20 Places to Visit During Your First Month in Washington


Written by Claudette Soler

WASHINGTON, DC- From music to history to cultural events, DC is the place to be. Regardless of whether you are a freshman who just moved to the city, a senior who has lived here for three years or a commuter that has lived close by all of your life, there is always something new and exciting going on in the nation’s capital. Even though the summer is slipping away, September and October are packed with events and activities. If you are looking for a place connect with nature and breath clean air, DC has many places to escape to.


The Musical Lake at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens is located in the Research Library and Collection at 1703 32nd Street, NW and is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You can take a self-guided tour for free or pay $10 for a guided tour.


The National Arboretum is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and entering is free of charge.

The Technicolor Church in Southwest DC is a beautiful and mostly unknown location, and is a must when really getting to know DC. The church, not religiously active anymore, is located on 700 Delaware Avenue SW. It is open at all times, free of cost and inside tours are offered on Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Glen Echo Park is an arts and culture center located in Glen Echo, Maryland. The park grounds are open every day from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., while the gallery opens Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The DEA museum in Pentagon City features exhibitions on different types of drugs and displays artifacts from famous drug raids with the ultimate goal of educating the public on the history of drug and law enforcement. Located on 700 Army Navy Drive, it is open from Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entry is free.

The Spy Museum in front of the National Portrait Gallery is the perfect place to learn about the world’s greatest spies and their greatest missions. This museum is located on 800 F Street, NW, one block from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station. The museum opens every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and has an entrance fee of $21.95.

The Naval Observatory is one of the oldest scientific agencies, with a primary goal of producing timing, positioning and navigation for the US Navy. Located on 3450 Massachusetts Avenue NW, it is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prices vary depending on the day’s activities.

Make sure not to miss some of the wackiest events coming to DC this month.


September 9: The Great Inflatable Race, a one-of-a kind race made up of inflatable obstacles, features various courses of different lengths. The race will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the RFK Stadium located on 2400 East Capitol St SE. The cost of participation is $75 - $90.

September 15 – 23: The Great Frederick Fair is a yearly agricultural fair at The Frederick Fairgrounds. The cost of attendance is $8.

from book festivals and music festivals...


September 2: Library of Congress National Book Festival aims to feel the publics’ love for books and reading. It will take place at the Library of Congress, and admission is free!  

September 2 – September 22: The Truckeroo Food Truck Festival is a world-famous food festival, featuring food from all over. It will take place at Bullpen, next to the National’s Park. Entrance is free of charge.

September 7 – September 17: The DC Shorts Film Festival is a several-day-long event showcasing independent shorts from a variety of genres. Screenings will take place at the E Street Cinema and Miracle Theater. The all-access pass costs $158.50, or you can opt to buy individual tickets for each showcase.

September 16: H Street Festival is a yearly festival held at H Street Main Street featuring music, dance and fashion from all genres. The event is free of charge.

September 23: Art All Night is DC’s overnight art festival that brings painting, photography, sculpture, fashion and music to various neighborhoods, including Congress Heights, Shaw, H St NE, North Capitol, Tenleytown, Van Ness and Dupont Circle. The event is free and will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

... to these concerts, plays and sports games


September 19: Best-selling singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran will be coming to DC. The concert will take place at the Capital One Arena starting at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $120 to $269.

October 7: The classic vocal lineup, The Temptations, will be in the District. The concert will take place at Marks and Harrison Amphitheater and ticket prices go from $47 to $125.

October 12: Rockers at heart don’t stay behind as American rock band Foo Fighters comes to DC. The concert will be at The Anthem with ticket prices between $100 and $175.

September 22 – October 22: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman will be playing in DC at the Ford’s Theater. This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy this timeless classic. The cost of attendance ranges from $27 to $56.

September 28 through October 1: The Washington Nationals will be playing against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Nationals Park. Tickets for the games start at $9.

and of course... these special honorariums  


September 7: Innovative Lives: Rodney Mullen and Steven Sebring 360 is about how filmmaker Steven Sebring and skateboarder Rodney Mullen created Liminal, a visually stunning film. The event features a special screening of the film and a conversation with Mullen and Sebring themselves. The event is free and will take place at the National Museum of American History from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

September 17: Women in Aviation and Space is a free event taking place at the National Air and Space Museum. Its purpose is to honor and remember important women in aviation.

September 24: ZooFiesta is a free event part of Hispanic Heritage Month. It features music, cuisine and activities from Central and South America, with animals as the main attraction. The event will take place at the National Zoo from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 30: The March for Black Woman is an upcoming march to speak up for the rights of black woman and woman in general. It will take place at the National Mall and in front of the Department of Justice.


Starting a new school year is never easy, but DC is full of places to get your mind off things, take a break and enjoy!


Edited by Elyse Notarianni

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