Beat the Heat: Independence Day Fashion Tips from Sarah Phillips

With so many sizzling summer events coming up, dressing for both style and comfort can be a challenge. Whether you’re celebrating American independence on the 4th or French independence on the 14th (who doesn’t love a good Bastille Day party?), we’ve got advice from an expert. Sarah Phillips, co-founder of the lifestyle blog 52 Thursdays, recommends floral, denim and off-the-shoulder looks for your next barbecue or pool-side party.

The popular lifestyle blog features Phillips, 32, and her co-founder Michelle Martin, 31, wearing the styles they love. Right now, it’s all about summer – from fashionable fitness apparel to casual nautical looks for a day on the water. In the photo to the left, Phillips sports an inexpensive floral dress from Forever 21 paired with a beautifully crafted Gucci leather handbag for an easy elegance with a touch of luxury.

Phillips and Martin met at Radford University, where they both majored in fashion and pledged Sigma Kappa sorority. After graduating and moving to Northern Virginia, the pair worked together at BCBG Max Azria and French Connection. On Thursday nights, they’d meet up for wine and dream about starting a business. In 2015, the best friends launched 52 Thursdays, where they write about style, beauty, fitness and travel. Since Martin moved to Los Angeles last year, the business has become bi-coastal.

“Starting your own business isn’t easy,” Phillips says, “especially one where you have to put yourself out there in the way that we do. But it is so rewarding to be able to do something that we both love – and we are able to share our experiences in [the] hopes that we might help others, too.”

The blog is full of summer tips, like helping you pick a great bathing suit while also teaching you how to make a delightfully cool watermelon Moscow mule. And for Phillips, summer nights are always better with a cold beer – especially a hoppy IPA.

“We usually head to K-1 to pick up our favorite beers and then enjoy them with friends on our back patio when we aren’t heading to the local breweries,” she says. “We love 3 Stars, Old Bust Head, Port City [and] Atlas.”

So, for your Fourth of July barbecue, pack up your cooler and dress in something that is “cute, comfy and won’t make you sweat to death,” Phillips says.

“You can even go with cut-off shorts and a great tee,” she recommends. “Wear these looks with espadrilles or a pair of high-top Chucks for a true all-American look.”

Check out 52 Thursdays at

Photos: Emma Weiss Photography and  Taylor Cole Photography

Fun Facts About Art

Fun Facts About the Art World

1. The National Gallery of Art owns the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Western Hemisphere.

2. Frida Kahlo had a reputation for partying late at night and winning tequila challenges against hefty men.

3. Roman statues were made with detachable heads, so that one head could be removed and replaced by another.

4. Salvador Dalí brought surrealism into the kitchen, exhibiting sculptures draped in fresh seafood as part of the 1939 World Fair in New York and publishing a cookbook in 1973.

5. The Hirshhorn’s founding donor and namesake, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, considered the modern artists whose work he collected to be his friends. He helped Willem de Kooning pay for the construction of an art studio in Long Island and visited Pablo Picasso in France.

6. Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.

7. Warhol said that he adopted his gray-haired look while in his 20s so that people would notice how young he looked in the face.

8. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s displays include American art covering every type of movement found in the U.S., with more than 7,000 artists represented.

9. Picasso could draw before he could walk, and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil.

10. With an impressive roster of over 1,200 artists from around the world, National Harbor’s Art Whino Gallery represents one of the most fortified outposts of “lowbrow art,” an artistic movement which draws inspiration from the underground and pop culture.

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airport style
Businesswoman with suitcase in airport

A Guide to Airport Style and How to Nail the Look

If you’ve spent much time in an airport, you’ve probably noticed a lot of people look like they just got out of bed. While comfortable clothing can help make a long flight more bearable, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Stylish clothes CAN be comfortable and you can look chic on your next flight. Here’s how!

Avoid “Comfy” Pitfalls
The first rule to looking stylish and put-together is to avoid wearing certain “comfort” clothes from the get-go, like pajamas bottoms, workout clothes, and track suits. If it’s something you would sleep in or exercise in, you’ll have a hard time looking chic, so don’t wear it to the airport.

Elastic Waistbands Are Your Friend
Pants with elastic waistbands provide hours of comfort on cramped airplane seats and during long layovers, but before you reach for the sweatpants, yoga pants, or pajama bottoms, consider something more on trend. Look for styles with elastic waistbands or drawstrings, like these joggers, or these loose fit jersey pants from H&M. If you’d prefer to wear jeans, shop for styles made with a blend of spandex or Lycra as these materials help denim stretch, making jeans more comfortable. Leggings are another great choice for airplane travel as they can provide both warmth and comfort. Although there’s a bit of a debate about whether or not leggings count as pants, they absolutely do as long as you get a quality pair, and pair them with the right top and accessories. Or, avoid the whole “are leggings pants” question and opt for a long jersey knit dress.

Find a Top to Compliment Your Outfit
When it comes to comfort, finding the right top is just as important as finding the right pair of pants. Loose fitting tops look great with many different types of bottoms and are super comfortable and breathable. Stick to neutral colors and soft fabrics and look for tops with small details, like this short sleeve drapey tee with contrasting stitching. Try pairing an oversized blouse with leggings or tuck a cute tank top into your joggers. Once you have your top and bottoms figured out, it’s time to take your outfit to the next level with layers and accessories.

Layer for Style and Convenience
Layering when you travel is not only a great way to look flawless, it’s also practical when it comes to dealing with limited luggage space. Wearing layers also makes it easy to keep warm or cool down when traveling, just add a layer or peel one off. Wear a cute jacket, like a sleek leather jacket or an olive green bomber jacket, to instantly upgrade your ensemble. An oversized sweater also makes a great addition to a chic travel outfit and would look especially cute with a pair of tights. Plus, an oversized sweater can double as a blanket while you’re on the plane.

Make Your Accessories Work for You
Accessories are an essential component to looking chic and “next level.” Would Beyoncé go out without accessorizing? No. And neither should you. Instead of thinking about your accessories as simply fashion pieces, choose items that work for you or that you can pair with other outfits in your luggage, like the Bolt leather bracelet. The Bolt is more than just a fashionable braided leather and gold bracelet, it’s also doubles as an iPhone charger so you won’t run out of power throughout your flight. Eyeglasses are another great accessory. If you’re a contact lens wearer and don’t want to deal with dry eyes during travel, opt for a stylish pair of wide-framed eyeglasses to add a chic statement piece to your outfit. Try adding a scarf to compliment your stylish outfit. Scarves look great and you can always take yours off and roll it up to use as a head rest. Don’t forget that an eye-catching backpack or crossbody bag also make great accessories and can be used for your carry-on luggage.

If the Shoe Fits, it Better Be Comfortable
Although you’ll be sitting most of the time on a plane, it’s still important to pick a pair of comfortable shoes. Slip on shoes are a great choice for air travel as they’re easy to get on and off at security or take off while you’re trying to relax in flight. Ballet flats are a great go-to but they’re only the tip of the “cute-shoe-iceburg.” There’s also d’orsay flats (even the name sounds chic) which have a cutout between a pointed toe and the heel, making them both breathable and fashionable. Boat shoes, classic slip-on sneakers and oxfords are also great choices for looking good while traveling.

