4 Free Things To Do For Families This August in Washington, DC

Looking for free family friendly events before heading back to school? Well, I’ve picked the top 4 free family events around Washington, D.C. These events made the top 4 because they are FREE! August can be an expensive month for families with back to school shopping and vacations, but spending time with each other and providing new experiences to your kids should not cost you money. I’m planning September’s Top 4 free family events in DC; if you have recommendations, please comment below or email hello@naturallyshauniece.com

Enjoy quality time and fun with your family!



2018 DC VegFest   Photo Cred:  DC VegFest and Compassion Over Killing

2018 DC VegFest

Photo Cred: DC VegFest and Compassion Over Killing

DC VegFest - Sun, Aug 11

Don’t let the name scare you! Your kids can hate veggies and you can even love cheeseburgers and still experience this day-long, free-to-enter event at Nationals Park. Your entire family will learn why eating plant-based food is the way to go. You can sample food from over 100 vendors free of charge while enjoying live music, cooking demonstrations, and an activity area for kids! The activity area includes arts and crafts, story time, cartooning, and live music.This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to learn more about healthy lifestyles and enjoying the city. Who knows, the kids may even eat all their vegetables at the next family dinner. 

Cost: Free admissions 

Ages: Open to all ages 

11a.m - 5:30p.m.

Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street

SE, Washington, DC 2003

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Dinosaur & Fossil Hall - Permanent Exhibit

The newly renovated Dinosaur & Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is now reopen. The five year, $110 million renovation is sure to demand the attention of children from toddlers to teenagers. The exhibit displays 700+ specimens including dinosaurs, plants, animals and insects, some never before displayed at the museum. What kid doesn’t like to see a Tyrannosaurus Rex with a 5-foot head and six-inch teeth? 

Cost: Free admissions

Ages: Open to kids of all ages

10a.m. - 5:30p.m.| Sun - Wed

10a.m. - 7:30p.m. | Thurs - Sat

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20560

Photo Cred: Shawn Miller, National Book Festival (via  https://washington.org/)

Photo Cred: Shawn Miller, National Book Festival (via https://washington.org/)

Library of Congress National Book Festival - Sat, Aug 31 

Did your kids read this summer? Well it’s not too late for the kids to pick up a book or get a head start on upcoming book reports at the National Book Festival. The festival is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and is an annual celebration of books of all kinds, from children's stories to novels all curated by the Library of Congress. The Expo Floor on the Lower Level of the Convention Center will offer a wide array of fun activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages.

Cost: Free admissions

Ages: Open to all ages 

8:30a.m. - 9p.m.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

Free Family Movie on the Potomac - Sun, Aug 11, 18, 25 (runs throughout September)

Take your family movie night outdoors on the Potomac at the National Harbor. Movies on the Potomac run with family selections on Sundays throughout September 29. Besides being FREE, you can grab your chairs, strollers, and pack dinner for an evening under the stars. You can even arrive early to let the kids enjoy the playground, sand pit, or eat dinner at one of the delicious dining establishments. 

Cost: Free admissions 

Ages: Open to all ages 

6p.m. - 8p.m. 

Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745 United States