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50+ Things To Do This March

March 9th, 2020 | Comments Off on 50+ Things To Do This March | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Fill your spring calendar with can’t-miss events, theater performances, outstanding concerts and fascinating museum exhibits in the District.

DC Defenders at Audi Field – March 8, 15 & 28
The XFL has returned, this time bringing with it a team that represents DC. The Defenders play their home games at the beautiful Audi Field, which provides one of the best stadium experiences in the area. Head coach Pep Hamilton has led the team to a 2-0 record (as of this writing) with back-to-back dominant performances at home. The Defenders will continue their quest for a postseason appearance in their inaugural season. March home games include matchups against the St. Louis BattleHawks (March 8, 3 p.m.), the Dallas Renegades (March 15, 4 p.m.) and the Tampa Bay Vipers (March 28, 2 p.m.).?
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Direct Current – March 8-21
A two-week festival of contemporary American art, music, film, dance and activism converges at the Kennedy Center with fascinating presentations that will be new to Washington audiences. The programming, which focuses on female creatives this year, will tap creative luminaries such as Ava DuVernay, Camila Meza and Patti Smith. Expect film screenings, new theater productions and live music.
Learn more
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – March 12-22
The longest-running and largest environmental film festival in the U.S. enlightens viewers on the state of our environment and what we can do to maintain its health. More than 100 movies will be screened at venues all over the District, including a new documentary that focuses on the career of Jane Goodall. The festival will also include informative discussions and social events that will inspire dialogue surrounding these wonderful films and their important themes. Many of the events are free and all are open to the public. Check the website for a full schedule.?

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild’N Out Live – March 13
Mixing stand up comedy and live music, Wild’N Out has been captivating audiences for 15 years. Hosted by the incomparable Nick Cannon, this live show will feature all the cool stuff you expect from the show: head-to-head battles, hilarious improv and even audience participation. Expect popular cast members to join Cannon on stage – as well as plenty of surprises.?
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

HopFest 2020 – March 14
HopFest is the only beer festival in the city hosted by local brewers for local brewers. The DC Brewers’ Guild has one heck of a day planned for the sixth installment of this beloved event. Dozens of breweries will be on hand at the DC Brau Brewing Company to showcase hoppy goodness, from one-off specials to old favorites to rare brews you can’t find anywhere else.?
12-5 p.m. | Tickets
DC Brau Brewing Company, 3178 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, DC 20018

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 15
Honor the Emerald Isle with a bundle of pageantry at the annual St. Patrick’s Parade, which marches for a mile down Constitution Avenue. This free-to-attend two-hour celebration of Irish culture celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Expect marching bands, traditional Irish dance and the inevitable swath of green attire. The parade has grown from a small gathering on Massachusetts Avenue to a full-blown party in the heart of Downtown.?
12-3 p.m.
Parade route: Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th Streets

National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20 – April 12
The nation’s greatest springtime celebration returns to fill four weeks with free family events, many with Japanese influences, a nod to the gift of the trees in 1912 from the Mayor of Tokyo to the citizens of Washington, DC. Among the signature events: the Pink Tie Party (March 20), the Opening Ceremony (March 21), the Blossom Kite Festival (March 28), the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 4) and Petalpalooza (April 11).

Pink Tie Party – March 20
Show off your duds and support the blossoms at this exclusive pink tie fundraiser, where a ticket will give you access to one sophisticated celebration. Mixologists go toe-to-toe with their own heady cherry blossom concoctions, while chefs from popular eateries get into the spirit by rustling up spring-themed eats. There’s also dancing and a silent auction that you will not want to miss. The event is for ages 21 and over.?
7-11 p.m. | Tickets
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony – March 21
Diehard blossom-goers make a point to be official about their visit by reserving tickets to this free event. Experience the festival on stage, through traditional and contemporary performances at the Warner Theatre, including the dance team WHITE OUT TOKYO, the singer Naotaro Moriyama and the alternative music ensemble of Anna Sato and Toshiyuki Sasaki.?
5-6:30 p.m. | Free admission |  Reserve
Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Smithsonian American Art Museum Cherry Blossom Celebration – March 21
Join one of DC’s most popular museums in celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The free event will take place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum inside its gorgeous Kogod Courtyard. Expect a taiko drumming performance, Japanese dancing, face painting, cherry blossom-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt for spring-themed art and much more.
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Free admission
Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street & 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Japanese Fashion Family Day – March 21
Watch Japanese fashion come to life at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Learn about kimonos, happi coats, accessories and the creations of leading Japanese designers while marveling at traditional dance performances. Attendees can experience a kimono dressing demonstration as well as create their own kimono designs and cherry blossom pendants.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

BYT Presents: Future is Festival – March 26-29
The newest festival experience from Brightest Young Things launches in late March and includes events at Lincoln Theatre and The REACH. Future is Festival will showcase the talents of podcasters, filmmakers, comedians, musicians and innovators, including Nora from The Lily, Jonathan Coulton, Ophira Eisenberg, Rhea Butcher, Alex Elle and many more. To cap it off, there’s a Lizzo daytime dance party at Eaton Workshop that you do not want to miss.

50+ Things To Do This February

February 5th, 2020 | Comments Off on 50+ Things To Do This February | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks – Feb. 7
While Bradley Beal and the Wizards are struggling in the standings, the team is as exciting as any to watch, with supporting players like Ish Smith, Davis Bertans, Jordan McRae and rookie Rui Hachimura powering an offensive machine. The Wiz will be in for a challenge when the Dallas Mavericks, playoff contenders in the Western Conference, come to town. The Mavs are led by superstar Luka Don?ic, who’s near the top of the scoring leaderboard and averages nearly a triple-double at the ripe old age of 21. Prepare for some fun basketball.
7 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

DC Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival – Feb. 8
The name of this festival kind of says it all. You will be able to enjoy chocolate in a myriad of ways, from hand-rolled truffles to artisan chocolates to cupcakes, cookies, candies, cake pops, donuts … we could go on. On top of that, you can indulge in unlimited pours of premium wines, craft beers and ciders and savor samples of whiskies and other spirits.
12-8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Suite 101L, Washington, DC 20002

DC Defenders at Audi Field – Feb. 8 & 15
The XFL returns, this time bringing with it a team that will represent DC. The Defenders will play their home games at the beautiful Audi Field, which provides one of the best stadium experiences in the area. Head coach Pep Hamilton will look to lead the team to a postseason appearance in their inaugural season. Game 1 is a home tilt against the Seattle Dragons at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8. Additional home games will be held on Feb. 15, March 8, March 15 and March 28.
2 p.m. |  Tickets
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

