Friday, July 13, 2012

What to do in the District this Weekend

I've got to be honest that I'm pretty thankful to be alive right now, because I was seriously concerned I would melt to death last week.  Some people call me dramatic.  I just say that I know what my body is capable of handling.  And this girl from Maine is NOT equipped to handle 105+ days.  I actually think the only reason I'm still alive and kicking is because I opted for an air-conditioned yoga studio instead of my usual outdoor running AND because I may or may not have bought one of these:
Yes, it's pink. I know you're all shocked.
That said, the weather is back to bearable!  And just in time, because there are loads and loads of fun summer activities in and around the District this weekend!


Tonight

Tonight is week eight of Jazz in the Garden at the National Sculpture Garden and will feature jazz vocalist, Juanita Williams.  After relaxing with some sangria and good conversation, head over to the Truckeroo at the Fairgrounds (near Yard's Park) to choose from 20 of your favorite food trucks.  I'm going to give a plug to Red Hook Lobster because...well, yeah, you all know that I'm obsessed with all things Maine.  And their lobster roll is legit.  

Another cool outdoor event tonight is taking place at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre (yeah, I never heard of it before today, either).  It's a huge outdoor theatre in Rock Creek Park that can hold over 3,500 people.  Tonight the Washington Post is sponsoring a FREE event that includes performances by three up and coming artists in the "neo soul" genre: Yahzarah, Deborah Bond, and Tamika "Love" Jones.  I can can think of nothing more relaxing that grabbing a few friends, a blanket, some snacks, and listening to soul music in Rock Creek Park as the sun sets.  There are no advanced tickets, so get there early as seating is all first come, first serve.

Saturday

Guess what boys and girls?  It's Bastille Day!  And there are celebrations all over our great city.  Maybe it's because our city was designed by the famous Frenchman, Pierre Charles L'Efant, or maybe it's just because we'll use any excuse to eat baguettes and drink wine?!?  Either way, there are a ton of fun events planned.

No surprise here, but the French Embassy has a rocking party planned.  Tickets are $100 BUT you'll get an open wine and champagne bar, and a buffet of delicious french food, including pomme frites (aka reallll french fries).  Remember all our Gamma Girl talk about L'Enfant Cafe's crazy-ass La Boom Brunch?  Well, the cafe is closing an ENTIRE block to celebrate Bastille Day.  The event will include...wait for it... a french maid relay race.  Yup, true story.  And they even plan to auction off a trip to Paris. 

After you've had your fill on all things french, head over to Pearl Dive for Oyster Tasting from 2pm-4pm.  Tickets are $55 plus tax and will include Argyle Sparkling Wine, Draft Beer, Heavy Hors D'oeuvres  and of course all the delicious ice cold local oysters you can eat!   

One of my favorite outdoor spots in the summer is Wolf Trap.  And tomorrow night it's, you know, only showing the THE WIZARD OF OZ on giant screens while the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA plays the scores live.  Yes, I just said that in the most excited voice ever.  And, yes, my friends call me a dork on a regular basis.   Lawn seats are still available and only $20.

Sunday

I recently started following the blog Joe Flood.  And has he got a great idea outlined in his latest post: a photo walking tour from Dupont Circle to Georgetown.   The trail includes secret gardens, homes out of Architectural Digest, and Embassy Row.  My suggestion?  Grab brunch beforehand in Dupont at Firefly.  Not only does Firefly have a kick-ass brunch menu, but it also features $2 mimosas.  Um, yes, please. 

Looking for something a little more low-key?  Tonic in Mount Pleasant is hosting a summer cocktail making class from 5:30-6:30pm.  For $50, participants will learn how to make the most delicious, refreshing, summer drinks.  

Hope we've provided you with some fun ideas.  Hope you all have a great weekend!




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