Tag Archives: Oktoberfest

Being Social: the Weekend of 10.11.12

11 Oct

Now that the chilly days of autumn have fully hit DC, I bet you’re craving hot mulled cider and pumpkin!  Thankfully, it’s aplenty around here! Check out the list of Pumpkin Festivals to get started.  There are also more Oktoberfests and corn mazes, too!

Amurica! Corn and guns!

If you want more substantial noms, the National Harbor Restaurant Week will be going on until October 21, 2012. [DC.about.com]

The AFI Silver Center is hosting two separate, overlapping film festivals. They are the DC Labor FilmFest, with 11 films focusing on the workplace (including such classics as Black Legion, The Pajama Game, and Box Car Bertha) and the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, with movies such as President Wolfman, Ninjas vs. Monsters, and A Little Bit Zombie. All tickets at AFI are $11.50. [theDistrict]

I’ve never seen it empty like this

This weekend is also the return of the Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.  It’s like the most epic place to buy all your Christmas gifts, evar.  Finally, Georgetown is playing host to Days of Design.  At their Design District, Cady’s Alley, there will be a series of special events, workshops, exhibitions, pop-ups and promotions held October 13th – 21st.  One hour parking will be available with validation in stores at the 330 7 M Street garage (entrance on Bank Street).  [GeorgetownDC]

Beyond these events, there is little that I found interesting to do this weekend.  The decrease may also be due to the fall weather!

Friday

6pm

Want to hear “Afro-cowboy-ninja-surf” music?  If so, Toubab Krewe is performing at the free Kenedy Center Concert tonight!

wut

7pm

Doctor Who will be screened as usual at the Black Cat.  This week is Boom Town, with delicious drink specials.

Saturday

830am-3pm
Arlington’s fall electronics recyclingis at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Get rid of your junk!6pmNerd Nitecontinues, this month with talks on Bladders, Star Trek, and Alligators.

tH–

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.
  • 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:

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

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 10.5.12

4 Oct

This is a short update week.  But there are a few things I found to get you started:

tH–

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.
  • 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:

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

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 9.21.12

21 Sep

As it’s now fall, let’s rock out Oktoberfest! There will be a Sour ale celebration at Pizza Paradiso 1130am-midnight on Saturday, and on Sunday 12pm-“10am” tho I’m guessing it’s 10pm. [WaPo].  Also this weekend, the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is on the National Mall.  There are a ton of authors, it’s best to check who is there. I picked out Jewel, R.L. Stine and Christopher Paolini (he has to be like 20 by now, right?).

If you get out of your house instead of playing Borderlands 2, here’s what will be going on in DC:

Friday

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding 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.  This week is Father’s Day.

Saturday

9am

The Barracks Row Fall Festival  and DC State Fair on Capitol Hill is going on! It’ll have food, music, and activities. Officially open at 11:00 a.m. early birds can observe the Military Chef’s Cook Off.  And trust me, some are -really- good.

11am-7pm

This week’s Truck festival is henceforth to be called “Trucktoberfest“.  They’re starting Drunktober early, apparently.  Find them at the new Union Market for food, music, booze activities “&more”.  Free, but you gotta pay for the food/drink.

Apparently it’s DC flag variant weekend

12-6pm

The 17th Street Festival celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P Street and will include musical performances, artist vendors, a pet zone, and kids activities. [dc.about.com]

Sunday

11am-7pm

Fiesta DC will be on Pennsylvania Avenue. There will be music, folklore, theater, a parade of Nations, food, crafts and an informational fair. Free. [theDistrict]

2pm

For those of you that don’t like watching sport on Sundays in the fall, DCGames is hosting a game of Circle Rules Football, a fast-paced, chaotic and inclusive alternative sport that combines a huge bouncy ball with a single goal and very few rules. Be ready for a combination of running, jumping, kicking and throwing in a friendly and relatively noncompetitive setting. See a video here: http://vimeo.com/24028552.

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.
  • 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

  • LivingSocial is hosting a Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival on the weekend of September 29
  • September29-30 30 will be the DC Green festival.  There will be authors, leaders and educators hosting workshops, as well as films, organic food and drink and live music. Tickets are $10 and up.

