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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.

Winter Holiday!

13 Dec

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I’ll be taking a leave for the holidays this year, and you’ll have to do a bit of looking if you want to find things to do in DC.  But don’t fret! There is always something to do around here.  Below are the resources I typically look at to compile my weekend blogs.  They should help you on your quest to be social.  Good luck, and happy holidays!

  • December 15th is the 3rd anniversary of Nerd Nite at DC9!
  • My favourite site is the Washington Post events page.  They have highlights every day of the week.
  • DC.about.com lists more things to do, and a weekend roundup
  • TheDistrict also usually has a weekend roundup
  • DCist has a weekend roundup, but it’s usually posted late on Friday. Kind of like my posts 😛
  • Eventbrite lists hundreds of thousands of events, and it can sometimes be hard to search, but I’ve found gems on this ticketing site.
  • Concerts at DAR Constitution Hall & the Kennedy Center
  • DC’s neighborhood blog, Prince of Petworth, is visually entertaining and always has events listed.
  • Events in Georgetown, DC
  • Embassy events, cultural performances and black tie soirees with the International club of DC
  • Things to Do in Washington, DC lists a lot of events, but many are things that repeat every weekend.
  • WUSA9 has a decent list of events, but they repeat, too
  • Metromix used to be good, but I find now they post more about what has happened, without announcing when these neat things were going to be.
  • New Year’s Eve – Celebrations hosted by Lindy Promo

Being Social: Thanksgiving Weekend!

21 Nov

via Phoenix News Times

Happy Thanksgiving!  There’s a ton to do, and free things to get if you’re not stuck indoors with family! For the weekend, I suggest using WaPo to see suggestions of things going on.  And please don’t go shopping on Thanksgiving Evening.  I support the boycott – employees need their time off, and as a past employee of Wal-Mart (the shame!) I know how hard they are worked during the holidays.

I apologize for the lack of updates – and will warn you now that I’ll be on a month-long hiatus starting the second week of December.  I’ll post updates until then, and will put up a reference guide for you to look for your own things to do while I’m out. Feel free to post here if you find anything interesting!  And don’t worry, I plan on returning with my old vigour intact!

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:

December

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: the Weekend of 10.26.12

26 Oct

Sorry for the quick update, but I’m about to head out to the DCBronies halloween party! You’re welcome to come – I have one guest I can bring! Message me if you want in!

This weekend we have:

Saturday

12-9pm

Take the Night of the Living Barcrawlers Bar Crawl to EIGHT of the most scandalous DC bars. Tickets are $10. [PoP]

5-11pm

The best costumed pub crawl: Nightmare on M Street is going on.  I’ll be around if you go!

7pm

Participate in the Embassy Row International Haunted Halloween Soiree at the The Hilton Washington Embassy Row hotel.  It will include a food drive, international music, and a costume contest! Tickets are $10.

7-11pm

LivingSocial’s 918 F Street (which I tried to book on this night, damn them!) they are having an EXPENSIVE 7 Deadly Sins Halloween Party.  For $59 you can have multi-floor cocktails, snacks, and entertainment.  Plus, another costume contest! [PoP]

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Join the Halloween Zombie Movie Festival at the Half Street Fairgrounds In DC – Sat, Oct 27th, 2012 – ONLY $10 on Living Social!  The best part is it claims to have “DC’s Largest Halloween Party Zombie Hoard”.  Dude. Why are the hoarding zombies? There’s also food music, beer… the regular stuff that happens at the fairgrounds.

Sunday

Don’t go anywhere near Rosslyn today.  The 2012 Marine Corps Marathon will be going on.

7-930pm

Want to watch drunks try to carve pumpkins? Then head on over to the Red Derby, where participants’ skills will be put to the test! [WaPo]

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:

October

  • The DC Drag Queen Race will be October 30, 2012. Thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate Halloween costumes and race down 17th Street. [DC.about.com]

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10. Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

December

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: the Weekend of 9.14.12

14 Sep

Pretty much everything else I can find to do is on Saturday.   But that’s fine because Sunday is football day!  On Saturday, I’ll be at the Ren Faire with the DCBronies, and will be wearing a blue wig.  If you go, say hi – I’m sure I’ll be the only one that has blue hair.

Don’t be like them!

10am

Have unused or broken down electronics? Recycle them at the Whole Foods on P Street.  It’s the right thing to do, and then you’ll have less junk!  It is Free, and 25% of “proceeds” from this event will be donated to Whole Kids Foundation.  For more details, see Wusa9.

