You Can’t Eat Out All the Time: All the Things to Do, Summer Edition

Make this summer sensational. You really don’t want to miss a bite! 

Movie Night, Al Fresco  (Bethesda Outdoor Movies)
Love watching movies outside in the summer? Get ready for Bethesda’s weekly showing of outdoor movies. Woodmont Triangle is home to numerous restaurants, ice cream, and coffee shops, and enjoy dinner or a snack before the 9pm movie start. Three weeks of great outdoor movies in Bethesda's Urban Triangle. The schedule is: 

Saturday, August 5 – 50 First Dates
Friday, August 11 – Top Gun: Maverick 

Woodmont Triangle is home to numerous restaurants, ice cream, and coffee shops, and attendees are invited to enjoy dinner or a snack before the 9pm movie start. Parking is available in the Auburn Avenue garage adjacent to the event site. More information here

C&O Canal Boat Tours
Georgetown Heritage’s Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal boat is returning for a second season, with public rides. The new canal boat, the Georgetown Heritage, is the only one of its kind in Washington, D.C. It will be available for public programs and private rentals when the tour season begins. Purchase tickets here

Citi Ridge Poolside Preview Month (Splash Zone)
City Ridge has opened The Ridge Club, a luxurious, members-only rooftop pool and social club at City Ridge’s 14 Ridge Square NW. The Ridge Club features a heated lap and resort-style pool with seasonal on-site towel service, three reservable cabanas, a 28-foot wide LED screen for outdoor events, spacious locker room facilities, and a 3,000-square-foot restaurant and poolside bar by Chef Michael Mina’s award-winning MINA Group. Find out more information here

NEW:  Diner en Blanc
On Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 10 p.m., Le Diner en Blanc – Washington will again descend upon a surprise DC location that welcomes thousands of guests who don their whitest of whites for a magical evening of dining, socializing and celebrating amid music, entertainment and dancing. This year’s DC event will bring back authentic Le Diner en Blanc customs that originated back in Paris more than 35 years ago. Find out more information here

NEW:  Rockin’ at the Ridge
Get ready for the soundtrack of summer with City Ridge and District Fray’s summer music series. Every Friday night, rain or shine, kick back and relax on City Ridge’s Great Lawn to enjoy live music, beer, wine, and fun. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn or beach chairs to enjoy the concert. Beverages are available for purchase throughout the event, plus Wegmans and Tatte Bakery & Cafe are close by for additional refreshments. Purchase tickets here
August 11: Practically Einstein 
August 18: Lonny Taylor 
August 25: DTC 

Danish GoBoat
Danish company GoBoat, and Float DC a minority-owned boat rental company, have come together to create GoBoat US, a joint venture intended to launch electric boat rental locations all over the US. GoBoat US’s mission is to open up the water to anyone and everyone, with a consumer and environmentally-friendly approach to casual boating. It believes that everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy boating and see their cities from the water, without the need to buy an expensive boat or even have considerable boating experience. Each 18’ GoBoat fits up to 8 people and features a large central table with cup holders, making it easy to enjoy your own food and drinks onboard as a group or a couple. The boats are powered by an electric engine so you can easily indulge in a conversation with your family and friends while on the water. Find out more information here

The Dr. Seuss Exerience 
The Dr. Seuss Experiece is coming to DC! Venture through the brand new, 1,300 square foot “Stars Upon Thars Sneetches Mirror Maze,” swing among Truffula Trees from The Lorax, gaze upon a balloon-filled installation from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and take a spin on a carousel inspired by If I Ran the Circus and join the Circus McGurkus. Buy tickets here

NEW: Gettin’ Jazzy: DC Jazz Fest
The Anacostia Business Improvement District has partnered with 202Creates and DC JazzFest on Friday, September 1, 2023, for the ANACOSTIA JAZZ HOP from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at several locations in Historic Anacostia. Jazz lovers can expect a unique experience featuring local performers, visual artists, delicious cuisine, art, retail, and more! Brand new to this year the Big Jazz Café will feature a seafood market for people to purchase seafood to-go or dine on site

Kraken Kourts 
Kraken Kourts & Skates,  a 70,000 square-foot complex, housing 14 pickleball courts, a tavern and the District’s only indoor roller-skating rink, has opened in MRP Realty’s Bryant Street NE development in Edgewood. The indoor roller-skating rink offers skate rentals, lessons and skating party packages for all ages. Kraken Kourts & Skates will also create corporate team building and special event packages with food and beverage options. 514 Rhode Island Avenue NE;

Lost Europe: On the Edge of Memories
The exhibition Lost Europe: On the Edge of Memories, by Czech documentary photographers Karel Cudlín, Jan Dobrovský, and Martin Wágner premiered at the American University (AU) Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and runs through December 10, 2023. Throughout the AU Museum’s second floor, the 75 black and white pictures offer a glimpse of mainly rural Ukrainian life between 1991, the year of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and 2018. The images reveal a place full of the poetics and drama of a fast-disappearing world.

