What to Do in DC In June

This post covers the top things to do in June in Washington, DC updated for 2020, including nighttime activities, free things to do, and family-friendly options.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in DC for even more ideas.

 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

This section covers our top ten list for June.

For more ideas on favorite things to do in DC, check out the following posts:

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist attraction discount pass


1. Attend a Sporting Event 

Beer and baseball are the perfect way to fend off the summer swelter, and lucky for us we’ve got a great lineup for The Washington Nationals

And while you are here, you could watch the Presidents Race at each home game.

 

 

Baseball

The Nationals will play at home this month from:

  • June 1-7 
  • June 16-25

Click here for ticket information from StubHub.

Soccer

The DC United soccer team will play at the Audi Stadium on June 13 and June 27.

For tickets click here.

This is a great option for families. For more family-friendly ideas, check out our things to do with kids section.


2. Attend a Major Concert

June brings plenty of performances to Washington, DC in venues all around the city. 

Many concerts have been cancelled in response to the pandemic, but as things begin to open up again, we might start to see some of these shows popping up once again.

If you’re looking for a great musical performance to enjoy, please check this list of concerts in Washington DC to see what’s going on during your visit.


3. Attend a Broadway Musical

DC has plenty of great theater right here, so there’s no need to go to NYC! 

Throughout June, you can catch the hit musical Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. 

It’s a show you won’t want to miss, so get your tickets in advance from StubHub.

 

 

Of course, this isn’t the only musical or big show playing in DC. Check out the full list here.


4. Take a Sightseeing Tour 

There are so many ways to explore Washington, DC, but of course, we think that our pay-what-you-wish tours are the way to go.

 

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In addition to bus tours and boat cruises, there are bike and segway tours.

You can explore on your own. We offer a GPS-enabled audio tour app, free self-guided tours and neighborhood guides. 

Learn about all those monuments and memorials in DC and plan your visit to each of them.


5. Smithsonian Folklife Festival

On June 24-28, 2020, come experience traditions from around the world right here on the National Mall at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

This celebration hosted by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

 

 
Like the other Smithsonian museums, it is free to the public, so be sure to come and experience the music, song, dance, crafts, cooking, and other celebrations of cultures around the world.

For more free things to do in DC in June, check out our free things to do section below.


6. National Capital Barbecue Battle

Whether BBQ to you is a type of food or an event, you don’t want to miss this annual cook-off downtown, the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2020.

There will be live music, interactive exhibits and, of course, food!

 

 

Tickets are required and can be purchased here.

And if you’ve come for food, then check out our food tours.


7. Visit Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is one of the best known military cemeteries in our nation. 

Take a free walking tour or a trolley tour to learn about specific graves and history, or take a self-guided tour to enjoy at your own place.

 

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Visitors will immediately notice the beauty of the landscape as they stroll through the cemetery, which is home to over 8,600 native and exotic trees.


8. Military Evening Concerts

On many nights of the week, you can find a military band performing throughout the city.

From pop tunes to patriotic songs, these performances take place in some of the most beautiful venues – outside at the memorials.

 

 

Check out our nighttime activities section for more details.


9. Military Parades

Likewise, on many evenings each week, you could also find military parades to enjoy.

The US Marine Corp’s Fife and Bugle Teams perform their Sunset Parade at the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday evenings.

The Marines also offer their Evening Parade from the Marines Barracks on Friday evenings.

 

 

Check out our nighttime activities section for more details.

The US Army performs its Twilight Tatoo, a military pageant that will definitely rock you to your feet.

This is particularly popular with families and we detail it in our family-friendly section.


10. Look into a Tourist Discount Pass 

Tourist attraction passes bundle together many popular attractions and tours into one discounted price and can save you over 50%.

They also can save you time with skip-the-ticket-line privileges. 

 

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We detail how these passes work and help you decide which, if any, is best for you. 

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

June is a lovely month weather-wise so spending some time outside after the sun goes down is a treat!
Some of our top ten items are great for evenings like watching a baseball game.

Here are a few more night time activities for the month of June.

 

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For more nighttime activities, visit our post on things to do at night in DC


Take a Walking Tour!

We offer a number of tours in the evening. Our daily 8 pm Memorials and Moonlight Tour lets you explore the National Mall after the sun sets.

Other night tours that we offer include:

  • Lincoln Assassination
  • Secrets & Scandals of the White House
  • Georgetown Ghost Tour

Reserve a spot now

You might also be interested in a bike or bus night tour.


Sunset Parade at Lincoln Memorial

Starting June 19, 2020, every Tuesday you can watch the Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial). 

See performances by “The Commandant’s Own,” the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as a precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.

Read more about the Sunset Parade here


Military Evening Concerts

US Navy Band

The US Navy Band performs at the Capitol’s west steps (the side facing the Mall) on Mondays and one at Navy Memorial on Tuesdays. 

