Friday, August 24, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend!

Last weekend was a big, fat FAIL for me, as I was stuck in bed with the plague (or maybe just a common cold - hard to tell) and bored out of my mind. Plus, I missed out on all of the fun things happening in D.C.

NOT THIS WEEKEND! This weekend, I plan on recharging my whole self with the greatness this city has to offer.

Here's your guide to a full-body weekend.

For your ears

Picture this, if you will ... you're in a bar (or your living room, location isn't all that important) and then you hear notes on a piano, followed closely by these words:

"Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world..."

What do you do? You immediately hit your feet and belt it out, AM I RIGHT?! Of course I am.

Press play! You're welcome.

Good news for you, my fellow Journey fans: Almost Journey, a tribute band, will be rocking out the hits in Herndon, Va., tonight at Friday Night Live!

If your musical tastes tend toward the more modern, Jason Mraz and Christina Perri will be performing at Merriweather in Columbia, Md., tonight as well.

For your eyes 

The Wilderness Society is hosting Wine, Wilderness, and Ansel Adams, a FREE event that allows you to get up close with their collection of his photographs. 5-7:30 p.m. 1615 M St. NW Downtown.

For your whole body

L2 Lounge (Cady's Alley in Georgetown) is throwing their 3rd-annual "Endless Summer Beach Party."

I, for one, am beyond thrilled that this dreadful season is nearing its close, but I won't turn down another opportunity to throw on my "St. Tropez
chic" and drink something with an umbrella in it.


For your whole body

After winning the limbo contest on Friday night, your back might need a good stretch so head back to Georgetown for FREE yoga. It's offered every Saturday morning, rain or shine, at the Georgetown Waterfront. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

For your belly, your liver, and your ears

The D.C. Funky Fresh Foodie Fest (aka DCF4, because that's a tongue-twister) brings some of the area's best food trucks, alcohol, and live music to the D.C. Fairgrounds (by the Nats' stadium). Buy your tickets now! Admission-only tickets are $15, or you can buy an all-inclusive one to make things easier.

If this doesn't sound dainty enough for you, then Urban Chic in Georgetown has just the event for you! From 3 p.m.-5 p.m., they're hosting Rock Your Red Heels - a champagne and dessert reception to celebrate National Women's Equality Day and Anne Browning Walker's new release The Booby Trap.


For your mind, your feet, and your sweet tooth

How would you feel if I told you there was an opportunity for you to get some knowledge, some exercise, and some cake all at once? Like you've hit the lottery, right?!

$20 buys you a ticket to the Georgetown Walking Tour with Cupcakes. For two hours, you'll wander around the neighborhood, learning its history, and pigging out on treats from Georgetown Cupcake, Baked & Wired, and Sprinkles. Jackpot!

The tour starts at Dumbarton House, which just happens to be part of Dumbarton Oaks near Woodley Park. The Gardens and the museum are favorites of Jules', even when the cherry blossoms aren't in bloom. Countless photo ops!

For your spirit

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the D.C. earthquake that had us literally quaking in our boots (never forget).  For most of us, the memory of that day is of brief pandemonium followed by early dismissal and super-sized happy hours, but let's not forget that there was actual destruction caused by the quake, the brunt of which occurred at the Washington National Cathedral.  Some repairs are still underway, but the building remains awe-inspiring in its grandeur, regardless of your beliefs.  Stop by from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. for a 30-minute tour or at 4 p.m. for the Choral Evensong.    

For your funny bone

Comedy on the Corner, Penn Social's weekly open-mic night, kicks off at 8 p.m. Admission is FREE, and Happy Hour lasts all night. Trust me, it's funnier that way.

Here's to a fantastic weekend for all of me and all of you!

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