DC Music Rocks Festival @ 9:30 Club
Aug 18 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The 2nd Annual DC Music Rocks Festival is coming to the 9:30 Club on August 18th for a full night of amazing local music. The event brings five of DC’s incredible local bands from various genres together for one awesome night that celebrates “keeping it local.”  

The Festival is hosted by DC Music Rocks, a syndicated FM radio show and podcast in the Washington DC area that “Shines a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind, the DC region’s local music scene.”  

Featured Bands:

Band Genre Recommended If You Like
Kid Brother Rock/Folk/Indie Modest Mouse, Muse, Portugal The Man
Pebble To Pearl R&B/Funk/Pop Prince, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Tina Turner
Fellowcraft Grunge/Blues/Rock Alice In Chains, Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Allthebestkids Hip Hop/Jazz/Indie The Flaming Lips, The Notorious BIG
Black Dog Prowl Hard Rock Soundgarden, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age

Kid Brother will kick off the festival, with a Rock/Folk/Indie vibe much like Modest Mouse or Portugal The Man. Pebble To Pearl will follow with their signature R&B/Funk/Pop sound, which has been compared to Prince, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce or Tina Turner. Next up will be Fellowcraft with their Grunge/Blues/Rock vibe, and they rock like Alice In Chains, the Black Keys, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Switching gears, Allthebestkids will take the stage with their Hip Hop/Jazz/Indie sound that offers a fun sound similar to Notorious BIG or The Flaming Lips.  Putting the finishing touch on the evening with a high energy dose of hard rock will be Black Dog Prowl, who rock with a sound similar to Soundgarden, Nirvana, or Queens of The Stone Age.

The DC Music Rocks Festival is sponsored by Arlington Independent Media, Alchemical Records, and roXplosion, with a portion of the proceeds supporting Girls Rock! DC, a local music education organization for girls age 8-18.

Doors open at 7pm for what will be a fun, rocking spotlight on the local DC music scene.  Follow @dcmusicrocks on social media to stay informed of updates.

August 18, 2018 – 7pm – $15 – All ages welcome #dcmusicrocks930

9:30 Club:

DC Bar Foundation’s Baseball for Justice @ Nationals Park
Aug 21 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The DC Bar Foundation is partnering with the Washington Nationals to hostBaseball for Justice on August 21st at 5:30 p.m. This is our first year hosting the event and it promises to be a great time in support of access to justice for all DC’s residents.

Baseball for Justice includes a pre-game reception and baseline box seats for $150/ticket. We also have 4 special tickets for $250, which include the opportunity to come down to the field to hold the finish line tape for the legendary Presidents’ Race!

More information about the event is available here. If you have any questions, please contact at

Zoo Uncorked @ National Zoo
Sep 13 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) on Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. to toast to conservation at Zoo Uncorked. Uncork and unwind at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo with wine tastings from esteemed wineries from the D.C. area and beyond.


Attendees will enjoy after-hours access to  Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, Kids’ Farm, and Great Cats Circle, as well as animal demonstrations, live music, culinary delights from popular D.C. food trucks, and handcrafted goods sold by the local artisans of Grump Market.


Tickets are available now and include unlimited wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass, after-hours access to animal exhibits, and acoustic guitar entertainment courtesy of the band Sweater Set. General admission tickets are $55 for FONZ members and $70 for non-members.


VIP tickets include access to the VIP-only lounge, private wine tastings, delicious bites from popular D.C. restaurants, exclusive animal encounters, and a take-home gift. VIP tickets are $99 for FONZ members and $115 for non-members. Sober driver tickets are also offered at $30 for general admission and $95 for VIP.


Tickets are on sale now at All ticket purchases help Friends of the National Zoo support the Zoo’s species-saving mission.


Zoo Uncorked is sponsored by Big Bus Tours, Giant Food, Groupon, Mix107.3, OM Digital, and Shipt.


This event is for adults 21 years of age and older. Children, infants, strollers, and infant carriers are not permitted. The event will be held rain or shine.

10th Annual DC VegFest @ Yards Park
Sep 15 all-day

Compassion Over Killing is proud to present the 10th annual DC VegFest on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Hosted outdoors at famed Yards Park in the nation’s capital, the DC VegFest is a free fun-filled festival of food, music, education, and inspiration with more than 20,000 attendees who join the celebration each year.

Featuring over 120 vendors and exhibitors, thousands of festival-goers – vegans and pre-vegans alike – will experience plant-based eating’s many flavors, and learn how each of us can protect the planet, our health, and animals simply by enjoying vegan meals.

On the main stage, emceed by rapper Grey, celebrity speakers will share inspiring talks and expert chefs will dazzle the crowd with their culinary creations.

