7 exciting August events in DC for art, food, and music lovers

August 7, 2017 / Washington, DC

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the unique offerings of the nation’s capital. From outdoor festivals to delicious cuisine, there’s something for everyone in the month of August. 

Fun things to do in DC this August

1. Hive Installation

More than 2,700 wound paper tubes were used to create this stunning art installation. The result is 3 domed chambers, with the tallest towering 60 feet above the floor of the National Building Museum. Each chamber has its own unique acoustics and visual properties, making the installation a modern addition to the museum’s 19th-century interior. Turn up on Wednesday evenings to view Hive after the museum closes, to a backdrop of live music. 

When: August 1 to September 4
Where: National Building Museum

2. Roger Waters

Roger Waters is bringing his ‘Us + Them’ tour to Washington D.C. for just one night, in a show which the singer says will be “spectacular.” Pink Floyd fans will be delighted to know that the concert will feature material from Waters’ days with the legendary band. Some new songs will be included as well, alongside state-of-the-art sound and visuals. Be sure to arrive on time, as there is no opening act. 

When: August 4
Where: Verizon Center

3. DC United

Head out to RFK Stadium to watch Washington D.C.’s professional soccer team face their rivals on the field. Join fellow fans for the pre-game tailgate before heading to the stands to cheer on your favorite players. Be sure to keep an eye out for Talon the bald eagle, the team’s energetic mascot. The August 5 match against Toronto offers fans the chance to purchase a ticket and beer for just $20. 

When: August 5, 12, 23, 26
Where: RFK Stadium

4. Cochon 555

If you love all things pork, this is the place for you. Five of the city’s most talented chefs will create unique dishes featuring locally raised heritage breed pigs, hoping to be crowned the “Prince or Princess of Porc.” The champion will go on to compete against the winners of other Cochon 555 competitions. The event is also aimed at encouraging consumers to be more conscious about where their food comes from and how it’s prepared.

When: August 6
Where: The Watergate Hotel

5. Moonrise Festival

Head out to Baltimore for this electronic music event featuring dozens of DJs and live bands from across the globe. 4 stages will host non-stop shows from 11am to 11pm, and performances include state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and special effects. Food and drink vendors will be on site at the event, which is open to all ages. A full list of performers can be found on the festival’s website. 

When: August 12-13
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD

6. 17th Street Festival

This annual festival celebrates the diverse restaurants and retailers of the 17th Street Corridor. Local artisans will showcase one-of-a-kind creations ranging from jewelry to ceramics, and an entertainment stage will host performances from DJs and dance troupes. Children will enjoy the Kids Zone, which will feature a moon bounce, face painting, and games. This is a great community event for the entire family.

When: August 26
Where: 17th Street NW, from P Street to R Street

7. Maryland Renaissance Festival

Travel back in time to the village of Revel Grove, where minstrels, magicians, and jugglers are waiting to impress you with their skills. Walk through the town with King Henry VIII and his Royal Court, or watch in awe as men on horseback compete in a jousting competition. When hunger strikes, bite into a delicious turkey leg or grab a steak on a stake. Take home a piece of the festival by purchasing a unique keepsake from one of the 140 artisans on site. 

When: August 26-27
Where: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD

Whether you enjoy art or jamming out to live music, you’re sure to find something right up your alley in Washington D.C. this August.