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14 Things to Do in DC This June

Published On 05/29/2015 Published On 05/29/2015
Slide the City
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Jun 4 Thu

Best of Arlington 2015 Arlington Magazine’s very first Best of Arlington party is a chance to try bites and sips from some of the best: Pizzeria Orso, Water & Wall, Willow, Bayou Bakery, Liberty Tavern, and more. Swing to the 19th Street Band inside the Clarendon Ballroom from 6-9:30pm. Tickets are $70. 

Clarendon

Best of Arlington 2015 Clarendon Arlington Magazine’s very first Best of Arlington party is a chance to try bites and sips from some of the best: Pizzeria Orso, Water & Wall, Willow, Bayou Bakery, Liberty Tavern, and more. Swing to the 19th Street Band inside the Clarendon Ballroom from 6-9:30pm. Tickets are $70. 

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Jun 4 Thu

American Fare: Red, White + Brew Charlie Palmer Steak is coming in a month early patriotically, but who’s counting when the region’s best brewers are involved. The restaurant is celebrating all things local with craft beers from 3 Stars Brewing Company, Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, and Port City paired with dishes featuring the restaurant’s farm-to-table mantra. VIP tickets are available for $85 (5:45pm entry); regular admission is $50 (6:30pm entry). 

Capitol Hill

American Fare: Red, White + Brew Capitol Hill Charlie Palmer Steak is coming in a month early patriotically, but who’s counting when the region’s best brewers are involved. The restaurant is celebrating all things local with craft beers from 3 Stars Brewing Company, Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, and Port City paired with dishes featuring the restaurant’s farm-to-table mantra. VIP tickets are available for $85 (5:45pm entry); regular admission is $50 (6:30pm entry). 

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Jun 5-26

Jazz in the Garden DC’s favorite Friday afternoon pastime is back with a full schedule of great jazz ensembles. The National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden runs June 5, 12, 19, and 26. Bring a blanket and some bucks to spend on pulled pork or brisket sandwiches and pitchers of sangria, then dip your feet in questionable water. 

Smithsonian

Jazz in the Garden Smithsonian DC’s favorite Friday afternoon pastime is back with a full schedule of great jazz ensembles. The National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden runs June 5, 12, 19, and 26. Bring a blanket and some bucks to spend on pulled pork or brisket sandwiches and pitchers of sangria, then dip your feet in questionable water. 

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Jun 6 Sat

Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Festival & Competition If hitting three different food trucks on Farragut Fridays is your idea of a gut-busting good time, make the trip to Baltimore for the Taste of 3 Cities. Sixty food trucks from DC, Philly, and Baltimore will square off -- but most importantly, they'll feed you. Hang out in Patterson Park from 12-9pm with live music, beer, and wine, all benefiting Meals on Wheels. 

Baltimore

Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Festival & Competition Baltimore If hitting three different food trucks on Farragut Fridays is your idea of a gut-busting good time, make the trip to Baltimore for the Taste of 3 Cities. Sixty food trucks from DC, Philly, and Baltimore will square off -- but most importantly, they'll feed you. Hang out in Patterson Park from 12-9pm with live music, beer, and wine, all benefiting Meals on Wheels. 

Zentan

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Jun 6 Sat

Campari Fruit Roll-Up Class Things that make the world go ‘round: cocktails, mustaches, and Fruit Roll-Ups. Play with all three at Zentan’s Campari fruit roll-up class on June 6 when bartender Matt Allred teaches you how to make a boozy kid snack in the shape of a mustache that was just featured in Food & Wine. It goes great as a garnish for a Negroni. The class runs 2-4pm and costs $40. 

Thomas Circle

Campari Fruit Roll-Up Class Thomas Circle Things that make the world go ‘round: cocktails, mustaches, and Fruit Roll-Ups. Play with all three at Zentan’s Campari fruit roll-up class on June 6 when bartender Matt Allred teaches you how to make a boozy kid snack in the shape of a mustache that was just featured in Food & Wine. It goes great as a garnish for a Negroni. The class runs 2-4pm and costs $40. 

