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.

Photo: Nick Donner
Scott Thuman

Politics & Pups Meet ABC7’s Scott Thuman

Scott Thuman isn’t just ABC7’s Emmy Award-winning Chief Political Correspondent, or a regular participant in animal and women’s rights fundraisers around town. He’s also the owner of an eight-year-old Chihuahua named Olive, a quirky little pup that he’s “semi-inseparable” from. On Tap caught up with Thuman to chat about his impressive career in broadcast journalism, his favorite things to do in the District when he’s not traveling for work and of course, what he loves most about Olive.

Thuman says he knew he wanted to become a broadcast journalist on the first day of his internship at the NBC station in West Palm Beach, Fla. when he was sent out on a story with a reporter covering a hostage situation at a hospital.

“I watched, wide-eyed, as the reporters all quickly amassed any tidbits of information they could and then lined up in a tiny, cordoned off area to all talk over each other live during the noon news,” Thuman says. “There was an instant adrenaline rush and the challenge of reporting the news so calmly and with such an intense deadline was highly impressive – even to watch.”

The Fairfax County native moved to Florida during his formative years, where he attended Florida Southern College and later worked for Jacksonville’s First Coast News and Orlando’s WFTV. Whether it was heading to Cuba to examine the conditions at Guantanamo Bay or covering a Super Bowl in San Diego, he says he was fortunate to be overwhelmed with options during those years, especially at WFTV.

“That’s where I truly cut my teeth and considered myself not just a reporter, but a journalist. There’s a big difference.”

It was also during his years in Florida that Thuman “caught a full-fledged case of political fever.” During the 2000 presidential campaign, he received a call from his boss telling him to get to Tallahassee – there was going to be a recount.

“Thirty-seven days later, I finally got to go home, and the country had a new president. I learned more about hanging chads and butterfly ballots than anyone should and also learned politics was now truly a passion.”

The journalist also developed a strong interest in international affairs during the Iraq War in 2003 while working on stories at Parris Island and Fort Stewart, where he watched Marines and soldiers prepare for combat.

“They were even learning how to inject themselves with antidotes in case of a chemical attack.”

Though intimidating, he says he knew he wanted to witness and report on the invasion firsthand.

“Eventually, I said, ‘I’ve got three weeks of vacation, a bullet proof vest and a camera,’ and off I went to freelance in Iraq. [I’ve been] hooked ever since.”

In 2005, he returned to his Northern Virginia roots and took a job with ABC’s DC area affiliate, WJLA. Thuman says the TV station seemed like a natural fit to him, with its mantra that “national news is local news.” Since then, he’s received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, as well as multiple Emmys and honors from the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

“I feel my work is well-respected by my colleagues, which is a pretty great honor, but the memories are much more fulfilling.”

The journalist says that over the years, he’s covered political unrest, terrorism and other major international stories in Beirut, Brussels, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris and Port-au-Prince, among countless other locations.

“There’s nothing like witnessing history unfold with your own eyes and having the responsibility of sharing that with the world.”

On the national front, Thuman was notably the only local broadcast journalist to land and conduct consecutive interviews with President Obama during the 2012 campaign. He says these interviews stand out to him, but being on the front lines of conflict and history top all of his other professional experiences.

“I’m especially proud of some of the pieces we’ve put together on the refugee crisis from a camp called ‘the Jungle’ in Calais, France, and the unrest and bombings in Beirut last November – followed up by the attacks in Paris,” he says. “I truly believe we’re doing what no other news team is – and that’s the kind of journalism you dream of. I’ve got great bosses and I’m very grateful.”

Most recently, Thuman has been covering the presidential campaign trail. He also just returned from a trip to Estonia, “where NATO troops are increasing in number.”

“They’re concerned that Putin and Russia could cross the border like they did in Ukraine. It’s almost like we’re looking at a Cold War 2.0. We’re just scratching the surface on that story, and I’m anxious to keep digging.”

Though the Alexandria, Va. resident isn’t home too often due to his demanding work schedule, he’s a huge fan of Union and Eastern Markets as local spots to unwind with “great food, people-watching and conversation.” Plus, he loves Union Market’s old-school drive-in movie theater showings: “nostalgic and fun, [a] solid way to spend a Friday night.”

For fine dining in the city, the Source and Rural Society are his top picks. Thuman can be found at Off the Record across from the White House for a nice drink, and Black Jack for a casual beer. When he’s back in Virginia, Carlyle in Shirlington or one of Del Ray’s hidden gems are his go-to spots. This summer, he’s planning to see Billy Joel at Nats Park in July, and may catch Fitz and the Tantrums at the 9:30 Club in June.

