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Unlock May Magic: 10 Free Things to Do in Washington D.C. for Young Professionals

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PJ Goupil
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April 29, 2024
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As May sweeps into Washington D.C., bringingwith it the freshness of spring and the anticipation of summer, the city beginsto buzz with a vibrant array of free events and activities. For the youngprofessionals residing in the Union Market area, this month offers a uniqueopportunity to explore the cultural, recreational, and social offerings of ournation’s capital without spending a dime. Here’s your guide to the top 10 freethings to do in Washington D.C. this May.

1. Jazz in the Garden Series at the NationalGallery of Art

Kick off your weekends with the smooth soundsof jazz amidst the beautiful backdrop of the National Gallery of Art'sSculpture Garden. Starting in late May, these free concerts are a perfect wayto unwind after a busy week. Bring a blanket, grab some take-out from UnionMarket, and enjoy an evening of music under the stars.

Website link : https://www.nga.gov/calendar/concerts/jazz-in-the-garden.html

2. Visit the Botanic Garden

Explore the fascinating world of flora in theU.S. Botanic Garden. With its prime location near the Capitol, it’s not onlyeasily accessible but also an oasis of tranquility. The garden's extensivecollection of plants and the occasional educational tours are free, making it aperfect spot for a peaceful lunch break.

https://www.usbg.gov/

3. Hike or Bike the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

For the active professionals, the AnacostiaRiverwalk Trail offers a scenic escape into nature. Whether you prefer aleisurely hike or a vigorous bike ride, this trail provides stunning views ofthe river, lush landscapes, and plenty of wildlife. It’s a great way torecharge during the weekend.

Check out the trail here: https://www.nps.gov/anac/planyourvisit/anacostia-riverwalk-trail.htm

4. Explore the National Mall

No list of free activities in D.C. would becomplete without mentioning the National Mall. Home to iconic monuments andmemorials, this area offers not only a lesson in history but also a vast spacefor picnics and leisure activities. Visit in the early morning or late eveningto enjoy cooler temperatures and fewer crowds.

Details here: https://www.nps.gov/nama/index.htm

5. Union Market Drive-In Movie Night

While technically just outside the UnionMarket, the Drive-In Movie Night is an exciting way to enjoy blockbuster filmswithout a ticket price. Check the schedule for showings in May, as thesemonthly events offer a nostalgic and unique movie-going experience right inyour neighborhood.

Schedule here: https://unionmarketdc.com/event/the-drive-in-at-union-market/2023-04-07/

6. Attend a Free Yoga Class at Yards Park

Every Monday evening, Yards Park hosts a freeyoga class that gathers a community of local fitness enthusiasts. It’s awonderful way to de-stress and meet new people. Just bring your mat, somewater, and be ready to perfect your poses.

Details about classes: https://www.capitolriverfront.org/things-to-do/events

7. Smithsonian Museums Visit

Take advantage of the plethora of Smithsonianmuseums around D.C., which offer free admission. Whether you're into art,history, or technology, there’s a museum that will catch your fancy.

Link: https://www.si.edu/

8. Congressional Cemetery Historical Tours

Discover the lesser-known CongressionalCemetery through free guided tours available on weekends. This historiclandmark is not only the resting place of many notable figures but also offersa unique glimpse into the city’s past.

9. Friday Night Concert Series at The Wharf

The Wharf transforms into a live music venueevery Friday night with its free concert series. Featuring a mix of local andnational artists, this is the place to enjoy diverse music genres by thewaterfront. It’s a perfect spot for a casual hangout with friends after work.

Link here: https://www.wharfdc.com/upcoming-events/

10. Cultural Festivals

May in D.C. is rich with cultural festivals,many of which are free to attend. From cultural parades to food festivals, keepan eye on local listings to catch events such as the Asian Heritage Festival orPassport DC, which showcases cultures from around the world right in the heartof the city. Everything you need to know here: https://www.aroundtowndc.org/cultural-tourism-dc/

Whether you’re looking to unwind, get active,or immerse yourself in culture, Washington D.C. offers a plethora of activitiesthat promise a rich experience without straining your wallet. So, step out ofyour comfort zone and start exploring the endless opportunities that await youthis May in D.C.!

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