Things to Do Right Now in Washington, D.C.

Never miss a beat with this guide to the best activities and events going on around Washington, D.C.

Beyond politicos and power lunches, Washington, D.C. bustles with inventive fare, artsy enclaves and monumental experiences for all ages. With endless options to choose from, start here to plan the perfect outing in the nation’s capital.

"Hive": Explore the highly anticipated summer installation, made up of domed chambers. See what the buzz is all about at the National Building Museum. $16. Monday-Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. Sundays 11 am - 5 pm. 401 F Street NW. 

The highly anticipated summer installation, "Hive", made up of domed chambers. See what the buzz is all about at the National Building Museum (Courtesy Timothy Schenck)

Through October 15

“Sharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry": Swim with the sharks as the National Geographic Museum transforms into an interactive underwater adventure. Visitors will see the ocean through the eyes of award-winning photographer, Brian Skerry, through eye-popping images, videos and artifacts, and gain an understanding for his passion to conserve the oceans of the world. $10-$15. Daily 10 am- 6 pm. 1145 17th St NW.

 On Assignment with Brian Skerry"

September 1

Truckeroo: Head to The Bullpen at the Fairgrounds, as the Friday night food festival returns to the District. Sample top food trucks, while enjoying live music, games and family fun. Prices vary. 4:00 pm-11:00 pm. 1299 Half Street SE.  

Sample top food trucks, while enjoying live music, games and family fun at the monthly Truckeroo festival

September 2

DC VegFest: The East Coast's largest vegan celebration comes to Yards Park. Speakers, chefs and vendors tout the benefits of plant-based foods. Free entry, plus free samples. 11 AM - 6 PM. Rain or shine. 1299 Half Street SE.

The East Coast's largest vegan celebration comes to Yards Park this Saturday, from 11 AM - 6 PM (Courtesy Compassion over Killing)

National Book Festival:  More than 100 authors, illustrators and poets make their way to the Washington Convention Center. Presentations will be dedicated to kids, fiction, history, poetry, contemporary life and more.  Free entry. 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW. See details here.

100 authors, illustrators and poets make their way to the Washington Convention Center for the annual National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 2 (Courtesy Library of Congress)

September 5-30

Abstract Art Exhibition by Stephane Koerwyn:  Food and art worlds collide at the Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square. Discover Koerwyn's 17-piece art collection on aluminum metal sheets, while dining over an art inspired three-course menu by executive chef Gyo Santa at signature restaurant, iCi Urban Bistro. $45+ for lunch, $55+ for dinner. 806 15th St NW.

Discover Koerwyn's 17-piece art collection on aluminum metal sheets, while dining over an art inspired three-course menu by executive chef Gyo Santa at signature restaurant, iCi Urban Bistro, Sept 5-30

September 7-17

The DC Shorts Film Festival: With over 170 films around the world, filmmakers and fanatics gather throughout the city to mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema. Locations and times vary. See schedule and ticket info here.

September 9

Rosslyn Jazz Festival: Music and jazz lovers come together for a day of free performances by some of the biggest names in jazz and world music. Enjoy smooth sounds with a glass of beer/wine and delicious bites from local food trucks in the heart of Rosslyn at Gateway Park. 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM. 1300 Lee Hwy. Arlington, VA. See details here.

Music and jazz lovers come together for a day of free performances by some of the biggest names in jazz and world music in the heart of Rosslyn (Courtesy Sage Communications).

September 9-10

Maryland Seafood Festival: Head to Annapolis for a weekend of delicious family fun. Enjoy delicious seafood, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, fireworks, and fun at Sandy Point State Park. Prices vary. 10 AM - 7 PM.  1100 E College Pkwy. Annapolis, MD.

September 10

Adam's Morgan Day: Washington's longest running neighborhood festival returns for a day of fun for all ages. Celebrate the neighborhood and its eclectic culture with food, dance, music and more. Free. 12 PM - 6 PM. Woodley Park NW. See details here. 

 Celebrate the neighborhood and its eclectic culture with food, dance, music and more during Adam's Morgan Day. (S Pakhrin/Flickr, Creative Commons)