Safeway Barbecue Battle
June 21st & 22nd, 2014
Pennsylvania Ave turns into the less historic, more delicious BBQ Boulevard for one weekend each June. There's a slew of events, but the star is a KCBS BBQ contest with $40,000 in cash on the line; contestants are judged on pork shoulder, pork rib, beef, and chicken. Safeway sponsors a free samples tent from noon-6pm both days
so you don't have to just be tempted by the BBQ scents, and Robert Randolph headlines the 30-band line-up.
The US Capitol looks even better with a huge plate of award-winning brisket in your hand.