Fri, May 26 - Mon, Sep 04
This Memorial Day through Labor Day, Gaylord National Resort offers a vacation destination like no other. Enjoy Aquafina Summer movie matinees, music mystery scavenger hunt and the Summer PJ party featuring a silent disco party. Throughout the summer celebration, Gaylord National will play homage to American Music – including jazz, country music and more – with first-class musical performers throughout the hotel and restaurants. The best way to experience SummerFest is to spend the night with the Gaylord National Resort. Music of America package includes accommodations, $100 resort credit, two Capital Wheel tickets, and self-parking. $299 per night. 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, Md. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Wed, Jun 21 - Sun, Aug 27
The most anticipated pop-up of the summer is coming. Drink Company and Ommegang Brewery presents the Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar (PUB), in the spaces formerly known as Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, and Eat the Rich. At the Game of Thrones PUB, you will visit scenes from the North, the Red Keep, Mereen, the House of Black and White, and the Throne Room. Cocktails such as What is Dead May Never Die and The Lannisters Send their Regards will be paired with the show’s soundtrack. Swords, dragons, horns, and an Iron Throne help celebrate the show’s summer return. The Red Keep features the Armory, where you can pledge allegiance to your house banners, and take a picture as the flayed man on a custom piece built by The Strong Oaks Woodshop. Just not during the show itself when the bar will be closed. Ommegang Brewery’s Bend the Knee, the official Game of Thrones beer, will be on draft. Monday – Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Friday – Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1839-1843 7th Street NW. For more information, please click here.
Thu, Jun 29 - Sun, Jul 02
This summer, be sure to visit Canteen, NRG’s seasonal pop up beer garden. The roving beer garden will plant roots at its new location with 20 beer drafts (twice as many as last year) as well as two additional handles dedicated to ciders, a selection of summer sipping wines (white and rosé, naturally), and the infamous bourbon slushy will return. You can expect the very best craft beers sourced locally, nationally, and from overseas. They will be pouring classic German-style lagers, like Mahrs Bräu Kellerbier Ungespundet Hefetrüb; bone-dry Belgian ales, including De Ranke Simplex and De la Senne Taras Boulba; outstanding local hop-driven offerings, The Veil’s Sitdwn and BHUMBL among them, not to mention a fresh, rare keg of Double Dry-Hopped Sungazer, from Charles Towne Fermentory in South Carolina; and some delicious sours, like Grimm Cube: Cuvee #4, J.Wakefield Stush, and Upland Cursed Kettles. Red Apron will once again curate a few food items, in addition to local food trucks visiting all summer long. Plus, given the amazing offerings by their new neighbors, they’re encouraging Canteen guests to bring in outside food from spots like Kyrisan, Glenn’s Garden Market, and Haikan. Opens 4:00 p.m. Thursdays & Fridays. Opens 12:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. 1923 9th Street NW.
Thu, Jun 29 - Tue, Jul 04
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. This festival takes place for two weeks every summer and is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. You are invited to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Admission is free. Festival hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with evening dance parties at 5:30 and circus performances most nights at 7:00 p.m. 600 Maryland Avenue SW. For more information, please click here.
Fri, Jun 30 - Tue, Jul 04
This Fourth of July weekend, Hamilton Hotel D.C. will offer a delicious menu of Independence Day delights at its signature restaurant and lounge 14K. The five-day special menu will feature the best in barbequed burgers, a variety of tasty French fries and creative cocktails. 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1001 14th Street NW. For more information and to make reservations please call 202.218.7575.
Fri, Jun 30
For home cooks and food history lovers alike, Wendy Kiang-Spray, author of “The Chinese Kitchen Garden,” will talk about how her parents and grandparents grew food in their own traditional Chinese kitchen gardens in Shandong and Hong Kong, and how she has carried those traditions with her to her own garden in Maryland. At the National Museum of American History’s monthly cooking demonstration program. Admission is free. Event begins at 2:00 p.m. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. For more information, please click here.
Fri, Jun 30 - Sat, Jul 01
Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks choreographed to patriotic music at Mount Vernon. This special evening event will include musical performances and games. Ticket cost is $30-$34 for adults and $20-$24 for youth. 6:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Va. For details and registration, please click here.
Fri, Jun 30
Make your relaxing escape this summer delicious as well. Enjoy an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf and paired perfectly with selections from local vineyards in Salamander Resort and Spa’s intimate, private dining room at Harrimans. $150 per person. 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. 500 North Pendleton Street Middleburg VA. For reservations, please call 540.326.4070.
Fri, Jun 30
Have you ever thought that it would be fun to drink a beer after touring a Brewmaster’s mansion? Join Heurich House Museum as one of their knowledgeable docents leads you through the museum on an hour long tour, followed by a thirty minute guided, local beer tasting in the Conservatory. Enjoy a flight of three craft beers while taking in the splendor of the house that beer built. 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. $25 per person. 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.
Fri, Jun 30
This introductory class is designed for those wanting to develop a good foundation of wine knowledge and an understanding of how to taste wine. You will learn about: main styles of wine; the most important wine grapes; key wine producing countries and regions; how grapes are grown and wine is produced; how to taste wine like a pro; what to look for and why; matching food and wine; serving, storing, and buying wine; the best way to buy wine in retail stores and restaurants. This course is taught in a classroom setting. You will taste 8 wines. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. $75.00. Capital Wine School, 5207 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite #7, Third Floor. For more information and to register click here.
Fri, Jun 30
Join one of Smithsonian Gardens’ horticulturists for a 20 minute walk and talk to explore plants in the new Common Ground: Our American Garden living garden display. Admission is free. Event begins at 1:00 p.m. 600 Maryland Avenue, SW. For more information, please click here.
Fri, Jun 30 - Sat, Jul 01
To kick off Porrón by ANXO’s opening weekend, you are invited to a sneak peek of the space this Friday or Saturday. This event includes a wood-fire grilled feast of ribeye, sardines, green onions, pan con tomate, and unlimited porrónes. Each ticket is $65 and includes tax and gratuity. Event begins at 7:00 p.m. 525 8th Street SE. For more information and tickets, please click here.