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
Festival / Outdoor Event
People from all over the DC area get back to the earth at the annual Fall Harvest Festival at Summers Farm ... moreSummers Farm (Frederick, MD) 5614 Butterfly Lane
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
People celebrate Clarendon’s community at the annual Clarendon Day. Held on September 27, the 2014 Clarendon Day takes place at the Clarendon Metro Park in Arlington, VA. Clarendon Day features a chili cook-off ... moreClarendon Metro Park (Arlington, VA) 1200 North Herndon Street
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
Party Earth Review Known as the heart of DC’s African American community and home to an eclectic mix of people who share a love of music, art, theater, and food, U Street – after decades of neglect – has been the focus of a major resurgence since the late 1990s. With historic landmarks like the Lincoln and Howard Theaters, where Duke Ellington ... more
Between 9th Street and 17th Street,
and Florida Avenue and S Street NW
Beer Festival / Outdoor Event
Fremont Field (Fort Belvoir, VA) Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
Outdoor Activity / Park
Party Earth Review Nestled between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel – and separated from West Potomac Park by the iconic Jefferson Memorial – East Potomac Park is a 381-acre expanse of recreational facilities where the young and young at heart come to play. Along its paved six-mile loop, lined with more than a thousand cherry ... more
Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024
Outdoor Event / Holiday Event
Algonkian Regional Park (Sterling, VA) 47001 Fairway Drive
Party Earth Review Housed inside a massive brick building, Eastern Market has been peddling local produce, meats, and cheeses since 1873, and attracts throngs of lifetime District residents and tourists alike who prefer the neighborhood vibe and fresh offerings unmatched by corporate food chains. Shoppers shuffling through the tall and noisy ... more
225 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Holiday Event / Parade
Maple Avenue (Vienna, VA) Vienna, VA 22180
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.