LEGOLAND® New York will be previewing their newest theme park and resort at National Harbor, bringing one of America’s most beloved brands to the idyllic waterfront destination for the holiday weekend
As summer comes to a close, families will want to capitalize on the extended holiday weekend at National Harbor for a LEGOLAND® New York “On the Road” experience. Offering a preview of the upcoming theme park and resort, this Labor Day Weekend activity will take place at the Pier Tent from Friday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A short drive from all three D.C. airports as well as via AMTRAK, this interactive event will allow families to learn from Master LEGO® Builders and see a preview of the LEGOLAND® Driving School cars. Looking for a perfect family photo-op? A large-scale LEGO® panda and zebra, as well as costumed characters, will provide the perfect backdrop for snapshots. Or, take a photo in a simulated Dragon Coaster ride vehicle. In addition to all of this, National Harbor is showing The LEGO®Movie 2 during Family Movie Night on the Potomac at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1.
LEGOLAND® Kid Reporters will be reporting live from the event, allowing kids to inform kids about the opening of the ultimate LEGO® theme park and hotel destination! The new theme park will contain more than 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions that let kids and adults play, ride, climb, build and learn together.
LEGOLAND® New York Resort is scheduled to open in 2020 in the beautiful Hudson Valley town of Goshen, Orange County, New York, just 60 miles northwest of New York City. At 150 acres, it will be the largest LEGOLAND® theme park ever built by Merlin Entertainments.
Set along the banks of the stunning Potomac River, this LEGOLAND® New York experience isn’t the only highlight to visit at National Harbor this Labor Day Weekend. The destination includes dozens of shopping and dining hotspots, hotels and some of the best sunset views in the region. Families can stop by Tanger Outlets for last minute school shopping, ride to the top of The Capital Wheel, or catch an outdoor snack. Visitors to National Harbor will discover a host of activities suitable for everyone in the family. Also, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center has special SummerFest activities for overnight guests through Sept. 2.
Happy Hour, from early evening gatherings to late night lingering,
the options are plentiful and pleasantly priced.
As days grow longer, Washington restaurants are offering enticing bar fare, tempting seasonal cocktails and enticing happy hour menus. One has many options to explore during sultry summer.
The lively Cuban hot spot Cuba Libre Restaurant Rum & Bar, located at 801 9th Street, NW, Suite A, 20001, offers a Latin-inspired happy hour available exclusively at the bar, Sunday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The perfect way to end the workday, Cuba Libre’s happy hour menu showcases delicious $6 Caipirinhas, with flavors such as the Classic with Velho Barreiro Cachaça, guarapo, fresh lime juice and muddled limes; Guava with Licor Beirão, guava purée, guarapo and fresh lime juice; Energy Caipirinha with Velho Barriro Cachaça, Red Bull, guarapo, lime juice, muddled oranges and limes and the House-made Caipirinha Infusion of seasonal selection of the brightest fruits, herbs and/or spices soaked in Cachaça, guarapo, fresh lime juice, sugar and muddled lime
Additionally, one can enjoy house wine and sangria for $5 each, $6 House Cuba Libre with Don Q añejo rum, Coca-Cola and lime, plus a featured rotating beer of the day for $5 along with the “tapas bite” menu specially priced at $6 each. Highlights from the “tapas bite” menu include Tuna Ceviche, marinated yellowfin tuna, house pickled cucumbers, seaweed, avocado, toasted Macadamia nuts, and pumpkin seed oil vinaigrette; Churrasco Steak Slider, hand-chopped all natural Black Angus skirt steak burger, pickle frita sauce, chipotle-onion marmalade, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato, served on a toasted brioche roll with Boniato chip; Pineapple Guacamole Cubano with avocado, grilled golden pineapple, roasted jalapeños, fresh lime juice and extra virgin olive oil, served with crispy plantain chips; Chicken Croquetas, Abuela’s creamy roasted chicken croquettes with roasted Cachucha pepper aioli; Tostones, twice-fried crisp green plantains with Dijon-mojo dipping sauce as well as Malanga Fritters, a traditional Cuban street food of crispy taro, garlic and West Indian culantro, served with tamarindo ketchup. Guests can also order a sampler platter with a choice of any six happy hour dishes for $28. For additional information please call (202) 408-1600 or visit www.CubaLibreRestaurant.com.
Just steps from the White House, The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20006, offers an intimate bar and lounge perfect for lingering over cocktails or grabbing a quick bite. Monday through Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Oval Room rail cocktails are available for $8, select wines by the glass are $7 and select craft beers are priced at $5, exclusively at the bar. Refreshing libations include the Sparkling Sidecar with Hennessy, triple sec, lemon juice and prosecco; Persephone’s Margarita with La Pinta Pomegranate tequila, triple sec and lime juice and the Pink Negroni with Gin Lane 1751 ‘Victoria’ pink gin, Suze, white vermouth and red vermouth. For the perfect pairing, guests can enjoy savory bar bites from The Oval Room’s happy hour menu. Current standouts include the Crab Tea Sandwich, crème fraiche, char roe and cucumber; Pommes Pont Neuf, crispy potatoes, espelette pepper with black garlic and the FB&J Sandwich, foie gras butter, huckleberry jelly and chicken crackling. Prices range from $3 to $16 each. For more information, please call (202) 463-8700 or visit www.OvalRoom.com.
The sleek, light filled Bibiana Osteria Enoteca, located at 1100 New York Avenue, NW, 20005, is a wonderful oasis to enjoy a cocktail and wind down the day. Happy hour starts early, and specials are available Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. One can relax with a Peroni priced at $6 or opt for house red wine, white wine or prosecco for $7 each. For the perfect pairing, guests can enjoy a selection of rotating bar snacks, which include La Pizzetta, tomato, mozzarella, confit baby artichoke, pickled onion and ‘nduja; Ceviche, octopus and shrimp ceviche with mango, onion, lime and cilantro; Polpette Della Nonna, beef, pork and veal meatballs, creamy mascarpone cheese, polenta and parmesan; Gamberetti Estivi, polenta battered & fried shrimp with citrus and marinara and the Calamari Fritti, buttermilk marinated calamari with caramelized lemon and tartar. Bar snacks are priced from $8 to $12 each. For more information, please call (202) 216-9550 or visit the website at www.bibianadc.com.
The Mediterranean-inspired Olivia, located at 800 F Street, NW, 20004, offers a bar/lounge area that is reminiscent of a speakeasy transported directly from Casablanca. The ceiling is draped with fresh greenery while the 14-seat bar is decorated with charming string lights crisscrossing overhead to give the space an outdoor terrace vibe, perfect for lingering over cocktails or grabbing a quick bite. Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Olivia offers 20% off select wines by the glass, specialty cocktails, house-mixed drinks, as well as draft beer from local favorites such as Right Proper Brewing Company, Solace Brewing Company and Fair Winds Brewing Company. New libations for the season include the Aphrodite with vodka, pomegranate liquor, hibiscus tincture, lemon and mint. For additional information please call (202) 347-4667 or visit www.oliviadc.com.
Steps from Eastern Market, Ambar, located at 523 8th Street SE, 20003, offers a special happy hour Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (exclusively at the bar). Whether it’s beer, wine, cocktails, rakia or small plates, everything on the happy hour menu is priced at just $5 per item. Signature cocktail creations include the Mango Lemonade with vodka, mango purée, simple syrup and sour mix; Pomegranate Collinswith vodka, pomegranate syrup and lemon juice, and the Sarajevo Old Fashion with plum rakia, bourbon, bitters and cane syrup. Guests can choose from a selection of Balkan bites including Balkan Kebab with beef and veal, scallions and paprika; Urnebes Dip, cow’s cheese with ajvar and chili flakes, served with homemade bread; Drunken Mussels with rakia, garlic, capers, lemon, somun and cream; Almond Crusted Chicken with walnut, green apple, chives and wasabi mayo, as well as Hummus with paprika and olive oil, served with homemade bread. Available all evening, seven days a week, the restaurant also offers two package options under their Balkan Experience dinner menu: unlimited small plates (no alcohol) for $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), unlimited small plates and unlimited drinks for $49 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), or unlimited small plates, and larger platters with unlimited drinks for $59 per person (excluding tax and gratuity and is required for groups of 10 or more). The $35 and $49 Balkan Experiences can be combined at the table.
