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.

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