Friday, August 10, 2012

What to do in the District this Weekend

I don’t know about all of you...but I'm so excited that it's the weekend. It's my last weekend in town until Labor Day, so I've lined up all kinds of fun summer things to do in the District, like BBQing with friends, hiking Great Falls, checking out the Arlington County Fair, and even brunch with my fellow Gamma Girls.

For all of you still planning your weekend, read on for some ideas:


Have you checked out Truckeroo yet this summer? If not, you’re missing out. Not only does this weekly event feature over 20 of our favorite food trucks, but it also has cornhole and live music. And of course, beer. All very good things to enjoy on a Friday night in August. 

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been glued to your TV the past two weeks watching the US of A kick-ass in the Olympics. Take that, China!

Why not grab a group of friends tonight and head to a bar where you can play games while you watch the games? Some of my favorites include Buffalo Billiards, Breadsoda, H Street Country Club, and Carpool

And speaking of bars with games, another great spot to check out tonight is Comet Ping Pong on upper Connecticut Avenue. Tonight it’s hosting a “Jazz Loft” night featuring three different jazz bands. The bands start at 10pm, and there's a $10 cover.


There’s been a ton of buzz this week about the Corcoran’s “Save the Date” performance tomorrow. According to the event's website, actress Kathryn Cornelius will marry and then divorce seven times throughout the day.  

That's right, beginning at 10am, Cornelius will wear a wedding gown, exchange vows in front of an ordained minister, have a champagne toast, cut the cake, dance with her new husband, and then get divorced.  Seven times.  The event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m., but the cool thing is that it’s free and attendees can either stop by throughout the day, or stay for the entire thing. My only concern? It will probably be packed.  

If you’ve already attended one too many weddings this summer, head over to the Southwest Waterfront to watch the Cantina Cup. Sponsored by D.C. Sails, the Cantina Cup is an annual regatta on the river. And Cantina Marina, one of my favorite summer watering holes, is the perfect viewing spot. Once the race is finished, Cantina Marina is hosting the post-race party featuring live music and drink specials. Race: free. Post-race party: $20. 

If you’re a dog owner, you’ll want to check out the Congressional Cemetery’s "Outside A Dog" Book Festival. The event will feature over a dozen local authors (and their dogs), a free book exchange, and tours of the historical cemetery. 

Want to pretend you’re in college again?!?  Then you want to check out the 9:30 Club on Saturday night.  It's hosting an event called “Hot in Here,” featuring Brian Billion and DJ Will Eastman. What is this you ask? OH JUST A 2000s DANCE PARTY. With you know, music like “Hey Ya,” “Country Grammar” and, of course, our favorites by Britney Spears, Ludacris, and JT. Tickets are a mere $15. Get ready to be blasted back to that college frat party. 


As a girl from Maine, I grew up going to county fairs in the summer. And this weekend I'll get to see how a Virginia fair compares to my home state’s fairs at the Arlington County Fair. The fair, located at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center and Park Grounds, runs all weekend (it actually started this past Wednesday) and will include competitive exhibits, (like best herbs and best flower arrangements) all your typical fair treats (like fried dough and snow cones) animal-raising competitions, pony rides, live music, and carnival rides. Oh, and…wait for it…piglet races.


Not really up for piglet races (which also means you and I will probably never be friends)? Then head down to the Georgetown Waterfront for the third annual Art Soiree’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The event begins at 7pm and will feature body painting, live music, performance art, and food from area restaurants. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Oh, and don't forget the Olympic closing ceremonies are Sunday night!

Hope you all have a great weekend in the District!

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