Disney on Ice: Celebrate Memories – Feb. 13-17
Capital One Arena offers some first-class family entertainment this Valentine’s Day weekend. Disney On Ice is bringing classic characters to Capital One Arena. Kids will love seeing Moana embark on a high-seas adventure, Woody and Buzz strut their stuff and the dreams of Disney Princesses come true.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Woo at the Zoo – Feb. 14
The National Zoo hosts this special Valentine’s Day event that makes for a hilarious and fun-filled evening for you and your boo. Learn all about mating, dating and procreating in the animal kingdom during 7:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. presentations. In addition to the education portion, you can also sip on a cocktail, enjoy an ‘80s-themed dance party, participate in trivia and snack on complimentary desserts.
7-10 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Mizuno Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic – Feb. 15-17
More than 900 teams will participate in this national tournament that brings together the best junior volleyball teams in the country. From Saturday through Monday, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will showcase qualifier-style competition in one of the most exciting indoor sports. Three-day spectator passes, which go on sale Feb. 8, cost just $38.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

Old Glory DC Home Opener vs. Seattle Seawolves – Feb. 16
Old Glory DC Rugby was founded in 2018, but 2020 marks the first time that the team will compete in Major League Rugby. Their season begins in New Orleans on Feb. 8, with the first home game at Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium falling on Feb. 16, when the Seattle Seawolves come to town. Check out intense rugby action all the way through Old Glory’s final home game on May 24.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
Cardinal Stadium at Catholic University, 620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20064

Washington’s Birthday Celebration – Feb. 17
Honor the birth date of America’s first president with a free day of festivities at the beautiful Mount Vernon. You can witness a presidential tribute and wreathlaying at Washington’s tomb, take in an official observance ceremony, watch a military demonstration, listen to patriotic music, hear stories from previous Washington birthday celebrations and pose in front of a life-sized Lansdowne painting of G.W.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Free admission
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Intersections Festival – Feb. 19 – March 1
Atlas Performing Arts Center hosts the Intersections Festival annually, masterfully combining theatre, dance, poetry, music, film, writing, sculpture, photography and arts of all kinds into two weeks’ worth of intellectual excitement. Witness the finest creativity that DC can offer, and do so at one of the city’s most prestigious venues located in one of its most vibrant neighborhoods. Check out the full list of events and make sure to purchase a festival pass, which allows you to reserve tickets to the events of your choice.
Festival Pass
The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

DC Dive Show – Feb. 22-23
The Mid-Atlantic Winter Scuba Dive Festival calls the convention center home for two days this February. If you’re into exploring the deep blue sea or are simply looking to learn to scuba, the DC Dive Show is well worth your time. Speakers will detail their adventures in the polar regions, the Bahamas and many other environs. You can also take in discussions regarding environmental issues, gaze at underwater photography, hear live music, watch exciting videos and much, much more.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

USA Men’s Basketball vs. Puerto Rico – Feb. 23
For the first time, the Entertainment and Sports Arena will host the United States Men’s Basketball Team. The squad, led by former NBA head coach Mike Fratello, will compete in the FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying games against Puerto Rico. Tickets start out as low as $5, with courtside seats going for just $75. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy international basketball competition.
3 p.m. |  Tickets
Entertainment and Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Street SE, Washington, DC 20032

The Official DC Cocktail Festival – Feb. 29
Sampling 15 expertly crafted cocktails from DC’s best mixologists sounds like an awesome way to spend a Saturday. Elevate the experience even further with delicious food, live music and a chance to mingle with fellow cocktail enthusiasts. Vendors include Crimson Diner & Whiskey Bar, Primrose, The Occidental and Morris American Bar, among others. General admission and VIP tickets are available for each of the three sessions.
12-10 p.m. |  Tickets
National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

‘Future Sketches’ by Zach Lieberman –Through March 1
Marking the first solo exhibition of Zach Lieberman’s work, this new exhibit at ARTECHOUSE takes you right to the vanguard of modern computer design. Future Sketches stretches your imagination, showcasing interaction between humans and computers through jaw-dropping media art. The exhibit consists of more than a decade of Lieberman’s art, illuminating how body, voice and gesture can be displayed visually.
ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

‘Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits’ – Through April 19
Delita Martin aims to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual in her awe-inspiring large-scale works. The connection between the past and present, symbolism and personal memory are also vital to Martin’s work, which often contains a multitude of layers and techniques, including drawing, sewing, collaging and painting. Witness her mastery through seven works that showcase African American tradition, iconography and history.
Hours & Admission
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005

Ultimate Bucket List for DC Families

December 31st, 2019 | Comments Off on Ultimate Bucket List for DC Families | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

While you pen your New Year’s resolutions consider adding a new tradition: the family bucket list. Whether you’re new to the area or have called DC home for decades, there is always something new to see and hidden gems to explore. Not sure where to start? We’ve created a seasonal checklist of things to see and do in DMV so you can create an epic road map for the year ahead (and, while you’re at it, the decade!). Happy New Year!


1. Snow ball fight! If DC is lucky enough to get a good dusting of snow this winter, the Washington DC Snowball Fight Association (yes, it exists) hosts a flashmob-style, family-friendly snowball fight. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for deets.

2. Cure cabin fever by sliding, swinging, climbing, and jumping around at one of DC’s indoor playgrounds.

3. Skate circles around the Pentagon Row Ice Rink, and then thaw off by snuggling up at one of the rinks fire pits.

4. Visit Mount Vernon, the estate once occupied by George Washington, where this time of the year is filled with super fun candlelight tours, chocolate making demos, and camel sightings (really!).

5. Take a break from the brisk with a spot of hot tea at a “Girlie Girl” tea party.

6. Grab your coats and some hot chocolate, and head out to spy one of the DMV’s spectacular light displays.

7. Get stuffed on handmade pop tarts (think: peppermint fudge) at Ted’s Bulletin. P.S. Don’t worry, there’s still some time before swimsuit season.

8. Let your toddler explore mazes, obstacle courses, tunnels, and slides at Kid Junction, a 10,000 square foot fully-enclosed facility in Chantilly, VA.

9. Want to save some money? Snag a parent-approved free kid’s meal.

10. Spend the morning at the National Aquarium. With over 750 species of underwater critters, puffin feedings, a 4D Immersion Theater, and more, the aquarium has something for everyone.

11. It’s the season of giving so volunteer at Food and Friends, where you and your minis can prep and deliver hot meals to people living with challenging illnesses.

12. Eat dinner by a toasty fire at one of the DMVs restaurants that keep their fireplaces going all winter long. .

13. Chase butterflies at the Smithsonian’s indoor Butterfly Habitat Garden. Bonus: The climate-controlled environment is kept at a toasty 80 degrees.?

