There’s no better time to live in Washington DC than in the Spring & Summer. While visitors from all over the world flock to see the “City in Bloom” with 3,000 cherry trees in blossom, residents of the city know that there is much more to life in the capital. From Columbia Heights to NoMa, Washington DC is filled with parks, green spaces and other ways to enjoy the outdoors and warmer weather. Professional sports, festivals, al fresco dining options and activities taking place throughout the city make DC a great place to live. Take a look at some of the best reasons to love Washington DC:
- Open Air Dining
As the weather warms up, the restaurants and bars in DC open their doors to let in the sun. Patios become filled with tables and umbrellas, and rooftop bars offer great places to enjoy a view of the city with a decadent cocktail or refreshing beer. In Columbia Heights, many apartments and buildings are within walking distance of some of the city’s best ethnic food restaurants. Nominated as one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best Restaurants in America, Thip Khao Laotian cuisine offers air conditioned indoor dining and a spacious patio. Colorful El Chucho has a small rooftop space that’s perfect for enjoying happy hour.
You’re not only restricted to existing restaurants, but April marks the opening of Truckeroo, a monthly gathering of food trucks that features restaurants from DC and Virginia. Truckeroo draws families and foodies from all over the region looking for nearby entertainment, games and more.
- Festivals and Events
Festival season starts in the spring. Amongst the biggest spring festivals in the city is the world-famous National Cherry Blossom in April. Visitors from all over the world looking to see the blossoms, parades, cultural programs and festivities come to attend the three-day long festival. Lucky locals have the opportunity to enjoy the blossoms for as long as they linger on the trees.
Outdoor movies are just around the corner. Movies on the Green take place in neighborhood parks throughout DC and Virginia. Families and neighbors gather in parks around the city to watch classic family favorites on the big screen while picnicking and making new friends. Georgetown, Chinatown, Woodley Park and numerous other neighborhoods have all held outdoor screenings in the past. The outdoor event is something which residents look forward to each year when the weather warms up.
- Sports and Activities
The Washington Nationals are back in season. Throughout the year, proud fans wave flags from their homes and balconies and wear team apparel. Once Spring rolls around, fans are heading to the stadium to enjoy the game outdoor. Between games, the stadium hosts events and festivals, so even non-sports lovers get in on the action.
You don’t have to be a pro baseball fan to enjoy sports in DC. With spring, parks begin to fill up with impromptu soccer games and other sports, while bikers take to the streets.
Rock Creek Park may be the most well known spot for hiking in DC, but other neighborhoods have their share of trails as well. Suburban spots in Virginia, including Great Falls and Catoctin Mountain Park are just a couple of favorite places for DC locals to get out of the city and into nature. Many spots are less than an hour away and make for a great day trip or weekend getaway without having to go too far from home.
- Farmer’s Markets
The city offers easily accessible Farmer’s Markets all over, from Columbia Heights to Georgetown. Often held on weekends in parks and parking lots, Farmer’s Markets make it easy to get your fruits and vegetables in a city that enjoys healthy eating options. Bring your own bag and try new things from farms in nearby Virginia. Many Farmer’s Markets also offer live music and pre-made food so that you can get the ambience of a county fair without leaving your neighborhood.