October

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.  Tickets include unlimited 5-ounce tastings of craft beer (100+ in attendance!), food trucks, live music and activities. Tickets are $35 and up.
  • October 27th will be the best costumed pub crawl: Nightmare on M Street

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 10.14.11

13 Oct

Apparently there was something to do last Sunday: the DC Rollergirls started their season! unfortunately, they won’t be playing again until November 5th. My apologies!This week we have two awesome things to celebrate: Bacon and wine! Bacon week is sadly only being hosted at one place: 3 Bar & Grill in Clarendon. Yet, there will be bacon martinis at bacon happy hours and an entire menu of baconDC wine week will include deals on wine, as well as tastings. It will also be supporting local wineries and merchants.   And don’t forget: Oktoberfest is still going strong (more places here), and there are only two weekends left for the RennFest.  Also for your enjoyment:

Friday

10am-6pm

Tour the US Patent and Trademark office in Alexandria – get free stuff and watch mascots do silly things. This is also open 10-4 Saturday. (via theDistrict)

Mmmm.... beer....

7pm

Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, will be speaking at the National Press Club to discuss his newest novel, “Snuff: A Novel of Discworld”! Tickets are $15. If you haven’t read Pratchett, do so NAO.

930pm

Midnight Madness. “Friday marks the first time college basketball teams can run organized practice for the upcoming season. (DCist)” I went to a school where sports weren’t top tier, and I don’t understand the big deal. Is this thing legit across the country, or is it just a DC area thing?

Um.... yay?

Saturday

9am-3pm

Feet on the Street– Michelle Obama’s continuing ‘get fit’ campaign, hosts a day of very odd activities, such as rock climbing, airbrush tattoos, and RIDES ON THE D. CHERRY PICKER. Don’t you just want to see the city from the top of a mechanical lift?

11am-4pm

The Taste of Georgetown will be held at Wisconsin and M, and will feature a ‘pumpkin food fight’. Tickets will be sold at $5 each or 5 for $20. Drink tickets are slightly cheaper. (via WaPo)

Noon

There will be a DC Brony Meetup at the Southeast Neighborhood Library. If you like ponies, it should be fun and I’ll be there! If not, don’t hate. K thx.

Sunday

11am (with celebrations starting at 8am)

Finally, the MLK memorial be officially dedicated! And the weather looks awesome! Woo!

10am

If there wasn’t one last week, feel free to check out the DC Barcraft.  This weekend will be a StarCraft 2 Tournament for Major League Gaming, played in Orlando.  And I’m working on my writeup of last week’s, so keep an eye out for my personal view of this geeky spectator sport!

730pm

Duran Duran will be performing at DAR Constitution Hall. I’m a secondhand fan, and Ordinary World is first to pop into my head when I read this group’s name. Is this good or bad?

Being Social: the Weekend of 09.30.11

30 Sep

October is upon us! Be sure to wear layers if you go out this weekend: it’s meant to be chilly!  Warm up at any Oktoberfest celebration you choose (more here), and/or attend some of the below events:

Friday

11am-11pm
In a continuing tradition, Truckeroo will again be held at the Navy Yard.  Expect a ton of good food, live music and beer.  Free admission!

7-10pm
Urban Evolutiion is hosting another Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) themed nights.  $25 will let you join in the parkour event madness.
730pm
At Kings Dominion, there will be an attempt to break the world record of ‘Largest Gathering of Vampires’.  It’s a bit early for Hallowe’en, but I won’t complain!  Costumes required, and have to follow strict wardrobe guidelines, but they also provide a discount admission of $19.99.
8pm-3am
Get ready for Naughty School Girl Night at Town Tavern in Adams Morgan! This is their third year of hosting such a saucy event, and it shows so signs of  stopping! Plus there’s an open bar for $10 from 10-11pm if you dress up.  Too bad I already have plans!

