We’re kicking off a brand new month (hello, June!) with a summer bucket list brimming with must-do activities, like stomping in creeks, exploring Luray caverns and visiting our dearly missed friends, the Smithsonian museums. Weekends were made for picking up fresh produce at our area’s farmers markets and our first top: Bethesda’s Central Farm Market! Scroll down for more ways to celebrate sunny days in the District (and beyond).
Start to Check Off That Summer Bucket List
We rounded up 50 ways to spend your summer days here. From stomping in creeks to exploring caverns, this list has all the must-do activities for DC kids (and those looking to venture beyond city limits). Activity details.
The B&O Truck Festival
The B&O Railroad Museum has teamed up with the founder of the acclaimed The Gathering and Taste of Three Cities Food Truck Festivals to present the B&O Food Truck Festival! Kick-off summer with a Saturday filled with delicious food and delightful drinks from a variety of local food trucks. With live music, views of the Museum’s historic locomotives, train cars and Roundhouse, plus full access to the Museum itself, you’ll have plenty of reason to stay all day, sipping, snacking, and exploring the birthplace of American railroading! Sat. Event details.
Explore Bethesda’s Farmers Market
Spend Sat. morning checking out local farms and small businesses at Central Farm Market in Bethesda. Grab your snacks and head to the Caroline Freeland Urban Park for picnicking, located a short five-minute walk down the road. Just beyond are the restaurants and shops along Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues for when your littles get their second wind. Sat. Event details.
Spend an Enchanted Afternoon in this Forest
The Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City, MD features larger-than-life features of classic fairytales. For instance, there’s the Cinderella pumpkin coach, Mother Goose, Papa Bear and the Old Woman’s Shoe, to name a few. When you are done walking through your favorite fairytales, check out the farm for cow trains, pony rides and a petting zoo. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Take a Spin with Glen Echo Park’s Story Time
This year, Glen Echo Park is celebrating its carousel that has been taking visitors for a spin for 100 years! Carousel-themed story times take place every Sat. online. You can get tix to ride the Dentzel Carousel (now OPEN!) here. Sat. Activity details.
This may be the last week to pick-your-own strawberries in the DMV. You can find a farm to visit here. Up next: tart cherries, blueberries, blackberries and more! Not interested in digging in the dirt? Hit one of these Farmers Markets instead. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers