A Winter Wonderland in August: National Harbor’s Pop-Up Concert Venue is a Life-Sized Snow Globe

Snow Globe - NightPhoto Credit: National Harbor

D.C. offers plenty of interesting places to check out live music, but the National Harbor‘s new venue tops anything else out there.

Near the water sits a temporary events space called Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe, and it looks like something straight out of a Christmas catalog. Beyond its translucent, dome-shaped exterior is a temperature-controlled room–set at a comfortable 64 degrees–that gets consistently pumped with fake snow. During D.C.’s most humid time of the year, the dome provides an escape from the sweltering heat.

“We wanted to be able to offer something that no one else in this area could offer,” said Rachel Ball, director of events for the National Harbor. “I remember being a child thinking how cool would it be to step into a snow globe, and so we created it, added an opportunity for great drinks, and here it is!”

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The National Harbor tapped Rock and Roll Hotel co-owner and talent buyer Steve Lambert to curate live music for the space, which can fit up to 400 inside and an additional 300 people in its lawn area (which is also covered with fake snow). This past weekend hosted both local and touring bands like L.A.’s Magic Giant, D.C.’s Color Palette and White Ford Bronco, while this weekend will include a performance from Sir Sly on Saturday night.

“We wanted a mix of fun energetic bands that could appeal to a wide range of visitors to National Harbor,” mentioned Ball.

Besides music, the dome offers cocktails from Buffalo & Bergen that includes $12 boozy snow cones, and you can also play cornhole outside if you’re looking for something else to do.

The National Harbor plans to bring back the dome this winter and transform it into a tropical beach oasis. For now, it’ll be opened every weekend until Sept 3. Thursday and Friday hours run from 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday hours go from noon-midnight, and Sunday hours are from noon-6 p.m. You’ll need to purchase a ticket via Eventbrite in order to get inside, and prices range from $10-$25.