12 Fun Culinary Events Around DC This Weekend
Seltzerland arrives at Hook Hall. Photograph by Nathan Zucker
Fancy a midnight drink? Beuchert’s Saloon on Capitol Hill (623 Pennsylvania Ave, SE) is bringing back its late-night happy hour. Grab a $10 cocktail from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., or Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Preakness is back this weekend at Pimlico Racecourse (5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore), and although the event is centered around the races themselves, there is also plenty of culinary entertainment. On Friday May 20starting at 3 p.m., take part in the Preakness LIVE Culinary, Art and Music Festival, with appearances by Excellent chefTom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, and chef Marcus Samuelsson; musical performances by Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion; and eat at local restaurants. General admission tickets are $59, or go VIP for $175 and get faster entry and other perks. Tickets can be found here.
Hard seltzer festival Seltzerland is coming to the Hook Hall in Park View (3400 Georgia Avenue, NW) on Saturday May 21. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but is split into two two-and-a-half-hour sessions. Play games, listen to music and try a multitude of flavors and brands of hard seltzer throughout the day. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $55 for VIP (allowing you to add an extra 30 minutes to your session) and can be purchased here.
Navy Yard Puerto Rican spot La Famosa (1300 Fourth St., SE) launches the summer “à la Boricua” on Saturday May 21. An afternoon pork roast runs from 2-5pm, with Bomba and Plena performances by Los Hijo ‘e Plena, who will also have mini-tutorials. RSVP to the celebration here.
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation is hosting its annual Share The Love Gala this Saturday May 21from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Downtown DC Ritz Carlton (1150 22nd St., NW). The event includes a cocktail party, open bar, three-course wine dinner, awards ceremony (hosted by News4 presenter Jim Handly), silent auction, live music and more. Tickets start at $500 and are available here.
The Ballston Business Improvement District Quarterfest Crawl is back Saturday May 21. The free event is centered around Ballston Quarter (4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington), and will feature live music, specialty and food and drink samples, and other entertainment from noon to 8 p.m. No registration required.
The Willard InterContinental (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) and the Provencal vineyard Château d’Esclans, creator of Whispering Angel, is organizing a Rosé Evening on Saturday May 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Expect rosé tastings on the terrace, as well as food stations, live music and a floral wall. Tickets are $150 ($250 for VIPs) and can be purchased here.
Capital One is hosting its second Perchfest this weekend at its rooftop park The Perch (1805 Capital One Drive, Tysons). It will celebrate its newest addition, an 18-hole mini-golf course. On Saturday May 21 from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday May 22, from noon to 5 p.m., it will feature live music, drinks and drafts, food trucks, lawn games and mini golf. A kid-focused party runs from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, with Wolf Trap Animal Rescue face-painting and puppies. Tickets are free (get them here), and there’s a suggested donation to Best Buddies of Northern Virginia and DC.
TPSS (Takoma Park Silver Spring) Community Kitchen is hosting its first Crossroads Community Food Fair on Sunday May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 15 Takoma Park businesses will be offering food and drink, and there will be live music. The fair takes place on Laurel and Carroll Avenues in Takoma Park (across from Takoma Street). More information here.
The AAPI Heritage Month Chef Collaborations end next week in Chiko (locations in Dupont, Capitol Hill, Bethesda and Shirlington). The final dish, okonomiyaki tots, is courtesy of chef/Daikaya Group partner Katsuya Fukushima. Try the snack From Monday 23 May to Thursday 26 May. Proceeds from the dish will go to EmbraceRace.
A sommelier from Shaw/Navy Yard Maxwell Park Wine Bars heads to suburban Virginia tuesday 24 may for a sparkling wine tasting at the Faraday Park building in Reston (11201 Reston Station Blvd,
To rest on). It will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register here.
Spritzes are everywhere this summer, and All Purpose’s Shaw location (1250 Ninth Street, NW) is hosting Spritz Blitz, a do-it-yourself spritz event with snacks, on Tuesday, May 24 17 hours. Tickets, $35, are available here and include a take-out spritz pouch.