Friday, September 21, 2012

What to Do in the District this Weekend

This Gamma Girl has been in a bit of a slump all week, so I'm pretty excited for a weekend full of fun things to get me back to my perky, chipper self. And there are, as always, lots of fun things to do in the District this weekend!


Start off your night by stopping by Urban Style Lab’s Doo Wop Beauty Shop. Described as “an evening of DJs, drinks and dress up,” the event will include a number of $25 services (nails, blowouts, makeup), an Instagram photo booth, and FREE cocktails.  Best of all? 75 percent of the proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. Note: call ahead to make your appointment. 

If you’re a child of the '80s like me, you've probably watched The Princess Bride approximately 1,200 times.  And tonight you have the opportunity to watch it again. Grab your guy (or girlfriends if you have yet to find your "Wesley") and head up to Mount Pleasant’s Lamont Park for an outdoor viewing. It’s like Screen on the Green meets fall! The movie starts at 7:30, but get there early to set up your blanket and picnic.  And, because I'm awesome, I've included the original trailer for you to watch on this Friday afternoon:


Start your morning off at the D.C. VegFest. This annual event highlights the benefits of choosing fruits and vegetables over meat. While I’m most definitely a carnivore, this event looks cool. It will feature more than 100 exhibitors, free food samples and cooking demos. And, it’s dog friendly. 

After you stock up on your local fall veggies, head down to the Mall for the Library of Congress Book Festival. This will be my first time attending, but I’ve heard great things about this annual event. The weekend-long festival will feature presentations by over 100 authors, illustrators and poets (I’m excited about hearing Jeffrey Toobin …but I’m also a huge dork); lots and lots and lots of books for sale, storytelling and musical acts … and I'm betting that a bunch of food trucks will be close by. This free festival kicks off tomorrow at 10 a.m. rain or shine. 

Sad you’re not in Germany drinking a beer twice the size of your head? Well, cheer up because there are Oktoberfest events that you can check out locally. Head up to the adorable Bethesda Row for its Oktoberfest celebration. It will feature beer from 15 breweries, live music, a pie-eating contest and my favorite food truck, Luke’s Lobster. Tickets are $22.

Dupont Circle’s Heurich House is also hosting its very own Oktoberfest in its “secret garden.” For $15 you get three beers, snacks, a tour of the house and grounds, and live music. 

Guess who's going to see Madonna on Monday night at the Verizon Center? THIS GIRL (yes, I get excited just thinking about how much fun it's going to be). If you're not as lucky as me, you can have your own Madonna dance party at Town, where it will host its annual Madonnarama night. What's this you ask? Oh, just DJs playing all of Madonna's music and videos of the Material Girl playing on large screens. I know, I know -- this sounds amazing (or as Jules would say, "amazeballs"), and I'm not even finished telling you about it yet! In addition to music and videos, guests are encouraged to wear Madonna-inspired costumes! And and and the best-dressed attendees get free drinks! Sadly, I have plans Saturday night and cannot attend this crazy-awesome event, but if you do go, please email your pictures to I want to live vicariously through each and every one of you! And yes, I've used more exclamation points in this paragraph than in any other post I've ever written. 

If Madonna isn't really your thing (I will never understand you), how about heading out to Clarendon for a cozy fall dinner at Screwtop Wine Bar? If it's nice out, you can sit outside; if it's chilly, sit inside at the bar.


Sunday is expected to be another gorgeous fall day in and around the District. And the Nationals are in town. Grab cheap tickets to watch our rock star team in one of the final regular season games. 

Source: Washington Post
Baseball not your thing? Sundays are the perfect day to head out to the Maryland or Virginia countryside for apple picking! In fact, I had every intention of doing this last weekend...then I got distracted at the Pentagon City Mall looking for the perfect fall boot. But this Sunday I can wear said boots (yup, I found them) while I apple pick.  And thank you to Capital Katie because I know right where to go.

While I’m not an official dog owner (but an aunt to approximately seven dogs), I sure do love pups. Crystal City is hosting “Pups and Pilsners.” This event will feature beers from breweries like Laughing Dog, Flying Dog and Baying Hound Alework, and it will even have a special “bowser beer” that is a non-alcoholic beer for dogs. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Dogs get in for free. 

I already know where I'll be Sunday night: sitting at the bar at Glover Park's newest wine bistro, Slate, watching my Patriots play the Ravens, talking trash and tracking my fantasy team on my iPhone. For the rest of you .... find that cozy neighborhood spot.  Because nothing says fall like sticking close to home with good company, wine (and beer) and football.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend in our great city!


  1. Mia's Pizzas Bethesda is also doing Puppies on the Patio this Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm. Benefiting The Humane Society.

  2. Amazing article like usual! THIS GIRL! Lol

  3. Nikki- ohhhh thank you for the info! Puppy lovers--- take note!

    Tayrit- Thank you :)