you might want to take a picnic and make a day out of it.  Since it’s a bit cooler now, be sure to take a jacket with you.

Don’t like the crisp fall weather?  Stay indoors by checking out some of DC’s museums and theaters.  There are a lot of really neat exhibits.  The National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, and the Corcoran Gallery, one of the oldest in the country, are all great options.

If theater is more your thing, you’ll find some amazing shows at The Kennedy Center, the Signature Theatre, and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Finally, don’t forget football!  the Washington Redskins will be starting their season soon at FedEx Field!

Flowers make everyone happy, too, so bring some happiness to your home with our great fall flowers in Washington, D.C.

Things to Do and See in DC This Time of Year

As the weather starts to get colder and colder, it seems like there just isn’t that much to get out and do any more.  While it’s true that this may not be the best time of year to take a stroll through one of our capitol’s parks, there are still plenty of things to do.

Shopping, of course, is on many people’s minds right now.  There are many different places to shop, and you’ll find everything from small boutiques to national chains to specialty shops in DC.  Georgetown features a full mall and many fashionable shops, while Dupont Circle is full of small art boutiques.  The National Mall is full of gift shops and museum stores, and it’s perfect for those looking for a holiday souvenir from Washington, DC.

Going to see a movie is another good activity for this time of year.  There are a number of big titles that just came out in November, plus more coming in December.  Get some popcorn, settle in, and enjoy some of the best films this year has to offer!

After the movie (or before), head out to one of DC’s best restaurants for a great meal.  You’ll find everything from fast food to fine dining in DC.  There are many different ethnic restaurants, as well, so you’ll find just about every type of food you can imagine.  There’s certainly something for everyone.  Head out to your favorite restaurant, or try something new.

If you want something a little faster paced, DC has many different night clubs and bars for you to explore.  You’ll find plenty of different places to dance and enjoy yourself.

These are just a few things to do this time of year.  Naturally, there are many different holiday events coming up for you and your family to enjoy.  So don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors—get out and have some fun!

Dog Days of Summer Fun in DC 2011

The Dog Days of Summer are Here!
The Dog Days of Summer are Here!

The dog days of summer, which is a term used to describe the hottest, must sultry days of the season, are here!  The dog days are usually between early July and early September, and it can mean incredibly high temperatures and, often, little rain.  But just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun.  There are a number of great activities in the DC metro during August and early September!

Every Monday through August 15th is the Screen on the Green.  Check out the large movie screen set up at the National Mall.  The final movie of the season is “Cool Hand Luke.”  There are a lot of other outdoor movie festivals in DC and in surrounding areas, including the following:

The Rosslyn Outdoor Festival runs through August 26 in Rosslyn, Virginia.

The National Harbor Movies on the Potomac is every Friday and Saturday through September 30 at the National Harbor.

In Crystal City, Virginia, the Crystal Screen Outdoor Film Festival shows films every Monday through the end of August.

There are many theater performances going on in the Dog Days, too, and many of them are indoors!  These include Wicked (Kennedy Center through Aug. 21), Oklahoma! (Arena Stage through Oct. 2), Grease (Olney Theater Center through August 28), and Peter Pan (Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Sept. 1-4).

The first game of the Washington Redskins is on August 12.  If you love football, don’t miss it!

The Washington, DC Restaurant Week will be held August 15 through the 21st.  Over 100 of the best restaurants in DC will offer three course lunch specials for $20.11 and three course dinner specials for $35.11.  If you love food or just want an excuse to visit your favorite restaurant, don’t miss this opportunity.  Alexandria also has its own Restaurant Week from August 19 to the 28.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival will be held between August 27 and October 23.  This awesome event features a recreation of a 16th century English village and a lot of authentic foods!  Crafts, games, and live performances are also included.

Mother’s Day in the DC Metro

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?  Well, if you’re in the DC area, there are a number of different things going on this weekend.  Here are just a few of them.

The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is offering free Mother’s Day tours from 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Mother’s Day.  This historic tavern was often frequented by George Washington.  Tours cost $4 for all adults who accompany Mom, and children 11 to 17 are $2.  Moms, of course, are free.

The three-mile non-competitive Walk to Empower, a walk to raise funds for breast cancer research, is held on Mother’s Day.  The Y-ME Organization coordinates the event.  Check in is at 7:30 am, and the walk begins at 9:00 am. 

Even if you’ve lived all your life in DC, you might have missed some interesting and out of the way spots.  Mom might enjoy a guided tour of the nation’s capital, especially if she doesn’t visit often.  There are a number of different tour groups offering special Mother’s Day tours this year.

If mom loves the outdoors, take her for a walk at the US Botanic Gardens or the National Arboretum.  Both are gorgeous.  The Botanic Gardens has recently updated their conservatory, so even if mom has been there before, she may get to see something new.  For a really fun day, go out on Saturday the 7th and join the Georgetown Garden Club as they tour nine different gardens. 

A dinner cruise on the Potomac is a nice, elegant way to celebrate Mother’s Day.  While there are several companies that run river boats, there are also private yachts that you can charter.  If you really want to do it up big time, rent one of these private charter cruises for Mother’s Day.

Many restaurants in the DC area will be hosting special Mother’s Day brunches.  These often include special menus, champagne for mom, and more.  Participating restaurants include 701 Restaurant, Art and Soul, Bastille, BlackSalt, and Bourbon Steak.  Some places like Georgetown Cupcake and Sprinkles are offering great dessert specials.

Many local museums are also offering special tickets for moms on Mother’s Day. 

Another fun option is to visit the Italians in DC Festival, which will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza and International Trade Center.  Art exhibits, winetasting, live music, and more will liven up the area from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

No matter what you do, don’t forget to buy mom a great card, some chocolates (or healthy alternative), and send her a beautiful arrangement of flowers for Mother’s Day!