Friday, September 7, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend!

So I know last week I was all, Summer is over so let's all hold hands and cry into our pumpkin spice lattes, but the truth of the matter is that it's still technically summer!  Just because it's September and the kids are back in school doesn't mean we have to say goodbye to the season before it's gone.  Once it's really and truly over, we can pack up our beach towels and go stare at the fall leaves in perpetual enchantment, a la Taylor Swift.  But in the meantime, let's celebrate the summer while we can.


What says summer more than Truckeroo and a Nats game?  The monthly food truck festival returns to Half and M Streets today, and it's the perfect pre-game spot to chill out and grab some food, play some cornhole, and enjoy a beverage or two from the Bullpen while listening to live music.  Tonight, Stephen Strasburg pitches his second to last game of the season, so after you've sufficiently stuffed your face with a Fojol Brothers offering, head on over to the stadium to see the Nats face the Marlins.

Alternatively, you can head to Yards Park before the game, where you'll also find live music and food from Red Apron Butchery, Buzz Bakery and Churchkey.  If you haven't been yet, check it out while the weather's still nice- it's beautiful by the water and the perfect spot to bring both your date and your pup.


Take a morning stroll to one of the area's plentiful farmers markets.  Markets are currently teeming with delicious end-of-summer produce, so get your fill while you still can.  Appealing Kate put this handy guide together that spotlights some of the best markets in the District, and on Saturday, you can choose from the markets in Adams Morgan, Glover Park, Arlington County and more.  

In the afternoon, head on over to the National Museum of Women in the Arts to see the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit.  In addition to artifacts from musical icons like Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna, this is also your chance to see the infamous Lady Gaga meat dress.  You know you want to!

As the afternoon wears down, make your way over to Georgetown for a twilight tour at Jack's Boat House.  Kayak your way past the Georgetown Harbor, Watergate, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Memorial Bridge leading into Arlington Cemetery.  On your return, you'll paddle around Roosevelt Island and head towards the Three Sisters Island.  As the sun goes down, look out for wildlife like eagles, beavers, turtles, night herons, foxes and more.


Check out the recently opened Union Market, an artisanal, curatated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors, including Rappahannock Oysters Co., Buffalo & Bergen, Righeous Cheese, Peregrine Espresso, Almaala Farms, and many more.  The market is open from 8 a.m. -8 p.m., so you can take your sweet time getting there, but if you go between 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., you'll get the chance to taste (and judge) D.C.'s best ice cream, gelato, custard, frozen yogurt and more.

Next, head to the Adams Morgan Day Street Festival, featuring music, arts, crafts, kid's activities and more.  You may not know this, but 18th Street is actually quite lovely during the day when there are no hair-pulling fistfights taking place outside Jumbo Slice.  Plus, the recently completed construction has resulted in a lovely new streetscape, all the better for checking out the Arts on Belmont, where you'll find paintings, jewelry, glassware and more, or the Green Pavilion, Kid's Fair, or Health and Fitness Pavilion.      

At night, take advantage of the fact that our city is home to the largest short film event on the East Coast and check out the D.C. Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.  Over 140 films are showing, and you can use the Film Finder to search for films, read descriptions, view trailers, and connect socially.  There's also something special for foodies this year -- selected food-themed films have been paired with local chefs and mixologists, who are putting together special treats for patrons to enjoy after the films’ screening (the cost is included in the ticket price).

What are you doing this weekend?

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