Additionally, Ambar offers an Express Lunch Menu, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This lunch option is priced at $19.99 per person (tax and gratuity not included) making it a great choice for those looking for a satisfying, quick midday meal. Guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of Soups & Salads, Vegetables, Flatbreads, Sliders, Baked Pies, Meat & Poultry, Slow-Cooked Food, Sausages and Seafood. The Express Lunch Menu must be ordered by the entire table as items are designed for sharing. For additional information please call (202) 813-3039 or visit http://www.ambarrestaurant.com/home-page-washington/.
Ambar Clarendon, located at 2901 Wilson Blvd, 22201, offers guests the opportunity to experience some of the best traditional dishes from the Balkan Peninsula, prepared with a modern twist during happy hour Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Priced at $5, patrons can enjoy house red, white and sparkling wine, Bud Lite and Goose Island IPA as well as rail cocktails with mixers. Additionally, guest can enjoy craft cocktails such as the Kiwi Smash with vodka, kiwi purée, lemon juice and simple syrup; Strawberry Lemonade with vodka, strawberry purée, lemon juice and simple syrup; Angel & Devil with tequila, lime juice, agave-infused rosemary, Aperol and soda; Cosmo Flip with vodka, muddled grapes, mint syrup, lime and cranberry juice; Margarita Classic with tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime, and the Mojito Classic with light rum, mint and lime. For the perfect pairing, guests can savor a selection of small plates including Garlic Bean Dip with onion, dry roasted pepper and paprika; Tzatziki with roasted beets and garlic; Balkan Salad with tomato, peppers, cucumber, onion and cow cheese; Crispy Smelt with tartar sauce, and the Pork Slider, slow cooked pork with cabbage slaw and horseradish. Available all evening, seven days a week, the restaurant offers their popular Balkan Experience dinner menu: unlimited small plates for $35 per person or unlimited small plates, and larger platters for $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The entire table must order the same package level of the Balkan Experience menu.
Additionally, Ambar Clarendon offers a late-night happy hour menu available exclusively at the bar on Friday and Saturday, from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy a selection on small plates priced at $5 each. Highlights include the Ambar Slider with house-ground veal & beef, urnebes, lettuce and tomato; BBQ Pork Slider with coleslaw, Fresno pepper and horseradish dressing; Ambar Fries with homemade spices, red peppercorn and ajvar emulsion; Fried Chicken Slider with apple-wasabi salsa, almond crusted chicken and lettuce; Catfish Slider with tartar sauce and organic slaw; Zucchini Slider with tzatziki-cucumber, missed greens, ajvar aioli and sprouts, as well as the Balkan Salad with tomato, peppers, cucumber, onion and aged cow cheese. For additional information please call (703) 875-9663 or visit http://www.ambarrestaurant.com/home-page-clarendon/.
BABA, the sister restaurant to Ambar Clarendon, located at 2901 Wilson Blvd, 22201, offers the opportunity to experience Balkan cuisine that takes inspiration from European small plates. Happy hour is served Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Priced at $5, one can enjoy house red, white and sparkling wine, Heineken beer and pre-selected dishes off the restaurant’s small plates menu. Highlights include the Hand Cut Chips with kimchi yogurt; Greek Salad with peppers, cucumber, Kalamata olives and feta cheese; Grilled Vegetables with garlic bead spread, and the Prosciutto Croquettes with mustard dressing. Guests can also enjoy Chicken Skewers with Mediterranean marinade; Beef Skewers with kimchi yogurt and Shrimp with ginger lime aioli and microgreens blend. Dishes are priced from $3.50 to $5 each. Additionally, guest can enjoy select craft cocktails priced at $6. Standouts include Zastava Sidecar with Maraska Slivovitz, lemon juice, jalapeño, triple sec and hibiscus syrup; B&B with rum, beet juice, lime juice, maraschino liqueur and mint and the Brazilian Smash with cachaça, muddled mandarin orange, lime juice, honey and mint leaves. For additional information please call (703) 312-7978 or visit www.baba.bar.
