Party Earth Review “Let’s go to the Mall” has a different meaning in DC, where the National Mall brings in more than twenty-four million visitors a year – all without the help of an Apple Store. Stretching from the Capitol Building on the east side to the towering Lincoln Memorial on the west, this historic two-mile stretch of grass, fountains ... more
Between Independence Avenue and
Constitution Avenue from the Capitol
to the Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC 20560
Jazz lovers get down to the syncopated beats and stilted rhythms of live jazz music at the annual Monty Alexander ... moreEaston, MD 21601
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Just west of the city of Arlington, and less than two miles south of the heart of Washington, DC, the glorified lawn that makes up Gravelly Point Park might not seem like a worthwhile destination – until the vigorous roar of a 747 explodes overhead. Built within spitting distance of Reagan National Airport, the park is ... more
George Washington Parkway
Arlington, VA 22202
Gaming Event / Outdoor Event
Scottish American and culture lovers enjoy a weekend of Scottish culture at the annual Virginia Scottish Games ... moreGreat Meadow (The Plains, VA) 5089 Old Tavern Road
Party Earth Review With its stunning views of the Potomac River, the Georgetown Waterfront is a popular place to spend relaxed sunny afternoons that can quickly fade into rambunctious evenings. The cornerstone of the area is the Washington Harbour Plaza, where four restaurants take ready advantage of their location with ample outdoor seating ... more
Waterfront area between Key Bridge and the Washington Harbour Plaza
Washington, DC 20007
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Parallel to the Potomac River, the C&O Canal provides an almost entirely uninterrupted trail that extends 184.5 miles from upscale Georgetown all the way to Cumberland, Maryland. Constructed in the 1800s primarily as a means to transport coal and lumber, the canal is now part of the long, meandering expanse of the Chesapeake ... more
Georgetown Visitor Center
1057 Thomas Jefferson Street NW Washington, DC 20007
Trail: Parallels the Potomac River from Georgetown all the way to Cumberland, Maryland
Music Festival / Parade
People from all over Baltimore flock to the annual Reisterstown Festival. Held on September 6 and 7, the 2014 ... moreReisterstown, MD
Jazz lovers from the greater DC area flock to the annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival. Held on a Saturday, September ... moreGateway Park (Arlington, VA) 1300 Lee Highway
Party Earth Review Home to some of the District’s most popular restaurants, bars, and high-end shops, M Street is a central part of the Georgetown experience, especially for the fourteen thousand students at nearby Georgetown University. Lined with cobblestone sidewalks and 18th-century colonial homes, the area is awash during the day with ... more
Between Rock Creek Parkway and the Key Bridge
Washington, DC 20007
There’s a whole mess of outdoor activities in Washington, DC, and very few of them have anything to do with politics.
The National Mall is probably the most historic two-mile stretch of grass on the planet, and while it’s full of some of the city’s most iconic buildings and institutions – including ten Smithsonian museums and the eponymous Washington Monument – it’s also overflowing with outdoor activities like biking, running, and pickup games as well as outdoor events like massive political rallies and music festivals.
South along the Potomac River, East Potomac Park is a 381-acre expanse of recreational facilities ideal for playing outdoors in DC, while Gravelly Point Park might not look like much of a place for outdoor events until the lines of 747s from nearby Reagan International Airport scream overhead.
Hardcore cyclists and joggers take the Rock Creek Park trail from DC up into Georgetown, where the Georgetown Waterfront entices big crowds to kayak, sail, row, or just spend relaxed sunny afternoons that can quickly fade into rambunctious evenings. Nearby M Street, meanwhile, is awash during the day with local prepsters shopping and fashionistas maxing out their credit, but its cobblestone streets make for hours of lovely walks and a perfect way to spend more time outdoors in the District as well.
Back near The Capitol Building, Eastern Market is a massive farmers market and flea market that offers up lots of great outdoor shopping action, while window-shopping along the U Street Corridor has enough variety to satisfy almost everyone.
Clearly there are many ways to spend time outdoors in DC, and to ensure you don’t miss out on the next great Washington, DC outdoor event it would be a good idea to come on back to Party Earth.