Friday, June 15, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend

How excited are y'all that it's Friday? I didn't even work a full week but have been waiting anxiously for the weekend to roll around again - especially since the weather is supposed to be beautiful, and there's so much fun to be had in the district!

If your dance card isn't quite full yet, the Gamma Girls have come up with a short list of killer activities to keep you out of trouble ... or directly IN IT, rather.


Remember when Red,White, and Bourbon raved about her neighborhood and the FREE outdoor movie series held at Gateway Park, at the foot of the Key Bridge? Well, the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival is already on their second election-themed movie. 

Catch Primary Colors tonight at dusk. (Current knowledge of Travolta's scandal might add a certain something to the movie, no?) I hear that prime blanket space fills up fast, so try to break away from the office early or bribe a friend who works nearby to save your group's spot.

If you like being outside but prefer live entertainment, you should know that the Washington Nationals are playing that well-loved, pinstriped team from the Big Apple. That's right, the Yankees will be in town all weekend! (Remember: I'm from Tampa, their spring-training home, so I've got no beef with them.) 

Can't argue with math!
Too tired from the work week but don't want to sit at home alone (not that there's anything wrong with that)? Then call your best pals, tell them to ditch their suits for yoga pants, and host an impromptu wine night -- a la the Gamma Girls! Oh to be a fly on the wall tonight...

I would be completely remiss if I didn't also highlight that today is National Lobster Day! You better believe that our resident Mainer, Appealing Kate, will be celebrating. 

Here's how you can too: Use Twitter to stalk the Red Hook Lobster Truck, stop by Luke's Lobster in Penn Quarter, visit my neighborhood and the one remaining Tackle Box restaurant, or pick out some live ones at Maine Avenue Fish Market, name them, make them race on the kitchen floor, and cook them up yourself.

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I'm an early riser and love to take advantage of the cooler temps and emptier streets before the rest of the city wakes up. On the weekends, this means hitting up the Farmers' Market before it gets too crowded or runs out of my favorite salsa. 

I tend to hit up the Dupont or Glover Park-Burleith markets, but if we aren't neighbors, you might want to use this map from WaPo to find one in your neighborhood.

If you're looking for a morning outing that's slightly more active, reread our summer activities post and set sail on the Potomac.

Speaking of sailing ... Fort McHenry (in that state to the north) is hosting a week-long Sailabration, the start of a three year commemoration of the War of 1812. 
Head up on Saturday or Sunday for the "Angels Over Baltimore" Air Show with musical performances following. For almost eight years, my driver's license said I was a resident of Pensacola, FL (my parents actually lived), so the Blue Angels hold a special place in my heart.

I'll be spending some of Saturday with my favorite toddler, who LOVES trains, planes, bikes, and especially trucks. If there's a little kid in your life with the same interests, treat them to an afternoon of truck touching at RFK. It sounds strange, but that's exactly what it is - the 5th Annual City-Wide Truck Touch put on by the Department of Public Works. They'll also have some food trucks and music

If you're just a kid at heart, maybe you'd prefer to check out the wheels in the bicycle parade at Yards Park. It starts at 9 a.m. and is part of New Belgium's Tour de Fat, a fundraiser benefiting local charities. Yes, there will be beer.

Sadly, my brother and I won't be able to help our dad celebrate Father's Day in person (note to self: phone home!). If my dad were here, though, I'd probably take him to Fogo de Chao (because dads love meat), Smith Commons (because dads love beer), Thomas Sweet (because dads love ice cream), or Tortilla Cafe (because dads love a good deal).

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If your dad is local, maybe he'd like to check out the last day of the Belgian Beer Festival at Et Voila in the Palisades neighborhood.

Or, maybe just tell him to go fly a kite ... on the Mall ... with a picnic you made with your very own hands. Now that's love!

Surely you can find something on this list to save you from doing laundry this weekend! (Don't call me Shirley!)

Have a great weekend, y'all!


  1. I got one thing to say about this weekend - Nats vs Yanks baby.

    And when I'm at Nats Stadium I always go to the Ben's Chili Bowl stand!

  2. About six years ago a whole group of my DC friends flew up to my parent's place in Maine for a long weekend. On the agenda was lobster races. Ohhh, we went back and forth in group emails for weeks leading up to the trip about whose lobster would win. Once up in Maine, we lined all the lobsters up on my parent's back deck...and waited...and waited...and waited. They never moved. It was so disappointing.

    But then we threw those puppies into a big pot of boiling water and feasted on their deliciousness...yum.