Upbeat festivals, outdoor dining, and other happenings in June truly mark the beginning of summertime. Don’t miss the chance to live this month to the fullest with our curated selection of June events around Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland.
It’s a fresh start all around. At one “center” of D.C., frequent visitors to the National Mall will notice that the Lincoln Monument has shed its scaffolding. This was one of the first phases of a multi-million dollar restoration project aimed at restoring the roof and miscellaneous time, accidental, and earthquake damages over the last almost 100 years.
With so many wonderful outdoor activities in June, it’s a savvy reminder that museum exhibits are the perfect excuse to spend time indoors. Anticipation is especially high for the new International Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza and the return of the dinosaurs to the National Museum of Natural History. The fossil hall has been closed for renovation since April 2014.
Take advantage of our ever-evolving area and check out top picks of area events and cultural events below:
Photo courtesy of official Upperville Colt & Horse Show photographer Tiffany Dillon Keen
Herndon Festival – May 30 – June 2
200 Spring Street (Herndon | VA)
Come and enjoy four fun days full of activities for the whole family to experience! There will be two entertainment stages, kids activities, 10k/5k races and fitness expo, an arts and crafts show, business expo and multiple food vendors.
For the entertainment schedule, please click here
For the times and prices to the carnival, please click here
For more information on the 10k/5k race taking place on June 2, please click here
11th Annual Taste of Del Ray – June 2, 1 – 3 p.m.
The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square & United Bank Parking Lot (Del Ray | VA)
Experience the event of the summer in Del Ray by indulging in tastes from the top eighteen restaurants around the Del Ray area. Your opinion on the best one matters: cast your vote for the people’s choice award.
$5-$20 | Tickets
The Upperville Colt & Horse Show – June 3 – 9
8300 John S. Mosby Hwy (Upperville | VA)
Running since 1853, this event is billed as the Oldest Horse Show in the United States. The events that draw more than 20,000 visitors per year include the Jack Terrier races and the $208,000 FEI 4* Grand Prix event.
General Admission Parking fees apply. Higher tier packages may be available.
Capital Pride Festival – June 9, 12 – 10 p.m.
Pennsylvania Ave NW and 3rd Street, NW (next to the National Mall | DC)
The concert is center stage here! Several years in the running, this year’s Pride Festival includes three stages, 300 exhibitors, and plenty of food vendors. The Capital Pride Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and its partners.
Free Admission and Open to the Public
Plus, check out these other not-to-be-missed Pride events:
Summerfest DC: Beer, Wine, Music & Arts Festival – June 8, 12:30 – 8 p.m.
The Bullpen (Navy Yard | DC)
Enjoy your favorites of more than 80 carefully selected craft beers, in your own souvenir glass. Cider and gluten-free options will be available.
$20-$65 | Tickets
38th Annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival – June 7 – 9
12000 Government Center Parkway (Fairfax | VA)
With so much food to eat, music to dance to, and fireworks to watch; this festival is definitely one for the books! “The 25-acre site was magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, and interactive activities.” There will be concerts on eight stages, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, and more.
June 7, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
June 8, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
June 9, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Photo courtesy of DC Jazz Festival Eventbrite
DC Jazz Festival – June 7 – 16
The District Wharf (Southwest Waterfront | DC)
Spanning ten days, enjoy exceptional and innovative jazz performances that will make you want to keep coming back for more. Fill your ears with the rich legacy of jazz in this D.C. tradition, now in its 15th year.
Click here to view the complete lineup
26th Annual Tinner Hill Music Festival – June 8, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cherry Hill Park (Falls Church | VA)
Celebrate Falls Church and the interactive villages that will be participating while listening to great music. There will be activities for all ages!
$5-$199 | Tickets
A Taste of Reston – June 14, 4 – 11 p.m. | June 15, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Reston Town Center
This event is a great chance to come out and socialize while trying great food that you may not have had before. There will be local vendors and restaurants that will be running the show!
Garage parking is free for the duration of this event just as an FYI if you do plan on driving.
$20 | Tickets
Silver Spring Blues Festival – June 15
Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.
This all-day event will fill your soul with blues that you may not have heard before! There will be food and live entertainment for your enjoyment.
Free Admission and Parking
National Capital Barbecue Battle – June 23 – 24, 11 a.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW (DC)
Whether “BBQ” to you is a type of food or an event, you don’t want to miss this annual cook-off downtown. Catch the best of both worlds with live music, interactive exhibits and, of course, food!
$12 | Tickets
Independence Fireworks – June 28 – 29, 6 – 9:45 p.m.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Alexandria | VA)
We know it’s only June, but start your Independence Day celebration early! Check out this event for stunning fireworks, musical performances, and games on George Washington’s scenic estate along the Potomac. Mansion tours are also available to brush up on your history. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival – June 29, 12 – 10 p.m. | June 30, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The National Mall
This year’s theme is “The Social Power of Music,” celebrating “the power of music to entertain, educate, inspire, preserve history, strengthen identity, and build community.” This festival is about opening your mind to today’s local musical culture while enjoying some tasty food truck delicacies by washing it down with some craft beers that will be available.
Photo Courtesy of the International Spy Museum
It is still early ahead of the busier fall theatre season, but year-round you can always find quality shows to check out:
Love’s Labor’s Lost – through June 16
Don’t miss this chance (now extended through June 16th) to see the “furiously funny” Shakespeare classic on this historic stage. This playful show is “full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart.”
$42-$85 | Tickets
Hello Dolly! – June 4 – July 7
The Kennedy Center
“Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly!—the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” The performance pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion—hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.”
$49-$159 | Tickets
L’homme Cirque: The One-Man Circus – June 27- July 7
Enter the magical world of David Dimitri. Lauded “Lord of the Wire” by The New York Times, this world-famous high wire dancer and veteran of Cirque du Soleil and Big Apple Circus epitomizes innovation as he alone performs an entire circus.
$20-$75 | Tickets