Legal Sea Foods, located at 704 7th Street, NW, 20001, offers happy hour exclusively at the bar Monday through Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patrons can indulge in half-priced freshly shucked clams and oysters, as well as a selection of bar bites. Priced at $7 each, one can also enjoy Buffalo Calamari with blue cheese, celery hearts and radish; Crab Toast with lump crab spread; Old Bay Hummus & Pita; Bang Bang Wings with kung pao sauce; Cheeseburger Sliders with mustard relish and fried pickles; Sriracha Shrimp with orange-ginger marmalade, as well as the Tuna Burger Sliders with red pepper aioli and fried pickles. For the perfect pairing, select draft beers are priced at $4.50, select wines by the glass are $5.95, and select Raising the Bar cocktails for $6.95. Highlights include the Legal Sangria with Spanish red wine, Cruzan raspberry and citrus rums, Merlet Crème de Pêche, lemon-lime soda and fresh fruit; Pineapple-Coconut Lemon Drop, citrus vodka, Malibu rum, pineapple and citrus; Apple Highball with Four Roses bourbon, Bulleit rye whiskey, Duche de Longueville sparkling apple cider and Angostura bitters, as well as the Tito's Mule with Tito’s Handmade vodka, muddled lime, ginger beer and lime. For additional information please call (202) 347–0007 or visit http://www.legalseafoods.com/.
Legal Sea Bar, located within Union Station, Washington, D.C. at 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, 20002, offers happy hour Monday through Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patrons can enjoy half-off all raw oysters, as well as a selection of bar bites. Priced at $7 each, standouts include Sriracha Shrimp with orange-ginger marmalade; Crab Cake Sliders with mustard sauce and coleslaw; Buffalo Calamari with blue cheese, celery hearts and radish, as well as Crab & Spinach Dip with feta, served with whole wheat pita chips. For imbibers, there are select draft beer for $4.50, select wines by the glass for $6.50, and select Raising the Bar cocktails for $6.95. Cocktails on the happy hour menu includes the Winter Citrus Sangria, Combier Pamplemousse, St. Germain, Sauvignon Blanc, botanicals, grapefruit soda and cinnamon; Good Time Charlie, Tito’s handmade vodka, Campari, falernum, guava, lemon and soda and the Pomegranate Lemon Drop with citrus vodka, pomegranate and citrus. For additional information please call (202) 864-0401 or visit http://www.legalseabar.com/.
MXDC Cocina Mexicana, located at 600 14th Street, NW, 20005, offers a wallet-friendly happy hour Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 p.m. to close (drinks only). Guests can partake in select red, white, and sparkling wines by the glass, priced at $6 each, as well as a $6 Margarita de Casa with Milagro blanco tequila, MXDC cordial, fresh lime,and agave, $30 house margarita pitchers, $25 red or white sangria pitchers, $5 Sol Tecate, Dos XX, and Tecate, and $6 house spirits. Guests will also find $7 select antojitos and tacos including Rockfish Aguachile Ceviche with cucumber, chile pequin, red onion and lime; Guacamole Traditional with tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeño; Kabra Quesadilla with goat cheese, Cotija, arugula and smoked chile aioli; Nachos with tortillas, queso mix, pico de gallo, beans and pickled onion; Cuatro Queso Fundidos with Oaxaca, chihuahua, Cotija and queso fresco, served with tortillas; Carne Asada Tacos with soy-ginger marinade, pico de gallo, pickled red onion and avocado; Pollo Tacos with chile marinade, fajita salsa and avocado; Cochinita Pibil Tacos with braised pork shoulder, pickled red onion, cilantro and garlic aioli; Hongos Tacos with huitlacoche, wild mushrooms, truffled corn salsa and tomatillo, as well as Mahi Tacos with Baja beer batter, grilled pineapple chutney and chipotle aioli. For more information please call (202) 393-1900 or visit https://www.mxdcrestaurant.com/.
