Washington D.C.

The capital city, once considered a Black mecca lovingly called “Chocolate City,” has been celebrating Juneteenth since the early 2000s, and this year, D.C. is one of the best places to be for a holiday. Virginia native Pharrell Williams’ Something In The Water Festival is happening all weekend, June 17-19, and will feature some of the biggest artists in Black music across the diaspora. It’s one of the best Black festivals in the world, and you definitely don’t want to miss it. And in an art-filled city like D.C., it won’t be hard to find programs highlighting African American culture this Juneteenth. At Arena Stage, Drumfolk is an immersive production featuring dance with contemporary art inspired by two crucial points in Black history, the Stono Rebellion of 1739 and the Negro Act of 1740 in South Carolina. Exploring Black art in D.C. isn’t complete without visiting the National Museum of African American History And Culture (NMAAHC).  This year, the museum is celebrating with music, a display featuring Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 March On Washington speech, and special plates at their Sweet Home Cafe. African American classics like BBQ ribs, okra, red beans and rice, and a Juneteenth-must, red velvet cake will be on the menu.

Washington DC Pride: June 5 – June 14, 2022 Washington DC Pride (aka, Capital Pride Alliance) serves DC’s LGBTQ+ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. Head to the historic Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods to experience the parade. More than 200 organizations will walk the 1.5 mile route with floats, trucks, signs, banners, and world-famous entertainment to commemorate Pride’s history and support the LGBTQ+ community, making this one of DC’s favorite and most impactful parades.

Broccili City Festival 2022: May 2022 Broccoli City is “redefining cool” by mobilizing & educating urban millennials on how to create a better world. Through their programs, they are creating higher standards of sustainable living, environmental sustainability, and promoting community engagement. Their annual festival, Broccoli City Fest, is the largest festival in the US for people of color.

Broccili City Festival 2022: May 2022

When: April 22nd, 2022 Where: RFK Festival Grounds, Washington, DC, USA With killer views of the Anacostia River, the 420 friendly National Cannabis Festival is held on the lawn at the RFK Festival Grounds in the heart of Washington, DC. In its 8th year, look forward to: a massive exhibitor fair with demos, swag, and gear, CannaTalk: a chance to pitch your own cannabis biz, weed weddings, a mouth-watering munchies zone, sessions, panels, and live music all day and night.

When: April 17th, 2021 Where: RFK Festival Grounds, Washington, DC, USA With killer views of the Anacostia River, the 420 friendly National Cannabis Festival is held on the lawn at the RFK Festival Grounds in the heart of Washington, DC. In its 7th year, look forward to: a massive exhibitor fair with demos, swag, and gear, CannaTalk: a chance to pitch your own cannabis biz, weed weddings (!), a mouth-watering munchies zone, sessions, panels, and live music all day and night.

The National Park Service is hosting its annual Fourth of July celebration, which includes the Salute to America, flyovers from different branches of the military, and a massive fireworks display on the National Mall. During the 17-minute show, fireworks are launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool casting a red, white, and blue glow over the 12 memorials that punctuate the civic space. Revelers must practice social distancing and wear a mask.

The National Park Service is hosting its annual Fourth of July celebration, which includes the Salute to America, flyovers from different branches of the military, and a massive fireworks display on the National Mall. During the 17-minute show, fireworks are launched from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool casting a red, white, and blue glow over the 12 memorials that punctuate the civic space. Revelers must practice social distancing and wear a mask.

It’s the History and the free access to museums for me! Washington, D.C. is definitely a city to get lost in the sights with and for good reason.

My birthplace

Growing up in California, I always expected DC to be stuffy and boring. Wow, was I wrong! It's a party town for 20-somethings, a foodie's paradise, and full of outdoor activities and natural beauty. I never guessed in a million years that someday I'd raise my family out here.

Everything worth seeing in D.C. is free, from museums to parks to entertainment.

When: April 17th, 2021 Where: RFK Festival Grounds, Washington, DC, USA With killer views of the Anacostia River, the 420 friendly National Cannabis Festival is held on the lawn at the RFK Festival Grounds in the heart of Washington, DC. In its 7th year, look forward to: a massive exhibitor fair with demos, swag, and gear, CannaTalk: a chance to pitch your own cannabis biz, weed weddings (!), a mouth-watering munchies zone, sessions, panels, and live music all day and night.

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