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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.
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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 3.1.13

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.

Being Social: The Weekend of 1.25.13

25 Jan

 What’s up this weekend? Well, if you want to brave the cold, here’s what’s going down:

Art by XternalFramebryx on DeviantArt

Art by XternalFramebryx on DeviantArt

January 26-29 you can watch Wreck it Ralph at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.  If you haven’t been to this theatre, go.  It’s motto should be “beer and a movie”. They usually show pretty good movies (including throwbacks) and even host theme nights! Tickets are $2 – $6.50.

The 25-27th will play host to the first Sugarloaf Crafts Festival of the year! Hit it up to get the perfect valentine gift for yourself or your loved one.

vierlingbeer

There will be a 1k Beer Walk this weekend, hosted by the Washington Wine Academy. Tickets are $35 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday! There will be 50 beers, and you get to taste 20 during the ‘race’. Then you can go home, happy and warm with your beer coat on.

The Capital Wine festival will also be taking place from January 25th-March 26th. [DC.about.com]

Saturday

PlungeFest13

Wanna see guys greased up and walking around mostly naked in single digit temperatures? Then watch the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge at Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics, thousands of participants of all ages take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Sunday

11am-5pm

The DC Record Fair is back, and will be held at Penn Social. Early bird admission from 11-12 is $5, then $2 after. [PoP]

Ongoing Geekdom:

Geek Look Ahead:

January 2013

  • Whoah, it’s already time for Restaurant Week to come back?

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.

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 12.7.12

8 Dec

Happy Hanukkah!  There are quite a few events in the Washington, DC Area.  Also the National Christmas tree is now alight.  It’s in front of the Capitol building.

This weekend is the last Sugarloaf Craft festival before the holidays! If you have someone that you have no idea what to get for them, you’ll find something here.  If you know what you want to get and it has to do with crafts or jewelry, you’ll find it here too.  Check it out if you haven’t been – it’s full of so much awesome stuff.  Please pack cash.  Admission is $10 but tickets are $8 if you buy them online.

Via SixPackTech

Via SixPackTech

Prepare thy liver! Drinking is part of the holiday season.  To celebrate, the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan is hosting the 12 beers of Christmas.  Try them all between noon and 3am on Friday and Saturday:

  • Bell’s Christmas Ale
  • Blue Mountain Barrel House Blitzen
  • Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
  • Breckenridge Christmas
  • Corsendonk Christmas
  • Delirium Noel
  • Goose Island Christmas Ale
  • Great Lakes Christmas Ale
  • Hoppin Frog Frosted Frog Christmas Ale
  • Port City Tidings
  • Southern Tier 2X Christmas
  • Troegs The Mad Elf [via WaPo]

Friday

All night

Aviator Beer Co., based in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., enters the D.C. drinking market tonight with a lineup of draughts at Meridian Pint. Among the brews are an oatmeal stout, a pair of winter warmers, an India pale ale and a red ale. [DCist]

wigwalk6pm – Midnight

Want to put your cosplay wig to good use? Tonight there will be a “Wig Walk” pub crawl in Adams Morgan.   This year all money raised will go to benefit the DC-based nonproft, Ayuda.  A wristband costs , but cover is waived for those in wigs!  Wristband to participate is $20. [PoP]

Via DiveInTampaBay

Via DiveInTampaBay

Saturday

2-9pm

Haven’t had enough booze yet? There’s another pub crawl on Saturday.  The DC Santa Crawl will be around Dupont Circle.  Revelers are encouraged to dress festively. Donate a toy for Toys for Tots, and you get a FREE beer on Santa’s tab!  Cover is $15. [PoP]

DC_Rollergirls_Logo

3-8pm

The DC Rollergirls will be at it again.  The Cherry Blossom Bombshells will take on the Majority Whips during the first .  In the second bout of the day, Scare Force One will face off against the DC DemonCats.  Admission is $12; bring your own chair. [PoP]

Sunday

Noon

To finish of this Decembeer weekend, why not celebrate the Rock Bottom Brewery’s 16th Anniversary with an Ale Tasting? Tastes are free but only last as long as there’s life in the keg.  [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.
  • ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort is a crap-ton of themed, hand-sculpted ice. The theme is Dreamworks’ Shrek the Halls (/groan).  It has a slide and indoor “snow” storms and will run through January 6th.

Geek Look Ahead:

January 2013

  • January 3-6 will be Magfest, a small tabletop gaming convention gone mad with power! Seriously, they have awesome guests of honour.

February 2013

  • Katsucon will be the 15th-17th.  It’s a personal favourite anime convention of mine.

March 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.

More Social things to do!

28 Sep

Of course, the week that I get my weekly update out early, I find awesome events the next day.  We’ve got two more, and they’re pretty good:

Saturday

1pm

INDIANA FREAKING JONES STUNT TIME!  Haven’t you always wanted to see if you could outrun the boulder from Raiders? A group of Indiana Jones fanatics will be taking over an alley along U Street between 14th and 15th Streets NW  – they’re calling it the Alley of Doom—where they will be rolling a huge inflatable ball behind people, just like in the movie.  Dude.  (Funding by a grant from the Awesome Foundation). [DCist]

Sunday

3-10pm

Yey, super cheap beer!