In Silver Spring, Buena Vida, located at 8407 Ramsey Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, which draws on the warm and relaxed characteristics of Mexico, offers a classic style happy hour of select beer, wines and cocktails for $5, Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Available all evening, seven days a week, the restaurant showcases their popular Latin Experience dinner menu: unlimited small plates (no alcohol) reflecting the signature flavors of Mexico for $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), unlimited small plates and unlimited drinks for $49 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Highlights include Colorado Lamb Ribs with chile pasilla, roasted garlic, Oaxaca cheese and potato purée; Tropical Tuna Ceviche with pineapple, red onion, chia seeds, habanero and lime; Beef Barbacoa Nachos with corn tortilla chips, black bean purée, cheese sauce and pickled chiles, and the Sweet Corn Empanadas, crispy organic maseca, guacamole, Oaxaca cheese, corn rajas, garlic and guajillo salsa. The Latin Experience menu must be ordered by the entire table. For more information please call (301) 587-8407or visit https://www.buenavidarestaurant.com.
The newly opened High Street Café, an American brassiere with a Latin twist, located in the heart of Georgetown at 1303 Wisconsin Ave, NW, 20007, offers happy hour Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 12 Midnight. During the early seating, guests can order select red and white wine by the glass, as well as Calimocho and Smirnoff cocktails priced all priced at $5. Select Mojitos, Caipirinhas, Margaritas and Ketel One specialty cocktails are also available and priced from $7 to $8 each, along with 16-oz cans of Mahou San Miguel and 12-oz bottles of Polar Pilsner priced at $5. An assortment of bar snacks and pizzas are also available and priced from $6 to $12. Highlights include the Yucca Croquettes with provolone, ajilimójili and mayo ketchup; Caribbean Fritters with beef and mayo ketchup; Pigeon Peas Two Ways with hummus and escabeche, served with house chips; Stuffed Plantains with avocado and pico de gallo, as well asRoasted Lechon Pizza with spicy tomato sauce, arugula and taleggio.
During the later seating, 10 p.m.to 12 a.m., guests can enjoy select red, white and rosé wine by the glass along with featured Calimocho and Don Q cocktails priced at $5. 16-oz cans of Mahou San Miguel and 12- oz bottles of Polar Pilsner are also available and priced at $, with select Don Q Anejo cocktails, priced at $7. An $8 industry special is also available ‘late night’ and offers guests a choice of 16 oz can of PBR 16 oz can of Mahou San Miguel or 12 oz bottle of Polar Pilsner paired with a 1.5 oz shot of Old Gran-Dad, Old Overholt Rye Whiskey or Aguardiente Antioqueno. For more information please call (202) 333-0256 or visit www.highstreetdc.com.
In Adams Morgan, Mintwood Place, a charming neighborhood brasserie, located at 1813 Columbia Road, NW, 20009, also offers happy hour Tuesday through Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (available exclusively at the bar). Guests can enjoy draft beer for $5, as well as select red, rosé, white and sparkling wines for $6, and a featured cocktail of the day for $8. A selection of small plates is also available, each priced from $5 to $16. Highlights include Escargot with garlic butter; Chicken Liver Mousse; Smoked Salmon Rillettes with toasted brioche; Burrata with beet carpaccio, hazelnuts, basil oil and pomegranate; Moules Frites Meuniere; Tagliatelle Bolognese with pecorino, and the Wood-Grilled, Dry-Aged Bacon Cheeseburger. For more information please call (202) 234-6732 or visit www.mintwoodplace.com.
Shaw’s newest hotspot, Zeppelin, located at 1544 9th Street, NW, 20001, pays homage to the Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships and is the perfect gathering place to enjoy Edomae (Edo-style) sushi and craft cocktails. Japanophiles are encouraged to stop by for Sakana Hour,which is available exclusively at the second-floor, 20-seat sushi counter. Sakana Hour is served seven days a week, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and boasts an extensive selection of sushi, available at discounted pricing. Guests can look forward to a rotating list of nigiri, hand-selected by distinguished Executive Chef/Partner Minoru Ogawa. A second-generation sushi chef with four decades of experience, Ogawa carefully chooses fish from the Toyosu Market in Tokyo, Japan, which are imported directly to the restaurant. Signature pieces are priced from $2 to $3 each, and include Iwana, arctic char; Maguro, tuna; Tako, octopus boiled in-house with Mirin and sake; Suzuki, bronzini; Sawara, Spanish mackerel andHirame, flounder.