It’s open to the public and no tickets are needed. See their schedule here.

US Air Force Band

The US Air Force Band performs on Fridays at the Air Force Memorial and on Tuesdays on the west steps of the US Capitol.

It’s open to the public and no tickets needed. See their schedule here.


Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 

Nightly at 6 pm, the Millennium Stage lights up at the Kennedy Center featuring an act that is sure to please.

The concerts are free to attend (and can be busy!), do not require tickets, and usually last an hour.

While you’re at the Kennedy Center, don’t forget to walk through the Halls of Nations and States and make your way up to the roof for one of the best views of Washington, DC.

Entrance to the Kennedy Center is free and you can take our free self guided tour of Kennedy Center along with you.


Stay Late at a Museum

Celebrate the long summer days by staying late at the Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery already stay open until 7 pm every day.

Others that normally close at 5:30 pm, will stay open until 7:30 pm this summer.  These include the: 

We offer guided tours of many of the Smithsonian Museums!

For our definitive guide to all the best museums in DC, visit our post.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN JUNE IN DC

DC is (fortunately) overloaded with free things to do! A lot of the items we’ve listed in other sections like the Kennedy Center and National Zoo are 100% free to enter!

Here are a few more activities for the month.

 

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For even more budget-friendly ideas, check out our post on free things to do in DC


Tour the US Capitol Building

If you are in DC on a particularly hot June day, then cool off inside with a tour of the US Capitol Building!

Tours are offered throughout the day and take you to see the Crypt, Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall.

If you want to know all about the surrounding Capitol Hill, join us for one of our free walking tours.

You’ll get to learn about the history of Capitol Hill, see the Supreme Court, and go inside the beautiful Library of Congress.

The tour also includes tickets to the inside of the Capitol tour, so you’ll get to experience all of it in one go. 


See a Free Outdoor Movie

Starting in June, you can see outdoor screenings of movies for free!

With huge blow-up screens, bring a blanket and some snacks. 

For a complete schedule of films, dates, and locations, visit here


Jazz in The Gardens

There’s a free jazz performance every Friday from 5 pm- 8:30 pm in the National Gallery of Art‘s Sculpture Garden.

Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs and lounge while seeing some top performers including The US Army Blues Swamp Romp, The Slackers, and more.

For a full list of performers this summer, click here


Capital Pride Celebration

From June 5 – June 14, 2020, you can enjoy loads of events that celebrate LGBTQ Pride! 

It all culminates with a parade on Saturday, June 13 and the Pride Festival downtown on Pennsylvania Ave on Sunday, June 14, 2020.

It is a free and family-friendly event and should be a lot of fun! Get more details here.


Learn About the History of Baseball

A great way to cool off is to take a tour of the exhibits of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

One of our favorite exhibits, Baseball Americana, is still around and guides you through the history of American baseball. You can even pose for your own baseball card!

Since you’re in the area, we also offer tours of Capitol Hill and make sure you check out the tours of the Library of Congress.

 


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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN JUNE

Washington, DC is super family-friendly! There are also so many activity options available, there is sure to be something to fit everyone’s tastes.

 

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A few activities we’ve listed above like taking a Potomac River cruise. Here are a few more kid-friendly things to do in June.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do with kids in DC for even more ideas.


Head to the Zoo! 

A part of the Smithsonian Institution (meaning admission is free!), the National Zoo offers families a variety of animals and fun when they visit.

Don’t miss the zoo’s largest draw – the giant pandas that are currently on loan from China.

Other animals highlights include gorillas, elephants, lions, and zebras, or watch the orangutans walk the high wire every morning

The zoo grounds are open from 8 am – 7 pm.


Twilight Tattoo

An evening military show just across the river at Fort Myers in Virginia. This free and open to the public event showcases Drum & Bugle Corps, Drill Teams, and live music.

Kids will love the gun and cannon fires and the military charges as the narrator guides you through its history from the Revolutionary War till Today.

This is also singing and dancing and you can even meet some of the participants after the show. 

For more about the Twilight Tattoo, visit our post


Cool Off at the Georgetown Waterfront Park 

Escape the DC humidity along the banks of the Potomac River at the Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Children will enjoy splashing around on the accessible fountain splash pad and lounging on the riverfront steps leading up to the water.

Our Historic Georgetown walking tour starts here and our family-friendly Ghosts of Georgetown Tour begins not too far away. 


Celebrate Father’s Day!

In addition to the traditional barbeque and baseball game, why not celebrate Father’s Day with the “Father of our Country” George Washington at Mount Vernon?

You can meet and greet the General through the weekend at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m in the program “Father to the First Family.”

Find out more about visiting Mount Vernon.

 


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