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If you’re reading this, you may find it hard to believe that summer is coming. Near-constant rain and chilly temperatures in the past month essentially wiped out spring, leaving most Washingtonians wondering if they’d ever see the sun again. The sun is coming, I promise you that. And with it: long and sticky humid days, coupled with balmy, beautiful nights—plus more rain, probably. Still, no matter what the weather’s like, D.C. in the summer is a special time, and you’ll want to take advantage of it. That’s where this guide comes in handy: There’s an enormous wealth of things that summertime in the D.C. area has to offer—from neighborhood street festivals like Capital Pride and Columbia Heights Day, to bike rides along the C&O Canal, to something as effortless as drinking outside at Cantina Marina on the Southwest Waterfront. Save this guide, and when the time comes, get out there, D.C.

Where to Catch Free Outdoor Music This Summer

Warm and Koozie: The Best Places to Drink Outdoors in D.C.

Protect the Block: Celebrate Summer at D.C. Street Festivals

Where to Bike in and Outside the City This Summer

Where to Get Wet This Summer