Thuman’s also a big supporter of local fundraisers, from On Tap’s Running of the Chihuahuas in May to the Washington Human Society’s Fashion for Paws in April. Of the latter, he says, “I mean, dogs in fancy outfits walking the runway to raise money for their less fortunate four-legged friends – you know you want to see that.”

He also attends the Tahirih Justice Center’s annual gala, which he says is a huge success every year. Of the center, he says, “They do amazing work for women in some of the most dire situations.”

Above all else, the journalist prefers to spend his free time with Olive, who he inherited from a past relationship. Though initially skeptical about owning a nine-pound Chihuahua, the two are now best pals. Olive’s charm is evident in her favorite activities: “burping after every meal, having ‘relations’ with a wool sock every night and destroying every bit of mail that comes through the slot.” Thuman says she’s also the most loving dog he’s ever met.

He now fully anticipates the odd reactions he gets from people when they ask what kind of dog he has, and enjoys their funny and candid responses. He tells them how he came to be a Chihuahua owner, and how he’s unashamedly enamored with Olive.

“I can’t count how many people tell me they hate little dogs, and a half-hour after meeting her, they’re asking if they can dog sit. She’s a winner.”

Follow Scott Thuman on Twitter: @ScottThuman.
Photo: Nick Donner
capitol riverfront events

What’s Happening in the Riverfront

DC Duck Race
Saturday, April 30
Rubber ducky you’re the one! The DC Rotary Club is hosting an inaugural duck race to raise funds for the Rotary Club and community organizations. Sponsor a duck and you can race it on a closed course on the Anacostia river.  There will be prizes for the speediest ducks, music, food, artists and more. Get all the info at

Vinofest Wine & Music Festival
Saturday, May 7
VinoFest Wine and Music Festival is back for another great year of wine and tunes and this time they’re taking the action to Yards Park. The day features over 20 international and Virginia wineries plus a food pavilion curated by Emporiyum.  The lineup includes Jon Batiste and Stay Human, The Original Wailers and Rare Essences. www.vinofest.cofor tickets and details.

Tour de Fat
Saturday, May 21
Bikes meet beer in the traveling circus that is Tour de Fat.  Featuring a costumed bike parade, killer live music and of course, plenty of New Belgium brews. The festival is dedicated to promoting bikes as a more sustainable means of transportation and they take it seriously, so seriously in fact, there is a celebration of the car-for-bike swapper series, a program in which people swap their keys for a commitment to commute by bike. Get all the info at

Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Wednesdays in June, July, August
Canal park presents a new take on the “front porch” concert. Concerts take place at the Canal Park middle block stage on a Wednesday 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 details at

Canal Park Movies
Thursday at dusk June 2 to August 11
From perennial favorites 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.   The 2016 schedule is: June 2: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, June 9: Inside Out, June 16: Ocean’s 11, June 23: Hitch, June 30: Stars Wars the Force Awakens, July 7: Mean Girls, July 14: Jurassic World, July 21: Minions, July 28: Creed, August 4: Pitch Perfect 2, August 11: The Martian. Find details at

DC JazzFest
Friday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday June 18 and 19 2 to 10 p.m.
DC JazzFest returns to Yards Park for three days of amazing music. The lineup includes Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet; Cécile McLorin Salvant; The Chuck Brown Band, and more on one big stage.  There will be food, beer, wine and a marketplace village to add to the entertainment.  The Friday evening concert is free and open to the public, on Saturday and Sunday tickets are required.  For a complete lineup and ticket information, visit.

Red, White & Brew Festival
Saturday, June 25
Raise a toast to the red, white and brew at this annual all-you-care-to-taste beer and wine event.  For tickets and to learn more, visit

Saturday, September 17
This festival is a beast and sure to set the hearts racing of any craft beer lover.  Over 300 unique craft brews will be on-site, complemented by food from top restaurants and trucks as well as music, entertainment and games. Learn more

DC VegFest
Saturday, September 24
This event is free and open to the public.  Hosted by Compassion Over Killing, a DC-based animal protection charity, the DC VegFest celebrates the best of the vegetarian lifestyle in and around DC. Learn more at

