And just like that, it’s the last week of August. But even before the long Labor Day exodus, there is plenty of fun to be had in Washington this week.
I am a sucker for awards shows (did you watch the VMAs last night!? Oh, my!). As such, Cori Sue and I will be firmly planted at Commissary Monday night to watch the Emmy Awards from the comfort of a booth. Our local spot has a massive projector screen, and we’re going to make sure television’s prime time award show is streamed live during the restaurant’s epic happy hour. See you there. Commissary, 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Georgetown yoga and pilates studios, will host free one-hour sunset yoga and pilates sessions in the park Tuesday night. The weather will be perfect. Check in at the information booth and bring your own yoga mat. Get more information and RSVP here.
We’re hosting a Bubble, Barbecue, and Bluegrass party on the patio at The Heights. Join us for live music from the Big Hillbilly Bluegrass band, American classic barbecue bites from EatWell DC Farms, signature summer cocktails from American Harvest Vodka and Sao Paulo Cachaca, wine and bubbly from Winebow, plus gift bags and more. It’s sold out, but click here to get on the wait list.
Roofers Union invites whisky lovers and novices to a special tasting of Catoctin Creek whiskies paired with savory bites by Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. Plus, Kayleigh Kulp, author of Booze for Babes, will discuss the different whisky types and how to verbalize and understand their flavors. The $45 price includes a welcome cocktail, guided tasting of Catoctin Creek’s award-winning Roundstone Rye, Mosby’s Spirit, and 92 proof Roundstone Rye whiskies, small plates, a signed copy of Booze for Babes, and priceless girlfriend bonding time (though men are welcome and encouraged to join too)! Get tickets here. Roofers Union, 2446 18th St. N.W., Washington. D.C.
Salamander Resort & Spa is celebrating its first anniversary with a fun-filled Birthday Bash over Labor Day Weekend featuring numerous activities, contests and packages. On Friday night, exactly one year after it opened its doors, the resort will host a Birthday Bubbles celebration from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Filled with bottomless sparkling wine, birthday sweets and live entertainment, the event will take place on the Grand Terrace and Lawn. Admission is $30 per person. The resort is also giving away a spectacular Grand Birthday Getaway to one lucky winner, valued at $11,111. Get more information and tickets here.
This is cool. The pavilion of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will be taken over all week as the museum prepares for the next exhibition in its “Perspectives” series. “Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota” officially opens on Saturday, but the Berlin–based Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota will be on site all this week to assemble an elaborate installation featuring nearly four miles of red yarn, plus hundreds of donated shoes and handwritten notes. Head there Saturday to take in the finished piece, which explores themes of memories and human interconnection. 1050 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
Brunch, of course. Lately we’ve loved the STK Party Brunch (which, top secret, they just announced that they’re going to start it on the regular in September!), and Bidwell in Union Market. On Monday, we’ll give a full list of Labor Day brunches.
We’re looking forward to Labor Day, and also to Dîner en Blanc, which arrives in Washington on September 4. Registration opens to the public this Wednesday morning, for you to snag a seat. We have our picnic baskets packed with goodies from Ris at Union Market.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 7. The U.S. Bartender’s Guild DC Branch is hosting a Bloody Mary party and cocktail competition, with 15 of DC’s best bartenders competing for the crown of best Bloody Mary. Cori Sue will be a judge. Tickets, $40. 12-4 p.m. St. Regis Washington, D.C.