Friday, August 31, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend!

Well, friends, the time has come to bid farewell to summer: Labor Day weekend is upon us.  Some of you are likely welcoming the fall and gleefully waving goodbye to the hot and sticky weather, while others are probably clutching beach towels in hand and wiping away margarita-induced tears at the  thought of pumpkin spice lattes making their return to coffee shops.    

But regardless of your feelings about the season, there is lots to celebrate this holiday weekend!  For those of you looking for last minute get-out-of-town ideas, check out the Gamma Girls' Favorite Weekend Destinations.  Staying in D.C.?  There's lots of fun stuff happening, so read on.   


Last call for jazz
It's your last chance to go to Jazz in the Sculpture Garden!  I've already blathered on about my love for this event, so I'll spare you this time and just show you this nice picture instead.

Blue Moon and...gelato?
If jazz isn't your thing, might I suggest hitting up On Tap's Blue Moon On The Blue Moon event at Local 16 in the U Street Corridor?  You guys, it's free beer, free Blue Moon Gear, and you raise money for charity in the process.  And if you're not already sold, let me just add this: Blue Moon gelato.  Oh yes, they went there.

DJ Dredd's MJ birthday celebration
Celebrate both the holiday and the birth of Michael Jackson with this third annual tribute at the Howard Theatre in Shaw.  Tickets are $15, but dancing to all of MJ's greatest hits while judging the moonwalk impressions of your friends is priceless. 


College football tailgate
It's football season, and Penn Social in Penn Quarter is giving us even more reason to celebrate:  Why NOT give away a ton of free beer to our loyal patrons through a contests and raffles every week? It was a question we had for ourselves, and gosh darnit, we don't have a good answer. Plus, it's FOOTBALL SEASON! This week, we will have a cornhole toss tournament. Sign up will begin at the downstairs bar, at 10 a.m. By 11:30, there will be a winner. 10 pitchers will be the prize. Bring your friends!

A D.C. date night?
Take advantage of the fact that many of your neighbors have fled town for the weekend and check out one of the new offerings on the D.C. dining scene.  Luke's Lobster recently opened a Georgetown location, and up the street in Glover Park is the newly opened Slate Wine Bar and Bistro.  The recently renovated Hitching Post in Petworth is also a good one to try, and The Diner in Adams Morgan just rolled out a new menu that makes my Eggs Florentine-loving heart go aflutter.  Also open?  The Reflecting Pool on the National Mall, after a long two years of renovation.  Take a late night stroll that will remind you just how lovely D.C. can be and help burn some calories in the process. 


Last call for Adult Swim 
Get your swimsuit-clad butt on over to the final Adult Swim party of the season.  As Gamma Girl Samantha put its: Since bare anything still isn't part of the "Summer Friday" dress code on the Hill, you can find my bikini-clad self partying it up with other beautiful people at the best pool party to ever hit D.C., hosted by the BYT crew at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Tickets are cheap (usually around $15), deejays are spinning some great tunes, people are hospitable and happy (and hipster), the drinks are strong, and the water itself is refreshingly cool.  Let's face it, this is the closest we're ever going to get to livin' it up Vegas-style in the district!

Baltimore pie fest
The B’Eat More Pie Fest (as in, Baltimore Eats More Pie) is an annual festival that celebrates the culinary masterpiece that is pie.  A day-long affair full of more pie than you can imagine?  Sounds good to me.  The first annual pie festival took place in September 2011 with great success, so don't miss this year's event.  At 2640 Saint Paul St., from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!  How are you celebrating?

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