National Building Museum Summer Block Party
The National Building Museum presents its highly anticipated seventh Summer Block Party installation by artist and architect Suchi Reddy, founder and principal of Reddymade Architecture & Design in New York. The installation will open to the public on Saturday, July 1 and will be on display through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The Museum is open every Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Multiple events are happening during this installation. More info here.

NEW:  Jazz at Met Park 
Did someone say live music, delicious food, and drinks? The inaugural season of Jazz @ Met, produced by the National Landing BID, DC Jazz Festival and Amazon, continues through summer . Running through August 17, doors will open to guests every Thursday at 4 PM and music starts at 5 PM. The year’s lineup includes:
August 10: Cissa Paz
August 17: Rochelle Rice

Tickets here

NEW:  The Dog Days of Summer
MidCity Dog Days is the hottest sidewalk sale of the year, with 30+ businesses throughout Logan Circle and U Street offering specials and discounts, and 40+ local vendors selling original art, handmade jewelry and accessories, candles, body products, dog treats, pottery, cards and more. The event takes place Saturday, August 5 from 11AM-4PM. More info here

NEW:  Family Reunion at the Salamander
The Family Reunion, the country’s preeminent culinary celebration of color and excellence, recently announced its slate of culturally rich programming for the inspiring and inclusive gathering. Led by the industry’s top talent, 2023 programming features discussions on soul food and wealth, BBQ and jerk demonstrations, wine and spirit classes, family lunches and evening celebrations. The August 17-20 event, which benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, provides thought-provoking panel discussions, topical cooking demonstrations, and inspiring recreational activities led by culinary celebrities. At Salamander Middleburg's sister property in DC, Salamander DC will also be celebrating with A Taste of The Family Reunion with a special curated menu by renowed Chef Kwame Onwuachi, available daily in The Lounge from 6-10 p.m. Find out more here

NEW:  Mark Your Calendar: 10th Annual Shuck It!

The 10th Annual Shuck It! Festival is coming to Georgetown on October 22nd. Enjoy grilled and freshly shucked oysters by local suppliers, locally brewed beers, local wines, and traditional BBQ favorites. The event also raises awareness for the Oyster Recovery Partnership to help the Chesapeake Bay. Buy tickets here

NEW: Summer Sunsets
Every weekend through Labor Day, enjoy performances, films, and activities at the REACH! All events are free and no tickets or reservations are required. The summer sunset series features a Happy Hour with live DJs, dancing, and lawn games, 6-11 p.m. You can also e
njoy films, beer gardens, music, book releases, and more. See the full schedule here

Washington Hilton (Splash Zone)
Washington Hilton has extended its pool hours which is now open and added new cabana food and beverage packages for all hotel guests. With an unobstructed view of the Washington Monument, the pool is open 7-days a week from 6:00AM to 10:00PM through October 31. The pool, open to hotel guests and seasonal membership holders, features brand new lounge chairs, food and beverage offerings as well as cabana packages. Additionally, poolside dining and beverage options will be offered starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.  The food menu features a variety of sandwiches and salads while the bar menu offers a mix of refreshing cocktails, beer, wine, blended drinks and mocktails.

NEW: World Culture Festival
The World Culture Festival is coming to the mall on Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1. The celebration of diversity and understanding is the culmination of 42 years of work by founder and global humanitarian Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Among the goals of the Festival is to create a visible, public forum to address our differences as people - as Gurudev calls it, our One World Family. The themes are woven into the five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee’s current bestselling book Notes for the Journey Within: Essentials of the Art of Living, which is already at the top of nonfiction charts around the country. During the festival enjoy art, music, dance and more. Get the full program lineup here

NEW:  Feeding Hope Feast & Festival
World Central Kitchen's The Feeding Hope event series kicks off this fall in DC in October and LA in November. Each city will host the Feeding Hope Feasts, three intimate dinners featuring the exceptional talents of WCK Chef Corps members, highlighting unique flavors and ingredients from places WCK has responded as well as the cultural inspiration of our chefs. The DC event hosts more than 15 food partners, interactive experiences, and captivating cooking demos. Purchase tickets here