29 Signs It's Summer In D.C.

Summer in D.C. means a lot more than just heat, humidity, and hordes of tourists — thank goodness. In fact, there's so much awesomeness to be had around these parts that we could probably dream up more excursions than you could pull off in a season. So, we narrowed things down and whipped up a handy little guide to our absolute favorite summer pastimes — the food, drinks, parties, destinations, and outdoor escapes that make living here so special.
You'll know (and love) some of these picks already, but we're banking on the fact that some of them will surprise you — and who doesn't like discovering something new and cool about their own city? Of course, we want your input, too. So, click through to see the 29 things that have us completely psyched for summer, and leave your own insider tips in the comments, too.
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

Baking in the hot sun at a Nats game actually sounds like fun.
Nationals Stadium, 1500 South Capitol Street SE; 202-675-6287.

You want to spend all your weekends at Meridian Hill, listening to drum circles and mastering the art of the hula hoop.
Meridian Hill Park, 2500 16th Street NW; 202-895-6000.

Flags and fireworks have never been so exciting as they are for A Capital Fourth.

You spend at least one night a week on the Donovan House rooftop, dipping your toes in the pool.
Donovan House, 1155 14th St NW; 202-737-1200.

You cross your fingers and hope that Screen on the Green doesn't get canceled this year.


Photos: Courtesy of Washington Nationals; PBS; Donovan House Hotel.
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

Seats at rooftop bars (like Masa 14's new offering) are a hotter commodity than parking spots.
Masa 14, 1825 14th Street NW; 202-328-1414.

You crave Pleasant Pops' popsicles on a daily basis.

Also on your list of cravings? A late-night Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3.
Serendipity 3, 3150 M Street NW; 202-333-5193.

You actually stop complaining about the overabundance of frozen yogurt shops.

You find it hard to get through the day without an iced coffee from Peregrine.
Peregrine Espresso, 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202-629-4381; 1718 14th St NW; 202-525-5127.


Photos: Courtesy of Masa 14/Katie Allen, Pleasant Pops/Dave K. Cooper; Serendipity 3/Liz Steger.
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

Getting a good workout requires investing in some cute lululemon cropped pants and a sleek little tank.

You want to try on every last pair of sandals at The Shoe Hive.
The Shoe Hive, 127 South Fairfax Street, Alexandria; 703-548-7105.

You start thinking that all your outfits would look better if you got a spray tan.

Weekend stoop sales in your neighborhood make you think twice about sleeping 'til noon.

You start to wonder if Talitha Getty-esque caftans from It's Vintage Darling are appropriate for everyday wear.
It's Vintage Darling, 3423 14th Street NW; 202-525-1327.


Photos: Courtesy of Lululemon, The Shoe Hive; Photographed by Sebastian Marin
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

Your idea of a perfect day is lounging by the pool and scarfing down some of Tackle Box's insanely good fish tacos.
Tackle Box, 3245 M Street NW; 202-337-8269.

You're ready for any opportunity to throw down some newspaper and host a crab feast. Or just go to Cantler's and save yourself the mess.
Cantler's Riverside Inn, 458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis; 410-757-1467.

You can't stroll along 14th Street without stopping for homemade doughnuts at Standard.
Standard, 1801 14th Street NW.


Photos: Courtesy of Tackle Box, Cantler's, Standard.
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

A road trip to Delaware to catch the Firefly Festival sounds nearly as fun as that last-minute, let's-go-to-Coachella plan.

Cruising to Annapolis for the sailboat races makes you seriously consider a life on the water.
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, 1 City Dock, Annapolis; 410-263-9279.

You need a quick escape from the city, so you organize a group hike around Great Falls.
Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean; 703-285-2965.

Day trips to wineries in Virginia feel just as wonderful as mini vacays to Sonoma or Napa Valley — but sans jet lag.


Photos: Courtesy of The Black Keys, Visit Annapolis, National Park Service.
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

Getting a Vespa suddenly sounds like a great idea.
Vespa of Arlington, 3206 10th Street North, Arlington; 703-243-8377.

Every Target within a 10-mile radius is sold out of grills.

You'll do anything to stay in an air-conditioned space, even if it means braving the mall on a Saturday in the middle of summer vacation.
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1400 South Hayes Street Arlington; 703-415-1121.


Photos: Courtesy of Vespa, Target, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.
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You know it's summer in D.C. when...

You've memorized your local public pool's hours of operation.

Signing up for a community garden plot becomes very appealing. Homegrown tomatoes at non-farmers' market prices? Yes, please.

You join Capital Bikeshare just to avoid the sweaty 6 p.m. Metro commute.

Spending a day paddling a kayak along the Potomac sounds like the most romantic date ever.
Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Avenue NW; 202-333-9543.


Photos: Courtesy of D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, Rock Creek Community Garden/Xi Wang, Capital Bikeshare.
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