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Outdoor movies are coming back to the D.C. metropolitan area this summer! There are several dates and locations these movies are being offered, so we thought we would share them with you so that you can enjoy them as much as we do.
After a long day at work, we love to spend the rest of the day outside, enjoying the sun and fresh air. Outdoor movies are a perfect way to do this! All you need is a picnic blanket, snacks, and a few close friends and family. Movies range from the new hits, recently graduated from the ever-expensive theaters, all the way to the oldies that make you reminisce on the good ol’ days. The best part about all of this is that it’s free! If you’ve never been to an outdoor movie in the area, this is your opportunity to go and call yourself a true DMV resident.
Movies, Venues and Showtimes – Oh My!
Now for the good part. Here is a list of all the showings, venues, and times in the area to look forward to during your weekday blues:
Capitol Riverfront: A beautiful location right near Navy Yard metro station, this screening shows mostly new films, dabbled with some classic oldies that are sure to make you nostalgic.
Time: movies begin at sunset (they recommend getting there at 7pm to get a good spot!)
Place: Canal Park, 200 M St SE
- July 28 – Creed
- Aug 4 – Pitch Perfect 2
Golden Cinema Series: Perfectly situated between the Farragut North (red line) and Farragut West (orange line) stations in the Golden Triangle and a ten minute walk from our office, there is almost no reason to miss out on this. Head to one of the many restaurants in the area after work or schedule your long overdue dental cleaning and exam at our office and you’ll have just enough time to make it to the screening. Even better, the theme this year is “Hail to the Chief” in honor of this year’s upcoming presidential election!
- July 29 – Mars Attacks! (rescheduled from June 3)
Georgetown Sunset Cinemas: Only in its second year, this venue is perfect for those who want a great movie, sunset, and river backdrop (great for all you Instagram fanatics!). Slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Georgetown is perfect to just kick back and take in the view.
Time: 7:30pm (they recommend getting there earlier for a good spot!)
Place: Georgetown Waterfront Park
- Aug. 2 – Into the Wild
Rosslyn Cinema: Located right across the river from the District, this outdoor film venue offers many incentives that will make it hard to miss! Food trucks are available from 5pm until the beginning of the movie, beer and wine are available at a Mobile Bar, and Popped Republic! Food Truck will have popcorn for purchase each night. In addition, there will be family nights on July 10, July 15, and August 5th, with activities and stories for the kids prior to the film. Lastly, on June 10th, you can bring your pet to the movie screening! The theme this year is “Incredible Journeys”, so what’s not to love?
Time: begin at dusk
- July 29 – Top Gun
- Aug. 5 – Up
- Aug. 12 – Roman Holiday
- Aug. 19 – Casino Royale (2006)
- Aug. 26 – The Notebook
National Harbor Movies on the Potomac: Overlooking the beautiful harbor, this screening venue has the greatest amount of showings, guaranteed to have one movie you would love to see! They have Date Night movies every Thursday, starting at 7pm, perfect for that bottle of wine you and your significant can share. Family movies are every Sunday, starting at 6pm, which is a great way to wind down from the busy week and prepare for the next one.
Time: 6pm (Family nights) and 7pm (Date nights)
Place: 165 Waterfront St
- July 28 – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- July 31 – TBD
- Aug. 4 – Remember the Titans
- Aug. 7 – Cars
- Aug. 11 – The Longest Yard
- Aug. 14 – The Karate Kid
- Aug. 18 – Zoolander
- Aug. 21 – Hook
- Aug. 25 – TBD
- Aug. 28 – Cool Runnings
- Sept. 1 – Casino Royale
- Sept. 4 – Tomorrowland
- Sept. 8 – Men in Black
- Sept. 11 – Wreck it Ralph
- Sept. 15 – Ocean’s 11
- Sept. 18 – Zootopia
- Sept. 22 – Meet the Parents
- Sept. 25 – TBD
- Sept. 29 – Ocean’s 12
Now that you have some idea of what the DMV has to offer, you can make your venture out into the world of outdoor movie screenings. We’ve only named a select few of the locations, hardly dipping our toe into the full list of locations. If you want to see what else is out there in terms of venues, movies, and times, check out this site!
Health has far more to do with our teeth. That’s why we encourage you to get grab a picnic blanket, some friends and family, and snacks to enjoy the fresh air and unwind!
The largest annual cultural event in the U.S. capital is back: Smithsonian Folklife Festival! Taking place outdoors on the National Mall only five stops from our office, you can enjoy the heart of Washington, D.C., while learning about international and national cultures in a whole new light. Having been to this event myself, I can guarantee that it is filled with a diverse group of people, activities, and foods, making it well worth your time. The event is free to the public and features activities and foods from two distinct cultural presentations: Basque: Innovation by Culture and Sounds of California.
Closest stop via metro is L’Enfant Plaza on the Yellow Line
June 29th – July 4th and July 7th – 10th
11am – 5pm
Special events begin at 6:30pm
What To Expect
Started in 1967, this festival highlights cultural traditions and practices of the featured areas, with hands-on demonstrations that make you feel like you’re almost there! The goal of the festival is to present various regions, near and far, to the people of the greater Washington, D.C. area, increasing awareness of diversity beyond the hustle and bustle of the city. With musicians, artists, cooks, craft-makers, storytellers, and more, you are sure to learn plenty of things and immerse yourself into a whole new world! To help you out, we’ve provided some information on the two cultures featured this year.
Basque: Innovation by Culture
The Basque country spans Northern Spain and southwestern France, bordering the beautiful Pyrenees mountains. They were among the first European explorers to discover and impact the Western hemisphere, influencing regions in Idaho, Scotland, Mexico, Argentina, and more. The people of this region are known for their strong cultural preservation and practice, their pride felt throughout their community. However, the Basque look outward and are progressive in their search for sustainability across borders, making them economically innovative. They were on the forefront of the Industrial Revolution with the discovery of iron in their mountains, and now focus much of their resources on sustainable energy and engineering.
The festival will feature musicians, dancers, boat-makers, cooks, and other members of the region, sure to provide you with insight into their way of life across the Atlantic Ocean.
Sounds of California
Although it may seem familiar and not too far away, California is home to a constantly shifting culture, influenced strongly by Latin American communities and traditions. Bordering the Pacific Ocean, the state spans a large portion of the West Coast, creating ample land for incoming populations. With the greatest amount of diversity than any other U.S. state, and home to the largest Native American population, California is comprised of millions of individuals who migrated to the area to seek identity. One in four immigrants live in the state, making it on the forefront of one of the most heated debates in the country.
The festival will feature concerts and activities that provide a glimpse into musical culture and the dynamic shift of identities in the state. These artists tie their traditions from their original homelands into the customs of California, bridging together entirely distinct regions.
The cultures and traditions are sure to make you feel as though you’re in another state or country, so think of it as a stay-cation! We hope you can make it to this spectacular festival and enjoy it just as much as we have in the past.
For more information, visit the official page for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival here.