14. Spend the day—watching boaters, exploring historic houses, and noshing on cupcakes—in beautiful Georgetown.

15. Warm up with a bowl of chili (and/or a half smoke) from D.C.’s iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl.

16. Experience a jazz concert designed for young music lovers at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery.

17. This wouldn’t be a bucket list if we didn’t encourage you to go skiing or snowboarding; and the best part is that you don’t even have to travel far to hit the slopes.

See Fall Colors in the D.C. Area

October 8th, 2019 | Comments Off on See Fall Colors in the D.C. Area | Posted in Spotlight on the Community
Fall colors by a river
Richard T. Nowitz / Getty Images

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in the Washington, D.C. area. As the leaves begin to turn red, orange, and yellow, locals and tourists alike flock to the region to hike in local parks or drive in the mountains to see the full spectrum of colors. The display of leaves usually peaks in mid-to-late October in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The intensity of color each year depends on the amount of rainfall, warm days, and cool nights throughout the season.
Some of the most popular places to enjoy fall foliage in the capital region are destinations that take a few hours to drive to from Washington, D.C., such as Skyline DriveShenandoah National ParkBlue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian TrailGeorge Washington & Jefferson National Forests and Deep Creek Lake. These lovely areas are great if you have a whole weekend for a getaway. However, you don’t have to travel that far to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage, as some special sites with an abundance of color are within a short distance from Washington, D.C.

Rock Creek Park

Washington, DC, Rock Creek Park.
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WashingtonDC 20008USA
 +1 202-895-6000
One of the largest parks in Washington, D.C., and the third-oldest in the nation, Rock Creek Park stretches 30 miles from Montgomery County, Maryland, to downtown D.C. Here, you can enjoy some leaf peeping and a picnic, take a hike, bike, or horseback ride, or attend a park ranger program.
Throughout the year, you can explore the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium, the historic Peirce Mill, or Old Stone House. Popular annual fall events include the Rock Creek Park Day in late September and the Heritage Festival in mid-October. Admission to Rock Creek Park and all attractions within the park is free.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
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Starting in Georgetown in Washington, D.C., the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C & O Canal) National Historical Park spans over 184 miles to Cumberland, Maryland, and offers guests breathtaking vistas and plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, fish, boat, and horseback ride along the towpath.
Access to the park boasting more than 20,000 acres is free, except for the Great Falls Entrance Station, where you can purchase passes near the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Popular events this time of year include the Dulcimer Music at Great Falls series, “A Very Retail Georgetown” historic walking tour, and Scary Stories on the Canal at the Great Falls Tavern.

United States National Arboretum

Japanese maple trees in park, autumn
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3501 New York Ave NEWashingtonDC 20002-1958USA
 +1 202-245-2726
The United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., is a living museum that showcases 446 acres of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. You can tour the gardens on your own by foot, car, or bicycle or take the 40-minute tram ride and hear an informative taped narrative about the Arboretum, its history, and the display gardens and collections.
The National Arboretum offers a variety of hikes and public education programs throughout the year, but they typically wind down for the winter season. In October, you can catch the annual Under the Arbor: Chile Pepper Celebration in the National Herb Garden or try some full moon forest bathing in the middle of October.

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
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3200 Mount Vernon HwyMt VernonVA 22121USA
 +1 703-780-2000
The 500-acre estate of George Washington, located along the shores of the Potomac River in Mount Vernon, Virginia, is especially beautiful during the fall foliage season. You can take a tour of the estate while you’re there, but make sure you spend plenty of time outdoors exploring the gardens and taking in the natural scenery, too. 
Fall Harvest Family Days, Fall Dried Wreath Workshops, and Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon are among the most popular annual events on the estate. 

Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park
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9200 Old Dominion DrMcLeanVA 22102USA
 +1 703-757-3101
Stretching from Great Falls, Virginia, to Potomac, Maryland, Great Falls Park has some of the most spectacular views in the region. At various overlook points spread throughout the 800-acre park, you can witness all of the vibrant fall colors from 50-foot cliffs overlooking the Potomac River. Great Falls also offers hiking and biking trails, and picnic areas. 
Due to flooding during the hurricane season (September through November), some trails and locations may be inaccessible. Swimming and entering the river are prohibited at the park due to deadly currents and flood possibilities, though kayaking with safety measures taken is allowed. Admission costs depend on if you are entering by vehicle or on foot, bike, or horseback, and grant access for seven consecutive days.

Seneca Creek State Park

Seneca Creek State Park
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11950 Clopper RdGaithersburgMD 20878USA
 +1 301-924-2127
Located in Gaithersburg Maryland, Seneca Creek State Park spans over 6,300 acres alongside 14 miles of Seneca Creek. During the months of October and November, you can spend an entire day hiking through the park snapping pictures of the fall foliage reflected in the water.
The park is also home to the 90-acre Clopper Lake, hiking trails, a disc golf course, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a restored 19th-century cabin. You can witness all the brilliant fall foliage from the lake by renting a boat, canoe, or kayak (or bringing your own), and there are also plenty of opportunities to fish from the shore. There is a charge for Maryland residents and a higher charge for out-of-state guests to enter the park.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain
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Sugarloaf Mountain, UrbanaMD 20842USA
This small mountain in Dickerson, Maryland, is a National Historic Landmark with an elevation of 1,282 feet and a vertical height of 800 feet above the surrounding farmland. In addition, Strong Mansion on Sugarloaf Mountain is a popular destination that hosts events year-round.
Hikers can enjoy striking views of foliage along the trails, including several well-marked loops ranging in distance from 2.5 to 7 miles. Horseback riding and picnicking are additional recreational possibilities. Those driving can also pull up to the Sugarloaf Mountain lookout point get equally stunning views. Access to both is free year-round.

Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park
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14039 Catoctin Hollow RdThurmontMD 21788USA
 +1 301-271-7574
In the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, Maryland, Cunningham Falls State Park has a 78-foot cascading waterfall, a lake, and hiking trails ranging from 0.5 miles to 8 miles long. The park is a great place to enjoy outdoor recreation all year, featuring swimming, fishing, canoeing, special camping, and events throughout the summer and fall.
Costs at the park are slightly higher if you are from out of state. You can rent camping and hiking gear from the park store.

Black Hills Regional Park

Black Hills Regional Park
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20930 Lake Ridge DrBoydsMD 20841USA
 +1 301-495-2595
Covering over 2,000 acres in Boyds, Maryland, Black Hill Regional Park offers a wide variety of activities including hiking, picnicking, boating, and guided nature programs. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views over Little Seneca Lake, and hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can explore miles of trails in the park. There is also a visitor center that hosts nature programs and offers interpretive tours throughout the year which are child-friendly.

