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District Goings-on: May 2013 & up

4 May

Geek Look Ahead:

May

  • Weekends in May are host to Passport DC for Embassies. This event opens many embassies for folks to look inside and experience cultural foods, music, and crafts.
  • May 5 should be a beautiful day for Yoga on the Mall, a free event where thousands of yogis do their thing together.
  • May 11 is the annual Sweetlife Festival / Concert, hosted by Sweetgreen. It’ll be at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tickets are $75 and up.
  • On May 13 at DAR constitution hall there will be a seminar called Guts and Glory: an Evening with Anthony Bourdain. Tickets are $45 and up.
  • NEW! National Asian Heritage Festival -May 18, 2013, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.
  • NEW! DC Dragon Boat Festival May 18-19-20, featuring features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.
  • NEW! Taste of Arlington May 19, 2013, noon-5 pm on Wilson Boulevard.
  • There’s always things to do for Memorial Day Weekend.

July

August

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

September

  • September 21st we will host National Red Bull Flugtag at the National Harbour! Want to fly? They’re taking applications through June 1. Follow updates @FlugtagUSA

Being Social: The Weekend of 4.5.13

6 Apr

Saturday

11am-5pm

DC MEETMarket is a monthly outdoor market featuring local designers, artisans, musicians and food purveyors. It will be held on the first Saturday of every month at Logan Circle in a celebration of community and craftsmanship. [PoP]

9am-12pm

Spring Cleaning for Mother Nature: the Rock Creek Conservancy is mobilizing volunteers at over 60 Rock Creek locations. Visit rockcreekconservancy.org to find a spot near you. [PoP]

3pm

It’s International Pillow Fight day! Head to the mall with a disposable non-down pillow and duke it out.[DC.about.com]

1-9pm

The Cherryblossom Fireworks Festival will be from 1-9 pm on April 6 at the Southwest Waterfront.

The blossoms will finally be reaching peak Sunday-Monday. (Taken in 2011)

The blossoms will finally be reaching peak Sunday-Monday. (Taken in 2011)

This week

Like Books? Then check out Carpe Librum, DC’s Largest Used Book Sale at 1030 17th Street NW.  Discover more than 50,000 books, CDs and DVDs . Sale proceeds help fund critical programs for D.C. public school children and their families. Sale is April 8 through May 15th. [PoP]

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival is now until April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black Cat holds 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

April

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is April 13 from 10am–Noon on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW.  Also, and more importantly, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival will be from 1030am–6pm at the area of the Old Post office (Federal Triangle, 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Tickets are $5 per person and I HIGHLY recommend buying them in advance.  There are tons of performances and cultural demonstrations, shops, and traditional food and drink. Be prepared for crowds and pack sunscreen and water!
  • April 13th Nerd Nite DC: Campaign Finance, Lessons on Science from Dolly the Sheep, and WTF was up with Snowquester??
  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!
  • April 20 – Ready for spring? Here come the Scavenger Hunts! The first I’ve seen is the DC Challenge 2013: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race. Tickets are $25 and up at Eventbrite

May

July

August

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

September

  • September 21st we will host National Red Bull Flugtag at the National Harbour! Want to fly? They’re taking applications through June 1. Follow updates @FlugtagUSA

Being Social: The Weekend of 3.29.13

29 Mar

 Because it’s Easter in Washington, DC, there’s a lot to do if you want to go to Mass or an Easter Egg hunt. It also means that there’s not much else going on.  Here’s what I found:

Friday

All night

In honor of the Craft Beer Conference, Meridian Pint and BeerAdvocate have brought together 20 local breweries for a night celebrating local brews. Every beer line in the place will be taken over by a brewery from D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and 23 casks will additionally be available. [DCist]

DC Brau

(Image Credit: Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Saturday

12pm

The annual D.C. Bunny Run will feature people in bunny costumes that will run around for a while. It starts at Stoney’s on P Street.  Contributions from participants will go to benefit Easter Seals. [DCist]

DC_Rollergirls_Logo

4pm

The DC Rollergirls are having an internal scrimmage this weekend.  At 4pm the DC Demoncats will face Scare Force one, and at 545 the Majority Whips will go against the Cherry Blossom Bombshell.s  Tickets are $17, bring your own chair.

10am (all day)

The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival will be held, weather permitting, from 10 am onward at the Washington Monument grounds. Don’t have a kite? They’re sold on the streets and in the Museums for this event.

There are no blossoms yet. Don't go until it gets warmer out. (Taken in 2011)

There are only a few blossoms thus far. Don’t go until it gets warmer. (Taken in 2011)

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival is now until April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black Cat holds 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

April

  •  The Cherryblossom Fireworks Festival will be from 1-9 pm on April 6 at the Southwest Waterfront.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is April 13 from 10am–Noon on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW.  Also, and more importantly, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival will be from 1030am–6pm at the area of the Old Post office (Federal Triangle, 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Tickets are $5 per person and I HIGHLY recommend buying them in advance.  There are tons of performances and cultural demonstrations, shops, and traditional food and drink. Be prepared for crowds and pack sunscreen and water!
  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!
  • April 20 – Ready for spring? Here come the Scavenger Hunts! The first I’ve seen is the DC Challenge 2013: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race. Tickets are $25 and up at Eventbrite

May 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: The Weekend of 3.22.13

22 Mar

The DC Environmental Film Festival is running from now until the 24th. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC. Also on this weekend are:

vierlingbeerSaturday

1-9pm

The inaugural DC Beer Festival brings together dozens of craft and international breweries, as well as DC’s best local breweries.  The event will feature live music, beer and food pairing classes, some delicious beers, and plenty of surprises.  Admission is $40 for 1pm to 4pm (6pm to 9pm sold out).  Admission includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately.   Get tickets at Eventbrite.

