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Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival – On March 31 - April 1, Maryland’s largest hoedown—the annual Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival--returns to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza starts with a Friday night Whole Hog Session from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy unlimited tastings of 60 of the best craft beers and 75-80 top-notch bourbons, plus delicious samples of barbeque from the South’s best Pit Masters, live music, arts, crafts, memorabilia exhibits and a cigar tent. Tickets range from $39-$59. (Maryland State Fairgrounds; 800.830.3976; beerandbourbon.com) DC’s Taste Of The Nation – DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry 2017 is on a new night in a new place--this year's annual tasting event will take place April 19 at Nationals Park. Led by George Pagonis (Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna, Kapnos Kouzina), Tiffany MacIsaac (Buttercream Bakeshop), Derek Brown (The Columbia Room, Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich) and Nadine Brown (Charlie Palmer Steak), DC’s culinary tastemakers will offer up bite-size fare, craft cocktails and sweets treats, driving taste buds out of the park for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry's efforts to end childhood hunger in America. Tickets start at $100. (1500 S Capitol Street SE; ce.nokidhungry.org/dc) Fourteenth Annual Blue Jeans Ball – On April 23, enjoy 40+ savory and sweet tasting stations from Oyamel, The Palm, Ripple, Occidental and more, plus made-to-order cocktails from Mixology Chairs Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen) & Eddie Kim (Bar Dupont) at the Capital Area Food Bank’s Blue Jeans Ball. Each $200 ticket provides 500 meals for a family in need. (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW; capitalareafoodbank.org/blue-jeans-ball/) Dining Out For Life -- Dining Out For Life is a restaurant-based event with a truly scrumptious call to action: Dine at one of the 3,000 participating restaurants in more than 60 cities across North America on April 27 and that restaurant will donate a generous portion of the day's proceeds to fund HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services in their city. Search diningoutforlife.com to find restaurants in your area; popular participating DC restaurants include Nage Restaurant, The Pig, Hank’s Oyster Bar Dupont, Logan Tavern, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Le Diplomate, &Pizza and many more. (diningoutforlife.com) Georgetown French Market -- Dust off your berets and mark your calendars: The 14th annual Georgetown French Market returns April 28-30! Georgetown's Book Hill neighborhood will transform into an inviting open-air market as over 40 locally-owned merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries display discounted items and unique finds. The three-day event will feature live entertainment and children's activities. (georgetowndc.com/events/signature-event/french-market) Artomatic 2017 -- Registration is now open for artists and performers to display work at Artomatic 2017, the DC area’s biggest free arts event, held from March 24 through May 6 in Crystal City. Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types can register at artomatic.org. Artomatic is unjuried and inclusive, allowing exhibition, presentation and publication opportunities for local artists, poets, writers and performers to display and perform their work. There is no criteria to register, and space is allocated on a first-come, first serve basis. This year’s 100,000 square foot space is provided by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and is located along Crystal City’s Art Underground. Launched in 2013 to transform Crystal City’s interior concourse into a vibrant arts and cultural destination, the Art Underground includes Synetic Theater, the 1200-foot long FotoWalk Underground, ArtJamz Underground, the Gallery Underground, TechShop, and Studios Underground, which provides work space for two dozen artists. (1800 S. Bell Street; artomatic.org) Dine ‘N’ Dash – On June 7 from 6:00-10:00 p.m., Dine ‘N’ Dash is a raucous progression of restaurants with the anticipated participation of more than 30 of Washington, DC’s best restaurants and includes appearances by nationally recognized food celebrities, including Andrew Zimmern.  Now in its fifth year, Dine-N-Dash aims to raise over $500,000 to support World Central Kitchen’s smart solutions to hunger and poverty, which include food safety and sanitation training, building school kitchens, clean cookstove conversion and job creation. Select a starting restaurant to buy a ticket and from there progress from establishment to establishment at your whim, with each offering a selection of 6-8 dishes and 4-6 drinks. Tickets are $125. (dinendash.info)