If all else fails, you can always bring a change of clothes to step out of the airport looking on point. Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to look good at your final destination without being in misery along the way. Comfort is key on a long flight, but looking chic is essential. With these tips you’ll look so chic no one will know just how comfortable you actually are!

DC Summer Arts Scene
We, The Party People photo: Courtesy of and other event photos: Courtesy of respective event hosts

DC’s Summer Arts Scene

As interns stream into the city and cafes open their rooftops and sidewalks to beautiful summer nights, the art scene around the DMV has plenty to offer. Whether you like to make art, listen to music, explore the work of contemporary painters or learn about DC’s incredible contribution to the Jazz Age, there is something for everyone.

Jazzy Nights
Every Thursday in July, Smithsonian Associates hosts Jazzy Nights in Shaw. The two-hour evening walking tour of the clubs and theaters on U Street is a lesson in history spiked with tales of legendary jazz. Dubbed the city’s “Black Broadway,” the area saw the likes of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and DC-born Duke Ellington. Starting at the legendary, beautifully restored Howard Theatre, the tour takes visitors to several sites of the most exciting 1920s clubs. Along the way, author and local historian Garrett Peck tells tales about the city’s race riot of the 1960s, famous bootleggers, and the African American artists, performers and poets who made the neighborhood famous. The tour ends with a pint at Right Proper Brewery in Shaw. Includes 1.5 miles of walking; bring a Metro card for portions that use the subway. Tickets are $35-$45. Jazzy Nights: Meet at Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, DC;

Bare the Walls 2
Add to (or start) an art collection at Bare the Walls 2 on June 26 from 2-5 p.m. Each ticket to the event admits two and guarantees all attendees will go home with an original work of art valued at $250 to $2000. Fran Abrams, artist and president of the board of directors of Foundry Gallery, is thrilled to offer this opportunity to both artists and collectors.

“It’s a party!” she says. “Enjoy delicious food and beverages while you select your work of art.”

The 40-year-old gallery has relocated to a space in Shaw, where it has more room and brighter light. Proceeds of the event will help support continued renovation efforts. Tickets are drawn from a rotating drum, and attendees will select an artwork in the order that the tickets are drawn. Tickets are $150-$165. Bare the Walls 2 at Foundry Gallery: 2118 8th St. NW, DC;

DC Drink & Draw
Since 2013, the Meetup group DC Drink & Draw has been gathering once or twice per month.

“Designers, illustrators, a lot of people from the comic book scene [and] anyone who likes to draw,” make up the group, organizer Victoria Thompson says.

Most of the attendees draw whatever they like, but each meeting includes a prompt for anyone who needs inspiration. In May, it was Cinco de Mayo and the Super Art Fight – a timed competition between artists inspired by wrestling. Other themes have included political prompts or current events. The events are free and take place on June 27 at Brookland Pint in Northeast DC and on July 21 at Vapiano in Chinatown, a cafeteria-style pasta bar. DC Drink & Draw:

For people looking for something a little crafty or a great idea for a date night, Handi-hour at the recently reopened Renwick Gallery is an event series that combines art-making with craft beer and live music. The program celebrates the Renwick’s remarkable collection of American craft by inviting adults to make their own crafts in a social setting within the Grand Salon of the gallery. Tickets are $25; must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets include all-you-can-craft and two beverages. The next one is July 27 from 5:30-8 p.m., followed by another in September. Tickets for next month’s event go on sale July 5. Handi-hour at the Renwick: 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, DC;

Little Salon
Little Salon brings together multiple art forms and a range of artists to a private home each month.

“As an initiative that is proudly and visibly based in the nation’s capital, we migrate to different homes in different neighborhoods every month, aiming to bring art to different communities at the same [time] that we invite these communities to become a part of Little Salon and DC’s creative life in general,” says founder and organizer Chris Maier. “At each salon, you can definitely expect a new local food or drink maker and visual art on display. We’ll have a musical act at each salon, and there’s likely to be a poet, fiction writer or storyteller,” he continues.

In two years, the program has presented the work of more than 170 artists. The June salon is happening at the Takoma home of DC folk musician Maureen Andary.

“She and her husband just put a stage and a state-of-the-art sound system in their house,” Maier says. “The July salon will take place in a space that is part home/part studio of an architecture shop that the homeowner co-founded, called E/L Studio. It’s in Naylor Court, Shaw.”

Little Salons this summer will be held from 7-10 p.m. on June 28, July 26 and August 30; tickets are $20.

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More Picks
On June 25 from 6-9 p.m., the Arlington Art Center presents “Strange Landscapes,” “Materialized Magic” and AAC Resident Artist Austin Shull’s solo exhibition, “Reconciliation,” in the Wyatt Resident Artist Gallery on the upper level. Have a glass of wine and a snack with the artists. Free. Arlington Arts Center:3550 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA;

On June 26, the (Up)Rising Festival is a free, all-day street fair. Experience creative collaborations by dozens of visual and performing artists while enjoying hands-on activities, food and drink, and shopping at area retailers. The festival runs from 12-6 p.m. with an after party from 6-8 p.m. (Up)Rising Festival: Rhode Island Avenue between 4 th and 24 th Streets in NE, DC;

The Phillips Collection hosts Phillips after 5 on the first Thursday of every month from 5-8:30 p.m. Gallery talks and live performances are held throughout the museum, and wine and food is available. Tickets are $12 and $10 for students. The Phillips Collection : 1600 21st St. NW, DC;

Second Thursday Art Night at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria opens up the former munitions plant for live music, multiple gallery openings, artist talks, hands-on activities and wine. Free. Torpedo Factory: 105 North Union St. Alexandria, VA;

We, The Party People
Don’t miss this after-hours, non-partisan celebration at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) on Saturday, June 18 from 7-11 p.m. Brightest Young Things is partnering with the NMAH to “explore how Americans have participated in their democracy with lightening talks, political history objects-out-of-storage and access to exhibitions.” Guests can collaborate with Rock the Vote and Brigade to encourage participation from young voters, check out talks presented by the Washington Post, listen to a DJ set from Biz Markie, and enjoy food and libations inspired by the early years of American voting. 21+ event; tickets $20-$30. The National Museum of American History: 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, DC;

We, The Party People photo: Courtesy of   
Other event photos: Courtesy of respective event hosts

Elaina Adrianna

Top Model USA Competitor and Local Actress Elaina Adrianna

Fresh off the heels of making her 2016 DC Fashion Week debut on the runway, local model and actress Elaina Adrianna is gearing up for Top Model USA’s national competition in August. The 22-year-old Bristow, Va. resident is also an aspiring actress, and wrapping up her senior year at George Mason University where she’s double majoring in communication and theater. On Tap caught up with the ambitious beauty, also featured on this month’s cover, to learn more about her aspirations and some of her favorite things to do in the District.
On Tap: What are your professional goals after graduation? 
Elaina Adrianna: My hope is to [become] a full-time actress. I have been working on this dream ever since I was a little girl performing in a small playhouse in Hanau, Germany [a self-described Army brat, Elaina was born in Germany and returned with her family in middle school when she launched her acting career]. I plan to head out to California in a year or less. I’ve been preparing for this move for four years, so now I’m excited to finally get out there.
OT: Walk us through some of your more recent acting credits. 
EA: I did a short horror film this past year, For We Are Many. Recently, I just finished working on another short horror film, An Evil Mind. In short films, I was lucky enough to be cast as the lead. I also landed a role out of hundreds at the International Spy Museum for a show called Spy Chasers. I am continuing my work on TV and movies, and hope to [be in] feature films in California soon.
OT: Would you also like to continue modeling after you graduate, and in what capacity?
EA: I loved walking the runway for DC Fashion Week, [which] allowed me the opportunity to walk for international designers, but I’d love to fly overseas and walk in an international show. My hope is to walk in New York Fashion Week next.
OT: What led to your participation in the Top Model USA competition? 
EA: [The DC Fashion Week] experience led me to the Top Model USA modeling competition at George Mason, and I decided to participate. The competition took place on May 1, and I won second place. I was approached by the Top Model team afterward and told that I would be moving on to the [national] Top Model USA competition in August. The winner in August has the chance to compete internationally for modeling contracts at a future competition.
OT: What do you love most about modeling?
EA: I love the different locations. My favorite so far was definitely Masseria, the location used for [On Tap’s June cover] shoot. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and its unique character compared to other DC locations.
OT: What are your go-to outdoor spots for summer?
EA: For my 21st birthday, I was taken to the Brixton [in the U Street Corridor]. It is a three-level bar with a rooftop bar [at the top]. It was such a good time. I always suggest it for a fun night out.
OT: Are there any local boutiques or designers that you swear by?
EA: I loved the clothing from [DC-based] designer Belle Flowers at DC Fashion Week.
OT:  Any summer style tips for ladies in the DMV?
EA: My absolute favorite is cork sandals. They go with absolutely everything and make your legs look long and gorgeous. I also always have to have a pop of color with every outfit; usually I go with a bold lipstick.
OT: What are your favorite ways to celebrate summer in the city?
EA: One of my favorite bars is Madhatter. They offer Alice in Wonderland-type hats that you drink out of and an awesome dance floor to keep you entertained all night. There are also pop-up parties, which run under the name SEV Cities. They’re fun for any 20-something to party in DC and be exposed to local vendors with some awesome take-home gifts.
Keep up with Elaina Adrianna:

Photo: Nick & Erin Donner
Dress & necklace: Hysteria in Old Town Alexandria

May Arts Events

May Arts Events Roundup

May is the official beginning of summer festival season. While music festivals tend to get all the attention, don’t forget to also look out for special summertime visual and performing arts events (and no, we’re not just talking about Fringe). Here are three we’re particularly excited about this month.

Dupont Underground
Did you know there used to be a trolley station under Dupont Circle? Back in 1949, the city built 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels, but the tunnels were soon abandoned and forgotten. Now, years later, a group of local arts entrepreneurs have banded together to revitalize the tunnels, hoping to create an extensive arts venue underneath the circle. Open to the public for the first time in years, the Dupont Underground just launched its first art project, “Raise/Raze,” by New York-based architecture and design firm Hou de Sousa. Installed in a corner of the tunnels, “Raise/Raze” consists of large cubes made entirely from the plastic balls that populated “The Beach” at the National Building Museum last summer. Touching and moving the art is encouraged. “It’s a fully community-driven art experience,” says board member and Pink Line Project founder Philippa Hughes. “Every part of the project has been community oriented.”  Dupont Underground opened officially on April 30. Registration required. Dupont Underground: Dupont Circle, NW, DC;

IRELAND 100:  Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture
Every year, the Kennedy Center puts on a festival focused on a single country. This year, the focus is on Ireland, which just celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising – and the beginning of its struggle for independence from Great Britain – last month. Highlighting Irish culture’s relationship to the U.S., “IRELAND 100” will feature Irish dancers, musicians, writers, artists and theater companies, a whiskey tasting, a Samuel Beckett radio play, and a tribute to Irish-American John F. Kennedy, whose own centennial is coming up next year. “IRELAND 100” takes place from May 17 to June 5. Prices vary based on individual event. The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW, DC;

Hustle 2.0
Last month, DC creative agency No Kings Collective took over a space at Union Market. Dubbed Lab 1270, the pop-up space is hosting a reincarnation of No Kings Collective’s 2015 exhibition from May 13 to June 5, celebrating local artists and drawing attention to the needs and desires of the DC arts community. The free show will be design-oriented, with examples of typography, 2D works, multimedia, sculpture and prints, all by local artists. Union Market’s Lab 1270: 1270 5th St. NE, DC;

IRELAND 100 photo: Rich Gilligan
Dupont Underground photo: Courtesy of Dupont Underground 

dogs of on tap

Dogs of On Tap

Dogs of On Tap

On Tap is a dog-friendly office, and we’re super proud of our eclectic group of adorable pups! Without further ado, please meet the one and only dogs of On Tap.

BLUE (left)
Age: Four-and-a-half
Breed: Australian shepherd mix (a.k.a. mutt)
Owner: Theresa
Best personality trait: Loves other dogs and wants to be everyone’s best friend
Favorite activity: Riding in the back of the Jeep with his head sticking out the window
Ideal day: Going to the dog park and then sitting outside somewhere where he can lay down, relax and people-watch
Local hangout: Cantina Marina
Famous at On Tap for: Napping on the cold kitchen floor or laying on the couch with Alanna

IRIS (top right)
Age: Two-and-a-half
Breed: Boston terrier
Owner: Monica
Best personality trait: Quirky, incredibly sweet and always game for singing duets with her dad
Favorite activity:
Fetching the tennis ball, hands-down
Ideal day:
Morning cuddle session followed by a day filled with tennis balls and playing with friends
Local hangout:
Shirlington Dog Park or her grandparents’ sweet pad in Marshall, Va.
Famous at On Tap for:
Playing with her buddies Blue and Latte, and begging everyone to throw her the tennis ball

LATTE (bottom center)
Age:  Six months
Breed: Peewee puggle
Owner: Adrianne
Best personality trait: Her endearing optimism
Favorite activity: Giving kisses and snuggling up
Ideal day: Tons of activity, lots of cuddle time and plenty of treats
Local hangout: Yards Park
Famous at On Tap for: Playing with the other doggies

OLIVIA (bottom left)
Age: 4
Breed: Australian shepherd
Owner: Jenn
Best personality trait: Super snuggly and energetic
Favorite activity: Going to Great Meadow and running free
Ideal day: Waking Jenn up with many kisses and talking, going to the barn to see the horses, then hopping in the truck and going somewhere fun for a walk
Local hangout: Cantina Marina and Yards Park
Famous at On Tap for: Not being quite ready for the office

OLLIE (top center)
Age: 15 months
Breed: French bulldog/chihuahua mix
Owner: Nick C.
Best personality trait: Extremely friendly and loving
Favorite activity: Wrestling with Dad
Ideal day: Visiting his grandparents and running free in their large backyard with his favorite ball
Local hangout: Enjoying a taste from back home on the dog-friendly patio at Agua 301
Famous at On Tap for: Horseplay with the others

Derby Fashion Washington D.C.

Derby Fashion

Whether you’re glamming it up on the lawns at Gold Cup on May 7 or Preakness on May 21, or attending a derby-themed party, local boutiques have everything you need to be the most stylish woman – or man – under the sun.

“This is an opportunity to refine your style,” says Julie Egermayer of Violet Boutique, moving to Georgetown on May 2. Recommending lace dresses, off-the-shoulder blouses and full skirts in longer lengths, she adds, “the stacked heel is back, so you don’t have to worry about your stilettos sinking into the grass.”

Men have to dress up too, and the Lucky Knot has it all – from head-to-toe seersucker to a pretty pink bowtie your man can pair with a casual suit. Shop at their Annapolis location or adjoining his and hers stores in Alexandria.

“We also have a young, contemporary boutique one block away called 3 Sisters in Old Town,” says Athina Kohilas, who runs the stores with her family.

“There you will find the brightest and trendiest styles of the season that won’t break the bank. Our flowy racerback dress would look great with a pair of our TOMS espadrilles and a cute straw hat.”

Of course, you can’t really do derby fashion justice with a bare head.

“We have a wide range of styles for both men and women,” says Anna Fuhrman, who has been running DC’s Proper Topper for 25 years.

Wide-brimmed, face-framing hats, panamas, straw boaters, fedoras and adorable fascinators are all available and beautifully crafted, starting at $25.

“A really bold statement hat generally tells the story on its own, so I suggest simple accessories, like small sparkly studs in a hue that accents the hat,” she adds.

Have the hat but need everything else? Try Reddz Trading, located in both Georgetown and Bethesda. Wendy Ezrailson founded the shop in 2010, and it offers secondhand clothing, shoes and bags, plus a ton of jewelry – all in pristine condition.

“Everything is one-of-a-kind,” she says.

From lace dresses for $30 to high-end designer pieces, there’s a perfect race day outfit for everyone, so check out these area locations for options.

Where to get these looks:
3 Sisters: 213 King St. Alexandria ,VA;
The Lucky Knot: 101 and 103 King St. Alexandria, VA or 176 Main St. Annapolis, MD;
Proper Topper: 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, DC;
Reddz Trading: 1413 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC or 7801 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD;
Violet Boutique: 3289 M St. NW, DC;

Violet Boutique photo: Morgan Hungerford West
Reddz Trading photo: Vanessa Mallory Kotz
Other photos courtesy of stores

dog friendly dc
All photos courtesy of featured businesses

Dog-Friendly DC

It’s no secret that DC is a dog-friendly city. From Capitol Riverfront to Shirlington, there’s no shortage of love for pups in neighborhoods in and around the DMV. As summer approaches, opportunities to hang with your pooch outside of the house or your local park grow tenfold – doggie happy hours, canine-themed festivities and outdoor venues abound. On Tap caught up with some of our favorite pup-focused businesses to get their insight into the best dog-friendly events and locales in and around the city.

Favorite Dog-Friendly Summer Events

Sarah H.B. Cook, Special Events Manager at the Washington Humane Society: The Bark Ball (on Saturday, June 11) benefiting the Washington Humane Society/Washington Animal Rescue League because it’s the only black-tie event where DC’s movers and shakers can bring their four-legged friends as their guests.

Toni Woods, CEO of Anytime K9, LLC (dog-walking, pet-sitting and training services): I love [On Tap’s] Running of the Chihuahuas as it is the cutest event of the year. Day of the Dog (on Saturday, May 7) is great because it is held in the fenced-in historical Congressional Cemetery and has food trucks provided by yours truly, Anytime K9.

Terry McLaurin, Social Media & Marketing Director at Wagtime (pet spa and boutique): Our top three dog-friendly events would be the [Day of the Dog], [On Tap’s] Running of the Chihuahuas and Pups in the Park (runs April through October). We look forward to being a part of these events. They’re always a fun time for everyone!

Best Doggie Happy Hours

Kelly Kundrat, Outreach and Communications Manager at Metro Mutts DC (pet supplies and services): There are so many to choose from! There are quite a few pet-friendly restaurants near us on H Street. We love happy hours at Driftwood Kitchen [and] TD Burger.

Kristina Robertson, President of Barkley Square Pets (pet-sitting and dog-walking service): Yappy Hour at Mad Fox in Falls Church, Va., hosted by yours truly.

Anytime K9’s Toni Woods: We throw a yappie hour monthly at various apartment buildings around the city. We provide beverages as treats for the dogs while giving them information about our services.

Washington Humane’s Sarah Cook: Cantina Marina’s yappy hour by Nationals Park. These yappy hours run from May 16 to September 19 on every third Monday each month. [They’re] the perfect way to enjoy the weather by the water with your pup!

Top Outdoor Hangouts

Metro Mutts’ Kelly Kundrat: I love Lincoln Park! It is located in the heart of Capitol Hill, and has a great walking trail around its perimeter and throughout.

Barkley Square’s Kristina Robertson: Shirlington Dog Park.

Wagtime’s Terry McLaurin: We always take our dogs to Rock Creek Park. There are so many different trails – it’s an adventure for you and your pups. Not to mention some of the local dog parks in Shaw!

Anytime K9’s Toni Woods: A great unofficial dog park in DC is Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill. It’s a daily meeting place for dogs to get to know each other and share treats, toys and games of fetch.

Washington Humane’s Sarah Cook: I love spending time on the Mall with my pup! There’s always other wiggly tails to meet and greet while you’re out there.

Perks of Being a Dog in the DMV

Washington Humane’s Sarah Cook: With so many outdoor parks including the Mall, Rock Creek Park, the Arboretum and many dog parks throughout the city, it’s obvious that DC is a dog-friendly town! Whether they’re chasing Frisbees in the dog park, or licking ice cream by the Capitol building – it’s obvious that DC loves DC animals!

Anytime K9’s Toni Woods: DC is a great city for dogs because of all of the green space! Unlike in many large cities, parks are everywhere and it’s not hard to find a nice spot to hang out or take care of business.

Metro Mutts’ Kelly Kundrat: We love seeing the unique ways large pet-friendly residential buildings incorporate dog-friendly spaces into their designs. We’re seeing more and more rooftop or courtyard dog parks, as well as pet spas.

Check out information below on each of these dog-friendly businesses.  

Anytime K9, LLC: 1232 9th St. NW, DC and 900 M St. SE, DC;
Barkley Square Pets: 211 N. Union St. Ste. 100, Alexandria, VA and 105 N. Virginia Ave. Ste. 101, Falls Church, VA;
Metro Mutts DC: 508 H St. NE, DC and 407 8th St. SE, DC;
Wagtime: 1232 9th St. NW, DC and 900 M St. SE, DC;
Washington Humane Society:
Various locations around DC;

All photos courtesy of featured businesses

summer festival guide

2016 Summer Festival Guide


Fiesta Asia Silver Spring
DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING, MD. Fiesta Asia Silver Spring is branded as our kickoff event for May. Happenings include live performances, open market exhibitors, interactive displays, AsiaMoves dance lessons and many more. Join us on the first day of May, and get a taste of Fiesta Asia. Our Maryland fair will enchant and entertain you all day long! 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Farragut Fridays
GOLDEN TRIANGLE, DC. Farragut Fridays are a full day of getting outside in the Golden Triangle.  Starting at 9 a.m. drop in for an outdoor “office” that includes free Wi-Fi, tables and chairs and games to get your creative juices flowing. At noon the picnic in the park begins. Grab a bite to eat, play lawn games (corn hole, foosball and table tennis) play with puppies and listen to live music. Then, head back after work for the Golden Cinema movie series.  Pre-show fun starts at 7:30 p.m., movies are at dusk from May 20 to July 22. This year’s movie theme is “Hail to the Chief” and features Mr. Smith goes to Washington, the Manchurian Candidate, Dave and more. The day is free. Get the complete schedule at  

Virginia Renaissance Faire
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA. The Virginia Renaissance Faire opens for its 15th year on Saturday, May 7 for five weekends of historical fun and merriment. Set on the grounds of Lake Anna Winery, the Faire is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $10 and free for children five and under. The Faire features live music and shows and over 70 merchants with food, crafts, games, clothing and art. A blacksmith offers custom work and demonstrations. Plus, don’t miss the Tavern with live entertainment or the wine tasting and sales kiosk with local Lake Anna Winery wines.

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
BETHESDA, MD. Live rock, jazz and reggae music! Walk through the festival and enjoy looking at unique jewelry, clothing and furniture that’ll be on display. Then stop by the restaurants to enjoy pizza, sandwiches and ice cream. Free.  

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
RESTON TOWN CENTER, VA. Join us in celebrating the 25 th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Since 1991, the nonprofit Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) has produced the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, rated one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country. The festival is free and open to the public, although $5 donations per adult in support of GRACE are encouraged and appreciated. Festival attendees will enjoy viewing inspiring and innovative art in a wide variety of media and styles; interacting directly with artists from around the country; and exploring their own creativity in the Family Art Park, featuring free face painting and balloon animals. The festival will also include the performing arts, with innovative dance performances sponsored by the Reston Community Center and other musical entertainment presented throughout the weekend. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Fiesta Asia Street Fair
NW, DC. The 11th annual National Asian Heritage Festival’s signature event, the Fiesta Asia Street Fair, features more than 1,000 performers on five stages representing more than 20 cultures for nine consecutive hours. Live performances by musicians, vocalists, dancer, martial artists; Pan-Asian cuisine; a shopping bazaar; kid-friendly interactive activities; talent competition, cultural parade, Bollywood street dancing, exhibits of traditional and contemporary Asian crafts and beer from around Asia. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  

Celebrate Fairfax!
FAIRFAX, VA. This festival features concerts on nine different stages, with performances by Plain White T’s, the B-52s and Living Colour. There’s also a petting zoo, carnival rides and plenty of great food. Each night of the festival ends with a fireworks show. Fairfax Government Center. $10-$15.

Capital Pride Festival
NW, DC. Drag performances, beer gardens and headliners Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth at DC’s largest annual one-day event! Celebrate the LGBT communities of DC with your favorite cocktails, beers and wines. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW, DC. Free.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
NATIONAL MALL, DC. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is held outdoors on the National Mall in Washington, Dc during the last week of June and first week of July. This year, the festival will take place between Fourth and Seventh streets, north of the National Air and Space Museum, from June 29 to July 4 and July 7 to 10. The festival is free of charge. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special events taking place most evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Capital Fringe Festival
VARIOUS LOCATIONS, DC. Unique poetry, puppetry and wild dance performances! With countless performing groups, there’s bound to be something for everybody including risk-taking art and non-traditional acts.

BALTIMORE, MD. Fashion designers, outdoor sculpture and art cars! America’s largest free arts festival will also feature the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and other incredible live music. Free.

Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
ROCKVILLE, MD. It’s for charity! Free outdoor movies on the largest screens in the country! Experience the old-school feel of a drive-in theater while helping to raise funds for a great cause. Free. MCPS Board of Education parking  

Virginia Scottish Games
THE PLAINS, VA. You can wear a kilt! One of the few places outside the Commonwealth where you can experience authentic Scottish culture and traditions, including spectacular highland dancers, bagpipes, adorable Scottish dogs, cool British cars and sheep herding. $20 – $30. Great Meadow – The Plains, VA.  


Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
June 1 to August 31
CAPITOL RIVERFRONT, DC. Canal Park presents a new take on the front porch concert. Concerts take place at the Canal Park middle block stage Wednesdays of each summer month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature great bands, food and beverages from neighborhood restaurants, games and more. Find more details  

Bethesda Summer Concert Series
May 5 to July 28
BETHESDA, MD. Bask in the sweet melodies and the summer air as you catch the music in Veterans Park. Featuring local favorites Cathy Ponton King, Chugalug, Blue Sky 5 and more.  6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Rock the Row at Pentagon Row
July 14 to August 25
ARLINGTON, VA. Hot bands and cold beer return to Pentagon Row for the annual Rock the Row series.  Each week a different band takes the stage and a different craft brewery is featured in the VIP lounge.  Bands include Kristin and the Noise, Gonzo’s Nose, The Rockets and White Ford Bronco.  The VIP lounge will host Virginia craft brewers Devils Backbone, South Street, Mad Fox and others, plus a rotating restaurant partner.  Admission to the concerts is free, admission to the VIP lounge is $10 and all proceeds are donated to SCAN – Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Go to for lineup, and purchase lounge tickets in advance at

Herndon Friday Night Live!
May 6 to August 26
HERNDON, VA. It’s the 22 nd year of hooking folks up with cold beer, hot tunes and fantastic food! Featuring party favorites Go Go Gadget, Burnt Sienna, The Reflex and more, Herndon rocks you through the summer with the best local and regional talent from the East Coast. No concert on June 3, but be sure to check out Herndon Festival instead. Free.  

Rockville Town Square Friday Night Live
May 6 to September 30
ROCKVILLE, MD. Live music lights up the Rockville Town Square when local favorites like Lloyd Dobler Effect, Junkyard Saints, Billy Coulter Band and more take to the Dawson’s Market Stage. Plus, enjoy food and drinks from guest restaurants American Tap Room, Mellow Mushroom, Bar Louie and others. 6:30-9 p.m.

Budweiser Music Series at Nats Park
May 13 to September 30
NATIONALS PARK, DC. Every Friday home game, the best place to pre-game is at the Budweiser Terrace inside the ballpark.  Enjoy cold Bud and Bud Light and hot tunes from the city’s best cover bands.  White Ford Bronco, Party Like Its, Jeff from Accounting and Dr. FU. Enter to win tickets and check out the lineup

Friday Night Concert Series in Yards Park
May 27 to September 2
CAPITOL RIVERFRONT, DC. The summer comes alive at Yards Park on Friday nights. Blankets are spread, picnics unpacked and the crowd settles in for a great night of live music on the waterfront. Each season’s lineup brings a diverse mix of music ranging from classic Motown (Jimi Smooth) to roots Americana (19th Street Band.) The concerts are free and run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Music is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. but arrive early to get a good spot, the shows are popular. New this year, the stage will be on the Great Lawn portion of the park, and outside alcohol is no longer allowed. Fear not, a beer and wine bar is located onsite. For information on the shows, visit

Rock The Block #TGIFairfax
May 27 to October 28
FAIRFAX, VA. Rock the Block at Old Town Square in Fairfax is back this summer.  Each fourth Friday of the month from June through October, walk, run, ride your bike or drive because you don’t want to miss out on Stereo A, The Reagan Years, Rockets, Hackens Boys and more. Food is available for sale. Bring chairs and or blankets to sit on and kids wear swim suits and bring towels for our new spray pad! No pets allowed except service animals. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Park Potomac Concert Series
June 3rd to July 15
POTOMAC, MD. Welcome to the inaugural Park Potomac Concert Series. Don’t miss great live music and a craft beer garden each week.  Bands include Darcy Dawn, 19th Street Band, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Practically Einstein, Sly 45, 7 Deadlines and Justin Trawick. Participating breweries include Olivers, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Du Claw, 7 Locks, Milkhouse and Jailbreak.  All proceeds from the beer garden go to the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Concert is free, beer garden admission is $10.  For more information and to purchase tasting tickets in advance, go

Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concert Series
June 17 to September 18
ARLINGTON, VA. Featuring a diverse lineup melding internationally renowned musicians and regional favorites, Nigerian Afro-Pop pioneer Orlando Julius, regional roots rocker Mary Ann Redmond; Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, and the Congolese fusion band Mbongwana Star are among those featured in the 2016 Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concert Series. Saturday and Sunday concerts are at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. Free.

Rio Center Concerts
May 6 to September 24
GAITHERSBURG, MD. Every Friday and Saturday night the party is lakeside at the Rio Center. Just outside Union Jack’s enjoy live music from Route 66, Diamond Alley, Mason Dixon, Four Star Combo and more. Free. 6-9 p.m. Get the complete lineup

Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series
May 7 to June 25
NW, DC. Live concerts featuring the best local musical talent! Check out the mixture of musical styles including Brazilian jazz, bluegrass, swing, country and rock ‘n roll in an intimate outdoor setting. Corner of 18th St. and Columbia Rd in the BB&T Bank Plaza Free. Find more information on Facebook!

Downtown Silver Spring Concerts
May 14 to September 24
SILVER SPRING, MD. The Fountain Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring rocks on Saturday nights.  Enjoy free concerts featuring acts like Jeremy Little, Stone Age Rhapsody, Loose Ends, Bliss and Friends, Distant Thunder and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m.  

Tarara Winery Summer Concert Series
June 4 to September 24
LEESBURG, VA. Dance under the stars with good food and wine, and great friends at this summer-long series of musical soirées including Bruce in the USA and Kanye Twitty. $16.


The Bloody Mary Festival
SW, DC. Enjoy the craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys from the 14th Street corridor to Georgetown at Blind Whino. You won’t find any plain tomato juice or horseradish concoctions at this event. Enjoy three hours of the DC area’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys, created by the finest restaurants and bars in the area. Includes Bloody Marys, bagel bar, cheese tables, tastes of local artisanal food and drinks, music and more. Participating bars include Hank’s Oyster Bar, Bar Pilar, Range, The Heights, Buffalo & Bergen, Barrel, Due South and Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant. 1-4 p.m. $60-$90.

Of Ale and History Beer Fest
MIDDLETOWN, VA. This is the longest running beer festival in Virginia, celebrating its 21st year. There will be more than 70 beers available for tasting including European imports, American craft brews, hard ciders and specialty beers. There will also be live music all day. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $20 advanced tasting tickets are on sale Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass, eight beer tastings, access to all vendors, performances and tours of Belle Grove’s 1797 Manor House. At the gate, tasting tickets will be $25. Designated drivers or guests under-21 may purchase admission tickets for $10 and it includes two non-alcoholic

VinoFest: Third Annual Wine & Music Festival
SE, DC. Calling all wine lovers! On May 7, savor wines from more than 20 unique local and global vineyards, craft beers and specialty cocktails while enjoying live music by Jon Batiste & Stay Human, The Original Wailers and more at Yards Park. VinoFest, the premier wine and music festival, is the ideal spring day, featuring a curated selection of DC’s best bites from Buredo to Milk Bar. VIP and general admission tickets are on sale now at 3-10 p.m.  

Mount Vernon Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
MOUNT VERNON, VA. You might see George Washington? Ok, so you meet him in costume! Celebrate the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, and live jazz overlooking the Potomac River. Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. $36-40. $1,100-$1,200 VIP tables and bottle

NE, DC. Hellbender Brewing Company presents the only DC beer festival by and for local brewers. Seventeen local breweries will pour over 20 local craft beers to raise funds for the DC Brewers Guild. Guests will be treated to a complimentary tasting glass, unlimited pours and award-winning fare from Arepa Zone’s food truck. $53.74. 1-4 p.m. Go to for details about participating breweries.

Mad Fox’s Spring Bock Festival
FALLS CHURCH, VA. Kick off the beer festival season with us outdoors in the market square! Sample a wide variety of award-winning Spring Bock and other seasonal beers from our brewery and others around region. Enjoy live music and great food as you sip and celebrate spring! Noon to 7 p.m. As always admission is free, and we will feature activities for kids. Get your tickets in advance and don’t wait in line when you arrive!

Maryland Craft Beer Festival
FREDERICK, MD. Celebrate your favorite Maryland breweries at the Maryland Craft Beer Festival! Over 30 brewing companies will present 175+ unique, finely crafted ales and lagers. This festival features live music, exhibitors and a variety of food offerings prepared to partner perfectly with these craft beers. At Carroll Creek Linear Park. Noon to 5 p.m.

Taste of Arlington
ARLINGTON, VA. The 29th annual Taste of Arlington transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages. This annual festival features the cuisine of more than 50 Arlington restaurants, two concert stages, an expanded Beer and Wine Garden with Deschutes Brewery’s Street Pub, a 5K race benefiting Girls on the Run, a BarkPark and a KidZone. Noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and you can buy discounted tickets on the BallstonConnect Mobile app.  

Taste The World in Fenton Village
SILVER SPRING, MD. The 6th Annual Taste the World in Fenton Village is the DC area’s largest restaurant crawl featuring over 30 different restaurants representing food from around the world. Free, attendees come explore the eclectic neighborhood of Silver Spring while purchasing tastes at restaurants for $2-$5. Passports are picked up at any of the three entry points, and are awarded a stamp with a taste at any participating restaurant. Three stamps earn the attendee an entry into the raffle for prizes announced at the end of the day. 1-5 p.m.

Tour de Fat
SE, DC. Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, honoring mankind’s greatest invention. Born in Colorado to increase awareness and participation in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation, Tour de Fat has grown into a national rite of passage for cycling advocates and bon vivants alike. The day-long event is free, yet all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise sales go to DC area non-profits. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including the brewery’s flagship brew, Fat Tire, New Belgium’s latest year-round offering, Citradelic Tangerine IPA, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series. At Yards Park. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Park Potomac Festival
POTOMAC, MD. Come enjoy free fun for the whole family!! Live music from Lovely Rita.  Bring the kids for the petting zoo, face painting and balloon twisting. Beer Garden featuring 7 different local craft breweries and wine. Local breweries include: Flying Dog, Du Claw, Heavy Seas, Jailbreak, 7 Locks, Milkhouse, Olivers. Participating Food trucks include: Peruvian Brothers, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Stella’s Popcorn, Mesob on Wheels, Captain Cookie, Java Crusier, featuring the Big Cheese. Sample food from Founding Farmers, Zoe’s Kitchen, Sugo and Elevation Burger. For more info go All proceeds from the beer garden go to the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.  

Virginia Wine & Craft Festival
FRONT ROYAL, VA. Grab a drink and hit the caves! Relax and enjoy shopping for handmade crafts, live music, games and lots of wine from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free entry; $25-$30 wine tasting.

Wine in the Woods
COLUMBIA, MD. To learn! Sharpen your palate by attending wine education seminars, while enjoying exceptional food and works offered by invited chefs, artists and craft artisans. Symphony Woods Park. $20-$40.

Caribbean Wine Festival
MT. AIRY, MD. Island life without the trip! Open your palate to different wines with your souvenir wine glass or take a guided winery tour. Linganore Wine Cellars. $22.50-$30.

Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival
COCKEYSVILLE, MD. Great Grapes! has grown to be Baltimore’s premier casual Maryland wine festival with hundreds of wines available for tasting at Oregon Ridge Park. Hundreds of thousands of guests have enjoyed the Festival as an escape from the urban jungle. Noon to 6 p.m.

Vintage Virginia
CENTREVILLE, VA. Since 1982, Vintage Virginia has offered an opportunity to taste from nearly half of Virginia’s homegrown wineries, from the oldest and the largest to the smallest boutiques and exciting new players, at Bull Run Special Event Complex. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Americana Beer Fest
LEESBURG, VA. Good beer. Great cause. Enjoy an ideal summer day celebrating craft beer and music at Americana Beer Fest, the newest craft beer and arts festival taking place at the scenic Morven Park in Leesburg, Va. Support our veterans while sampling more than 180 styles of craft beer from 60+ local, regional and national breweries. Enjoy live music from Trampled by Turtles, Wild Child, Possessed by Paul James, and Roosterfoot. The festival will also include a food truck rally, an artisan market, life-sized lawn games, as well as a series of culinary and beer-centric panels, demos and workshops, making Americana Beer Fest the ultimate day for the ultimate beer lover. VIP and general admission tickets are on sale now at 2-7 p.m.

Breaux Vineyards Cajun Festival
PURCELLVILLE, VA. Taste Louisiana fare without traveling the distance! Delicious Cajun food with enjoyable wine-a-ritas and rockin’ live music is featured at this annual celebration of our Cajun heritage. $12-$20. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Brew & Bourbon Classic
BALTIMORE, MD. The Brew and Bourbon Classic is a fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting, bourbon sipping and, of course, pulse-pounding Thoroughbred racing at Pimlico Race Course. Over 60 different beers and bourbons will be poured as the races unfold. Great food and music will round out the day. 1-6

Taste of Reston
RESTON, VA. Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and was voted “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Virginia Living magazine. Join us this June at the Reston Town Center for two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, the Family Fun Zone and our Wine ‘n’ Dine area. Friday from 3-11 p.m. and Saturday noon-11 p.m.

Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. Unlimited beer and bourbon tastings and the new shrine of swine! Admission buys you a souvenir glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of the 60 beers and 40 bourbons on tap. There is BBQ galore as this festival contains some of the best vendors onsite. The amazing BBQ selection includes pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chicken sausages and more. You can also enjoy seminars in the tasting theater, special hot sauces, cool exhibits and a cigar tent for all guests. There’s also live rock and blues music all day and great bluegrass on the Main Stage. Come and see what the excitement is all about! $35-$90 for general admission; $29 for designated drivers. If you can’t make the festival, don’t worry! The fun comes to Leesburg on Saturday, September 17.

Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest
CENTREVILLE, VA. The 9th annual Northern Virginia BrewFest, presented by Mad Fox Brewing Company, returns to the Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park. The two-day event will feature seasonal beers, meads and ciders from more than 45 regional breweries, educational programs, live music, corn hole, and more. Noon to 7 p.m. General admission and VIP tickets are available online at

Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
BALTIMORE, MD. This is the 3 rd annual Maryland tradition! The festival is an all-you-can-taste extravaganza complete with over 30,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts and crafts, live music, family fun and so much more! Find out what over 22,000 people have come to enjoy. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Rash Field.

Red, White & Brew Festival
SE, DC. Raise a toast to the red, white and brew at this annual all-you-care-to-taste beer and wine event. 1-9 p.m. For tickets and more information,

24th Annual Giant National Capital BBQ Battle
NW, DC. Kick off summer at America’s BBQ Party, the 24th Annual Giant Barbecue Battle. Pennsylvania Avenue will be smokin’ with rock, reggae, jazz and blues from 30 bands on three stages. Enjoy free BBQ and grilled food samples in the Taste of Giant sampling pavilion while witnessing America’s best eaters onstage at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest. Other activities include free wine samples at Barefoot Beach, the military chef cook-off, celebrity chefs, lots of interactive exhibits and America’s national BBQ championship contest. The battle has received numerous awards like “One of America’s most prestigious and entertaining BBQ competitions” by USA Today. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th

2016 Capital Ale House National Beer Expo
RICHMOND, VA. The 3rd annual Capital Ale House National Beer Expo is a national destination craft beer and food experience featuring premium craft beer from Virginia and around the U.S. and highlighting Richmond, Virginia’s (RVA) culinary excellence. Please join us from July 15-16 in RVA for 15+ amazing craft beer and food events. Noon – 10 p.m. Tickets and more information at

Kegs and Corks Festival
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD. Head to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for a beer and wine festival with great music, good food and fun, plus unlimited samples of craft beers and Maryland wines. Noon to 6 p.m.


Arts & Ales: Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival
HYATTSVILLE, MD. Check out 100+ exhibiting artists, Maryland breweries, food trucks and vendors, and live entertainment at Arts & Ales. Noon to 6


Crystal Screen
August 15 to September 26
CRYSTAL CITY, VA. This year’s Crystal Screen is devoted solely to Star Wars, with plans to show episodes one through seven of the epic series. Plaza at 1850 S. Bell St.  

Adams Morgan Movie Nights
May 17 to June 14
NW, DC. Adams Morgan Movie Nights showcase a broad range of films from classics to award-winning contemporary and animated features. This year’s lineup includes Inside Out, Rebel Without a Cause and Pretty in Pink. The series is held at one of the best outdoor movie watching venues in the city – the plush new soccer field at Marie Reed School in Adams Morgan, where terraced seating is built into the hillside overlooking the screen. Best of all: the movie nights are free! 8-10:30

NoMa Summer Screen
June 1 to August 17
NW, DC. Enjoy a picnic and a flick under the stars, just blocks from the NoMa Metro station. Princess Bride, Life of Pi and Jurassic Park are among this year’s picks. Loree Grand Field at 2nd and L Streets.Free.

