Editor’s Picks for Things to Do in D.C. in August

Summer may be winding down and the kids may be heading back to school, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops. With a whole host of things to do and see, August keeps the summer vibes going all month long. Here are a few of our favorites.

Outdoor Movies

Through October

Feel-good movies like “Wonder Woman” (Aug. 2, Farragut Square via Golden Cinema) play on outdoor screens all around town. DC Outdoor Films, various locations, www.dcoutdoorfilms.com

Golden Cinema

Water Lantern Festival

Aug. 3

Environmentally conscious lanterns inscribed with inspiring messages illuminate the water. National Harbor, 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD., www.waterlanternfestival.com

SAAM Arcade

Aug. 3-4

Try your hand at new and classic video games under the architecturally stunning canopy of the Kogod Courtyard. American Art Museum, 202.633.7970, www.americanart.si.edu

Smithsonian American Art Museum Kogod Courtyard

Super Smash Con

Aug. 8-11

Gamers battle it out at the biggest Smash Bros. tournament in the world. Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA., www.supersmashcon.com

International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Aug. 9

Chilean tenor Miguel Angel Pellao stars in this global fest. American Indian Museum, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW

Clowning Around
 With Shakespeare

Aug. 10

Kids help a court jester prepare for his rst show before the king. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW


Aug. 11

More than 100 vendors, experts and chefs, including The Washington Post’s Joe Yonan, dig into all things plants. Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE, www.dcvegfest.com

Summer Restaurant Week

Aug. 12-18

Some of the city’s top kitchens offer tastes at discounted prices. Check the website for an updated list of participating spots and prepare to feast on everything from American classics to international fare and more. Various locations, www.ramw.org

Summer Restaurant Week

Lenny Kravitz

Aug. 21

The multi-talented Grammy Award winner rocks out with classics and new tunes. Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 877.965.3872

Lenny Kravitz

Jazz in the Garden

Through Aug. 23

Bands enliven the outdoor art in the Sculpture Garden. National Gallery of Art, Constitution Ave. NW, between 3rd and 9th streets

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Hammer House Party

Aug. 23

It’s that time again. MC Hammer, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid ’N Play and others rock D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Drive SE

Hammer House Party


Aug. 26-28

The Grammy winner performs classics and more in the only concert venue in a national park. Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA.


Fireworks Nights

Aug. 30

Pyrotechnics light up the sky as the Washington Nationals go to bat against the Miami Marlins. Nationals Park, 1500 S. Capitol St. SE

Nationals Park

‘Infinite Space’

Through Sept. 2

Artist Refik Anadol has visitors getting lost in his digitized visualizations of memory. Artechouse, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW


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