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
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171 Shoreline DrHarpers FerryWV 25425USA
 +1 304-535-6029
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park is located about an hour outside of Washington in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and was the site of an important battle in the American Civil War. The park covers over 2,300 acres and also crosses into Maryland and Virginia. Visitors can enjoy a variety of scenic hiking trails and exploring the historic town, ranger-guided tours, craft shops, museums, and restaurants.
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park is open year-round, but some areas may be inaccessible in the winter months. Admission costs to the park are higher if entering per vehicle than if arriving on foot or bicycle, and you can also purchase an annual pass to save money.

70+ Things to do this October

October 7th, 2019 | Comments Off on 70+ Things to do this October | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Weekends through Oct. 20
This unique festival takes place every year near Annapolis, Md. (roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC). Discover Renaissance-themed artisans, performances (including dances and musicians) and food. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Tickets
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

NGA Nights: Art History Mysteries – Oct. 10
Take advantage of free after-hours access to the National Gallery of Art during this Thursday night celebration of art history. Bring a magnifying glass and trench coat as you become a detective inside the Gallery, observing masterpieces and discovering the mysteries inside of them. You can also expect pop-up talks and dance sessions thanks to the stylings of Les the DJ.
6-9 p.m. |  Free admission |  Register
National Gallery of Art, 4th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival – Oct. 10-13
Curated by 100Reporters, an investigative news organization, the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival serves as the first and only film festival solely dedicated to investigative reporting on film in the United States. Four days of screenings are accompanied by a professional symposium in which journalists and filmmakers discuss their storytelling. Check out the films that will be shown, in addition to the speakers that will attend the symposium. Venues include Eaton DC, the National Archives, the National Geographic Museum and the Naval Heritage Center.
Schedule |  Tickets

Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – Oct. 11-13
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is at its scenic best when fall rolls around, so it’s fitting that the historic estate hosts this special celebration of wine followed by a sunset tour of the property. Learn of the Founding Fathers’ attempts at wine-making, hear live blues music and meet George and Martha at the Mansion’s piazza. The tour will also take you to George’s basement, where he stored his wine. Fruit and cheese boxes to accompany your wine are available for purchase in advance.
6 – 9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Hillfest – Oct. 12
Hillfest, heartily backed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, will bring together more than 20 artists to celebrate the importance of music in the local community. Performances will take place on two separate stages at Garfield Park throughout the day. The Saturday concert is preceded by a conference that will address topics that affect the performing arts community.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. |  Free admission
Garfield Park, 148 F Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Snallygaster – Oct. 12
Snallygaster is here to let you beast out with over 400 craft brews and ciders on Pennsylvania Avenue. Named after a mythical creature, the festival roars into its eighth year with a hefty lineup that also includes food trucks and plenty of live music. Greg Engert, one of the city’s leading beer connoisseurs, has selected a motley crew of brews from far and wide for your tasting pleasure. Pick from one of two advance ticketingoptions and you will be contributing to Arcadia, a nonprofit working towards a more sustainable food system in the area. You must be 21 or older to attend.
2 p.m. (VIP at 12 p.m.) |  Tickets
Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th Streets NW, Washington, DC

All Things Go Fall Classic – Oct. 12-13
Union Market is one of the District’s coolest spots, so in predictable fashion, the Market will host one of the year’s coolest festivals. The All Things Go Fall Classic stretches across two days and will feature performances from Chvrches, Melanie Martinez, Léon, Sneaks and many more. The festival will also showcase delicious local and regional eats, including &pizza, DC Empanadas, Nando’s, Rocklands and Shake Shack.
12 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Born to Run:Army Ten-Miler & Marine Corps Marathon – Oct. 13 & 27
Two of the country’s most popular races take place within three weeks of each other this month in the District. The Army Ten-Miler goes first, charting a scenic course that starts and ends at the Pentagon. The Marine Corps Marathon’s 44th running begins between the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery and concludes, fittingly, in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. Eachrace packs the weekend with activities as well. Registration is closed for both runs, but spectators are more than welcome.

Boo at the Zoo – Oct. 18-20
The National Zoo’s annual family oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared toward wholesome fun, the three-day celebration features more than 40 treat stations, as well as after-hours access to many of the zoo’s animal houses and exhibits. Halloween-themed trails will be fun for a stroll and live entertainment will also be featured, as well as a kids’ dance party and karaoke sesh. Make sure to come in costume! The event is suggested for kids between the ages of 4 and 12.
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

29Rooms – Oct. 18-27
Refinery29 brings its brand’s distinctive style to the DC Armory during this 10-day showcase. 29Rooms is just as it sounds – you can journey through 29 rooms, each with its own theme. One focuses on dreams, another on female storytellers; in one, have a conversation with your inner child and next up, go on a blind date with destiny. The entire experience aims to expand your reality through engaging and interactive touchpoints, many curated collaborations between artists, visionaries and brands.
DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

OAKtoberfest – Oct. 19
The U.S. National Arboretum hosts this special concert to celebrate the fall season. The Shmoods, formerly known as The DMV Hip-Hop Orchestra, will perform. The collaborative project will feature originals and classic medleys. In addition, expect food, drinks and dancing at this free event. Make sure to register before you go.
12-3 p.m. |  Free admission
U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon – Oct. 19-20
‘Tis the season at Mount Vernon, where fall truly shines across the estate’s beautiful grounds. Head to George Washington’s former abode for Fall Harvest Family Days. Among the activities: wagon rides, 18th-century dancing, fabric-making and corn husk doll demos, a straw bale maze and games and music from early America.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Washington International Horse Show – Oct. 22-27
Some of the world’s best horses and equestrians will call Capital One Arena home for six days in October. The Washington International Horse Show is one of the District’s biggest sporting events, as it attracts more than 500 competitors, including current stars and Olympic veterans. These stars and their horses will show off their skills at the leading metropolitan indoor horse show in the States. There’s plenty at stake, including more than $130,000 in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.
Tickets |  Schedule
Capital One Arena, 601 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival – Oct. 24-27
The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival is a collaboration between comedian Tig Notaro and Brightest Young Things that gives laughing fits to audiences all over the District, year after year. Thursday night at Lincoln Theatre features a show from the incomparable Maria Bamford and her singular brand of comedy. Friday night at Lincoln features two shows, including performances by Pete Holmes, Jamie Lee, Open Mike Eagle, Baron Vaughn and more. Saturday night’s showcase is Notaro herself, while announcements are coming for Sunday’s performance that rounds out the festival. An all-access pass is available, but grab it quickly, as it sells out quickly each year. Tickets for individual shows are also offered.
All-Access Pass
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Night of the Living Zoo – Oct. 25
The National Zoo’s 21-and-over complement to Boo at the Zoo, Night of the Living Zoo transforms the animal haven into a devil’s playground. You’ll have after-hours access to numerous zoo attractions while enjoying live entertainment, including frightfully amazing oddities and the annual costume contest. You’ll also be able to savor eats from local food trucks and craft brews.
7-10:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

