Friday, September 28, 2012

What to Do in the District this Weekend

This week Jules and AppealingKate team up to provide you with a full list of things going on in and around the District.


Like the federal government, the Smithsonian Museums usually shut down at 5:30 p.m. sharp. But tonight the Freer Gallery on the National Mall is staying open late to host Asia After Dark. This event will highlight Asian film, art and dance music. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. In addition, Ping Pong Dim Sum will have not one, not two, but three bars at the event. If you’ve ever had a cocktail from Ping Pong, you know that their bartenders know how to prepare one hell of a drink. If you haven’t, check out the Gamma Girls’ review of Ping Pong.

Have you had a long week and need some dancing in your life to wind down? Check out DC9 in the U Street Corridor for a night of indie music. Best part about this event? It has…wait for it…an open bar from 9-10:30 for only $7. Yup, you can thank me later…and hate me tomorrow when your head is throbbing.

Followers are constantly asking us how we always have content to write about. The short answer? Because we're always looking to check out the newest bars, restaurants, and venues. So, tonight, dear reader, we suggest you take on the challenge of trying out a new bar. The Thrillist released a list of the top ten new bars this week. Check one out with your friends after work. And let us now, via twitter, email, or just in the comments section below, where you go and what you think.


Most of us only go to Friendship Heights to check out sales at Bloomingdale's or to look for a discounted designer purse at Loehmann’s. But this weekend there’s another reason: The Taste of Friendship Heights. This event will feature food from Rosa Mexicano, Frosting Cupcakery, Capital Grille, and more. The event begins at noon, tickets are $5, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place.

As Washingtonians, we're lucky to enjoy free admission to the majority of Smithsonian museums each and every day, but there are a handful that do require an admission fee.  Tomorrow that changes (albeit briefly) when for one day the Smithsonian opens the doors for free to a number of additional museums, including the National Building Museum, the Newseum, the National Firearms Museum, and the Dumbarton Oaks Museum. I recently went to Dumbarton Oaks for the first time. Let me tell you - it's a hidden gem that not enough people know about.

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And speaking of undiscovered gems…have you been to the Yards Park on the Waterfront yet? If not, you're missing out. The perfect time to check it out is this weekend during Figment DC. What's this you ask? I am not entirely sure, but my interpretation after reading about this event is that it's like a giant community block party with a bunch of different interactive artistic booths and activities including art installations, bicycle jousting, origami tutorials, deejays and vegan cooking demos. So, put together a picnic basket, grab a few friends and spend the afternoon hanging out along the water. Sounds ideal.

After enjoying your afternoon at the Yards Park, stop by the D.C. fish market. It’s the perfect fall activity. Grab some fresh oysters and lemonade and peruse the various fish stands to find your perfect fillet for dinner.

Yes, it's the end of September, but you can still wear your summer whites tomorrow night at Masa 14’s monthly White Party. The Logan Circle event will feature Latin dance music, creative cocktails, and more. Plus, the event is free and you get a free drink if you wear white.


The 8th annual Green Festival returns to D.C. this weekend, and there is so much going on that you could easily spend your whole day there without even trying. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Mount Vernon Square will host eco-innovators, speakers like NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, artists, community leaders and green businesses, and feature live music, films, local food, yoga classes, workshops, an eco-fashion showcase, an organic beer and wine garden, vendors selling eco-friendly goods, and more. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for a one day pass when purchased online or $15 at the door. Or, ride your bike to the event and get in for free.

Head to Bourbon in Adams Morgan from 1-5 p.m. for PieFest 2012: A Slice of Life. Several years ago, a few friends started a friendly pie-eating competition as an excuse to get together and catch up on each other's lives. One of the gathering’s regular attendees was Jayna Murray. Determined to honor her memory and celebrate her love of good food and good times, the pie fest organizers decided to dedicate future parties to the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation. So how does it work? Bring a homemade pie to compete for prizes, or just come to eat and be merry. There will be an on-site cash bar. Each pie can be entered into one of six categories- apple, fruit (other than apple), nuts/chocolate, savory (meat), savory (vegetarian), or piepourri (miscellaneous) - and attendees will vote for their favorite. Pie entries must arrive between 1-2 and voting closes at 4. There will be six winners, but with an afternoon of delicious pie, there will be no losers! Tax-deductible tickets are $15 if entering pie and $25 if just bringing your appetite. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

The weather man says that this weekend is expected to be "the perfect fall weather weekend."  We are definitely going to take advantage of that...and hope you all do, too.  

Have a great weekend!


  1. You can also go see Don Giovanni the opera for free at Nats Stadium on Saturday night. Gates open at 5, opera starts at 7. You can bring a blanket and sit on the outfield...

  2. Also the Virginia Tech-Cincinnati game is at FedEx tomorrow. Tickets are available for $35 on Living Social!