This year’s DC VegFest keynote speakers include:
● Carol Adams (Author & Activist) and Ginny Messina (Registered Dietician & Author)
● Joe Yonan (Food and Dining Editor, The Washington Post)
● Tracye McQuirter (30-Year Vegan, Author, Public Health Nutritionist)
● Dr. Neal Barnard (President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
● Jerri Evans (Owner, Turning Natural)
● Beverly Kumari (Cookbook Author and Chef)
● Mike Wolf (Director of Investigations, Compassion Over Killing)
● Chef Nikki (Chef, Activist, and Fitness Competitor)
A new TryVeg tasting booth will be hosted by Jessica Carter, COK’s talented Vegan Food & Lifestyle
Coach, seen often on DC morning shows. The Kid’s Zone will have interactive activities including
storytime, a cooking demo, and a talk by author Eric Lindstrom, COK’s Director of Marketing.

Popular local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will host our Beer Garden and Music Tent with local brews and musicians. Tails will be wagging in the shaded Barking Lot sponsored and operated by Humane Rescue Alliance, which will also have adoptable animals on site.

“Since 2009, DC VegFest has been bringing the community together, through fun and flavors, for a day of compassionate celebration that pre-vegans and vegans can all enjoy,” says Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing.

“As we mark our 10th annual DC VegFest, expecting 25,000 to join us, Compassion Over Killing is thrilled that Washington, DC is home to an abundance of delicious and nutritious plant-based food and, as the nation’s capital, is setting a positive tone for a much-needed national dialogue about the far-reaching impact of our food choices on the planet, our health, and animals,” Meier adds.

Vegan food will be served by dozens of vendors including Vegan Treats, Amsterdam Falafelshop,
Brewing Good Coffee, Bakeshop DC, Revolution Gelato, and YogiDog.

Over 100 nonprofit and commercial exhibitors will set up shop for the day: Dr. Bronner’s, A Well-Fed World, Roots Market, Barnard Medical Center,, and many more.

Drawing a line of 2,000 people before the start of the festival, free commemorative tote bags, stocked with gifts and samples from our sponsors, will be given out to the first 1,000 attendees.

4th Annual Heroes of Child Justice Event @ Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
Sep 23 @ 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Child Justice, Inc., announced today that singing legend Johnny Mathis will appear and perform at the nonprofit’s 4th Annual Heroes of Child Justice Event next month in the nation’s capital. The goal of the event is raise funds in support of Child Justice’s life saving programs, which  protect children “lost in the system” after exposure to family violence, physical/sexual abuse, substance addictions or neglect.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center (3700 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC)  and will include a tribute to heroes of Child Justice who have contributed to the organization’s vision of a future that is safe, stable and nurturing for children. The names of the heroes being recognized will be announced at a later date. The event, which is from 2:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., will include a live auction giving guests the rare opportunity to bid on a round of golf with Mr. Mathis and Child Justice’s Tim Goodman at The Riviera Club in LA. Ticket prices start at $200 per person.

Recognized for his music which “became the soundtrack for people’s lives”, Mr. Mathis was an “album selling juggernaut whose 1958 “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” spent almost a decade on Billboard’s charts, according to a recent Washington Post article. Columbia Records’ longest running recording artist, Mathis was a man before his time. He is most recognized for his classics “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth of Never,” “Misty” and “It’s Not for Me to Say.”

“The legal system has a gap in it. Who looks out for the children who have been exposed to abuse or violence at home, substance addictions or neglect, and don’t have the financial resources, knowledge or experience to fend for themselves? That is where Child Justice enters into the equation as they work to pave the way for a better future for these children,“ said Mr. Mathis. “I was very blessed to grow up in a family that was supportive, loving and wonderful, but not all children have that same experience. Because of this I have great empathy for those children whose lives have taken a less fortunate turn. And that’s why I am looking forward to performing on September 23rd – so I can help Child Justice raise funds to continue the much needed work they do to support these children in need.”

“We are beyond thrilled that a world-renowned recording artist and singer such as Johnny Mathis is going to use his amazing talents to support Child Justice and our quest to offer hope to children who have been exposed to violence and abuse at home as well as other traumas,” said Eileen King, executive director of Child Justice. “The funds raised from his performance will allow us to continue to offer pro bono legal services to these children who get lost in the system.”


Program                     Begins at 2:30 P.M.

Drink & Dine              Hors d’oeuvres and beverages

Live Auction              Starting at 3:00 P.M.

Live Performance     4:00 P.M.                                                                               

Dress Code                Business Casual

Purchase Tickets      Click here to purchase tickets!


Tickets can also be purchased by check. Payment can be made out to Child Justice, Inc. and sent to: 8401 Colesville Road, Suite 300 Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Arena Stage Wine Auction @ Arena Stage
Oct 26 @ 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Arena Stage will host a silent and live wine auction on Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW). The event is helmed by Arena Stage Trustees Judith N. BattyGene Samburg and Beth Newburger Schwartz.

