There’s nothing better than sunny weather! Summer is in full swing and you may be wondering how you can enjoy this beautiful weather. DC has tons of exciting events you can attend this month. Enjoy local cultural and artistic events like the Capital Fringe Festival, Otakon, and the International Colombia Festival, as well as many other fun events in the city. Here are a list of some ideas to make your time in the nation’s capital even more enjoyable.
DC July Events
1 ☀ Capital Fringe Festival
The Capital Fringe Festival taking place from July 11 to July 24 is a great way to support local creatives in the DC area. This includes performances from talented musicians and dancers, improv drama shows, and punk rock concerts. You can attend various events at locations within DC like at museums and libraries as well as other locations. The Capital Fringe Festival website has other details about the performers, dates and times, and locations of each event, so be sure to check it out!
2 ☀ Bastille Day Celebration at the French Embassy
Bastille Day is a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789. It was originally built as a medieval fortress and eventually came to be used as a state prison holding political prisoners. Although later on in the 18th century, the Bastille was rarely used and was to be demolished, the Bastille became a symbol of the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy. In 1789, on July 14 a mob approached the Bastille, captured the prison, and released the seven prisoners. This signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, and the Bastille became a symbol of the end of the ancient harsh régime. Celebrate this holiday at the Embassy of France on July 15th. There will be a champagne welcome, a multi-course dinner, cognac tasting, an auction, as well as various opportunities to listen to music and enjoy art. Visit the embassy’s website for details and to reserve a spot.
3 ☀ International Columbia Festival
Attend the International Colombian Festival celebration on July 23 from 11am to 8pm. The festival promotes Colombian culture, art, gastronomy, music, folklore and much more among the diverse population of Washington DC. The festival also aims to unite the Colombian Diaspora as well as the Latino community. The event will take place at The Catholic University of the America (3598 John McCormack Rd NE, Washington DC 20310). Read more about the festival here!
4 ☀ Otakon Convention
Are you a fan of anime, video games, or Asian pop culture? The annual Otakon convention is taking place July 29 to July 31 in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Fans can celebrate their favorite anime, manga, K-pop, movies, and video game fandoms, as well as enjoy various other forms of media. Join your fellow fans, cosplayers, artists and meet the various guests at Otakon this year!
5 ☀ Citi Open Tennis Tournament
The Citi Open tennis tournament is taking place from July 30 to August 7 featuring the world’s best tennis players. The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), is a non-profit organization that has been improving the lives of underserved youth in the Washington D.C. area for more than 50 years by using tennis as an entry point to share life lessons with young people. For more information about the event details, venue and parking, the players competing, and how to get tickets, check out the Citi Open Tennis website.
6 ☀ Tour DC's Monuments and Memorials
Our nation’s capital is home to many great landmarks and memorials. If you’re looking for a stress free, educational, and fun way to visit the multitude of spectacular sites, we’d love to accommodate you with our narrated tour down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the Capitol and through the heart of the National Mall where you can see various monumental landmarks, memorials, and other sites that show the interesting details of the nation’s capital. Book your tour this July!