What are some of the top free summer events in DC?

You can find plenty of festivals to visit after purchasing one of the homes for sale in Washington, DC. Catch up on sun and fun at annual summer events held across the district.

DC Government Truck Touch
DC Government Truck Touch gives visitors the opportunity to take a look at nearly 30 vehicles used to provide a variety of public services. Fire trucks, police cars, street sweepers and many more are available for viewing, as local government agencies host demonstrations and presentations.

The fifth annual event will be held June 16, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at RFK Stadium, Lot 7, 2400 East Capitol Street, NE. Summer officially kicks off June 20, but you can get an early start by attending this event. Nearly 1,000 residents checked out the complimentary event last year, so you should be able to meet other locals while getting an in-depth look at various public service vehicles.

The event is easily accessible by Metrorail on the Blue and Orange lines (Stadium-Armory station) and several bus lines.

Capitol Riverfront outdoor movies
A trip to a movie theater can be costly, especially if you're operating on a limited budget. Thankfully, DC offers affordable, outdoor movies you can enjoy on the Capitol Riverfront every summer.

Free films are shown at New Jersey Avenue SE and Tingey Street SE, and feature a wide range of genres while usually relating to a specific theme. Movies such as National Treasure, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Muppet Treasure Island showcase 2012's theme, which is treasure hunting.

You can watch a movie under the stars on Thursday nights at 8:45 until July 26.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Check out this outdoor festival that celebrates the simpler things in life. You'll find art, music and poetry are just a few of the reasons to attend this event that showcases living DC traditions. Visitors can celebrate their similarities and differences at this one-of-a-kind cultural gathering in the nation's capital.

The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will take place from June 27 to July 1, and July 4 to July 8, and is held between DC's National Mall and the Smithsonian museums. You can experience programs emphasizing campus and community, citified and creativity and crisis at this year's event.