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Kick Off Summer with These Exciting June Festivals in the District

Things To Do In June

Things might slow down during the summer in D.C., but only during office hours. Now as June begins, we’re coming up on the very best of festival seasons, and that means a million different reasons to head downtown for the weekends ahead and take part in an exciting variety of D.C. events.

DC Jazz Festival

Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 17

Featuring more than 100 performances in over 40 venues across town, this weekend-long festival aims to honor the genre’s rich history in D.C. and spread jazz to new listeners across all generations. Listen to sets ranging from up-and-coming artists to star performances as you travel through the city from venue to venue. It gets even better because most of the shows are free.

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival

Saturday, June 9

This philanthropic festival is a can’t-miss event that highlights the unique park of Kingman Island on the Anacostia. Join over ten-thousand guests and enjoy food, drinks, activities and enjoy live sets from some of the nation’s most popular bluegrass bands. All proceeds go toward supporting the sustainability of Kingman Island and the Anacostia River.

Truckeroo Food Truck Festival

Friday, June 15  | 4pm-11pm

Head to “The Bullpen” at Nationals Park for a taste of the best street food the District has to offer. This family-friendly event showcases the hottest food trucks in the city and features live music, cold drinks and much more.

The 26th Annual GIANT National Capital Barbecue Battle

Saturday, June 23  | 11am-9pm

Sunday, June 24  | 11am-7pm

Savor Washington’s most delicious summer celebration over two days filled with amazing sights, sounds, and of course, the intoxicating aroma of mouth-watering barbecue.

Jam out to live music crossing genres from rock to blues to go-go, eat tons of delicious barbeque and watch the showdown as nationally acclaimed barbeque titans cook-off for the nation’s best pork, chicken, rib and BBQ sauce. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

Red, White and Brew Beer & Wine Festival

Saturday, June 30  | 1pm-9pm

Show your patriotic colors while you kick back with friends, food, live music and a sweet selection of wine and brews. Buy a ticket and help yourself to unlimited tastings while you enjoy live music, entertainment and lawn games with your friends.

This is just a taste of all the D.C. events and festivals this June, so be sure to visit Washington.org to see what other events are on tap this summer in the nation’s capital.