Friday, October 5, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend


It's the first weekend in October, and it's being brought to you by the country Germany and the letters B-E-E-R. And food, too -- you'll be able to stuff yourself tighter than a sausage casing full of pork renderings. So, wriggle into your lederhosen and fire up the polka music because there are so many ways to celebrate the country where David Hasselhoff is king.

(I'm going to break down this blog post three ways: Oktoberfests, miscellaneous food festivals, and everything else.)


Perhaps the biggest festival happening this weekend is the 13th-annual Capitol City Brewing Company Oktoberfest, held on Saturday from noon - 7 p.m. in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington.

I'm told there will be 75 BREWERIES on hand hawking their wares, as well as various food vendors serving up classic German cuisine. For $25, you get a souvenir beer glass and 10 tickets for four-ounce sampling pours. This thing is bound to be PACKED, so get there early! And for the eagle-eyed beer enthusiasts, Jules and I will be in attendance, so if you spot us, come say  hi! Ohh, I can't wait to get my hands on a big German pretzel!

If you can't make the arduous trek across the Potomac, hop a Metro over to Columbia Heights, which is having its sixth-annual Columbia Heights Day also on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. In conjunction with that event, Meridian Pint is hosting its own Oktoberfest.

This one has 24 beers available for tasting, activities and games for kids, and, of course, more food with which to stuff yourself silly!

If you're hoping to enjoy the German culture without elbowing your way through crowds, then check out Biergarten Haus on H Street Northeast or Old Europe in Glover Park. Both places are offering food specials and expanded beer menus.


If you want this weekend's best without any of the wurst (see what I did there? ZING!), there are a couple of other food festivals worth checking out!

For starters, tonight marks this year's final Truckeroo food truck festival at the Fairgrounds near Nationals' Stadium. If you haven't gotten your fix of Fojol Brothers yet, tonight's your last chance!

Taste of D.C.
On Saturday, Sunday AND Monday from noon to 7 p.m., Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets Northwest will be shutting down entirely for the Taste of D.C.!

There's a $10 admission fee, which gets you a complimentary soda, water, wine or Stella Artois and grants you access to booths from 50 local restaurants, more than 30 national and international beers and live entertainment all day!

For Marylanders, this Saturday is also the Taste of Bethesda in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. For this one, food-tasting tickets are sold in bundles of four for $5, so you can buy as much or as little food as you like.

Finally, I'd tell ya to go to the Capital Food Fight on Monday, but... tickets are sold out. Wah wah.

Fornash Rachelle bracelet

If you'd rather get through this weekend without tightening your borscht belt, there are still plenty of options!

Tonight and tomorrow, the honorary Gamma Girls of accessory store Fornash are having a sample sale hosted by Georgetown's The Dandelion Patch. From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., you'll find necklaces, bracelets and more for 25%-75% off the original price!

(And while you're at the Dandelion Patch, you might as well pick up some stationery... Thirsty Ivy would be proud of you.)

Accessories are great, but they're not dangerous. If you'd rather add a little derring-do to your weekend, head to Bar Dupont tonight for the James Bond Anniversary Party. Bartenders are serving up cocktails from the various Bond films, and who knows? Maybe some hot man will take you for a ride on his Vespa.

I love him.
On Saturday, Jon Stewart, aka my dream man (why not? He's hilarious AND smart -- now that's sexy!) will be in town at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium to battle with Fox News boogie monster Bill O'Reilly in the Rumble in Air-Conditioned Auditorium! You can stream it online, or you can head out to Local Sixteen in the U Street Corridor for a watch party!


Ever found yourself in D.C. going, "Gee, I wish I could drink until the sun rises"? Well, on Sunday night, YOU CAN: The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee has granted 42 bars and restaurants permission to remain open AROUND THE CLOCK on Monday!!! For a full list, click here.

And with that, my friends, I must say auf wiedersehn. I hope this post has given you enough reasons to give yourself das boot off the couch!

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