Being Social: The Weekend of April-May 2011

28 Apr

I know I work a weird shift schedule at work, but still… somehow I lost winter and spring and now it’s May.  Crazy.

Anyhoo, this weekend there’s a ton to to, and hopefully the weather will cooperate!

OMG ROYAL WEDDING! </3

There are a ton of places that will celebrate (or heckle) the marriage of the young British couple of Prince William and [title yet to be announced] Kate. There will be a chari-tea party at Dupont Circle Georgian Manor on the eve of the wedding, and Royal watch parties will be starting at 4am Friday morning at The Mansion on O Street, P. Lawrence Bridal Wear, all Union Jack’s locations, and the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown to name a few.  More party places can be found at Metromix.

For those that like their sleep, fear not! The brand new and awesome looking Queen Vic British Pub on H street will be offering select food and drink for $5 and the wedding will be on a loop from noon on Friday until 3 a.m on Saturday. Plus they will have raffles every hour on the hour and will give away free shots for fancy wedding hat wearer!

I so need to get me a hat!

April 29-30th

Visit the Georgetown French Market, which runs through Saturday and includes live music, shopping, free children’s balloon sculptures and, of course, French cuisine (food is not free of charge). Many of Georgetown’s boutiques will also be offering substantial discounts on their wares. [via WaPo]

April 30th

1-4 pm: Barracks Row taste of 8th.  Just south of the Eastern Market metro stop, there are tons of restaurants to choose from.  Each offers its on atmosphere and great choices on food and drink.  I recommend Belga Cafe and DC3 hot dogs.  Beware Matchbox pizza, though.  Although some swear by their spicy pizzas, whenever my friends have eaten at this location, they have gotten sick 😦

And for geeks’ sake, there is apparently a Croquet Match between St. John’s and Navy on Saturday as well.  That is hardcore!

May 1

Noon-6pm: National Cinco de Mayo festival on the National Mall at the Sylvan Theatre.  It will have performances, musicians, dance, children’s arts and crafts, food, games and activities for the entire family.  Just remember, booze isn’t allowed on the mall.

Noon-Night: The Sweetlife Festival is some indie salad-and-froyo-shop-inspired party in Columbia, Maryland.  It will have all sorts of live music, so your best bet is to check out the Sweetlife Festival event page for more info.

3pm: At Domaso Trattoria Moderna in Rosslyn, there will be a Top Dog Half Smoke Challenge!  Competing chefs include including Domaso’s Paul Healey, The Source’s Scott Drewno, Liberty Tavern’s Liam LaCivita, and Jackson 20’s Dennis Marron. Tickets are $20 and can be found at brownpapertickets.

Remember these guys?

8pm: This last one is a ways away… in Annapolis, Maryland, at the Rams Head Tavern, the vocal group Rockapella will be performing.  You may remember them from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? on PBS (or even Where in Time…).  For a bit of nostalgia and some good music, tickets are being sold online.

Rockapella! Rockin’ it A-capella! Hoo!

Also, since Cinco de Mayo is next week, here are a couple of food specials I have stumbled upon… My favourite pizza place, Z Pizza, is celebrating by offering free samples of their Mexican and Santa Fe pizzas (MEXICAN PWNS) and their Pollo Latino sandwich from 11am-12pm and 4-5pm at participating locations.  Also, mention Cinco de Mayo when you order a Mexican between now and the 5th, and you’ll get $5 off.  Trust me, even a full price Mexican pizza is worth it.  Their ingredients are incredibly fresh and flavourful.

mmmmmmmmmmmmm

And for dessert, there will be free Pinkberry Yogurt on May 5th.

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