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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;

Barley & Music Fest – Join the Spring Annual Barley & Music Fest from April 22 to 23, noon to 6:00 p.m., in the Carlyle District in Old Town. The beer festival will transform the John Carlyle Square Park with craft brews from 18 artisanal breweries, live entertainment and food vendors. Sample beer from regional craft breweries, including SPATEN: Spaten Optimat, ARTISANAL FAMILY: Tripel Karmeli, FRANZISKANER: Franz Dunkel, GLOBAL BELGIAN FAM: Monk’s Café, BLUE MOUNTAIN: BM Evil 8 & BM Hopwork and more. The event will kick off with live entertainment from bands Dave Chappell & The Lone Stardusters; Crawddaddies Duo; Carly Harvey; Down Wilson; Justin Trawick & The Common Good; and Moonshine Society. The event is free, but you’ll need tickets to sample beers ($25, including a custom tasting glass). (300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA;

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;

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 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. (

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. (

Artomatic 2017 — Registration is now open for artists and performers to display work at Artomatic 2017, the DC area’s biggest free arts event, now through May 6 in Crystal City. Artists, performers, filmmakers, and creatives of all types can register at 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;

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival — Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington” and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as you sample wines from 20 Virginia wineries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 19, 20 and 21, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $40, $48 and $36, respectively. (

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. (

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