Those in need of a refreshment are encouraged to stop by the first-floor cocktail bar and expansive patio for Bubbly Hour, which is also available seven days a week, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bubbly Hour offers two vintage Champagnes by the glass, available at half-price, along with $3 Sapporo drafts and a $6 specialty highball, the Toki Baller with Toki, lemon peel and baller bubbles, from the restaurant’s Toki Highball Machine. For more information please call (202) 506-1769 or visit www.zeppelindc.com.
The “modern Israeli” concept, SABABA, located in the heart of Cleveland Park at 3311 Connecticut Avenue, 20008, is a wonderful oasis to enjoy a cocktail and wind down the day. Happy hour is served exclusively at the bar Monday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and offers Hummus Tahina, served with pita, priced at $4. One will also find $6 draft beer, $7 wines by the glass, and $3 off specialty cocktails. New libations for the season include the Z&T with fresh zaatar, Green Hat gin and Fever Tree tonic, poured tableside over an ice block with frozen herbs and Jupiter berries; the Orange Fashion with clementine shrub-infused rye whiskey, brandied cherries, smoked orange rind, Regan orange bitters and sweet vermouth, and the Charred Lemon Lemonata with grilled lemons, crushed ice, lemongrass-infused vodka, fresh squeezed lemon, lemon zest and simple syrup, served in a citrus marmalade-rimmed glass with crystalized mint leaves. For reservations, please call (202) 244-6750 or visit www.sababauptown.com.
VOLTA, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S NEWEST BIG TOP PRODUCTION, NOW PLAYING UNDER THE BIG TOP AT TYSONS II THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29
Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Washington, DC area with its newest Big Top production, VOLTA, performing at Tysons II through September 29! Tickets, starting at $49, are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).
Cirque du Soleil and Washington, DC area
Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.
The stunning costumes of VOLTA have been designed by Emmy Award winner Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
VOLTA is Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,400 performing artists from close to 60 different countries.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Escape the heat this summer and get “lost” in a tiki bar themed event at The Yards. The Yards will make a splash and transform into an island paradise with DC’s largest Tiki-themed block party on the boardwalk.
Featuring a live steel drum band, lawn chairs and oversized lawn games, tiki bars with fun instagrammable drinks, a misting station to cool down, an inflatable surfing simulator, an “underwater” photo booth, and other water-related activities, this event will make your Saturday feel like a vacation. Along with these interactive activations, a luau performance will take place and set the tone for a fun island vibe. The Yards merchants will participate by selling drinks and bites at the boardwalk kiosks. Find tickets here.
WHEN: Saturday, July 27th, 1-5pm
WHERE: Yards Park | 355 Water Street SE | Washington, DC 20003
Directions can be found here. The Yards is metro accessible via the
Navy Yard Metro on the Green line and Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Parking is also available on The Yards’ surface parking lots.
HOW: Tiki Yards tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite for $10 and include one drink upon entry.
Love the water and outdoors? Freedom Boat Club is the perfect way to get out on the water without the commitment to maintain a personal boat. Our members are provided with access to a variety of boats and a seamless member concierge service. Learn more below about what a boat club is and the benefits of becoming a member!
What is a boat club?
Boat Clubs are designed for people who want access to a versatile fleet of boats on a regular basis, at an affordable cost of entry. While clubs in general may differ in their membership structure, Freedom Boat Club operates with a 1x entry fee and monthly dues. FBC members have unlimited access to the club fleet, but do not own them and never incur any service or storage fees. Reservations are made through a proprietary online system. Freedom Boat Club provides a hassle-free and maintenance-free boating experience to its members. FBC employs a proven member-to-boat ratio formula to ensure there are always plenty of boats in the fleet to service members. Unlike other club organizations, Freedom Boat Club rotates new boats into the system regularly, while moving them out of inventory after three years of use. Freedom Boat Club has 2,000+ late model boats from coast to coast, with 180+ locations throughout the United States and Canada and now 3 clubs in France. Members who join Freedom Boat Club on a year-round basis enjoy reciprocal access and can boat anywhere Freedom Boat Clubs are located. This is one of the most valued features of membership in Freedom Boat Club.