40+ Things To Do This August

August 2nd, 2019 | Comments Off on 40+ Things To Do This August | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Jazz in the Garden
Through Aug. 23
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden through Aug. 23. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5-8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Levels Unlocked PUB – Through Sept. 29
Events DC and Drink Company are here to provide you with the esports pop-up bar you never knew you needed. Open each day of the week, Levels Unlocked will feature esports decor and programming throughout its run, as well as a beverage menu that nods to a range of video game favorites, including OverwatchNBA 2K and the Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. franchises.
Sunday-Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. |  Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
1839 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Truckeroo – Aug. 23
Truckeroo brings local food trucks to The Bullpen near Yards Park in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to dole out everything from Korean barbeque to lobster rolls to pizza to smoothies. More than a dozen wheeled food sellers show up, and there are picnic tables and shade to keep things cool. There will also be games, cold beverages and live music.
411 p.m. | Free admission
The Bullpen, 1201 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003?

DC VegFest – Aug. 11
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, this day-long, free-to-enter event at Nationals Park will educate on why eating plant-based food is the way to go. You can enter and sample food from more than 100 vendors free of charge while learning how to be more health-conscious. Other perks include live music, cooking demonstrations, speeches from authors and health experts and an activity area for kids. Don’t veg out – go to VegFest, the largest vegan gathering on the east coast.
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Summer Restaurant Week – Aug. 12-18
Enjoy the District’s best eats with the summer edition of Restaurant Week, and make sure to read our full neighborhood breakdown. Foodies and deal hunters always swoon over the prix-fixe menus from a cast of DC’s best restaurants. Head over to the DC Restaurant Week website to book a table and keep up with participating restaurants, along with can’t-miss dishes and deals.

2019 Pokémon World Championships – Aug. 16-18
The best Pokémon players in the world will take over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during this weekend-long tournament. Contestants from all over the globe will showcase their skills to determine the world champion in Pokémon TCG, the video game and Pokkén Tournament. Spectators are more than welcome to observe the epic battles and can also participate in side events.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC 20001

Around the World Cultural Food Festival – Aug. 17
Savor delicious dishes from dozens of countries at this outdoor cultural festival. From dancing displays and music performances to food tastings and hands-on arts and crafts, expect a feast for all of your senses at this family-friendly event. While it is free to attend, the festival strongly urges guests to purchase VIP passes to get special access to food lines and tastings.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Tickets
Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

TopGolf CRUSH at Nationals Park – Aug. 22-25
Grab your golf clubs and get ready for a unique sports experience. TopGolf, in partnership with Coca-Cola and Black Clover, is taking over Nationals Park for four days and nights this August. The field will be lit with glowing targets and private bays will be available for groups. Expect Topgolf’s signature Toptracer technology to be in full effect. You can also enjoy snacks and beer in this friendly and competitive environment. Four ticket options are available.
Sessions available from 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. |Tickets
Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

DCBX 11 – Aug. 22-26
Ranked the number one Latin dance festival in the U.S. the last four years, DCBX takes over the nation’s capital for five days. Veterans and newbies of dancing bachata, the sexier-than-salsa dancing style from the Dominican Republic, will have plenty of chances to strut their stuff, from concerts to contests to workshops. In addition to its dance events, the corresponding Global Impact Film Festival celebrates different cultures and raises awareness about important worldwide issues.
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

17th Street Festival – Aug. 24
17th Street in Dupont Circle has so much to see and do, it needs its own day-long free festival for you to take in all its wonder. Live music will be present throughout the proceedings, providing a soundtrack as you browse through roughly 100 vendors, including more than 50 artists displaying fine art, crafts and jewelry. There’s even a kid’s zone, where the little ones can enjoy a large slide, soccer, face painting and games.
12-7 p.m. |  Free admission
17th Street NW from P Street to R Street NW (1500 and 1600 blocks), Washington, DC

Dear Summer BBQ – Aug. 24
Union Market’s Dock 5 hosts the Dear Summer BBQ, an exciting summer-centric event that comes to the District for the first time just before the season expires. Founded by alumni of Virginia State University and Delaware State University, the BBQ aims to bring together young professionals, influencers, entertainers and entrepreneurs to connect and enjoy positive vibes. Expect music, dancing, food and bars indoors and out (must be over 21 to attend).
4-11 p.m. |  Tickets
Union Market Dock 5, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

The Ubiquitous Women’s Expo – Aug. 24-25
The Ubiquitous Women’s Expo, dedicated to beauty, wellness and health, returns to DC for its sixth edition. The two-day event will feature entertainment, beauty workshops, product demonstrations, panel discussions and a range of health and wellness exhibitors, all dedicated to improving the minds, bodies and souls of women. Guest speakers include Pastor Keith Battle and Dr. Celeste Owens.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. |  Sunday: 12-6 p.m. |  Tickets
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Aug. 24 – Oct. 20
Check out this unique festival that takes place every year in Annapolis, Md., roughly 50 minutes from downtown DC. Bring along the entire family and celebrate olde times with Renaissance-themed artisans, dazzling performances (including dances and musicians) and plenty of plate-filling food, like turkey legs. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish. The festival occurs on select dates through Oct. 20.
1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

Labor Day Weekend – Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
Washington, DC is a great place to celebrate Labor Day and the preceding weekend, the last hurrah of the summer. From DC’s free museums filled with history to numerous outdoor activities to the Labor Day Capitol Concert, there’s no shortage of ways to revel in the holiday. Check out these must-try activities to make the weekend a memorable one.

