2016 Military Band Summer Concert Schedule

For over 130 years, military bands have played on the West front steps of the Capitol Building every summer, offering free concerts in Washington DC. This summer is no different as the tradition carries on. Families of all ages should plan on attending one of these patriotic free shows for a night of music floating against the backdrop of a setting sun in our nation’s hub. Here are the details of the military band summer concert schedule for 2016:

Summer Concerts in Washington DC American-flag

·      Monday Nights – U.S. Navy Band

·         Tuesday Nights – U.S. Air Force Band

·         Wednesday Nights – U.S. Marine Band

·         Thursday Nights – U.S. Marine Band

·         Friday Nights – U.S. Army Band

Gather your lawn chairs and set up at the Capital Building each weekday evening at 8 pm to hear talented military musicians play some beautiful tunes. Bring along a picnic and drink in a summer night at the capitol. As listed above, a different band from each military branch plays on a different night – attend a few different evenings to get a unique summer concert in Washington DC each time!

Shows runs now through August, weather permitting. Guests may bring food, but glass bottles and alcohol are not permitted.

Don’t forget to book with Fairfax at Embassy Row for comfortable, luxurious accommodations near all of the free summer concerts, as well as other popular Washington DC attractions, including the National Mall, The White House, and the Smithsonian Museum. Stay with us for your best trip to DC.

A Roaring Good Time at Brew at the Zoo in Washington D.C.

If you’re looking for a fun summer event in the D.C. area, then you’re not going to want to miss this beer tasting festival to support the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and their wildlife conservation efforts. Brew at the Zoo’s motto is, “Drink Beer. Save Wildlife,” and on July 21, 2016,  it promises plenty of entertainment. If you’d like early access to purchase tickets, you can become a FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo).

Summer events in DC that Delight the Taste Buds

Beer-festivalYou don’t have to be a “beer connoisseur” to enjoy the unlimited beer tastings from over seventy breweries. You’ll encounter intriguing finds from BadWolf Brewing Company, Goose Island, Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Ocelot Brewing Company, Old Ox Brewery, and RavenBeer to name a few.

Work up an appetite with some of the complimentary “Brew Games” or make a small donation to spin the wheel for a chance to win some awesome zoo prizes.

If you’re feeling those hunger pains, you’ll find a variety of popular food trucks inside the event area. Plan your “taste bud itinerary” ahead of time by downloading the Pombe App for a map with brew sites by selecting the “Event List” and choosing “Brew at the Zoo ‘16” under the “Current Events” tab.

Music to Your Ears

It’s not a party without music, so you can dance and sing along to some of the most popular music of the 80’s. The Reagan Years is considered an east coast original. Relive the wild hair and big guitar riffs that fill our memories of 80’s decade.

Exotic Animals to Hold Your Gaze

What’s your favorite wild animal? Brew at the Zoo provides animal encounters throughout the entire event, and if you purchase VIP tickets, you’ll have access to the “Great Cats Circle” where you can see lions and tigers.

Rest Your Head at The Fairfax at Embassy Row

Plan your vacation around summer events in the D.C. area and make the Brew at the Zoo just one of the many highlights of your stay because The Fairfax at Embassy Row is a luxury hotel located in Dupont Circle. The Metro is less than two blocks away putting some of the most iconic attractions just minutes away. We invite you to pamper yourself. Enjoy fabulous accommodations, unparalleled amenities, and exemplary service; make it a vacation of treasured memories, make it The Fairfax.

This Summer, Head to the Citi Open in Washington DC

If you’re a sports fan, you won’t want to miss out on the Citi Open in Washington DC. This tennis tradition never fails to draw a crowd. It was one of the first open professional tennis tournaments in the country, and it’s still going strong all these years later. The organization of the whole event and the amazing tennis stars it attracts mean it’s a great day out in our nation’s capital. This year it runs from July 16 to 24 so make sure you book your tickets soon.

The Must-See Tennis Tournament in Washington DC

TennisThis famous tennis event is fun for all the family. It’s brilliantly run with superb attention to detail. You will be able to relax and enjoy all the excellent facilities on offer. In between matches you can dine in the plaza with the readily available food and drink options. The live band will keep you entertained, and the whole family will have an amazing time. Of course, let’s not forget the tennis. One of the best things about the Citi Open is the way you get to sit so close to the action. You can see the players and the matches in detail. You and your family will feel exhilarated and entertained watching the pros and the up-and-comers play their tennis socks off in this fantastic stadium.

Don’t Delay, Plan Your Visit Today

Our award-winning, luxury hotel is the perfect base for your visit. Remember to book your stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row.

Historic and Spectacular 4th of July in Washington DC

4th of JulyWashington DC is one of the most historical cities in America as it sets the stage for a lot of occurrences in the past. It continues the trend of keeping traditions alive and chooses to mark the 4th of July with pomp and color.