There are no blossoms yet. Don't go until it gets warmer out. (Taken in 2011)

There are no blossoms yet. Don’t go until it gets warmer out. (Taken in 2011)

Sunday

5-630pm

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony will be held at the Warner Theatre.  It’s free, but advanced tickets are required.  Get them at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2011/07/15/openingceremony/


8pm

So, there’s this new Grunge Goth band called IO ECHO, the duo of Ionna Gika and Leopold Ross, doing a new type of music. Heavily inspired by bands like Nine Inch Nails and their current tourmates Garbage, the band is on the cusp of breaking through.  Check them out at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Tickets are $35. [DCist]

This week

The Craft Brewer’s conference not only has beer, but tons of classes on how to improve your brew.  Plus, tons of pubs and restaurants are doing specials (and the official ones!) to “treat” guests interested in this conference.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20-April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black Cat holds 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

March

  • March 30 – the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival will be held, weather permitting, from 10 am onward at the Washington Monument grounds. Don’t have a kite? They’re sold on the streets and in the Museums for this event.

April

  •  The Cherryblossom Fireworks Festival will be from 1-9 pm on April 6 at the Southwest Waterfront.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is April 13 from 10am–Noon on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW.  Also, and more importantly, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival will be from 1030am–6pm at the area of the Old Post office (Federal Triangle, 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Tickets are $5 per person and I HIGHLY recommend buying them in advance.  There are tons of performances and cultural demonstrations, shops, and traditional food and drink. Be prepared for crowds and pack sunscreen and water!
  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!
  • April 20 – Ready for spring? Here come the Scavenger Hunts! The first I’ve seen is the DC Challenge 2013: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race. Tickets are $25 and up at Eventbrite

May 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: The Weekend of 3.15.13

15 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! There are a lot of Restaurants and Pubs with specials this weekend, as well as some Saint Patrick’s Day Parades!  For example, there is ShamROCKfest, a huge concert thing, and Shamrocks and shenanigans at Rumors, which will feature Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, and of course plenty of great drink specials all weekend long.Irish_clover


Besides a ton of booze, the DC Environmental Film Festival is running from now until the 24th. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.

Saturday

1-9pm

The National Shamrock Festival claims to be a day of family fun, and the largest Saint Patrick’s Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.

8pm

The KODO Drummers of Japan will be performing at DAR Constitution Hall.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Restaurant week at National Harbor is winding down.  Restaurants offer prix fixe lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35. It runs March 4-17.
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black Cat holds 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

March 2013

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20-April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!

May 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: The Weekend of 3.8.13

8 Mar

ConBookFin copyBrian smallerHey, everyone! Please support me by going to the con I am running this weekend in Old Town Alexandria. It’s a local-focused brony convention called Cloudsdale Congress!  Tickets are $50 at the door and cover two days of programming and access to craft shops, plus a four-hour long concert.  I’m pretty excited and confident that it will be an awesome time.  If you go, I’ll be working registration and wearing my blue wig 🙂 Please say hi!

scratcheyes

Ahha so kawaii 😛

See you there!

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black Cat holds 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

March 2013

  • The real St. Patrick’s day party will be Shamrocks and shenanigans March 16th and 17th at Rumors. This will feature Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, and of course plenty of great drink specials all weekend long.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20-April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!

May 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: The Weekend of 3.1.13

1 Mar

Hello again, fellow geeks! There’s a lot going on not only this weekend, but the following week as well.  Enjoy!

Saturday

1230pm

Alexandria always ends up having an early St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  It’s a big one, though! [DC.about.com]

1-9pm

For those that enjoy flaunting the luck’o the Irish, the beer is flowing early for DC Leprechaun Lap.  This pub crawl features 21 Dupont bars with specials like $2 Coors Lights/$3 Blue Moons, strolling bagpipers, and thousands of Irish loving partiers.   Tickets are $9.

7pm

This is a tease because tickets are sold out, but it’s good to keep on your radar if you like this kind of thing: the Ninth Annual Brewer’s Ball brings together handcrafted microbrews from more than a dozen of the region’s best microbreweries and brewpubs and cuisine from several local restaurants. Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. [DCist]

Sunday

6pm

On Sunday and Monday, there will be a Pig Butchering Demo and Charcuterie and Beer Tasting. At this demo, you can see how to get different cuts, andhlearn how to use the cuts to make your own bacon, pancetta, and more.  Guests will also sample charcuterie such as porchetta, pancetta, tarese, coppa, and sopressata, paired with two artisanal beers. Tickets are $69. [PoP]

This week
Through the 13th, the Francophonie Cultural Festival will be occurring.  Explore the diversity of the French-speaking world through concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more. [DC.about.com]

Ooh, there’s another restaurant week, now at National Harbor! Restaurants offer prix fixe lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35. It runs March 4-17. [DC.about.com]

The Washington, DC Independent Film Festival will be held March 6-10 and will feature full length, short, animation and documentary films by local, national, and international filmmakers. [DC.about.com]

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black Cat holds 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

March 2013

  • A local brony convention that I am helping with, Cloudsdale Congress, will be March 9-10.
  • The real St. Patrick’s day party will be Shamrocks and shenanigans March 16th and 17th at Rumors. This will feature Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, and of course plenty of great drink specials all weekend long.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20-April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!

May 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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