Issue 03: Summer Fun!

Issue 03: Summer Fun!


Happy Summer + Solstice!

Summer is (almost) officially started, and I'm here for it.

Summer solstice is here, y'all! That means it's time to get out and enjoy long days and the slower pace that comes when half the town is out on vacay. If you're looking for a fun way to kick off your summer shenanigans, I suggest checking out the Smithsonian x By The People Solstice celebration this weekend. All the museums are open until midnight Saturday and there's great art festival programming around the city!

If the Mall and museums during summer tourist season aren't your thing (I'm with ya), check out the links section today - I'm including info on workshops and events at some of my favorite spots around town. If you have a fave that I need to know about, please email me the info! I love learning about new things from y'all.

Shameless personal plug/file under "fun things to do" this summer: I have four extra tickets to Phish at Merriweather this Saturday. Check out the Giveaway section for details on how to win them.

Also, be sure to tag us in your weekend summer fun! We're starting a new Monday feature and we want to share what you're doing - details below.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your summer fun!

Elle VanDyne, Community Creatrix
@pandasantoro by @rachellcooperr from the #collabcreateDC feed

what we're excited for this summer...

Femme Fatale DC is open through July 31 + hosting lots of great workshops like a Finding Bliss Cacao Ceremony, Make Your Own Bath Bombs, Home Renovation for Women, and a Lunar Enlightenment series. See the full calendar here.

The Petworth Arts Collaborative shares a variety of community + art events all summer including Deep Noise - an art + music speakeasy, a By The People satellite art installation this weekend, and "First Fridays" every month, featuring local artists and vendors. See the full calendar here.

OG workshop ladies The Lemon Collective have a full summer schedule! Check out their Henna Inspired Art class, Plant Parenthood: Houseplants 101, Macro Macrame class, or The Art of Crepe Paper Flowers before they sell out! See the full calendar here.
local podcast

what we're listening to this week...

Did you know that 202Creates has a podcast studio + producer you can use to record your own podcasts, promos, or sound clips? For free? Yup. And they also have a great local podcast: People That You Don't Know That You Should Know - all about the DC creatives scene.

Their latest episode is perfect for our summer kickoff newsletter! Listen in as local author + tourism expert Andréa Seiger chats about her book "111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss". You can listen to the episode on Soundcloud and do some local exploring this summer!

some recent features from the 'Gram...

Behold.Her Fundraiser

Behold.Her is an amazing DC organization planning a women's Self-Worth Conference later this year. Check out what they're doing, and learn how every little bit of donation helps make this a reality.

Support local women here...

Meet Creators Coalition

Marcus Cook, Creative Architect and Founder of Creators Coalition, shares about how he creates safe spaces for creatives to connect, share + grow in our community. Next Creatives Anonymous meeting: July 8!

Read our first "guy" feature...

help us start a new Stories feature!

summer fun at @badlandsplay from the @maeveindc feed

Summer Stories

We're trying out a new feature: sharing your summer weekends on our Stories feed each Monday!

Tag us in your posts over any summer weekend using @CollabCreateDC for a chance to get your weekend fun featured the following Monday. You can also tag us in Stories but keep in mind that we don't do the 'Gram on the weekends, and Stories disappear after 24 hours - so save the Stories tags for Sunday, maybe?

Can't wait to see what you're up to this summer!

Phish at Merriweather

If you know Phish, you know what's up. They're a jam band that throws a killer party, and their fans are SO much fun. I personally consider their shows my church and I'll be at the revival tent allll weekend, y'all.

For a chance to win up to four lawn tickets to the show this Saturday (6/22), DM me on Instagram by Friday at noon. And tell your friends!
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