French drawing room at Hillwood


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Family Picnic in Partnership with Rainbow Families

Connect with other LGBTQ+ families in Hillwood's urban oasis at this family celebration. 

Festivities include:Father and daughter at the 2019 Family Picnic

  • Pack a picnic from home or purchase food from Merriweather To Go to enjoy outdoors on Hillwood's spacious grounds, including the airy and open courtyard tent, and welcoming lawn
  • Play games on the lawn, such as hula hoop, ring toss, and jump rope
  • Enjoy art-making and pick up an individually packaged kit to decorate a paper lantern, as you relax in your group's own space on the lawn or at tables in the courtyard tent
  • Explore the special exhibitions Kristine Mays: Rich Soil and Roaring Twenties: The Life and Style of Marjorie Merriweather Post

Presented in partnership with Rainbow FamiliesRainbow Families Logo

Advanced reservations are recommended, due to limited capacity.

Hillwood remains open until 5 p.m. You are welcome to stay and enjoy all the estate has to offer.


  • Please bring your own picnic blankets for seating on the lawn. Visitors may wish to bring bug spray.
  • Picnicking is welcome at this event. Please note our liquor license does not allow patrons to bring in outside alcohol.
  • Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available from Merriweather To Go.


  • This program takes place entirely outdoors on a lawn in our gardens and in the nearby airy and open courtyard tent.
  • Capacity at this program is limited to enable social distancing.
  • As D.C. has an indoor mask mandate, Hillwood will enforce mask wearing indoors at all times for all visitors, including those who are vaccinated. In accordance with CDC guidelines, visitors who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in outdoor spaces while using appropriate social distancing.
  • Adhere to posted social distancing guidelines and garden, building, and restroom capacities. In all indoor and outdoor spaces, stay at least six feet away from other visitors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Stay at home if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had known exposure to the virus.
  • Pump hand sanitizer will be available.
  • See our visitor guidelines for more information about how we are following the latest local and national guidance. 


Because the Family Picnic is an outdoor event, it may be canceled in the event of significant threat of rain. Participants will be informed by email the morning of the event if the program has been canceled.

Families picnicking on lawn
Young boy and baby picnicking
Family with two kids and two moms on Hillwood's lawn