The end of the summer can be bittersweet for most people, with school starting and trips ending. But some of the best activities happen as fall starts to creep in. From movies and concerts, to festivals and museum exhibits, there is still plenty to look forward to. Take your family to one of these fun end of summer events.
Teen Takeover: Night Of Lights
Freer & Sackler Galleries
1050 Independence Ave S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Date: Aug 4, 2016 at 6 p.m.

It can be hard to get your teenaged children to be interested and excited about family activities. The Smithsonian may have found a solution for you. Teen Takeover is a Freer & Sackler Galleries event that is geared towards high schoolers who have aged out of the more kid friendly events. Still a family friendly event, there will be DJs, open mics and, of course, Pokemon Go walking tours so everyone can capture some more Pokemon during their night out.

Target Family Night: National Dance Day
The John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: July 30, 2016 at 1 p.m.

National Dance Day is a national event focused on promoting dance and motivating children and adults to get up and move. The Kennedy Center has participated in events in the past, and this year will be hosting Target’s event. The Family Night will include special performances, dance lessons, live music, interactive dance routines, and more. The free event will have you and your family dancing indoors and outdoors, learning new moves, and perhaps inspiring your kids to take up dance as a career. This a wonderful opportunity for you to teach your kids the importance of staying healthy.

Comcast Film Festival
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(000) 000-0000

Date: Aug 21, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

There are a number of different outdoor film programs around the area that shows everything from the classics to cult favorites. The Music Center at Strathmore presents their own outdoor film festival that shows some family friendly block busters, with cool activities before the movie starts. This film festival is also special because it benefits NIH Children’s Charities The three night film festival will feature Jurassic World, Minions, and The Wizard of Oz this summer. Pick a movie — or see all three — and support children’s charities while having a fun night out with your family.

The Capital Dragon Boat Races
Southwest Waterfront
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

Date: Aug 27, 2016 at 9 a.m.

One of the best things about the D.C. area is the abundance of different cultures, and therefore different cultural events. The Capital Dragon Boat Races is inspired by a Chinese tradition that dates back multiple millennia. The regetta features rowing teams competing in various races throughout the day, for medals and bragging rights. While you watch the event, consider getting a team together for next year. It’ll be a fun way to stay active and spend time together as a family.

Brady Rhymer And The Little Band That Could
Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-In-The-Woods
1551 Trap Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1800

Date: Aug. 5, 2016 to Aug. 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-woods has presented some great artists and performers this summer, and Brady Rhymer and The Little Band That Could is going to be one of the last.Brady Rhymer is a Grammy nominated musician, who has been receiving praise for his children’s albums. His upbeat family friendly music allows families to dance, sing, and have fun together. Before the summer is over, you and your kids can have a little fun at Wolf Trap.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on