You can almost say there is too much to do in D.C., especially during the summer. On top of festivals, parties, happy hours and exhibits, there are a number of conventions coming to town this summer. There will be new favorites like AwesomeCon, and older ones like the Housing Expo. Comics, science, film, music, health, there is a convention this summer for everyone.
The Yoga Expo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 249-3000
www.theyogaexpo.org

Date: Aug. 20, 2016

Yoga is more than a trendy exercise — it’s a spiritual journey for those who practice it fully. The Yoga Expo brings the teachings of the practice to each city. Along with the overall teaching of mindfulness, there will be workshops, classes, merchandise, live music, food and more. Keeping with the spirit of yoga, the convention is 100 percent vegan and partners with non-profits to bring you an event focused on your mind, body and soul.

Homebrew Con
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 649-7000
www.homebrewcon.org

Date: June 9, 2016 to June 11, 2016

Wine might be the drink of choice for millennials, but beer is still the drink of choice for a large part of the country. People have moved from drinking beer at bars and at home, to actually brewing their own beer at home. Homebrew Con is a convention for beer drinkers who ventured into new levels of love for the drink. Featuring seminars, networking events and assistance with presenting your beer at the convention, this convention is for those serious about brewing beer. Join fellow enthusiasts and professionals for a weekend dedicated to beer.

Baltimore Comic Con
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 649-7000
www.baltimorecomiccon.com

Date: Sep. 2, 2016 to Sep. 4, 2016

Comic book conventions used to be small events, attended by a small group of comic book fans. Now conventions like the San Diego Comic Con are huge festivals with thousands of attendees, sponsors, celebrities and premieres. Baltimore Comic Con isn’t quite on that scale, but it is one of the top convention for comic book lovers in the area. In its 16th year, the convention is getting bigger and better. Guests include Hope Larson, Neal Adams, Chris Campana, Danica Bradshaw, Dan Jurgens, Babs Tarr, and many more. Whether you’re going for the costume contest or just to share your love of comics, you’ll have an awesome time.

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Otakon
Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 649-7000
www.otakon.com

Date: Aug. 12 – 14, 2016

Where Baltimore Comic Con is one of the best comic book conventions in the area, Otakon is arguably the best the comic convention in the area. Celebrating anime, manga, comic books, cos-play and everything animation, this over-the-top convention is pure entertainment. The costumes alone are worth going for, with attendees spending months on sewing, customizing and coordinating their outfits. After 23 years, Otakon is still one of the most anticipated events of the year.

MommyCon 2016
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 249-3000
www.mommy-con.com

Date: July 23, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Last, but never least, are the mothers. MommyCon is a convention striving to introduce and educate parents on the benefits of new parenting methods. You can learn everything you’ve wanted to know about the new school thoughts on raising kids. They will discuss natural health and medicine, breastfeeding, childproofing, car seats, the birthing process and more. Whether you are expecting your first child or are currently raising kids, you can pick up a few ideas that will help you make an informed decision about the best way to take are of your children.

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