Now that many of you have arrived in DC, I would recommend getting to know your new city. The following are just a few ideas to help you take advantage of the time you have left before diving into law school.
My first recommendation is to get involved with Restaurant Week, August 6-12. If you’re not from a larger city, you might not be aware of this fabulous opportunity. Restaurant Week is a time when area eateries band together to offer prefix meals at a set fee. This encourages folks to try restaurants around the greater DC area they’ve never experienced. (Or if you’re like me, I do it for the chance to visit my favorite spots and try new meals.) The menu is set and doesn’t include beverages. Many of the restaurants have both lunch ($20.07) and dinner ($30.07) options. For more information, log on to http://www.washington.org/restaurantwk.
Second, it seems cheesy at first, but a trolley tour is a great way to see DC and its most popular spots. There are several of them, but the best are the ones that give you all-day access and let you get on and off at stops. I prefer the tours that go into more of the DC neighborhoods like Georgetown and the Embassy Row areas. Another plus of doing this is it allows you to be a better tour guide when family and friends visit.
If you’re already in town, the Capitol City Fringe Festival is happening until July 29th. This is the second year of this festival which brings together emerging theater artists and DC area audiences. For more information, please visit http://www.capfringe.org.
Another arts opportunity for you is the nightly free event held at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center has the Millennium Stage every day at 6 pm. The type of performing art changes and they showcase everything from music to dance to theater. Not only do you get a free performance, you’ll also be visiting a “living” memorial at the same time. Visit their site and look up the Millennium Stage’s calendar at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.
For a great time all around, visit RFK Stadium and the Nationals. The stadium is conveniently located on the Orange and Blue Metro lines. Their schedule is at http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=was.
Finally, remember to take advantage of your time before school starts. Log on to http://www.washington.org for more DC area events. And don’t forget to ask friends and DC residents what their favorites are….there’s way too much going on in DC for me to list.