Being Social: the Weekend of 1.27.12

27 Jan


Have food and dragons and parades!!!
The Japanese (PDF link) and Chinese new year’s parties this weekend! Most importantly, the parade will be Sunday at 2pm! [DC]
This week also concludes the restaurant week bonanza with Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week through the 29th. [DC]
The Sugarloaf Craft Festival will be back this weekend at the Dulles Expo Center.  This place has way too many awesome homemade crafts and is a must-go-to if you have anyone to buy gifts for in the next six months.  There’s something for EVERYONE there! [DC]  In other event news:
The Maryland Polar Bear Plunge will be held, though it’s a bit far away (in Annapolis).  Not only will there be people greased up and jumping into lukewarm waters (seriously, it was 60 this morning), it will be taking donations for the Special Olympics Maryland.  There will also be contests and live entertainment. [DC]
1115am & 1230pm
There will be a concert at Artisphere called ‘Mischief Managed’. While it does indeed feature music from Harry Potter, it is aimed at children and also features a narration during Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite.  Tickets are $10.
The DC Grey Market is back!  Get super tasty, non-regulated foods here.  It will be at be held at 1365 Kennedy Street NW in Brightwood. According to DCist, Bourbon pecan cakes, sweet potato chocolate swirl pie, homemade banh mi sandwiches, jelly donuts and fruit sushi are just a scattering of the array of goodies expected to sell at the event.  And if you go and like it, follow the grey market on twitter @dcgreymarket .  Admission is $2 in person or $2.37 online.
Year of the awesome Dovahkiin!
The Inaugural McLean Chocolate festival will be held, featuring vendors and entertainment.  It’s a $1 admission, so if you’re out that way, check it out!
Don’t forget, the Chinese New Year parade will run from 6th & I St. NW to 6th & H St. NW! While you’re in Chinatown, look around! Lots of bars and eateries will be offering specials during this time!
D.C. Meat Week begins with a feast at Urban Bar-B-Q in Rockville, MD, where they’ll be offering free sides, happy hour prices, and a ‘commemorative gift’.  Check the full schedule for events through February 5, including all-you-can eat brisket, pork ribs, barbecue chicken and sides for $20 at Hill Country (410 Seventh Street NW) this coming Monday. [DCist]

Geek Look Ahead:

Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

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