Barbies dressed for pride standing on a rock in a small pond

Visiting Washington, DC in June

Washington, DC in June means summer is in full swing with temperatures averaging between the mid-60s and the mid-80s. While the temperature can vary, the heat and humidity rolls in with the summer crowds of tourists.

June weather can vary, with cooler days and summer thunderstorms. I often carry a light sweatshirt for air-conditioned spaces and a small umbrella in case of a surprise downpour. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and bug spray for evening mosquitoes are also a must. Last year, I even bought a pocket fan, which is great for a hot metro ride and baseball games.

Keep in mind that museums and other major tourist attractions will be more crowded in the summer months. Plan museum visits before noon and consider some tours off the National Mall like a tour in Georgetown, U Street, or Brookland. While I always recommend restaurant reservations just in case, restaurants in the summer can get busy, especially near the National Mall.

June 2024 Festivals in Washington, DC

Capital Pride: May 31 – June 9

Capital Pride decorations and special events occur throughout the month of June but most major events occur in the first week. The Capital Parade 2024 is scheduled for June 8 with other major celebrations happening all weekend. Pride decorations appear in stores and restaurants all over the city, but especially in Dupont and near 14th Street. Washington, DC is also gearing up to host World Pride in 2025.

DC in June means the Barbie Pond has dolls dressed for pride and standing on a rock outside a row house on Q Street NW
Pride decorations at the beloved Q Street Barbie Pond in NW DC.

DC/DOX Film Festival: June 13-16

The DC/DOX Film Festival celebrates non-fiction storytelling, highlighting important stories in our nation’s capital. The event takes place in multiple locations around the city. Passes go on sale on May 1.

Home Rule Music Festival: June 21 to 22

Home Rule Music Festival celebrates DC’s music legacy with roots in jazz and funk. On Friday, June 21 Black Cat on 14th Street kicks off the festival with a night featuring The JoGo Project, The New Doug Carn Sextet, and special Guest Vanessa Rubin. Tickets are $40 with advanced purchase. On June 22, head to The Parks at Walter Reed in Takoma for a free outdoor music festival from 12 to 9:30 pm. Bring snacks and a blanket to sit on.

Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle: June 22 to 23

The Giant National Captial Barbecue Battle is a 90s-themed, full weekend of food, music, and fun. Tickets get you admission, over 100 free food and beverage samples (while supplies last), live music, cooking demos, children’s activities, and more. Tickets are $20 for the day or $30 for the weekend. Drinks are an additional cost, but discount drink packages are also available.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival: June 26 – July 1

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is a beloved seasonal event that happens right before the 4th of July celebrations. Each year, the festival highlights a different culture, and this year, the festival program is called Indigenous Voices of America. Visit the National Mall for this multi-day festival, which includes music, art, history, and food.

Things to do in Washington, DC in June

DC in June is a great time to enjoy the outdoors before the hottest and most humid months of July and August settle in. This is a great month for rooftop drinks, patio brunch, and enjoying the city’s green space.

  1. Walk the monuments and have lunch in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
  2. Explore the Metropolitan Beer Trail
  3. Take a walking tour in Georgetown
  4. Get drinks on a rooftop bar
  5. Have brunch on a patio
  6. Take a tour of Heurich House and have a drink in their biergarten
  7. Attend a Nationals Game
  8. Visit the National Gallery of Art and take photos of the rooftop
  9. Spend the afternoon walking around East Potomac Park and then get dinner on The Wharf
  10. Take the watertaxi to Old Town Alexandria

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