5 Things to do in DC this August

Pedal through the dog days of summer and savor the sunshine by checking out some of the fun things going on in and around DC this August!

#1. Jazz in the Garden


August 4, 11, 18, 25 
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden until Aug. 25. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.


#2. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week

August 14-20
Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week. Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to ramw.org/restaurantweek to book a table and keep up with participating restaurants, along with can’t-miss dishes and deals.


#3. Observe the Solar Eclipse at the National Air and Space Museum

August 21
From 1:17 p.m. to 4:01 p.m. on Aug. 21, the first solar eclipse visible to the entire United States in 100 years will occur! In DC, the Moon will block up to 82% of the Sun, and you can witness this incredible spectacle from the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall for free. The museum will feature safe solar telescopes at its Observatory, as well as free eclipse glasses and a chance to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer. The museum will also broadcast the eclipse from Liberty, Missouri on screens throughout the premises.


#4. Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival

August 19  National Harbor may have gotten a new casino and a ton of restaurants in the past year, but some traditions remain: For the eighth year, the waterfront destination celebrates Maryland’s famous crustaceans. More than 65,000 crabs are available à la carte or all-you-can-eat, alongside live music and craft beer. $59 to $119 (ages 4 to 20 $29; 3 and under free). For more information or to buy tickets, head over to their website

#5. Capital Dragon Boat Regatta at the Wharf

August 26
The action-packed dragon boat race takes place just a stone’s throw from Bike and Roll’s National Mall location, at the Southwest Waterfront’s beautiful new development, The Wharf. Groups of 20 frantically paddle towards the finish line with a drummer onboard inspiring the team. Boats are decorated in a variety of colors, creating quite the visual on the water. Best of all, this fast-paced spectacle can be watched for free. Check the Regatta’s website for schedule and other details as race day draws near.


For more places to ride and things to do this August, check out Destination DC’s suggestions here.