Who are the typical members in the boat club?
Our members are varied. From first time boaters who want to experience the relaxation that comes with a day on the water to experienced boaters who have owned before and know the hassle and cost of maintaining their own boat(s). Your membership includes unlimited one on one training with our US Coast Guard licensed captains. Our fleet provides entertainment for everyone: families that want to enjoy water sports with loved ones, busy executives who want to chill out for a day or entertain a client, and anyone who enjoys fishing. My husband and I love to entertain, and we have spent many days of pure enjoyment with our family and friends out on the water.
What are the differences between being a member and purchasing a boat to own?
Mainly, two things: time and money. Our members enjoy a truly maintenance-free boating experience; no longer concerned with cleaning, maintenance, repairs, storage, or long lines at the gas dock. Not to mention our concierge service upon your arrival at the dock will have you out on the water in no time. We know that on average a boat club member boats at least twice as much as an average boat owner. As far as cost, the average annual cost of a membership is less than $5000. The average annual cost of maintaining a boat is over $15,000. Boat slip and maintenance fees alone are more expensive than a Freedom Boat Club membership.
Ready to join? We’d love to invite you to visit our website to learn more (FreedomVirginia.com) and schedule a tour. You can also enjoy a complimentary boat ride with family and friends at either of our Northern Virginia locations (Woodbridge or Lake Anna). There’s nothing better than spending a day on the water!
Summer Fun Fridays is back! Every Friday starting July 26th through August 23rd from 10:30-11:30AM Fair Oaks will be hosting a 1-hour free kids event.
Get there early to check-in, the first 100 kids that are registered get a free gift upon entry. While supplies last*
7/26 - Oh Susannah
8/2- Rainbow Rock Band
8/9 - Songs with Mr. Hyson
8/16 - Magic with Brian Curry
8/23 - Rocknoceros
You can find all the details online at shopfairoaksmall.com/events/directory
While his favorite things include flowers, Batman, and building cars, local four year old Luca has spent most of his time lately dealing with radiation, needles, and MRIs. The preschooler, diagnosed in April with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DPIG), has been fighting his own superhero battle against a brain cancer that fewer than 1% of children ever survive. To keep him going through radiation, his mom, Catherine Velleco, brought him through the local Chick-fil-A for waffle fries. “Chick-fil-A was the only thing that brought a smile to Luca’s face following his daily sedation for radiation.” She wrote on a comment card in May.
When Justin Smith, the owner/operator of the Fair Lakes location found out about the family’s situation, he wanted to make Luca smile even more, and tasked his event coordinator with designing a night around Luca. Charity Casey, the marketing and event coordinator, took on the project with gusto, and now CFA Fair Lakes is excited to invite the community to join them for Luca’s Super Hero Night on July 24th from 5-8pm. Superhero costumes are encouraged, and there will also be a face painter, character meet and greet with “real” superheroes, and a craft for children. There will be a special superhero mobile, as well, and the superhero cow will be in attendance.
While normal spirit night events donate 10% of sales from those who identify as attending for the cause, on this night, 25% of all sales from everyone who purchases food from 5-8pm will go to research for DPIG patients, so that hopefully in the future, Luca’s superpower can be finding a cure for other children, even if it’s not in time for him. The goal is to raise $4000 for research- $1000 for each of Luca’s four years of age.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/864601430571365/
A morning of children’s activities including Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street, Get Fit Mobile Unit, UniverSoul Circus, children’s programming, giveaways and more
National Harbor has teamed up with WHUT (Howard University Television); M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County; WHUR 96.3 and UniverSoul Circus to bring a wide array of children’s activities to the Waterfront District at National Harbor on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event takes place on the National Harbor Plaza (151 National Plaza.)
