Hidden within DC’s art-filled Blagden Alley is one of the city’s best outdoor dining and drinking spaces. Calico is debuting its in-bloom backyard at its inaugural Spring Festival on Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 8pm. The free-to-attend afternoon patio party will feature seasonal cocktails and spring eats, plus a pop-up flower shop, free floral crafts and more festive fun.
The centerpiece of the multi-level 3000-square-foot backyard is an antique metal greenhouse, adorned with blooms, greenery, and live grape vines for the warm seasons.
At the spring Sunday fest, guests can get crafty with free paper flower kits, creating their own faux floral bouquets while imbibing.
Calico will also introduce new cocktails and dishes for the season, including flower-topped tipples and herb pesto pies.
Famous for its adult juice boxes, the new “Southern Belle” pouch is filled with bourbon, peach, lemon and lime.
New draft and house cocktails include the blue-hued “Baby Shark” (Don Q Cristal Rum, Aperol, blue curacao and lime); the Calico riff on a classic “Paws-Mo” (Tito’s Vodka, Italicus Bergamot, pomegranate, lime); fizzy “The Lovelace” (Stoli Vanilla, Chinola passion fruit, lime, bubbles); and vibrant “Purple Rain” (mezcal, maraschino, creme de violette, lemon).
Dishes include homemade hummus and a new spring pesto tomato pie.
And local Little Shop of Flowers, a florist based in Adams Morgan for 30 years, will set up a pop-up flower shop from 4-6pm where attendees can purchase fresh blooms to take home.
Calico’s Spring Festival is free to attend and open to the public, with all food, beverage and fresh flowers sold a la carte. Guests can register for a free RSVP here, but entry is first-come first-served. For more information, please visit www.calicodc.com or call 202-791-0134.
WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2023
2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
4pm-6pm (Little Shop of Flowers pop-up)
50 Blagden Alley NW