Apr
22
Sun
March of Dimes March for Babies @ Nationals Stadium
Apr 22 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Washington, DC families, businesses, and volunteers dedicated to the fight for the health of all moms and babies take part in this year’s March for Babies, March of Dimes biggest annual fundraising event.

 Dave Velazquez, CEO Pepco Holdings is serving as the March for Babies Chair

 Stacey Stewart, President, March of Dimes

What: March for Babies is a day for everyone. Together we hope for a day when all moms and babies are healthy. We remember those babies we lost. We celebrate every baby. Music will be provided along with a light breakfast and lunch.

When: SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

Participants arrive for registration starting at 8:00am; walk starts at 9:00am.

Where: NATIONALS STADIUM

1500 SOUTH CAPITAL STREET, SE; WASHINGTON, DC 20003

PARKING AVAILABLE IN STADIUM PARKING LOTS B AND C

For more information, visit marchforbabies.org

Why: Now, more than ever, moms and babies need a champion. The March for Babies community bands together to fight for the health of all moms and babies.

 

 

Inaugural VIDA Fitness/DPR Citywide 2.5 Mile Earth Day Plogging Event @ Various
Apr 22 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Get going on your spring cleaning, DC! This Earth Day, VIDA Fitness and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) are inviting Washingtonians to experiment with the new Swedish-inspired, environmentally conscious fitness trend: Plogging – a fitness combination of jogging while picking up litter that offers a variation of body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.

On Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.Washingtonians may gather together to lessen their carbon footprint and engage in the latest fitness craze. Earth Day’s 2.5 mile Plogging will begin at Raymond Recreation Center at 3725 10th Street, NW and then hit four additional public park and playground locations at: 11th & Monroe Park, Powell Recreation Center, Girard Street Park and Harrison Playground.  This event is free and open to the public.  The Raymond Recreation Center is accessible by the green and yellow lines at Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station.

Named after the Swedish term ‘plocka upp,’ Americans have begun integrating the trend into their regular workout routine: grabbing an empty trash bag and cleaning up their surroundings during their outdoor runs. The plogging event is the latest opportunity VIDA Fitness is spearheading to encourage locals to get #FitDC and make DC the number one fittest city in the country again.

For three consecutive years, D.C. earned the #1 ranking in the annual American Fitness Index Data Report published by the American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM), but forfeited the top spot to Minneapolis in 2017. VIDA Fitness and DPR are determined to take back the title in 2018 by engaging Washingtonians with a variety of fitness programs and expos.

Plogging After Party

As Ploggers finish their District tour with full trash bags in hand, the celebration will continue at VIDA Fitness’ U Street location at 1612 U Street, NW, where participants can enjoy complimentary water and taco bowls from neighborhood favorite Takorean.

WHAT:  Inaugural VIDA Fitness/DPR Citywide 2.5 Mile Earth Day Plogging Event

WHEN:  Sunday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. (Earth Day). 

WHERE: (Locations in chronological order)        

  • Start: Raymond Recreation Center (Metro access: Petworth/GA Ave. Green Line)
  • 11th & Monroe Park
  • Powell Recreation center
  • Girard Street Park
  • Harrison Playground
  • End/Celebration: VIDA Fitness, U Street

LINKS: RSVP here!

Apr
25
Wed
Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night Benefit @ National Building Museum
Apr 25 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ABOUT THE PREVIEW NIGHT AND SHOW
Preview Night
Wednesday April 25, 6pm-9pm
Meet the artists, enjoy cocktails and a delicious buffet and benefit the Smithsonian (tickets $250).
Show Hours 
Thursday 10:30am-8pm
Friday and Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
(advanced online purchase $17 or $20 at the door)
The Smithsonian Craft Show is organized and presented by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. Proceeds support Smithsonian projects that open knowledge, adventure and discovery to the world.
Learn more about the artists, show hours, and daily special events at www.smithsoniancraftshow.org
Apr
26
Thu
Smithsonian Craft Show @ National Building Museum
Apr 26 @ 10:30 AM – Apr 29 @ 5:00 PM
W H A T :
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee presents the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, featuring 120 premier American artists chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants. For the first time, the show will highlight Asian cultural influence on American crafts.  Many of today’s top U.S. artists creating cutting-edge art are reconnecting American modernism to its roots in Asian culture. The show seeks to engage the public through educational and artistic components that complement the theme “Asian Influence/American Design.”
Craft Show:
Thursday, April 26 – Sunday, April 29, 2018
Thursday 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
Friday/Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Friends Night Out:
Fun, shopping and signature drinks by notable DC mixologists.
Thursday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

