What’s Going on in Washington This Summer?

Posted by Lise | Filed under: Events

There is a lot going on in DC this summer from museum openings to Follies by Sondheim at the Kennedy Center.  You can have an active summer with culture and fun and great food and don’t forget the suntan lotion! Let me know what you enjoy best this summer!

Wolf Trap is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in June with an appearance by Briance Wilson on June 6, Bright Eyes on June 11, Elvis Costello on June 15, the Monkees on June 19, and Pete Frampton on June 23rd.  Wolf Trap is a very special part of the Washington summer cultural calender because it brings a wide variety of performers and performances to DC with something for everyone! Opera, light opera, country singers, the Prairie Home Companion, and lots more!

The late Catherine Filene Shouse founded Wolf Trap through a donation of 100 acres of her Vienna, Virginia farmland (near Washington, DC) to the U.S. Government, as well as funds for construction of a 6,800-seat indoor/outdoor theater. The gift was accepted by an Act of Congress in 1966 and Wolf Trap’s larger venue, the Filene Center, opened in 1971. The Filene Center season usually runs from the end of May to the beginning of September with an average of 90 performances each year.

In 1981, Mrs. Shouse also donated the land and funds for an indoor theater constructed of two adjacent 18th century barns, each moved from upstate New York and rebuilt on their present site. The addition of this 382-seat indoor venue created a year-round center for the performing arts.

The Washington Folk Festival is taking place at Glen Echo Park on June 4 and 5, offering blue grass, dance workshops, storytelling, crafts, and more.  This is an easy event to go to see if you live in someplace near Bethesda and Glen Echo, like Kenwood Forest or Westmoreland Hills!

Enjoy the original fine art and craft of 25 local and regional artists at the Bethesda Artist Market on June 11& July 9, from 10am – 5pm. Shop for painting, jewelry, photography, wood, pottery, blown glass and more! Live entertainment is also featured throughout the day.  The Bethesda Artist Market is located on Norfolk Avenue, between Fairmont & St. Elmo Avenues. Free parking is available in the Woodmont Ave./Old Georgetown Rd. parking garage.

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon –

Historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to an unprecedented evening experience! Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon, a new event over Memorial Day weekend (May 27 – 29) offers a rare opportunity to visit Mount Vernon after the daytime crowds have departed. Visitors may take evening tours of the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase, and delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and immerse yourself in the 18th century as the sun sets on the plantation and costumed residents like the charming Lady Washington and her granddaughter Nelly interact with visitors. This family-friendly event celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation.

Close-up Tour: Needlepoint

Explore some of the more than 1,500 pieces of needlework in the Cathedral, portraying historic Americans, floral patterns, baby animals, and many other works painstakingly done “for the Glory of God.” This tour reveals how the exquisite treasures of needlepoint convey messages throughout the Cathedral.

Close-Up tours offer in-depth looks at aspects of Cathedral artisanship for visitors aged 10 and older. Reservations are not required. The tour meets at the west-end docent station, nave level, just inside the main doors. The contribution is $5 per person.  The tours are presented on June 2 at 3 pm and June 5 at 1:30.

Be sure to give the Lise Howe team a call if you want to fit some house hunting in between all the summer celebrations.

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  1. Mike says:


    tnx for info!…

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