July Fourth Fireworks Displays

July 2nd, 2019 | Comments Off on July Fourth Fireworks Displays | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office released its list of 2015 public fireworks displays:

July 3

Aberdeen, Ripken Stadium, Harford County, 10 p.m.
Bowie, Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Beach, Mears Avenue at Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County, 9 p.m.
Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase Country Club, Montgomery County, 9:30 p.m.
Cockeysville, Oregon Ridge Park, Baltimore County, 8 p.m.
Flintstone, Evitts Resort, Rocky Gap Resort, Allegany County, 9:40 p.m.
Frederick, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick County, 9:30 p.m.
Hagerstown, Hagerstown Suns ball field, Washington County, 9:30 p.m.
Lanham, Ballfield behind church, Prince George’s County, 9 p.m.
Lutherville, Baltimore Country Club, Baltimore County, 9:30 p.m.
Mt. Airy, Mt. Airy Fireman’s Carnival Grounds, Carroll County, 9:30 p.m.
Mt. Lake Park, Broadford Recreation, Garrett County, 9 p.m.
Pikesville, Suburban Country Club, Baltimore County, 9 p.m.
Pikesville, Woodholme Country Club, Baltimore County
Rock Hall, Rock Hall Harbor, Kent County, 9 p.m.
Rockville, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, Montgomery County, 9:15 p.m.
St. Mary’s City, Dock across from college, St. Mary’s County, 9 p.m.
Salisbury, Arthur Perdue Stadium, Wicomico County, 9 p.m.
Silver Spring, 18th fairway at Country Club, Montgomery County, 9:15 p.m.
Solomons, The TIKI Village, Calvert County, 7 p.m.
Stevenson, Harward Lane, Queen Anne’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Waldorf, Regency Furniture Stadium, Charles County, 9:30 p.m.
Walkersville, Walkersville Carnival Grounds, Frederick County, 10 p.m.

July 4

Annapolis, barge in Annapolis Harbor, Anne Arundel County, 9:15 p.m.
Annapolis, Epping Forest, Anne Arundel County, 10 p.m.
Baltimore City, Inner Harbor, 9:30 p.m.
Berlin, Showell Park, Worcester County, 9 p.m.
Bethesda, Congressional Country Club, Montgomery County, 9 p.m.
Bowie, Prince George’s Stadium, Prince George’s County, 6:35 p.m.
Bowie, Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Boyds, South Germantown Park, Montgomery County, 9 p.m.
Cambridge, Great Marsh Park, Dorchester County, 9:15 p.m.
Catonsville, Catonsville High School, Baltimore County, 9:15 p.m.
Chestertown, Kent County, 9:20 p.m.
Cockeysville, Oregon Ridge Park, Baltimore County, 8 p.m.
College Park, University of Maryland, Prince George’s County, 9:15 p.m.
Columbia, Columbia Lakefront, Howard County, dusk
Dundalk, North Point Government Center, Baltimore County, 9:15 p.m.
Easton, Field behind Target, Talbot County, 9:40 p.m.
Elkton, J. Evans McKenney Memorial Park, Cecil County, 9 p.m.
Essex, Eastern Yacht Club, Baltimore County
Frederick, Parkway Elementary School, Frederick County, 9:30 p.m.
Gaithersburg, Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, Montgomery County, 9:30 p.m.
Galena, Colchester Farms, Kent County, 9 p.m.
Gibsons Island, Mt. Bar Point, Anne Arundel County, 9 p.m.
Greenbelt, Buddy Attick Park, Prince George’s County, 9:15 p.m.
Hagerstown, Fairgrounds Park, Washington County, 9:30 p.m.
Hebron, Carnival Grounds, Wicomico County, 9:30 p.m.
Hollywood, Hollywood VFD, St. Mary’s County, 9 p.m.
Kensington, Albert Einstein High School, Montgomery County, 9 p.m.
Laurel, Cherry Lane Office Park, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Loch Raven Village, Baltimore County, dusk
McHenry, Wisp at Deep Creek, Garrett County, 9:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon, Charles County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, Dorchester Street, Worcester County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, North Side Park, Worcester County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, West 49th Street, Worcester County, 9:30 p.m.
Overlea, Fullerton Park, Baltimore County
Salisbury, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and Wicomico County Stadium, 9:15 p.m.
Sharpsburg, Antietam National Battlefield, Washington County, 9:30 p.m.
Solomons, The TIKI Village, Calvert County, 7 p.m.
St. Michaels, Talbot County, 9 p.m.
Takoma, Lee Jordan Field, Montgomery County, 9:30 p.m.
Towson, Loch Raven Academy, Baltimore County
Waldorf, Regency Furniture Stadium, Charles County, 9:30 p.m.
Williamsport, Byren Memorial Park, Washington County, 9 p.m.

July 5

Bowie, Six Flags America, Prince George’s County, 9:30 p.m.
Havre de Grace, Tydings Park, Harford County, 9:30 p.m.
Ocean City, North Division and First Street, Worcester County, 8:30 p.m.

Source: wbaltv.com

Summer Bucket List

June 10th, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer Bucket List | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Summer Bucket List for Eating, Drinking and Playing Around DC

source: https://www.washingtonian.com/

Summer is heating up and our staff is dreaming of their warm weather to-do lists, from hiking excursions to crab feasts.

Crack Chesapeake crabs

“Visiting Cantler’s in Annapolis for Chesapeake blue crabs is on my summer bucket list. They also have the best crab dip and soft-shell clams.” –Jessica Sidman, food editor 

Cross it off your list: Whether you’re looking for crabs nearby or destination crustaceans, Old Bay your way through our favorite Chesapeake crab houses.

Boat with brews

“Although it is basic AF, I really do want to try the paddle pub. I’m down for anything that gets me out on the water, and the view of the monuments from the river is great. And I’m no nutritionist, but I’m pretty sure that if you pedal while drinking beer, you negate all calories. So it’s basically good for you.” –Mimi Montgomery, associate editor 

Cross it off your list: Reserve a seat on the booze cruise or rent the boat for a private Potomac River outing. Don’t forget that libations are BYOB.

Potomac Paddle Pub
Pedal down the river while drinking beer on the Potomac Paddle Pub. Photograph courtesy of Potomac Paddle Pub.

Drink ALL the piña coladas

“It was the first drink I ever tried, and I still love it so. My current favorites are at Tiki TNTSuburbia, and Colada Shop, but I’m looking forward to trying them at Little HavanaWhaley’s Rose Garden, and Estadio, where Adam Bernbach switches out rum for sherry. ” -Ann Limpert, food editor

Cross it off your list: If you like piña coladas…you should head to an al fresco happy hour for a tropical staycation courtesy of the pineapple drink. Try the classic with a matcha twist or discover more refreshing drinks local bartenders are sipping this summer.

Frolic in a field of sunflowers

“I love sunflowers—they’re not only cheery, but they embody summer. So on my summer bucket list is a visit to the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland, when its 30 acres of sunflowers peak in mid-to-late July. I went two years ago, and it was not only an Instagram slam dunk, but it was fun to see so many visitors smiling and happy.” -Sherri Dalphonse, executive editor

Cross it off your list: Capture the perfect summer ‘gram at the sunflower oasis. Remember: the flowers are good for pictures, not picking.

