What's Out There Weekend Washington, D.C.

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What's Out There Weekends

What's Out There Weekend Washington, D.C.

What's Out There Weekend Washington, D.C.
Jun 18, 2022 to Jun 19, 2022
Washington, DC
United States

Drawing on the capitol’s deep cultural landscape legacy, this weekend of free, expert-led tours will feature dozens of sites, including national icons, gardens, campuses, plazas, public parks, and cultural institutions. An online city guide and printed guidebook will be produced in tandem with the Weekend.

Tour details and registration information will continue to be added, please check back for more information (including additional tours, tour guides, and instructions for locating tour starting points) in the coming days. 

TOUR SCHEDULE – All tours are free, but attendance is limited and registration is required.  


  • C&O Canal National Historical Park - 10:00-11:30am | led by Katherine Boyle (National Park Service)
  • Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land - 10:00-11:30am | led by Patricia Cunniff (Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild)
  • Howard University - 10:00-11:00am | led by Bradford Grant (Howard University Professor of Architecture)
  • Fort Lincoln Park - 10:00-11:00am | led by Adrienne McCray (Lee & Associates)
  • Washington National Cathedral - 10:00-11:30am | led by Don Partlan (Michael Vergason Landscape Architects) with members of the National Cathedral All Hallows Guild 
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial - 11:00am-12:00pm | led by Dave Hunke (Trust for the National Mall and National Park Service)
  • Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens - 11:00am-12:30pm; 11:45-1:15pm | led by Jessica Bonilla (Hillwood Estate Director of Horticulture). Participants will have access to the entire grounds including the mansion and exhibition Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior.
  • Langston Terrace Dwellings - 11:00am-11:45am | led by Melvin Mitchell, FAIA (Bryant Mitchell Architects)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Rooftop - 1:00-2:00pm | led by Diane Murdock (D.C. Public Library Docent) and Sara Downing (Oehme, van Sweden Landscape Architects). Option for participants to continue with a tour of the Library's interior.
  • The Wharf - 3:00-4:30pm | led by Robin Lollar (Michael Vergason Landscape Architects) with Paul Josey (Wolf Josey Landscape Architects). Tour of Phase I and Phase II developments along the Wharf. 
  • U.S. National Arboretum - 6:00-7:30pm | led by Richard Olsen (Arboretum Director) and Doug Reed (Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects)

SUNDAY June 19

  • Alethia Tanner Park - 9:00-10:00am | led by Jeffrey Aten and Bradley Odom (Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects)
  • Smithsonian Gardens: Mary Livingston Ripley Garden and Enid A. Haupt Garden - 10:00-11:30am | led by Janet Draper (Smithsonian Gardens)
  • Tidal Basin - 10:00-11:00am | led by Teresa Durkin and Eduard Krakhmalnikov (Trust for the National Mall) Option for participants to continue with the tour of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and National World War II Memorial at 11:00am (must register separately).
  • Watergate Complex - 10:30-11:30am | led by Gigi Winston (Winston Real Estate)
  • Black Lives Matter Plaza - 11:00-11:45am | led by Keyonna Jones (Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and National World War II Memorial - 11:00am-12:00pm | led by Robert Johnson (Oehme, van Sweden Landscape Architects)
  • Lincoln Memorial - 12:30-1:30pm | led by Alan Ward (Sasaki)
  • Lockkeeper's House - 2:00pm-3:00pm | led by Scott Szymendera (Trust for the National Mall and National Park Service)
  • Dumbarton Oaks - 1:00-2:30pm | led by John Beardsley (historian, curator, former Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks). Option for participants to continue with the tour of Dumbarton Oaks Park (must register separately).
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park - 2:30pm-3:30pm | led by Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy. Option for participants to continue from preceding tour of Dumbarton Oaks (must register separately).
  • American University - 2:00-3:00pm | led by H. Paul Davis (American University Landscape Project Manager)
  • Gallaudet University - 2:00-3:00pm | led by Meredith Peruzzi (Director of the National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University) and university archives staff
  • Tregaron Conservancy - 2:00-3:15pm | led by Lynn Parseghian (Tregaron Executive Director) and Susan Lynner (Tregaron Conservancy Board Chair)


Tour times soon to be announced for:

  • Pershing Park
  • Capitol Park Towers
  • Harbour Square
  • Roosevelt Island
Multiple locations
Washington, DC 20009
United States