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This Week in D.C.: April 6-12

Happy spring Monday, chickens!


It’s opening day for the Nats! Our boys are playing the Mets at 4 p.m. Celebrate and pre-game at Opening Day Fest, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lot O (across the street from Bluejacket and directly behind the Trapeze school). Bluejacket will be pouring no fewer than eight of its signature beers. Chef Kyle Bailey will be serving up burgers and GBD fried chicken sandwiches and doughnuts, while Chef Nate Anda of Red Apron Butcher will be bringing his hot dog cart, Frank, out of retirement for the afternoon. There will be batting cages and a fast-pitch booth on hand throughout the day. Add in a little live music, a DJ, free cornhole, and some sunshine, and you have every excuse to play hooky. There is no admission fee for Opening Day Fest and all food, drinks and games will be sold individually.



The New York City ballet is in town at the Kennedy Center, and it’s a visit you won’t want to miss. The company performs two programs Tuesday evening: “20th-Century Classics,” featuring three of Balanchine’s most iconic ballets, and “21st-Century Choreographers,” which includes works by Peck, Ratmansky, Martins, and Wheeldon. At the Opera House. 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $98, get them here. 2700 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



Wednesday is National Empanada Day and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar will be celebrating with a Dollar Empanada Happy Hour during the restaurant’s happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can try four different signature Mamá Amelia’s Empanadas: Picadillo, De la Casa, Queso and Parisen for $1 each. Then, throughout the month of April, Cuba Libre will showcase two special empanadas. 801 9th Street NW.


Washington City Paper is celebrating the Best of D.C. and its 270 winners Thursday evening at the Historic Carnegie Library. Head there for open bar with signature cocktails and brews from local breweries, delicious samplings from D.C.’s top restaurants, multiple entertainment stages and more. Tickets are $65, get them here. 


Head to the National Mall for the Cherry Blossom Parade! The 10-block spectacle includes floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands and celebrities. It starts at 10 a.m. at Constitution Ave. Parade viewing is free, but grandstand seating is available for $20. Get more information here.

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Afterwards, head to U Street. Marvin and Rock Creek Social Club kick off this year’s Grilled Cheese Social, the popular rooftop day party summer series with good vibes, good music, and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on Saturday, the day before National Grilled Cheese Day. The Grilled Cheese Social will stage from 1 to 8 p.m. every three weeks until October 3 and feature Jerome Baker III on the wheels along with guest DJs throughout the summer. The event is free and open to the public but guests are asked to RSVP to


Brunch, of course. Head to one of the amazing restaurants that are putting a special Bitches Birthday cocktail on their brunch menus, including Table, Sixth Engine, DGS, and Bar Pilar.

We’d love to host you at a special Bitches Who Brunch birthday brunch celebration at Barcelona Wine Bar on April 19. Click here for information and to get tickets.


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