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The countdown to the end of summer has begun, and there’s still so much left to do. There are some great things happening in our fab city (and surrounding areas). Here’s a helpful list to make sure your last days of summer are full of fun and great memories.

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1. Jazz in the Garden – There are a few more Fridays left to enjoy Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Grab a blanket, some snacks and order a pitcher of their sangria. It’s a great way to end the work week.

2. Screen on the Green – Only one more movie showing left and that’s Monday, August 6th. Psycho will be playing on the big screen, between 7th and 12th Streets NW on the National Mall. Bring friends, snacks and a blanket. Remember to arrive early to snag a spot on the lawn. Movie begins at sunset.

3. DC Restaurant Week – Running August 13-19, many restaurants in town will offer prix-fixed menus for lunch ($20.12 per person) and dinner ($35.12). The key to Restaurant Week is to go to a restaurant that normally isn’t kind to your wallet. That way you get to experience the restaurant and it’s offerings at a discount. Note: Beverages aren’t included. Tip: If you can’t get a reservation August 13-19, many restaurants extend restaurant week for 2 weeks, so just ask.

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4. Maryland Crab & Beer Festival – On Saturday, August 18th, the MD Crab & Beer Festival will take place at the National Harbor. Doesn’t look like the regular tickets are available on the site anymore, but I saw Living Social  offering a deal.

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5. Berry Picking – I don’t know about you, but I plan on going berry picking before the season is out. Not only is it something different to do, but I walk away with fresh fruit. Washingtonian complied a list here of local berry farms to check out.

6. Ride the Potomac – Charter a boat with friends for good time on the Potomac. I’ve been on this boat for a friend’s birthday party and had a great time. If you’re interested, here are some other sites to get more information from: here, here, and here.

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7. Staycation – Take a weekday off (the responsible way) or play hookie (the not-so-responsible way) and enjoy the day poolside. There are a few hotels in DC with outdoor pools (some of them rooftops) that offer day passes. Check them out: Embassy Row Hotel, Dupont Circle Courtyard MarriottThe Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel. (More options here)

8. DC Beer Week – If you’re a beer lover, this week is for you. DC Beer Week takes place all over the city, August 12-18. Check out some of the offerings and events here.

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9. Monuments at Night – As a native from this area, I can attest that seeing the monuments at night are a completely different experience that seeing them during the day. They are beautiful at night, the way they are lit up. Can’t quite put it into words, so you should just go see for yourself. It can also be a romantic experience, as well. (*Hint hint, to those looking for a new date idea*)

You can visit the monuments yourself at night or choose a monuments at night tour by foot, trolley or boat.

That’s all for now. Any other interesting things happening in this great city that I need to know about? Drop me a line.

– G