Activities & Events. See Washington DC Like a Local

6There is so much to see in Washington, DC. We will help you to focus on the things that most interest you. For the independent traveler, the hostel has an Info Center on the Lobby Level. There you will find information on the local area, historic neighborhoods, popular nightlife spots, sights, tours, and much more. Be sure to check the activity boards for an update of free activities and events during your stay.
Make sure to join one of our free tours. Quite easily one of our most popular amenities, the free tours, led by our dedicated volunteers, give you the local’s perspective on our historic city.

HI Washington, DC coordinates several free activities each week, all led by our enthusiastic volunteers. Please note, tours are subject to change and cancellation.

Event Calendar

Sample Free Activities

Trivia Night at Fado Irish Pub:

Join our volunteer, Andrew, for a fun trivia night at Fado Irish Pub.

Georgetown Tour:

Join our volunteer, Marc, for an incredible walking tour of the historic neighborhood of Georgetown. The tour includes an overview of Georgetown, stops at former JFK residences, a visit to DC’s oldest standing building, strolls through the beautiful Georgetown University Campus and views of a “horrifying” Hollywood staircase. The tour ends with an optional dinner at Third Edition, a popular bar of Georgetown.

“Volunteering at HI Washington DC is one of the best things
that I have ever done. My tours at HI DC all feel like mini-vacations.”
– Marc Mehrespand, HI Washington DC volunteer since 2005

Monuments Tour:

Discover Washington, DC’s most impressive monuments with our friendly volunteer, Jeff. This tour includes stops at popular historic sites such as the Old Post Office, Lafayette Park, the White House, the Old Executive Building, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. If you have a great interest in the rich historic and cultural background of the District of Columbia, you should definitely join this fun tour.

Dupont Circle Tour & Pub Crawl:

This amazing tour highlights significant sights of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, such as Embassy Row. This tour is a lot of fun, as you will have a chance to hang out at popular bars.

Concert at the Kennedy Center:

Join our long-time volunteer, Manny, for a fun concert at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC’s busiest art facility.

“My experience at HI Washington DC has been rewarding, and I enjoy interacting with hostellers.”
– Manny Rokny, HI- Washington, DC volunteer since 1988

Social Nights:

Join our volunteers and fellow travelers for a mouthwatering dinner in the Dining Area.