5 Things to do in DC in August

It’s not over yet! The days are getting shorter (please, let there be light!) and the back to school commercials are on loop (it’s only the beginning of August!), but there IS still time to cherish the rest of summer in our nation’s capital! Check out our list of 5 things to do in DC this August.*


1.)    Citi Open Tennis Classic

When: August 1-9

Where: William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center

16th & Kennedy Streets, NW

Washington, DC

About: We can’t promise a Federer-Nadal matchup for the record books, but you can catch a glimpse of the USA’s very own John Isner and the World #3 Andy Murray at the Citi Open Tennis Classic. This world class tennis event is recognized by the ATP World Tour as one of the top 20 tournaments worldwide. Tickets are in limited supply so buy them ASAP.  You cannot be serious!

2.)    Washington DC Restaurant Week

When: August 17-23

Where: City-wide, at participating restaurants

About: When the hashtag #nomnomnom comes to life.  During Washington DC Restaurant Week, more than 200 of DC’s finest restaurants offer 3-course lunches for $20.15 (food comas at the office for all!) and 3-course dinners for $35.15. DC Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience the city’s best restaurants at affordable prices. Get your eat on, Kobayashi.

3.)    Paddle Night on the Anacostia River

When: August 20, 5:00-7:30 PM

Where: Anacostia Community Boathouse at Diamond Teauge Park

1900 M Street, SE

Washington, DC

About: Enjoy relaxation on the river! The Anacostia Watershed Society is hosting a FREE Paddle Night on the Anacostia River.  You provide a curiosity to explore the treasure in your backyard, and AWS provides the canoes, life jackets, paddles and safety lesson. Ahoy and welcome aboard, bucko!

4.)    National Park Service Birthday

When: August 25

Where: See a full list of participating parks here.

About: Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Ninety-Ninth Birthday Dear National Park Service, Happy Birthday to you!  In honor of its 99th birthday, the National Park Service is granting free access to all 408 of its parks on Aug. 25. That means entrance fees will be waived at all 127 of the pay-to-enter parks, including nearby Assateague Island, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and Shenandoah National Park.  Wonder what’s the NPS has in store next year for the big 1-0-0?!

5.)    Capital Dragon Boat Races

When: August 29, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: Southwest Waterfront

600 Water Street, SW

Washington, DC

About: 有趣的家庭 (That’s fun for the whole family in Chinese.) The Capital Dragon Boat Races will celebrate Asian culture and bring a family-fun event to the Washington DC area. Dragon boat racing is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture, dating back more than 2,300 years.  This year’s event will feature a variety of racing throughout the day. The Washington Channel features a protected waterway with wide lanes and deep water, making it an ideal setting with excellent access to downtown DC.

*It goes without saying that biking around DC will always be #1 in our hearts…and we think all of these activities are the perfect companion to a bike rental! Click here to book your bike rental now!