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5 DC Activities to Do Before It Gets Cold

As the morning walks to class begin to require a jacket and the stroll to your room from the dining hall chills you a bit it is almost officially fall. Although summer on campus is short lived, there are tons of outside events and festivals around DC that won’t be as fun when the temperatures reach the 50s and 40s in a few weeks. Here are the best events to attend before the weather requires a real jacket and gloves.

1) Truckeroo 

Popularly known as a gathering of all food trucks in Washington, this 11am to 11pm event runs through October, making next month your last chance to go. With no admission charge you can listen to live music and taste the foods of over 20 different local vendors at the corner of Half St. and M St., SE.

2) Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
It’s rare you get a chance to enjoy the water in DC considering it’s mostly city. However, if you go to the Jefferson Memorial with three friends and $19 in hand you can rent a 4-passenager boat. You must be 16 to ride and the hours are 10am-6pm. The absolutely best time to go is in March and April when the cherry blossoms are out, it’s extremely scenic!

3) National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden
An awesome free walk around the National Mall and a start place to sit on a bench for hours, the sculpture garden is located at 7th street and Constitution Ave NW. There are 6 public entrances from 10am to 5pm daily and an amazing Pavilion Café offering a panoramic view.

4) Dupont Circle Fresh-Farm Market
In the heart of the one of the best DC neighborhoods, this farmer’s market runs from 8:30am to 1pm. The Washingtonian credits the market with “teaching Washingtonians to love their fruits and vegetables.” More than 40 vendors come out weekly, making it the prime event to stock up on dorm food.

5) Eat outside
Something most people do not do often, taking an outside table at a restaurant is only fun when the weather is nice so take advantage of. Check out lists of the best places to dine and pick one that offers outside seating. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, people watching while sipping on fresh lemonade is a good idea.

Now, get off the computer and get out!

Image sources: http://askmissa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/truckeroo-pic-21.png and http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3120/2816761451_95d52e6b16.jpg

Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Claire Shriver is a Public Communication major and Marketing minor at American University in Washington, DC. She is the Editor-in-Chief for Her Campus American, Vice President of Communication for AU Social Media Club and an AU Ambassador. This past summer she interned in the Features Department at Marie Claire magazine and has a passion for travel, magazines, and film photography. Kristen Wiig makes Claire cry with laughter and Adele makes her swoon.
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