Being Social: the Weekend of 8.24.12

24 Aug

Get ready for the masses (and no more easy street parking)!  The college students are moving in this weekend.  There’s sure to be a bit of chaos, and then a lot of young ‘uns at the bars starting this weekend.

We have a lot of events this week, just in time for the masses:

(Source: AP)

  • From August 25 – October 21st the Maryland Renaissance Faire is back! A ways away, it is still epic awesome.  I’ll be going at least twice this  year.
  • Registration for the Social Sports of Alington Fall Sports leagues (co-ed Softball, Football, and Volleyball ) are now open, if you’re an athletic geek.(LindyPromo).
    From now until September 9, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will be having a Shakespeare Free for All.  Free tickets will be distributed two hours before each show.  [DC.about.com]
  • Until September 22nd, there will be an exhibit about On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Whether you are interested in their impending end of the calendar or just like archaeology, this definitely sounds worth checking out.  It’s open weekdays 10am-6pm and 12-4pm Saturday. [PoP]

Friday

530pm

Want to see Gold?  Bethesda honorary folk will honor U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky as well as U.S. Olympians Scott Parsons and Julie Zetlin at the Bethesda Metro Center. [DCist]

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding weekly Dr. Who happy hours!! Watch one episode of Dr. Who & enjoy drink specials every Friday! /nerdchills.   It’s free, and at the ‘Backstage’ venue.  This week is Aliens of London.

Saturday

Ready for more Dragon Boat races? Well, if you can get to the National Harbor, you’re in luck!  The event celebrates Asian culture and brings a family-fun event to the waterfront community near Washington DC.  [DC.about.com]

All my want.

10am
If you have a sweet tooth, why not try a tour of the American history of cupcakes, as seen by the now-cupcake-famous Georgetown district.  Tickets are $20 and reserve cupcakes for you.  [GeorgetownDC]

11am-midnight

The super-tasty Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Release Party will be happening at their alehouse locations.  I don’t care what it has, as long as it has Pumpkin  beer! ❤ [WaPo]

1-6pm

DC’s own Three Stars Brewery is finally starting brewery tours and growler fills! Stop by the brewery (6400 Chillum Place NW) to taste and buy any of the company’s three brews (Urban Farmhouse, Southern Belle and Pandemic Porter). [DCist]

1-9pm

Funky Fresh Foodie Fest is an amped up Truckeroo. Tix are $60, which seems a bit steep to me.

9pm

Get your groove on at the Eighties Mayhem dance party at Black Cat!

Holy yes, Sunday events!

Don’t worry, I’ll save you…

There will be a Great Gatsby Ice Cream Social at Lee Fendal House.   “Dress in your coolest summer whites and enjoy an ice cream social the Downham family would be proud of! Indulge in cold beverages, old-fashioned ice cream, and sweets. Play croquet, nine pins, and other early 1900s lawn games in Lee-Fendall House’s historic garden. Tickets are $18. Call 703-548-1789 to purchase.”[WaPo]

12-6pm

One Nation of Gamer’s Barcraft is back at the Dupont Circle Public Bar!  Join fellow nerds and watch some Starcraft and League of Legends tournaments!

2-5pm

For the roleplaying/LARP geeks out there, why not try playing with dog & pony DC? They will be playing THE WEREWOLVES OF MILLER’S HOLLOW, a deduction and bluffing role-playing party game in which townspeople must determine who amongst them are the werewolves killing off the innocent civilians… before it’s too late!  The day will consist of learning the game, playing the game, and then examining behaviors afterward. [Eventbrite]

6pm

Although it’s in Woodbridge, There will be Arts in the Park at the Potomac Nationals game against the Frederick Keys. The Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Prince William Little Theatre will perform Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?” skit, and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the game. There will also be an “instrument petting zoo” and fireworks. [WaPo]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.   If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

September

October

November

  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

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