An old city that has never lost its gait, 4th of July in the Capitol easily stands to be one of the biggest affairs in America today. And what’s the greatest reason for this? Well, it’s the parade.

A Patriotic 4th of July Parade in Washington DC

The 4th of July Parade in Washington DC takes place every year from 11.45 am starting from 7th to 17th Street. A street audience is allowed to watch so you can take it all in from a close distance. There are bands, VIPs, military and specialty units, floats, celebrities, giant balloons, fife, and drum corps that will leave you feeling patriotic and remind you what this holiday is all about. 

The celebrations usually climax with a concert and fireworks in the evening, aptly named A Capitol Fourth. The lineup of artists is impressive and historic as well, with many arms of the U.S army showcasing different items. It is designed to be a national event, so it is bound to be magnificent.

Elegant and Classy Stay

Celebrations such as these should be topped off with a stay at a luxurious hotel that speaks volumes about American history. Tastefully furnished with a classical and timeless theme, the Fairfax at Embassy Row is perfect. Lush greenery adorns the neighborhood, and you can step into the elegant boutiques around. World-class dining is also easily within reach.

There is no other more refined Independence Day celebration than the 4th of July fireworks in Washington DC, so, don’t let this rare opportunity slip away. Celebrate in style and sophistication this year.

You’ve Got to Experience Washington DC Nightlife

Whether it is your first time in DC or you’re a night owl looking for the best places to hang out, Washington DC nightlife offers a little bit of something for everyone.

DuPont Circle Nightlife

DuPont Circle nightlife is hip, popular and bustling. We’ve put together a list of some of the hottest places to visit.

Buffalo Billiards

Night ClubIf you enjoy laid back trivia nights, check out this venue on Wednesday nights and put your knowledge to the test.

Cork Wine Bar

Perhaps you’d rather relax with a glass of wine. The wine bar offers over 50 varieties by the glass and small bottles from producers around the world. This casually elegant venue is ideal for a chilled night out in DC.

Irish Whiskey Public House

Enjoy the true essence of the Irish at this traditional Whiskey House. The three-floor upmarket venue features an exciting bar program and a full menu of modern Irish cuisine.

Eighteenth Street Lounge

An intimate environment that lends itself to socializing, this is one of the hippest DuPont Circle bars.


For a fun night out, head to Heist and spend time in both the DJ and bar area or treat yourself to time in the VIP alcove. Cocktails flow, music pumps and the dance floor is always full.

After a great night out head to the Fairfax at Embassy Row for comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities. Finish the night off with a bite to eat at our restaurant, The Fairfax Grille & Lounge.

Exciting Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids

If you’re overdue for a family getaway, make sure you plan a trip to DC. There are loads of fun things to do in Washington DC with kids. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the top attractions.

Fun Family Activities in Washington DC


National Air and Space Museum

This is one of those family activities in Washington DC you just have to do. The museum displays hundreds of fascinating space and aviation artifacts. Highlights at the museum include the Apollo 11 Command Module, the 1903 Wright Flyer and a planetarium.

National Zoo

With over 300 different species, a trip to the zoo makes for a great day out. One of the favorite attractions is the giant pandas, but you will also get the chance to see Asian elephants, apes, reptiles and more. There are daily programs including feeding and training and even talks from keepers.

Discovery Theater

There’s always something on at the theater. Shows take place on weekdays at 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM. One of the upcoming shows to look forward to is Anansi Tales with Barefoot Puppets on June 2 and 3, 2016.

National Museum of Natural History

The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions. Don’t miss the African Elephant exhibition on the First Floor where you can learn about the evolution of these majestic creatures. There is also the Sant Ocean Hall exhibit where you can discover incredible insight into marine science.

With so many attractions in Washington DC with kids to look forward to, be sure to book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row and plan a trip to remember!

The DC Jazz Festival Will Be Here in June

The DC Jazz Festival will take place from June 10 – 19 2016, at Yards Park and Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The festival was founded in 2005 and has become one of the biggest music festivals in Washington DC. Festival goers can look forward to more than 125 performances at venues around the city, featuring top local and international jazz performers.

DC Summer Festivals Are Something to Look Forward To

Jazz FesitvalWhile there are several DC summer festivals, this is one you’re going to want to catch. The festival is broken down into 4 main stages across the city that showcase some of the most acclaimed jazz artists.

Jazz in the ‘Hoods takes place from June 10 – 19 and presents a mix of artists. This particular event usually attracts large and varied audiences.

DCJazzFest at The Yards will take place from June 17 – 19. The three-day blowout allows fans to enjoy jazz in the beautiful Yards Park, overlooking the Anacostia River. There will be a marketplace and wine and beer tastings to look forward to.

DC JazzFest at the Hamilton will take place from June 10 – 19 and will feature eight nights of electrifying performances from the likes of Maceo Parker, Kurt Elling, and Steve Turre.