Rey Lopez

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Jun 6 Sat

Women’s World Cup at Drafting Table begins Take Wambach, Solo, or Morgan shots throughout the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at Drafting Table. They’re only a dollar (instead of $2) when Team USA scores a goal, especially if you’re sporting creative red, white, and blue. The games will be up on the restaurant’s four flat screens and the bar will be dishing out poutine throughout the tournament, because Canada is cool too. 

Drafting Table

Women’s World Cup at Drafting Table begins Drafting Table Take Wambach, Solo, or Morgan shots throughout the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup at Drafting Table. They’re only a dollar (instead of $2) when Team USA scores a goal, especially if you’re sporting creative red, white, and blue. The games will be up on the restaurant’s four flat screens and the bar will be dishing out poutine throughout the tournament, because Canada is cool too. 

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Jun 9 Tue

Dine-n-Dash with José Andrés Hit 17 restaurants in Penn Quarter without pausing to sign a check, thanks to José Andrés’ Dine-n-Dash. The participating restaurants include new hotspots like China Chilcano and The Partisan, plus old favorites like Zaytinya and Proof. Once you’re done dashing, the party continues at Carnegie Library with desserts, music, and drinks, all benefitting World Central Kitchen. Regular tickets are $129; VIP $299. 

Penn Quarter

Dine-n-Dash with José Andrés Penn Quarter Hit 17 restaurants in Penn Quarter without pausing to sign a check, thanks to José Andrés’ Dine-n-Dash. The participating restaurants include new hotspots like China Chilcano and The Partisan, plus old favorites like Zaytinya and Proof. Once you’re done dashing, the party continues at Carnegie Library with desserts, music, and drinks, all benefitting World Central Kitchen. Regular tickets are $129; VIP $299. 

Graffiato

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Jun 8-12

Jersey Shore at Graffiato Get Jersey with it at Graffiato the week of June 8 when Mike Isabella rolls out a special menu inspired by his summers growing up at the Jersey Shore. Come dressed as The Situation (or don’t) and chow down on things you might find on a boardwalk, only better. Disco fries, peel & eat shrimp, and fried chicken in a waffle basket all made the cut. The menu is available for lunch and dinner.

Chinatown

Jersey Shore at Graffiato Chinatown Get Jersey with it at Graffiato the week of June 8 when Mike Isabella rolls out a special menu inspired by his summers growing up at the Jersey Shore. Come dressed as The Situation (or don’t) and chow down on things you might find on a boardwalk, only better. Disco fries, peel & eat shrimp, and fried chicken in a waffle basket all made the cut. The menu is available for lunch and dinner.

Bourbon Bash

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Jun 13 Sat

DC Bourbon Bash Spend a Saturday afternoon with your buds Jim, Basil, and even Old Grand-Dad, because DC Bourbon Bash is back. Participants will sample eight bourbons spread across multiple venues like RFD, Penn Social, and Jackpot. A ticket ($55 regular, $75 VIP) also includes special beer and food pairings, and gentle pricing on additional pours of featured bourbons. 

Chinatown

DC Bourbon Bash Chinatown Spend a Saturday afternoon with your buds Jim, Basil, and even Old Grand-Dad, because DC Bourbon Bash is back. Participants will sample eight bourbons spread across multiple venues like RFD, Penn Social, and Jackpot. A ticket ($55 regular, $75 VIP) also includes special beer and food pairings, and gentle pricing on additional pours of featured bourbons. 

Summerfest DC

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Jun 13 Sat

Summerfest DC Beer & Wine Festival Kick off summer with beer and wine, but more importantly, awkward tan lines from partying in the sun in the Fairgrounds by Nationals Park. Live music will be cranking all day at Summerfest and 100 craft beers will be begging you to try them. Choose from session one (12-3pm) or session two (3:30-6:30pm) and between regular or VIP ticketing. 

