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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.

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 07.01.11

1 Jul

Don't you wish you were this cool?

Starting this weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife festival on the National Mall will exhibit the power of words in African American culture, music in Latino America, and the rich culture of Wales.  It is free and is every day from 11 am to 5:30 pm from June 30-July 4 and July 7-11.

July 2

2 pm- 10 pm
The over-hyped Uncle Sam Jam at the National Harbour is $15, and as with all massive parties, it’ll have food and booze to buy, and music acts such as The Wailers, Blind Melon, and some crazy group called Lethal Peanut.
7pm-close
The Red White and Booze party at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan sounds a bit more exciting . There’s an ope bar for 8-9 if you pre-register, and if not, there’s still $3 domestic bottles and patriotic Budweiser tall boy cans, $4 mixed rails, $5 Sam Adams and American flag jello shots!  Woohoo!  (via Metromix)

July 3

5 pm- 1 am
The Independence Day Burger Bash at Policy may be the most anticipated event this Fourth of July weekend.   This all night party will include $5 burgers with allegedly 10 toppings to choose from, as well as $3 PBR, $4 domestics and spiked root beer (yum?!) (via Metromix)

2 pm
The $20 National FreedomFest, which, according to Metromix  is a two-day music extravaganza, returns with a powerful lineup and a brand-new venue: the recently completed Yards Park on DC’s riverfront. The all-American party will feature 40+ Bands and DJs on 5 stages, including the Dirty Heads and Yolanda Be Cool.


July 4

DC has a tradition of  hosting zillions of parties, so just Google where you want to go and there will be a ton to do  and eat. Here are the highlights:

Yeah, fifes!

10 am – 2 pm
The National Archives Fourth of July Celebration will be on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building.  There will be a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps and a dramatic reading of the Declaration by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin from 10-11am. (via Metromix)

11am

Mondays always have an Organ recital at the National Cathedral.  Since it’s on Independence day, this one looks to be a little more special, hosting will also feature the Washington Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters and it will include the 1812 Overture!  If you can’t make it, it will be webcast as well!  Woohoho!

1130am
The National Independence Day Parade down Constitution begins.  Get there early to get a good view!  I recommend also camping near a public building so you can cool down if need be.

2 pm
The National FreedomFest continues.

Independance Grillin’ w/DC BRAU begins – Load up or $4 DC-brewed ale and eat burgers while listening to “the music for an Independent Nation”.  (Via Washingtonian)


8pm
A Capitol Fourth Concert.  Though seating starts at 3pm, you have to be crazy to picnic there just to get a front row view of this televised concert, which is hosted annually on the lawn of the Capitol (it’s a lot better to watch on PBS – no people, bad weather, nor nightmare exodus afterwards).  The lineup includes Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison and the National Symphony Orchestra.  (When I went six years ago, Elmo was there!)

9pm
The concert ends with Fireworks at the National Mall, which can be seen from anywhere on the mall, on high buildings, or on the Virginia banks of the Potomac.

Costumes may or may not be encouraged, but...

Also, start honing your Angry Birds skills! On July 14 there will be an Angry Birds game tournament in Crystal City!

Being Social: The Weekend of Friday the 13th of May

12 May

I absolutely love Friday the 13th.  As a kid, I’d have slumber parties and watch horror movies with my friends.  Now, I just like to find a fun place to party.  Of course, I am having bad luck finding -any- Friday the 13th parties in DC this month, so if you know of any, please let me know!  Otherwise, here’s what’s going on this weekend in the District:

Weekends Starting May 7 through June 5th
10am – 5 pm
The Virginia Renaissance Faire! This started last weekend, and my apologies for not posting an update then. Tickets are $9 and it is hosted at a winery, so much imbibing should be had!
May 14th &15th
1pm both days
4th Annual Wine & Food Festival at the National Harbor, which will have over 150 different wines, beers, and spirits, as well as live music.  Tickets start at $35 per day; $65 for both days. Designated driver tickets are also available for just $25. You can buy tickets online here.
12 p.m. – 4 p.m on the 15th
The D.C. Taco Experiment, an amateur cook-off involving D.C.’s finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will highlight the glory that is the taco. Best of all, anyone can compete and/or attend this event being held at The Rock and Roll Hotel! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
5pm Sundays and 8pm Mondays
Wii Nights at The Front Page – Ballston‘s back bar.  It’s free, but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis!  Unfortunately, it’s just the simple sports pack of  Wii bowling, golf, tennis and baseball.