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Your Guide to Summer Fun In Capitol Riverfront

Summer has officially arrived, with a variety of riverfront fun for you and your loved ones to dive into over the next couple of months. Explore these activities around the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood for free or at discounted rates courtesy of The BID. Here are all the summer must-dos in #CapRiv.

Friday Night Fishing with your Riverkeeper

Who doesn’t love a summer Friday night spent on the river? Anacostia Riverkeeper is back with Friday Night Fishing, a family-friendly program made to instruct participants on how to fish. Open to all ages, ARK and partner Earth Conservation Corps provide everything you need for you and your family to learn how to fish in a fun and educational environment. Sign up here.

Try New Ice Cream Flavors

Ice Cream Jubilee just launched their new summer flavors just in time for National Ice Cream Month. Indulge in a variety of fun, flavorsome ice cream flavors which include Blueberry Pie, Lemon Muffintop, Strawberry Hibiscus, Whiskey Toasted Marshmallow, and Buttered Toast and Marmalade, all available to sample at their Capitol Riverfront store, or for nationwide shipping online through Goldbelly

Explore the Neighborhood

Walking tours are the best way to get to know the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Courtesy of the Capitol Riverfront BID, explore the neighborhood and have your questions answered through an educational experience led by knowledgeable BID staff. Each hour-long tour will offer unique perspectives on different aspects of the neighborhood and will end at a local spot for happy hour with a complimentary beverage for each attendee. Register for your tour today.

Watch Blockbuster Movies on a Soccer Pitch

As part of the Riverfront (Re)Connect Summer Series, attendees will get to enjoy blockbuster movies on the Audi Field soccer pitch for free, with an option to purchase concessions during each movie so you're guaranteed the full experience. Check out the lineup and reserve your ticket now

Listen to Live Music in Yards Park

The Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concert Series may be over, but there will be more opportunities for you and your friends to listen to live music on the Yards Park boardwalk. The President's Own Marine Band will perform their unique musical set on August 17 and 24 while you picnic and take in views of the Anacostia River.

Visit The Bullpen

Open seasonally during the summer months, The Bullpen is a prime location in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood featuring live music, cold beer, food trucks, and the biggest perk, free admission into the space. For baseball fans, it's the perfect location to unwind with great food and drinks before catching a game at Nationals Park, located just a few feet away from The Bullpen. Explore their website for a look at their events calendar for a lineup of summer happenings. 

Take a Boat Ride along the Anacostia River

Explore the history of the Anacostia River on this 45-minute boat tour with Anacostia Riverkeeper. Attendees will get to learn about the environmental preservation and biodiversity of one of Capitol Riverfront's most treasured hidden gems, so purchase your boat tickets now

Cool Off at the Water Features

After a temporary hiatus, the water features at Yards Park are now back up and running daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Looking for where to cool off during the hot summer months? The water wall, dancing fountains, and canal basin are accessible for all neighborhood visitors and residents to enjoy all through September.

Keep Rooting for the Home Teams

Continue to root for the Nats at Nationals Park and the Black-and-Red at a D.C. United match in Audi Field. Baseball and soccer fans can continue to enjoy home games through the summer months before their seasons come to an end in early fall.

Buy Fresh Produce on Half Street

Friendly reminder that Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is home to a weekly farmers market on Half Street every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Featuring over 30 different unique vendors with fresh produce, poultry, and other goodies to purchase from. For more details on the market's vendors, visit the website here

Enjoy an Hour of Community Kayaking

The Capitol Riverfront BID has partnered with Ballpark Boathouse to offer two nights of community kayaking along the Anacostia River. Participants will get to enjoy an hour of paddling with friends and neighbors at a discounted rate on July 21 and August 18, as part of the Riverfront (Re)Connect Summer Series. Grab your tickets now.