Snap a summer Instagram with 30 acres of sunflowers as the background.

Hike the great outdoors 

“I’ve been dying to do more hiking this year, so I’m excited to hike along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is a massive collection of peaks that stretch through five states. From what I’ve seen, you can witness some gorgeous sunsets at their peaks. I’d like to see one of those sunsets, though I doubt I’ll make it to the top!” -Kaila Philo, editorial fellow 

Cross it off your list: You don’t have to go far for a peaceful day of hiking in nature, thanks to the DC area’s ample trails.

Feast on some barbecue 

“When the humidity dials up, I start craving barbecue favorites like smoky brisket and pulled pork. I’ll be kicking off my Summer of Meat Sweats at the National Capital Barbecue Battle, catching all the saucy action before eating my way through the different regional styles.” -Daniella Byck, assistant editor 

Cross it off your list: Get a crash course in ‘cue with our guide to Washington BBQ.

Dig in to some barbecue at Texas Jacks in Arlington. Photo by Scott Suchman.
Dig into some barbecue at Texas Jacks in Arlington. Photo by Scott Suchman 

Get to the Nationals Crab Feast

“Is anything more summery than cracking crabs while sitting on (yes, on) the field at Nationals Park, drinking cold Buds, and watching a game on the Jumbotron? This year, the Nats Feast on the Field is July 16. While the team plays the Orioles, home fans take the field for all-you-can-eat-and-drink Chesapeake blue crabs (take that, Baltimore), beer and wine, and sides.” -Anna Spiegel, food editor

Cross it off your list: Tickets are $85 to $125 ($35 for kids under 12). Don’t forget to snag a photo in the dug out.

Go cherry picking at Homestead Farm

“Sour cherry jam, sour cherry pie, sour cherry clafoutis—bring it on. When the season opens in mid-June, I’ll be at this Poolesville farm with my two-and-a-half year-old apprentice (who will likely get sidetracked by the goats and chickens, but oh well).” -Ann Limpert

Cross it off your list: To pluck the official fruit of the District or soon-to-be-in-season berries, head to a pick-your-own farm in Maryland or Virginia. Prefer your fruit pre-picked? Support local farmers at DC-area farmers markets to stock up on the season’s abundant offerings.

Pick your own cherries and berries at a local farm. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Tetsuya Kankubo.
Pick your own cherries and berries at a local farm. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Tetsuya Kankubo.

Bike and camp at the C&O Canal

“If your problem with camping is that there are often too many people, or—let’s be honest—your problem with everything is that there are often too many people, try bike camping, because even on the nicest day there may be, like, four other people doing it. Throw everything you need on your bike (sleeping bag, small tent, food) and head out on the C&O Canal towpath. The first of the Park Service’s 31 free campsitesis a reasonable 16 miles from Georgetown (pack a spare tube and pump; that path can wreak havoc on your tires). You can spend the night under the stars and return to “civilization” in less than 24 hours, refreshed and ready to act as if you enjoy the company of others for another week.” -Andrew Beaujon, senior editor

Cross it off your list: Our round-up of DC-area camping spots will help you find a kid-friendly site or a lodge to skip the tent and go glamping.

Cruise on the water taxi 

“I want to ride the water taxi from Old Town to the Wharf, enjoying both waterfronts and the ride over, wind in my (long and luscious) hair. Some may want to try the new Potomac paddleboat pub (which sounds both terrible and awesome). I just want the good ole fashioned water taxi.” -Elliot Williams, assistant editor 

Cross it off your list: Water taxi starting points are in DC and Virginia. Check multiple boxes with one ride by taking a boat to a Nationals or DC United game.

A ferry at the Wharf. Photograph by Evy Mages.
The water taxi has starting locations in DC and Virginia. Photograph by Evy Mages  

Be a tourist in DC’s neighborhoods 

“I moved to DC in January, and the only other time I’ve been here was during an 8th grade field trip. So, I’m still pretty fresh. Thus, I’m converting my summer bucket list into a DC neighborhood bucket list. Becoming invested and candid in a community comes from familiarizing yourself with it, one weekend excursion at a time.” -Will Peischel, editorial fellow 

Cross it off your list: Take advantage of sunny days and walk the city with our DC neighborhood guide.

Explore the thriving Mexican food (and margarita) scene

“Our friends from California and Texas always complained about Washington’s Mexican food scene, but lately they’ve been a lot quieter (probably too busy eating tacos). There’s an exciting new wave of great taquerias and restaurants in town, whether you’re looking for inexpensive street-style eats or a blowout taco omakase(yep, that’s a thing).” -Anna Spiegel

Cross it off your list: Make your way to one of the new Mexican restaurants around DC to try the diverse types of tacos the city has to sample.

Crispy skate, Coca-Cola–marinated carnitas, and fried-shrimp tacos at Tacos, Tortas & Tequila.
Crispy skate, Coca-Cola–marinated carnitas, and fried-shrimp tacos at Tacos, Tortas & Tequila.

Get creative with rosé 

“To my mind, there are few better summer coolers than a cold glass of minerally, salmon-pink rosé from Provence. But even I am starting to feel rosé fatigue. So, I’ve turned to the pale blue cans of rosé cider from DC cider-maker Anxo, which you can pick up at places like Batch 13 and Metro Wine & Spirits. You have to like sour brews (this one is very puckery), but it’s really refreshing.” -Ann Limpert

Cross it off your list: Check out a new outdoor bar to see who is pouring the hybrid drink, like Dacha’s Navy Yard outpost. If you’re still ride or die rosé, head to a bottomless rosé brunch.

Sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

“Baseball tends to elude me, but I’ll still be donning the “W” hat in support of our hometown team. Sure, I might be singing about peanuts and Cracker Jacks, but you can find me sampling the new concessions in between home runs.” -Daniella Byck

Cross it off your list: Snatch up tickets for a home game at Nationals Park. Looking for a spot to eat and drink around the stadium? We’ve got you covered. 

Don some red, white, and blue to cheer on the Nationals. Photograph courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.
Don some red, white, and blue to cheer on the Nationals. Photograph courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.

60+ Things To Do This May

May 8th, 2019 | Comments Off on 60+ Things To Do This May | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Passport DC – May 1-31
Have you ever wanted to step foot inside an embassy? During this month-long journey through DC’s international pathways, you get two incredible chances to do just that with the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4 and the European Union Embassies’ Open House on May 11. Don’t miss these fascinating events that grant you unprecedented access.

