Friday, October 19, 2012

What to do in the District This Weekend

Whenever the weekend rolls around I always get really excited and start singing some old school R. Kelly, “Remix to Ignition.” You know it’s the freakin weekend baby I’m about to have me some fun. Don’t lie, you know you used to rock out to this back in the day, too. But my big ambitions to ‘DO SOMETHIN’ tend to end up like this cleaning, watching football, and breaking into living room dance parties with Lola. {Judge away.}
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But for those of you looking for a great way to spend this weekend the Gamma Girls suggest…

FRIDAY

Looking for some place to spend your lunch hour? What better place than with Naughty By Nature. Yes, that is right folks. Today is Yardfest, the Howard homecoming concert. This year’s edition has up and comers 2 Chainz and Meek Mill and rap mainstays Beenie Man and Naughty By Nature. So take a longer lunch, enjoy this beautiful weather and head to Howard University around noon. The best part, it’s free!

If 2 Chainz isn’t your jam, and you can’t sneak away for a long lunch, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Pitch Perfect and Argo. So grab your girls and sing along with my girl Rebel Wilson or make it a date and grab some dinner with your beau and then check out Argo, neither will disappoint, I’m told.


You can also employ the RWB Friday night which consists of red wine and catching up on DVR. My newest obsession: Nashville and Chicago Fire. Country music and firefighters… sign me up.

SATURDAY

I’m sure most DC-area residents know exactly who they will be voting for on November 6. Why not take time to volunteer for your candidate in Virginia? As I’m sure you know, Virginia is up for grabs in this election and there are tons of opportunities for you to get involved in the commonwealth. Knock on doors, make calls, or pass out brochures with like minded voters and help your candidate secure victory in Virginia! For more details on volunteering with the Romney campaign E-mail TeamVA@MittRomney.com and for information on the Obama campaign E-mail dc@barackobama.com.
 
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If politics aren’t your jam, but day drinking and horses are then look no further than the 75th Annual International Gold Cup. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the event in the spring, but it’s held in the fall, too. Tickets are no longer available through Gold Cup, but can be purchased at most Harris Teeter grocery stores. While there will be less seersucker and pastels, you’re guaranteed to find a well-dressed (and well hydrated) gentleman or lady around and have a grand old time. For more information visit: http://vagoldcup.com.

If art is more your style, check out Corcoran’s community day. A free event, guests can try out pottery-making, print-making and book binding. Plus there’s no entry fee for the museum.

Finally, nothing says October like fall foliage and booze. If you’ve got a car, the Northern Virginia BrewFest is just the place to be. Beer tasting, live music, gorgeous weather. Sounds like a nice little Saturday! For more information visit: http://novabrewfest.com/fall/.

As for me, I’ll be watching the Hokies play Clemson and then UGA take on Kentucky. If you’re a college football addict like me, check out the best places to watch football in the district here.



SUNDAY

The leaves are supposed to be simply gorgeous this weekend, so why not take a trip to the Gamma Girls favorite weekend getaway spots? It’s also the perfect weekend for pumpkin picking or a corn maze so make sure you head out of the city and find yourself a good ol punkin.

For those of you that want to stay local, one of my favorite Sunday afternoon destinations is Paint This! in Old Town. First, you can bring your own wine. Second, you can pretty much design anything you want. I always have a great time here and it’s the perfect way to have a low key afternoon with friends. Whether you want to paint a ceramic Jack O’Lantern or create custom coasters from pieces of colored glass, I promise you’ll have a wonderful time. Just call ahead to make sure they have a table reserved for a group.

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The past two Sundays Lols and I have really taken advantage of the gorgeous weather by taking long walks on the Mount Vernon trail. It’s rarely crowded and has a great view of the city, Arlington Cemetery and the Potomac. You can also loop around to Rock Creek Park or walk into Georgetown. It’s a great way to get outdoors without having to leave the area. Roosevelt Island is beautiful this time of year, as well.

Last but not least, Indique Heights is throwing its annual Diwali Mela. So for those of you that are new to the area think food vendors, dancing, henna, karaoke, and so much more. For only $22.00 you get all-you-can-eat food and access to events. For more information visit: http://indiqueheights-diwalimela.eventbrite.com/#.

Happy Weekend,



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