W H E R E :
National Building Museum
Metro Red Line – Judiciary Square Station

 

T I C K E T S :
Daily admission – includes program    $20
Friends Night Out*      $25*
Advance online tickets      $17
Two-day pass      $30
* Cash bar and complimentary appetizers with general admission, or a $25 ticket includes a complimentary cocktail.

 

B A C K G R O U N D :
This nationally recognized event is an opportunity to connect with major craft artists who are leaders in their respective media.  Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find one-of-a-kind works of art in all price ranges.
The selected works represent 12 media: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.
Jurors who selected the 2018 artists are: Bruce Helander, independent art critic and writer, curator, artist;  Jane Milosch, Director, Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative and curator;  Shoji Satake, Asst. Professor in Ceramics, West Virginia University.
The Smithsonian Craft Show is produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.  Since 1966, the Committee has awarded nearly $12 million in competitive grants funded from proceeds of our craft shows to the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries, nine research facilities, traveling exhibits and the National Zoo.

 

Home On Cameron Anniversary Party @ Home on Cameron
Apr 26 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Join in for an open house block party as the DC area welcomes spring and marks the one year anniversary of Home On Cameron  Enjoy light fare from local restaurants and shop Home on Cameron’s curated collection of upholstered furniture including new private label sofas and chairs, custom dining pieces, Nepal felt flowers, console and coffee tables by DC and VA artisans, local art, antiques, couture chandeliers, lamps, colorful ceramics and even wooden toys and dog items. Neighboring shops will be open including: A Galerie Antiques Fine Art, Helen Olivia Flowers, Donna Lewis, Fit One Personal Training Studio, Gossypia and The Hive.
This event is open to the public.
About Home on Cameron: Opened in Spring 2017 by Susan Nelson and Todd Martz, design veterans with more than 35 years combined experience, Home on Cameron is a destination for all things home – from new, vintage and one-of-a-kind finds that can be purchased on the spot to more in-depth design services including ordering fabrics and furnishings to create a home all your own. The interior design team offers curated collections of upholstered furniture, custom dining, console and coffee tables by a local DC cabinetmaker, art by established and emerging artists, antiques, couture chandeliers, lamps, colorful ceramics, and even wooden toys and dog items.
Apr
28
Sat
National Harbor Wine & Food Festival @ National Harbor
Apr 28 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

National Harbor Wine & Food Festival will return to the National Harbor Waterfront on the Potomac on Saturday, April 28th & Sunday, April 29th from 12:00PM to 6:00PM each day.

The event is in a tranquil outdoor setting on the banks of the Potomac River and surrounded by the Inner Harbor hotels, and restaurants and shops.  More than just a tasting, the Festival brings together area chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, live entertainment, family fun as well as wine and spirits from around the world.

All guests will have the opportunity to enjoy samples of over 150 local and international wines, beer and spirits with their souvenir glass during the event. Guest will be able to purchase their favorite wine selections by the bottle to take with you, or by the glass to enjoy on-site. There will be delectable food samplings to try from the best restaurants, and food trucks in the DC area. In addition, a special craft beer tasting for the ultimate experience one could imagine. World renown chefs will be there and preparing scrumptious foods to last all weekend and have kindly offered meet and greets and demonstrations during the event.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH

2PM – SCOTT DREWNO, CHIKO

Scott Drewno was raised in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes wine region, a rural area known for its vineyards and its family owned farms.  Watching his mother turn fresh, seasonal produce from local farm stands into bubbling pies and cobblers first piqued his interest in cooking and planted the seed for Drewno’s culinary ambition. Drewno joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in 1998.  He started as a line cook at Chinois in Las Vegas, where he melded French cooking practices with Asian flavors and ingredients.  After a series of rapid promotions, Drewno was named Executive Sous Chef at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated Las Vegas restaurant known for its seasonal American cuisine and celebrity clientele. In 2017 Drewno partnered with Danny Lee to form The Fried Rice Collective with their first restaurant CHIKO, a Chinese-Korean, fine-casual concept. Zagat hailed the restaurant as one of “DC’s Most Important Restaurant Openings of 2017”.

3PM – AMY BRANDEWEIN, CHEF/OWNER, CENTROLINA

 Amy Brandwein is the chef and owner of Centrolina, a combined seasonal Italian restaurant and market that opened in CityCenterDC in spring 2015. Throughout her career, Chef Brandwein has earned many accolades, including recognition as a 2017 James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic and a 2018 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Prior to opening her own restaurant, Chef Brandwein was the opening chef de cuisine at Alba Osteria in Washington, D.C. in 2013. Previously, Chef Brandwein launched Casa Nonna, the BLT Restaurant Group’s first Italian concept in Washington D.C and New York. She has also served as the chef de cuisine at Bebo Trattoria, and was the executive chef of Galileo da Roberto Donna in Washington, D.C.

4PM – VICTOR ALBISU, DEL CAMPO & TACO BAMBA

With more than a decade of experience in fine dining and upscale French, American and Latin American restaurants, Chef Victor Albisu is combining his culinary education with his Latin American heritage to bring a unique style of cuisine to his restaurant concepts. His first full-service restaurant, Del Campo, is an upscale South American grill in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was named a Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Esquire magazine. Taco Bamba, a takeout taqueria that reflects his Cuban and Peruvian roots, opened next to Plaza Latina in Falls Church, Virginia, a Latin market owned by Albisu’s mother. Before pursing independent ventures, Albisu served as executive chef of BLT Steak in downtown Washington, D.C. for more than four years. While at the helm, Albisu cooked for President and Mrs. Obama and led the restaurant to earn several accolades, including Power Spot of the Year in 2012, as awarded by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan

BOTH DAYS – SOMMELIER & PROPRIETOR, BRENT KROLL

Sommelier & Proprietor Those familiar with Brent and his approachable, sophisticated style, obvious passion and knowledge of wine, will recognize his influence at Maxwell, where he works as a full-time employee. Prior to opening his Shaw DC wine bar, Kroll designed the wine program of the newly re-opened Iron Gate, a historic landmark that was once the longest operating restaurant in D.C. In 2015, Iron Gate was awarded Wine Program of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and Top Wine Program in the D.C. region by DC Modern Luxury, as well as being recognized as one of the Best Wine Restaurants in America by Wine Enthusiast. Kroll also wrote the wine list for other local restaurants such as Hazel and the Partisan.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH

2PM – ALEX McCOY, CHEF/OWNER, LUCKY BUNS

 Alex McCoy is a 17-year veteran of the restaurant industry. In 2002, at the age of 19, Alex helmed his first kitchen at a small sandwich shop in Bethesda, MD. In 2007 He became head chef of Ralph Lauren & Lincoln Pilcher’s (Kingswood, Eveleigh, Ruby’s) Georgetown, DC cafe, Rugby Food & Spirits. In 2013, inspired by his family’s London upbringing, Alex founded & opened Duke’s Grocery in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of DC which quickly became a local household name garnering such accolades as “33 Best Burgers in America” by Thrillist & “Best Burgers in DC” by Washingtonian Magazine. A lifelong traveller, Alex spent many years traveling back and forth between the US & SE Asia culminating with his opening of Alfie’s in 2015. Alfie’s classic representation of Eastern Thai cuisine earned immediate acclaim by both local and international press being featured by Vogue Magazine & Bon Appetit Magazine a few short months after opening. In the summer of 2015, via a story in the Washington Post, Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit proclaimed Alfie’s as one his 5 favorite restaurants in Washington DC.

