Summer has arrived, and with it you might be feeling a dent in your wallet. Rooftop drinks, weekend road trips, and patio dinners can all add up. Worth it? Some would say so! But if you’re looking to soak up the sun without breaking the bank, you do have options.
And in the DC area, nowhere does it better than National Landing. The mixed used community is home to nearly 30,000 residents, and has community (and fun) and its core. We rounded up our favorite things to do for free this summer across town.
See a show
Outdoor live music can cost you hundreds in ticket prices, but at NaLA Fridays at Longbridge Park, it’s completely free. Grab your friends and a spot on the lawn, and enjoy a free concert every Friday from 5 – 8 pm. If you have some extra cash to spend, enjoy a bite from the many food trucks parked at the venue.
Break a sweat
You don’t need an expensive gym membership or a slew of classes at a boutique fitness studio to get your heart rate up this summer in National Landing. The community hosts regular free, outdoor fitness classes and group sports with partners like Volo Sports and HUSTLE, including beach volleyball, yoga, Barre, and Crossfit. Take a look at the complete summer calendar on National Landing’s website.
If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors solo, or just on your own time, National Landing is a fantastic place to go for a run or a scenic bike ride. Both George Washington Parkway and Mount Vernon trail offer gorgeous views of the Potomac.
Sample the best of bevs
If you’ve ever made a spending spreadsheet, or tracked how you spend your money at all on a given week or month, you might have been surprised by how much of that was taken up by iced coffees and splitting a bottle of wine with friends. We don’t advise totally forgoing these little pleasures — saving $5 a day isn’t going to pay for a mortgage. But if you’re looking for small ways to save, it’s not a bad start. Luckily, National Landing has plenty of opportunities for free coffee AND wine this summer:
- Stop by Commonwealth Joe every Wednesday for a free cold brew between 9 and 11 am
- Enjoy free wine tastings every Friday at Crystal City Wine Shop from 5 – 8 pm
- Sample speciality beverages every Saturday at Crystal City Wine Shop from 4 – 7 pm
Make National Landing your home
If you’re looking to live in the heart of it all, then you need to check out Common at National Landing. Our National Landing home offers private bedrooms in fully-furnished coliving suites and fully-furnished studios, with easy access to beautiful amenities, including a chef’s kitchen, gym, library, and outdoor space.
And as a member at Common at National Landing, you aren’t limited to the free events in your city — you’ll also be able to RSVP to exclusive events curated by the Common team! Think tarot card readings, barbecues, and free brunches. Head to our website to book a tour.