Friday, September 14, 2012

What to Do in the District this Weekend

I don't know about all of you, but the Gamma Girls are just loving this cooler weather. No more frizzy hair, discovering our fall wardrobes again, and long runs outside without feeling like we're going to melt? All good things.


And the District has all sorts of fun things going on this weekend that will let us spend some quality time outside in the autumn air.


In case you've been hiding under a rock, the big event tonight is Bruce Springsteen's concert at the National's stadium. If you're like me, you are beyond bummed that you are missing out on the Boss. But there's a good alternative. The Feelies are performing at the 9:30 Club in the U Street Corridor tonight. Oh, you've never heard of them? Yeah, me neither (or maybe you all have and I'm the uncultured one in the group). But apparently the Feelies are a kick ass rock band that's been around since the 1980s. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets ($20) are still available. After the show head over to the Brixton, U Street's newest bar, and check out the rooftop, or Thirsty Ivy's favorite wine bar, Vinoteca.


The obvious choice tomorrow is to head over to Northeast D.C. for the Annual H Street Festival.  H Street shuts down all day for a full on street party. Last year, this event attracted more than 50,000 people and it's speculated to be even bigger and better this year. There will be live music on five stages, art cars, fashion shows, contests and a huge street parade. Additionally, most restaurants will have booths set up with food and beer. Yes, please.

Looking to escape the crowds? The Green Pig Bistro in Arlington is hosting a home bartending 101 course. The class will teach participants how to stock a home bar and how to make three different cocktails. Additionally, each attendee will get a home bartending kit to take home. Tickets are $85 and the class starts at 3:30. 

After all the day drinking events on Saturday, go for a more low key Saturday night by checking out the DC Shorts Film Festival.  There are a number of times and locations to choose from.  Fun fact: This festival is the largest of its kind on the East Coast and features 140 films from 27 countries.


One of the best aspects of the District in the fall is its proximity to some seriously beautiful countryside. And I can think of nothing more perfect to do on Sunday than to pack up the car and head out to the 37th Annual Virginia Wine Festival for an afternoon of sipping delicious wine. The festival features over 50 wineries, wine seminars, and live music. The festival runs from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Like wine but want to stay close to the city? A good alternative is to head to the sixth annual Vintage Crystal: A Taste of Wine and Jazz. This Latin themed street festival will feature tapas, tequila, wine, live music, and street vendors.  That's right ladies and gents - Crystal City is basically telling you it's okay to drink tequila on a Sunday afternoon. I'm not going to argue with that one.

If you're like me, you are beyond psyched that it's football season again. While we all know Red, White & Bourbon's obsession with college football, I'm more of a NFL fan myself. My boys, the Patriots, play at 1 p.m. and you better believe that I'll be watching my future husband Tom dominate the field. Some great spots to watch games include: Buffalo Billards in Dupont Circle, Black Finn in McPherson Square, and of course my favorite spot, Red Line in Chinatown.

Have a great weekend!

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