Summer Picnic

Saturday, June 16, 2018
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Summer Picnic at Yards Park

The Summer Picnic provides members the opportunity to get to know each other better at a relaxing picnic with great food and activities.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

at Yards Park
11:00am to 4:00pm
The Great Lawn at Yards Park
3rd and Water Streets, SE


*Upon registration, please make sure to indicate the # of adults & the # of children (must be 12 years old or younger) attending


About the Summer Picnic

The annual CSS Summer Picnic is famous in DC for its great food, fun activities and amazing raffle prizes.

The picnic includes delicious Rocklands BBQ along with wine, beer, fruit and other snacks and drinks.

The picnic is a family friendly event that has activities for all ages. In past years, the Summer picnic highlights have included tasty food, music, a raffle, games, Pepsi products, and an ice cream cart.

This is a favorite event among members.  Mark your calendar now because this is a must attend event!

Entrance & Tickets & Raffle Tickets

This event is open to all current CSS members at no additional cost. This event doesn’t require a ticket(s) to attend but please RSVP to the event.

If you would like to bring a guest(s), please make sure to have them purchase a CSS membership(s) online beforehand or they can purchase on-site at the event, day of.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Picnic. The raffle will benefit The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter.  This year’s beneficiary organization is in memory of longtime California State Society board member and former Director of Washington Affairs for the California Wine Institute, Sally Murphy, who suffered from ALS and passed away in April 2014.

Getting There

By Metro:
Take the Green Line to the Navy Yard metro. Exit at M and New Jersey Avenues, SE.  Walk down M Street (keep the CVS on your left), take a right on 4th Street and the picnic is directly past the Trapeze School.

There is very limited parking available so please plan accordingly.

CapitalBikeShare has a rack at M Street and New Jersey Ave., SE. There are also bike racks available at the picnic.

Picnic Guidelines

The Summer Picnic is an all day event, so, you may want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable clothes, a camera, a big bag (to hold raffle prizes), a blanket or towel (if you want to camp out on the grass) and tennis shoes (if playing volleyball).  We have handicap-accessible portable toilets available.

Feedback from CSS Members

“Nothing compares to the California State Society Summer Picnic. If I weren’t from California, I’d move there just so I could attend this event.” ~ Bret Manley

“The California State Society Summer Picnic is one of the highlights of my year. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to meet fellow Californians and reminisce about the beach, Yosemite, and In-N-Out Burger over volleyball, great food and some Zinfandel. I highly recommend.” ~Sergio Espinosa

Contact Information

For more information about the California State Society, please email

To donate prizes and giveaways to the California State Society’s Summer Picnic,  or to volunteer, please contact us at

To RSVP, please sign in at

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