Carnival season is one of the most celebratory party seasons of the year.

What’s better than the sweet sun hitting your face as you move your body to the sounds of lush soca music with a rum punch in your hand and a beautiful costume on your body? Unfortunately however, everyone can’t afford the $5K+ price tag that often comes with visiting the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica or St. Lucia. Thankfully, with the rise of carnival culture, there are plenty of options that happen across the country that will feed your carnival fix, and are just as fun. 

So if you missed the bandwagon to experience an island carnival this year, it’s not too late to experience the fun this summer right in the nation’s capital. We put together a list of the best places to fete this summer in the Washington D.C. area.

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