Navy Yard

Summerfest DC Beer & Wine Festival Navy Yard Kick off summer with beer and wine, but more importantly, awkward tan lines from partying in the sun in the Fairgrounds by Nationals Park. Live music will be cranking all day at Summerfest and 100 craft beers will be begging you to try them. Choose from session one (12-3pm) or session two (3:30-6:30pm) and between regular or VIP ticketing. 

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Jun 14 Sun

National Bourbon Day at Barrel Celebrate National Bourbon Day at Barrel’s downstairs Elixir Bar, where the shelves are lined with some of the best brown liquor from the US of A. You’ll partake in an hour of passed appetizers paired with different bourbons before a dinner featuring jerk chicken and goat with fry bread. Finish with a reserve tasting of Parker’s Heritage Promise of Hope. The evening kicks off at 6:30pm and costs $100. 

Eastern Market

National Bourbon Day at Barrel Eastern Market Celebrate National Bourbon Day at Barrel’s downstairs Elixir Bar, where the shelves are lined with some of the best brown liquor from the US of A. You’ll partake in an hour of passed appetizers paired with different bourbons before a dinner featuring jerk chicken and goat with fry bread. Finish with a reserve tasting of Parker’s Heritage Promise of Hope. The evening kicks off at 6:30pm and costs $100. 

National Geographic Museum

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Jun 19 Fri

National Geographic After Hours Our friends at Brightest Young Things have upped the ante again this year with a full takeover of the National Geographic Museum. Bounce from bar to bar (cash) securing libations that will aid in the enjoyment of exhibits like Indiana Jones and Sea Monsters 3D. There are outdoor activities, too, including food trucks and mechanical sharks. The party runs from 8pm-1am. 

Downtown

National Geographic After Hours Downtown Our friends at Brightest Young Things have upped the ante again this year with a full takeover of the National Geographic Museum. Bounce from bar to bar (cash) securing libations that will aid in the enjoyment of exhibits like Indiana Jones and Sea Monsters 3D. There are outdoor activities, too, including food trucks and mechanical sharks. The party runs from 8pm-1am. 

Arcadia Farm

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Jun 21 Sun

Summer Solstice Farm Dinner Try four family-style courses from Chef Rob Rubba during a summer solstice dinner at Arcadia Farm. The main attraction from the chef who is gearing up to open Hazel in Shaw will be barbecued chuck roast served with Bibb lettuce, tortillas, chimichuri, Korean BBQ sauce and sides. Brent Kroll, Jeff Faile and Greg Engert will provide the beverages Tickets allowing you to escape urban living for a night are $157. 

Alexandria

Summer Solstice Farm Dinner Alexandria Try four family-style courses from Chef Rob Rubba during a summer solstice dinner at Arcadia Farm. The main attraction from the chef who is gearing up to open Hazel in Shaw will be barbecued chuck roast served with Bibb lettuce, tortillas, chimichuri, Korean BBQ sauce and sides. Brent Kroll, Jeff Faile and Greg Engert will provide the beverages Tickets allowing you to escape urban living for a night are $157. 

Slide the City

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Jun 27 Sat

Slide the City Yes, this urban waterpark is for real, and it’s coming to Arlington. Slide the City will set up a 1,000ft slide that you, your tube, and your friends can cruise down and they promise it has "more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers." While that’s not a sexy thought, summer interns in swimming suits is. Tickets range from $15-$60 depending on the size of the tube and number of trips. 

Arlington

Slide the City Arlington Yes, this urban waterpark is for real, and it’s coming to Arlington. Slide the City will set up a 1,000ft slide that you, your tube, and your friends can cruise down and they promise it has "more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers." While that’s not a sexy thought, summer interns in swimming suits is. Tickets range from $15-$60 depending on the size of the tube and number of trips. 

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