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What to do in Washington D.C. before it gets cold


Warm weather in Washington D.C. means rooftop bars, fun events, days at the waterfront, and so much more. With summer coming to an end and the colder months just around the corner, here are the things you need to do in Washington D.C. before the temperate drops.

Stay entertained

Every first Friday of the month through October from 7:30 to 10:30 pm, The Drive-In at Union Market plays movies. Admission is $20 per car but visitors can come on foot and watch from Neal Park for free. During the first week of September, catch a free concert on Wednesdays at 7 pm at Transit Pier. You can enjoy live music, get food and drinks, and watch the sunset at the waterfront.

If you’re into sports, make sure to see a baseball or football game in September. The Washington Football Team’s first two games of the season are on September 12th and 16th at FedExField. With several home baseball games scheduled for September, head to Nationals Park to watch the Washington Nationals play.

Events and festivals

Every weekend from now to October 2nd, you can check out an outdoor mini-festival at Kennedy Center. Enjoy movies, live performances, art vendors, yoga and dance lessons, food, and drinks.

One event you definitely don’t want to miss out on is the National Wine & Food Festival. Starting on September 25th at Potomac Waterfront, you can enjoy over 150 different types of wine, craft beers, craft spirits, and food from some of Washington D.C.’s best restaurants. Admission is $49 and gives you access to unlimited samples and entertainment.

Check out the food scene

The Rooftop DC offers craft cocktails and small bites to eat. It even has a retractable roof, so when the temperature drops a bit at night, you can still take in the views without being too cold. Another great place to grab some drinks and take in the city views is The Rooftop at the Graham. Located on top of a luxury boutique hotel, this rooftop offers spectacular views and delicious specialty drinks.

If you’d rather eat on the ground, there are great restaurants that offer patio tables throughout the city. Iron Gate Restaurant, a Greek and Italian restaurant, is a great spot to grab lunch or dinner. Order anything from delicious risotto to tasty gyros. The outdoor patio is covered with lights and plants, making it the perfect place to snap a pic. Taqueria Las Gemelas is the go-to restaurant for incredible margaritas, tacos, churros, and believe it or not, soft serve ice cream. If you’re an early bird, head here for breakfast between 7:30 and 10:30 am to get some breakfast tacos and a $2 coffee.

Enjoy Common

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