3PM – ROCK HARPER, OWNER, ROCKSOLID CREATIVE FOOD GROUP

In September of 2014, Chef Rock helped develop and launch Willie’s Brew N Que in Washington D.C.; within the new and ever-expanding Navy Yards region of Southeast. Willie’s features regional barbecue, a creative beer selection and 14 HD televisions for an outstanding atmosphere. With the Washington Nationals just a block away, Willie’s was an instant hit when it launched in October. Chef Rock’s newest company, RockSolid Creative Food Group, LLC., was formed in 2016 and currently his primary focus. While he’s still creating new food concepts, Rock is determined to become a force in the television and radio arena. The food industry programming is ripe for innovation and RockSolid aims to be a major player in this evolving entertainment business.

For the grand experience, VIP ticket purchasers will receive their very own designated area to move freely and enjoy everything the event has to offer. In addition to comfortable space VIP guest will be allowed to enjoy the experience for an added hour beginning at 12PM to 6PM, live entertainment, cooking demos, wine, beer, and spirit samplings. VIP guest will have access to their own washrooms and specialty tastings.

General admission will include a souvenir glass for wine, beer, and spirit samplings, live entertainment, cooking demos. Children under 12 will receive free entry into the event; however, the event will have very minimal entertainment children. All guests are welcomed to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the waterfront at National Harbor.

New features at the festival this year include Champagne Lounge sponsored by Ferrari Champagne with in-house D.J. Dance in the bubbles and a special Rose Tasting Pavilion.

Guests looking to experience the festival with an overnight stay can enjoy Gaylord National Resort and Convention Centers exclusive VIP Food and Wine Festival package. The package includes:

  • One-night room accommodations on April 27 or 28
  • Two VIP one-day pass tickets to the Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor including wine and spirit tastings, food tastings, access to a VIP Pier Experience with food and wine pairings and a souvenir glass and bag with special offers

The package starts at $359 and reservations will be available at www.GaylordNational.com or by calling 301-965-4000.

Ticket prices vary to accommodate Saturday and Sunday attendees, and groups up to 4. Please see the website for additional information: http://www.wineandfoodnh.com/content/show-info or call 800.830.3976 for all inquiries.

Tickets are on sale now and range from a VIP Saturday $79 or Sunday $69 to a General Admission One Day Pass for $39 in advance/$49 onsite.

To purchase tickets and view schedule, visit www.wineandfoodnh.com or call (800) 830-3976.

May
4
Fri
Crystal City Friday at the Fountain @ Crystal City Water Park
May 4 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Crystal City’s summertime happy hour is back, opening a month early and announcing a new partnership with The Stand  bringing food and beverage from local restaurants and an exciting live music lineup. Starting on May 4, each Friday from 5-9 pm, attendees can listen to live music from a variety of bands while enjoying local bites and drink.

This new partnership brings the focus on local flavor, highlighting some of the best new food trends the area has to offer. This free event is open to people of all ages, providing a place for residents, workers and visitors to listen, relax, and wind down from their busy week.

What: Fridays at the Fountain

When: Every Friday May – October from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Crystal City Water Park – 1751 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

Live Music Schedule:

May 4       Revelator Hill
May 11     Whiskey Pull
May 18     Zach Cutler & Friends
May 25     Gordon Sterling 3
June 1      Big Bad Juju
June 8      Mary El Band
June 15    Revelator Hill
June 22    Jonathan Sloane Trio
June 29    Holly Montgomery
July 6       The Jogo Project
July 13     The Jon Miller Band
July 20     Gordon Sterling and the People
July 27     Big Bad Juju

**Later dates to be announced**

Admission: 100% Free to enter, listen, and relax; food and drink for purchase (credit cards accepted) – $5 for beer/wine. $20 to join the Mug Club and receive a branded, reusable mug.

