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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street · National Harbor, Maryland 20745 USA

Entertainment Guide

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SummerFest Events & Activities

Hours of Operation: Vary by day and may have multiple showings throughout the day. Times and dates are subject to change.

The best way to experience SummerFest is to spend the night with us.

Please Note:  All content below is for this past 2019 SummerFest season.   Sign-up for email updates for details on SummerFest 2020!  Sign-up now.

SummerFest at Gaylord National

Friday, May 24, 2019 - Monday, September 2, 2019

The Capital Region's premier waterfront resort, Gaylord National, comes alive with Summer FUN!  Overnight guests can enjoy resort entertainment and activities as part of our annual celebration - SummerFest.  From outdoor events and great music to campfire stories, scavenger hunts, seasonal cocktails and more, there is something for everyone. Whether you are visiting the Washington, DC area to sightsee, a family looking for a getaway or a great night out with friends, you will find everything you need to make your summer getaway memorable.

Endless Entertainment all Summer Long

Take a sneak peek into all the excitement that awaits you during SummerFest at Gaylord National Resort.

"We loved SummerFest which had a ton of activities for kids and families."  Juliana P. - Harco, MD

"We only stayed one night and the kids begged to stay another." Brian A. - Bethesda, MD

"Incredible location and property on the harbor! Fun for kids and adults alike." Dave F. - Virginia Beach, VA

Bug Quest

Learn about the interesting world of insects during this interactive scavenger hunt! Explore our indoor garden atrium to find hopping, buzzing, crawling and flying critters during this family-friendly quest. Find all the bugs to enter to win an overnight stay!

Times: Daily
Location: Pick up your clue sheet at one of the kiosks located throughout the hotel.
Price: FREE

Campfire Tales and S'more

Gather around our campsite and settle in for a night of tall tales and old-fashioned storytelling! This 25-minute experience is perfect for the whole family and includes everyone's favorite camping snack, s'mores.

Times: Saturdays | 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Location: Lower Atrium
Price: FREE for Registered Hotel Guests

Best of Summer Atrium Show

Join us as our garden atrium comes to life with a spectacular new laser light show that celebrates everyone's favorite summer jams. Guests will enjoy samples of America's classic summertime tunes as a kaleidoscope of colorful laser lights and dancing water jets from the atrium's majestic fountain light up our atrium.

Times: Nightly | 8:30pm and 9pm
Location: Lower Atrium
Price: FREE

Movie Under the Stars

Grab a seat or blanket, gather your friends, and meet us in the Atrium for Gaylord National's Movie Under the Stars. Guests can enjoy a variety of family-friendly Hollywood hits in our glass enclosed garden atrium.

Times: Saturdays | 9:15pm
Location: Lower Atrium
Price: FREE for Registered Hotel Guests

Silent Disco Party

Experience the coolest way to enjoy music at our Lobby Bar with views of our garden atrium and the Potomac River. Participants are given special headphones with channels tuned to select music mixes created by our DJ. Choose your favorite station and dance the night away.

Times: Saturdays | 9pm-11pm
Location: Belvedere Lobby Bar
Price: FREE to Overnight Hotel guests and $10 fee for visitors.

Water Splashing Fun

Overnight guests of the hotel can experience the resort's all-season Jr Olympic Size Pool and pool deck. Adults can enjoy sipping on beverages from the pool bar, while kids have fun in the outdoor splash pads. Enjoy complimentary kid activities including chalk, bubbles, pool inflatables and more all summer long.

Times: Daily (registered guests only). Hours vary and pool may be closed at any time for maintenance or weather issues. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult or guardian.
Location: Pool Level
Price: FREE for Registered Hotel Guests

Summer Relaxation at Relâche Spa

Indulge in pure relaxation with special summer treatments. Treatment options include massage, pedicure and facial.

Relâche Spa Services

Gaylord National Block Party Bash

July 2-July 6, 2019

All Independece week, overnight resort guests can experience  the best of SummerFest activities DAILY. During this jammed-pack week of festivities, enjoy FREE guest events including Silent Disco Parties, Movie Under the Stars, live music and pool fun. Additional family events for this week only include trivia nights, a kids craft corner, games and more.

Sunset Jams presented by bubly™

Relax and catch some afternoon rays while enjoying live music at the pool deck and bar. Specialty cocktails and light bites are also available.

Times: Saturdays | 4pm-7pm
Location: Pool Level
Price: FREE for Registered Hotel Guests

Summer Dining

Celebrate the summer with special food and beverage experiences.

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