With all of the summer weekends now upon us, the CSG Creative team has been trading ideas for some fun summer things to do in/around the D.C. metro area.

Here are a few to start you off, but be on the lookout for additional suggestions later this summer! Have suggestions of your own? Send them in! We’d love to hear from you.

Take a Hike

This option is popular with several CSGers! Suggested trails include Great Falls Trail on the Virginia side of the Falls or the Billy Goat Trail, on the Maryland side.

Spend the day at a Festival

Not quite a true “Country Fair,” there are several festivals that take place this June:

Celebrate Fairfax, June 10–12, 2011
Music, rides, food & crafts! Head for Fairfax and get your yearly-quota of snowcones and carnival games. Each night ends with a fireworks show!

Northern Virginia Brewfest, June 25–26, 2011
Kick off the summer with a Celebration of American Beer! Sample some of the finest libations from over 40 of America’s best breweries; learn how the beer is made, and how to brew your own.

Catch a Concert at Wolf Trap

From opera to pop and everything in between, Wolf Trap has a show for everyone. Pack a picnic dinner & some wine (you can bring your own food and drinks — including alcohol) and settle down on your picnic blanket. The lawn is sloped so that everyone gets a good view. Tickets are affordable and the crowd is really diverse. Not the picnic type? Buy a seat and simply sip on some wine on the lawn beforehand.

P.S. This is my personal favorite (I worked for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts several years ago and it will always have a special place in my heart!). A couple insider tips:

  • I usually buy an “in-house” seat, but typically end up on the lawn. That way if it rains, I have a covered place to sit, but I usually end up just staying on the lawn.
  • If you’d prefer not to pack a picnic, Wolf Trap offers several options for concessions. You visit one of the concession stands, pre-order a picnic, or visit Ovations – the restaurant at Wolf Trap.