Love summer in Washington, D.C.?

But you don’t love dropping a lot of cash on all the rooftop events, happy hours, and wine festivals? Well, there are plenty of free things to do in D.C. as well! Here are five free things to do in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Visit the Smithsonian Museums

There are so many free museums available to you in Washington, D.C., and now is the perfect time to take advantage of them all. Pro tip: try to go during a weekday or early in the morning to beat the tourist crowds. And if you’ve got visitors in town, check out these four museums. [caption id="attachment_9812" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]free Courtesy of[/caption]

Outdoor Festivals

There is no shortage of outdoor festivals happening in D.C. during the summer months. Almost all are free to attend and enjoy and often feature samples of food and products. Keep watching Washington, D.C., Now on Facebook to keep up on all the upcoming events! [caption id="attachment_9814" align="aligncenter" width="787"]free Courtesy of[/caption]

Use Meetup

Meetup is a great online tool to meet people who share your interests, whether it be learning a new language, professional networking, or just making new friends. More often than not, you’ll be meeting in a public location or a café, where you won’t have to shell out any money if you don’t want to. [caption id="attachment_9816" align="aligncenter" width="750"]free Courtesy of[/caption]

Go on a Neighborhood Walk (or check out neighborhood events)

There are so many interesting and diverse neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. On a nice day, grab your camera and comfortable shoes, and take a stroll. You’ll discover beautiful murals, cute café corners, and so much more. Some are even guided like the Shaw Neighborhood Walk. Or check out free neighborhood events, like First Fridays in Dupont, when art galleries open their doors to the public. Some even feature wine and snacks. [caption id="attachment_9817" align="aligncenter" width="960"]free Courtesy of[/caption]

Catch a Movie

How great is it to watch a classic movie while hanging out on a picnic blanket outside? You have so many outdoor movie series to choose from. Georgetown always has a great lineup, or check out this one at Union Market. [caption id="attachment_9813" align="aligncenter" width="567"]free Courtesy of[/caption]   These are all great activities to participate in, particularly if you’re new to town and want to learn about the vibe and culture of the city. What’s your favorite summer activity in D.C.? Let us know in the comments below!

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