See a guide to the top events and things to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. This page is updated each week and includes live entertainment, family friendly activities, cultural events, community festivals and more.
Redskins Training Camp - July 24-August 11, 2014. Redskins Park, Richmond, Virginia. Fans are invited to watch the Washington Redskins gear up for the season.
Metro Silver Line Opens – July 26, 2014. The new line of the Metro begins service in Northern Virginia.
Capital Fringe Festival - Through July 27, 2014. The annual performing arts festival features more than 140 unique performances in multiple venues around Washington, DC.
Loudoun County Fair - July 21-26, 2014. Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17564 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg, Virginia. (703) 777-3835. Carnival, rodeo-bull riding, farm animals and demonstrations, magic acts, live musical entertainment and food. For information on more upcoming fairs, see a guide to Maryland and Virginia County Fairs.
National Harbor Fireworks - Through August 30, 2014, 9:30 p.m. Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD. The free fireworks show over the Potomac River is displayed on select Saturday nights throughout the summer.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies - July 22-26, 2014, 9 p.m. See free outdoor movies in the heart of Bethesda, Maryland.
Christmas in July in Old Town Alexandria - July 26, 2014. Enjoy a variety of festive activities including pictures with “Summer” Santa & Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and much more.
Citi Open Tennis Classic - July 26-August 3, 2014. William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center
16th & Kennedy Streets, NW Washington, DC. This is an annual men’s tennis tournament held each summer in Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Farm Tour - July 26-27, 2014. Explore local farms and purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and other local products. Several farms have hayrides, pony rides, music, demonstrations and other fun and educational activities for all ages.
Free Summer Concerts - Find concert schedules for family entertainment throughout the month in various destinations around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Summer Theater in Washington DC - With dozens of performances around the region, here is the schedule of the top shows for the 2014 season.
Washington DC Museum Guide - Summer 2014 - See the highlights some of the top exhibits that are on view at Washington DC museums this summer.
Shenandoah National Park Blackberry Delight - July 26, 2014. Skyland Resort, Luray, VA. The daylong event features all things blackberry including delicious dishes such as Pulled Pork with Blackberry BBQ Sauce, Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Relish, Blackberry Cobbler, Blackberry Trifle, and Blackberry Ice Cream. Family events, pony rides, children’s crafts, live entertainment will also be a big part of the day’s celebration.
Howard County Restaurant Weeks - Through August 4, 2014. Howard County, Maryland. Summer dining specials offer a great opportunity to enjoy locally grown products while trying new restaurants and supporting local farmers and food and beverage purveyors.
Gaithersburg’s One-Act Festival - Through July 27, 2014. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road. Gaithersburg, MD. Enjoy an eclectic mix of short plays as the City of Gaithersburg joins with Montgomery Playhouse to present the sublime to the ridiculous, from death and dying to workplace angst. Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with special Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Hyattsville Bursting in Air - July 26, 2014 3-8 p.m. Downtown Hyattsville/Franklin’s Lot, 5123 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD. During the one-of-a-kind event, artists will transform the Hyattsville Route 1 Overpass into a captivating landmark through public art and festivities that commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the end of the War of 1812.
Armistice Day Commemoration & Peace Vigil - July 26, 2014. 6:25-8:30 p.m. Participate in the wreathlaying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the lighting of the candles at 7:27 p.m. around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, to pay tribute to the “Forgotten Heroes,” and hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula, and where conflict persists. Special features include performances, and an outdoor exhibition of The Spirit of Peace and Healing: Out of the Trauma of the 6/25 War.
Looking for more things to do? To find information on attractions, sightseeing, entertainment, shopping, recreation, sports, and things to do all year-round, see Things to Do in the Washington DC/Capital Region
To plan to attend special events throughout the year, check the Washington DC Monthly Event Calendars.