A Maine Night in DC @ Thos. Moser’s Showroom in Georgetown
May 4 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join us for a special evening on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. to support the Foundation’s scholarship program. Highlights include music by Maine jazz legend Brad Terry, silent auction featuring Maine artisans + L.L.Bean goodies, with online bidding; 10% off all Thos. Moser furniture and purchases and dedicated time with showroom manager Kevin Sweitzer and the official announcement of the Foundation’s 2018 scholar recipients. Light fare, sweets and refreshments provided by Luke’s Lobster.
Tickets: $50 (includes $25 donation to the Foundation scholarship program), all tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for payment/ticket sales end date — May 1. Purchase tickets securely online via PayPal (reference email ismssfscholarship@gmail.com ) In the “Other Amount” section include the total cost of how many tickets you would like to purchase, and on the payment page make a note for “Moser event” in the “Add special instructions to the seller” field.  You can also mail a check to Maine State Society Foundation, C/O Marcie Cheney, 4501 Arlington Blvd., #416, Arlington, VA, 22203. All payments due May 1. All proceeds benefit the scholarship program.
Travel/Location: Georgetown parking is limited. Street parking is available on Water Street (just south of the showroom). Nearby garages include 3290 M Street (Georgetown Park) and PMI Parking garage at 3307 M ST NW, accessed via Bank Alley NW.
About Thos. Moser: Formerly a Bates college professor, Tom Moser left teaching in 1972 to restore the lost art of fine woodworking by making one-of-a-kind pieces of handmade furniture in an old Grange Hall in New Gloucester, Maine.  Today, the Moser family has grown from a one-man operation to comprise a community of nearly 70 skilled craftsmen. Since 1987, Thos. Moser has called its nationally-recognized Auburn, Maine, workshop home.  The D.C. location is one of 6 showrooms that allows customers to see and experience the results of the company’s work firsthand.
About The Maine State Society Scholarship Foundation: Details: All event proceeds benefit the Foundation’s annual college scholarship program, which in 2017 awarded eight Maine students merit-based scholarships totaling $11,000 — and has donated a total of $210,000+ in scholarship funds to 180 students since 1991.
May
5
Sat
11th Annual Around the World Embassy Tour @ Various
May 5 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 In its 11th year, Cultural Tourism DC will produce the hugely popular Around the World Embassy Tour, part of Passport DC, a month-long celebration of worldwide cultures.

Both visitors and local residents can travel the world in one day, visiting more than 40 embassies to learn about culture, food, fashion and more during the Around the World Embassy Tour open houses. In the past, embassies have treated visitors to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, police dog training, henna art and more.

 

WHEN:            Saturday, May 5

                        All participating embassies will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

                        Admission is free, but some embassies may ask to see a government-issued ID. There is also a smart phone app and web-based phone app available to help visitors better plan their day. More information:https://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/signature-events

WHERE:           Embassies will celebrate their cultures’ food, fashion, arts and artisans, music, and dance by hosting DC residents and visitors inside their embassies. Embassies participating to date include Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uganda.

HOW:              “So far, we received commitments from more than 40 embassies to open their gates and doors to participate in this year’s Around the World Embassy Tour,” says Steve Shulman, Executive Director, Cultural Tourism DC. “Now in its 11th year, we expect nearly 30,000 people to visit embassies during a single day to learn about countries from across the globe. It is a wonderful, uniquely Washington experience for families, individuals and groups.”

Melrose Georgetown Hotel’s Annual Derby Day Viewing Party @ Jardenea Lounge
May 5 @ 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Guests are invited to experience the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” tradition in Jardenea Lounge on Saturday, May 5, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., offering partygoers and racing enthusiasts an authentic Derby Day program including:

  • A live screening of the Kentucky Derby race
  • Chance to place their bets on this year’s top thoroughbreds at no cover charge
  • Classic derby cocktails including:
    • Mint Juleps
    • Bacon Old Fashioned’s with in-house bacon infused whiskey

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