As cities start to loosen restrictions, more and more activities are returning this summer in the DMV.

Here are a few of my favorites.

I’ll update this list throughout the month.

These events are subject to change, verify before you go.

(1) Summer Concerts in the Park Series – Falls Church

Description: “Beginning on June 17, enjoy live music from local bands and musicians every Thursday night starting at 7:00 p.m. in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave.) Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs and a picnic dinner to the concerts. Advanced registration is no longer required.”

(2) Free concerts at the Wharf every Wednesday 

Description: “The concerts will be held at the “Transit Pier every Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. With R&B, Americana, Motown, Jazz, Reggae, and your favorite pop covers, there is something for everyone. Grab a snack and a beverage (beer and wine if you’re over 21) and enjoy live music and waterfront views.”

(3) Movies on the Potomac – National Harbor 

Description: “The 2021 Movies on the Potomac season will run during the month of June on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Pack your chairs, grab food to go from one of the delicious dining establishments, and meet on the Plaza’s big screen for a *FREE* evening of fun for all ages!”

  • June 3: Honeydripper
  • June 10: O Brother, Where Art Thou
  • June 17: Amazing Grace- Aretha Franklin
  • June 24: Big Eyes

(4) Water returned to Georgetown’s C&O Canal this week

If you haven’t seen water in Georgetown’s C&O Canal, it’s worth a visit.

Georgetown is full of rich history and this is just one of the historic landmarks.

“The historic C&O Canal and its towpath run 184.5 miles into Cumberland, Md.–the first mile of which is through Georgetown.”

Visit Georgetown Heritage’s Facebook page for more info.

(5) The National Zoo reopened to visitors on May 21st

Click here, to obtain a free pass.

“Admission to the Zoo is free, but entry passes are required. Passes open on a rolling basis, one month out. If you’re looking for passes for a specific date, please check back 30 days before your intended visit.”


(6) Pride Ride in D.C. 

Description: Socially-distant group bike ride from Shaw-Howard U Street Metro to Dupont Circle Metro

(7) Wear Your Pride Block Party

Description: “Uptown Main Street, Solar Solution, and a dozen uptown small businesses will celebrate Pride Month with the Wear Your Pride Block Party on Saturday, June 5 from 11am – 4:30pm starting at at 4700 14th Street NW.”

(8) Free Juneteenth events in Prince George’s County

Description: “Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the word Juneteenth.”

June 17, 2021 (Virtual), 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Panel Discussion- Finding the Path to Healing: Addressing Historical Trauma and the Black Experience

Virtual Event Access: You can access our live-streamed virtual events at their scheduled time by visiting our PG Parks History Facebook or our PG Parks YouTube pages.

June 18, 2021 (In-person), 5 pm – 7pm
Juneteenth Celebration Kits Handout Drive-Through

  • Juneteenth celebration kits for individuals to take home and plan their own celebrations. Kits will include games, activity books, and historical information on Juneteenth.
  • Registration Not Required
  • Quantities Limited; Limit of 2 Kits per vehicle/household

 Drive-Through Locations:

  • Montpelier Arts Center
  • Ridgeley Rosenwald School
  • Oxon Hill Manor

(9) Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration in Annapolis

Description: “Planning is underway to host the City of Annapolis’ inaugural Juneteenth Celebration to include a parade and family festival in June 2021. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States”

Click here to learn more about the festival and parade planned for June 19th.

Parade: Jun 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM / Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis, MD

Music Festival: Jun 19, 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM / Bates Athletic Complex(Weems Whalen), 935 Spa Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA

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Journalist in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia)

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