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, Jul 06 - Sun, Jul 09
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, Jul 06
It’s throwback time at Equinox Restaurant as it gets ready to celebrate 18 years as one of Washington’s beloved restaurants. To inspire guests to try the most iconic dishes from the restaurant’s nearly two decades in business, Equinox is kicking off a fun and interactive 18 “hole” golf game. Each dish corresponds to a “hole” on the “green” and when guests complete all 18 holes they receive a golf-related prize. The dishes featured in the game highlight Chef Gray’s passion for sustainable seafood, Mid-Atlantic cuisine, and innovative interpretations of classic American fare. This is a nod to two of Chef Gray’s passions and a chance for guests to have a bit of fun while dining on dishes cultivated and refined over many years. A sample of the dishes included in this three month promotion include 1999’s truffled macaroni & cheese, 2003’s pan fried soft shell crab with pickled spring onions, and 2006’s risotto of spring sweet peas, carrot brunoise, pea green salad, and red wine sauce. There will also be a “fairway” lunch special, which includes a “putter” and a “chipper” course for $18. When the game wraps up in August, participants are invited to join Equinox for its golf-themed wrap party on the patio featuring a classic 1980’s golf movie. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more information, please click here.
Thu, Jul 06
First Thursdays is a series of free outdoor street festivals along Mount Vernon Avenue in the spring and summer. The Del Ray Business Association features businesses along Mt. Vernon Avenue, special events, food and music. Each month has a different theme with activities for children, live music, and a festive atmosphere. Pets are welcome. Free. 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA. For more information please click here.
Thu, Jul 06 - Sun, Jul 09
Hill Country Barbecue Market is excited to revive the Backyard Barbecue, a summer pop-up at the National Building Museum. After a brief hiatus last summer, the Backyard Barbecue returns to the West Lawn for the third summer season, making it the place to chow down on authentic central Texas-style barbecue, imbibe and enjoy live music. Named among the Best Barbecue in D.C. and The Best Cheap Barbecue Joints Around D.C. Hill Country’s menu for the Backyard Barbecue is the embodiment of summer. New to the menu this summer, the Texas cheesesteak is a heaping of shredded brisket topped with Serrano peppers and caramelized onions, served Martin’s hoagie roll. Other meat options include sliced brisket by the half-pound, a pulled pork sandwich on a potato roll and an authentic Texas hot link on a long roll topped with sauerkraut and Shiner mustard. All meats are served with choice of confetti coleslaw, cucumber salad, and baked beans on the side. See site for prices. 4:00 p.m. to close Thursday July 6th and Friday July 7th; 12:00 p.m. to close Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th. 401 F Street NW. For more information please click here.
Thu, Jul 06
National Fried Chicken Day coming up and Central invites you to enjoy their family-style Fried Chicken Dinner. The dinner serves up to five people and comes with four chicken breasts, four chicken legs and eight nuggets, along with sides of mashed potatoes, watercress salad and mustard sauce. For dessert, choose from two ice cream or sorbet flavors: vanilla, chocolate, coconut or mango. Cocktail lovers can sip a summer sweet tea made with peach infused buffalo trace bourbon, peach shrub, black sweet tea, mint and lemon. $100 per family meal/$14 for cocktails. 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For more information please click here.
Thu, Jul 06
Join Brainfood and Mt Vernon United Methodist Church as they raise money for Brainfood’s Youth Garden with their summer seedling sale. Purchase goodies such as heirloom tomatoes, squash and zucchini, eggplant, and sweet and hot bell peppers seedlings raised locally in a DC greenhouse. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information please click here.