The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner, paired with wines donated by Total Wine & More. Event attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive items and experiences throughout the event, including the Bordeaux Experience, valued at $5,000, where two couples traveling together will enjoy a three-night stay in a château in romantic Bordeaux, with VIP treatment, including one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery tours, private wine tastings and an insider’s look at winemaking in France’s most famous wine region. Also available for bid is a one-week stay in a four bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom private residence villa at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, valued at $20,000, with an infinity edged heated plunge pool, spacious covered terrace and patio, hot tub, panoramic Pacific Ocean view and full kitchen (3,600 feet of indoor space and 3,600 feet of outdoor space). Winners of the Punta Mita package will enjoy full use of the Four Seasons Resort facilities and amenities, including room service. The following wines will also be available for bid:

  • 2007 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 100; RP 100, valued at $1,000
  • 2004 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 98 ; RP 98, valued at $1,000
  • 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz, WS 100 ; RP 100,,valued at $750
  • 2007 Staglin 25th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 95, RP 96, valued at $750
  • 2002 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon, WS 99; RP 100, valued at $750

Additional auction items will be announced at a later date.

All proceeds from the evening support Arena Stage’s award-winning artistic and community engagement programs.

Individual tickets start at $300. Space is limited. For additional event details, visit

Rock the Block @ Various Old Town Alexandria
Nov 14 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

– On Nov. 14, 2018, NCMEC will host its first ROCK THE BLOCK. Guests will enjoy
specialty plates and craft drinks at more than 12 of Old Town Alexandria’s top restaurants and food
trucks in one evening – all for one price. All proceeds from the event will benefit NCMEC – a national nonprofit located in Old Town Alexandria – that leads the fight against child abduction and exploitation – because every child deserves a safe childhood.

From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., event-goers will walk through Old Town Alexandria, enjoying food, drink and music at all of the participating restaurants. Restaurants include: Vermilion, Augie’s Mussel House, The Majestic, Columbia Firehouse, select food trucks at Market Square, Pizzeria Paradiso, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Virtue Feed & Grain, Hi -Tide Lounge and more to come.

VIP ticket holders will have access to two VIP-only restaurants, including Hi-Tide Lounge. VIP access will also include a pre-party reception from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (location TBD) and an “after-party” with live music upstairs at Virtue Feed & Grain from 9-11 p.m.

General Admission tickets are $125 and include unlimited food and drinks at all participating
restaurants. VIP tickets are $300 and include admission to all participating restaurants, the VIP pre-party reception, VIP-only restaurants and the VIP-only after-party.

– Pre-sale Tickets (20 percent discount) are available on Sept. 10
– Full Price Tickets are available starting Oct. 1

Washington Business Hall of Fame @ National Building Museum
Nov 28 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Washington Business Hall of Fame founders Junior Achievement
of Greater Washington, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Washingtonian
announced the 2018 Hall of Fame laureates. Since 1988, the Washington Business Hall of Fame
has recognized the professional and philanthropic contributions of outstanding business leaders in
our region who have made Greater Washington the city that it is today. The annual gala benefits
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington and its innovative financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship K-12 programs that inspire the next generation of leaders to navigate their path to the American Dream.

This year’s laureates are:
José Andrés
Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés

Donald A. Brown, Joseph B. Gildenhorn, and Benjamin R. Jacobs
Founding Partners, The JBG Companies

Mark D. Ein
Founder & CEO, Venturehouse Group, LLC

Dr. Sachiko Kuno
Founder & Chair, Halcyon

“This year’s laureates are an example of what’s possible from our region’s business leaders,” said
Ed Grenier, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. “Their passion for
excellence and steadfast commitment to this community is an inspiration to all of us and a lesson in leadership for Greater Washington’s future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.”

Washington Business Hall of Fame laureates have shaped the regional landscape of Greater
Washington and consistently demonstrated outstanding business accomplishments, visionary
leadership, integrity and strong core values, and, passionate community engagement. Following a
call for nominations from the general public, final selections are made by a nomination committee
led by representatives of the three founding organizations. More than 100 remarkable laureates
have been inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame since its founding in 1988. A full list is available at

The laureates will be honored at a black-tie gala and awards ceremony, chaired by Grant Thornton
Partner in Charge, Markets, Industries, and Clients – Atlantic Coast Region, Richard P. LaFleur on
Wednesday, November 28 at the National Building Museum. At this year’s gala, more than 1,200
business and civic leaders will come together to honor this year’s laureates and raise more than
$1.4 million to support Junior Achievement of Greater Washington’s K-12 programs and their work to inspire over 66,000 students in our region annually to be financially capable, tenacious, and
equipped with the tools to manage risk effectively, solve problems creatively, and welcome
opportunity in an increasingly complex modern economy. The gala is presented by Capital One and
Grant Thornton.

To reserve a table and for event details, please visit

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