Saturday
10am-5pm
Crafty Bastards is being held in Adams Morgan. This is a giant bazaar/festival of crafts and shinies. Bring cash. Lots of cash.  Also the DC ‘state’ fair will be held in conjunction with this event, as Hurricane Irene caused them to delay their festivities.
12-5pm
The Royal Thai Embassy in Georgetown is hosting a free Thai Village Experience.  There will be THAI MASSAGES AND FOOD, as well as music and cultural exhibits. (via The District)
11am-4pm
The Taste of Bethesda will provide even more great deals on awesome food. Tickets are sold in bundles for $5 and are used in various quantities to try said food.
 
6pm
OMG MADDEN12 TOURNAMENT! The Town Tavern is full of awesome this weekend, isn’t it? First schoolgirls, now geek football games? FTW, I say! (via Metromix)
Sunday
10am-5pm
Takoma Park is having a street festival, but it will have to square off with the next entry:
11am-7pm
The Turkish Festival returns to DC, proffering more food, music, vendors and cultural exhibits. 
4pm
Michael Moore will be at comes to Sixth and I Historic Synagogue (600 I Street NW) to discuss his book Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life.  Tickets
are $12 each, or buy the book for $27 and receive two free tickets.
(via DCist)

Being Social: the Weekend of 09.23.11

22 Sep
I return, after a pretty crazy past month.  But now we can get back to weekly events update!
It’s the Autumnal Equinox Friday!  Set an egg on its top and enjoy the cooler weather.

(via Beer Tripper)

Autumn also means Oktoberfest: There will be literally hundreds of celebrations, so please don’t take my listings as inclusive, and if you find any that look great, please let me know!  This week’s highlight will be the Oktoberfest at Old Europe, which hosts a party reminiscent of one in Munich.   Beer can be purchased at $5 for a stein, $7 for a half liter and $13 for a liter. Their menu includes lots of wursts and other German specialties.  I think I may need to check this out.  Anyone?
 
If Oktoberfest wasn’t enough, keep in mind that the Ren Faire is still going on.  In addition, the National Book Festival will be held this weekend on the Mall.  This event hosts tons of authors (including graphic novelists!)  as well as sales, readings, autographs, and a ton of things to see and do.  Hopefully it isn’t rained out!  Finally, it’’ also DC Fashion Week, for those of you that care about higher beings’ clothes choices.

Euro-pean ahhahahah

Friday
630-1130pm
Euro Night 2011 at the Embassy of France will occur, where all the European nations show off food, outfits, and music of their homelands.  Admission is $35 and it’s a bit out of the way, unless you are a Georgetown student ;P (Via Metromix)
 
Saturday
11am-7pm
Tour de Bierre will be held at the Wonderland Ballroom, Room 11, Red Rocks, Meridian Pint and the Getaway.  If you like draft New Belgium beers, you can get a beer passport, visit the checkpoints, and get a stamp when you order any New Belgium draft. If you catch them all, you could win fabulous prizes!  Or else, just enjoy the beer.  I don’t know all of these, but Meridian is meant to be pretty good.  I’d say it’s worth a venture! (via WaPo)

(via United Nations of Beer)

12-6pm
Das Best Oktoberfest at the National Harbor claims to be a blowout party.  Look for all the normal stuff, as well as a daily ‘Best Beer Belly’ competition and free beer if you dress the part.  Tickets range from $25-85.  Choose wisely. (via Metromix)
2-10pm
Yep, Blacktoberfest, held at the Navy Yards Park.  Apparently it was also held last year, but I don’t recall it being a big deal.  This year boasts more music and a Nats game after party.  Unfortunately, it’s also a pay-to-attend party with tickets costing $10-$30, while VIP passes are $40-$80 (looks totally not worth it).  (via Metromix)

Yes, I'm a football geek, too

Sunday
Football is back, and a lot of bars are hosting happy hours. If you’re looking for a place to root your home team, there is a bar for every one!  The 51st State Tavern is great for NY teams such as the Giants and the Jets, and there is a small faction of Bills Fans in the upstairs bar.  My Bills buddies hang out at the Laughing ManBayou is host to Saints fans, and 49ers can meet at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan, to name a few.  And if you’re unfortunate enough to be cheering the 2-0 Redskins, any bar in DC will have their games on.
 
Other than that, I have no idea what Sunday will bring.  Good speed!