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 - 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.
Sat, Jul 01 - Tue, Jul 04
Brookland’s Finest invites you to join them for their exclusive special crab boil menu in celebration of Independence Day. The delicious dinner will include: Maryland Blue Crab sweet corn, red potatoes, and Andouille sausage in a spicy old bay broth. $30 per person. 3126 12th Street NE. For more information please call 202.636.0050.
Sat, Jul 01 - Mon, Jul 03
The Willard InterContinental’s award winning Café du Parc will celebrate Independence Day all weekend long. Café du Parc will serve an all-day special menu created by Executive Chef Peter Laufer, paired with a selection of beers and wines. On July 4, the bistro will fire up the grill to serve all-American favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and veggie burgers. Guests can enjoy their meals in an outdoor seating area featuring live entertainment from the Bachelor Boys, face painting, patriotic decorations, and an ice cream cart with flavorful options available. Grill until 11:00 p.m./ice cream until 8:00 p.m. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For more information please call 202.942.7000
Mon, Jul 03
Join Z-Burger for their eighth annual Independence Burger Eating Contest. Watch contestants compete (and eat) for cash and prizes. Just for attending, you will be treated to free burgers immediately after the contest is over. The event is free to attend. 12:00 p.m. 4321 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For more information or to sign up to compete, please click here or call 301.938.2762.
Mon, Jul 03 - Tue, Jul 04
Pearl Dive celebrates Fourth of July with their annual special: a chicken bucket dinner to go. This fried chicken dinner for two (or more) includes six pieces of dark meat chicken, jalapeno cornbread muffins, potato salad, coleslaw, blueberry hand pies, a checkerboard tablecloth, and silverware. $35. Pick up between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. For more information and to order please click here.
Mon, Jul 03
Join Wicked Bloom for a salute to America, industry, and bourbon. This is not your typical BBQ. They are “Making Bourbon Great Again” with beer and cocktail specials, and complimentary hot dogs! Special Guest Whiskey Guardian, Will Alvarez, will be pouring the drinks all day for your enjoyment. The event is free. 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. 1540 North Capitol Street Northwest. For more information, please click here.
Mon, Jul 03
The Explorer is a pineapple-infused Pisco cocktail with lime juice and simple syrup, topped with a pineapple “glacier.” This cocktail is available to order off of the Ritz Carlton’s Spring/Summer cocktail menu. While sipping on the cocktail, you are helping to save the seas, as $1 of each sale will go to Jean-Michel Cousteau’s foundation, the Ocean Futures Society. Their mission: to explore our global ocean, inspiring and educating people throughout the world to act responsibly for its protection, documenting the critical connection between humanity and nature, and celebrating the ocean’s vital importance to the survival of all life on our planet. 3100 South Street NW. For more information, please click here.