Tag Archives: Barbecue

Being Social: the Weekend of 6.22.12

22 Jun

With the heat rising, DC is getting ready for the 4th of July holiday, and festivals are going on all over the place.  For example, the annual National Capital Barbecue Battle is back, with food, demos, music and activities.  It’ll be on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th & 14th St.  Also returning is the DC Caribbean Carnival, though it was a bit shaky to plan, and it’s now in Bladensburg, Maryland.  There will be local Steelbands, costumes and live entertainment.

If you’ve got wheels, check out Skate of the Union!  It’s pretty much a Grand Prix Race Course that opens up for skaters & skate boarders. Please register if you’re interested in attending. [PoP]

For the solstice, the French Embassy has an annual massive festival, La Fete de la Musique. Tickets are $10 or more.

Another food festival has appeared! Go to the Old Town Alexandria food and wine festival and enjoy! [Metromix]

Check out the Regional US Air Guitar championships at the 9:30 Club!

This week
If there are any tickets left, Scissor Sisters will be performing at the 930 club Monday and Tuesday!

While we don’t talk about it a lot, DC does have a high rate of AIDS infections.  Thankfully, there are tons of clinics for those worried, and there will be free testing on National Aids Day on Wednesday!  Do everyone a favour and get tested if you have even a slight worry.


Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The Silverdocs Film Festival is back, and will be showing 100 free films, and special programs at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The festival runs through June 24.
  • 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.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.


Geek Look Ahead:


  • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.




  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.


  • 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!

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.24.11

24 Jun
This weekend will be the long-advertised Safeway Barbecue Battle downtown!  It will be June 25th and 26th from 11am-9pm (730pm on Sunday). Tickets are $10, which includes watching teams barbecue, free samples while they last, live music and ‘cooking entertainment’ – whatever that entails.
This weekend also marks the end of the SILVERDOCS film festival, which highlights over 100 films from 60 different countries.  Silverdocs tickets are $11 per showing.
Other events of note include:
June 25:
D.C.’s annual Caribbean Carnival will have a parade  and an after party at  “De Savannah” at Banneker Recreation Park where there will be food, crafts and live music.  Admission for the festival is $10, and the parade is free! (via metromix)
You knew it was coming.  The Michael Jackson Flash Mob will be occurring here in DC.  To find out more, you have to go to the super secret website: jordinsparadise.com (totally not checked to see if it’s real or not – this is one that the District Geek will pass on). (via metromix)
June 26 :
The Georgetown Waterfront Summer Celebration will apparently involve chucking a ton of water balloons at one another.  Supersoakers are welcome.  There will also be food stalls and a steel drum band.  Nothing like Caribbean music by the water wars to kick your summer off right!  (via metromix)
Just watch out for this guy.

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.17.11

17 Jun

This weekend is father’s day so please make sure that you at least text your dad and say you love him (if he is still around). There are a lot of events listed at Metromix if you wanted to go out with dad, too.

Also this weekend the International Wine & Food Festival kicks off. Visit the Web site for a schedule of events. Otherwise, here’s what’s going down this weekend:

June 17


West End Cinema is screening Farmegeddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms, along with hosting a reception on the patio with dishes such as local-duck terrine with crostini, rabbit-and-truffle rillettes, and smoked-salmon crostini with crème fraîche. After the movie premiere, which begins at 7, there’s a Q&A and panel discussion with filmmaker Kristin Canty and a number of panelists. Tickets are $33 per person. (via Washingtonian)


Skinny Girl Margarita Party at the Shadow Room! Unfortunately, the Skinny Girl Margarita is a drink. I give no guarantees that skinny girls will be at this party.


Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the National Harbor. This event will indeed have vendors for BBQ as well as samples of a myriad of Beers and Bourbon. Tickets cost $25.00-$85.00.

Drink Me!

June 18


Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville is hosting a workshop on craft distilling. Students will also join in a distillation of rye whiskey and there’s a tasting at Magnolia’s at the Mill after the seminar. Click to see if you can get a reservation for the class ($150 per person).


La Fête de la Musique at the Embassy of France. This Summer celebration requires you to reserve tickets for $8.00 each, but it will include music, entertainment, and food at the Embassy.

Mmmmmm, pig.

June 18


More Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the National Harbor.


Sunday Fundays at the Front Page in Ballston. At the back bar blay Wii Sports with your fellow geeks. It’s free, but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis!