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This Week in D.C.: August 31-September 6

If you hear that collective sigh around Washington, it’s because September is upon us this week, and that signals that summer is not, in fact, endless. Just because the season is winding down; however, it doesn’t mean our social lives are. We’re taking advantage of what’s left of warm weather events all week in Washington. At least we have a long Labor Day weekend to ease our end-of-summer pain. See where we’re savoring its last moments of the summer this week below.

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Get your final tastes of Maryland’s summer specialty, blue crabs, this Monday at the feast happening at The Fainting Goat. The meal gets you the Chesapeake crustaceans, corn on the cob, peel-and-eat shrimp, and cobbler. Tickets for the event, happening from 5-9 P.M., are $20-$25. Call for a reservation at (202) 735-0344. The Fainting Goat, 1330 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Take advantage of the last of al fresco dining season and pack up a picnic for dinner this Tuesday. We dished on our Diner en Blanc picnic baskets, filled with local D.C. fare from La Tomate, Glen’s Garden Market, Olivia Macaron, and Heirloom Catering. Stock your basket with these foodie favorites for a perfect pre-fall feast.


Wednesday Just because summer is fleeting, doesn’t mean your bikini-ready body has to. Get your Martha Stewart on tonight to try your hand at being a #FitBitch in the kitchen with a spiralized sweet potato carbonara recipe. We devoured the delicious and no-guilt results. Thursday Bitches like their culture with a side of couture. The Phillips after 5 September issue is offering both by exploring the intersection of photography and fashion. Enjoy the exhibit, have a cocktail, pamper yourself at Saks Fifth Avenue beauty and fragrance stations and talk fall trends with D.C. fashionistas. Tickets for the 5 P.M. event are available for $12 here. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Friday Did someone say cheese club? Indulge this Friday by checking out Glen’s Garden Market’s cheese club. A membership will get you tastes of four hand-selected regional cheeses, classes with recommended beer and wine pairings, and accompaniments including crackers, jams, and chutneys. Then, you’ll take an enormous box of cheese home with you, either to take to a dinner party or to enjoy through the month. Cheese-lovers can also score discounts on beer and wine after each class. Memberships, available here, are $50 for one month and $150 for three. Glen’s Garden Market, 2001 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Saturday Live it up this Labor Day weekend at the Embassy Row Hotel’s epic end-of-summer pool party. Groove to tunes from HOT 99.5 and grab summer cocktails and fare from the grill. Wear your best whites and send the season out in style. Tickets are available for $45 here. Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Sunday A long holiday weekend means you can make the most of your Sunday Funday without feeling the effects on Monday. Of course, this should mean boozy brunch. Our latest spots have included The Pig, Chaplin, Lapis, and El Rey. Happy brunching, Bitches! There is nothing like winding down on a Sunday night with half-priced wine. Close out summer with cheap cocktails on Capitol Hill’s Lavagna. Fall outfit planning is best with a glass of vino. Lavagna, 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C. lavagna22





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