10am-1pm

The Alexandria Story Festival features none other than books and their authors!  This year’s highlights include authors Eric Wright (Frankie Pickle), Katy Kelly (Melonhead) and Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark and Grimm”). There will also be a puppet show and scavenger hunt. [WaPo]

12-7pm

The H Street Festival is also going on, and will have live music on 5 stages, “artcars”, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, fashion shows,  food and a parade.

 1-530pm

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is hosting its Community Day!  This free event’s theme is “Re- imagine Africa: Eclectic Vibrations” and will have performances of music, dance, film and art. [PoP]

930pm

Once again, there will  be a Depeche Mode Dance party at Black Cat.  It’s a pretty chill event, and I had a great time there last year.  Tickets are $10.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The DC Shorts Film Festival will run until September 16th.
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.—-
  • Through 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.

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

December

August 2013

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

Being Social: the Weekend of 9.7.12

8 Sep

BAD NEWS.  Metro is shutting down downtown this weekend. If you want to get anywhere on the red line, you had better check out their fail maintenance station closings.  If you want to go to some of this week’s events, you’d be better off walking, driving, using a bikeshare… or be at the mercy of shuttle buses.

Keep on #winning, Metro! (via UnsuckDCmetro)

In District news, there’s another year-round farmer’s market opening in the vicinity of Union Station (Well, really it’s atNoMa…).  Union Market is opening this weekend, and it also brags about all the tasty stuff that it will have. To celebrate, the market will host an artisan ice cream competition from 1 to 4pmon  Sunday.  Will it compare to Eastern Market, which is only mile and a half away? Only visits there will be able to determine this.  []

This weekend is the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, featuring Stan Lee!  Also in Maryland, the Tough Mudder race is being held in Fredrick, MD.  Lots of folks try to do it in teams to show they’re fit and can handle obstacles and mud and such. I’m ok spectating, thanks.

The DC Shorts Film Festival is back, and will run until September 16th. []

In addition, this weekend is the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, which is a ton of blocks of arts and crafts.  It’s pretty awesome, though not as awesome as Sugarloaf.

Beyond that, we have:

Saturday

1-7pm

One of Rosslyn’s biggest events, the Jazz Festival will be back and chock full of the smooth stuff.

(via CheapinDC)

430-1030

If you don’t get enough in Rosslyn, Silver Spring is also holding their Jazz Festival today. []

6pm

After a summer hiatus, Nerd Nite is back at DC9! This month they will have discussions on Zebra’s Stripes, the Point of Music, and the Violinist’s Thumb. Admission is $10.

Sunday

Sunday marks most NFL teams’ first regular season game. As such bars will likely have epic specials and parties, if you’re into that sort of thing.  Trust me, every team has a bar here in DC.  Some are hard to find, but they’re out there.  Would anyone like me to compile a list?

12pm

The Adams Morgan day festival showcases the international and cultural diversity and creativity that is the hallmark of Adams Morgan. It will feature sales, food, cultural exhibits, music, arts and dance activities. Free.  []

ahhah I need a new flag picture

Also note that this weekend through Tuesday there will be September 11 Memorial Events here in DC.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack 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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.—-
  • Through 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

September

  • The Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012. Officially open at 11:00 a.m. early birds can drop by from 9:00 a.m. on to observe the Military Chef’s Cook Off.  And trust me, some are -really- good.

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

December

August 2013

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

Being Social: the Weekend of 8.31.12

31 Aug

There are a ton of Labor Day events this weekend.  For example, Alexandria’s Scottish Games! Watch the games, as well as live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children’s games, Celtic crafts and foods. [DC.about.com]

EAT ME

And for something completely regional, why not drive a ways to check out the National Hard Crab Derby?  Located at the Eastern Shore, there will be crab races, contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, and fireworks.  And there had better be crabs to eat, too! [DC.about.com]

(via National Zoo)

Saturday

12pm

The National Zoo is opening its new American Trail. This hugely renovated exhibit is much more “wild feeling” and features seals and sea lions, beavers, river otters, bald eagles, and more. [DC.about.com]
1-7pm

The DC Blues Festival will be held at the Carter Barron Amphitheater. This free annual festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts. [DC.about.com]

Sunday

8pm
The National Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a free concert at East Capitol and First Streets. [DC.about.com]

Monday

730pm

District Games continues at Acre 121 on Mondays. It is pretty much a show of classic TV game shows like “District Feud, District Pyramid and District Link”. [PoP]

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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.
  • Through 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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.—-

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.