Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series
When: Every Saturday until June 13, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Corner of 18th St. NW and Columbia Road
Price: Free

The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series is an outdoor concert series that runs for six consecutive weekends on the corner of 18th and Columbia in the heart of Adams Morgan. The concerts feature local up-and-coming bands whose styles range from bluegrass and soul to jazz and roots rock. No matter your taste in music, the concert series is a fun opportunity to hear what local D.C. musicians have to offer and enjoy the evening in one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods. After seeing a concert, you can head over to one of the many diverse restaurants in Adams Morgan and dine on anything from Ethiopian food to delicious empanadas. The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series makes for a great night outside of Georgetown. Concerts have already started running, so make sure to get there fast!


The Yards Park
When: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
Where: 355 Water St. SE
Price: Free

While the Georgetown Waterfront is certainly a great place to enjoy the summer weather, you can get a nice change of pace by taking the Metro to the Yards Park in Anacostia, just south of Capitol Hill and near the Nationals Ballpark. The park was constructed in a unique fashion so that it is separated into a series of “outdoor rooms,” each with a different purpose. You can relax and read a book on a wooden chaise lounge chair in the River Street Gardens section or wander into one of the many water features such as the 11-inch-deep canal to cool off a bit. There’s also a riverfront boardwalk you can walk out on to take in the beautiful water views. If you’re looking to break the Georgetown bubble this summer and explore another beautiful D.C. park, the Yards Park is the perfect option.



D.C. Improv
When: Shows throughout the summer
Where: 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
Price: Varies depending on show

D.C. Improv is a comedy club and restaurant that has been entertaining audiences in D.C. for years. They have a full schedule this summer, including comedians like Corey Holcomb, Gilbert Gottfried and Bill Burr. If you’re feeling especially courageous, you can even sign up for their monthly open mic night and perform in a five-minute segment. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to watch your friends attempt a performance, you can make yourself comfortable in the audience for free because there is no cover charge on open mic nights (the next one is May 14; check the schedule for June’s date). D.C. Improv is a true D.C. institution and there’s no better time than this summer to check it out.


Rita Dove: Poetry Reading/Folger Library
When: May 19, 2015, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: 201 E Capitol St. SE
Price: $15

The Folger Theater at the Folger Shakespeare Library will host a poetry reading by Rita Dove, former United States Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the beautiful, historic Folger Library and hear both Dove’s favorite poems from other poets and selected poems from her own body of work. If you cannot make it on the 19th, you can still tour the Folger Library on your own time from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. The space includes the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, gardens, unique art exhibits and ornate indoor rooms. Most conveniently, it’s only a block away from the Capitol, so it’s easy to include a stop at the Folger Library into a larger day trip down to the National Mall and Capitol Hill area.

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