Summer is finally here and it’s time to start enjoying all that the season has to offer! June offers DC-area residents plenty of options for family fun. There are several events that will appeal to the art lovers and movie aficionados in your family. Also, there are opportunities for environmental clean up…and fireworks! In addition to the highlights in this article, you can find ideas for fun outings here: Ultimate Spray, Splash, and Waterpark Guide, Spring & Summer U-pick & Farm Guide, and our list of Favorite DC Area Ice Cream Shops.
Before venturing out, make sure you carefully review the safety protocols and requirements of each facility and event.
On June 4th, take the family to Virginia Highlands Park in National Landing (formerly known as Crystal City) to enjoy an outdoor screening of “Moana.” Socially distanced circles can accommodate up to four people. You must pre-register online for this free event.
On June 10th and June 17th, head to The Yards for a night of family fun. At the Yards Sun Deck you can pick up a FREE game to enjoy at home when you spend at least $50 at a Yards’ restaurant. They will feature a new game each evening.
This year, the Capital Pride Alliance is excited to present the Colorful Pridemobile Parade for the first time! On June 12th, come see this unique mobile parade, featuring the official Pride-mobile trolly. Followed by a colorful array of automobiles decorated by registered organizations and businesses, this mobile will be on display for enthusiastic onlookers to enjoy. The Pridemobile Parade route will visit our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, iconic landmarks, and areas of the city that have the highest participation in Paint the Town Colorful with Pride! If you would like the Pridemobile Parade to come to you, encourage your neighbors and community to register for the chance to be featured on the official route.
Join the Potomac Riverkeeper Network on June 12th to help remove single-use plastics and trash washed along the bank of the river. The organization hosts monthly cleanup events at National Harbor through October. They need volunteers of all ages and welcome minors that are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
On June 13th, this annual fundraiser will be a virtual celebration of great American music and cocktails. Catch this broadcast live from President Lincoln’s Cottage and headlined by Grammy-winner Dom Flemons. Your ticket purchase provides a live stream of bluegrass bands, expert cocktail crafting lessons, and virtual preservation tours and insights on Lincoln’s Cottage. If you opt for the VIP ticket, you will also receive your choice of a customized and curated cocktail mixing kit. For an additional fee, you can purchase a Family Activity Add-on: a curated box of activities for kids ages 2-8 to enjoy during the event.
Beginning on June 16th from 6:30-9pm, your family can enjoy weekly concerts on Transit Pier. With R&B, Americana, Motown, Jazz, Reggae, and your favorite pop covers, there is something for everyone. Grab a snack and a beverage and enjoy live music and waterfront views. Check online for more information about the lineup and how to sign up!
Head to Glen Echo Park on June 19th for free Carousel Family Days that include hands-on art projects and entertainment. Celebrate the carousel’s 100th birthday with a day of activities in Glen Echo Park’s unique setting. Join in the fun as we Chalk the Park! Pre-registered participants will be given their own 5′ x 5′ square to draw on the grounds of Glen Echo Park! Participants and the public will also be able to watch three professional chalk artists bring their masterpieces to life.
Celebrate our nation’s founding at Mount Vernon with family fun and fireworks! Enjoy food, access to the Washington’s tomb, an ice cream-making demonstration, and music from the National Concert Band and the Fifes and Drums Corps of Yorktown. You can purchase tickets online for June 25th and 26th, with or without a Mansion tour included. The facility has adopted a number of new safety protocols that you will want to review before your visit.
Immerse yourself in Michael Pendry’s “Les Colombes” (the Doves), an art installation at the National Cathedral symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit. In this exhibit experience, walk beneath a cascading column of 2,000 origami doves. During the daytime, watch as the rainbow light from the Cathedral’s stained glass elevates folded paper into something transcendent. In the evening, watch as the contrasting light and shadow elevates folded paper into something transcendent. The exhibit runs through June 26th. Many dates have sold out, but there are a few remaining tickets.
This free outdoor light art experience in Georgetown runs through June 27th. It includes five commissioned artworks viewable by day, and brighter by night. Spring GLOW programming includes in-person and virtual options. Check out the event website for more information about these options, as well as a map of the installations. Please note that masks are required.
On Earth Day, DC announced this new program aimed at cleaning up the Anacostia River. A free canoe or kayak rental will be provided for a 2-hour session wherein participants have an orientation, pick up debris (usually plastic bottles) in the river, and sort and weigh trash. This program will run every Saturday through August 28th. Reserve your space online. All sessions released thus far have been filled, but more sessions will become available in May. Check out the event website and sign up to receive notifications as soon as new sessions are available.
ARTECHOUSE has opened with a limited capacity and it has taken additional safety measures in light of the current pandemic. You can now purchase tickets for a new installation running from March 15th – September 6th. “Renewal 2121” seeks to inspire hope amid a global pandemic and concerns of climate change. Transporting visitors 100 years into the future, it immerses them in an industrial city where nature fights to survive amid an overdeveloped metropolis. There is a hopeful message to be discovered as blossoms are seen peeking through the plastic, concrete, and neon lights, ready to renew the season with the help of those willing to take action.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. They are offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. This year, the program runs through September 6th. Check out the website for a nationwide list of participating museums. DMV-area participants include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phillips Collection, and the Dumbarton House, and more.
Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum Presents “Food for the People: Eating and Activism in Greater Washington”
This outdoor exhibition asks us to confront our nation’s and our region’s dual reality of food overabundance and hunger. They meaningfully consider where our food comes from, who produces, processes, and prepares it, who has access to it, and what impact it has on our collective health. Visitors will be introduced to food justice issues we face in the DMV, as well as local people and ideas that are making our food system more just and sustainable. This exhibit will run through September 17, 2022.
The Alexandria Drive-In opened last year when indoor movie theaters had to shut their doors. All proceeds benefit ATHENA Rapid Response Innovation Lab and other charities. This Drive-In has reopened for the summer and its June schedule is now available. Tickets must be purchased online. Concessions will be available from food trucks on site.
The Black Hair Experience is a traveling, interactive museum filled with a collection of art installations. These are photo-worthy spaces centered around nostalgic moments and experiences relating to Black hair and culture. Tickets are available online, though many days are sold out. Please note that children under 10 are not permitted, but they will have “Mini and Me” days for the younger children. Sign up to receive updates about “Mini and Me” events.
Enjoy the outdoors with this self-guided walking tour of street art in Adams Morgan that reflects the unique style of the neighborhood. Some of the murals are here to stay, but others may be replaced in the near future. Check out Adams Morgan Heritage Trail to further explore this vibrant neighborhood.
The Zoo is open once again! There are capacity restrictions, so all visitors must reserve timed-entry passes online, or by phone. You can begin to reserve passes on May 14th. There will also be limits on how many people can visit the pandas, so separate timed-entry passes are required for the Asia Trail/Panda House. Please see the Zoo website for additional information about reservations, parking, closed attractions, and more.
Do you know of other family-friendly June events? Please comment below or add them to our community calendar here!