Things to Do After Dark in Washington, DC

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A favorite DC summer tradition is called Screen on the Green. It’s an annual, summertime, outdoor film festival that takes place on Monday nights in July and August. Free classic movies are projected on a theater-size screen on the National Mall (between 7th and 12th Streets). Showtime starts at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Bring your blanket and stake out a spot on the lawn. People begin assembling as early as 5 p.m. For additional information, call the Screen on the Green Hotline: 1-877-262-5866

Summertime is also the time for free concerts.

On Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m., the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert will be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert is free and, in addition to musical performances, it will feature documentary footage and an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists. Gates open at 5 p.m.

On alternating days, at various locations, throughout the summer, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force bands perform free concerts.The 2014 schedule follows:

U.S. Navy Band Performs
on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol
Mondays 8 p.m.
June 2, 9, 16, 23
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25

And at the Navy Memorial
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
June 17, 24
July 22, 29
August 12, 19

U.S. Air Force Band
on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol
Tuesdays, 8 p.m
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26

At the Sylvan Theatre in front of the Washington Monument
Wednesdays 8 p.m.
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27


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