Fun Day! includes Walkaround Elmo from Sesame Street who will be there to greet children and take photos; Department of Parks and Recreation will have their Get Fit Mobile Unit on site to get kids moving. In addition to kids’ activities there will be giveaways and UniverSoul Circus will perform two of its highly acclaimed acts.
“This is great entertainment and activities for children under 12 years of age,” said Deborah Topcik, director of marketing for National Harbor. “It’s a morning packed with fun.”
For more information, visit www.nationalharbor.com.
The Yards, DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping and relaxing, and Ice Cream Jubilee invite you to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21st with a free event, where DC’s longest sundae will be created - and eaten! Each participant will receive a 2-scoop sundae with Ice Cream Jubilee’s signature flavors as we create a new city record! Tickets can be reserved here or in person at Ice Cream Jubilee’s Yards Park location.
WHEN: Sunday, July 21 at 11:30 am
WHERE: The Yards Park Sun Deck, next to Ice Cream Jubilee - 301 Water St, SE Washington, DC. Directions can be found here. The Yards is metro accessible via the Navy Yard Metro on the Green line and Capitol South Metro on the Orange/Blue line. Parking is also available on The Yards’ surface parking lots.
TICKETS: Tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite
About The Yards:
The Yards is DC’s most exciting waterfront neighborhood for living, dining, shopping and relaxing.
The Yards gets its name and rich history from the neighboring Washington Navy Yard. In the early 19th century, the area now known as The Yards was home to a bustling wharf, sugar refinery and brewery. Up until World War II, The Yards was an important part of the industrial capacity of the Navy Yard, which has since been reduced in overall size. Now, that proud nautical and industrial heritage has found new life within The Yards neighborhood!
About Ice Cream Jubilee:
Ice Cream Jubilee serves super premium ice cream made from local South Mountain Creamery’s all-natural 18% butterfat grass-fed cream. Each flavor is made by hand in small batches in northeast Washington, DC, inspired by international flavors, boozy cocktails, and childhood treats. Ice Cream Jubilee also serves several non-dairy vegan flavors.
Ice Cream Jubilee has four locations in the Washington, DC area:
Ice Cream Jubilee proudly represents Washington, D.C. on multiple “Best Ice Cream in America” lists, including Food & Wine magazine, Thrillist, Tastemade, and TimeOut magazine. Ice Cream Jubilee’s flavors and the story of founder Victoria Lai has also been featured by NBC Nightly News, Travel + Leisure magazine, Forbes, FoodNetwork.com, and More magazine. Ice Cream Jubilee was named “Best Ice Cream Shop in DC” four years in a row, and recently named one of America’s Best Ice Cream Shops by Thrillist.com in May 2018.
-Vodka Tastings, Interactive Drink Stations, Complimentary Bites and Live Vibes-
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is partnering with Sash & Fitz FOR Sip and Savor in the hotel’s interior courtyard on Thursday, May 30th from 7 to 9 p.m. At the Sash and Fritz Vodka launch, guests will enjoy complimentary German vodka tastings by Sash & Fritz* owner Mr. Peter Steger, a make your own frozen vodka cocktail station, a demonstration of flaming libations, complimentary bite and mood setting vibes by DJ Juba.
The courtyard’s lush landscaping, cozy fire pits and ample seating creates the perfect venue for all vodka lovers and culinary aficionados.
Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo’s vodka compatible vittles include:
Tartare Station with Beef, Salmon and Pickled Beets
Oyster Shooters with Horseradish
East Coast Caviar on Pumpernickel bread with Crème Fraiche
Arancini with Vodka Tomato Sauce
Station of Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Sorbets to be tasted with a Splash of Vodka
Vodka specialty cocktails will be priced at $6 along with other cash bar options.
Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for a launch worthy vodka celebration, no ripped jeans, t-shirts, caps or sneakers please.
There is no fee required for the Sip and Savor with Sash and Fritz. Reservations must be made through Eventbrite at: https://sip-and-savor-with-sash-and-fritz-at-fairmont.eventbrite.com
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Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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