Wiener 500 Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 24
Kick off Oktoberfest at DC’s silliest Oktoberfest celebration. Watch Germany’s canine ambassadors race for glory and enjoy cold beer from the Sam Adams biergarten. Plus food trucks, live music and a stein hoisting competition. This event is free. Race fees are donated to Washington Humane Society. Learn more at

Covet’s Autumn Clayton
Photos: Jody McKitrick

Covet’s Autumn Clayton

Autumn Clayton is the impossibly stylish and creative entrepreneur behind Arlington boutique Covet, where she sells the cutest and quirkiest items – from home décor to jewelry. She’s also an avid animal lover who frequently fosters pups through local non-profit Mutts Matter Rescue, most of whom get to hang out with her at the shop to greet customers. On Tap caught up with Clayton to see what she’s up to this spring, both in the shop and around the DMV.
On Tap: What’s new at Covet this spring?
Autumn Clayton: I’ve added quite a few new lines, from hilarious cards and super stylish ombre dog leashes from New England to a beautiful line of hand-thrown pottery from Falls Church. We also have an amazing collection of abstract paintings from artist Anne Marie Coolick that are perfect for updating your décor for the spring and summer.
OT: Any plans to refresh your designer/vendor lineup? 
AC: I aim to have something completely new in at least once a month, so that keeps me on the lookout pretty much all of the time. Covet is comprised of more than 50 vendors from around the country, all working in their small studios trying to carve out a career from their own hands. I like being part of that.
OT: What events do you have in the queue for customers in the coming months?
AC: We are planning a “meet and greet” for a special rescue dog [Violet]. Covet has been donating to her care, and our customers and vendors have generously made donations as well, so we are going to bring her into the shop so she can meet her fans.
OT: Where do you head for brunch on the weekends?
AC: If all the stars are aligned, then I head straight to Le Diplomate. The food is amazing (hello, radish crudité!) and the atmosphere just engulfs you and makes you part of the entire scene. It’s brilliant.
OT: As a huge Nats fan, what are you most looking forward to this season?
AC: I like to watch the chemistry between the players – how it affects their game – and getting swept up into it. Of course, we are all wondering what Harper will do this year. It’s been great watching him mature and live up to his potential.
OT: What are some of your favorite pre-or post-game spots?
AC: Garrison is definitely a favorite for dining and Beuchert’s Saloon hits the spot for great cocktails and people-watching (my other favorite sport).
Covet: 5140 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA; 703-247-9797;

Photos: Jody McKitrick

DC’s Fashion Scene

The Inside Scoop on DC’s Fashion Scene

Stow that winter coat and refresh your wardrobe with new styles from chic to street this month when the work of nine local designers makes its way to the runway at Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City on April 14. Expect to see leather and silk, lace and velvet – from edgy to sweet and flirty to androgynous. Big trends this spring include flared silhouettes, slightly cropped tops, stripes and denim. This eclectic group of designers has a range of experience – from fresh off their first fashion week to vintage scouters who search far and wide for just the right mix of old and new. On Tap chatted with some of the talent behind the show to see what they’re up to this season.

Mila & Fire

Mila & Fire are long-time best friends who combined their educations, skills and passion to create a clothing and lifestyle brand that is playful, sexy and vibrant. Two-piece printed outfits, shorts and bold patterns prevail. For inspiration, they look to street fashion.

“Many of our closest friends are incredibly stylish and fashion-savvy without trying too hard,” Kelcie Glass, a.k.a Fire, says. “They have such a strong understanding of who they are as people, often mixing feminine looks with androgynous pieces.”

Fans will see something a bit more “grown-up” on the runway this spring.

“Our aesthetic has changed dramatically since our start four years ago, and so has the style of our long-time clients, customers [and] supporters, so we want our new look to be reflective of that,” Fire says. They’re especially into shoulder-baring pieces, denim, metallic accents, lingerie for daywear and timeless dresses.

Learn more:

Michelle C. Gibson

Michelle C. Gibson’s four-season collection, “The Bold & Beautiful,” is inspired by Lana Del Ray’s haunting track “Young & Beautiful,” as well as the “lush perfection” of the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Md. Flowy fabrics in neutral creams and bright pops of color are draped in sheer capes and full skirts. Silk in crepe, velvet and cotton sateen gives garments a luxurious look and feel, while crop tops add a flirtatious touch. The Serenity Print Faille Top & Skirt in black and cream would flatter any body type. Gibson combined her love of art, computer graphics and Vogue to pursue a degree in fashion merchandising at Howard University, and she first showed her work during her senior year at New York Fashion Week. The results are sophisticated and fun with the aim to “open opportunity to become the best version of you,” Gibson says.

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Beyond The Velvet Rope

The women behind Beyond the Velvet Rope, March Bell-Daniels and Katina Robinson-Wright, founded their company on the premise that “fashion is not exclusive.” Their pieces are approachable and affordable for all shapes, sizes and incomes.

Bells-Daniels says, “We have a quest to open the world of boutique shopping. All of the pieces are carefully selected from a wide array of distributors, manufacturers and independent designers, and in true boutique style, limited quantities of each item are stocked and once an item is gone, it’s gone.”

This spring, they’re focusing on soft denim, bright coral, bold stripes and Victorian inspiration, which take the form of draped tops with details like fringe, studs and full-printed skirts.

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Brown & Williams

H. Brevard Brown III and Christopher Williams are Sartorial Anglicans: “That is, we like all things British fashion,” says Brown. Together, they created Brown & Williams, a collection of vintage menswear sourced from across the pond.

“We grew weary of the same old offerings,” he says.

They wanted to give men more unique options, but also “allow them to mix truly unique and amazing vintage pieces with their already existing wardrobes and trends.” Inspired by the likes of Guy Ritchie, Michael Caine and Mick Jagger, Brown describes their aesthetic as London street meets country chic, combining classic finds with edgy, modern pieces. On the runway, you’ll see plenty of summer scarves, ascots, safari jackets and vests.

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Carrie Rockwell

Carrie Rockwell’s designs are soft and feminine. Using luxurious fabrics with lace details, floral prints and flared silhouettes, she creates an air of sophistication and elegance that would make a splash at any wedding or garden party. Rockwell looks to nature for ideas.

“Nature has so many beautiful details, whether it is in the spring flowers, the fall leaves turning different shades or the beautiful sunsets each day,” she says. “I try to capture those to represent some of the feminine and beautiful details I use within my designs.” Rockwell is a brand new addition to the fashion scene. After attending Marymount University, her collection was featured in Crystal Couture Show and Sale 2015, and she premiered her 2016 line this year at the same show.

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Rosies and Rockers

Mateen Khan of Rosies and Rockers looks to pin-up and punk rock fashion for inspiration, but creates his own modern twist with today’s silhouettes. His line offers a wide range of choices for both men and women that are “flirty, aggressive, edgy and just different – so you can stand out in the best possible way in any room,” Khan says. Leather pants and tight jeans worthy of Patti Smith and Joey Ramone, sweet sweaters embroidered with kittens, and lots of leopard print are a few things you’ll see. Creative tees and leather moto jackets along with 50s dresses make for a date night role play as Danny and Sandy from Grease.

“I constantly evolved and drew inspiration from the music scene and concert costuming,” Khan says, “taking something over the edge, attention-drawing, and turning it into a wearable piece that makes you feel like a rock star!”

What’s his favorite trend this spring?

“English Rose – a romantic heroine that lends a hand for social justice.”

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Deborah Mdurvwa

Deborah Mdurvwa’s line is not for the shy. Her designs show a lot of skin without crossing the line. Remember those mesh tops from the 80s? Mdurvwa refines that questionable look with structured cuts in neutral tones that empower rather than expose.

“I draw a lot of inspiration from women with attitude such as Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross and Demi Lovato because they exude confidence,” Mdurvwa says. “I design for the woman who knows her strength [and] her power, and is not afraid to confront the world with those characteristics.”

Her looks include unpredictable pairings like dark, textured pencil skirts with mesh jackets. She’s looking forward to the runway experience.

“This spring, I am expecting to see a lot of mesh, velvet and crops – also a lot of chokers.”

Learn more:

Ankara Streets

Ankara Streets specializes in bold, colorful African prints that are a refreshing addition to DC street fashion. These pieces are not for the red carpet, but for the busy woman who is “sexy and turns heads even when she’s going grocery shopping with a toddler on her hip,” says founder and designer Jessica Thomas. She makes dresses, separates, jackets and accessories that include jewelry, head wraps, belts and hats.

“I’m constantly on the go and need my wardrobe to flow with me, not constrict me,” she says. “My inspiration comes from real life. I’ve designed dresses based off of my favorite apron or hair accessories that were inspired by my husband’s bow ties. It comes from all over.”

Learn more:

These eight designers will be joined by Elite Fitz for the Hecht Warehouse Fashion Show from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a runway show and pop-up shop, plus light fare, music from DJ Stacks, beer and wine, and tours of the loft-style apartments. The show is free, but requires an RSVP via 21+ event.  Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City: 1401 New York Ave. NE, DC; 571-748-3245;
Beer & Yoga
Photo: Leah Cheston

Revive Your Chakras with Beer & Yoga

Late on a Sunday morning, a gathering of yoga enthusiasts sit with legs crossed and stretch their arms up, breathing deeply, the scent of hops and brewer’s yeast filling their lungs. That’s right. It’s time for Beer & Yoga at Right Proper Brewing Company in Northeast DC. Three times per week, the neighborhood spot opens up its immaculate brewing room, gleaming with stainless steel tanks, for an hour of gentle yoga followed by a pint of craft beer in its comfy, quirky tasting room.

“We have a huge, open space,” says Right Proper’s General Manager, Elizabeth Schnettler. “This is our fourth yoga event since we opened in December, and we’re usually full.”

Beth A. Wolfe, a certified yoga instructor who leads classes in breweries around town, including at Right Proper, says it’s a fun fit to have a yoga class in a non-traditional space. Wolfe caught on to the hot new trend early.

“The same people who are into yoga are also often into craft beer,” she says.

Beer & Yoga participant Laura Spencer had never tried yoga before.

“But Beth immediately made me feel really comfortable,” she says while sipping a fresh-brewed cold one at Right Proper.

Socially, it’s a great bet. After a relaxing class geared toward all levels of yoga ability, attendees easily meet to linger over their beers. Wolfe says even the guys like it: “Their girlfriends and wives want them to try yoga, but the beer is the thing that brings them here.”

“Yoga is for the willing,” she says. “It doesn’t matter how strong you are or if you’re flexible. In yoga, you’ll fall eight times, but you’ll get up nine.”
After all that hard work, you’ll deserve a toast to your efforts. Starting this month, Beer & Yoga will be held on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays for $15.

Right Proper Brewing Company: 920 Girard St. NE, DC; 202-526-5904;

Beer & Yoga Venues in the DMV

Sixty-minute yoga session the first Saturday of every month, plus a pint of beer, for $15 at Aslin Beer Company: 257 Sunset Park Dr. Herndon, VA;

Hatha yoga for $10-$15 at BadWolf Brewing Company: 9776 Center St. Manassas, VA;

Vinyasa yoga on the last Monday of each month for $15 at Capitol City Brewing Company: 4001 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA;

Vinyasa yoga on April 10 for $15 at DC Brau: 3178 Bladensburg Rd. NE, DC;

“Detox 2 Retox” every third Thursday of the month for $25 at Hellbender Brewing Co.: 5788 2nd St. NE, DC;

Beer yoga every Tuesday for $15 at Port City Brewing: 3950 Wheeler Ave. Alexandria, VA;

“DETOX-RETOX w/ Eat Yoga Drink” on the first Monday of each month for $15 atSehkraft Brewing: 925 N Garfield St. Arlington, VA;

Photo: Leah Cheston

cherry blossoms

10 Fun Facts about DC’s Cherry Blossoms & Annual Festival

1. The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki to Washington, DC.

2. The average lifespan of a cherry blossom tree is only 20 to 30 years, but nearly 100 of the original trees from 1912 still thrive at the Tidal Basin due to the maintenance of the National Park Service.

3. Over 1.5 million people attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival each year.

4. The first “festival” began as a small celebration in 1927, and expanded to a two-week event in 1994. In 2012, for the 100th anniversary of the trees, the festival became a five-week celebration.

5. The festival offers over 200 free performances.

6. The festival adds new cherry blossom trees to the region each spring. In 2012 and 2013, staff and volunteers planted 200 trees in DC’s Oxon Run Park.

7. The mean bloom date for cherry blossoms is April 4, and the peak bloom date is defined as the day on which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees are open.

8. There are some 3,750 cherry blossom trees of 16 varieties on National Park Service land.

9. The 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival theme is “Connecting People to Parks,” in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial.

10. The 2016 Blossom Kite Festival will celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall.

Fun facts courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Fund a Flight

Fund a Flight Happy Hour at Brickside Bethesda

Guests joined Flats 8300 and On Tap Magazine at Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda for a Fund a Flight Happy Hour to benefit Luke’s Wings. The donations are going to help fly Army Specialist William Thomas? family to see him at Walter Reed! Photos: Brittany Thomas