For a great free evening, try the Friday night concerts at Yards Park. Featuring a different group each week, you can hear rock, pop, R&B, reggae, or country. The concerts conveniently start at 6:30, which of course means dinner.
There are many choices for eating. Lots of people bring picnics and sprawl out on the grass.
Others go to one of the many food trucks.
Or you can get take-out at the surrounding restaurants, or go fancy at one of the sit-down places.
You may even get lucky with the freebies available, like this frozen sandwich being given out last weekend by the California Walnut Mobile Tour, by Devin Alexander, chef for The Biggest Loser (note: the treat is actually made with frozen yogurt, so almost a bargain at 239 calories!)
You can sit close to the concert, or spread out along the riverwalk or pavilions.
Make sure to wander around, across the bridge:
And walk around the huge wading pool, with its cascading fountains.
And on the east side of the riverwalk, make sure to spot the USS Barry, which is scheduled to be dismantled soon (since it won’t fit under the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge).
The concerts are on Friday nights through September 11th – full schedule. It’s a quick walk from the Navy Yard Metro stop, or you could come by bike or boat.