There will also be a one-night concert at the Kennedy Center on June 13 to celebrate the music history of Howard University. Professor Fred Irby III and the renowned Howard University Jazz program will be honored in an all-star performance that explores hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel, pop and more.

If you love jazz, and you’ve needed an excuse to book a trip to Washington, this is just the thing! The Fairfax at Embassy Row wishes performers and visitors a wonderful time at the festival.

Excellent Hotel Deals in Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re headed to Washington, D.C., on a work trip or a family getaway, you’re sure to love the style and grace of our hotel. You’ll find us ranked among top-class boutiques, iconic monuments and a myriad of delectable dining options, right in the heart of Dupont Circle. Conveniently, the Dupont Circle Metro is within walking distance from our premises, so famous attractions like the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall are all within easy reach.

AAA Hotel Discounts in Washington, D.C.

As an AAA member, you can take advantage of several great AAA hotel discounts in Washington, D.C. Our packages* include:

Hotel Lobby at The Fairfax at Embassy Row

  • AAA with Parking – book this offer and receive free parking at our hotel.
  • AAA with Breakfast – look forward to free breakfast with this offer.
  • AAA – an exclusive offer only for AAA members.
  • AAA Hot Deal – stay for two or more nights and save 20%. This offer applies to prepaid bookings and is non-refundable. It is valid for arrivals on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Book Your Stay Today

Take advantage of these AAA hot deals in Washington, D.C., and look forward to staying in luxury accommodations complete with crisp linens and hand-painted details. Our rooms include a 42” flat-screen TV, high-speed internet access for a nominal fee, iPod docking stations, and laptop safes. We also provide luxury bathroom amenities, towels, and bathrobes to add the finishing touches to a comfortable stay.

Enjoy stunning views of the Embassy Row region, National Cathedral, Dupont Circle, and several Washington, D.C., monuments.

If you need to catch up on work while you’re with us, we offer a full-service Business Center with three workstations and everything needed to conduct your business.

Book your stay at the Fairfax at Embassy Row today and take advantage of great savings.

*Terms & Conditions may apply - please visit us online for details.

Plan Your Summer Activities in Washington, D.C.

Bring the family along for fun summer activities in Washington, D.C. Whether you are an active outdoor enthusiast or enjoy a picnic and relaxing under the sun, there’s something for everyone in DC.

Outdoor Recreation in Washington, D.C.

No matter your age, fitness level or preference, outdoor recreation in Washington, D.C., offers something for all.

HikingThe Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that stretches for 18 miles from Theodore Roosevelt Island to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. The trail connects with several regional trails. The Mount Vernon Trail is a flat, vehicle-free path, ideal for cycling. If you prefer to be on the water, head to Jones Point Park or Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve for kayaking and canoeing. There are also several hiking trails that range from easy to moderate, and there’s plenty of space for a family picnic. There are a few grassy fields, too, for casual games, and you’ll find basketball courts at Jones Point Park.

The C&O Canal in the National Historical Park in Washington, D.C., and it is 184.5 miles of utter adventure. The canal once served as a lifeline for communities and citizens who lived along the Potomac River. Today, it is a pathway for discovering a whole range of natural, historical and recreational treasures. Try a public boat ride at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, or go biking or hiking at the C&O Canal. If you enjoy camping, there are both drive-in and hiker-biker campsites every couple of miles up and down the canal.

Book Your Stay in Washington

Bring the family to Washington for plenty of summer fun and stay with us at the Fairfax at Embassy Row. You’ll also find a range of top attractions right on our doorstep.

We look forward to making your summer one to remember.

Witness the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day in Washington DCThis year the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C., will take place on May 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. The American Veterans Center, along with the World War II Veterans Committee, first launched the Memorial Day parade in 2005. Every year since then, the parade has gotten bigger and better. In the last eight years, troops stationed all over the globe have watched a live television broadcast of the parade, and they’ll be able to watch this year’s event as well.

Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., is by far one of the biggest events in the nation. Without fail, the public supports this tribute to honor our service men and women.  

More about Things to Do on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.

If you have been looking for things to do on Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., make sure you get to the parade. The parade will start at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue and proceed west down Constitution. The parade will travel past the White House and end at 17th Street. Participants in the parade will walk past a variety of the nation’s most famous museums and monuments as thousands of spectators proudly cheer and wave their flags.

The parade aims to remember the American spirit and sacrifices made for our country from the American Revolution right up to today’s ongoing conflicts. Coast Guardsmen, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors are all celebrated during the parade. Attendees can look forward to a variety of high school marching bands, floats, local and national celebrities, veterans, service organizations, service members and plenty more.

Don’t Forget Somewhere to Stay

Book your stay for Memorial Day Weekend with us as at the Fairfax at Embassy Row. You’ll find us in the hub of Dupont Circle, among iconic monuments, world-class shopping, and incredible dining.

We look forward to welcoming you.