Flower Mart – May 3-4
Calling all garden enthusiasts! Enjoy one of spring’s most impressive showcases of colorful perennials, cutting-edge landscape exhibits and extraordinary floral arrangements produced by international floral designers at the Washington National Cathedral, as well as embassies throughout the District. The Flower Mart, an official Passport DC event, lets you take part in family-friendly activities including garden tours and an antique carousel.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.| Free admission
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

Capital Harvest on the Plaza – May 3 – Nov. 22
Located in the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Capital Harvest on the Plaza is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays from May through November. During your visit, you’ll find plenty of farm-fresh deliciousness and artisanal crafts, as well as recipes and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check out the full list of vendors to start planning your haul.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. |  Free admission
Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Around the World Embassy Tour– May 4
You can visit any of more than 40 embassies during this annual event that is free to all. Embassies that span five continents will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with programming and activities for visitors on-site. Check out the list of participating embassies and plan your multicultural excursion through the streets of DC!
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission

Running of the Chihuahuas – May 4
The Wharf celebrates Cinco de Mayo with this too-cute-to-be-true chihuahua race, now in its eighth year. Watch the little pups run their way to glory at DC’s hottest new development. You’ll also be able to enjoy a beer garden and music throughout the afternoon. Check out The Wharf’s calendar for other upcoming events.
1-5 p.m. |  Free admission
The Wharf, 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

11th Annual National Wine & Food Festival – May 4-5
The scenic National Harbor hosts this two-day festival that foodies will not want to miss. Hang out on the waterfront and indulge in cuisine from world-renowned chefs and culinary creatives, in addition to delicious wines, beers and cocktails. A rosé garden, a margarita bar, a Stella Artois Craft Beer Experience and Smooth Ambler Whiskey Wagon are all on the docket.
12-6 p.m. | Tickets
National Harbor, 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745

JxJ – May 8-26
For the first time, the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival have been combined, creating a stunning multidisciplinary arts project throughout the city for three weeks. The film festival, now 29 years old, offers a diverse lineup of international film premieres, panel discussions, Q&A’s and sneak previews. The music festival celebrates its 20th year with international performances that will span classical, rock, jazz and much more.

Cooking Up History: Regional Chinese Cooking Along the Transcontinental Railroad – May 10
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad and the National Museum of American History’s American Enterprise exhibition, the museum’s free Cooking Up History series will turn its attention to the culinary influence of Chinese immigrants who lived and worked in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century while building said railroad. Chef Martin Yan will prepare dishes that the workers consumed during his demonstration while also addressing regional food traditions from the Guangdong Province and how Cantonese food culture altered American dining.
1 p.m. |  Free admission
National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

BYT & Nat Geo Present – ‘Queens of Egypt’: The Mother of All Parties – May 10
Girl power reigns for this Friday night event at the National Geographic Museum, hosted in partnership with Brightest Young Things. Explore the museum’s fascinating Queens of Egypt exhibit, jam to an energetic DJ set from Madame Gandhi, hear lightning talks from prominent woman explorers and scientists and enjoy an open bar. The event is for ages 21 and over.
8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
National Geographic Museum, 1600 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

2019 Contemporaries Bash: Maravillas de México (Wonders of Mexico) – May 10
Held at Dock 5 at Union Market, this event welcomes you to enjoy the art and culture of Mexico through music, dancing, food and creative cocktails. The Phillips Collection and the Embassy of Mexico have joined together to bring you this evening that offers ice cream tacos, a balloon lounge, mezcal, agua frescas and a soaring tribute to Mexican women and their artistic contributions.
8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. |  Tickets
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

European Union Open House – May 11
Europhiles can have a field day during this annual free event, with lets you take your own shortcut to Europe without any jet lag. All 28 European Union member states, including Italy, Spain, Ireland and many more, participate in this citywide open house experience. Take advantage of this chance to observe cultural heritage and traditions from the Old Continent at no cost.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Free admission

6th Annual Funk Parade – May 11
In honor of U Street’s diverse cultural history, people from all over the District come together to celebrate the spirit of funk at this free, one-of-a-kind parade, street fair and music festival. Watch the street (and side streets) come to life with live musical performances and entertainment from a variety of vibrant dancers, marching bands and visual artists. Get an education on go-go music, made famous by DC’s own Chuck Brown, and then groove to Latin hip-hop, funk brass and frenetic DJ sets, among many activations. The parade also has a new wristband system this year, so make sure to purchase one in order to attend the Night Music Festival, the Featured Showcase and the Funk Parade Conference and receive special discounts throughout the day.
Festivities begin at 1 p.m.
U Street, Washington, DC 20009

ZooFari: Bite Night – May 16
Home to some 1,800 animals, the National Zoo transforms into a wild, culinary wonderland for this annual fundraiser featuring dozens of DC restaurants. ZooFari caters to all in the food-loving kingdom with complimentary bites from eateries like Pinstripes, Radiator and Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, among others. Local beer and regional wines add to the revelry, which also includes live entertainment, a silent auction, a VIP lounge and exciting animal encounters with small mammals and great apes.
6:30-9:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience – May 17
Lovers of brews will not want to miss SAVOR, which features 90 craft breweries from all over the U.S. showing off two of their most acclaimed flavors at the National Building Museum. That adds up to more than 180 beers available for sampling, and there will be small plates that pair perfectly with each brew. Grab tickets as soon as you can, because this event sells out every year.
7:30-11 p.m. |  Tickets
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour – May 17-19
This three-day celebration is sold out for Saturday, but you can still grab tickets for Friday and Sunday. Mount Vernon’s annual spring soiree includes tours of the property’s mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington” and live jazz on a beautiful lawn overlooking the Potomac River. You can also sample more than 20 Virginia wines, and a fruit and cheese box is available for purchase to pair with your sips.
6-9 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Jazz in the Garden – May 17 – Aug. 23
Kick back and groove to the music with sangria in hand at Jazz in the Garden on Fridays throughout the summer, held in the National Gallery of Art‘s Sculpture Garden starting May 17. An eclectic mix of DC area jazz musicians lend a soundtrack to one of the city’s most idyllic scenes set around the sculpture garden’s central fountain. This is a free seasonal tradition that you do not want to miss. Check out the lineup and the food and drink offerings.
5-8:30 p.m. |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

DC Bike Ride – May 18
DC’s only car-free, recreational bike ride is fun for all ages and biking abilities. The family-friendly race has you cruise past the nation’s iconic landmarks on the National Mall, a memorable view and bike-riding experience if we’ve ever heard of either. Waiting for you as you end your 20-mile journey is the Finish Festival, with live music, fun activities and food and drink.
8 a.m. |  Register
West Potomac Park, 100 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, DC 20418