For starters, are you hungry? Tonight marks the return of Truckeroo, a monthly food-truck festival held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Fairgrounds next to Nationals Ballpark. There will be more than 20 of the mobile eateries fixed in that one spot, so bring a wad of cash and a big appetite and get ready to dig in.
My advice: The trucks have been known to sell out of various items, so the earlier you get there, the better. Also, comfortable shoes are key, since the lines will likely be long. (You'd think Red Hook Lobster Truck was giving out hundred-dollar bills with how long their line gets, but I digress.)
Nomadic nibbles not doing it for you? What would you say to delicious craft beer and food pairings?
If you're like Thirsty Ivy and me, you live for craft beer. And what better way to savor it than at the Savor Craft Beer Festival, which offers gourmet food pairings with craft beer samples from 75 different breweries. The swanky event will be held both Friday and Saturday at the National Building Museum. We've got our tickets -- do you have yours?
If you're more of a do-it-yourself kind of person, you could trek out to Great Country Farms in Bluemont, Va., for an afternoon of berry picking. The farm boasts 200 acres of various fruits and vegetables you can snatch right off the vine/branch, as well as various other activities such as mazes, hayrides and a "jumping pillow," which is basically a type of trampoline that you're not supposed to go on if you're older than 12.
But I TOTALLY have and it was AWESOME.
Across the street from Great Country Farms is Bluemont Vineyard, a winery affiliated with the farm. For my money, it's got some of the best wine I've tasted in Virginia and spectacular views.
If you'll be in Virginia, you can check out Celebrate Fairfax! The annual Northern Virginia community festival will be taking place this weekend, with rides, games and deep-fried fair foods for all. This year's theme is 1982, so the featured performers will all be people who were big back then -- that means Pat Benatar, Young MC...
... and FLAVOR FLAV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't get out to Virginia? Don't worry, because this weekend's biggest event will be marching through Dupont and Logan circles: The Capital Pride Parade. The parade kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, wending its way from 22nd and P streets Northwest through Dupont Circle, up New Hampshire Avenue, then through R Street, 17th Street, P Street and 14th Street, coming to an end at N and 14th. So grab a spot on the side of any of those roads and get ready to take in sequins, glitter, tiny booty shorts, construction worker hats and rainbows as far as the eye can see.
In addition to the parade, there will be events all night long and entertainment at a stage set up at 15th and P streets. I've gone to Pride in the past and it's always been a jovial, optimistic atmosphere, and so much fun for all!
And finally, this blog post could not be complete if I didn't implore you to spend your Sunday tastefully toasting to Thirsty Ivy, who'll be celebrating her 29th birthday. Pros't!
So, get up and get out! There's no time like the present to experience all the D.C.-area has to offer.