Screen on the Green
July 20 to August 10
NATIONAL MALL, DC. There’s no better way to enjoy film than outdoors, surrounded by friends and beautiful sunsets. This year’s lineup includes North by Northwest andBack to the Future. National Mall, between 7th and 12th Streets.

Canal Park Movies
June 2 to August 11
SE, DC. From classics to the latest Academy Award winners, the people spoke and the movies will be shown! Join the Riverfront community for free movies at Canal Park on Thursday evenings, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Mean Girls to The Martian andCreed. Free.

Rosslyn Cinema: Incredible Journeys
June 3 to August 26
ROSSYLN, VA. Head to Gateway Park for this year’s Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival on Friday nights, featuring fare from food trucks and local restaurants, plus a glass of beer or wine at the mobile bar prior to show time. Eat, Pray, Love, Casablanca and Up are part of this year’s “Incredible Journeys” theme. Free.

(Please note, festivals taking place at Merriweather Post Pavilion or Jiffy Lube Live are not listed here, but instead appear in our regular music calendar.) 

Preakness InfieldFest
BALTIMORE, MD. Get ready for the running of the Preakness Stakes with this year’s festival featuring two stages, the MUG club and unique attractions all day. Headliners include The Chainsmokers and Fetty Wap. Pimlico Race Course. $

BRISTOW, VA. Country fans, unite! Get country with Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne and more. Jiffy Lube Live. Tickets start at $

CUMBERLAND, MD. With acts like the Del McCoury Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band, you’re sure to find yourself in bluegrass bliss. Also, learn from the some of the best musicians in the business at Delfest Academy! The four-day adult pass starts at $185.50.

Rockville Hometown Holidays
ROCKVILLE, MD. Enjoy several dozen live performances from rock ‘n’ roll and reggae artists, plus marching bands, floats and more at the Memorial Day Parade. Rockville Town Center. Free.

Mountain Music Festival
NEW RIVER GORGE, WV. Mountain Music Festival is an annual celebration of the best outdoor adventures West Virginia offers with live music to match. Situated on a 1,500 acre outdoor adventure resort in the New River Gorge, WV, Mountain Music Festival brings the spirit of Appalachia to life through its two greatest exports – music and wilderness. This year MMFest welcomes Louts, Galactic, Trampled by Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dumpstaphunk, Big Something and more to the stage atop Wonderland Mountain. ACE Adventure Resort.  

The Capital Jazz Fest
COLUMBIA, MD. Come see New Edition, En Vogue and King, plus up-and-coming jazz and soul music artists, at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Ticket prices

DC Jazz Festival
A citywide festival presenting 90+ bands, 300+ artists, 60+ venues including Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Hamilton Live, area clubs and restaurants, and National Parks venues, the festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed and emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area. Artists featured in this year’s festival include: Grrls Rule, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Eddie Plmieri, Igmar Thomas & Revive Big Band with Talib Kewli, Maceo Parker and many more. A highlight of the festival is the three day Jazz in the Yards weekend at Yards Park June 17 to 19.

Heavy Seas Blunderbuss Music Fest
Heavy Seas is proud to present Baltimore harbor’s largest summer music festival: Blunderbuss Music Festival! Featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Boom Box, Big Something, Cris Jacobs, Sweet Leda and more.

DOVER, DE:  Your favorite summer weekend is around the corner!! Artists include Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence and the Machine, Deadlaus, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Blink 182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, The 1975, Of Monsters and Men, Chvrches, Two Door Cinema Club, Ludacris, The Neighbourhood, Earth, Wind and Fire, Group Love, Porter Robinson, Fitz & the Tantrums, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staple and many more. Camping passes available.  

Silver Spring Blues Festival
SILVER SPRING, MD. An all-day blues block party with two stages, a fountain to cool off in, and plenty of places to eat and shop at the music-filled celebration. Downtown Silver Spring. Free.  

Vine Rewind Festival
MT. AIRY, MD. Linganore Wine Cellars and Red Shedman Brewery are opening the gates to a weekend of fun. If you love music of the 70s, 80s and 90s, beer and wine, this is the festival for you. There’ll be plenty of vendors with crafts and food, and a relaxing outdoor atmosphere. Performances from The Reflex, Guys with Thin Ties and more.  11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Special pricing for Dads and Vets. Get all ticket info

CROZET, VA. Starr Hill Brewery’s IPA JAMBEEREE is a festival celebrating India Pale Ales and live music in Virginia. The event will be held at the Hangar Park, across from Starr Hill Brewery & Tap Room. Attendees will sample over 50 different IPAs from more than 15 Virginia breweries, featuring rare and exclusive offerings from Starr Hill, as well as partake in interactive exhibits with local hop growers. A show-stopping lineup of live music performances complete the ultimate Starr Hill experience alongside food trucks, games, and proceeds to benefit a local non-profit organization.  

LURAY, VA. Doah Fest is a four-day celebration held on a private farm between the banks of the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Doah is more than just a music festival. It is a chance to unplug and connect, to share positivity and happiness with a community of beautiful and optimistic people. Starting Friday afternoon the bands kick off and begin to fill the farm with great music. Jam, reggae, rock, bluegrass, indie and more on two stages by the river. Unlike any other festival, Doah allows you direct access to the Shenandoah River. Jump in cool off and relax.

FLOYD, VA.  It’s a Dreamweavin’ week at FloydFest 2016.  This world music festival set in the scenic Virginia Blue Ridge features Greg Allman, Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and many, many more. Single, multi and camping passes available.

Hot August Festival
COCKEYSVILLE, MD. Leftover Salmon and Railroad Earth are festival favorites, but added to this lineup are local sensations Thievery Corporation.  Gates open at 11 a.m., tickets are currently at $59.

Lockn’ Festival
ARRINGTON, VA.  Jam band fans, it may not get better than this.  Two nights and four sets of Phish, two nights of Ween, My Morning Jacket, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more, the stellar lineup is only matched by the stellar setting in the mountains of Virginia.  Tickets for both GA and camping passes are available.

Appaloosa Festival
FRONT ROYAL, VA. The Appaloosa Festival, DC’s annual roots music and camping festival, is Labor Day Weekend, in Front Royal, VA! Headliners include Scythian, The Black Lillies, Mipso, Marie Miller, Humming House, Socks in the Frying Pan, Six-String Soldiers, The Accidentals, and Lowland Hum. Scythian, festival hosts, was named Best DC Band by Washington City Paper. The Black Lillies dominate Americana radio, while Mipso’s latest debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass. Humming House was a Huffington Post Top 15 of 2015 Festival Act, and Socks in the Frying Pan was #1 New Band in Ireland. The Accidentals are a Billboard Top 7 Breakout Act at SXSW, and Lowland Hum played NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Six-String Soldiers played Conan, and Marie Miller performed alongside Aretha Franklin, and Andrea Bocelli. The Appaloosa Festival, family-friendly, is at Skyline Ranch Resort, in the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Military discounts, children under 13

Sonic Circuits Festival
NE, DC. Washington DC’s annual festival of cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres – experimental music that you won’t experience elsewhere.